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Funding boost for 14 community projects in Knowsley

by Jonathan Kearney

Fourteen community projects from across Knowsley are to benefit from over £185,000 worth of funding from Knowsley Council.

Voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups from the borough will receive the funding following approval the Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday, 9 September.

The funding has been allocated to help improve the lives of Knowsley residents, as part of the Knowsley Better Together initiative – bringing people and oganisations together to pool ideas, resources and expertise for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents.

The funding will benefit people of all ages in the borough, offering diversionary activities, improving employment prospects, tackling social isolation and improving the local environment. Projects will also support people who are struggling with their mental health, reduce food poverty and support those affected by domestic abuse.

Nine Knowsley projects will benefit from over £87,000 from the Council’s 2019/20 Community Fund. These are:
• Forget Me Not project by Innovate Volunteering Community Interest Company, Prescot, to support people with dementia and their families
• Knowsley Pensioner Advocacy and Information Service
• Listening Ear: Supportive Interventions for children affected by domestic abuse
• Malit in the Community: Social Prescribing for Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
• Meadow Park School: Future Female Leaders
• Memory Lane: Halewood Academy Fire Cadets Unit
• Park Close Tenants Association: Ageing Engaging
• Prescot Caring Companions: The Sustainability Project (helping reduce social isolation)
• Transform Lives: Lifeology (improving prospects for long-term unemployed people)

A further five projects will benefit from just under £100,000 from the Council Community Empowerment Fund 2020/21. These are:
• Incredible Edible Knowsley CIC: Incredible Edible Knowsley (reducing food poverty)
• Innovate Volunteering: Encouraging volunteering in Knowsley
• KDCS Memory Lane: Community Interaction Kitchen
• Knowsley Parent Carer Voice: Improving co-production with parents
• The Sensory Hive: Sensory Gym

Knowsley Council is also inviting applications from other voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups in the borough to bid for funding from the remainder of the Community Empowerment Fund 2020/21.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “I am delighted that we will be able to support such a diverse range of projects in the borough, which will provide opportunities and help improve the lives of so many of our residents. It can’t be underestimated the difference these projects can make to people in our communities and it is vital we continue to support them, particularly during these challenging times. Despite the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic we are working hard with partners across the borough to build a stronger, healthier Knowsley.”