From Strength To Strength
Way back in 2001, we began trying to raise funds to undertake several community projects. This proved very difficult as we were not yet a formal body.
After taking some advice from Edward Murphy OBE (Liverpool Network for Change), our constitution was established and we registered as a company limited by guarantee and applied for charitable status. In 2003 we became a registered charity no. 1099720 and a limited company no. 4586173.
After successfully gaining funding from a local church and Merseyside Police, we were able to develop and deliver some innovative youth activities in the locality of Penny Lane such as anti-bullying workshops, art and craft workshops above the Dovedale Towers, music and dance workshops, youth trips, go-karting and more. Funding in those days came from a variety of sources such as Scarman, Area Committee G & K, High Sheriffs Trust, City Safe, The Wedge and more.
One of the very first youth projects to be set up was the 'Penny Lane Boys', a youth football team. At the time the boys were all around 12 years old. PLDT went on to support the boys as they grew into young men by supporting them in putting Youth Opportunities Funding (YOF) together to enable them to do football coaching courses. Some of the young men still play football today and often make reference to when it all started.
The PLDT held many free community events involving the local public. Strengthening our partnerships was important to the Trust. In the meantime, the trustees never lost focus on getting the land and identifying the funding to turn the vision into a reality.
The trustees enlisted the help of Gilling Dod architects. Brian Sheriff and John Mawson saw the vision and joined our team to progress the plans so that they reach outline planning stage. At the same time the Quirk Report had just been published and early indications showed that PLDT had a fighting chance of winning a bid.
The next twelve months saw a vast amount of hard work by the trustees and their various partners to ensure that the bid was good. In 2008 the Trustees were informed that they had been successful in gaining an in principle award of £738,000.290 to undertake the refurbishment of 70 Penny Lane and the surrounding land up to the central bollard. The following months saw a detailed capital delivery plan come together.
The PLDT was awarded the full grant from the Community Asset Fund. Work went out to tender and the successful construction firm ISG won. Work began on Penny Lane in July 2009, and by March 2010 the Trustees had moved into the new facility. Home at last.
This project goes from strength to strength every day. None of this would have been possible without the help and support from past and present Trustees, local councillors, the DTA, supporters, LCC, young people, volunteers, local churches, schools, youth organisations, neighbourhood teams, Merseyside Police, Gilling Dod, ISG, Curtins Consulting, Norman Williams Partnership, E.Rex Makin, HBD, Butterworth Spengler, JMF, E. Clement Evans and of course The Asset Transfer Unit. The list is endless.