‘Brunny’ is visited by deputy police commissioner
BOOTLE’S well-known ‘Brunny’ community centre has welcomed thousands of visitors over the years – and last week it played host to Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner.
The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, first opened on Marsh Lane in 1964, was visited by Cllr Emily Spurrell who was given a tour of the facility by Centre Manager Keith Lloyd.
In October, the Brunny received funding from the Police Commissioner’s Police Property Act Fund which gives one-off grants to community organisations working to make a difference in their neighbourhoods.
The funding was used to host a range of activities for young people over Halloween and Bonfire Night with the aim of preventing them from getting involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.
Cllr Spurrell said: “For more than 60 years, the Brunny has been at the heart of this community, making a difference in the lives of adults and young people who may be vulnerable or in need of support.
“If it wasn’t for the work of the Brunny some of those young people and teenagers could otherwise have been in danger of losing their way or being exploited by older people who are involved in crime. The value of community and grassroots organisations being available to help young people stay on track cannot be over-stated. It means a better future for them and for their community.”
Emily continued her visit by doing a quick tour around Bootle, before returning to Marsh Lane to attend a Merseyside Police Sefton command team meeting at which she heard more about the issues and challenges in the area from Superintendent Matt Boyle and his team.
She said: It is the Police and Crime Commissioner’s job to hold Merseyside Police to account on behalf of the people across the region. So it’s really important we are out and about in communities across Merseyside to hear about the issues that are affecting local people.
“It was really useful to meet local teams and find out more about the particular concerns in this part of Merseyside and what more can be done to address them and hear directly about the good work which is already being undertaken to protect our communities and keep people in Sefton safe.”
Report by Tom Martin published in the Bootle Champion Vol 25 Issue 9 28th February 2018