Croxteth Sports & Wellbeing AND Addaction – A Successful Partnership

The partnership between the G.P Referral Scheme, Croxteth Sports & Wellbeing Centre and Addaction is working out great. We have had a lot of people from Addaction who have been without substances for over three months; they have been signposted to the Sports Centre, some of their own accord but a lot get sent to the G.P to go on the G.P Referral Scheme.

We are extremely proud of the G.P Referral Scheme and the service Daryl the instructor provides .We have some really positive feedback from the service users. However;  there is one story that we want to share, as it is really heart felt and touching to see someone at rock bottom come out at the other end….

Terry aged 46 is a local guy who has lived around the area all his life. Over the years he had become a user of drugs; at the tender age of 27 he had become dependent on drugs and after years of abuse to his own body Terry decided he’d had enough; unfortunately this wasn’t early enough for his own health. Terry was now suffering with his health and was becoming increasing ill; he was diagnosed with C.O.P.D and emphysema.

With the help of the G.P referral scheme, Addaction and Croxteth Sports Centre Terry turned his life around and was looking at ways to improve his health. He has now been clean for over 8 months and is moving from strength to strength. Croxteth Sports Centre work with Addaction to provide a service for its users; anyone who has been clean for 3 months can come along to the centre and pay £1 per session. Once Terry’s G.P referral scheme finished Addaction sent him to the centre and now Terry is a regular in the gym and is moving forward with increasing level of self-esteem and social skills, and has become a valued member of Croxteth Sports and Wellbeing.

Terry has also become a recovery champ for Addaction; he has done a number of presentations not just to his peers but to a room full of Professionals to not only tell them all about his journey but to show Addaction how they can further improve the service they offer.

Tammy Burgess, Sports & Health Wellbeing manager explains;  “The most warming and heart felt thing for us is it gives other people and Mums and Dads hope that people can make changes to their lifestyle”

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Alt Valley Business Network members are told of the Funding Opportunities for Growing Businesses in Merseyside

At the latest meeting of the Alt Valley Business Network the subject of funding streams for growing Merseyside businesses was covered. The  guest speakers were Andy Jones from Merseyside Special Investment Fund and Amy Zawislak from the Social Investment Business Liverpool City Region Local Impact Fund.

Andy and Amy explained to the members present the full range of investment opportunities that their funds present to small businesses – new start, growing and social businesses.

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The membership fee is £35.00 for the year.  We meet the last Friday of the month with a guaranteed guest speaker as well as refreshments and unlimited networking.  For further details please email

AVCT celebrate re-accreditation of the Investors In People Standard

January 2015 saw AVCT awarded re-accreditation of the Investors In People Standard. The Executive Summary said ‘Alt Valley Community Trust Limited, have exhibited great leadership and a genuine belief in the future of the local community. This belief is reflected in its people strategies and its focus on delivering real change to the local people. Congratulations.’

The Investors In People Report praised the “exemplary” culture of the Organisation and the inspirational management style.
Assistant Chief Executive, Danielle Forman, who ran the IIP project together with the management team, commented:
“AVCT’s capacity to deliver a wide range of projects is expanding all the time and it is vital that we continue to develop our people accordingly. This IIP re-accreditation recognises the hard work and commitment of everyone that works for Alt Valley Community Trust.”

AVCT promotes Family Health Event

AVCT, working in conjunction with CHATS, hosted a Family Health Event at Croxteth Sports and Well-being Centre on 12th of December. The event, which was very well attended, highlighted family health and wellbeing issues and aimed to promote a healthy family lifestyle. All attendees, pledged to make 2015 a happy, healthy year!

Residents’ Christmas Grotto and Party

Santa had time to slip over from Croxteth Farm to AVCT’s Skills Centre, which hosted a Christmas party for children from the Alt Valley area on Thursday 18th December. Children were treated to a festive spread, a visit from Santa and a selection box. Santa reported that the children of the area had been very good this year!

Jude the Giant visits Stonedale.

Croxteth’s Stonedale estate hosted a Christmas visit from Jude the Giant on the 15th of December. Artist Joann Kushner, and Bernie Russell of Stonedale Womens’ Group organised a community event in partnership with the PCC involving over 300 local school children with the aim of building more resilient communities in Croxteth. Each child created a magical lantern, paraded with Jude the Giant in procession to the Community Christmas Tree and dressed the tree in spectacular fashion with the lanterns. The event was very well attended and all agreed that it was an unforgettable evening!

Local Community Group enjoys Winter Wonderland at Croxteth Hall!

NSC’s Lovehistory and Larkin’s Farm have created a magical Grotto experience at Croxteth Hall Farm this Christmas season, offering a truly interactive and theatrical event with plenty of fun for all the family. The hall has been transformed into a magical world of twinkling displays and festive delights.

Activities on the Santa Experience tour include an Animal Farm Tour, a Santa’s Workshop with Christmas grotto, plus a free toy from Santa for every child, which is all included in the ticket price.

The farm is open from 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) with tickets priced at just £10 per child and up to 2 adults go free. Croxteth Hall Farm Christmas Grotto is open till Tuesday 23rd December.

On the 17th of December members of BRATS (Bowley residents and tenants society) were treated to a visit to the farm by AVCT. Over 50 children and adults enjoyed a magical day out which put everybody in the Christmas spirit!

AVCT and NSC celebrate successful apprenticeships.

This year over 40 young people completed apprenticeships which ensured that our community’s young people leave our organisation armed with the skills necessary to equip them for the world of work. Our apprentices gained hands on experience in apprenticeships including: Live events, bricklaying and joinery, horticulture, hairdressing and childcare. We would like to congratulate all our apprentices and wish them well for the future. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, please contact the Skills Centre on 0151 546 6249

BBC Performing Arts Fund Success

Our two drama groups: Acting Up and Alt Valley Contemporary Youth Theatre recently collaborated on a new play Good Education written by Paula Currie based on the occupation of Croxteth Comprehensive.
Over 30 people participated in the project and we are delighted to announce that the play will be performed again in the New Year at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.
Watch this space for further details!