We had to look for premises to move our foodbank from a temporary location to a suitable location and we also require a base. We currently run numerous projects across Liverpool as a Voluntary service. We run a Men's Mental health group which see's over 30 service users attend each week referred in from Merseycare, NHS and support workers with varied Mental health, addictions issues. We also run a Food Bank (Delivery service) and supply food to those who can not access a food bank due to shielding temporary placed in accommodation with no cooking facilities or those who are unable to use the foodbank. We also offer Outreach work and have housed 3 Homeless individuals during lockdown, one of which currently attends our Men's session. We do advocacy and Social prescribing under one umbrella.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Increase Volunteering, we have already grew our team by 5 permanent Volunteers in the last 4 Months and our team continues to grow. Overall benefits to the immediate Community by accessing Food bank and affordable food. Access to courses whilst Children are in Nursery and School. Therapies and classes and engaging with others to build self esteem giving them more confidence to enable them to get a part time jobs. We will have a job board each week which will work similar to how we post our employment jobs on our Social Media it is about empowering our Women and Men. A safe place to come and do homework a place to grab something to eat. Somewhere a school can refer them into. We have also signed up to Kickstart and are looking forward to welcoming our first employee through this scheme this month.
Steps to get it done:
We are currently not funded for our Men's Group in North Liverpool which has been running since Feb 2020. We have not received any funding to open the premises but due to the amount of work we receive without a base we can not continue without premises. In the height of the pandemic we received 300 food referrals a week from professional for our filling the gap Food bank and continue to be busy. Our referrals did dip when the Government brought out the Eat out to help out scheme but we are again inundated and struggle but manage. Our CIC is 1 year old we were never able to go for the big COVID grants despite running one of Liverpool's biggest city wide Food delivery projects which is still running now.
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Liverpool City Council
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