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ACE FUND GRANT FOR NETHERTON YOUTH GROUP

A project that will involve Netherton children and young people transforming an unsightly local bridge with a community mural is the latest initiative to receive funding from the Regenerus Ace Fund.

The L30 Community Centre, working in partnership with Christian organisation Eden Netherton, has been given £500 for the makeover of the Fleetwoods Lane bridge by members of their youth organisations.

The Ace Fund provides a similar amount each month to a project in Regenerus’s core operating area of Bootle, Litherland, Seaforth and Netherton.

Applications from established community and voluntary organisations are welcome, but the Ace Fund is also open to informal groups of local residents joining forces to work on a one-off ‘green’ project.

The fund guidelines have been left deliberately broad to encourage as many groups to apply as possible by completing a simple online form.

In Netherton the grant will be used to fund an art teacher to help the young people plan the mural on the underside of the bridge, and also for equipment and paint. The work will be carried out in the spring.

The project will build on other recent environmental work in the area spearheaded by L30 Community Centre, including canal clean-ups, the removal of overgrown shrubbery, new planting and the installation of new railings and canal entrances.

L 30’s Garry McCartney commented: “This mural will make the bridge an attractive feature to look at, and support our efforts to increase the level of pride that Netherton residents take in their community.”

Regenerus Ace Fund Co-ordinator, Eve Money, added: “We’re delighted to be able to support this project which involves young people playing an active role in improving their local environment.

“I am sure they will do a great job, and I’m looking forward to coming back and seeing the finished mural in the spring.”

“  For more information about the Ace Fund and an application form visit www.regenerus.org.uk or ring Regenerus on 0151-934 2637.