Shrewsbury House, a youth and community centre attached to St Peter's Church in Everton, Liverpool, has been a part of Shrewsbury School life for well over a cenutury. Founded in 1903 by masters from Shrewsbury School, it employs two full-time trained youth workers and a team of part-time staff and offers young people in the local area an excellent range of facilities and sporting and recreational opportunities. 'The Shewsy' runs Junior Clubs for children aged 5 - 11 and Senior Clubs for those aged 12 - 20 throughout the week, as well as a variety of weekend activities, including residential trips and exchange visits.
Links are strong between Shrewsbury House and the School, and the Headmaster and three members of staff sit on its committee. The Shewsy also continues to play a central role in the life of the School's Sixth Form. Every year, four groups of students from the Lower Sixth spend a couple of days in the club, working with the young people and learning about life in the inner city, social care, crime and justice and Liverpool's great maritime tradition. The students leave changed, having worked and learned hard and had a wonderful, broadening time. These trips are very popular.
Every May, a large group from Shrewsbury House spends the weekend at the School, and over the years good relationships have been fostered.
Once able to fund about 50% of the Club's funds, the Liverpool City Council is now able to contribute only about 10% of the annual costs of the Club, and Shrewsbury House is still heavily reliant on other funds it raises and donations from Salopians. It provides a valuable service in the community of Everton which, although much changed, is an area of severe deprivation. Everton remains one of the poorest wards in the country. The aim of the Shewsy is to provide a warm and safe environment for young people to meet, socialise and have fun, where - in the words of its motto - "people matter more than things". That was the case 100 years ago, and it still is.
For more information on the Shewsy, please visit their website www.shrewsburyhouse.org.uk