Students at Alsop High School attended the National Crimebeat Awards of the High Sheriffs’ Association after their Alsop FAITH 2017 initiative received national recognition for community engagement in north Liverpool.
The award was received in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Gloucester and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, CBE, QPM.
The National Crimebeat Awards honour schools and organisations that run successful crime-prevention projects for young people. Alsop received the award “for their outstanding contribution to helping to reduce crime and create a safer community” in north Liverpool.
Students from the school travelled to London to deliver a presentation after the school gained second place and won a £500 cash prize. Mr Stephen Burrows, DL, High Sheriff of Merseyside, who praised their involvement as part of the FAITH 2017 initiative, accompanied the students.
Mr Burrows said: “The award recognises the appreciation of the residents and people for Alsop’s contribution for enhancing the life of the community.”
Barbara Wilding, CBE QPM, chair of National Crimebeat, said: “We received a record number of entries for the 2018 awards many of a very high standard. FAITH2017 impressed the judges very much and we were delighted to award Alsop students second place at this prestigious ceremony”.
Alsop developed the FAITH 2017 initiative to foster cohesion and develop pride in the wider community of North Liverpool. FAITH 2017 initiative recently won the prestigious “Community Partnership” Award at the 2017 Educate Awards.
Mr Joe Mangan, headteacher, said: “We are delighted to receive this accolade from National Crimebeat in recognition for Alsop’s contribution to the life of our community. Alsop has worked hard to build stronger links with parents and residents in both the immediate and wider North Liverpool community.
“As the school approaches its’ centenary in 2019 our core aim is to impact upon the wider community and contribute to the regeneration of North Liverpool.”
Peter Bull, co-ordinator of FAITH 2017 said: “We are delighted that Alsop has received this National Crimebeat Award 2018. We are proud that Alsop students were able to speak to an audience of distinguished guests about their efforts to build a stronger and safer community. The students are a real credit to their families.”
The faith-based initiative was delivered in partnership with Together for the Common Good, Liverpool SACRE, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust, Liverpool Diocese, churches of all denominations, fellow faith traditions and community groups.