FREE Family Fun Day at Croxteth Park Farm

On Tuesday the 30th of August 2016 from 10:00 until 16:30 there will be a FREE family fun day at Croxteth Park Farm! The fun day, which has been organised by several local Councillors, will consist of a variety of different family friendly activities that will no doubt keep the kids occupied and entertained!

Activities on the day will include:

  • Face painting
  • Build your own scarecrow
  • Bouncy castles
  • Picnics
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Feed the animals
  • Arts and crafts sessions
  • Storytelling

The kids will also get the chance to meet the farms two local resident scarecrows, Sally and Stu! All activities on the day will be FREE of a charge.

If you have any questions regarding the fun day then you can ask them on the Croxteth Park Farm Facebook Page, or alternatively give the farm a call on 0151 233 6942.


“Nu:Move” into Business for Mike Roxburgh…

Mike Roxburgh first approached AVCT in January 2016 for business start-up advice, having been recommended by a work colleague. At the time Mike was employed and was looking for a career change.

Mike had already had the idea of acquiring an online real estate agency franchise, but without any previous business ownership experience Mike really needed the essential business start-up knowledge and skills to enable him to launch the business. He signed up to the ERDF Enterprise Hub Project that AVCT currently deliver on.

“I had already decided to go down the self-employment option”, says Mike, “but I had never been self-employed before and I needed some pointers to help me get off the ground. I attended sessions at the Alt Valley Community Trust which benefited me enormously.”

Mike added “I also decided to launch a complementary company, MJR Property Management. There were two main reasons for this. Firstly, Nu:Move Liverpool’s services to landlords end at the point of letting. Secondly, ever increasing legislation is being introduced to regulate the private sector letting”

The business start-up workshop that Mike attended at the beginning of the Enterprise Hub programme provided information on setting the business up, business planning, marketing & sales, financing, taxation and keeping information records. The additional support that Mike accessed concentrated on developing essential marketing and selling skills including research, branding, social media, website optimisation and customer management; these sessions were led by the Enterprise Hub advisors John Mathias, Ian Marshall and Roy Meredith.

Mike added “The advice I received from several highly experienced business advisors at Alt Valley was really helpful and really made a difference when I was setting things up. I never felt alone and always had a friendly face or voice at the other end of the line. Just the opportunity to sit down and bounce ideas or thoughts off someone who understood exactly where I was coming from and understood the concerns and anxieties I had was of huge assistance alone.”

Mike’s online Estate Agency Nu-Move Liverpool and his property management company commenced trading on 6th April 2016 and are already showing very promising signs of early success. In the first 6 weeks of trading the companies have sold and let a number of properties across Liverpool with one recent property in the Huyton area being sold subject to contract in just 5 days. There are also a growing number of private tenancy management properties being added to the portfolio with a possible expansion planned as far as Blackpool.

For more information about the Enterprise Hub project and how AVCT can help you; please call the team on 0151 546 5514.

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Kids Summer Drama Group has begun!

On Monday 25th July the Kids Summer Drama Group begun and its proving to be very popular! ALL children are welcome to attend for FREE each Monday and Tuesday 10am till 3pm; with lunch provided. Towards the end of the summer all children have the opportunity to showcase their talents to a packed audience in the Adelphi Hotel. We can assure you that this news has excited our future Benedict Cumberbatch’s and Keira Knightley’s!

If your child is aged 8 – 16 years of age and enjoys drama then please get in touch with Paula Currie on 0151 546 5514.

Award winning Poet comes to AVCT

AVCT is thrilled to announce that the renowned American spoken word artist Black Ice is appearing at Communiversity this week.
Black Ice, who has won a clutch of awards including an Emmy and a Tony will be hosting a FREE workshop this Wednesday 6th July at 5-8pm.

Workshops are open to young people and adults who would like to learn to express themselves through rap, performance poetry or would like to hone existing skills.

Go with the Flow and come along to the session this week – no need to book. Just turn up!

Lawrence Kenwright returns to Alt Valley Business Network!

Guest speaker at the May meeting of the Alt Valley Business Network was Liverpool Businessman and Entrepreneur Lawrence Kenwright of Signature Living Group

The meeting attracted an audience of some 40 members and guests who listened keenly to how Lawrence has built his hotel and leisure empire and continues to attract investment to new developments throughout the country. Lawrence is a passionate scouser and believes earnestly in wherever possible sourcing his specialist resources locally.

Members took advantage of the opportunity to meet Lawrence first hand and briefly introduce their services.

Alt Valley Business Network meets every month, usually on the last Friday for its breakfast meeting. If you are interested in becoming a member of the network; please call Kayleigh on 0151 546 5514.

FREE Music Taster Sessions are Back!

AVCT are pleased to announce that FREE music tatser sessions are returning in June 2016. Taster sessions will run for 5 weeks; from Wednesday 15th June 2016, with progression on to a Level 1 qualification. These sessions are aimed at people 16+ who are interested in a career in music. For more information please call Stephen Turner on 0151 546 5514.

Work placement opportunity at Lifestyles Walton

Lifestyles Walton currently have a 6 month work placement vacancy for anyone who is aged between 18 to 27 with an interest in sports, health and wellbeing. Lifestyles Walton is a popular facility within its community and its facilities and classes are used by over 1500 users a week. The centre is looking for someone who has, or is looking to obtain gym and coaching qualifications and is also keen to take coached classes.

Job title: Sports and Wellbeing Instructor

Location: Walton, Liverpool

Hours: 35 per week

Salary: National Minimum Wage for age

Job Type: Temporary full time (6 months)

Person specification

 Prior experience

  • Participates in sport
  • Experience of working with the public


  • Various Sports
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Keeping fit


  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to attain coaching qualifications
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Evidence of numeracy and literacy skills
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively
  • Interpersonal skills


  • Able to work shifts
  • Willing to learn new skills


  • This post is subject to a Standard Disclosure
  • Flexibility and a willingness to work unsociable hours

To apply then please send your CV to


FREE Music Taster Sessions at AVCT

AVCT is running FREE music taster sessions as part of the BBC’s Get Creative Day. Join Peter Hooton and Steve Grimes from The Farm and have a bash on the drums or try your hand at guitar. If DJ-ing is more your thing… DJ Robin Jackson (Creamfields/Café Del Mar) will be on the decks.

Come along and give it a go. Sessions will run this SATURDAY 2nd APRIL at 10.30-1.00pm. Young people aged 14 and over are welcome to come along. There will also be a live performance in the CAFE at 12pm…

Just turn up on the day or call Paula Currie on 0151 546 5514 to reserve your place!

Home – A Play about Norris Green

AVCT’s Love Acting adult and youth drama groups performed their new play Home to a packed audience at Ellergreen Community Centre on Friday 18th March.

The play is based on stories gathered from the local community and tells the story of a house in Norris Green and all the people who have ever lived there. It’s a funny, moving, dramatisation which helps to bring Norris Green’s history to life.

Due to overwhelming demand they have scheduled another performance at De La Salle Academy on Wednesday 23 March at 7pm.

Call Liz Lewis on 0151 546 5514 to book your ticket for an unforgettable evening!

London Metropolitan University Visit

AVCT welcomed students and staff from London Metropolitan University on Friday 26th February 2016. The group were representatives from The Society of Sociology and Community Development who came to explore aspects of Community Well-Being. Positive evaluations from the day resulted in requests for further links between AVCT and the University so we look forward to establishing networking opportunities in the near future.