Ideas, ideas, ideas!

So it’s been a few weeks since my mammoth blog and we have been ploughing on with the Neighbourhood Challenge.


We are doing really well with the relationship building and I have met some amazing people doing amazing things in the area. People are really starting to buy into this challenge and I think it is helping people to  think BIG!! Confidence in people is one of the main issues that can hinder progress, but hopefully with the support that we can offer their ambitions and ideas on ways of ‘making Speke a better place to live’ can become a reality.

Some of the people who I have met have been really inspiring and have made a real impact on me so I thought I would share their stories:

Laura Hatch is a young mum who moved to Speke from North Liverpool, she has two young children and is very active in the area. She does a lot of volunteering at the local centres and is extremely motivated and ambitious, really quite inspirational. She used to use many of the facilities in the area but unfortunately most of them have now been removed due to funding cuts, she saw the issues this was bringing  to people like herself and has decided to do something about it.

Laura would like to set up a ‘Parent Hub’ in Speke, a place where mum’s and dads can bring their children and access support and advice as well as make new friends and just have a place to be. She has done a lot of research and because she is so active in the area she can truly identify the needs of the people. Everyone she has spoken to about her idea has been in full support and I for one think it would be a brilliant investment for Speke. Now without a challenge such as this, Laura would not have known where to access the support and information and potential funding she needs to begin. She actually used the term ‘I think it was meant to be’ when talking about the Speak out Speak challenge, she is massively enthusiastic and has been working really hard to get her idea off the ground and gain as much support locally as possible.

I also visited Five for Families Children Centre in Speke and was really excited when I was invited to their partnering organisation called Can Cook Studio to meet with their managing director Robbie. Can Cook provides cookery training for communities and is based in Garston right next to Speke. When I arrived at the studio’s I have to say I was pretty taken back, firstly at the magnificent kitchen facilities they have and secondly that I had never heard of them because they are so great. They had a group of young people in on that day cooking curry from all different nationalities, they smelt amazing!


After the groups had finished cooking they then had an awards ceremony with the head chef, it was pretty brilliant.

Robbie is a local and lived in Speke all of his life, his aims are to better the area and the help the people who live in it, so really I couldn’t have met a better supporter for the challenge. He has offered me the support of his development team who will have invaluable knowledge for the challenge.

So moving on from there we have four entries so far for the prize challenge and I am going to be working with them over the next couple of weeks to support their ideas and prepare them for the judging panel. I will also be working with Five for Families and gaining access to the local community through their centre, so fingers crossed come September when we will be having our first round of judging, Speke will be buzzing with activity and people wanting to become involved.

Speak to you all soon!



4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alice Casey on July 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Good to hear from you as ever – you make it sound like you’re having lots of fun as well as doing all the hard work that I know you’ve been doing! Best of luck with what comes next – I look forward to hearing more, and it would also be great if you could look at answering the blog monitirong questions too as it helps us to understand what is going on across the programme. Thanks, I’m looking forward to visiting!


  2. Posted by laura hatch on July 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    thank you for your kind comments sophie,i really am excited about the future of the parent hub and how much progress there has been so far. I am enjoying all the feedback from the community and looking forward to working close with meny services in liverpool to offer what parents need.


  3. Posted by Paul Kyprianou on August 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Really interesting blog Sophie, with lots of potential useful learning – well done!


  4. Posted by John Mc Evatt on September 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Good luck Sophie it is about funders started involving the people of Speke. I have a project working with local young students going into care nursing and sheltered accommadation to build the generational gap that is getting wider by the year. Our young and old are finding that they actually quite like each other and are building relationships that are amazing.We hope we can have a great time working with you and learn from each other on how to strengthen our own community and make many friends along the way.John Mc Evatt


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