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Updates from Community Foundation for Merseyside

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

Corporate Tennis Club NW

Northern Vision are pleased to offer your company some very exciting opportunities to be involved in the North West Corporate Tennis Club 2014 through an extensive PR/ /Marketing/Hospitality and CSR programme. The annual programme will stress the importance of engaging with the general public and in particular kids to encourage involvement in sport through The Festival of Tennis and The Liverpool Hope International Tennis Tournament in addition to nurturing local talents.
The programme will serve your business with a year PR and Branding opportunities as well as consistent networking agenda in a more unusual and exciting environment:
Festival of Tennis, Liverpool One (26th May-14th June)
Liverpool Hope University Gala Dinner (11th June)
Liverpool Hope International Tennis Tournament, Calderstones Park (18th-22nd . June)
ITF Junior International, Wavertree Tennis Centre (November)

There are a range of fantastic benefits for your company for getting involved with the North West Corporate Tennis Club one being 10% of all sponsorship income will go towards the which is designed to promote tennis in the region through organising events in public facilities such as Wavertree and visit schools to promote mini-tennis. The Community Foundation for Merseyside is delighted to be working with Northern Vision on their Liverpool Tennis Foundation to engage with young people across the region through sport; promoting healthy living, developing key skills and enhancing their sense of community. For more information please call on
0151 227 5940  

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.

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::

For all the latest news on the awards please follow our dedicated twitter page @SOMAwards2013

Grow Your Tenner 2013 is giving away £500,000 as Grow Your Tenner returns for another match fund bonanza.

Sponsored by the Office for Civil Society, Grow Your Tenner 2013 begins at 10am on Tuesday 15th Oct. will double all donations up to £10, so a tenner becomes £20, or £22.50 with Gift Aid. And on monthly donations, they'll double up to £10 a month for six months.

Grow Your Tenner 2013 runs until all £500,000 has been allocated.

The campaign is open to all eligible charities in England on the website.

For more information please visit

Project Visits 2013/14

Our Project Calendar 2013/14 enables donors, existing and new to see with their own eyes the life changing work that happens each day in our community. In 2012 we worked with over 40 donors and gave out £1.4 million in grants to support 306 community initiatives. Our project visits provide an ideal opportunity to see, first hand, some of the amazing work that is taking place in our communities, meet some of the inspirational people leading those projects and further enhance understanding of the type of initiatives and activities we support to make a positive difference across Merseyside. Each visit aims to be diverse and will incorporate our key social themes that we as the Community Foundation for Merseyside support on behalf of our private and public donors, ensuring their donations are invested into the community in the most philanthropic way, meeting local needs and tackling key social issues.

Our first project visit took place on Thursday 1st August and incorporated two organisations Stick 'n' Step and The Open Door Centre. 

Stick ‘n’ Step provides free, specialist conductive education and support services to children with cerebral palsy and their families and carers. It was created to give children the help they need, and make their families feel they have too found the support they need. They welcome children from all over the North West of England and North Wales, fundraising tirelessly to ensure that sessions are provided for free.

The Open Door Centre offers immediate support, free of charge to young people experiencing depression and anxiety. There are many barriers in place in relation to young people seeking help should they experience these issues. Young people may not relate to the services and treatments, may not identify with those delivering the services and may have a preconceived idea of traditional clinical “hospitalisation” approaches. The Open Door Centre is a unique and modern service, equipping young people with the knowledge that depression and anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of and is certainly not a sign of weakness.

The visit was a memorable day for all attendees and enabled individuals to see with their own eyes the fantastic work in the community that they themselves could support and be involved with. If you wish to learn more about future project visits or about the projects we visited please contact Lauren Malone on 0151 232 2429 or email

Supporting Young Carers

Shocking new figures emerged today showing an 83% increase in young carers aged between 5-7 in the UK today. These children are providing unpaid care to loved ones and missing opportunities for education and development, something of which ...their friends may take for granted.

Here at the Community Foundation we are commited to work with organisations across Merseyside and Lancashire that are specialised in providing support and advice to young carers in the community. 

We welcome you to learn about just two of the organisations we work with to support young carers in the community;

If you would like to get involved and support us you can donate here.

January 2013

The Community Foundation for Merseyside held an evening reception at 10 Downing Street, London earlier this week, hosted by Samantha Cameron.

The event, which took place on Tuesday 29 January, aimed to showcase the Community Foundation’s work on behalf of local charities, community groups and philanthropists to an invited audience of Merseyside’s business leaders, benefactors and donors.

Mrs Cameron welcomed the guests before Cathy Elliott, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation and Chris Bliss, Estate Director for Liverpool ONE and Community Foundation Supporter, each gave a short speech on the importance of charitable giving at this time.

Guests also had the opportunity to meet with staff from the Community Foundation for Merseyside and see a selection of short films of recent community projects that have been successfully supported, in order to find out more about the vital work that the charity carries out.

Cathy Elliott, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation said,

“The Community Foundation for Merseyside is dedicated to helping local people at a grassroots level. “

“Since we first launched in 1999, we have distributed over £45 million in grants to around 9,500 community groups and individuals across the region. Last year alone, we invested approximately £1.2 million into Merseyside in projects which are transforming local communities and improving lives.”

“I feel incredibly proud of these achievements, which have only been made possible through the generosity of our donors and are testament to the hard work and dedication of those in our sector.”

“I also want to say a huge thank you to Fort Vale Engineering, Hill Dickinson, The Horkin Group and Rathbones Investment Management for supporting this event and helping to make it possible.”