Celebrating the achievements of local families creating happier lives


Merseyside’s Police Commissioner joined Crea8ing Communities to celebrate the achievements of local families on programmes which offer the skills and tools to support them in dealing with the up and downs of life.

Opening the Family Graduation, Emily Spurrell presented certificates and awards and acknowledged the hard work and determination of everyone involved to change their lives for the better.

Funded by the Police Commissioner’s Violence Reduction Partnership, Crea8ing Communities deliver a whole family programme which focuses on intervening early to support communities.

The Wirral-based social enterprise offer mental health support, well-being workshops and psycho-educational courses for families, children and young people. They take a holistic approach to services, also providing wraparound support, therapeutic interventions, family coaching, peer-led support groups and family activities.

Approximately 75% of their families who attend Crea8ing Communities programmes have experienced trauma, with more than half relating to incidents of domestic abuse.

Among those who presented with an award was Hazel Kelly, who was selected by her peers to receive the Inspirational Parent Award recognising her determination, despite adversity, to transform her life and that of her children.

Hazel said: “I really appreciate everything I learned. I spent years feeling guilt and shame that I wasn't a great parent, now I understand, I did the best I could with what I knew at the time. I will be forever grateful to Crea8ing Community for the amazing life changing opportunity.”

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell said: “Community groups like Crea8ting Communities are pivotal in empowering people to create happier lives and healthier neighbourhoods.

"It’s been fantastic to see how this project is providing community-based support to young people and their families who need it most, and these families should be so proud of the resilience and hard work they’ve shown that will help change their lives for the better.

"If we are to make this region safer and stronger, its groups like this that make all the difference and that’s why we must continue to help support the incredible work that they and other grassroot charities do in helping to transform lives and make our Merseyside communities stronger.”  

A visitor commented: “It’s clear that the families are full of respect, joy and appreciation for the Crea8ing Community Team. Families appreciate every opportunity they have had to aid them on their journey and celebrate the future”.

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