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The Cedars Community Resource Centre is delighted to have received £5,000 as part of a project aimed at reducing crime in Netherton.

Clubs and groups with projects to support those living and working in the EVOLVE Netherton area attended the ‘Power to Park Lane’ participatory budget event at Bootle Town Hall on Tuesday (June 20, 2023).  A number of organisations, including a team from The Cedars, pitched for funding in a Dragon’s Den style to local residents who voted for the projects they felt would have the biggest impact in their community.

Sergeant Rachel Hassett, who helped organised the event, commented: “Autism Initiatives applied for funding to develop outdoor spaces at The Cedars Community Resource Centre.  They presented on the night and won the hearts of the community who voted for them and helped them secure the funding they needed”

Cedars Centre Manager, Pauline Denson explained: “This funding will enable us to create a safe sensory environment to the front of the building which will be welcoming for our families and visitors, but most importantly create an inclusive space for all the people we support to enjoy the environment in which we have been developing over the past couple of years. I’d like to personally thank The Cedars amazing staff for all their hard work and continued support in creating these beautiful opportunities for the people we support and bringing to life the spaces we have available within the centre.”

Sgt Hassett, said: “Power to Park Lane was an amazing event and we are looking forward to seeing a difference to the lives of those living, working and visiting the area as a result of these fantastic projects that have been given a boost by this funding.  Power to Park Lane has helped to empower local groups to provide activities and resources that will ultimately assist to decrease and prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, tackle County Lines, protect vulnerable people and help reduce gang-related activity.”

The event is one of many initiatives taking place in the area following the launch of EVOLVE Netherton in April to disrupt and deter gangs from operating and to make the area places people love to live, work and visit.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Power to Park Lane, one of our warmly welcomed initiatives in Sefton, has been designed to support the community to deliver projects that will make the estate a better place to live, work and visit by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.”

We look forward to bringing you more news and pictures once The Cedars project is completed.