New Royal programme gives
£100,000 to local community groups
80 local community projects have
received vital funding to help them reach more people across Merseyside after
sharing £100,000 from the Liverpool Community Fund.
The fund was set up by Carillion and the Trust as part of the deal for the new
Royal and has provided £100,000 over 3 years to 80 local organisations that
support healthy living, building stronger communities, cleaner, safer, greener
communities and education.
The latest round of funding went to 28 projects who shared £33,330. Among the
successful bids was Genie in the Gutter who run a family intervention project to
reconnect substance misusers with their families.
Janine Davies, project manager at Genie in the Gutter, said:- "The support
we received from the Liverpool Community Fund has enabled two programmes to run
at Genie our Choose a Healthy You programme and our Family Bonds project.
Both projects have had significant impact and really supported vulnerable and
isolated people to become fitter, healthier and re-integrated into wider healthy
communities. Clients have reconnected with friends, family and other support
networks, which has helped their confidence, increased their self-esteem and
helped to speed up the process of recovery."
To mark 3 years of awarding funding, Carillion, the Trust and Liverpool Charity
and Voluntary Services hosted a celebration event, on Monday, 5 September 2016, at
University of Liverpool Student's Guild.
This is the final instalment of the funding which has supported local
communities, with 33 groups being supported in 2015 and 19 groups being
supported in 2014.
Liverpool Homeless Football Club received essential funding for a City Centre
Office, in 2014.
John Finnigan, CEO of Liverpool Homeless Football Club, said:- "Liverpool
Homeless Football Club aims to tackle homelessness across Merseyside through the
power of football. Our city centre premises allows us to easily reach the city's
homeless population and to continue our successful track record of engaging and
empowering homeless people."
Simon Webb, operations director of Carillion, said:- "We wanted to create
a lasting legacy in Liverpool; not only by creating a world class Hospital, but
by supporting local communities to give opportunities to local people. These
projects do some amazing work and we would like to thank them for everything
they do for the communities they serve."
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Trust, said:- "It has been great
seeing what these community projects are doing for local people. One thing we
were very clear about when planning the new Royal was that it wasn't just about
the building; we wanted to connect with local communities and help those
projects to help other people."