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  • 0 Our First Visit To CAFT

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    The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) is based at the beautiful Booth Bank Farm, a 17th Century farmhouse set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. They provide a variety of free programmes for terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children from all over the North West. We first took a visit to CAFT early this year to meet the staff and take a look around the facilities. We were greeted with open arms by Caz, who has been so helpful throughout the whole process and lead up to the residential, and she gave us a tour of the unbelievable facilities which are surrounded by gorgeous views. We knew as soon as we arrived this is definitely somewhere we would want to bring our young people to! After sitting down with the team we decided that the perfect group for this residential would be the young people from our Mobile Bus Project at Blueberry Park. We have been running this session for over two years now and we thought it was the right time to treat the young people to a residential, especially those who have been there since day one! Then came the residential, after none stop excitement and hundreds of questions, it was time to embark on the adventure to CAFT. Greeted by Stuart and their Mini Bus at Blueberry Park we took the short journey to kick start the weekend. Upon arrival everyone settled down into the cosy living room while our evening meal was prepared. There was enough food to sink a ship, meaning all of us finished with full bellies! After being introduced to Emma and the team, who were going to be looking after us over the weekend, we settled down for the evening and got comfy in the Sensory Room to watch a film. It was time to wake up and get stuck right into our first full day at CAFT. After our delicious breakfast, full of fresh pastries and warming toast, we got our wellies on and went out to meet the farm animals and give them their breakfast! We have never seen so many happy farm animals, all coming over to say hello and tuck into some food, we even managed to take one of the sheep for a walk/run across the grounds! Coming back inside we sat down to prepare out dinner which was homemade pizzas. All of our young people had free reign of what they wanted on their pizza, we even had some baked beans on one. It was time to venture up to the sports hall where we knew the young people were in for a surprise. An abundance of toys and games, a bouldering wall, ball pit and let’s not forget the ENOURMOUS inflatable slide! It was the perfect way to tire everyone out for the evening ahead, even the staff got involved and had a good laugh. We walked back into the farmhouse to be greeted with an amazing smell of freshly baked pizzas, we knew it was time to tuck in. Pizzas left, right and centre it was like a pizza free-for-all! It was time to collect some snacks and head over to the sensory room again to settle down and watch another film to finish off the day, when we say settle down there was definitely some ZZZ’s in the air! Sunday came around too quickly; it was the day no one wanted to see, the day to head back home. After one last blast in the sports hall, enjoying the amazing inflatable again, it was time to get the bus loaded and head back to Liverpool. What a weekend we had, so many laughs, so many smiles and developing our relationships with the extremely well behaved young people. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the team at CAFT who made our visit very welcoming and so much fun! Let’s not forget out young people who attended and made the whole weekend one to remember, without you none of this would be possible. We are definitely going to be returning, until next time CAFT.

  • 0 5 Years Later...

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    We have definitely had the most amazing 5 years as Priority Youth Project! This year marks 5 years since PYP was registered as a charity and we began providing services across Liverpool East. Starting from a small team of youth workers and a helping hand of our young people, we have grown into a team of hard working, dedicated youth workers and hundreds of fantastic young people who are all a pleasure to work with. Over the past 5 years we have given our young people the opportunities of a life time, such as; the countless residential's, numerous NICAS Climbing Courses, action packed Summer Holidays, annual trips to Farmageddon and the Trafford Centre and much, much more. We work alongside some very helpful people, organisations and funders making all of these opportunities, so we would like to give them a HUGE thank you! TIME TO CELEBRATE! On Saturday 12th October we held our 5 Year Anniversary Celebrations at Cardinal Heenan High School. We hosted such a fantastic night with performances from The Cubans, Nathan one of our young people, games such as Play Your Cards Right and Bingo. Let's not forget the unbelievable Raffles that we ran as well, all of the prizes we had were something special. The whole event was meant to be a celebration of the work we have done, the achievements we have gained, recognition of the team work that is put into PYP and a celebration of our young people. However, with the help of everyone who attended we managed to raise an amazing £2,340. We were also supported by Barclays for the event and they will be match funding us. THANK YOU! This is going to go such a long way to help us provide our unique services across Liverpool. We would have been able to make it such a memorable night without the help of the following people: Cardinal Heenan PTA for helping us put this all together, without them we wouldn't have had such an amazing venue and the night wouldn't have went so smoothly. The Cubans, after having to rearrange our entertainment for the night last minute, these guys were definitely a blessing and they know how to put on a show, everyone was blown away with the performance! Nathan, our amazing young person who took centre stage not only by himself but alongside The Cubans and wowed everyone, an amazing talent which is going to go far, keep it up! JM Discos for hosting the night, keeping the guests up on the dance floor and making sure the night was always lively. Tracey, for making an absolutely delicious Chicken Curry and Scouse which had so many compliments throughout the night and to our very own Kate for making an absolutely gorgeous Veggie Chilli. Chris Ryder for coming down and drawing the caricatures throughout the night. Bake My Day Liverpool for providing delicious PYP decorated cupcakes and biscuits, nom nom nom! Blu Up for decorating our venue with gorgeous balloons. Our raffle was something not to be missed with some unbelievable prizes which were all kindly donated! So, another huge THANK YOU goes to everyone who donated, the generosity was out of this world and we couldn't have made it such a unique raffle without you! Finally, the biggest THANK YOU goes to YOU! All the amazing young people we work with, their families, our partners and funders. The on going support that you give Priority Youth Project is what keeps us going, it gives us the drive to keep providing the special opportunities for young people across Liverpool helping reach their full potential.

  • 0 Steve Morgan Foundation Awards 2019

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    On Friday 13th September 2019, the Priority Youth Project team was invited over to Carden Park Hotel for the 2019 Steve Morgan Foundation Awards. Amazingly, we were nominated for the award of 'Changing Young Lives' and this is when we would be finding out if we had been successful in our category. Weeks prior to this, a voting poll was set up for us and all the other charities in our category where we would have to try and get as many people to vote for us as possible, through social media, word of mouth and informing our young people about it. These votes would contribute 25% to the final decision. Not only had we been invited for the Awards, but we had been asked to deliver our very own workshop on ‘Investing in Young People’ to other Charities and Social Enterprises, sharing the stories of our young workforce and how they have worked their way up from young people to dedicated youth workers. This was the perfect opportunity for us to network and meet the people behind the other amazing organisations that are funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation. Then came the award ceremony, what we had all been waiting for. Set up in a gorgeous room in Carden Park, we found our table and mingled amongst the others around us. Steve Morgan and his amazing team always know how to make you feel welcome and host the most amazing events. It was time for the announcement of who won the category of ‘Changing Young Lives’… And to our amazement we came out on top and WON! This is such a great achievement for PYP, the Staff Team and all of our Young People. Not only did we win the award, we also walked away with a £5,000 donation too! We would like to thank everyone who did vote for us, but a HUGE THANK YOU goes to the Steve Morgan Foundation for their continuous support over the years and giving us the opportunity to succeed in what we do!

  • 0 Summer 2019 - Bigger and Better!

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    Summer is always a challenge for the staff team at PYP. With multiple summer clubs, trips everyday and our usual provisions, we are always working none stop to keep out keen young people busy! Our Summer Clubs at the Deysbrook Village Centre and Blueberry Park were such a hit in 2018 we kept them going this year. We had plenty of fun activities and exciting visitors attending the Summer Clubs such as, Circus Frank and Chris Ryder an amazing Caricature. With the help of Claire from Good Grub Club all of our young people got the opportunity to get involved in cooking lessons and were given a tasty 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, Liverpool Water Sports Centre, Gellings Riding Centre, Bubble Football, Lathom Fisheries 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, as a thank you to everyone who had attended the Summer Clubs and all the well behaved young people over the summer holidays. Located in the middle of Carr Mill Dam, St Helens, everyone got involved with a variety of activities such as Canoeing, Giant Paddle Boarding, Bush Crafts, Archery and Rock Climbing. Definitely two very tiring days! Another Summer Programme out of the way, yet again filled with some amazing memories for everyone at PYP! How are we going to top this one? 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 2019 our best summer yet, we couldn't have done it without you!

  • 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

 

 

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