Get involved : Community regeneration : Sefton
Whatever Floats Your Boat
Cosmopolitan residents in Bootle took to the water in September for Liverpool's Urbanism 09 event, a colourful celebration of floating craft.
A procession of 16 boats, rafts and pedallos made the 3 mile journey along the newly reopened link from Liverpool's Pier Head to the Leeds Liverpool canal.
The canal parade was the grand finale for a summer of fun-filled action for young people from our properties in the area, inlcuding Carolina Street which overlooks the canal.
Many of them spent the summer holidays canoeing, raft making and zorbing; an extreme sport which involves rollind down a hill or over water in a giant inflatable globe.
Along with partners in regeneration body Evolve, we also joint funded Squash Nutrition which gave the young people a chance to grow, cook and eat their own fruit and vegetables.
The craft on display included an upside down taxi boat and a giant swan pedallo purchased from EuroDisney.
Diane Maddock, Cosmopolitan's Community Development Co-ordinator said: "Whether watching the parade from their canal-side homes or actually taking part, our residents thoroughly enjoyed this exotic and wonderful event. All credit to those behind it, including Liverpool Biennial, the Arts Council and New Heartlands for creating such a spectacular celebration of our waterway."
Cosmopolitan HA is a member of Evolve, the partnerhsip of housing associations established to assist Sefton MBC in the delivery of its Housing Market Renewal Programme and other neighbourhood manangement initiatives in South Sefton. The Housing Market Renewal Programme is a 10-15 year Government initiative to restructure failing housing markets, tackiling the causes of low demand and abandonment. Other partners of Evolve are the Plus Dane Housing Group and Hornby Homes.
Evolve's geographical focus is on the neighbourhoods of Queen/Bedford and Worcester Road which are located in Bootle, near to Stanley Road and the Strand shopping centre.
Staff from Cosmopolitan work with an advisory panel made up of local residents to indentify neighbourhood priorities and provide long lasting solutions. Some examples of this are:
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