Epsom Street Community Centre
“A community rich in spirit, resourcefulness and compassion”
Epsom Street Community and Volunteer Service based in Vauxhall, Liverpool, is situated within the heart of the community and works closely with local schools and community residents.
The project was originally run by Liverpool City Council, but through recent council cuts, Epsom Street was transferred over to Nugent in 2015
We employ two members of staff, Mandi and Donna, who run the centre, we provide all of the running costs. To support any additional funding such as outings for the children or food, we fundraise by submitting a trust form application or by engaging in fundraising activities such as Marathons etc.
Epsom Street is a project based in an area where over 50% of children live in poverty and 20% live ‘on the bread line,’ and the project works with families and children to offer free play sessions twice a week, and during non-term time children can come along an enjoy a free breakfast and lunch which is prepared by the children with support from the volunteers.
Adults can also make use of the centre, who offer exercise classes, training and development opportunities.
Epsom Street’s doors are always open and have in excess of over 71 children/young persons in attendance most days, along with 45 adults who visit the project seeking specific advice/support. The centre offers a safe environment where adults can talk and work towards gaining qualifications.
The team at the centre have developed and opened up opportunities to engage and encourage Local adults and their family members into volunteering opportunities, educational, projects, confidence building courses while looking at their health care through exercise and complimentary therapies.
Our youth groups have a more structured sessional focus e.g. The “YAG” Youth Advisory Group have been able to be part of media training, to promote digital inclusion and funding training in local grant application decision making. They have also completed AQAs in communication and finance and Emergency First Aid qualifications.
Mandi Tambourini-Moore, Community and Volunteer Manager said, ‘The project would not be as successful if it wasn’t for the support and hard work from Nugent’s wider family, and the fundraising team who support our families with any number of items needed for this community, everything from Cots, beds, clothes, food, you name it we have asked for it and received it.’
‘We have been lucky enough to have been accepted in to this vibrant community, being able to support people through bad times and times of celebration. Within the eighteen months we have been open we feel privileged as the community trust us and know we will always offer a friendly listening supportive ear.’