During 2016, the decision was taken to pause grant making. This allowed space for a full review to be undertaken which looked at how the Foundation could ensure its approach to giving would have a long-term effect on children and young people’s mental wellbeing; an area identified as a key need within Merseyside.
This approach was informed by shocking statistics around mental health in children and young people. Following twelve months of review and consultation within the sector, the Foundation is now ready to begin giving once again, taking a more dynamic and less conventional approach to philanthropy in order to achieve long-term outcomes to community wellbeing.
What is next?
It is the aspiration of the Liverpool ONE Foundation to see a long-term decrease in the number of children and young people suffering with mental health problems in Merseyside. This will include encouraging prevention, reducing stigma and raising awareness.
The intention is to work with experts in the field of children and young people’s wellbeing to define and achieve key objectives. We aim to convene multiple partners throughout our community already engaged in this field, developing a knowledge base, highlighting best practice and encouraging collaboration. This will encourage a step-change from the Foundation being a traditional corporate grant maker to one which uses the funds available to coordinate, enable and influence as well as fund.
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