Empty Wirral shop to become social enterprise centre

A NEW social enterprise centre is set to open in Wirral after the scheme was awarded funding from the council's Empty Shops Fund.

Hope Place in Prenton will primarily support women lacking in confidence and self esteem to gain experience of business.

The building, in Woodchurch Road, will feature a café, offering work experience in the catering and hospitality sector and a designer dress swap shop to introduce residents to the world of social enterprise or not-for-profit business.

There will also be 'Hot Spots' - workspaces where local residents can trial their own business ideas - and 'Inspiring Stories’ events for successful professionals to help inspire others to achieve their full potential.

Refurbishment and start up costs were met from a £13,000 grant through Wirral Council’s Empty Shops Fund.

The project will be managed by local business women Rachel Millard and Helen Robinson.

Wirral Council awarded Empty Shops funding to a range of different community projects from November 2011. Applications for funding have now closed.

The official opening takes place on February 22 and will be attended by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Gerry Ellis and the Mayoress Mrs Margaret Ellis.

From 1 – 4pm there will be arts and crafts, face painting and animation workshops free and open to all.

Cllr Pat Hackett, cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy said: "The Empty Shops Fund has already achieved a great deal to revitalise many vacant business premises in Wirral, and to give social enterprises run by the local community the support they need to run very valuable projects.

"Hope Place is another success story which we think will provide an unique resource for residents."

 

Rachel Millard said: "After working in Liverpool for many years Helen and I decided we wanted to share our experience and knowledge working in our local community.

"We hope to inspire others to be successful and achieve their full potential. All profits from Hope Place will go to support Revival Hub, a social enterprise with similar aims, to support young women who need help to develop confidence."

The resource has already played host to writers workshops by Birkenhead-born playwright Michael Wynne, whose series Being Eileen is currently airing on BBC TV, and animation workshops for seven to 14-year-olds.

For more information, contact Rachel Millard by telephone on 07890 262981 or email at Rachel.millard@btconnect.com

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4:17pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Hate to say it,what a waste of money as soon as the financial help is spent it's going nowhere.You got to ask the question where's the money coming from and have the individuals giving it out got any Buisness sense
Hate to say it,what a waste of money as soon as the financial help is spent it's going nowhere.You got to ask the question where's the money coming from and have the individuals giving it out got any Buisness sense Positive thinker
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10:36am Fri 15 Feb 13

bigfoot says...

Perhaps you should change your user name to Captain of Industry as you seem to be an expert and we all know the definition of an expert.
There are many Social enterprises in Wirral.Some have been set up to create a work opportunity to get people back into the workplace. Attitudes such as yours do nothing to help these people in fact it is probably people like you that created their situation in the first place!
Why don't you help them instead of sniping from the sidelines?
Perhaps you should change your user name to Captain of Industry as you seem to be an expert and we all know the definition of an expert. There are many Social enterprises in Wirral.Some have been set up to create a work opportunity to get people back into the workplace. Attitudes such as yours do nothing to help these people in fact it is probably people like you that created their situation in the first place! Why don't you help them instead of sniping from the sidelines? bigfoot
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1:41pm Fri 15 Feb 13

woodyres2 says...

bigfoot wrote:
Perhaps you should change your user name to Captain of Industry as you seem to be an expert and we all know the definition of an expert. There are many Social enterprises in Wirral.Some have been set up to create a work opportunity to get people back into the workplace. Attitudes such as yours do nothing to help these people in fact it is probably people like you that created their situation in the first place! Why don't you help them instead of sniping from the sidelines?
Well said bigfoot ...

There are a lot of very hardworking volunteers who are helping to set up social enterprises which will eventually pay for themselves & any profits made will benefit the areas in which they operate.

Of course on the Woody we are always keen to welcome new volunteers. So positive thinker, as you seem to know so much I am sure you would be a huge asset to a community group near you.
[quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: Perhaps you should change your user name to Captain of Industry as you seem to be an expert and we all know the definition of an expert. There are many Social enterprises in Wirral.Some have been set up to create a work opportunity to get people back into the workplace. Attitudes such as yours do nothing to help these people in fact it is probably people like you that created their situation in the first place! Why don't you help them instead of sniping from the sidelines?[/p][/quote]Well said bigfoot ... There are a lot of very hardworking volunteers who are helping to set up social enterprises which will eventually pay for themselves & any profits made will benefit the areas in which they operate. Of course on the Woody we are always keen to welcome new volunteers. So positive thinker, as you seem to know so much I am sure you would be a huge asset to a community group near you. woodyres2
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3:43pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Well shall we wait and see,but no one likes the words I told you so anyway it's a day out for the Mayor if nothing else
Well shall we wait and see,but no one likes the words I told you so anyway it's a day out for the Mayor if nothing else Positive thinker
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