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Updates from Community Foundation for Merseyside

Accelerate with EY Foundation!

 “Accelerate is uniquely designed to look at financial performance and operational efficiency; helping social entrepreneurs address some of the most pressing issues facing their businesses. We offer tailored guidance and support, expert tutoring and project support”

EY Foundation, 2015.

The Accelerate programme by the EY Foundation is now open to young (18-30) social entrepreneurs and social enterprises with a focus on supporting young people into employment, education or enterprise.

The programme offers an unrivalled opportunity for social entrepreneurs to access business expertise to help enterprise growth and to increase social impact. Members of the programme will receive up to 18 months support and access to:

• A Business Coach
• Workshops
• Networking Events
• A Project Support Panel

For more information on this programme please visit the EY Foundation website.

Applications are open now for the North West. Applications close midnight Friday 24 April 2015.

The 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. 

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

We are delighted to announce Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, leading provider of community health services in the North West of England is the latest donor to be working with the Community Foundation for Merseyside to distribute funding to projects that help to improve the health and well-being of people living in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, Halton and St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Tameside, Trafford, Glossop, Stockport and Western Cheshire.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has officially launched the Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund and look to hold their first panel in February 2015.

Staff, patients and volunteers at Bridgewater are passionate about giving something back into the communities in which they live and work and, are geared up for a number of exciting fundraising activities in 2015, including the Chief Operating Officer Colin Scales kayaking the Bridgewater canal. All monies raised through fundraising will go straight to communities for their benefit.

Jon Wells, Communications Manager at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust comments, “The fund, which is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside has been newly established to raise money for direct redistribution into the communities in which we live and work. The main objective and priority is to fundraise monies to distribute small grants to local community groups who deliver activities to improve the health and well-being of residents in their local areas. Fundraising activities are well under-way and we are excited to host our first panel early this year”. 

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

Once the Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund is open for applications all information on eligibility, criteria and how to apply will be on our ‘Apply’ section on the website.

To support the Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund’s first fundraising activity please click on the link https://www.justgiving.com/Colin-Scales1/