'Come together in the city' event held to raise awareness of support services


Liverpool's domestic, sexual violence and community services will unite on Monday 9th August for an event which marks the end of lockdown and the most challenging year to date for their services.

RASA Merseyside,  the Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and others will host a celebratory street event to showcase some of the different services available within the Liverpool region that are supporting the community.   

The event comes as the services unveil the devastating impact of lockdown on the region’s most vulnerable people.

Lorraine Woods, Operations Manager at RASA Merseyside explained the purpose of the street event: “The impact of lockdown cannot be under-estimated.  Alongside the ongoing battle to protect each other from the virus, support for social, mental health, and financial issues is now more needed than ever.  We know that people’s mental health deteriorated during lockdown; loneliness increased; adults and children became more vulnerable to abuse with nowhere to escape to, and largely, no one to tell; and for many there has been a devastating financial impact.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “The last 18 months have been incredibly challenging for many people. While our emergency services and voluntary sector, particularly those supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, really went above and beyond during the pandemic, we know that many people will need more help as restrictions ease.

“It’s so important we let anyone who is struggling know there is care and support available and that there are a whole range of services which are on hand to help. This is particularly crucial for anyone affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence - support services are available and they will listen, they will believe you and they will understand.

“This celebratory event is a fantastic way of spreading that message and showcasing the support these great organisations offer. I would encourage everyone to head down to Williamson Square to enjoy the celebrations and find out more.”

Each agency will staff an outdoor stall to provide information to members of the public on the services which they offer.  Not only will the event raise awareness, promote services, and showcase the work achieved during lockdown, but will also celebrate the end of tough restrictions and the importance of community.

During the day there will be offering confidential spaces for those requiring assistance to make disclosures, education on self-care and meditation.

Event Details

DATE: Monday 9 August
TIME: 9am-5pm
LOCATION: Williamson Square, Liverpool

 Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson will open the event, which will feature music, poetry and performances from Liverpool acts.





 Joanne Anderson, Mayor of     Liverpool


 Opening remarks



 Baltic Boxing with music from DJ   Dobbs

 Family boxing demo with community boxing group and Liverpool   DJ Dobbs


Nature Boy

Acoustic jazz and mellow vibes


 Self Love Lydia

 Spoken word poetry with local trauma coach Lydia McCartney


 Asking for it exhibition

 Inspiring performance from local collective


 Dance for Plants

 Global grooves from two local environmentally conscious DJs



 Liverpool’s ‘future superstar’ performs live


 Stealing Sheep

 Pop music from local all female band


 Rhythm Sport

 Psychedelic club music from Liverpool brothers


 The Possibly Maybes

 All the hits from local cover band to close the event

DJs from local station SVARA radio will also be at the event all day.