In July 2020 Wirral Council secured £1 million from the Towns Fund to help support projects that make a real difference to Birkenhead. Nearly half was allocated to organisations and businesses in the Argyle Street area, to help boost its cultural and creative offer as well as increasing employment opportunities.
Pilgrim Street Arts Centre received £100,000 which they used to create a dramatic new exterior of their building.
Shiralea Coldicott, Team Leader at Pilgrim Street Arts Centre, said, “We’ve got an amazing frontage now that young people can see and have a sense of ownership. We also spent money on getting pods for social spaces for young people and also a photography exhibition called ‘In Our Hands’ which is displayed around the building”.
The centre provides socially engaging art and creative activities for young people that promote independence and confidence. As well as students learning creative skills like dance, drama, photography and music, they can access a range of other services including life skills, youth voice group, Response, Glow CIC and the outreach and detached team.
Shiralea continued, “The future looks brilliant for Pilgrim Street Arts Centre – really bright and exciting. There are going to be so many opportunities for young people here, they can finally have a place they feel is their own and that gives them a sense of pride and value within our community”
Other projects to benefit from the grant include:
- Installation of new digital connectivity to enable smart city infrastructure, free WiFi, sensor technology and digital wayfinding.
- Left Bank Geocache Digital Trail will encourage tourists to explore the cultural quarter, waterfront and town centre through a series of new music commissions by high-profile artists.
- Enhancements to public space on the waterfront including an expanded food and beverage offer at Woodside Ferry Village.