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Mersey community project gets creative with recycling (20 November 2018)

It’s a case of ‘so far, sew good’ for a community scheme in Northwood, Kirkby, that is using creative arts and crafts to help encourage recycling.

The Northwood CommuniTree 4aRts project is working across the Northwood area in a bid to engage local residents and get them to think about reducing waste and boosting re-use and recycling.

The project is being delivered by Faiths4Change – a registered charity which uses arts, health and wellbeing activities to engage with communities on environmental matters – in partnership with Northwood Together and Knowsley Council.

Faiths4Change has received over £7000 of funding for the project, which comes from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19. The Fund was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects locally.

Northwood in Kirkby has traditionally low levels of recycling. By working with the Community Fund and Knowsley Council, Faiths4Change hope to create clear and consistent behavioural change messages through arts and crafts activities to help the local community turn these statistics around.

The project will conclude with the Northwood ‘CommuniTree’ Resources exhibition featuring items created by local people at the workshops, a 3D CommuniTree sculpture made of recycled plastic bottles and a canopy made from recycled materials such as textiles.

Liz Atherton, Arts & Wellbeing Project Co-ordinator at Faiths4Change, said: “By bringing together old and young, groups, schools, and organisations from across Northwood we can all create a really positive environmental noise about, with and for the area. There is a wonderful community spirit here and you see it every day at the Community Centre.

“Ultimately the project is about helping to build community spirit, break down barriers and provide educational benefits to enable all to improve the environment for future generations in Northwood.”

By the end of the project in March 2019, Faiths4Change expect that they will have:

– Re-used or recycled 6.7 tonnes of materials (including textiles, plastics and bulky family items such as cots and prams)

– Held 6 Swap Shops for textiles, bulky items and toys

– Held 12 clothing repair clinics

– Hosted 64 sewing and craft workshops to create ‘textile tree banners’

– Delivered recycling guides directly to 500 households

– Engaged with 8 schools for Bags2School clothing collections

Twelve volunteering opportunities have also been created in partnership with Northwood Together. Faiths4Change are hoping that local volunteers, with the right support, will encourage engagement amongst family, peers and neighbours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lou Smith is one local resident for whom the scheme has made a difference. Lou said: “I’ve been getting involved in the sewing classes, the Pop Up Boutiques and making art work for Northwood Community Centre. There’s a really nice, friendly atmosphere and it’s been great to dust off the sewing skills I haven’t used for a few years. You just hope that it does have an effect and people in the area will start recycling more – I’m sure they will. It’s a great community and people just need the right information to help them do what they need to do.”

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “The best Community Fund projects are those that help deliver recycling and waste resource messages to local communities – using groups’ expertise and on-the-ground knowledge of particular areas and the people who live there. The work Faiths4Change and the Northwood Together are doing will see a positive effect on recycling levels.”

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Image captions (left to right):
MRWA_F4C 1   Marlene Robinson, Lisa Cover, Liz Atherton and Julia Adlington stitch the Northwood CommuniTree.
MRWA_F4C 2  Julia Adlington, Liz Atherton, Marlene Robinson and Lisa Cover stitch the Northwood CommuniTree.

MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19 has seen 14 community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

Members of the media for more information please contact:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444

Furniture transformation project supporting homeless initiatives (12 Jan 2017)

A project supporting homeless people in Sefton is using upcycling and furniture restoration training to enable homeless and unemployed people to get back into their own accommodation and gain valuable employment skills.

The ‘Upcycle It (Sefton) Project is run by the Emmaus Merseyside charity, and has been supported by a £8,000 Community Fund Grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund to set up the project which produces a range of upcycled and restored furniture to be sold in their Superstore in Sefton.

The project is currently training six individuals including Margi Allen who said: “The Up-Cycle It project is great. We get training in how to change old shabby pieces of furniture into attractive articles again. We improve our skills whilst things that might be thrown away can be given a new life! Everyone wins!”

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Board of Trustees for Emmaus in Merseyside said: “The training will give our volunteers even more useful skills which we need to reuse and recycle more household items donated by the public. Many of the volunteers are unemployed so we hope the skills training and volunteer experience will ultimately help them get back into employment. The project also helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA said: “We’re pleased to be supporting a project that proves its value by not only improving people’s lives – but also diverting furniture from landfill.

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive said: “It’s great to see items that would have been thrown away get a ‘second life’.”

The project is running for the next three months – with the hope that the training will continue and will be integrated into the operations of the Superstore.

All upcycled furniture is available to buy from the Emmaus Superstore, 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton, L21 3TW
Tel: 0151 9281588, Opening hours Mon – Sat, 10.00am – 4.00 pm.

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Image caption L to R: Carl Beer, Chief Executive – Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, Annie Crew (Emmaus), Margi Allen (Emmaus) and Nigel Mellor, Chair of Board of Trustees for Emmaus in Merseyside.

For media enquiries please contact Colette Gill, Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk
Notes for editors

(i) The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.

(ii) Emmaus Merseyside – ‘Upcycle It’ (Sefton) Project: ‘Upcycle It’ is about giving homeless people the skills to design and make attractive furniture and household accessories from waste otherwise destined for landfill. Customers at the Emmaus superstore in Seaforth will be buying the fashionable upcycled products created by volunteers.

(iii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.

(iv) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

Save money and waste less this Christmas (1 Dec 2016)

Struggling to find gifts for loved ones? It’s never too late – just shop smart!

Local recycling officers are asking people to shop smart this Christmas in a bid to save money and create less waste.

December can be a time when we tend to overindulge, that’s why Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority have come up with tips to follow so local residents can slim their shopping, cut their clutter and make their money go further.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), said: “At this time of year you can end up with a lot of clutter around the house, too much food and a lot of paper, card and plastic which unnecessarily ends up in landfill. By planning what you buy, using what you already have, making lists and shopping smarter you will save yourself time and money as well as creating less waste.

“Food and clothes are two particular things that people can end up spending too much on, when there are ways of saving money and still getting what you want.”

Our top waste prevention tips:

• Before you go out shopping write a list and stick to it, as you’re less likely to make an impulsive and unnecessary buy which you didn’t need.

• When out shopping remember to take re-usable bags with you.

• Consider buying an experience for someone – concert tickets, a pampering day, or tickets to a tourist attraction.

• 30% of our clothes haven’t been worn in the last year so search the back of wardrobes and drawers to find your party outfit rather than buying a new one.

• Accessorise – bring an old outfit to life by customising it with some new additions.

• Instead of wrapping paper, use gift bags which have got a much longer life and can be used over and over again.

• When it comes to meals try planning in advance when and what you’re going to be cooking, that way you won’t buy too much. Research from Christmas 2015* showed that British shoppers spent £2.3bn on food items in the two weeks to Christmas – an 8.8% increase in food expenditure compared to the same period in 2014.

• Cook once eat twice – by carefully cooking more than you need and freezing the extra portions you can eat them another time.

• Non-frozen leftovers should be wrapped, kept in the fridge and eaten within two days. Use clear takeaway containers to help you see what you have left and maybe add the date on the packet when you put it in the freezer.

• If you’ve got a home composter then remember to add in Christmas leftovers like fruit and veg peelings. Also add unwanted paper and card. And if you haven’t got a composter, then maybe ask for one as a gift!

• Remember to take full advantage of your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. There are 14 throughout Merseyside with most accepting a whole host of items such as cans, cardboard, real Christmas trees, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, toys and white goods. All the Centres accept electrical items.

• If there are items like toys, electrical items, bric-a-brac you don’t need after Christmas, you could donate them to the Emmaus Community Reuse Shop at our South Sefton Recycling Centre.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “A huge amount of rubbish is generated at this time of year but alongside that there is a great opportunity to promote a message of saving money, consuming less, creating less waste and recycling as much as we can.”

For more recycling and waste prevention tips and Christmas recipe ideas visit www.recycleformerseysideandhalton.com.

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Notes to editor:

*http://www.foodbev.com/news/uks-christmas-food-spending-grows-8-8-to-2-3bn/

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents.

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of MRWA, plus the District Councils of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley.
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Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444
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Leaving Liverpool Tidy project launches community ‘free’ shop for locals (22 Sept 2016)

A reuse initiative organised by the Liverpool Guild of Students that’s collected more than four tonnes of unwanted kitchen items and other items are inviting local residents and communities to their Free Shop Giveaway Event on the 26th September at the St Brides Church, Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

All items at the event have been donated by Liverpool University students and local residents across various halls of residence and properties – and were collected by the Guild’s ‘Leaving Liverpool Tidy’ project. The project, funded through Liverpool City Council and the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund is one of ten projects being supported this year with the aim of preventing waste and encouraging re-use.

The Community Free Shop is at St Brides Church, Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT and will be open on 26th September from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Please note there are no delivery facilities available at the Shop and residents will have to make their own arrangement for collection.

For more information about the project or the Community Free Shop please contact: Lauren Carrington Liverpool Guild of Students Tel: 0151 794 5987 lauren.carrington@liverpool.ac.uk

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Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Media Contact: Colette Gill, Communications and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk

Community Makers Market – mosaic making! (18th Nov 2015)

Staff from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority will be at the the Joseph Lappin Community Day this Saturday 21st November to help create a mosaic for the brand new Recycling Centre at Old Swan.

The ‘Swan Challenge Mosaic Workshop’ will see local community ceramic artist Bernie Hughes of Rainford Design Studio collect everyday items to create an attractive mosaic piece which will be unveiled at the new Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre in December. We are asking members of the public to bring along old ceramics like broken cups, plates and tiles to contribute to the feature. A book will record all of the names of the people who contribute.

We will also be asking local people to share memories which can be included in a special TIme Capsule which will be placed at the new Recycling Centre on November 28th.

Further details:

Fun activities for all the family. Have a great day out and support your local community!

Tasty food & Refreshments
Fun & Games
Arts & Crafts
Community Café
Music & Performance
Special guests

…and much more!

Free entry.

10am to 4pm Saturday 21st November
Joseph Lappin Centre
Mill Lane, Old Swan
Liverpool
L13 5TF

Tel: 0151 330 0552

Primary pupils spearhead permaculture revolution (14th Nov 2015)

Primary school pupils hope to spearhead a permaculture revolution by transforming their school garden with re-used car tyres and carpet, and composted kitchen waste.

Youngsters at Legh Vale Primary in Haydock have just received their second prestigious green flag award for their sustainable school garden but are hoping to boost their environmental credentials by creating a permaculture showcase in the grounds from re-used and recycled materials.

Pupils, who have won £4,400 from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia’s Community Fund for their latest project, will transform the space re-using tyres for planters and banks, carpets for weed barriers, canteen waste as compost and host of other items which would otherwise end up in landfill.

Legh Vale Primary headteacher Andy Howard said: “We’re in the middle of Haydock but have lovely grounds that we make the most of. We’ve had a sustainable garden since 2012 but wanted to take things further to really encourage recycling and reuse of waste.

“The idea is to use it to promote simple and innovative ideas to a wider local audience so they can find new ways to reduce waste and have fun doing it.”

The school plans to use the permaculture garden for a series of teacher training sessions (led by specialists, Ecolibrium) and other events encouraging local families to recycle and reuse more of their own household waste.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The great thing about the Legh Vale project is that it is not just encouraging the school’s pupils to become more aware of recycling and waste.

“It’s got real potential to help the whole community change the way they treat household waste and so has an invaluable role to play in reducing Merseyside’s reliance on landfill.”

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Picture caption
Images show Legh Vale pupils with headteacher Andy Howard (back, right) and MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stephenson in the school garden.

Note to editors
1. The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia ) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
3. Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO JON FLINN ON 0151 709 0505

Sew Together: Nations Unite over Needle and Thread (12th October 2015)

Women from around the world are uniting through a Wirral sewing project designed to teach needlecraft skills and tackle textile waste.

The Sew Together project is funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund and involves carers from the UK and women who have settled in the borough from countries as diverse as Poland and Bangladesh.

Around 160 women from different communities, and a number of men, will complete six week sewing courses and use their newly acquired skills to create squares for a series of eight quilts which will go on show once the project – run by Birkenhead-based Wirral Change – is complete.

Merseyside Waste and Recycling Authority (MRWA) chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “Sew Together is great because it really promotes the reuse and recycling message amongst our diverse communities.

“It also shows how, with a bit of imagination, a small public investment can benefit communities in so many other ways.”

The £8,000 grant from MRWA’s Community Fund funded two thirds of the costs of the project, which aims to stop almost ten tonnes of textiles from going to landfill.

Malena Eriksson-Lee, of Wirral Change, said: “Sew Together is about bringing women from different cultures together, teaching them valuable needlecraft skills and, above all, encouraging them to find new ways of using old textiles.

“Each of the different patches represents something from the culture or background of the women producing them so the finished quilts really will tell a truly international story.”

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The attached images show MRWA Policy  officer Glynn Stevenson at Wirral Change’s Birkenhead base with, left to right, Min Mirrlees, Malena Eriksson-Lee, Toni Golding and Agnes Hemingway and the quilts produced by their Carers’ and Women’s Group.

Note to editors

  1. Wirral Change is a Black and Racial Minorities Outreach Service offering information, advice and guidance on jobs, education, training, self-employment, health and wellbeing, as well as signposting to other services for Wirral’s diverse communities.
  2. The MRWA Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
  3. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
  4. Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION FROM JON FLINN ON 0151 709 0505

The Big Freeze (6th October 2015)

Love Food Hate Waste and MRWA would like to invite you to the interactive and fun educational event The Big Freeze this October.

Come along and join us in our giant freezer for a day of cool activities and intriguing facts.

The focus will be on the best ways to enjoy great food which is healthy and sustainable, whilst reducing the amount of food we waste.

You’ll leave the event shivering with refreshing knowledge and brain freezing top tips for all your family and friends!

Friday 23rd October
9.00am to 4.00pm
Liverpool – Church Street.

Up, up and away: free furniture recycling workshop in Sefton (22 Sept 2015)

Merseyside residents will get free lessons in upcycling old furniture when a novel roadshow designed to reduce the amount of waste in landfill arrives in the borough later this month.

Experts from Project UP – funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) – will lead free furniture restoration workshops for visitors to the YMCA Community Re-use Shop at South Sefton Household Waste Recycling Centre on September 30th.

There will be two workshop sessions: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm. There are 10 places on each session and places are filing up fast. To book on please email jonathan.hutchison@groundwork.org.uk.

Jon Hutchinson of Project UP said: “So many people think they have no handiwork skills but it really is so easy to transform an old bit of furniture into something that looks great.

“We’ll be showing visitors to the centre some basic skills to get them started and helping them realise just how much can be done with old bits of furniture.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, MRWA Chairperson: “Project UP is a brilliant initiative and the workshops are a great chance to learn some new skills, get a ‘new’ piece of furniture and help reduce the amount of waste that goes in to landfill sites at the same time.”

Project UP is run by Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, and was awarded a £19,500 grant from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund to deliver up to 20 upcycling workshops for the public and provide upcycling training for young people not in education or employment.

It has a permanent workshop in Widnes where young trainees learn the skills needed to restore furniture which is either then sold through the Project Up shop or donated to vulnerable local households.

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Note to Editors

1. The MRWA Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
3. Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

Media Enquiries to Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505

This Christmas shop smart, save money and waste less (5 Dec 2014)

  • Cook once, eat twice and save money

  • Get your Christmas clothes sparkling for less

 

Local waste prevention and recycling officers are asking people to shop smart this Christmas and New Year in a bid to save money and create less waste.

December can be a time when we tend to overindulge, that’s why the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership has come up with some tips to follow so local residents can slim their shopping, cut their clutter and make their money go further.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “At this time of year you can end up with a lot of clutter around the house, too much food and a lot of paper, card and plastic which unnecessarily ends up in landfill. By planning what you buy, using what you already have, making lists and shopping smarter you will save yourself time and money as well as creating less waste.

“Food and clothes are two particular things that people can end up spending too much on, when there are ways of saving money and still getting what you want.”

Top waste prevention tips:

– Before you go out shopping write a list and stick to it, as you’re less likely to make an impulsive and unnecessary buy which you didn’t need.

– When out shopping remember to take re-usable bags with you.

– Use any Christmas cards you got last year as gift tags.

– Instead of wrapping paper, use gift bags which have got a much longer life and can be used over and over again.

– When it comes to meals try planning in advance when and what you’re going to be cooking, that way you won’t buy too much.

– Cook once eat twice – by carefully cooking more than you need and freezing the extra portions you can eat them another time.

– Non-frozen leftovers should be wrapped, kept in the fridge and eaten within two days. Use clear takeaway containers to help you see what you have left.

– If you’ve got a home composter then remember to add in Christmas leftovers like fruit and veg peelings. Also add unwanted paper and card. And if you haven’t got a composter, then maybe ask for one as a gift!

– 30% of our clothes haven’t been worn in the last year so search the back of wardrobes and drawers to find your party outfit rather than buying a new one.

– Accessorise – bring an old outfit to life by customising it with some new additions.

– Remember to take full advantage of your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. There are 15 throughout Merseyside and Halton with most accepting a whole host of items such as cans, cardboard, real Christmas trees, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, toys and white goods. All the Centres accept electrical items.

Carl Beer continued: “A huge amount of rubbish is generated at this time of year but alongside that there is a great opportunity to promote a message of saving money, consuming less, creating less waste and recycling as much as we can.”

For more recycling and waste prevention tips and Christmas recipe ideas visit www.recycleformerseysideandhalton.com.

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Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents.

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of MRWA, plus the District Councils of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley.
Media enquiries:
John Lally
PR and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct telephone: 0151 255 2568
General telephone: 0151 255 1444