We’re pleased to report that we are open again and are delighted members and staff back in enjoying the Shewsy. We have good safety measures in place and are running a limited number of places in bubbles that need to be booked in advance. You can read a fuller report from John Dumbell below. We are very pleased that we have been able to furlough most of our staff and no – one has lost their job due to the pandemic. Thank you for your support and encouragement in this most difficult period.
Our e mail system and website page has been secured and we would be grateful if you could revert to contacting Team Leader, John Dumbell and Administrator, Carol Bennett on their original e mail addresses
Lockdown has at least enabled us to crack on with the refurbishment of the building. We will shortly provide a full report of what we have achieved to date and what is still left to do. We will need to raise more funds to enable further progress, but we are hopeful we may manage that. Some of you have been instrumental in providing the funds to help us do what we have, so thank you very much indeed.
We are busy stacking up this years’ effort in the Big Give. The Big Give every year engages charitable giving trusts and foundations who will MATCH pledged funds before the individual charity seeks donations in a single week in December each year.
Board member Alan McCarthy is leading on this and you may contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org. The first step in this process is to secure a number of Pledges by the end of August. Our target for pledges this year is £10,000 which in turn could lead to a total of £40,000 if we maximise our match funding and public donations in December. Can you help us ? To date we have the sum of £8,400 pledged, which is excellent, but we would love to round that up to £10,000. Please feel free to contact Alan if you are able and willing to become involved.
Our campaign is entitled Refreshing Shrewsbury House.
“Shrewsbury House is undergoing a much needed refurbishment but beyond basic replacement and maintenance, we need to respond to the needs of our children partially highlighted by the Covid pandemic. There are over 50 children per after school club session where we provide a warm and welcoming environment, but this is not enough. We need to provide sensory space, a computer room and disabled access with specialist staff to deliver life coping skills for all our children and teenagers.”
The link for pledges is: https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/pledge?campaignId=a051r00001exLOTAA2
In line with youth clubs and organisations across the country, we are very sad to announce that The Shewsy closed its doors from Friday 20th March when schools were closed and the restrictions on social gatherings were announced in response to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis.
For all our junior and senior club members, and indeed everyone in our community in Everton, we are still here for you so please stay in touch on our social media channels….
Chair of Management Committee, John Hutchison writes:
As we look back over the last year, I want to start by thanking you. Your kindness and support has made such a difference to us.
- For part of the last year, much of the club building has been surrounded by scaffolding as we progressed our urgent roof works. It was a gift; a gift from an old club member who looks back on his time in the club with gratitude.
- Our first venture into the recent Big Give Christmas appeal produced a multitude of gifts, big and small in the form of donations and pledged financial support.
- Several retail giants have recently produced a variety of goods gifted to the club’s programme and refurbishment of our building.
- Some of you uphold us in your thoughts and prayers.
- We have a team of volunteers who offer their time freely in club, night in night out.
- Many of you have standing orders with the club that make up the bedrock of our donated income.
- And in days when it is rare to find any strength in the management of youth clubs, our Board of Management can and does draw on the skills and work from a team of fifteen.
To quote from a recent letter from our Mayor in Liverpool
Shrewsbury House has been at the very heart of the Everton community for generations; changing people’s lives, inspiring our children and young people and giving them a place to feel supported and safe. Celebrating 116 years is testament to your outstanding work and I hope you all know how grateful I am, as is the whole City Council, for all you do. I know this is a challenging time and I want to thank you for all you are doing in difficult circumstances.
The Shewsy club is a special place and widely acknowledged as such. Please find out about our activities this year in our latest Annual Report.
We’re delighted to report that we raised £12,200 in a record breaking Big Give Christmas Challenge!
Together with almost other 600 charities we would like to thank supporters who donated through the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge 2019. The Big Give’s record-breaking campaign in early December, generated over £15 million in vital funding for good causes across the country, matching donations pound for pound until the funding pot was empty.
Through this year’s Christmas Challenge, the Shewsy raised £12,200 in just 7 days to fund additional part time youth worker posts in 2020.
Chair, John Hutchison said “This was a great effort by our amazing supporters who value the incredible work that the club does and who back that with donations large and small. We are very grateful to each and every one of them. We also want to sincerely thank our match funders, The Four Acre Trust. Our children and young people will benefit further by enjoying a better ratio with our part time staff able to take a closer interest in their every need and offering support, guidance, challenge and fun. Thank you.”
To find out more, visit biggive.org.uk