LCR Cares grants now total more than £160,000

Another £86,000 worth of funding from the LCR Cares COVID-19 Community Fund has been allocated in grants (Thursday 9th April 2020) to keep the Liverpool City Region’s charities and organisations providing vital services to the community.  The total given to community organisations now stands at more than £160,000.

19 organisations ranging from foodbanks to children’s play centres have been given the grants to help them continue delivering food and care packages to vulnerable people, telephone and online services providing counselling and helping reduce isolation, as well as debt management and financial advice during this difficult time.

LCR Cares was launched by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram in partnership with registered charity Community Foundation for Merseyside, with the aim of raising £1million to support local community and voluntary organisations on the frontline of helping the city region’s communities cope with the impact of Coronavirus.

Going into the Easter weekend, the fund now stands at nearly £500,000 after generous donations including £5000 from former Liverpool FC vice-captain Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation, £50,000 from Liverpool City Region-based retailer Home Bargains, and a further £123,250 from the National Emergencies Trust, as well as scores of smaller donations from individuals.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“We’ve been able to get more than £160,000 out into the community at a time when people need it most so that organisations at the frontline can support the most vulnerable. I’m humbled but not surprised by the amazing work these groups are doing in our communities. I’d encourage everyone to give what they can, if they are able, to help continue this work during these tough times.”

Liverpool’s Micah Foodbank was one of today’s recipients. Its Executive Director Paul O’Brien said:

“At Micah Liverpool we are providing emergency food parcels to those who are in poverty and those affected by the Corona outbreak, with the help of the LCR Cares grant we are able to continue to support those that are most in need for the next 12 weeks and beyond. Thank you!”

The Venus Project in Sefton also received an award. Chief Executive Lorraine Webb said:

“I would like to express our sincere gratitude to LCR Cares and all who donated to the fund. Being able to provide emergency provisions to local families at this worrying time makes a world of difference to their lives and wellbeing.”

Details on how to donate are on the Combined Authority’s website. Search “LCRCares” or visit www.lcrcares.co.uk

Community organisations can apply for grants by visiting: www.cfmerseyside.org.uk

The 19 recipients are:

Knowsley

Big Help Project

£5000

To pay for the food for the foodbank for up to one week.

Knowsley

Tailored Advice Services in Communities

£5000

To continue delivering advice to existing and new clients over the phone. Funding will cover the costs for two advisers for an additional 10hrs per week over 12 weeks as well as stationery, postage and printer ink costs.

Knowsley

Apostolic Church

£5000

To deliver food packages to those in need. Funding will cover volunteer travel expenses, food and essentials for packages and protective equipment, sanitiser etc.

Liverpool

Granby Toxteth Development Trust

£5000

To provide emergency food and health packs to the most vulnerable and elderly in the community.

Liverpool

The Brain Charity

£4687

Provide on the phone counselling sessions for vulnerable community members to help reduce the impact of isolation. The grant will be used for salary costs.

Liverpool

City of Liverpool Football Club

£5000

To maintain the group’s delivery service to vulnerable and isolated residents. Funding would contribute towards volunteer costs including travel, overheads including rent and cleaning costs and purchase of wholesale items to be delivered.

Liverpool

Micah Liverpool

£4920

Funding will support the continuation of the foodbank by covering staff costs for 12 weeks and additional food and essential items.

Sefton

Galloway’s Society for the Blind

£5000

To relieve the loneliness of 389 blind/partially-sighted people in Sefton who use the service regularly. Funding will contribute towards the costs of two sight loss advisors, a Talking News coordinator and a Communications coordinator to continue the service via audio and other means.

St Helens

Citadel Arts

£2500

Deliver a virtual programme for vulnerable people in the community, this will be a way to improve mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus Crisis. The grant will be used for performer costs and facilitator costs.

Wirral

Wirral Youth Zone

£4865

Provide sessions for vulnerable people and offer food, hygiene and arts/craft equipment. The grant will be used for staff and equipment for the packs.

Wirral

Koala North West (previously known as Home-Start Wirral, change of name 1/4/20)

£3000

To offer support via bespoke telephone and video calls for parents with young children and pregnant women and to deliver food and essentials to those most in need. Funding would cover staff costs, a laptop with camera and the costs of food and essentials.

Liverpool

Liverpool Homeless Football Club

£3700

Deliver food parcels, family supplies, feminine hygiene products and offer coaching support via online services. The grant will be used for volunteer expenses and items for the parcels.

Liverpool

Garston Adventure Playground

£3489

Provide food, essentials and activity packs to people in the community, the activity pack will be so that people are able to join in with online youth club sessions. The grant will be used for staff costs, ingredients and materials.

Liverpool

Daisy Inclusive UK

£5000

The grant is to cover revenue lost as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and pay for staff costs to keep the foodbank up and running.

Liverpool

Womens Health Information & Support Centre (WHISC)

£5000

Provide support for vulnerable members of the group via the phone, this will help to reduce isolation. The grant will be used for staff, Management overheads contribution towards phone bill costs.

Liverpool

Autism Adventures Training Ltd Community Interest Company

£4900

Provide workshop videos to vulnerable members of the community that are struggling with isolation. The grant will be used for instructors, food vouchers and staff costs.

Wirral

The Local Carers Network

£5000

Provide an online platform to support families in who have disabled children and offer food packages.

Sefton

Care Merseyside

£4500

Provide a service for vulnerable people in the community by offering wellbeing videos and telephone calls. The grant will be used for salary, phone bills and website developments.

Sefton

VENUS

£5000

Deliver essential food and other items to vulnerable women and families. Costs covered include travel, gas and electricity, toiletries, cleaning products, food, toys for children and office stationery etc.

LCRCares is a crowdfunding campaign to raise £1million to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline of helping the city region’s communities cope with the impact of Coronavirus. 

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