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Stonedale Women’s Action Group

Stonedale Crescent in Croxteth has an active group of women working from within their estate to push for positive social change. The women collectively refer to themselves as the Stonedale Women’s Action Group or the WAGs for short. Their work has helped to reduce anti–social behaviour on their estate so radically that Mischief Night in 2013, had zero reports of anti-social behaviour. We worked with the WAGs to build capacity for them to run their own creative programmes. Puppetry, face-painting, storytelling and drama development have been supported by child protection and health and safety training.

During the summer holidays in 2013, a pop-up arts space on the estate was the focus for fun, creative and educational provision. While the children created a range of crafts that were inspired by their visits to the Everyman and Playhouse, the women developed their skills as leaders and arts facilitators.

A double decker bus to house activities for the children, was provided by Liverpool City Council and the arts sessions moved onto the bus and continued as an afterschool provision. In effect, Billy The Fun Bus is now a community centre for the estate. The WAGs clean and decorate the bus, organise the weekly rota of activities on the bus and trips to theatre shows and exhibitions in the city centre.