Community with a ‘bad rep’ but a big heart

Thousands of pounds are being given to community groups across Wirral in an effort to tackle organised crime.

Over £60,000 is being given out as part of the EVOLVE project, an initiative by Wirral Council, Merseyside Police, and part-funded by the Home Office which will see multiple community groups awarded funding of up to £2,000 to help improve their areas. Three events are being held in different communities affected by crime on the Wirral as part of police efforts following the murder of Elle Edwards in December 2022.

At a community event at the Carrbridge Centre in Woodchurch, dozens of people voted on their favourite proposals supporting independent shops, football clubs, community hubs, and activities for those who can’t afford to go on holiday. Two more events will be held on the Beechwood and Noctorum estates on January 27 and February 3.

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Josie Tuplin, the assistant priest at the Holy Cross Church which runs a community cafe with the help of work experience pupils from the nearby Meadowside Special School.

She said: “The Woodchurch gets a bit of a bad rep in the press. It’s not undeserved but there is so much good going on,” adding: “It’s a good community with a lot of family values, it’s quite old fashioned.

“There’s such a lot that is really good, it’s got a big heart the Woodchurch. I think everyone is going to come away thinking they have a community that has a lot to offer.”

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