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The Michael Halsall Solicitors Merseyside Woman Of The Year 2014 is Sara Lawton

Sara Lawton Michael Halsall Solicitors Merseyside Woman of The Year 2014 MWOTY

Sara is the Managing Director of the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub (TFFH), which is a super youth zone in the heart of Liverpool. TFFH is an independent charity, as part of the MyPlace network, and is the MyPlace centre for Liverpool. It is open from 9am – 10pm, seven days per week, 365 days per year. Sara has led on all aspects of the project from construction in October 2011, to operational delivery, in July 2013. It currently supports over 1500 young people after 9 months of operation, the initial target was 59 but is averaging 156 new members per month.

Creating 38 new job opportunities for people across the City and to date the project has addressed various social issues, including employability, health and well being, youth crime and community cohesion. In addition to this the young people and the wider community of Toxteth are given opportunities to volunteer and be referred into educational programme. To date 972 young people have achieved accredited qualifications and benefited from improved quality of life and employment prospects through the services delivered.

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