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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Brunswick Youth and Community Centre (also known as Brunswick Youth Club and The Brunny) is proud to announce a special fundraising dinner hosted by former Liverpool and England footballer Jamie Carragher.
The dinner will be held on Friday 11 March 2016 from 8pm to 10:30pm at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre. Click here for directions.
Jamie Carragher will be hosting the dinner and guests will have the chance to meet and talk with him.
There will be a three-course meal, unique auction prizes, and raffles, all in aid of The Brunny.
Tickets for this special event start at only £750 for a table of 10. VIP tables are £1250. The VIP tables are extremely limited and include:
a table for 10 in a prime position
meet with Jamie
have your photo taken with Jamie and the European Cup
Why the Jamie Carragher Dinner is Being Hosted at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre
Our relationship with Jamie goes back to his youth, when he would spend a lot of time at The Brunny. He lived round the corner and was a regular here. As he says in his autobiography “Carra”:
My second home was the Brunswick Youth Club – the Brunny – where we’d spend every school holiday having a kick-about in the gym in the afternoon and playing pool in the evening.
Jamie kept his strong ties with the club and is a firm friend of our manager, Keith Lloyd.
Jamie Carragher and Keith Lloyd in 2006.
Our friendship meant that The Brunny was the natural choice for him to base his Sports and Learning Academy. (Click on the link for more details.)
The Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy trains the next generation of coaches to BTEC Level 2 and 3 standard, and is already producing exciting talent.
We are proud to have played a small part in Jamie’s family history and are extremely grateful to him for hosting this fundraising dinner. As a registered charity, we are dependent on funding to provide our services. Carra’s help is invaluable and much appreciated.
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