Last week Centre 56, a domestic abuse charity that provides childcare and support services, celebrated its 45th anniversary.
Based in the heart of North Liverpool, Centre 56 began as a refuge in 1973 when two doctor’s and their wives were concerned about the injuries sustained by women at the hands of their partners.
Today, Centre 56 runs a nursery and after-school club for up to 46 children who have been affected by domestic abuse whilst offering information, advice and support to families.
Centre 56 invited the children and families as well as local businesses and the local community to come down and celebrate its longstanding contribution to vulnerable people in Liverpool. Over 200 people attended the event, which was held on the Friday before Bank Holiday.
Pat Roberts, Nursery and After-school Manager at Centre 56, says: “Celebrating our 45th anniversary was brilliant. We had so much fun, and it was great to see the children and families have a great time too.
“We celebrated with lots of fun activities and games for the children including paint splatting and face painting, a raffle, DJ, and lots of food and cake.
“We would like to thank everyone who came and celebrated with us, making the day a really special occasion”.
Many of the companies that support Centre 56 also attended, including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire Brigade, The Big Lottery Fund, Hugh Baird College, Construction Impact Framework, The Regenda Group and Alder Training.
Centre 56 is a part of The Regenda Group and provides childcare, information and support for families who have suffered, or are at risk of suffering, domestic abuse or a crisis situation. For more information visit www.centre56.org.uk