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The Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, Liverpool’s only super youth zone, has celebrated its first birthday with more than 900 young people.
The event also saw young people of all ages and abilities receive trophies and certificates for their involvement in the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub World Cup Games.
There were displays by cheerleaders from local dance troops and Radio City DJ Lee Butler who performed as Special Guest DJ.
Hub Managing Director Sara Lawton said: “The young people were delighted when they heard Lee Butler would be making an appearance during our celebrations. Lee has been wonderful and had no hesitation in responding to our request for help. Music will be a big feature of the Hub moving forward and we are currently planning our first Music Festival.
“We are self-sustainable and generate revenue by hiring out our amazing sports facilities. This year we have a target of £700,000 and as you can imagine we are looking for ways in which we can tell our story.”
The Toxteth Fire Fit Hub is a charity based in Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth, and supports over 1,900 young people from across Liverpool.
The Toxteth Fire Fit Hub is a unique project which has seen the creation of a Youth Zone with sporting facilities as part of the Myplace programme, which provides world-class facilities for young people from across Liverpool. Annual membership is available for young people for the site.
The event also celebrated Sara Lawton winning the title of “Merseyside Woman of the Year 2014” earlier this year.
Sara Lawton said: “This celebration was a great opportunity for us to shout from the rooftops what an amazing place we have and how we can support young people.”
The first birthday event was also supported by Everton in the Community, the NCD Cheerleading Squad, North West Rodeo and Blackburne House Group.
The Hub said it has created over 30 job opportunities and has impacted on the lives of many young people. There has also been a reduction in local crime and 924 young people attending the Hub have gained qualifications.
Jennifer Van der Merwe, Hub Centre Manager, said: “We have some fantastic partners, who really believe in what we do and who have helped to make our first year so successful. Everyone at the Hub would like to say a big thank you to our members and partners for such a fantastic first year.”
The Hub also ran a Summer Camp for 6 to 10-year-olds every day of the week. Costs are only £5 annual membership, and 50p per visit.
The Toxteth Fire Fit Hub was funded by the Department of Education’s MyPlace initiative, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and Liverpool City Council.
More information can be obtained by calling the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub on 0151 296 6800.
“I want to help those suffering from PTSD”
A firefighter at our Service is appealing for sponsorship to help her undertake voluntary work in Sri Lanka to help people in the country affected by years of conflict.
Firefighter Claire Crilly is undertaking the visit as part of work by the SLV, a graduate-led organisation that provides degree-specific volunteer placements in Sri Lanka. She will fly to Sri Lanka this month but needed to raise £1,250 for accommodation, training for her role in the country and support as well as for food.
Claire, who will be on the Psychology Placement, will spend one half-day per week running therapeutic activities at Psychiatric Hospitals. She will also spend one half-day per week volunteering at a residential centre or community outreach projects that provides
care for people will mental health disorders.
Claire, who is a member of Green Watch at Kirkdale Community Fire Station and studied
for her degree at the University of Liverpool, said: “The impact of 26 years of Civil War, between July 1983 and May 2009, has left the economy, environment and population of this country in hardship. My degree is in Psychology
and Health Sciences and I have a particular interest in trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
“SLV was set up in 2010 to offer assistance to a country which has little support for mental health needs. The charity works to provide Psychological assistance, Occupational Therapy, Sports Coaching and teaching English to children with learning difficulties that would otherwise be left behind in the education system.
“I will be there for 12 weeks, living with a host family and attending training and seminars along the way. Staying with a host family is the safest
and most inexpensive method for the volunteers. Flights, insurance, visa and
weekend trips while I am there will be funded by myself.”
Claire will arrive in the country on September 15. Her pledge page can be found
SLV offers project and cultural awareness training, leadership opportunities, and encourages
volunteers to contribute to the continued growth and development of the team and its projects.
More information on SLV can be found here -
Claire Crilly at Kirkdale Community Fire Station before her departure to Sri Lanka. Photo supplied by Claire Crilly.
Many Happy Returns
Happy Birthday Hub
The World Cup event that was staged at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub for young people. Photo supplied by the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub.

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