The Liverpool Six Community Association(known locally as ‘L6’)has been successfully selected by The Peel Group Foundation to receive funding to continue delivering their impactful work in the community.
L6 has been supporting the needs of their local community since 2005. Unfortunately, many of the residents within the area L6 operates in, rank the highest for disadvantage in the country, resulting in L6 providing a vital, first point of contact for many individuals and families. L6’s open door policy helps families and individuals who are desperately in need of support with the essentials and provide extended support through advice, projects, and activities.
Tackling the root causes of poverty
The services delivered by L6 aim to tackle some of the root causes of poverty. Their services include an extensive Foodbank and Foodbank Union, in addition to operating a The John Mc Wash House facility which includes washing machines, dryers, irons and ironing boards for families across Liverpool to use. L6 also operates a ‘Baby Bank’ which is specifically for new mums living in deprivation who can access cots, prams, and baby clothes amongst other items free of charge to ensure the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies up to three years old.
Research recently conducted by L6 to further inform what services the local community felt needed to be prioritised and what could be improved in the local area; found that residents wanted more support and projects for children. Their research also noted that due to their being nothing for children to do of an evening in the area, residents felt this was correlating with rising anti-social behaviour from local children, and increases in gang culture, knife and gun crime and drug related activity.
Fund will launch a new youth club
A grant from The Peel Group Foundation will provide L6 with the funding to launch a youth club to support their new ‘Children are our Future’ project; enabling L6 to provide much needed help to an additional 40 children and young people from the local area.
The L6 Youth Club will run over three evenings a week in Everton East and will provide each child attending the youth club with a hot and nutritious two-course meal. The team leading the L6 Youth Club will educate the children and young people attending the club about the benefits of eating nutritional healthy food, as well as providing them with extremely useful skills, tips and techniques to learn how to cook meals on a budget and how to create zero waste meals.
L6 and The Peel Group Foundation hope that through the creation of The L6 Youth Club, young people will see the club as a safe and welcoming place to go and that through participation in the activities provided, it will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the attendees, and also see a reduction in the number of local young people feeling at risk of involvement in gangs in the area.
Shirley Marshall, Head of Operations and Finance at L6 said:
We are delighted to receive funding from The Peel Group Foundation and it will enable us to continue working with & supporting even more local children and help them to fulfil their aspirations. The past few years have been turbulent for all but particularly children as they faced a pandemic and now a cost-of-living crisis, this funding will help to make this turbulent time a distant memory and restore hope & optimism. Together We Are Stronger and thank Peel Group Foundation for their support.
Kate Holland, a member of The Peel Group Foundation Council added:
“In these really difficult times, we are very privileged to be able to provide support to families and young people within one of the most deprived areas in the Uk, to help the Liverpool Six Community Association deliver such a meaningful additional service.
“Shirley and the team from L6, are passionate about the work they do with a proven track record, bringing numerous benefits and outcomes to families unable to access such crucial services.
“We very much hope that the children and young people who take part in the ‘Children are our Future’ project will find comfort, support and help from their attendance at the youth club.”
To find out more information about the Liverpool 6 Community Associate please visit: https://liverpool6community.org.uk/