Our partners at Community Foundation for Lancashire and Merseyside (CFLM) manage the Liverpool ONE Foundation on our behalf. They approximate that over the past 8 years, 37,000 local children have directly benefitted from community projects receiving our funding.
These figures highlight the incredible social impact the Foundation has had across our city-region. With this in mind, we felt compelled to ensure that the Foundation’s aims, and how it makes its donations, was still effective in meeting the needs of our community.
In 2016, we began a review of the Foundation. With CFLM’s guidance, we began to gain valuable insights from across our community into the challenges young people face in Merseyside. We wanted to hear how recipients of funding (community groups, social enterprises and charities) thought the Foundation could best support them and the services they offer.
Representatives of the Foundation spent just over a year consulting with community representatives, experts, and city leaders, helping to inform the Foundation’s new direction. Their research, supported by CFLM’s latest Vital Signs report, highlighted broad concern about young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and in particular, the capacity of community organisations and our city’s statutory services to support young people expressing these concerns.
Taking CFLM’s findings on board, we began to develop the Foundation’s new aims and approach to donating. Re-launched in summer 2017, the Foundation now seeks to fund community projects that are contributing to a long-term improvement in young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Furthermore, funding is regularly available for community projects willing to work together and trial innovative approaches to project and new ideas.
The Foundation hopes to receive applications from community organisations taking a bold approach this issue. Examples of the sorts of projects that could be funded are:
Projects developing resilience (e.g. teaching methods and techniques to deal with stress, anxiety and worry)
Peer mentoring and support projects
Alternative approaches to promote mental wellbeing (e.g. mindfulness classes or meditation; dance, music, drama and art)
Projects that look to raise awareness mental health triggers (e.g. impact of bullying, online triggers, peer pressure)
Click here to visit CFLM’s website and find out more about the range of funding available and for more information about how the Liverpool ONE Foundation could support your organisation or project.
Liverpool ONE Foundation Panel
The Liverpool ONE Foundation panel convened for the first time in September 2017. Together, they awarded over £200,000 to innovative community projects working with children and young people across our region. Our panel included Colette Taylor, Merseyside Youth Association; Paul Court, Merseyside Police’s Community Engagement Chief Inspector; and Lee Pennington, The Open Door Centre’s Charity Director.
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