OUR IMPACT in Merseyside- Example Case Studies


The Community Foundation for Merseyside was established in 1999. In our 12 year history we have distributed almost £45 million to 9,000 individuals, charities, community groups and voluntary organisations on behalf of over 60 donors, philanthropists, funders and commissioners across all six Merseyside boroughs.

We carry out extensive research which helps us indentify needs in every borough across the county and we use this knowledge to help inform our donors in their grant making... 

Did you Know....

In 2012 we worked with over 40 donors and distributed £1.4 million in grants to support 306 local community initiatives.

In 2011 we distributed almost £1.8million to communities of Merseyside which equates to £1.40 for every single person living in the region.

In the last year alone over 130,000 people have benefitted from Community Foundation funding which is one in every ten of Merseyside’s population.

In our 12 year history we have awarded grants to around 9,500 community groups and individuals so that’s about 1,583 in each borough of Merseyside!

Since we were established we have given out around £46 million in to the community which is enough to buy you 6 of the world’s most expensive cars or about half of Christiano Ronaldo. We think our money has been well spent!

Twin Vision

Remember with Pride Project

Twin Vision were awarded through the Liverpool ONE Foundation to deliver their Remember With Pride animation project enabling children and young people to celebrate a positive memory of a loved one they have lost. Young people who’ve been affected by bereavement use accessible video production equipment & through a supportive working process create an animation based on positive memories of the people they have lost. This animation will aid communication about their feelings of loss of their loved one with each participant receiving a DVD as a celebration of their loved ones life to share with their family and friends & return to post project.

The project is being delivered to 4 schools / organisations across the city, with 8 participants in each group, therefore supporting 32 young people. At the end of each of the projects, the participants plan a Forget-me-not party, invite close friends & family to see their memories broadcast alongside those of their peers. The party acting as a catalyst for the children, their families & peers to communicate about their loved one, increase confidence & self esteem, whilst celebrating their loved one in a safe environment.
This award has enabled Twin Vision to begin laying the foundations to develop this work further as they have seen the massive impact that Remember With Pride has had on the lives of young people affected by bereavement and their families. Twin Vision have been able to employ three workers for the duration of the project and are hoping that this will establish Twin Vision as an organisation able to provide a much needed provision for what we see as an under supported area of care for young people.

This is a fantastic, heart-warming project, a project that would not of been delivered without the support of the Liverpool ONE Foundation.

Please visit www.twinvisionphoto.co.uk to learn more about this inspirational charity.

23 Foundation success!

23 Foundation grant recipient achieves success stateside!

Alex Clarke received a grant from 23 Foundation to support him financially whilst completing his studies in America over four years. Alex is currently studying a four year communications course in Notre Dame, South Bend Indiana and this year has been made captain of his university football team; ‘Holy Cross’. Under Alex’s leadership, the team has broken every record in the team’s history; alongside having their highest ever league finish. Alex has had increasing interest from professional scouts who have been impressed with his performances this season; however he stresses that although he is very proud of this, he is determined to work hard and keep his feet on the ground to ensure that he has the best possible chance of achieving all of his goals. He recently had trials for St Louis Lions – a Professional Development League that is designed to give the top players in the NAIA league the right developmental programme so that they can be drafted into the professional leagues. There was a lot of pressure to make history for ‘Holy Cross’ as up until recently, nobody in the team had been selected to play at PDL level, let alone be given a trial. After weeks of intensive training, Alex gained a well deserved place on the team (with his training kit number for the trial being number 23!). For a boy whose dream has always been to make it as a professional footballer, this is a step in the right direction to make this a reality, go Alex!

Key 23 Foundation Statistics & Stories

- Since 2009 23 Foundation has distributed £241,535 to 49 community projects and charities and 21 young people for sports coaching and scholarships.

- Macy Clarke has been supported since November 2012 with funding to assist with finances as Macy's tennis hours increase to support her aim of moving from regional to national tennis playing level.
- Anfield Sports & Community Centre received a contribution of £3,000 in June towards a 4 week sports/art programme which took place in the summer holidays. This is the second year that the group has been funded by the 23 Foundation. It worked with over 300 young people aged between 5 – 16 years from the Anfield and Tuebrook wards of Liverpool.

- Community Groups supported include Brunswick Youth Club, Mersey Tigers Basketball Club, Merseyside YouthBank, Marsh Lane Boxing Club, Liverpool Homeless Football Club and Wirral Scorpions Junior Football Club.

- 23 Foundation has also begun staging soccer schools in Sefton and, in partnership with the Liverpool Elected Mayor’s Office, soccer schools in Liverpool since September this year for the 2013/14 school year.

- 23 Foundation also supported the work of the Hillsborough Family Support Group and Hillsborough Justice Campaign in 2011 & 2012.


Jamie's Soccer Schools

All Saints Catholic Primary School are delighted to have been chosen by Jamie Carragher’s Soccer Schools, in associated with the 23 Foundation to be one of six local schools to benefit from one year’s free football coaching. The school is determined to support and develop children in order to create a life long passion and desire to be active and stay healthy. This is achieved through the provision of many sporting activities and opportunities to participate in games and classes. Being apart of this project will give pupils a fantastic opportunity to build on existing skills learnt through the school’s Physical Education curriculum, as well as develop new ones through the high standard of coaching they will receive from Jamie Carragher’s Soccer Schools.

Head teacher Mrs Holleran comments, “We can’t thank Jamie enough for all he has done for the school and we are very lucky to be associated with the 23 Foundation”.

Opportunities presented by the 23 Foundation in particular Jamie Carragher’s Soccer Schools has enabled young people to build their confidence and passion for sports and has acted as a real incentive to strive and develop not only on the football field but in the classroom too. We are excited to hear more stories from the schools over the summer and if the enthusiasm and smiles is anything to go by from the children this can only be a fantastic thing to be apart of. 


Can Cook CIC

Did you know that up to 60% of adults no longer cook at home? At Can Cook, our mission is to start a cookery revolution – to get people off the fast food bandwagon and excited about cooking and food once again!

Speke-based Can Cook runs a cookery school, manages cafes and provides local families and young people, as well as those in prisons and hospitals, with cookery skills training. The award will help the enterprise to develop a ‘Kitchen Share’ incubator hub for small food businesses.


 Wellbeing Enterprises CIC

Wellbeing Enterprises is an award winning social enterprise provides community based interventions to help people in St. Helens improve their mental wellbeing. The award will enable the enterprise to expand their operations across the Merseyside region. Thier  mission is to support individuals and communities to achieve better health and wellbeing. We do this by educating the general public; unlocking the assets within our communities and working collaboratively with our partners to tackle the underlying causes of poor health. 

 Squash Nutrition

Squash Nutrition is a collective of food-loving creative professionals who want to share the good food. The Liverpool-based Social Enterprise works with deprived communities to embrace the environment and food production, as tools for creative social inclusion and wellbeing. The award will enable the enterprise to expand their community apiary of urban honey-bees and develop new products to sell.

Project of the Year 2012

The Open Door Centre

The Spirit of Merseyside Awards celebrates best practice and recognises the hard work and achievements accross the community and voluntary sector in Merseyside. Each year one stand out project is awarded the coveted 'Project of the Year' accolade and this year it went to the Open Door Centre in the Wirral. See a short film about the organisation here

The Open Door Centre is a new project based in the Wirral that provides services for young people suffering from depression, stress and anxiety by identifying the underlying causes and providing practical solutions. Their aim is for the centre to become a safe haven where young people in the community can come and feel comfortable enough to talk about the issues that are dealing with. It has been embraced by a wide range of services and generally the community at large, and has reached people who were at a loss as to which direction to turn. Those who have completed the treatment have shown clear, tangible and measureable improvement in their mental health and overall wellbeing.

The judges felt this new project had not only clearly identified a need in the community, but had in a short space of time established itself as a valued and successful project. It has quickly demonstrated the benefits for the wellbeing of the people and community it serves. The judges have chosen this project as the overall winner for many reasons; this brand new initiative has been recognised for the tenacity of the project leader in driving this forward through its early stages and overcoming difficulties in an area where there was little provision. They felt this project showed innovation, has already achieved successes and unexpected outcomes, and above all the commitment from the project leader is inspiring.

Who will be our 'Project of the Year' at the 2013 Spirit of Merseyside Awards?