The Apprentices

Anthony Denneny

Anthony Denneny

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I developed a Maintenance Project which involved doing garden makeovers at Maritime Lodge, a local sheltered housing scheme, including painting the sheds and fences for the elderly residents. I have further ideas on how I can develop this project and look forward putting these in place within the next 12 months.

I was also part of the team who helped organise a football tournament to raise money for the Critical Care unit at Aintree Hospital. We raised over £600 for the unit and lots of local people and businesses got involved on the day, by either getting a team together to play in the tournament, or sponsoring the players.

What positive impact has this had on your life? 

I can see the impact we are making to local residents. Whilst I was working on the Maintenance Project I spoke with a lot of local residents and they are really appreciating the work we are doing. I’ve gained new skills, I have a placement in my chosen line of work with Plus Dane and I’m also studying plumbing at Wirral Met College.

Darren Viney

Darren Viney

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I have been involved with various projects at the Albion Youth Centre. I’ve also been involved with the wasteland project on the Grizedale housing estate in Everton. This involved the clearing up of an area of derelict land that had become an eyesore and tipping ground. Once it was cleared, I organised with a local school for the children to plant up the area with new shrubs and flowers and hang wall art on the garden walls.

What positive impact has this had on your life? 

It has made a big impact on my life. I’m now employed and I can give something back to the community where I grew up. It’s been great to work with local residents, local kids, BNENC and the youth club. I feel that I have made a real difference in the area through the wasteland project. My two day placement is helping young people and in turn giving them better opportunities too.

Dominic Wright

Dominic Wright

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I’m most proud of organising the Winter Warmer Hampers Project where local business contributed towards the hampers. The current harsh economic climate has made things really difficult for people, and in some cases people have been choosing between heating or food this winter.

I have also been involved with the wasteland clean up project with Darren, and had a key role in planning and organising the charity football tournament to raise funds for Aintree Hospital with Anthony.

What positive impact has this had on your life? 

Giving out the hampers to residents in need was brilliant. It was really great to see people’s faces when we delivered them. Residents were so thankful and I can’t wait to do this again next winter

Jamie Howey (4)

Jamie Howey

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I’ve helped to set up a food bank in the local area which has been really well received by local residents. I’ve also help to clear up some allotments for local residents and tidy the gardens over at Maritime Lodge, a local sheltered housing scheme. I’ve helped out the Merseyside Fire service with their annual bonfire night projects to clear waste materials in the area so they can’t be set on fire as bonfires.

What positive impact has this had on your life? 

I have loved working with ABCC in developing the Food Bank Project. I didn’t realise how many local residents relied on food banks. I’ve met new people, I am financially independent and I have been given a lot of new opportunities that I’ve been able to explore. I’m doing a course in plumbing at Wirral Met College.

Jenny Dodd (2)

Jennifer Dodd 

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I’ve set up a Community Panel for local residents, so their views and voices can be heard. We are asking them what kind of things they think need improving in their neighbourhood and what community projects they think would help overcome some of the problems. One of the projects that have come out of this is Community Trip Project which I have led on. It involves taking vulnerable residents on day trips away from their homes and gives them a break from their life challenges for a few hours. I’m studying health and social care at Wirral Met College and really enjoying my placement with Tomorrow’s Women, where I’m getting involved in counselling

What positive impact has this had on your life?

I’ve enjoyed taking the local residents out. It’s great to see their faces when we arrive somewhere, as some residents have not been outside Liverpool in their lives. I now have so much more confidence. I’ve gained new friends and been given opportunities to help me progress towards my future goals.

Joshua Swale

Joshua Swale 

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I have been working with Regenda neighbourhood team on a Customer Profiling Project. This means obtaining vital data from residents, so that Regenda can find out as much about their residents as they can, in order to tailor their services to meet the needs of each customer. Residents have very diverse needs depending on their circumstances and having this data helps Regenda to offer services that residents need and want. I’m studying accountancy at Wirral Met College and my placement with Riverside Housing Group in their Financial Service Centre as a finance assistant is giving me vital exposure to a working finance team and how it operates. I’m learning a lot.

What positive impact has this had on your life?

I’ve enjoyed working with the neighbourhood team – I didn’t realise at first why we needed customer information, but by being on the project I now understand the great value it has. I have so much more motivation to achieve, which is something I never thought possible a year ago. I’ve gained more confidence in my abilities and I’ve made some great new friends.

Paul Whiteley

Paul Whiteley

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I have been involved in developing and running a creative writing course once a month at a local sheltered housing scheme. I’ve also organised the ‘Out of the Blue’ festival which is run by the West Everton Community Council every year in memory of young teenage cadet Joseph Lappin, who was tragically murdered in 2008.

I have also helped in the creation of a comic strip wall art on the wall outside our office. It documents our journey from first interview to landing the apprenticeship job. I am studying creative digital media at Wirral Met College.

What positive impact has this had on your life?

I love talking to small groups and showing them creative style. I really enjoy engaging with local residents. I feel 100% better than I did a year ago. I’m much more positive in myself as a person. I’m not lazy anymore and have ambitious plans to make myself financially sound and independent.

Rebecca Barker

Rebecca Barker

 What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I have been the main photographer on all of our events, which has been brilliant experience. I’m also working on researching the history of the Anfield area, creating a book and/or a short film involving both young and old residents in the area.

I am heavily involved in the promotion of our team in the local area where we work. I’m doing a creative digital media course at Wirral Met College.

What positive impact has this had on your life?

I feel more confident in myself and my abilities. It’s been great working on the photography project as it has allowed me to build up my portfolio. I am able to support myself financially and managing to stay afloat. I’ve made new friends who support me and help me with work.

Sean Sturgeon (3)

Sean Sturgeon

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I have helped local residents and fashion designer, Emma Moogan, to set up a website and social media accounts to promote her fashion business, Nova Vestium. I have also helped to form a creative writing group with Paul. I’ve completed a number of really interesting projects whilst on placement with Aurora Media and have started a college course at Wirral Met studying creative and digital media.

What positive impact has this had on your life? 

I didn’t realise how involved I would get working in the local community and have relished the opportunity to get stuck in and see real results. I’ve really enjoyed assisting Emma set up her fashion business and helping her to sustain and build her business.

I’ve also made new friends , gained new skills and have a good overall experience.

Stacy Kelley

Stacy Kelley

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

I am the co-ordinator of all the projects we are running in the Anfield area. I’ve set up weekly community bingo sessions in the community centre for local residents. Through my placement with Plus Dance, I help the Beautiful North group. This is a partnership of more than 40 public, private and

What positive impact has this had on your life?

The bingo sessions are a great opportunity for local residents to get together in a fun environment on a regular basis. This facility didn’t exist in this area before and it has become a valuable time for people to get together and meet new friends. I have really enjoyed meeting new residents. I’ve gained new knowledge and skills and skills and I now have something really positive to focus on.

Tam Hardman

Tam Hardman

What have you done since starting your apprenticeship with Regenda?

After a meeting with Liverpool City Council, I decided to take a lead on a project involving the regular clean up of car parks in the area, in conjunction with our Beautiful North Partner. Litter picks take place on a regular basis and sometimes we collect over 30 bin bags of rubbish.

In my first few months of my apprenticeship, I travelled down to London to represent Regenda as a speaker at the Youth Employment Conference. I’ve also been working with local children in community youth projects at the Albion Youth Centre.

What positive impact has this had on your life? 

I enjoy knowing that the work we do is supporting the local community. It’s given me a massive confidence boost and I now have a house and can provide for my son. The experience I had speaking at the Youth Employment Conference was amazing. I was terrified but I’m so glad I did it as I’ll always have that experience to draw on and learn from. I’m studying community arts at college and my placement with Kenyon Fraser is enabling me to develop my creative side.