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  • 0 Summer 2018 - None Stop Fun!

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      Summer 2018 was definitely a new challenge for us, with our new Summer Club programmes and our usual fun and action packed trip programme, we had a lot on our plate. But, our 2018 Summer Programme has definitely been our best yet! This was our first time running the brand new Summer Clubs at Deysbrook Village Centre and Blueberry Park Primary School. This new initiative was ran throughout the summer to give our young people even more access to our services, hopefully giving them a fun filled summer holidays! We had plenty of fun activities and exciting visitors attending the Summer Clubs such as, Circus Frank and the Mobile Zoo. With the help of our friends at Kitchen In The Community all of our young people got the opportunity to get involved in cooking lessons and were given a nice warm lunch to fill them up! Throughout the summer we had an amazing variety of trips for all of our young people to take turns a piece attending. We visited places such as, Delamere Forrest for a Bike Ride, Splashworld, Jungle Parc, Liverpool Water Sports Centre, Gellings Riding Centre, Delta Force Paintballing and many more! Each trip that we went on was always full, sometimes even a reserve list was put in place as our Summer Programme is getting more and more popular each year. We finished off our Summer Programme with two trips to Mountain Monkeys, a thank you to everyone who had attended the Summer Clubs and all the well behaved young people over the summer holidays. Mountain Monkeys is an activity centre based at Carr Mill Dam in St Helens, providing a wide range of action packed activities. On our two visits, all of our young people got involved in many different land and water based activities - they took part in Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, Bush Crafts and Archery. Both days were full of laughter and excitement from our young people, making it a perfect way to end our Summer Programme! It was such a great summer for both our young people and all the staff at PYP, meeting new people and building relationships! We hope to carry on growing the Summer Programme and our new Summer Clubs each year, continuing to give amazing experiences and make unforgettable memories for our young people. A huge thank you to everyone we visited for having us and everyone who came to our Summer Clubs with their fantastic workshop. But the biggest thank you goes to all our super young people who made summer 2018 our best summer yet, we couldn't have done it without you! See you all again in the October Half Term!

  • 0 A Sunny Weekend Away!

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    Amazing weather, unbelievable experiences and a excited bunch of 11 young people is what our weekend consisted of on our recent residential to North Wales! We began our weekend on a sunny Friday evening, with a gorgeous drive down to our location. A journey full of amazing coastal roads and beautiful countryside views, never failing to impress our young people! Arriving at Boulder Adventures is always a pleasure, Dave and his staff team always make us feel welcome! After a quick safety briefing, everyone shot off to their rooms and got settled in. Saturday was a bright and early start, with breakfast being at 8AM. Everyone filled their boots and got themselves prepared for the exciting day ahead. After a quick briefing it was an early dart, heading out at 9AM to Holyhead beach for coasteering. Another day of glorious weather, the sun beaming down and not a cloud in sight, making the day even better! All kitted up, we ventured off to a secluded area of Holyhead where we started off our adventure - hours full of breath taking views, adrenaline rushing jumps and unforgettable experiences! We finished the Saturday evening off with a stroll through Beddgelert, visiting the famous Dog's Grave, giving our young people some history of the local area and coming back to a cosy campfire (even if one of our staff members messed up melting the chocolate!) Once the night had closed in on us, everyone came together in the living room where a few of our young people serenaded us with their amazing voices! True talents came to light, completely surprising the staff! Sunday began with a lot of sleepy heads, everyone rising for breakfast to start the day. After packing our bags and saying our goodbyes to the staff at Boulder Adventures, we headed off to Zip World. High up in the trees, jumping around and exceeding comfort zones is definitely a way to describe Zip World, putting another great experience onto the list! Our travels home began, stopping off at the Ugly House for a delightful lunch to compliment the amazing weather we were blessed with. With bellies filled, tired staff and young people, we began our final stint. This was definitely a weekend that both staff and young people will never forget. Building relationships, creating amazing memories and giving rare opportunities to our young people!

  • 0 The People's Projects Please Vote for Priority Youth Project

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    The People's Projects gives you the chance to decide how National Lottery funding can make a difference in your local community. The projects are revealed! Voting opens at 9am on Monday 16th April 2018. A share of up to £3 million of National Lottery funding is up for grabs. With 95 organisations shortlisted across the UK, we want you to vote for the projects you would like to receive funding. Groups are competing for up to £50,000 of funding to improve the lives of people in their communities. Please Vote for Priority Youth Project by clicking the image below remember voting doesn't open until 9am Monday 16th April 2018, Thankyou!

  • 0 Our BRAND NEW Smiley Bus

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    Christmas definitely came early for us last year, with taking delivery of our brand new Smiley Bus from the Steven Morgan Foundation! We have been working alongside the Steven Morgan Foundation since 2016 and they have been kindly supporting us with funding for many of our successful projects, such as the Mobile Bus. The team along with many of our volunteers and young people began fundraising for our own mini bus, but we soon came to realise that it was going to take a very long time before we would ever be able to purchase a bus that fits our needs. So when we heard about the Smiley Bus project that the Steven Morgan Foundation run we had to jump straight onto it! After countless funding applications and numerous meetings with them, the anxious wait was finally over. Just before Christmas 2017 we received the amazing news that we had been gifted a BRAND NEW Smiley Bus, what a perfect way to end an amazing year! Having this bus gives us the opportunity to potentially double the amount of trips for our young people, providing them with support and new experiences while being in a safe and friendly environment. We can’t thank the Steven Morgan Foundation enough for the support that they have given us over the past 2 years, their support has helped us grow into the amazing project we are today! A big thank you also goes to all the staff team and volunteers at Priority Youth Project who work day in and day out to keep the project up and running and changing the lives of the Young People we work with. If you would like to read the Steven Morgan Foundation press release, please click here!

  • 0 TPAS Awards

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    As part of the Liverpool East Consortium we were entered into the TPAS awards with Riverside Housing earlier in the year.  We were delighted to be shortlisted for the Northern Region Final in Manchester on the 29th April 2016.   We all set off on a coach, extremely excited, and up against 4 other contenders for the award.  We arrived at the Palace Hotel in Manchester and were greeted with refreshments before taking our seats for a delicious 3 course meal, with entertainment from 2 very talented singers and a magician, before the awards ceremony started.   Everyones story was worthy of winning in each category, and it must of been hard for the judges to decide the winners.  It came to our category 'Excellence in Youth Involvement' and we all waited for the winner to be called out.  We won!!!  We all went up on to the stage to accept our award from David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, and Frank Burke from Riveride said a few words about the project with young people and our partnership working, and then we had our photos taken.  We feel extremely honoured to have won this award!     We have now been entered into the National Final in July... Watch this space!

  • 0 Asiana Fundraiser!

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    So on a cold night in November, it got pretty heated in The Asiana as the event of the Year started ...... The Priorty Youth Project Fundraiser !!!! Tickets sold well and we were soon sold out so we were excited for a great night and it did not disappoint. The food was amazing so thank you Asiana for putting on an amazing three course meal, I am surprised anyone could even dance they were so full to the brim with the fabulous food. The atmosphere was great and the room was filled with chatter and laughter, many raffle tickets were sold and the generosity of people astounds me every time.  Music was played by David Patterson who not only played great music, he took requests,  helped compare and did an amazing job of picking out raffle tickets from a bucket !!!. We also had an amazing magician Tom Williams who went round all the tables entertaining an raising even more money for his efforts. It was such a good night, Gary Cambell volunteered to compare and kept us entertained, and some people were most excited to win a raffle prize especially a girl called Annie who had never won a prize in her whole life and you would think the four bottles of real ales  was a Diamond Ring !!!!!!  at the end of the night people did not want to leave and that in its self speaks for itself. We raised a grand total of just over £1,100.00 with the help of all the fab Priority Youth team and trustees Sarah, Will, Gemma, Jamie, Danny, Mark, James, Norman and myself, who tirelessly sold tickets and made sure everyone was having a good time, so that money could be raised for this amazing charity.   So, watch this space for the next Fundraiser Vicki xxxx

  • 0 Liverpool Youth Awards night

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    It was the night of the 17th February when we all made our way to 30 James Street, in the big blue mini-bus, it was pouring down with rain so we had to try and stay dry after spending the day with rollers in and wondering what to wear!  Checking in wasn't easy as there was over 20 of us on the night, some had made their own way on public transport, all excited and not knowing what to expect.   As we walked in, the first thing that caught my eye was 2 people dancing on stilts to the brilliant tunes blasted out by DJ Mick Willow, once a young person himself with Interchill, he was able to showcase to others what he has achieved.  The turn out was amazing, the room was jam packed, and we were squashed in like sardines!  There was a strong sense of celebrating young peoples achievements throughout the night, and it was inspiring to see so much young talent under one roof.  Ben Osu did an amazing job as compare, and kept everyone entertained. There was plenty to keep young people occupied, with a festival theme, food and drinks, face painting from our own Jayne Silvano, hand and arm massages, and a brilliant magician going around entertaining with his magic skills. Aside from that, and the reason everyone was there, to celebrate young people and youth projects across the city, with 8 awards in total to be won. When 8pm came, the award categories began, and we all waited with anticipation, not knowing if we would hear our names called out.  A few well deserved awards were given out to different organisations, and then came the Award for the 'Best Project for Improving Physical Health in Young People' and we heard the words 'And the winners are Priority Youth Project and Danny Graham'! In a daze we went up to accept the award, presented to us by Tom McGuire, the Mersey North Divisional Director of Riverside Housing, cheers went up around the room, I could hear people shouting our names, flashes going off everywhere from photographers, it was the best feeling ever!  We were so unbelievably proud, with the biggest cheesiest smiles on our faces, which continued for days afterwards.  We were overwhelmed.   The rest of the awards continued until the last one was announced, 'Most Inspirational Young Person Award' Ben informed everyone that this category had been very hard to judge, and so they had decided that both a girl and a boy would each recieve an award.  I remember shaking, as I had nominated Mollie Farley for being one of the strongest young people I know, for fundraising over £6000 for ourselves and the little Princess Cancer Trust, in addition to cutting all her hair off to make a wig for a little girl with cancer...  'And the winner is.... Mollie Farley!'  As she went up for her award all I remember is grabbing my camera and standing there proudly with tears of happiness rolling down my face, taking photographs of Mollie getting presented with her award by the Lord Mayor, Tony Conception.  She was so made up, I think she was in shock!   The next half an hour was spent getting photographs with our award winners, our staff team and volunteers, consortium lead partners Sophie Heneghan And Frank Burke from Riverside Housing , and our local councillors from Yew Tree ward Barbara Murray, John Prince, and Tony Conception our Lord Mayor, all of whom are so supportive of our work with young people.  We felt like celebrities!  We are definitely looking forward to next year, well done to Gail Goodwin, Yvonne Maddocks and all the organisers, it was a fantastic event and one to be very proud of!  Sarah xxx

  • 1 Annual Snowdon Climb 2015

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    A crew of hearty fundraisers set off early one unseasonably warm (ish) September’s morning to attempt to summit one of the country’s highest peaks. At 3,560ft, Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa in Welsh, meaning "the throne") is the highest mountain in England and Wales. This is the key to its enduring popularity. We hadn’t realised just how popular until we started our way up, opting for the Miners’ Track over the PYG Track which struck me as similar to our charity name PYP, perhaps this was to be an omen. There was plenty of characters on the ascend (not in our party), a father-and-son team illustrated the confusion at the heart of our nation's relationship with the outdoors: the dad had more kit than Bear Grylls going off to climb K2, while his son was in jeans and a T-shirt that exclaimed, in pink, "I like party girls". We saw several couples whose expedition equipment comprised Tesco bags and a senior gentleman who was transporting the remains of the family picnic down the mountain in a red tartan shopper – a wonderful and uniquely British sight which we’ll call upon in low moments for years to come. The most striking memory of the day was the grit and determination of the main fund raisers of the event Lisa Wright and Claire Gillian, they took the challenge by the horns and reached the summit to a well-deserved hero’s welcome. It was clear they had found parts of the ascent demanding yet they along with the other fund raisers refused to take the train down the mountain. Once refreshed and with a smile the group moved off the peak following the Llanberis Path, which roughly follows the route of the Snowdon Mountain Railway, is one of the longest, and certainly the easiest down the mountain. It was another very successful event on many levels, funds raised, challenges achieved, minds expanded and wonderful experiences shared which encapsulates the ethos of the Priority Youth Project. Donation can still be made, you can text PYP22 £3 (your chosen amount can be between £1 and £10) to 70070 

  • 0 Sponsored Walk up Mount Snowdon

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    Raising funds for Priority Youth to help with running costs and keep all our young people smiling, minimum sponsorship fee is £30 per person, I can email sponsor forms for those wishing to take part, or if you don't fancy it, please sponsor us!

 

 

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