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Updates from Community Foundation for Merseyside

 Join us as a Community Champion!

Your Community Makes You and You Make Your Community:

Make a Difference with Your Local Community Foundation.

Building close relationships with communities is extremely important to us. As part of this we would like to invite you to become a Community Foundation Champion due to your expertise, knowledge and track record in the Voluntary & Community sector.

Representing your local area and your area of expertise, we hope that Champions can assist us by offering us advice, ideas and a little bit of your time to help us to guide philanthropic and community funds to benefit local people and neighbourhoods as well as to provide the best experience for our funding applicants and recipients.

The Community Foundation Champion role is voluntary and we appreciate you are very busy therefore we are not asking for any rigid or specific time commitment from you. The role is more of a ‘go to’ person to discuss activities, trends, issues and potential investment in your field of work and community which can be done in person, over the phone or email, whichever is most convenient for you- an ambassador role promoting the community foundation and helping us with community knowledge and opinion.

Being a Community Foundation Champion

We hope you will be involved the following:
Be a nominated expert in your field which may include hosting a project visit with your organisation once a year for our donors or Fellows, advising on the design of new funding programmes, joining a funding decision-making panel or providing quotes for our media activities.

To offer us advice
on any developments in our grant-making process to ensure they work for funding applicants and recipients. To let us know about exciting projects in your area that potentially we could invest in.

To share your thoughts on developments in your local area and in your specialist social area, representing your organisation and other similar organisations in your area or field.

Support our community consultations such as our Merseyside Vital Signs giving guide. This can be done by forwarding on our online surveys to your contacts to enable us to connect with more local people.

Take part in our annual 15 minutes online survey to share your thoughts on the last year as a Community Foundation Champion.

To encourage
community groups and donors to think of the community foundation when you are at events

Our Community Foundation Acknowledgement to You

In return we will (if you wish):
Profile you at least once a year on our website and/or be featured in our quarterly newsletter on your community activities to acknowledge you as a Champion and  raise awareness of your work and your organisation

 List you as a Champion in our Annual Report

 Provide a Certificate of Recognition as a Champion to display as you wish;

 
Provide you with a discounted rate for tickets for our Spirit of Merseyside Awards event and any other appropriate events as budgets allow;

 
Provide complimentary invitations to ad hoc community or philanthropy events so you can meet and network with other community leaders, our donors and Fellows;

 
Provide a dedicated contact from our Staff Team for you to liaise with and gain regular updates.

If you are interested in being a Community Foundation Champion, please contact james.proctor@cflm.email or on 0151 232 2444 to discuss it further.

ACC Liverpool launch staff fund

We are delighted that ACC (Convention Centre) Liverpool is the latest donor to be working with the Community Foundation for Merseyside. Any donations they make are a result of the tremendous fundraising activities of the ACC Liverpool staff.                                                

The focus on the Merseyside area will be the following priorities (in-line with Merseyside Vital Sign themes)
• Children, young people and families
• Social isolation
• Education and learning
• Communities
• Housing and homelessness

Congratulations to all the staff on their continuous hard work fundraising and we look forward to working with you to launch the ACC Liverpool Foundation and distribute grants across Merseyside.

Visit to Sanctuary Family Support

As part of sponsorship for the 2013 Spirit of Merseyside Awards we committed to providing opportunities for our sponsors to visit an award winning project we have supported to see first hand the difference they are making and the positive impact they are having on the communities of Merseyside. We visited the Health and Wellbeing winners, Sanctuary Family Support, a group that provides mandatory support, advice and crisis counselling for families in Merseyside suffering from substance misuse. This project fits with our Health and Wellbeing agenda identified in our Merseyside Vital Signs report.

The visit provided our sponsors with an insight into the services that Sanctuary Family Support provide and we also had the opportunity to hear first hand real stories from the carers- this was very emotional and inspiring. Sam Evans, Hill Dickinson, "The project visit was extremely emotional, enlightening and inspiring. The staff and volunteers at Sanctuary work tirelessly to provide an invaluable service and the service users provided some tragic but heart-warming and inspiring stories. Thank you to the Community Foundation for facilitating the visit, as visits like this are vital to making people aware of the essential and often invisible work that’s goes on their community every day". We will be hosting further visits this year to give sponsors the opportunity to learn about other projects we support that fit into different themes identified in our Merseyside Vital Signs report. If you would like to learn more about our project visits then please contact Lauren Malone at lauren.malone@cflm.email

23 Foundation's Macy on ITV

Young Macy Clarke has been supported by the 23 Foundation 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.

Macy joined Jamie Carragher in an interview broadcasted by ITV. Click on the link below to watch the interview.

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2014-01-14/liverpool-legend-carragher-backs-young-tennis-player/

Spirit of Merseyside Awards 2013

The Spirit of Merseyside Awards 2013  

 We are delighted to announce our eighth Spirit of Merseyside Awards took place on Tuesday 19th November 2013 at the unique venue Camp and Furnace, Liverpool.

The evening celebrated the impact that the community and voluntary sector of Merseyside has had on local communities over the past twelve months. 

Sponsoring the event was BHP Billiton; BW MacFarlane & Jackson Canter; Hill Dickinson; Kenyon Fraser; Liverpool One; Medicash; Peel Ports Group; Shop Direct

The Winners of the evening were:
 
Corporate Philanthropist of the Year - Liverpool One

Philanthropist of the Year -
Lesley Martin-Wright

Environmental Impact Award – That Bloomin Green Triangle

Health and Wellbeing Award – Sanctuary Family Support 

Older Persons Project Award – Liverpool Lighthouse

Community Cohesion Award – Netherley Valley Youth Angling Project

Social Enterprise Award – Stray Cat Media 

Children, Young People and Families Award – North City Play 

Unsung Hero Award - Bob Forester

Project of the Year – Stray Cat Media

To see more about this groups project please visit their blogs below::

http://www.straycatmedia.org/sense-of-space/

 http://www.straycatmedia.org/our-lovely-rockery/

 http://www.straycatmedia.org/sense-of-space-our-mosaics/

http://www.straycatmedia.org/sense-of-space-our-weekly-rota-by-dylan-and-joel/

 http://www.straycatmedia.org/sense-of-space-harvesting/