Joseph Lappin's parents, Toni and John, with Mayor Joe Anderson and Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan at the newly-opened centre
A new community centre named in memory of Liverpool teenager Joseph Lappin has opened.
Joseph, a 16-year-old Army cadet from Old Swan, was fatally stabbed outside a youth club in 2008.
The centre, in Mill Lane, Old Swan, is housed in the former Secondary Education Centre and is the first -of –its-kind community hub in the city. It has been taken over by a community consortium led by Deaf Active.
Future plans include adding an older person club, an astro turf on the football area; and welfare reform and debt advice services.
The centre was officially opened by Joseph’s mother, Toni, with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.
Toni Lappin said: “The launch of the Joseph Lappin Centre presents the area with a wonderful opportunity to create a fabulous facility for our neighbourhood, and I hope our residents will come together to take full advantage.”
“This is going to be a real community asset,” said Mayor Anderson. “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 opening ceremony formed part of a fun-packed activity day for the whole family which included rock climbing, football coaching, live music, drama and dance demos and face-painting.
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.