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We’re feeling top of the crops after winning an award!

Centre 56 won the Travis Perkins Managed Services Community Award for Social Progress and Equality.

The award celebrates community groups that demonstrate the best effort in supporting individuals in their communities who are facing the greatest need to tackle social deprivation.

Centre 56 is one of the oldest domestic abuse support units in the country, having just celebrated its 45th anniversary. Over the past few years it has supported 1,305 children through its specialist nursery and after-school club. All these children have been affected by domestic abuse and have had a traumatic start in life.

Travis Perkins Managed Services awarded the £5,000 Social Progress and Equality prize fund towards Centre 56’s healthy eating programme.

Pat Roberts, the Nursery and After-school Manager at Centre 56, said: “Food poverty is an issue in deprived areas like North Liverpool.

“We realised some of the children were being given unhealthy food at home, so we decided to tackle this issue by providing free healthy hot meals at lunchtimes for the children and free cooking classes for parents.

“The prize fund will help us to extend this work, and we are going to create our own allotment where we can grow our own fresh fruit and vegetables. We’re going to involve the children so they receive homegrown healthy snacks whilst gaining new skills and experiences”.

Stuart Hough, Managing Director of Travis Perkins Managed Services, said: “Travis Perkins Managed Services is an organisation with social value at its core and being able to support charities such as Centre 56 is something that I am very proud of. Centre 56 is a fantastic charity that provides a hugely important service for families and children and are worthy winners of the Social Progress and Equality award.”

Introducing our new brand

Centre 56 has got a new look!

It was time to freshen up Centre 56’s look to better reflect what the charity is and the services it provides.

You may have seen the new rainbow logo over the past few weeks.

The new brand is colourful, fun and vibrant. Centre 56 is a happy, safe place where children and families can come and be helped on their journey to recovery.

Joining The Regenda Group earlier this year has given Centre 56 the opportunity to do this, without impacting on the people that matter most – the customers.

Centre 56 has also updated its strapline… A safe place. Together against domestic abuse.

We hope you like it!

It’s our 45th anniversary

Last week we celebrated our 45th anniversary!

Centre 56 began as a refuge in 1973 when two doctor’s and their wives were concerned about the injuries sustained by women at the hands of their partners.

Today, we run a nursery and after-school club for up to 46 children who have been affected by domestic abuse whilst offering information, advice and support to families.

We invited the children and families as well as businesses and the local community to come down and celebrate our longstanding contribution to vulnerable people in Liverpool. Over 200 people attended the event.

Pat Roberts, Nursery and After-school Manager at Centre 56, says: “Celebrating our 45th anniversary was brilliant. We had so much fun, and it was great to see the children and families have a great time too.

“We celebrated with lots of fun activities and games for the children including paint splatting and face painting, a raffle, DJ, and lots of food and cake.

“We would like to thank everyone who came and celebrated with us, making the day a really special occasion”.

Many of the companies that support Centre 56 also attended, including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire Brigade, The Big Lottery Fund, Hugh Baird College, Construction Impact Framework, The Regenda Group and Alder Training.


The Big Lottery Fund helps to support local domestic abuse charity

Centre 56, a charity based in Liverpool which provides childcare and support for families who have suffered, or are at risk of domestic abuse or a crisis situation, has announced that it has been successful in a £300,000 bid for a Big Lottery Fund grant.

The funding will help to support the centre over the next three years to deliver its key childcare and resilience-building activities as well as developing an approach to new funding, which ensures that services are maintained and grown into the future.

Maria O’Brien of Centre 56 said: “We’re over the moon that we have been successful with the Big Lottery funding. The services we provide are so important to some of the most vulnerable people in our community, as we’re the only nursery to offer this type of support in the city.

“We are delighted that we can continue to offer this highly valued service, and with the help and support of businesses and decision makers across Liverpool, we can continue to raise vital funds to become sustainable over the longer term and broaden our offer to those most in need”.

For more information or to support the charity, visit

Centre 56 joins the Regenda Group

A Liverpool based nursery has joined one of the region’s largest housing businesses.

Centre 56 provides childcare, information and support for women and children who have suffered, or are at risk of suffering domestic abuse.

Regenda decided to bring the nursery into the Group after becoming aware that it was facing financial difficulty and closure.

Being a part of the Group, Centre 56 will benefit from greater support and stability. The nursery will contribute towards Regenda Homes’ plans for growth in care and support provision, as well as broadening the services it offers to support disadvantaged communities in Liverpool.

Michael Birkett, CEO of the Regenda Group, said: “We are delighted that Centre 56 is joining the Regenda Group. Both organisations believe that everyone, no matter what their circumstances, deserves the right support.

“We have stepped in to prevent this wonderful nursery and vital support unit from closing down. However, this is only the start and it is really important that we improve revenue, ensuring the nursery is financially stable for years to come.

“As a forward thinking business, we are committed to delivering care and support services, and have expanded our Group to help do this effectively, in areas where it is most needed. We are very excited about what the future holds.”

Maria O’Brien of Centre 56 said: “We’re very excited to be joining the Regenda Group. The services we provide are so important to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. By joining the Regenda Group, we are providing a more stable support service to those people.

“It is important that we continue to work other with businesses across Merseyside to raise vital funds and become financially self-sufficient. Being part of a larger Group will give us a stronger platform from which to do this.”

For more information on the Regenda Group visit For more information about Centre 56, visit

Family Fun Day

Centre 56  celebrated the end of the summer with a family fun day. We were fortunate to enjoy wonderful weather and everyone was able to enjoy a wonderful buffet. The children enjoyed games, crafts and face painting as well as a bouncy castle and some special visitors (pictured below). Parents enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with friends and pick up a bargain from the stalls and tombola. In total £84.40 was raised to support our activities.


40th Anniversary Open Day

Centre 56 recently celebrated 40 years of providing support to women & children experiencing Domestic Abuse. It was a good day, despite the wet weather and many of the agencies who we work in partnership attended with information stands, including:- NACRO, PSS, Costco, Hugh Baird College, WHISC, LMH, Mather Avenue TA, Fire Brigade, Karate Club, LFC European Cup and MP Luciana Berger.

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