New Royal Programme Gives £100,000 To Local Community Groups

Pinehurst Community Group used their Liverpool Community Fund grant for a community allotment
EIGHTY 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 Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Trust as part of the deal for the new Royal and has provided £100,000 over three 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 three years of awarding funding, Carillion, the Trust and Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services hosted a celebration event on Monday 5 September 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 allow 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.”