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We have a long tradition in Liverpool of creative organisations working in partnership with local communities to enhance opportunities for children, young people and their families to get involved in arts and other projects. We also have other organisations that can help with food and nutritional projects.

If you would like to enhance and enrich your HAF programme, here are some local organisations that we have partnered with to support the HAF programme. You should contact partners directly to arrange sessions, visits etc. and they will then let us know who has booked in and for how many sessions etc. and we will provide the resources they need directly to them to cover costs.

Obviously, availability will depend on our partners capacity, so please bear this in mind.

Mental Health Awareness


Dramatic Recovery

Dramatic Recovery is a mental health arts organisation that uses the power of the arts to explore and tackle mental health issues and emotions. 

  • We promote and create positive mental health and well-being through the medium of drama and the arts.
  • We are a unique mental health service as our methodology entails a creative edge like no other.
  • We offer drama and writing workshops, theatre arts and crafts, creative classes socially prescribed by General Practises, verbatim theatre performances and events that have all been developed to boost well-being and address and break the taboo. 

The idea behind our logo appears to be two theatre masks, the happy and the sad. However in our sessions we talk a lot about how the usual theatre mask image is always the ‘happy’ in front of the ‘sad’. Why is this? It explores the mask we all wear everyday, and with our work we want to help people remove their masks and express their true emotions. Young people thoroughly enjoy creating their own mask through art that they wear everyday and discussing how important it is to show your true emotions. 

We have found that theatre is the perfect vehicle to break down barriers and dissect issues that can be difficult to talk about, especially with young people. Our approach helps to engage peers whilst also educate, and ensures a feel good result. 

We would love to have the chance to work with more young people for play schemes situated in and around Liverpool.

In 2019, we facilitated a Black History Month Playscheme at the Black-E. With the young people we explored true stories and devised them into a short play. For example the cohort reenacted and recreated the scene of Rosa Parks on the bus at the end of the week as a showcase performance for parents and carers. Each young person performed a monologue about what they had learnt over the week such as the food they had tried, the music they had listened to, and also the people they had learnt about. 

We would love to hear from you – if you are interested in booking a session with us as part of the HAF programme please get in touch:

www.dramaticrecovery.co.uk

anna@dramaticrecovery.co.uk Contact: Anna 07539236008


Creative/Arts/Therapeutic

Park Palace Ponies

Park Palace Ponies is an inner city starter riding school opened in April 2017 in the Dingle, Toxteth. Park Palace Ponies aims to inspire a new generation of horse riders and to make horse riding more accessible to those in inner city areas. At Park Palace Ponies we offer riding lessons for children aged 7- 10 who have never ridden before. We are ABRS approved and Liverpool City Council registered.

www.parkpalaceponies.com

Contact: 0151 708 0624

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The Windows Project

The Windows Project has been making writing fun with word games for children on Merseyside play schemes since 1976. Our brightly coloured board-games and fairground-style sideshows may involve throwing a ball, rolling dice, moving counters – but we’ll keep them Covid-safe this summer.  There will be old favourites like The Amazing Push Poem Machine and introducing a brand-new game for the environment Green Earth Soup. Working one-to-one, our experienced writing tutors will help children to write their own poems and stories and add their own artwork which you can display around your centre or post on social media.

www.windowsproject.co.uk

windowsproject@btinternet.com Contact: Dave Ward 0771 064 4325

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Creative Spaces Co.

Creative Spaces Co. uses the arts to build stronger communities, improve people’s health, support lifelong learning and create more active citizens. Launching in January 2019, we’ve hosted a series of interactive reading events, drama and creative writing workshops, forest schools and Good Times celebrations; inviting hundreds of people to reimagine their local spaces for arts and culture.
Creative Spaces Co. sees the potential in every space for creative happenings. From book clubs to creative play we work with fellow community organisations to bring great things to spaces across Liverpool City Region.
We’re always looking for new work, spaces and partners.
If you would like to collaborate on your HAF programme please email us, we would love to hear from you.

wemakecreativespaces.org

hello@wemakecreativespaces.org Contact: Rachel O’Byrne 0151 374 0405

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MPAC (Merseyside Play Action Council)

MPAC has 3 training rooms fully equipped to deliver music production and performance workshops. We also have a large arts and crafts space used to deliver workshops and sessions covering Gelli Printing, Grid Art, Soap Making and Die Cutting. We will invite HAF groups to attend our workshops which are aimed at ages 13+. We run both morning and afternoon sessions using skilled artists.

Please call Ian at MPAC on 0151 708 0468 or email ian.johnson@merseyplay.com for more information.




Split Perspectivz CIC

We have been in operation since 2020. I am a children’s book author and songwriter who has worked with children for about 10 years, and have two of my own, one with Asperger’s. My colleague, Jude Lennon is a former teacher and a champion of reading. We have delivered 100’s of workshops in many settings on a range of topics, and over 25 thousand book boxes to Merseyside children on Free school meals, and areas without funding. Jude and I are on the Liverpool Literacy core planning group.

We provide workshops to inspire interaction, confidence, team work, achievement, problem solving, empowerment through creativity and storytelling, using giant den building activities, art and props. Resource packs and boxes containing papercrafts, certificates, activities, reading materials, stickers and stationery, access to online features,

Please contact Natalie Reeves Billing on 07785629995 or email jude@littlelambpublishing.co.uk



Sports

Cycle of Life

Bikeability – Would you like to book Cycle of Life to deliver a cycle training day as part of your holiday program? We still have a some FREE spots and subsidised activities to offer this summer from July 28th to August 29th. Please contact us on admin@col8.org or bookings@col8.org 01512453910 or 07305783899 to enquire and/or book dates for delivery to your group. We are also keen to train your staff to deliver these programmes in the future and would be happy to discuss this further.




Mr Silky Skills

Hi my name is Richard Braithwaite aka Mr Silky Skills, I am a professional Football Freestyler from Liverpool, with the most unique style in the world. 
I’ve got over 30 years Youth Engagement experience and workshop delivery, I’ve been booked to entertain every type of audience and I can offer youth clubs something new, exciting and engaging for school holidays and throughout the year. 
I have performed at Anfield, Goodison, Man City and Man Utd to name a few stadiums and have also featured on TV for BBC, BBC3, ITV and Sky Sports.
It would be a pleasure to attend your centre and engage your young people and staff.

  • My workshops are 2 hours long
  • I can deliver to 10 young people per workshop
  • I can teach the basics in Freestyle football – kick ups, knee ups, heading and also a number of my own unique skills
  • As part of my workshops, the young people will take part in a ‘most kick ups’ competition as well as relay games and ending with a five-a-side football match as everyone enjoys a game at the end of the session

    mrsilkyskills@yahoo.co.uk Contact: 07907396027


Food Provision / Food Training

The Back Kitchen – Mobile Catering

The Back kitchen (a bespoke catering pod) is a project of Liverpool Homeless Football Club that supports people experiencing homeless to move towards employment, further training or volunteering. Through learning techniques for managing stress, building up their self-esteem and confidence, developing practical catering skills, gaining qualifications in basic food preparation and food hygiene, and opportunities for work experience on our catering pod ‘The Back kitchen’.

www.liverpoolhomelessfootballclub.com/back-kitchen/

info@liverpoolhomelessfootballclub.com Contact: 0151 237 3986 or 07595503694





Squash Liverpool

SQUASH can provide a vibrant and creative learning experience at our Squash HQ and from our community food garden.

We can provide training for staff/volunteer teams (of up to 15 people) – 2 hour session:
Our sessions will provide the inspiration, knowledge, tools, resources and confidence to develop successful healthy-living practice within participants  own venues/projects. Together, we will explore and try out successful hands-on methods for engaging your young people in creative, green, health and well-being. 

Including:
– simple ideas to encourage people to incorporate healthy foods in to their diets
– trying and testing easy recipes – great tasting value for money dishes
– tips on how to run really engaging, inclusive workshops/sessions
– practical and inventive ways to engage people with their local natural environment simple container growing for any space using recycled materials healthy

We can provide training for visiting groups of young people (up to 15 people) – 2 hour session:
Squash can host groups of up to 15 young people at our community garden venue for a half day session of hands on practical activities with a food and well-being focus.

Themes for session content include:
– Outdoor cooking / Cooking on a fire
– Food sowing, growing, harvesting
– Pizza making in outdoor oven
– Cooking with the sun using our solar oven

www.squashliverpool.co.uk

becky@squashliverpool.co.uk Contact: Becky Vipond 0151 7077897

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FareShare Merseyside & North Wales

FareShare Merseyside & North Wales (FSM) are pleased to have the opportunity to offer the following services to the HAF providers situated within Liverpool:

Community Food Membership
Holiday Provision Membership per play scheme, 13 weeks per year collection or delivery of 80kg chilled, frozen and or ambient food.  This food will be used to deliver meals and snack to the children and their families attending the play scheme.

Community Pantry
A Community Pantry (or equivalent) is a food scheme that exists to provide a sustainable and affordable source of food to members of the community. Also sometimes known as a ‘Social Supermarket’ or ‘Larder’, a Pantry typically redistributes food that is surplus to individuals through a membership scheme, which provides a certain amount of food items each visit for a set weekly or monthly fee.

Typically, weekly fees range from £2.50 – £5, which gives members access to different categories of food up to an approximate value of £15 – £25 per week. Pantries are distinct from discount supermarkets or foodbanks as they offer members other support services, such as employment or financial advice, and aim to make a wider social impact, for example improving health and well-being and/or reducing social isolation. FareShare Merseyside & North Wales (FSM) are in negotiations with the CAB, creating a partnership approach. FSM will support the setup of a pantry, supply weekly food deliveries consisting of 80 kg frozen, ambient and or chilled food for 13 weeks of the year.  The CAB will provide support services to the pantry’s members for example, debt advice.  Having a CAB representative on site on the day the pantry is available to the community.


fareshare.org.uk

Ann.dobie@fareshare.org.uk Contact: Ann Dobie 0795 679 9400    /  0151 486 1139




Other Opportunities

https://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/