Ykids, Bootle

Claire Morgans, Founder and Director of Ykids, believes that regeneration for this extremely deprived community on the outskirts of Liverpool can and will come about through its young people.

Hope, aspiration, healing and local pride are fostered through no fewer than 16 different weekly after-school clubs, projects and youth groups. Ykids also runs training in youth work, a social enterprise café, a community garden, and delivers projects in over 30 schools. They offer family support to those in crisis, one-to-one mentoring and emergency aid.

About to burst at the seams from their small office, Ykids were given the abandoned 1950s Orrell Library by Sefton Council and after major renovations, to which Allchurches Trust made a contribution, they are moving in.

The new building will enable them to expand their work, offer new projects and reach many more in their community.