At the Speke community centre, known locally as the Commy, the feeling is positive.
Inside the Commy, Kimberley Preston, 19, is a former youth group volunteer who has just started her second year studying creative writing at Liverpool JMU.
Or sat at home on my "Fenian commy
a**e writing letters on behalf of asylum-seekers so foreign, scrounging scum can suck the life out of our white and pleasant land".
Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) community food workers held a special Shrove Tuesday session at Speke's Commy youth centre last night.
MERSEYBEAT: Youngsters from Speke's Commy youth centre get cooking