04 March 2013

Community centre opened in memory of murdered army cadet

By John Ramos

A new community centre has been opened in Liverpool in memory of a murdered army cadet.

16 year old Joseph Lappin died after being stabbed outside a youth club in Everton in 2008 . His killer 17 year old James Moore was jailed for a minimum of 17 years after admitting his murder while nine other people were also jailed.

On Saturday, Jospeh's mum Toni Lappin, the Lord Mayor Sharon Sullivan and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson opened a new community centre named in memory of the teenage army cadet.

Toni described the event as a real privilege for the family.

The community centre is Liverpool's first community in the hub centre. The Mayor says it could be used as a model for other future centres.

The centre in Mill Lane, Old Swan houses a range of services including junior and senior youth clubs from Monday through to Friday. It also houses a meeting place for mums and tots, clubs for ‘glee’ classes, dance and drama, a new community led café offering low-cost healthy meals, advice and loans for business start-up, work place learning and business training as well as an outdoor multi-use games area for football and basketball.

Future plans include adding an older person club, an astro turf on the football area and welfare reform and debt advice services.

Mayor Anderson said “Already local people have shown how much they will value it. They have had a community action day to paint and clean it and carry out some gardening work.

“It is an exciting development, not just for Old Swan but the whole city.

“And, above all, it is going to be a positive memorial to Joseph who lost his life in such tragic circumstances.”

The consortium involved in the centre includes Merseyside Disability Federation, Merseyside Expanding Horizons and Fusion and is working in partnership with the council’s Youth and Play Service.

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