Knowsley Better Together is a way of working that involves people coming together to share ideas, skills and time to achieve a shared goal or vision.
One example of Knowsley Better Together in action is Innovate Volunteering – a community interest company based in Huyton and Prescot but delivering across Knowsley which aims to reduce social isolation and build a network of volunteers to empower communities.
About Innovate Volunteering
Innovate Volunteering offers a range of services including training, signposting to local activities or support and family and community projects.
Volunteers are pivotal to the project, not only to ensure that activities can be delivered, but also providing volunteers with valuable work experience and a personal progression plan.
Innovate Volunteering has also transformed an unused space in Huyton into OurHub – a valued community space by volunteers who donated their time, skills and commitment to get the building back into use. It provides a base for training, a space for the community to use and a place where people can access support and receive further information about services, activities and the help available locally. The hub also sells donated items which are used to fund ourHub and the delivery of community activities.
Directors of Innovate Volunteering, Leanne Mallinson and Angela Bergquist, said: “We had both managed a range of successful projects across the local authority and voluntary sector which focussed on volunteering, individual progression and community cohesion, so decided to take the best bits forward in an innovate way and so Innovate Volunteering was born in April 2011.
“In our previous roles, we could see what an amazing difference volunteering can make, when they are provided with the right opportunity and support. We help to break down any barriers in order for participants to achieve their potential.”