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Sector Focus - Centre 63

Updated: Mar 29

Situated in Kirkby Town Centre. Centre 63 has been a staple for 60 years this October. The Youth Centre is equipped with two multi-use games areas, a large hall, large conference area and Career Connect, Talent Match, Northwest Training and Vibe all under one roof.

With a full timetable of free provisions for the entire community, Centre 63 offers and trainings including a thriving ukulele group, multiple sports teams for kids, and a Junior and Senior youth club, and provisions for Youth Intervention through the week.

Since July 2020, Centre 63 has operated a Social Supermarket, offering Kirby residents ‘a weekly shop for under £10’ every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm, through Neighbourly Partnership the Social Supermarket received weekly donations of free food from Marks and Spencer, and Greggs.

‘This service is invaluable to the Community of Kirkby and our volunteers have increased their knowledge skills, self-esteem and overall confidence.’

Jackie Croft, CEO of Centre 63 invited the Working Well Co-Ordinator and Business Support Officer from Knowsley Chamber of Commerce to attend their International Women's Day on Wednesday 8th March, 2023.

The event was supported by Knowsley Works, Knowsley Community College, VSS (who offer fully funded training programmes) and Realise (who offer training programmes) who regularly visit Centre 63 to support and encourage people back into the workplace.

Representatives from the Life Rooms were present currently piloting delivery of The Life Rooms services across community sites in Knowsley, offering a range of short courses to increase recognition, understanding and self-management on symptoms such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, self-esteem and for managing mental health and physical wellbeing, as well as cultural and creative opportunities.

Centre 63 has provided a safe space for learning facilitators to meet, learn and become activated in managing and improving individuals mental and physical wellbeing.

In addition, Jackie Croft organised a Two Cents Pizza to come in and make fresh individually boxed pizzas for all attendees. I have to say they were delicious.

The event was well supported indicating that Centre 63 offers a host of free services to the wider community. They disrupted 110 bacon barms and hot drinks at their drop in service on Wednesday mornings and a 200 handmade pizzas for lunch.

Congratulations to Jackie and her team on an event well planned and executed.

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