Youth service funding protected
more than £1 million is to be continued for voluntary groups across
Liverpool to provide activities for young people over the next year.
The money – for the 30+ organisations will be the same amount as
they received last year – is transitional until March 2012, pending
the conclusions of a review of the Youth Service.
Organisations have been protected from reductions in grants despite
the council facing huge pressures due to reductions in grants from
central government. As part of the conditions of the funding,
an emphasis will be placed on providing activities that meet the
needs of the young people in their communities.
Councillor Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for the Youth and Play
Service, said:- “This funding will enable voluntary
organisations to continue operating and making sure that young
people don’t lose out on the services they value in the current
economic climate. The fact that some many of our young people have
lost their Education Maintenance Allowance and are looking at
increased university fees or higher unemployment levels, the
stability of their youth centres is more important than ever.
Our commitment to this service is clearly demonstrated by the fact
that at a time when we are facing the most challenging economic
times we have listened to the voices of young people and the
voluntary youth sector and in direct response, are prepared to make
the same level of funding available to groups next year as they
We are reviewing the service as we want to be sure that we are
providing activities which young people really want to take part in.
It is very important that we get this absolutely right and extra
sessions of the review were requested by a number of groups.
This means that we will not have the new look youth service in place
by the start of the financial year as we need to make transitional
arrangements. This funding will also enable our community and
voluntary sector groups to begin to work together much more closely
in our neighbourhoods and work towards a model that cuts out
duplication and can deliver a better youth service for our young
people. We are very aware that next year the funding cuts will be
deeper than this year and this funding will give our groups the time
they need to look for alternative ways of delivering services
working with other partners beyond the City Council. Interim
management arrangements are also being put in place to ensure the
service continues to be delivered effectively.
We still need to make efficiencies in order to deliver services to
young people and as such we will be negotiating with organisations
that provide City-wide services with the greatest amount of grants
to help us to achieve this in the coming weeks.”
The review, which is being carried out by a cross-party panel, has
undertaken a series of public consultations and heard evidence from
young people, residents, service providers, councillors, staff and
community representatives. They have visited every district area in
the city to hear views and take evidence.
The panel has been looking at issues such as eradicating the
duplication of activities and how to put on more events in places
where there is not enough going on to meet demand.
It will also consider how services can be commissioned at a local
level, rather than centrally.
Police are investigating a shooting incident that has left a 25 year
old man with gunshot injuries to his leg. At approximately 10.15pm
on Monday, 21 March 2011, when a man attended hospital with gunshot
wounds, he told hospital staff he had been shot whilst out walking.
His injuries are not thought to be life threatening. The man is not
co-operating as to where and when he was shot at this time, so a
scene of the shooting has yet to be established. The white van in
which he travelled to hospital in has been seized and is being
forensically examined. At this early stage of the investigation
officers are unclear as to the motive for this shooting, although it
is believed to be a targeted attack.
Detectives would urge anyone who has any information about this
incident to contact the Matrix Team via calling them on:- 0151 777
5699 or via the charity Crimestoppers, by calling anonymously on:-
0800 555 111.
honours for Liverpool
Pier Head and Canal Link scheme has won its 17th major award in just
2 years. The scheme was one of four in the city honoured by
the Civic Trust for excellence in design, planning and architecture
- and for making a real difference to people’s lives. The 2011
Civic Trust Awards, held in Manchester, recognised the best national
and international building schemes, celebrated architectural
excellence and rewarded civic contribution.
Liverpool’s £28m project to create a new canal link and transform
the public realm at the Pier Head, which was delivered by British
Waterways, received one of 24 commendation awards at the event. The
works were ‘applauded for their extent and quality which further
enhance the setting, including the grade I listed Liver Building,
and grade II* Cunard and Port of Liverpool Buildings. Judges
went on to say ‘the works represent best practice in
accommodating growth and investment in a dynamic, living World
Heritage Site city.’
The latest national accolade for the Pier Head and Canal Link takes
it total since 2009 to 17, including prestigious RIBA and British
Construction Industry Awards.
Projects by Liverpool’s higher education institutions also played a
starring role at the awards. The University of Liverpool’s Heating
Infrastructure Project - which was designed by architects Levitt
Bernstein Associates, who worked closely with city council planners
- won one of 27 main awards at the event.
The contemporary energy centre, which sits a group of 19th century
listed buildings on Dover Street, was praised for ‘reflecting the
past in a modern solution’ Judges described it as ‘a brave,
imaginative brief [which] has created a unique and modern design
with architectural qualities commensurate with its neighbours.’ City
Council planners worked closely with the architects to refine the
design. Also commended at the awards were Liverpool Hope
University’s Angel Field, on Shaw Road, a 21st century Renaissance
garden at the heart of the campus; and Liverpool John Moores
University’s Art and Design Academy – an iconic, modern building,
situated close to Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral, which offers
seminar rooms, galleries, exhibition space and roof terraces with
spectacular city views.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor
Malcolm Kennedy, said:- “I’m delighted that Liverpool has
played such a starring role at the Civic Trust Awards. Our four
award winners are all fantastic examples of how good design and
planning can help deliver world class, contemporary projects, which
breathe new life into our city while complementing our existing
I would like to congratulate all the teams who have worked on these
fantastic projects - these awards are well deserved. It’s also great
news that our ambitious Pier Head and Canal link scheme, which is
now a must-see attraction for visitors and local people, continues
to pick up an ever-growing list of national accolades.”
The city council’s Director for Regeneration, Nick Kavanagh, said:-
“Liverpool’s Pier Head and Canal link scheme has helped
transform our waterfront, increasing its appeal as a major
attraction. I’m delighted that it continues to receive this
well-merited national recognition for its high quality of design and
construction and for helping to improve people’s lives.
Liverpool’s overall success at the Civic Trust awards shows that,
despite the tough economic times, we continue to be a leading city
of architectural excellence, which can only be good news for our
Launched in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards is one of the oldest built
environment award schemes in Europe. From cafes and churches to
housing and hospitals, the Civic Trust Awards have rewarded over
6,500 projects which have made a difference to local people and
their communities by providing the design and facilities which have
made better places for people.
Civic Trust Awards Managing Director, Malcolm Hankey said:-
“Increased financial pressures on all aspects of the industry have
once again dominated the last 12 months, but the Civic Trust Awards
continue to encourage design excellence and promote the concept of
positive civic contribution. I would like to congratulate all of
this year’s winners on their much deserved success.”
A full list of winners is available at:-