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Updates from Community Foundation for Merseyside
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
Localgiving.com 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.
Localgiving.com 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 Localgiving.com website.
For more information please visit www.localgiving.com
Project Visits 2013/14
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 email@example.com
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.
CFM Hosts Event at No.10
January 2013The 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.”