Location: Everton, Liverpool
Liverpool Six Community Association is a community centre that provides a range of services for the whole community under one roof, supporting both families and individuals who are in need.
The group supports low-income families to live a healthy lifestyle and run a free shop that provides fruit and vegetables and a food bank providing nutritional food to families living in hardship.
The centre offers the necessary community facilities to keep children in a safe environment, including after school programmes and providing a refuge for at-risk youth, as well as a weekly youth club where children can receive a nutritious meal.
The group also supports new and pregnant mothers who are in need off support, and run a free school uniform and clothes shop that provides new uniforms to children who are deprived and living in poverty.
Older residents can attend a twice weekly lunch at the community centre, as well as other sociable activities such as bingo, live entertainment and raffles. The group also offers a meals on wheels service to housebound residents as well as a shopping bus, barbers and hairdressing services.
The association aims to ensure that local residents have the tools to help themselves and holds regular budgeting skills and cooking on a budget classes, helping to improve health and wellbeing, and reducing reliance on healthcare and other costly social services.
The variety of projects, initiatives and support on offer ensures that all residents have access to a range of tailor-made support and initiatives that supports families to live happy, healthier lives.
Gerard Woodhouse, CEO of Liverpool Six Community Association, said:
I am absolutely delighted that the Liverpool 6 Centre is a finalist for a Groundwork Community Award, it is fantastic that we are recognised by the judging panel and the whole team are over the moon.