NEWS AND EVENTS
INDEPENDENTS DAY 2015
Belle Vale Shopping Centre will once again host the annual ‘Independents Day’ event to promote enterprise and business startups! The convention is FREE to the public and organised by Liverpool City Council. The event will be taking place on Friday 3rd July from 10am – 3pm.
Exhibition stands will be set up on the main mall by a range of organizations and professionals. The public are invited to come along and pick the brains of these experts, who have a wealth of experience and can advise on a range of career topics. These specialists are on hand to discuss how you can get your business off the ground and how to become job ready. Advice will be provided on business planning, funding, marketing and qualifications on a broad range of subjects.
The aim of the event is to raise awareness within the local community about the business services that are available to them. It will provide information on local training and further education where individuals can gain the skills and qualifications to build a business or become job ready. There is also the chance to discuss opportunities within Belle Vale Shopping Centre as the scheme currently has fantastic space, store units and retail merchandising units available, to help businesses reach out to new customers.
Paul Wilson, Centre Manager said; “We have seen an increase in small independents over the recent years and this is a fantastic opportunity for these businesses to find out what avenues there are out there to support their business growth. I am really pleased that Belle Vale Shopping Centre is going to play a part in enterprise within the community.”
Following the success of the ‘BIG Little Library’ the centre has launched the ‘Community Corner’ on the Park Mall, opposite the public toilets. This area will be used for community related projects and also houses the Shopping Center’s Little Library.
Every Wednesday between 10am & 12pm, Rev Jane visits the centre and is happy to chat to anyone who feels down or just needs someone to talk to. In addition, throughout the year, Belle Vale Police will hold their Police surgery at various times, giving all the locals an opportunity to share their concerns. Times & dates will be advertised on the notice board.
The Little Library is a “take a book, return a book, donate a book” gathering place where the community can share their favourite literature and stories. This facility is free for everyone to use and all we ask in return is that you bring back the book once read or donate any unwanted books, so that we can keep this facility going.
STEGGY’S DINO DASH
Calling all children! Have you ever fancied becoming a prehistoric explorer?
Belle Vale Shopping Centre is giving you the chance with their exciting Dino Dash this May half term – You’ll even get to meet a real, life sized dinosaur!
Between Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th May, families are invited to join Steggy’s Dino Dash where children are encouraged to take part in a unique hunt to win a hamper prize! To be in with a chance of winning a fantastic range of goodies from retailers at the Centre, collect an entry form located in the centre mall area by the main stairs, and find all ten fossil images hidden around the centre in shop windows. All correct entries will be entered in a prize draw to win a prize.
On the final day of the Dino Dash, shoppers of all ages are invited to come and meet Steggy the dinosaur. The animated Stegosaurus is accompanied by our resident palaeontologist who presents a lively and informative natural history show. Shoppers are encouraged to ‘get tactile’ with the dinosaur during each show and pose for a photo. Join in the interactive, educational and beautifully realistic show with the Stegosaurus at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm!
BHF NOW OPEN
BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION 2015
BHF Are Looking for Volunteers!
A new shop is well underway into their shop fit out and are currently looking for volunteers.
If you can spare some time each week and would like to help please call; 07584 376 983 for more details.
BIG LITTLE LIBRARY LAUNCH
Belle Vale Shopping Centre has partnered once again with Gateacre School to host a unique attraction; The BIG Little Library! This pop-up library was officially unveiled on World Book Day, Thursday 5th March by Cllr Erica Kemp at an event attended by local dignitaries, community members, schoolchildren and the public of Belle Vale.
The Big Little Library is a gathering place for book lovers, where the community can share their favourite literature as well as take part in enjoyable games to build reading and writing skills. The aim is to inspire children and young people to read, share and even write their own fantastic stories. The idea for the scheme was partly inspired by the Little Libraries that are springing up across the UK. Belle Vale Library, as well as many other libraries across Liverpool, recently faced the prospect of closure and so as part of this campaign, Little Libraries will be donated throughout the city. The first of these Little Libraries was presented to the Lord Mayor Cllr Erica Kemp at this event, who accepted it on behalf of City Hall. At the end of the project a Little Library will also remain at Belle Vale Shopping Centre as a permanent feature.
This is the first occasion that a full shop unit has been taken over by such a project, making it an exciting gathering place for book lovers!
BIG LITTLE LIBRARY
Gateacre School in conjunction with Belle Vale Shopping Centre is creating the BIG Little Library by Gateacre School.
Its a take a book, return a book, donate a book gathering place where the community can share their favourite literature and stories.
In its most basic form, a Little Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. We are taking it one step further by creating an actual shop full of books, which have been donated by local residents, businesses, students and the wider community over the last 9 months.
The purpose of the shop is:
- To become an inspiring gathering place where the community can share their favourite literature and stories.
- To help to engage all members of the local communities; from children, young people and adults from different backgrounds.
- To encourage people to enjoy reading and discover how it benefits their wellbeing.
- To develop a broader range of English and Literacy skills.
- To build strong, mutually supportive communities who read together.
- To provide enjoyable, welcoming and meaningful activities within the community, inspiring people to engage in other local and city-wide activities.
- To improve wellbeing, increase social engagement and widen cultural horizons.
The Shop will open on World Book Day 5th March for 3 months. Along with many literacy and creative activities taking place in the shop itself, we plan on building 10 Little Libraries as well as 10 Recycled Libraries (with help from our good friends Bulky Bob) and will donate them to our local community to create a network of Little Libraries.
The library has been set up in Unit 28a, next to Argos in the Shopping Centre.
If you would like a Little Library please contact Gateacre School on;
0151 235 1400 or email email@example.com
BOOK DONATION 2015
Belle Vale Shopping Centre is working in association with Gateacre School to promote literacy amongst children in the community.
There will be various events held in the centre over the coming months, that will tie in with World Book Day in March 2015.
We are starting the project by asking the local community to donate their unwanted books to Belle Vale, that will be used by the children as part of this project.
Details of all events will be advertised in the centre and on the centre media sites.
British Heart Foundation
We are pleased to welcome another new retailer to the centre. BHF will be opening soon in Unit A, next door to Game.
They are currently working on their shop fit and are due to open at the end of March / early April.