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Five youth and play centres stay open

Knotty Ash becomes Duke of Edinburgh Awards HQ and new uses found for others

Published on July 29th 2014.


Five youth and play centres stay open

Knotty Ash Youth and Community Centre is to become the northern regional office for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards after Liverpool City Council announced that it has reached an agreement with organisations to take over five youth and play centres in Liverpool.

The city council needs to save £156 million over the next three years due to cuts in Central Government funding, and the youth and play service is facing a 50 percent reduction in its budget.

A report to the Cabinet on Friday 1 August is recommending that:

•           Mab Lane Youth and Play Centre is taaken over by Merseyside Society for Deaf People, who will locate their youth and play provision at the site

•           Knotty Ash Youth and Community Centre becomes the northern regional office for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and will be an open centre for young people who want to complete the award

•           Childwall Youth Centre will be taken over by Childwall Valley Estate Management Board, who intend to continue to operate youth and community activities

•           ZAP Play Centre will be transferred to Daisy Inclusive UK - who support young people and adults to participate in sport, arts, educational and community activities

•           Epsom Street Play Centre will be operated by Nugent Care. It will retain play and youth services as well as becoming a community volunteer centre to train local young people

No expressions of interest were received for Walton Adventure Playground and Centre, and this building will be retained until an alternative use can be identified.

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member with responsibility for the youth service, said:  “This is a great example of how working with the voluntary sector, and by transferring assets to them, we can protect essential services and also help their work.”

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Bill MajorJuly 31st 2014.

It is a pity that comments about the Met quarter & Heaps's Mill for example arouse postings yet this article so far seems to merit a deafening silence. Cllr Munby says that a 50% cut in the youth service is a ''great example of how working with the voluntary sector and by transferring assets to them, we can protect essential services and also help their work'' Others might say that this is a shameful abdication of the city's commitment to children and young people. In line with the year by year shrinking of what used to be seen as an essential service.

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AnonymousJuly 31st 2014.

Not in the trendy Baltic Quarter is it? Same as the Curzon story. Nobody cares because there are no artisan bread makers affected.

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