Thingwall Hall – ‘A Day in the Life’

Alt Valley Community Trust in collaboration with Thingwall Hall led a drama course with the aim of helping people with a variety of disabilities learn basic drama techniques. This was taught over a period of 7-8 weeks and ended with a learners performing in front of a live audience.
The story of ‘A Day in a Life’ is about the day to day routine of Thingwall Hall’s service users.

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Good Education – FREE Performance

Free Performance at Liverpool Museum
Monday 26 October 11.30 am and 2.30 pm

Love Acting – AVCT’s community theatre group are performing a play – Good Education at the Museum of Liverpool on the 26th October, 11.30am & 2.30pm. The play is supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund and highlights the occupation of Croxteth Comprehensive school in the 80s. The occupation ran for a full year and transformed the lives of many Croxteth residents and pupils. Good Education is a powerful drama which explores a unique episode in Liverpool’s history.
The play was developed from oral histories collected from the people who were involved in the struggle and the actors have been drawn from the local community.

Please click on the link below to view a trailer about the project.

There will also be a photographic exhibition about the struggle and the museum will provide people with the opportunity to listen to the oral histories that inspired the play. The play will be followed by a Q&A with some of the activists who were involved in the occupation.

Please contact AVCT on 0151 546 5514 to reserve tickets for the performance.

AVCT & Beacon Counselling Trust to Deliver ‘Mental Health First Aid Training’

To coincide with World Mental Health Day Beacon Counselling Trust in collaboration with AVCT will be delivering FREE Mental Health First Aid (Lite) Workshops.

The workshops are aimed at volunteers, community members and workers who deliver services, activities advice and support to the genereal public OR for people who are looking to work in the care or service sector.

On completion of the training, participants will be able to:

1. Identify & recognise discrimination surrounding Mental Health
2. Define Mental Health & some Mental Health issues
3. Relate to other peoples experiences of Mental Health
4. Help support people with Mental Health programmes
5. Look after thier own Mental Health & Wellbeing
6. Regonise how to access on – line health services
7. Identify how to access GP referral
8. Familiarise which health services are avaialable within the Community

Date: Thursday 22nd October 2015 Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm Venue: The Communiversity, Altcross Road, Croxteth L11 0BS

To book your place, please could you contact Sharon Ross on 0151 546 5514 or email

Dutch Delegation to Learn from AVCT and Other Communities

A group of Dutch municipal officials, youth workers, police officers, and truancy officers from will be visiting Alt Valley as well as a number of other communities and organisations in Liverpool from 1-3 October.

The delegation from City District Amsterdam-West will compare new ways of working in and with communities and reflect on what it takes to do things differently in the context of welfare state reform and increasing pressures for innovation in local governance,

Dr Koen Bartels from the Business School at Bangor University will facilitate the group in comparing practices, experiences, and daily conditions with British colleagues and residents and seeing how real, sustainable difference to the lives of local people and areas can be made

Among the communities they will visit are Norris Green and Croxteth to learn from successes in building resilient communities, and reducing crime and anti –social behaviour. They will be looking at the success of working in partnership and will meet with local councillors, council officers authority and partner organisations including Alt Valley Community Trust, the Merseyside Youth Association and Merseyside Police.

Norris Green councillors Barry Kushner said: “Local councillors have been transforming  Norris Green and Croxteth over the past five years, attracting housing investment, building shops and community facilities, and building partnerships with local organisations to deliver an annual programme of youth and community provision. This is a model for the development of resilient and dynamic communities in achieving positive change that I am sure the Dutch delegation can learn from.”

FREE Adult Education Courses

Following the ‘Information Event’ which AVCT recently held, we are pleased to confirm that our short courses will begin Wednesday 7th October 2015.

There are still spaces available on the following;

  • Creative Writing & Illustration for Beginners
  • Face Painting
  • Healthy Cooking on a Budget
  • Introduction to Hair & Beauty
  • Introduction to Photography & Film Editing
  • Introduction to Tile Mosaics
  • Music for Beginners*
  • Sew & Save

If you wish to participate in any of the above or for further information please contact Liz on 0151 546 5514.

Location:  North Liverpool Community College, Back Gilmoss Lane Croxteth L11 0BE

Time:  5:30pm – 8:00pm

*Music for Beginners will be held at The Communiversity, Altcross Road L11 0BS

**In order to sign up you must be unemployed and aged 20 & above.

Library News – Summer Reading Challenge 2015

On Saturday 26th September, Croxteth Community Library held a special event to celebrate the success of this year’s ‘Children’s Summer Book Challenge’. Councillor Martin Cummins presented the certificates and medals.

The Children’s Summer Book Challenge is run across Liverpool City Libraries, and this is the fourth year in which Croxteth Community Library has participated, although City Region statistics are not available, Croxteth has increased numbers year on year from 15 children in the first year to a staggering 88 this year!  The children who took part ranged from 11months to 15years old. A BIG well done to you all!

A massive thank you also goes to Lesley Farrar for continuing to facilitate this event, furthermore thank you to all the library staff and volunteers for supporting the children to get involved.

For more information regarding Croxteth Community Library please contact Lesley Farrar or Ted Guy on 0151 546 5514

AVCT Event Information Update

On Wednesday 16th September, AVCT held an ‘Information Event’ showcasing the many activites that the trust has to offer! The event went really well and many residents enrolled on to the adult courses that were available. For anyone who could not attend; dont worry as it is not too late to enrol. There are still places avaialble on the Cooking, Music, Sewing, Face Painting and Mosaics Courses. For further information on this please contact Liz Lewis on 0151 546 5514

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Local residents share memories of Norris Green

Residents of Norris Green gathered together at Norris Green Library and Ellergreen Community Centre recently to share memories of the area. The sessions were part of AVCT and Cobalt Housing’s HOME project. The project aims to record residents’ memories of Norris Green which will then be featured in a play called Home. The play is being developed by local writer Paula Currie who working closely with the community. If you would like to be involved in the play, either as an actor or working behind the scenes, please contact Paula on 0151 546 5514


K.A.Z (Kids Activity Zone)

K.A.Z our Children’s play area is located in the Croxteth Sports & Wellbeing centre. Ideal for your little ones to play whatever the weather, admission fee is £3.00 per child.
We can also cater for children’s parties! For more information please call our centre TODAY on 0151 548 3421

Opening times

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 2:30pm

Alt Valley’s GOT Talent!

Young people from Alt Valley’s Contemporary Youth Theatre wowed audiences with their performance of Peter Pan on Saturday 20th June.

The play was performed to a packed house at Alt Valley Skills Centre. Everyone who attended the event thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The group’s director, Lucy Brown did a fantastic job of staging the play and we are very proud of all the young people who worked so hard on the play.

We are looking forward to the next one – well done everyone!

Mean Old Captain Hook!

Mean Old Captain Hook!

Peter Pan to the Rescue!

Peter Pan to the Rescue!