Love Wavertree – A Community View

We are asking the Wavertree community to share thoughts and feedback on the Love Wavertree campaign and ReLoved shop and community hub through the Love Wavertree Survey 2020/2021. The link will take you to a short survey of ten questions, which shouldn’t take too long to complete.

The Love Wavertree campaign started in July 2019. It was brought together in a series of ‘community conversations’ held over the course of that summer. In a clear demonstration of just how much Wavertree means to local residents and businesses, each of those events had over 80 attendees. Right from the beginning, Love Wavertree has been formed by, with, of and for the Wavertree community.

Love Wavertree is independent and non-political. Everyone who works with or is associated with the Love Wavertree campaign, its community groups, the ReLoved shop, the CIC Directors and all of our volunteers – we are all Wavertree residents, businesses and services, brought together by one thing: We Love Wavertree.

Our community has achieved so much in just over eighteen months, not least hosting Liverpool’s first Car Free Day (bringing over 5000 people to Wavertree High Street) in September 2019 and opening our ReLoved shop and community hub at 203 Picton Road in May 2020. Like communities all over the country and all over the world, we have worked together over the last year to get through the trials and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in helping and supporting our most vulnerable neighbours.

Our volunteers have given freely of their time in working at the ReLoved shop and hub, leading community groups and events, litter-picking, bulb-planting, running, crafting, baking and all sorts of activities, all keeping to COVID-safe guidelines. We have run a popular ‘ReLoved’ market stall at the monthly Allerton Road Farmer’s Market and our campaigns have included ‘Save the Abbey‘, ‘Love Local, Love Wavertree’ and, this Christmas, we have been asking people to volunteer with us through ‘Gift a Shift.

Earlier this year, Placed CIC hosted an interactive mapping platform for us so that our community could input and explore ideas and shared priorities for Wavertree High Street and the wider Wavertree area. Huge and grateful thanks to everyone who fed in ideas, hopes and dreams for Wavertree into that platform, which Placed are collating into a summary report.

Now we are asking for your support again to look specifically at the Love Wavertree campaign and at the ReLoved shop and hub, so that we can review how we are doing, what’s going well and not so well, and how we can shape and focus the future campaign and community hub to help achieve our shared aims for Wavertree, highlighted by the Placed work.

Both Love Wavertree and ReLoved exist for the benefit of the Wavertree community and are accountable to that community, so we are very keen to hear your thoughts (plus, the lease on the ReLoved shop and hub is up for renewal in May 2021!)

Have you been into the shop? What do you think? Does it work as a community hub? If so, why and if not, why not? Do you feel part of the Love Wavertree community? Have you got to know more people because of the shop/hub and our groups and programmes? Do you know more about the area and local history due to our events? If you haven’t been involved yet, what is stopping you from engaging?

This is a genuine attempt to look at the next steps for Love Wavertree and ReLoved. We want to hear all the good stuff, but please don’t feel bad if you need to leave a negative comment. We value your honesty and constructive criticism as an opportunity to reflect and grow. Your input is both appreciated and crucial.

The survey, which you can access here: Love Wavertree Survey 2020/2021 will stay live until 31st January 2021.

Findings from the survey and the Placed platform will be brought together for further discussion with our community in the New Year, as part of co-designing a community-owned future strategy for Love Wavertree.

With grateful thanks in advance for your thoughts and feedback, and for all of your ideas, time, help and support to date.

Team Wavertree rocks!

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