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The Brunny turns 70!

THE Bootle community came together last week to celebrate the 70 year anniversary of the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.

 

Brunny old boy Jamie Carragher and Bob King form POW of Oflag 79
Keith Lloyd Brunswick Centre manager, with the team from One Vision Housing and 156 regiment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, known as ‘The Brunny’, turned 70 years old this year and staff, local residents, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher,  MP Peter Dowd and children who use the Marsh Lane centre gathered on Friday, April 21st to mark the special occasion.

The Brunny  was formed in 1947 – two years after the end of World War  Two – by a group of British  prisoners of war held in the German camp of ‘Oflag 79’ in Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany

The soldiers in the camp wanted to open a facility in Liverpool to offer a new facility for local boys, and they  decided to start a fundraising campaign.

Two years later and the Brunswick Boys Club was founded after the local community managed to raise £13,000.

Bob King ex-pow of Oflag 79 with Jamie Carragher ex Brunny member, and One Vision Housing.

Mayor of Sefton Cllr Ian Brodie-Browne with ex-POW Bob King

 

It initially opened up in Toxteth but then moved to Marsh Lane in 1964 where it has remained ever since.

In 1995, the building was extensively re-developed and offers an indoor football pitch as well as a number of rooms for classes and meetings.

It is also regularly used by former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher, who grew up in Bootle.

Guest of honour at the celebrations was Bob King, who was captured by the German army in 1942 and held in Oflag 79  in Germany until he was liberated in 1945.

Bob King – ex-POW at Oflag 79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was given a standing ovation by other guests, which also included a Merseyside Army Cadet Unit, who have been given permission to parade two nights a week at the centre.

Bootle MP Peter Dowd, with Sefon Mayor Cllr Ian Brodie-Browne, and Liverpool Mayor Cllr Roz Gladden
Members of One Vision Housing and 156 Regiment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Fazakerley, Group Executive Director and Armed Forces Champion at One Vision Housing, said: “We have a strong relationship with the Brunswick, and were more than happy to support them in celebrating 70 years of success.”

Keith Lloyd, Centre Manager at the Brunswick, said: We’re extremely grateful to One Vision Housing, Sefton OPERA and the 156 Regiment for their support – not only for this celebration but throughout the year.

“We pride ourselves on the opportunities we offer, which is made possible through the support of our partners and sponsors”

Bob King former Pow of Oflag 79 with the team from Kevin Donoghue Solicitors Brunswick sponsors
Ann Owens of One Vision Housing, Former Cllr Doreen Kerrigan, and Dave Smith of Veterans in Sefton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit: Tom Martin – Bootle Champion

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Johnsons Toyota Liverpool supporting the Brunswick

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool Mission Statement

It’s important for Johnsons Toyota Liverpool to be admired by the local community for being a good corporate citizen. Fulfilling this ambition requires a comprehensive approach to social responsibility. This entails taking an active role in our local community as much as we can to its prosperity.

We will be supporting and working with the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre by educating children in life skills, car mechanics, respect and how to promote a safer community

The programmes that the centre provides will create opportunity for the young people to develop into mature and responsible adults who will play an important role within their communities and wider society.

Johnsons Toyota helping to build a better tomorrow

Johnsons Toyota Liverpool makes donation to Brunswick Youth and Community Centre

The partnership between Johnsons Toyota Liverpool and Brunswick Youth and Community Centre got off to a flying start with Steve Leggett the Business Centre Manager for Johnsons Toyota Liverpool presented Keith Lloyd the Centre Manager for Brunswick Youth and Community Centre with a cheque for £1,900. to support the Brunswick.

Steve Leggett Business Centre Manager Toyota Liverpool presenting cheque to Keith Lloyd Centre Manager Brunswick Youth and Community Centre
Steve Leggett Business Centre Manager Toyota Liverpool presenting cheque to Keith Lloyd Centre Manager Brunswick Youth and Community Centre

This donation will help us to keep delivering the on going programmes of work the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre delivers to supporting our local young people and the wider community

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Brunswick YCC signs Armed Forces Covenant

Brunswick Youth and Community Centre signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

We are thrilled to announce that the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre has signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant. Find out more here.

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant is described on the Ministry of Defence’s website as:

“a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.”

The covenant supports serving personnel, service leavers, veterans, and their families. It is fulfilled by various groups, including the armed forces (navy, army, RAF), government, business, local government, and charities. These organisations fulfil the covenant’s objective by helping the armed forces community access the same government and commercial services as other citizens.

They help with:

  • education
  • careers advice
  • financial assistance
  • healthcare
  • discounted services
  • other things to help the armed forces community.

The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre will honour this commitment and support the armed forces community in any way we can.

Why Brunswick Youth & Community Centre signed the Armed Forces Covenant

At Brunswick Youth and Community Centre we have always been proud of our roots and our links to the armed forces. The core ideals of respect and service are at the heart of the Brunswick and the work we do. They fit within our mission statement’s vision which is to deliver “a safer, stronger and more cohesive community, with opportunities for self-development and growth being accessible by all members of our community, to work to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Bootle and South Sefton.”

As a registered charity committed to making a difference in our community, fulfilling the Armed Forces Covenant is a natural extension of our work. For example, we already provide:

Members of the armed forces community are welcome to join us in these and our many other programmes.

Our Armed Forces Link

The Brunswick Youth & Community Centre has a unique history.  It was conceived in a World War II Prisoner of War Camp called OFLAG 79 in Brunswick (Braunschweig), Germany. There a group of British officers considered the boredom and deprivation of camp life. They realised that young people back home suffered similarly but, unlike the officers who anticipated being released at the end of the war, young people in post-war Britain were unlikely to escape their circumstances without help. The officers resolved that, on their release, they would encourage young people to adopt “the Brunswick Spirit”. This would help them fight limitations and restraints imposed by their social environment, learn respect for one another, and take the future into their own hands.

Among these determined British officers were Michael Marshall, Philip Evans and Harry Mounsey. Upon their release from Oflag 79 camp, these men fulfilled their promises and established the Brunswick Boys Club in Liverpool in 1948.

Photo of Michael Marshall, the co-founder of Brunswick Boys Club in Liverpool.
Liverpool’s Brunswick Boys Club (now Brunswick Youth and Community Centre) was co-founded by Michael Marshall.

Over the years the Brunswick has changed in many ways, moving from south Liverpool to Bootle, becoming a hub for community activities, and changing its status from a Boys Club to a Youth and Community Centre to recognise the wider services and support it offers. None of this would have been possible without the vision and determination of the members of the armed forces who, back in February 1945, made the commitment to create the Brunswick Boys Club.

We owe them so much, and are honoured to give back through the Armed Forces Covenant. If you want to help us, please click on the link.

 

Brunswick Youth and Community Centre support the Armed Forces Community.

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The Brunny’s Excellent Norway Adventure

Group picture of young people from Brunswick Youth and Community Centre taking part in a cross country ski event in Norway
Young people from Brunswick  taking part in a cross country ski event.

Nine children from Bootle’s Brunswick Youth and Community Centre recently had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they visited Vinje, Norway.

Between 6th-11th April the children, aged between 9-11, took part in a packed programme of activities which included learning to ski. (Vinje is in the famous Telemark region, where the World Cup sport of Telemark skiing originated.)

Our children learned so quickly and well that they were able to take part in an international cross-country ski event involving teams from England, Scotland, and Norway. The winner received a signed Liverpool FC shirt signed by Jamie Carragher, a lifelong supporter and member of Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.

As well as taking part in sports our group enjoyed educational opportunities, including touring a hydro-electric power plant, visiting local schools and a deer farm, and other cultural sessions.

Keith Lloyd, Centre Manager at the Marsh Lane-based charity community centre, organised and supervised the visit with youth worker colleagues Sarah Bowden and Amy McLoughlin.

Photo of the group from Brunswick Youth and Community Centre on the ski slopes in Telemark Norway.
The group from Brunswick Youth and Community Centre on the ski slopes in Telemark Norway.

Norway Partnership

We established the Norwegian partnership programme in April 2015. Since then we have hosted Norwegian groups of 11-14 year-olds on three occasions, and groups from “the Brunny” have visited Vinje twice. The Norwegians, led by project co-ordinator Oyvind Kili, and Mayor of Vinje Jon Rikard Kleven, have always made us very welcome and ensured that our groups enjoy fun, educational, and rewarding experiences.

The scope of this pioneering programme is growing rapidly. As well as the group visits,  it has helped strengthen the ties between our two communities, both of which played a pivotal role in winning World War II. The Norwegian resistance successfully sabotaged German efforts to make an atomic bomb. The story was later made into the big-budget movie “The Heroes of Telemark”. Bootle’s strategic position meant it had a significant role both as a port and a base for the Battle of the Atlantic.

Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy coach a Norwegian group.
Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy coach a Norwegian group.

We arranged for Peter Dowd MP, Sefton’s Mayor, and our councillors to meet with Telemark’s councillors when they came over in January. We also arranged for the Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy, which is based at the Brunny, to host training sessions for the Norwegian group. After joining us on a visit to Norway the Academy’s directors hope to establish a presence there, providing educational and employment opportunities for Norwegians and Britons alike.

Photo of councillors from Sefton and Telemark meet thanks to the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.
Councillors from Sefton and Telemark meet thanks to the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.

Our team leaders use the meetings to share best practices in youth work. We have also developed plans for a student exchange scheme where children will spend over a month abroad so they can really immerse themselves in a different culture. Ultimately we hope that the programme will lead to employment opportunities in Norway for our members.

As our programme grows we hope that more children and young people from both countries will be able to benefit from these experiences. Unfortunately, life-changing experiences and opportunities like this cost money. If you would like to help our charity with its programmes please consider making a donation. Click here to donate. Thank you.

A group picture of the young people from Brunswick Youth and Community Centre visiting Hydro plant in Norway.
Young people from Brunswick Youth and Community Centre visiting Hydro plant in Norway.

 

 

 

 

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Jamie Carragher Dinner- More Photos from a Great Night

On Friday 11 March 2016 Jamie Carragher kindly hosted a fundraising dinner at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre (known locally as “the Brunny”).

You can read all about the fundraising night here.

The night was a great success, and, as you can see from the photos below, enjoyed by all. See if you can spot yourself, family, or friends here:

Fun with Carra and the Cup!
Fun with Carra and the Cup!
Jamie Carragher and guests at the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre fundraising dinner.
Jamie Carragher and guests at the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre fundraising dinner.
Jamie Carragher with the team from Donoghue Solicitors.
Jamie Carragher with the team from Donoghue Solicitors.
Carra and guests at the fundraising dinner
“Carra” and guests at the fundraising dinner.

 

Jamie Carragher enjoying the photos with guests at the fundraising dinner.
Jamie Carragher enjoying the photos with guests at the fundraising dinner.
Jamie Carragher with a guest at the fundraising dinner
Jamie Carragher with a guest at the fundraising dinner.
Jamie Carragher with a group from the fundraising dinner at the Brunny
Jamie Carragher with a group of guests at the fundraising dinner at the Brunny.
Jamie Carragher holds the European Cup with guests at the fundraising dinner
Jamie Carragher holds the European Cup with guests at the fundraising dinner.
Jamie Carragher and proud fans with their Poland scarf
Jamie Carragher and proud fans with their Poland scarf.
Jamie and guests having great fun at the Jamie Carragher dinner.
Jamie and guests having great fun at the Jamie Carragher dinner.
Jamie Carragher and the team at the fundraising dinner.
Jamie Carragher and the team at the fundraising dinner.
All smiles at the Jamie Carragher dinner.
All smiles at the Jamie Carragher dinner.
Jamie and guests.
Jamie and guests.
Jamie, guests, and Old Big Ears.
Jamie, guests, and “Old Big Ears”.
Jamie Carragher shares the European Cup with guests.
Jamie Carragher shares the European Cup with guests.
Staff from Donoghue Solicitors and guests enjoying the night with Jamie Carragher.
Staff from Donoghue Solicitors and guests enjoying the night with Jamie Carragher.
Guests holding the Champions League trophy.
Guests holding the Champions League trophy.
Jamie Carragher and 'The Irregulars'
Jamie Carragher and ‘The Irregulars’
Guests hold the European Cup at the Jamie Carragher dinner.
Guests hold the European Cup at the Jamie Carragher dinner.
Guests with Jamie and the Cup.
Guests with Jamie and the Cup.
Brunswick Youth and Community Centre guests at the Fundraising dinner.
Brunswick Youth and Community Centre guests at the Fundraising dinner.
European Cup winner Jamie Carragher with guests at the fundraising dinner.
European Cup winner Jamie Carragher with guests at the fundraising dinner.
Jamie Carragher and guests.
Jamie Carragher and guests.
Jamie just about makes it into this photo with The Irregulars!
Jamie just about makes it into this photo with The Irregulars!

 

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Jamie Carragher Dinner- What a Night!

Guests at the Jamie Carragher dinner at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre were well looked after in the main event room.
The Jamie Carragher dinner at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre was hosted in our sports hall.

On Friday 11 March Jamie Carragher hosted a fundraising dinner for Brunswick Youth and Community Centre at The Brunny.

We’re pleased to report that the event, organised by Liverpool Former Players’ Association 5times, quickly sold-out and was a resounding success.

Jamie and many special guests entertained an audience of 290 people. The audience heard many stories, jokes, and memories of Jamie’s time growing up in Bootle and his stellar football career.

Guests included Bootle’s MP Peter Dowd, who tweeted this:

Thanks to Jamie Carragher and All Involved

The event went well into the early hours of Saturday morning and raised thousands of pounds for The Brunny. The money will help us continue our charitable mission of helping people in Bootle, Sefton, and beyond.

Kevin Donoghue, solicitor and supporter of Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, seen here with his guests and Jamie Carragher.
Jamie Carragher brought the European Cup for photos with guests.

Grateful thanks from the management, staff, volunteers, and users of Brunswick Youth and Community Centre go to everyone involved. Your hard work and dedication to put on such a fantastic night is very much appreciated and will make a real difference to the Centre and our community.

Special thanks go to Carra. Without your enthusiasm, support, and lifelong commitment to The Brunny the fundraising dinner would not have happened. Thank you Jamie!

The audience enjoyed the entertainment at the Jamie Carragher dinner at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.
Entertainment at the Jamie Carragher dinner at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.