The Community Makers Market is an exciting project coordinated by Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH), a not-for-profit organisation focused on social inclusion. MEH works for a socially inclusive society in which all individuals can achieve their potential.
Merseyside Expanding Horizons is based in the Joseph Lappin Centre, a Community Centre opened in 2013 in memory of Joseph Lappin in Old Swan.
Based in the heart of Old Swan, the Joseph Lappin Centre is a thriving multi-purpose community resource that provides a wide range of free/affordable services, activities, meeting spaces and events for people of all ages of the community.
The Joseph Lappin Centre hosts other key organisations working in partnership to make a difference in the lives of local people.
In March 2015 Merseyside Expanding Horizons was awarded by the Lottery Funded to create a monthly Community Makers Market in Old Swan.
The Community Makers Market aims to make Old Swan a better place to live by encouraging the development of the area through social and economic features.
Indeed, the Community Makers Market allows to :
- Promote the social cohesion by giving an opportunity to people to meet in a free social space
- Provide an opportunity to locals to showcase their skills and talents through their stalls
- Encourage entrepreneurship
- Boost the local economy
- Enjoy the community
Inspiring Social Leaders is a new Big Lottery funded project running over the next 12 months. This project is dedicated to young people aged (18-25) from the community, and encourages them to participate, work and volunteer in the voluntary and community and social enterprise sector.
The project includes an intensive, interactive training programme for 3 weeks which enables the young participants to gain an insight into different social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations, interviews with professionals and organised talks and Q&A sessions. Thus, young people gain skills and a greater knowledge of the work of voluntary and community and social enterprise sector. They are also encouraged to take part of the community life and will develop the skills to become a Social Leader.
Following this, the team will work together to develop and deliver a community project from the Joseph Lappin Centre. The group will plan the community project with designated, roles, action plan, timescales, costs. They are then supported to implement their community project which enables them to engage with their local community, develop management and leadership skills and assess the benefit to and impact of the activities on the community.
European Youth Worker Irene La Pera from Palermo Italy who is working at MEH for 6 months under the Youth in Action 4.3 project 'YALM - Youth Active Learning in Moving' has also worked as part of the MEH team to support the facilitation and planning of the youth led activities at the Joseph Lappin Centre and community event that will showcase the activities developed during the project and the achievements of the young people. The project has also enabled Irene to learn more about informal learning methodologies at local level to support the upskilling and development of key compentencies amongst young people at risk of exclusion.
The young people who participate on the course have better chances in the labour market as they will improve their functional and key skills for example IT, English and maths, communication, negotiation, team working, problem solving, and keeping to deadlines. Further to this the young people also gain valuable experience of different work settings through the course and also by delivering the team community project which will provide them with experience of project development, delivery, and fund raising. These are all key skills which will support their development as future social leaders. The aim of the project is to empower the young people to take a more active role in their community and look at the third sector as a viable pathway to employment.
Merseyside Expanding Horizons
Enterprise Hub (EH) is a comprehensive entrepreneurship promotion and business support programme, supported by the European Regional development Fund (ERDF) which will foster the creation of new enterprises from pre start to early stage businesses. Providing assistance to 6360 potential-entrepreneurs and helping create 1272 new business ventures. The Enterprise Hub will reach and provide high quality business brokerage and business support services to a diverse customer profile of would be entrepreneurs; resulting in the creation of high value SMEs and social businesses across all sectors and providing a simplified route for customers to access the support when and how they need it.
The Enterprise Hub is a consortium of partner organisations of which Merseysdide Expanding Horizons is one .
MEH will provide usiness start support to through a range of information workshops and one to one support.