New Fund Launches for Small Community – Led Organisations

First Steps Enterprise Fund launched for community – led organisations in North West and South West of England.

Small community – led organisations based in the North West or South West of England can now apply for up to £30,000 from the new First Steps Enterprise Fund. The fund is offering loan – grant packages to charities and social enterprises working in these communities to help them grow their services and become more sustainable. The investments are the first steps towards accessing the wider social investment market and more financing options. Eligible organisations will have been operating for longer than one year but less than three years.

It is a pilot partnership between ASDA Foundation and the Social Investment Business Foundation. The fund intends to catalyse other UK corporate foundations to use their money innovatively to create social impact in communities across the country. It will complement ASDA foundation’s other programmes and will meet their aim of creating stronger and more sustainable communities.

Deadline for applications is noon 26th June 2015

For more information and to start your application visit the Social Investment Business Website

Crosby Construction land major contract in partnership with AVBN & Liverpool City Council

Following the successful partnership between Alt Valley Business Network and Liverpool City Council with their Meet the Buyer Event for the construction sector in May 2014;  one of the AVBN members ‘Crosby Construction’ was successful in landing a major contract with KIER Construction (Northern)

Bob Britton of KIER commented on the high standard of workmanship undertaken by Crosby Construction Ltd on the site at Deepdale Preston.

Crosby Construction Ltd, Managing Director Tony Dolan added “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone invoved with the Alt Valley Business Network and City Council who organised  the event last May as we secured our contract with KIER as a direct result.  We continue to build our relationship with KIER and look forward to more events of this nature.”

For more information on how YOU can become a member of the Alt Valley Business Network please email

Good Education -The Story of the Occupation of Croxteth Comprehensive

On Friday 10th April 2015 Love Acting will be putting a play on at the Liverpool Lighthouse Theatre to showcase ‘Good Education’. The play is based on the occupation of Croxteth Comprehensive and was funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund as it features a cast of 35 people drawn from the local community. The show begins at 7:30pm, tickets cost £5.00 each and can be bought at The Communiversity.

For more information please call 0151 546 5514 and ask for Paula Currie.

See below for a preview of the show!

Good Eduction: on Vimeo



Ken Dodd Opens Diddy Daycare

Ken Dodd came along on Wednesday 11th March to officially open Diddy Daycare. A 54 place nursery housed within Dovecot Mac which is located at the back of Dovecot shopping parade.

Diddy Daycare is a nursery which caters for children from 6 weeks to 4 plus and is now officially open for business.

Nicola Collins manager of Diddy Daycare said ‘The day went really well. Ken spent around two hours at the centre, talking to children, families and students studying here. He also spent a lot of time having photographs taken with local residents and signing autographs. Ken was really interested in the fact that AVCT (Alt Valley Community Trust) would also be running childcare apprenticeships, offering placements at the nursery to some of its students’.

A local resident added ‘Ken was hilarious he had everybody in stitches. He really took the time to speak to as many people as he could, it was a great day’.

For more information about Diddy Daycare including prices, funded places for 2,3,and 4 year olds and popup childcare please contact Nicola Collins on 0151 230 0193 or email

Lawrence Kenwright tells his story at AVBN

The Liverpool-born entrepreneur behind Signature Living Group Lawrence Kenwright was the key speaker at the February meeting of the Alt Valley Business Network. He spoke to members about his business journey to date, his vision of developing the Signature Living brand, his latest acquisition of Millennium House and his plans for the Bill Shankly Hotel. It quickly became clear how Lawrence is a passionate Liverpudlian and equally passionate about employing Liverpool labour and suppliers whenever possible.

Lawrence took questions from a very attentive gathering of members.

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Price List for Diddy Daycare

Diddy Daycare Session Prices

Weekly Rate £149.00 Time:  7:30am – 5:45pm

Daily Rate £31.00 Time:  7:30am – 5:45pm

AM Session without Lunch £18.00 Time:  7:30am – 12.00pm

AM Session with Lunch £22.00 Time: 7:30am – 1:00pm

PM Session without Lunch £18.50 Time: 1:00pm – 5:45pm

PM Session with Lunch £22.50 Time: 12:00pm – 5:45pm

Pop Up Price £7.00 per hour (minimum stay 1.5hours)

For further details please contact Nicola Collins on 0151 230 0193 or

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Ken Dodd to open Diddy Daycare for Diddy People

The new Daycare Nursery, Diddy Daycare is to be opened by – who other than? – Ken Dodd on Wednesday 11th March at 2pm.

The new Nursery at Dovecot MAC, Back Dovecot Place, L14 9BA, will be officially opened for prospective customers and the local Community to see for the first time. It will be a great opportunity to see the new 54-place facility which can accommodate children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

The former Council-owned Community Centre at Dovecot has been acquired by Alt Valley Community Trust and converted into a dedicated Day Nursery -Diddy Day Care.

The staff of the Daycare Nursery will welcome Ken Dodd to the facility for the first time, when he will talk briefly about the role of the Nursery around his home Community of Knotty Ash.

Prospective customers of the Nursery are most welcome to come along and enjoy the visit

For further details please contact Nicola Collins on 0151 230 0193 or

Positive Feedback from the New Yoga Course

The yoga course that began at Dovecot MAC recently seems to be a real hit with its participants.  Christine, who is running the course, received positive feedback after week one:

“Hi Christine just wanted to text and say you thank you for running this course! Can’t believe how fantastic it all sounds, everything I try and live my life by. I do feel energised and like I’m seeing the world in technicolor right now. Can’t wait for next week and if you have any suggestions for good books on the different things we are going to cover could you let me know? Many thanks again.”  Anon

The FREE 8 week course is held each Friday from 1pm till 3pm at the Dovecot MAC.  The aim of this course is that it will teach you about holistic health, healing and ways to nourish your mind, body and soul.  To find out more information and to book your place please contact Christine on 0151 230 0193.

DIDDY DAYCARE – Opening for Diddy People Soon!

We are delighted to announce that the eagerly-awaited opening of the new Diddy Daycare Children’s Nursery in Dovecot will take place on March 2nd.

With a capacity to accommodate up to 52 children age 6 weeks to 4 years the Dovecot-based Nursery will be opening throughout February for open-day visits, with the opportunity to talk to management and staff about the full range of facilities, place availability and fees. The Nursery will be open on:

• Tuesday 17th February 5pm-7.30-pm
• Wednesday 18th February 10am-4.30pm
• Saturday 21st February 10.30am-2pm

For more information or to arrange a visit to the Nursery please contact Lesley Baugh or Gill Mason 0151 230 0193

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”

For more information please email