City Council empowers residents with £1m ‘Community Chest’
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across Liverpool are being given the chance to take control of their future
thanks to a new £1m city council improvement fund.
Mayoral Inclusive Growth Fund has been designed to empower residents and groups
to become the driving forces for change within their communities by encouraging
them to apply for cash-aid.
fund will support grass-roots initiatives and help individual communities
tackle the specific issues they face.
cash pot is made up of four separate funding streams including a £550,000
Communities Grant, which will be devoted to projects that address issues of
deprivation, support children and older people and contribute to the city’s
further £150,000 has been set aside to encourage crowdfunding initiatives for
community-based projects. City council grants will be used to pump-prime
initiatives that will then raise the remainder of the money needed through
crowdfunding donations. The scheme will look to support projects that seek to
transform civic spaces and bring communities together.
rest of the Growth Fund (£200,000) will be used to devise a sustainable food
strategy for the city. This will include setting up a series of food collection
points and community pantries across the city that will be used to support
people and families facing extreme hardship.
plan has been approved by the city council’s Cabinet and now local councillors
will play a leading role in identifying community groups and projects that fit
the funding criteria for the £550,000 Communities Grant.
This summer, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, invested £50,000 in creating a Lunch Club to ensure that children could get a decent meal at children’s centres and community venues across the city. The scheme has fed more than 1,000 children each weekday of the holidays. Whilst a further £10,000 has been provided to support the Bay Tree Cookery Academy in providing community-based cookery and food education courses throughout the holidays at venues across the city.
of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:
“Our communities face many challenges and we believe that the people best
placed to meet them are those who live in our communities. They know best what
will make the difference and we want them to come forward and take control.”
must also accept that, as the council’s funding from central government
continues to be cut, we can’t tackle these alone.
council works in partnership with many groups and organisations and this new
fund will be a way of extending that network and enable residents to take an
active role in shaping the future of our city.”
Brown of Gourmet Social Enterprise, who has worked to support the Mayor’s
Summer Lunch Club this summer, said: “We
have managed to enlist an army of volunteers from the community who have been
only too willing to get involved and support their fellow community members who
are in dire need.
truly amazing what a little bit of money and an enormous amount of goodwill can
achieve. It is great news that the city council is now planning to extend this
thinking to other areas and give local people a leading role in driving change
and tacking the real quality of life issues that affect us all.”
O’Dwyer set up her own community interest company the Bay Tree Cookery Academy,
to provide cookery skills and food education courses across Liverpool.
the help of funding from the Mayor of Liverpool, Michelle has been putting on
cookery sessions at children’s centres, community
centres and other venues throughout the summer. In total Michelle has worked with
up to 400 people during the summer holidays.
said: “Projects and
activities that are designed by the community for the community are hugely
important. There are growing issues of social isolation within our communities
which is one of the things I set out to tackle. Thanks to support from the
council and the Mayoral Fund we have been able to teach parents and children
how to cook and enjoy a healthy diet on a budget. The sessions also bring
people together to enjoy food, have fun and learn new skills.”