Updates from Community Foundation for Merseyside

Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund

 Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund (Bridge Builder) held its first grant awarding panel earlier this month, awarding £1000 to local health and wellbeing projects.

Bridge Builder believes that local communities have great ideas on how to improve people’s health and wellbeing, and in so doing make their community a better place to live. A small amount of cash is often all that is needed.

Staff and patients at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater) want to put something back into the communities in which they live and work.

Jon Wells, Communications & Engagement Business Partner at Bridgewater comments:
“The Trust Fund, which is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, has been established to promote and improve health and wellbeing by raising money for direct redistribution to community groups, voluntary and other not for profit organisations with charitable objectives across all of our areas, including Widnes, Runcorn, St Helens, Warrington and the Wigan Borough.

The panel were delighted in the quality of applications we received with some inspiring groups receiving funding to help with their projects.

“I very much look forward meeting the recipients of these awards very soon”.

The second round of Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund applications will be announced later on in the year. Keep visiting our funds page for more information.

For more information on the Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund, please visit their website: http://bit.ly/16p3DGA, and follow Bridge Builder on twitter @BridgeBCharity.

International learning exchange

Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside have had the fantastic opportunity to talk to two international Community Foundations, Ikhala Trust from South Africa and the Community Foundation of Grande Florianópolis in Brazil.

Anderson Giovani Da Silva from the Brazil foundation was welcomed to the Community Foundation’s office in Liverpool City Centre where he shared with staff how he and the foundation works in Brazil. During discussions with Anderson and the CFLM team, Vital Signs was highlighted as an important research for both foundations. Where as CFLM use Vital Signs as a tool to guide giving, in Brazil it is used as a capacity builder and to influence local governance.

The same can be said when the team travelled to Lancashire to meet with the Ikhala trust, from South Africa. Again, this proved an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas, whilst also talking about the importance of Vital Signs as a tool to help build stronger communities.
Team members said how fantastic it was to meet with international foundations, as it proved, even though we may all have different methods of working, we are all here for the same purpose; to improve our communities.

Vital Signs 2015

 Calling all young people in Merseyside to help with Vital Signs 2015

Each year the Community Foundation for Merseyside produces a report which offers information on local community issues and aspirations, guiding people to give in the most effective way. We are currently working on our Vital Signs report for 2015 which focuses on the theme of Children and Young People and we need your support. We’re offering children and young people (up to 21 years old) living in Merseyside the opportunity to share their concerns and ambitions with us with the guarantee that they will be listened to.

We would appreciate it if you could encourage the children and young people you know or work with to complete the survey below to provide us with the valuable, first-hand information we need to make a difference.

Click here to complete a short survey

Your cause your way

Professional Footballers Association teams up with leading charity network to launch new giving initiative for players

“Your Cause, Your Way” helps players create their own named charitable funds, supported and administered by experts at their local community foundation.

The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) has joined forces with charity network UK Community
Foundations (UKCF) to launch a pilot scheme to help players seeking to donate to local causes.

Until now, players wanting to give back to the communities that have supported them have either
written a cheque for a charity or set up their own registered foundation with its own executive board
and associated administrative complexities.

Now the “Your Cause, Your Way” scheme gives players a new option for charitable giving, allowing
them to set up a named charity fund which is then managed by UKCF and the players local
community foundation – so players can give to whichever charities, community groups or individuals
they want, without the complex administrative processes.

UKCF is the membership organisation for the 48 community foundations spread across the UK that
work as local philanthropy centres by creating and managing funds on behalf of donors and then
distributing money to their chosen causes.

The Your Cause, Your Way pilot is being launched on the back of a successful partnership between
former England and Liverpool FC player Jamie Carragher and his local community foundation.

In 2009, Jamie teamed up with Community Foundation for Merseyside to launch his charity, the 23
Foundation, which has since donated £310,000 to sports initiatives across Merseyside, helping
provide coaches and facilities to community centres, as well as establishing football academies for
local schoolchildren and funding the regions budding young sports stars.

Watching the 23 Foundation transform the sporting opportunities for people on Merseyside, UKCF
approached the PFA to see if more players would be interested in Jamies charity model.

Encouraging charitably minded players to consider Your Cause, Your Way, Jamie said: “There’s a lot
more to it than just giving money, so its important to have that network of specialists behind you, who
understand what they’re doing, and thats what you get with a community foundation.”

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said: “We are delighted to announce that the PFA is establishing a
new partnership with UKCF, providing members further support to undertake their charitable

“The PFA has been involved with some excellent examples of players setting up their own
foundations, helping set up charities such as the James Milner Foundation, the Jermaine Defoe
Foundation, and the Jason Roberts Foundation.

“The new partnership provides an additional option moving forward, giving members the chance to
utilise the legal framework and charitable umbrella of a national organisation in UKCF.

“Members interested in finding out more about the partnership, or indeed any other method of
charitable giving, can speak to the PFA Community Department who will pleased to offer guidance
David Sheepshanks, chairman of UKCF, said: "Given my passion for local communities and my
personal love of football, I am really excited about the potential of Your Cause, Your Way to help
players give back and really make a difference to the communities they love.

“Community foundations have a remarkable ability to connect those that want to give, with the local
causes that matter most to them - these are typically under-funded, under the radar and yet critically
important , often acting as the social glue to keep communities together.

“Now with Your Cause, Your Way, players have the option to harness all of that community
foundation capability and local expertise by setting up their own named funds. This way they can still
enjoy all the benefits and profile as though it were their own charity, while outsourcing its
management to the community experts who can then introduce participants to the extraordinary
things being done in their chosen neighbourhood.”

For more information on Your Cause, Your Way please visit the dedicated section on the PFA website

A Players Experience: Click here to read more on Jamie Carragher and the 23 Foundation

Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund

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Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund invest in the health and well-being of residents in your communities

The Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund is the name of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s new Grants Fund and is now open for applications to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The Fund is open to community groups, voluntary and other not for profit organisations with charitable objectives based in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, Halton and St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Tameside, Trafford, Glossop, Stockport and Western Cheshire.

The closing date is Monday 1st June.

See attached guidelines for further information – click here

Apply online – click here for the application form.

Police Property Act Fund

PCC pledges £45,000 to help young people make right choices

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants ahead of the summer holidays, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has announced that a fifth round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA) is now available for charities and groups who are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

For the first time the funding will be used primarily to focus on a specific issue and the Commissioner hopes this round will be used to help young people make the right choices during the summer holidays and prevent them from getting involved in criminal or dangerous behaviour.

Organisations working with young people will be able to apply for up to £5,000, giving them a vital cash boost, from the total fund of £45,000.

Jane has already awarded more than £155,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities, with all the money being raised by the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police.
Jane said: "Many organisations and community groups have already used grants from the Police Property Act Fund to make their neighbourhoods safer, better places to live.

“I am delighted to announce that this latest round of funding will be dedicated to helping young people make the right choices, diverting them away from crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly during the six weeks holiday when traditionally this can rise.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“The community groups and organisations that do this work often have the best ideas as to how to engage with young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for the summer.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from philanthropic individuals and organisations.

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Wednesday, June 10th.

Click here to apply

Second Stakeholder event a success!

Community Foundation for Merseyside hosts second Stakeholder event and celebrates a local hero!

The Community Foundation for Merseyside hosted its second Stakeholder event on Monday 27th April as a way to thank current supporters for their involvement with the Community Foundation and to celebrate a local hero, Jamie Carragher on his recent National Beacon Award for his philanthropy work in Merseyside with the 23 Foundation.

The event was held in the Executive Box in Anfield Stadium, home to Liverpool FC and Jamie Carragher’s former club. During the event our Chief Executive, Cathy Elliot and President Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant for Merseyside, opened with a short presentation highlighting the work of the Community Foundation and celebrating what has been achieved working with our current supporters and provided an insight into our aspirations for the future.

After scooping a National Beacon Award at the UK Community Foundation’s biennial national event, Jamie was invited to join the Community Foundation at Anfield, where Dame Lorna praised Jamie on his philanthropic work, along with staff from the foundation. Local media attended this event providing photo opportunities for both staff and the press.

Jamie’s award recognises the work of his 23 Foundation, which aims to give children in Merseyside the chance to achieve their dreams through local charities, clubs and community initiatives. Jamie was among 12 of the country’s most inspirational philanthropists to be honored.

National Beacon Awards 2015!

Jamie Carragher wins prestigious national philanthropy award!

The 9th bi-annual Beacon Awards for Philanthropy were held in London on 21st April, with our very own Jamie Carragher winning an award for his philanthropy work with the Community Foundation for Merseyside and his 23 Foundation.

Hosted by Kate Adie, the biennial Beacon Awards celebrate the extraordinary and transformational achievements of individuals and families who have, each in their own various ways, brought about lasting social change through their conviction, their determination and their generosity. The awards celebrate their philanthropic achievements with the hope of inspiring others to want to follow suit. Since 2010 the Beacon Awards have been managed by UK Community Foundations which has a network of 48 community foundations that allows Beacon’s influence to spread throughout the UK to reach a diverse range of communities and philanthropists. Community Foundation for Merseyside nominated Jamie and his work on the 23 Foundation for a Beacon award in late 2014.

Jamie set up is his 23 Foundation with the Community Foundation for Merseyside in 2009, investing £1 million in an endowment fund after his testimonial in 2010 to ensure a lasting legacy for current and future generations. Since then the 23 Foundation has awarded around £310,000 in grants from the endowment to support 55 community groups and 20 individuals all over Merseyside, helping to build communities through sport. After Jamie’s testimonial at Liverpool FC, he wanted to give something back to the people of Merseyside to say thank you for their support during his time at the football club. Describing himself as ‘a local lad and in a privileged place’, Jamie decided to set up the 23 Foundation as a way to give young local kids a chance to develop their skills.

Jamie Carragher said: “Now I am in a fortunate position and able to give back it feels right to do that. I am pleased, but it is more about doing charity well. Everybody in charity deserves recognition.”

Cathy Elliott, the Community Foundation’s Chief Executive who attended last night’s ceremony and said:
“We would like to give Jamie a huge congratulations on receiving his award and thank him for all the hard work he has done for us, the 23 Foundation and many young people in Merseyside’s local communities.”

The Community Foundation will be celebrating Jamie’s Beacon award locally at Liverpool Football Club next Monday 27 April with their President Dame Lorna Muirhead, the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.

List of Winners of the National Beacon Awards 2015:

Honorary Beacon Fellowship
• Trevor Pears CMG

Beacon Award for Philanthropy
• Jamie Carragher
• Lord and Lady Harris DBE DL
• Bill Holroyd CBE DL
• Sir Peter Lampl OBE
• Jack Petchey CBE
• Sir Peter Vardy DL and Lady Margaret Vardy
• Sir Ian Wood CBE and Lady Helen Wood

Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
• Jonathan Moulds CBE

Beacon Award for Impact Investment
• Suzanne Biegel

Beacon Award for an Outstanding Partnership Between a Philanthropist and a Charity
• Graham Clempson and Pilotlight

Beacon Award for City Philanthropy
• David and Claudia Harding

Beacon Trailblazer Award
• Ben Drew aka Plan B

Foundation hosts event at Goodison Park

Community Foundation for Merseyside hosts first ever Stakeholder event at Goodison Park

The Community Foundation for Merseyside hosted its first Stakeholder event on Monday 13th April as a way to thank current supporters for their involvement with the Foundation and to share our future ambitions demonstrating how working together can achieve the greatest possible social impact.

The event was held in the Dixie Dean Suite in Goodison Park, home to Everton Football Club. Our Chief Executive, Cathy Elliott opened the event with a short presentation highlighting the work of the Foundation and celebrating what has been achieved working with our current supporters and provided an insight into our aspirations for the future.

The event was hosted by our President, Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant for Merseyside who, after welcoming everyone to the event, praised the Community Foundation for Merseyside for their achievements, and explained how important it is for philanthropists to continue to support the work of the Community Foundation helping to bring communities together.

Following the presentation guests were invited to discuss the work of the Community Foundation with Dame Lorna Muirhead and Board Chair, Arthur Roberts and the senior management team. After the close of the event, both guests and staff were able to visit the corporate hospitality suite which provided fantastic panoramic views of Goodison Park and a memorable photo opportunity.

To find out more about the work of the Community Foundation for Merseyside please go to www.cfmerseyside.org.uk or contact us directly on 0151 232 2444.

23 Foundation dedicates 2015/16 to Alder Hey


The 23 Foundation has created a special partnership with Alder Hey Children’s Charity for 2015/16 to support the completion of the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The 23 Foundation’s founder and Patron, Jamie Carragher wanted to support Alder Hey in their work as the busiest children’s hospital in the UK, seeing over 270,000 young patients each year, including 180,000 from Liverpool.

The new Alder Hey aims to provide an improved clinical service, based on effectiveness and efficiency. Their parkland will be used creatively as an integral part of their ‘clinical space’, to deliver rehabilitation services to their young patients. It will have 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds. Their 16 operating theatres will be state-of-the-art with the latest integrated technology, and a patient’s experience will be at the heart of all their design and digital developments.

The 23 Foundation will be supporting Alder Hey until 2016 and will be donating funds to especially help Alder Hey to create interactive digital entertainment and distraction in the radiology department to benefit 1,261 patients, a Neo Natal ‘Virtual Visiting’ service for parents of around 340 babies treated in the neo natal unit each year and a Sensory Garden to reduce stress and aid recovery for young patients.

Carragher’s support of the new hospital is not only charitable, but personal: “ When I was born I was treated in Alder Hey and the hospital has been important to me ever since. And when I played for Liverpool and now when doing my 23 Foundation work I visit Alder Hey each year to meet the amazing staff, brave patients and caring parents. It is a special place and I am proud to support Alder Hey as it builds its new hospital.”

The 23 Foundation will be open for general applications in Autumn 2015.