Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub Autumn 2015 Newsletter
Welcome to the Lister Steps Carnegie Community Hub Autumn 2015 newsletter.

The summer at Lister Steps has been full of activities and great fun! Our Playscheme children worked hard to produce the 'Tuebrook Heritage Trail' (more on this below) and our staff and volunteers have spent time developing our outdoor play spaces ready for the new term.  We have been working with Film Makers and Community Journalists from Periscope CIC to create a campaign video which we plan to release as part of our crowd funding appeal.

We have appointed a 'Design Team' to work with us to develop our plans for the building and we have appointed a Project Manager to support us through this critical stage of the Heritage Lottery Fund process.  The team at Lister Steps have been very busy working towards the Heritage Lottery Fund 'Stage C' review. We have developed our 'Business Plan' and written an 'Activity Plan' detailing what the Hub will offer. A huge thank you to everyone who has attended our consultation and conversation events, completed surveys and commented on social media-your input has helped us shape and develop our proposals for the Hub.

Enjoy the newsletter and we hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Many thanks to Dr Oriel Prizeman, Cardiff University, for the 3D laser scan image taken on 12th May 2015.
Tuebrook Heritage Trail
50 children from our Playscheme summer club  (aged 4-12 years old) took part in creating the 'Tuebrook Heritage Trail' this August.  The activity was kindly funded by Carillion plc and facilitated by LCVS and aimed to engage our young people in the heritage of our local area.

We started the activity by visiting the Museum of Liverpool.  We went on the Old Dock Tour ( to visit some hidden heritage and find out how heritage sites are presented to visitors.  We then did 'Winnie's Trail' around the Museum of Liverpool ( where we looked for information and clues.  We also enjoyed an ice cream on the Pier Head! 

We went on our first 'walkabout' to Newsham Park, a grade II listed park with a number of places/buildings of historic interest.  We sat to sketch the former Seamans Orphanage and discussed potential new uses for this vacant building.  Suggestions included: Haunted hotel, hotel, museum (with a dinosaur or viking theme), hospital, pirate themed hotel, cinema, playroom full of bouncy castles.  We then visited the bandstand and the fountains.  On our next 'walkabout' we visited the former Lister Drive Library (our future home!), the site of the former school and the former swimming baths, now Lister Drive Fisheries and Pet Store.  This enabled us to look at a historic building that has a new use, a place that was once historical but is now gone and an abandoned building that has a future.

We spent time doing desk based research, putting the trail up on the wall to display and model making.  The purpose of making models was to showcase new uses for some of the derelict historic buildings and spaces we visited in the area.  With the former orphanage in mind the teams created: an indoor football pitch because we like playing football, a delivery box, a human sized rocket (so we can fly to the Milky Way), a princess castle (because we like Frozen and dressing up), a fairy house (for fairies to live in) and an indoor trampoline park with soft play areas and foam pits (so we can chill out).
We had an unveiling and presentation ceremony at Lister Steps so the children could show staff their trail display.  We also gave each child a certificate of appreciation and a small bag of sweets.  The trail is up in our gym if anyone would like to visit and take a look.

We informally asked the children to give feedback on what they had enjoyed or not enjoyed. and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. They enjoyed: going on trips, walking around, playing outside, building models, learning about history and the museum trip.  One child said they were bored on the way into town, a number of children said that next time we go on a trip they would like it to be on a boat and one child was sad that the former library building was closed so they couldn't visit.

All of the photographs, drawings, models, feedback and the trail was done by our children :)
Team Work
A project like the Carnegie Community Hub project requires a team effort to ensure its success.  We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received and would like to say thank you to everyone who has spent time assisting us and sharing their expertise.  In particular we would like to thank:

Dr Oriel Prizeman (, a Senior Lecturer and Carnegie Library expert from the University of Cardiff, who visited us to carry out a 3D laser survey. We hope to use the survey in our future community engagement activities.  We think the images are both futuristic and spooky!

Our fabulous marketing company Agent Marketing (@Agent_Marketing) spent time with us developing our vision, mission and values. They were able to take comments made at our consultations and in our surveys and create an exciting vision for the future of Lister Steps and our community-we can't wait to share their work with you.

Periscope CIC (, Film Makers and Community Journalists, are very kindly working with us to create a campaign film.  Jonathan and Alisha spent time with some of our Playscheme children recording the script and we will film moving images later this month.  We have used some of the wonderful memories and comments you have sent us to illustrate the film.

The University of Liverpool (Centre for Global Eco-Innovation) kindly funded a summer business internship.  James (@James_Coe1) worked with Lister Steps this summer to carry out research and write a business plan for a Hub cafe.  Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and offered your support to James.  We can't give too much away (yet!) but it seems from your feedback and his research that good quality, low cost and locally sourced produce will be very popular!  Below is a picture of James with our C.E.O Gaynor.

Staff and students from the Low Carbon Hub in the School of the Built Environment at Liverpool John Moores University have been working with Lister Steps to identify ways in which we can make the Grade II listed building energy efficient.  One student, Prerit Gurung, has produced an extremely detailed and well researched report suggesting way we can develop a water sustainable system for the building.  Prerit has submitted the report to count towards his final grade so we wish him luck and thank him for all his hard work.

Thank you to our wonderful Heritage Champion volunteers who help us with marketing, publicity and at events-particularly Amy and her family who worked hard to promote our Afternoon Tea and Community Conversation event (you can see Amy in action below!).

And finally.........thank you to the Architectural Heritage Fund who provided us with funding to retain our Heritage Development Officer Kerry until we submit our second stage application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in Spring 2016.
In the Media
A little while ago we were interviewed by Community Journalist Adam Jones (@Adam_Jones94) as part of his final year project at Liverpool John Moores University.  Below is the story Adam wrote about the project.  We wanted to say a massive well done to Adam as he got a First Class Degree!
We are excited to announce that we have appointed our Design Team who will work with us to develop plans to conserve and creatively reuse the former library building.  The winning team includes: OMI Architects, Historic Building Surveyor, Alan Gardner Associates and Landscape Architects, Camlin Lonsdale.  

Nick Berry, Director of OMI Architects said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring a building, which was once the corner stone of the local community, back into everyday use. We have a history of working successfully with listed buildings and saving them from the risk of serious decline. What is unique about the Carnegie Library is not only the impressive scale and rich detailing of the of the internal space, but the fact that Carnegie himself saw the need for this community to be given something to be proud of and this project will ensure that this aim is continued into the next generation.”

You can read about their appointment here: 
Building Works
Although the Liverpool City Council funded holding works were completed in January 2015 the building is regularly assessed for security, damp and rot.  The measures taken to stop the rot are working well and the building is drying out and ventilating.  

The next task is to produce a Conservation Management Plan for the building and grounds.  This plan identifies what is historically and architecturally 'significant' which then informs what physical changes and activities are possible at the site. Alan Gardner and David Morris are currently conducting research and an assessment in order to produce a detailed plan.  We would love to hear what parts of the building or grounds you consider are 'significant'-are there any parts of the building or grounds that you think are particularly special, interesting or unusual?

We have been working closely with Architects from OMI Architects to discuss the needs of Lister Steps and the community-everything from childcare to toilets to outdoor spaces.  Their initial designs will depend on the conclusions and suggestions of the Conservation Management Plan but we have seen their proposal from their application and we think it's brilliant!  Once we have draft designs of how the Hub will look we will arrange a community consultation day so everyone can view the proposals and comment.
Out and About
We've been busy promoting the project and fundraising at a number of events.

In May we held an Afternoon Tea and Community Conversation event at Lister Steps where we encouraged guests to comment on our plans for the future of Lister Steps.  We were really pleased with how many people came to support us and most stayed for a cup of tea and a cookie!  Some of our guests were filmed by local Film Makers Eyedear Productions for their next instalment of 'The Road to Restoration'.

In June we had a table top display at the Adult Learners Day held at the Museum of Liverpool.  It was interesting to talk to museum guests about the project-we even met a lady who, as a child, spent time in the library and was inspired to become a Librarian!

We hosted a 'Healthy Living Fair' for the Community Health Ambassador Team  in June and had 42 visitors attend the event.  The event had some brilliant outcomes, for example: 37 people signed up to the Sugar Swop campaign, 27 people had a UV scan and reported that they will make positive change in relation to sun safety, 15 people had a health Mot, 2 people were referred to their GP for high Blood Pressure, 6 people are going on to do Healthy Cooking Courses with 'Community Foods', 11 people are going to attend the HIM project and 5 people accessed the Armistead programme through the event.  All the visitors received a bag of fresh salad and various other freebies.  Thank you to everyone who attended.

In August we spent the morning with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and Ronald McDonald House at the 'Cars and Coffee Liverpool' event held at the Chung Ku restaurant.  We spent time selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Lord Mayor's charities (of which Lister Steps are one!).  We really enjoyed the event and raised over £200.
Volunteering at Lister Steps
We would like to give a big Lister Steps welcome to our new apprentice Natasha and to our Volunteer Childcare Practitioners Shaun, Emma and Ellie.  We are so excited to have you join our team and look forward to working with you.

We value our amazing and talented volunteers because they enable us to provide higher adult ratios in rooms, increased one-to-one attention to children with additional needs and bring with them experiences and ideas that make a huge contribution to Lister Steps.  We are always looking for volunteers to join our team so please get in touch if you would like to know more, e-mail Kerry at or call 0151 254 1394 option 8.

We are also looking for people interested in helping us develop our future (Heritage Lottery Fund) activity programme.  We would love people to read it, give feedback, attend informal meetings to develop it further and proof read the final document so we have a varied, interesting and engaging programme of activities to offer from the Hub.  Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more about this.  E-mail Kerry at or call 0151 254 1394 option 8.
Dates For Your Diary
We have a number of upcoming events for you to be involved in!  

We are now accepting bookings for our October Playscheme which runs from 26th October-30th October.  We have lots of exciting activities planned including a trip to Fantasy Land.  We are open from 7.30am-6pm and prices start from £11 and include a hot meal and snacks.  Please don't hesitate to call us on 0151 254 1394 to discuss your needs or to book your place.

We are hosting a knowledge session with the Brook Merseyside on Thursday 15th October from 1-2.30pm.  The session is aimed at parents, carers and people who work with children and who would like to increase their knowledge and confidence in speaking to children about consent, appropriate behaviour and staying safe.  Please see the poster above for more details.

We are currently planning a community consultation event to view the draft designs for the Hub and we are planning a scouse supper evening-please 'like' us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ListerStepsHub for dates and details!

As one of the Lord Mayor's charities we will be hosting a number of charity events including a 'Be a Star For the Lord Mayor' on 4th December 2015 and a Masquerade Ball on 13th February 2016.  Both events we be held at Liverpool Town Hall.  Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for details on these events.