Community Resilience Grant

As part of its offer, Living Well Sefton manages the Community Resilience Grant which is awarded to local community groups and individuals for projects aimed at supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing.

The third round of funding has now been launched with the emphasis on partnership applications as well as encouraging individuals to apply with the support of a partner organisation.

A total of 36 projects have so far been funded through the grant. These focussed on improving health and wellbeing by reducing social isolation for older people, improving people’s confidence, self-esteem and fitness as well as helping them build awareness of healthy cooking and nutrition, and encouraging the whole family in developing activities together.

The maximum amount to be awarded to partnership applications is £5,000 and for individuals (supported by an organisational partner) is £500.

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There are several ways in which you can apply for this grant:

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The deadline for the third round of funding is Friday, 17 November. If you want further information then email us on.  If you want further information then email us on:

The successful groups from the first round of funding were:

Project Organisation Project Description Project Groups Area Grant Awrarded
Art for Arts Sake (Supported individual – Brighter Living) Therapeutic art classes in the Southport area. Delivered at Southport Community Centre where older people at risk of social isolation attend to gain new skills in water colour painting. Older people, social isolation, mental health Southport £500
Alchemy KETSO training and kit - Enabling the young people in this way is an asset based approach and would improve the wellbeing of both the young people, by improving confidence and self esteem, and the wider community by providing peer to peer support and engagement opportunities, such as through workshops delivered in schools. The training for the young people will run from February through March and then opportunities for engagement, consultation and research within the wider youth community would be developed. Linking with the Neighbourhoods for Learning project around debt in Southport. Young people, debt Southport £648
Bim Bam (Supported Individual - Brighter Living) Bim Bam - This project provides a social outlet for isolated families whose first language is not English. Main purpose to enable families to get together, build friendships and communication skills and therefore reduce social isolation.. Children and families in deprived area, social isolation Southport £500
Bootle JFA Bootle JFA Community Sports Intervention Programme - a community sports intervention programme targeting young people in the Litherland & Netherton. The aims of the programme will be to improve the health and wellbeing of the participants through a variety of fun and healthy sporting programmes. The sessions will target young people ages between 11-18 years with specific sessions targeting: Male, female and disability specific sports and fitness sessions, Family engagement sessions to engage the whole family. Volunteer programme to encourage local people to get involved in the programme as volunteers and mentors. Children and families in deprived areas , young people, volunteering Litherland, Netherton £1,700
Shared Reading (Supported Individual – Brighter Living) Reading for Wellbeing - Reading for Wellbeing offers weekly sessions for people with mental health issues / learning disabilities to come together with the support of a trained facilitator, to read stories, poems and classic novels. Mental health, social isolation, learning disabilities Southport £500
Brighter Living Partnership - social inclusion Brighter Monday’s is a 16 week programme that benefits people who are struggling to stay independent because of health issues or because they are isolated through loss of a family member and generally just getting old. During the 16 weeks, we run a variety of activities, from art & crafts, healthy eating, learning coping skills, physical activity sessions and many more. Older people, social isolation Southport £1,500
Brighter Living Partnership - gardening The Garden @ Southport Community Centre – the project will extend the use of the garden to include year round activities. This would support and enhance the facilities we have already available in the community garden currently. To make the garden self sustaining the aim is to start growing and selling produce and other items such as bedding plants to cover annual costs and items such as seeds, compost and replacement tools. The garden already provides local people the opportunity to volunteer in a friendly, safe environment with direction given from staff based at the centre, the opportunity to volunteer will further increase with this funding. Social isolation, volunteering, physical activity Southport £1,000
Eden Tots Healthy Cooking Classes Eden Tots Healthy Cooking Classes - The aim of this project is to inspire and educate the parents/guardians who attend our ‘Eden Tots’ sessions and other local families to cook healthy/natural meals and as a result improve the health and wellbeing of children and families in the Netherton area of Sefton. Children and families in deprived neighbourhood Netherton £500
Home Start Southport & Formby Home-Start Family Group - We aim to run a weekly Family Group, with a creche, targeted to families with poor health and wellbeing in need of extra support. Referred parents are offered 2 hours respite and take part in specific training and activities organised by the Group Co-Ordinator. Vulnerable parents are referred to the group to benefit from a programme of sessions designed to build confidence and self esteem to increase resilience in families and to improve health. The training sessions include healthy cookery, budgeting, healthy lifestyle information, positive parenting, play and early learning and stress management. Children and families in deprived areas, mental health Southport £2,060
JETS Centre The project will support children experiencing issues with mental health and well-being who do not meet the criteria for CAMHS. The project will provide therapeutic health and counselling support for children ages 8 to 12years, from the local and surrounding areas. Initially the project will provide a group session meeting once a week for 16 weeks with spaces for 12 children. One to one sessions will provide children with the opportunity to speak openly about their feelings and to develop coping strategies for difficult feelings by make use of their inner resources. Children and families, young people, mental health Waterloo £2,383
Men On Track To establish a “buddy” scheme to engage and encourage participation, of isolated men in our local area, in already established activities which will integrate them into their community. The “buddies” will encourage the local community by acting as a point of contact within the sessions, for those who find it difficult to access services because of confidence issues. The “buddies” will also befriend on a one to one basis, those who need more individual encouragement to get involved. Social isolation, mental health, physical activity Netherton £2,500
Mobile Craft 4 U The project aims to deliver a very positive, creative and memorable impact in terms of emotional wellbeing for a minimum of 30 people. The beneficiaries will be disadvantaged groups in the community, in particular those who have been affected by ill health (physical or mental), the socially isolated and carers. Social isolation, mental health, carers Southport £1,920
Parenting 2000 Shared Reading for Wellbeing - We will run a weekly Shared Reading group for socially isolated adults, with mental health issues and also a Shared Reading Group for ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners, possibly in an outreach capacity. Both would allow for engagement of harder to reach individuals that often get overlooked by more mainstream services. Social isolation, mental health Southport £2,240
Salvation Army Bootle Salvation Army Hope Centre – funding to help maintain the provision of the free use of our facilities to our clients, including free breakfast, access to shower facilities, providing food parcels and access to a telephone. The project will be extended to free breakfast of Cereal, Beans on Toast and a hot drink, to members of the community who have limited income, usually clients who are homeless, have a drink/drug addiction, people with mental health issues and older people. Social isolation, mental health, older people Bootle £1,000
Sefton Opera Over 50's learn to swim & improve confidence - This is an onoging activity run by Sefton O.P.E.R.A to help Older People, many of whom have never learned to swim, take up a healthy activity and improve their confidence in the water. The project currently runs 4 classes in Bootle, 1 in Formby and 1 in Southport for 1 hour sessions each. This funding will support 2 of those classes. Outcomes include: Improving health & wellbeing, making a lifestyle change to improve health, building confidence, creating resilience in communities, older people accessing additional services and activities. Older people, physical activity, social isolation Bootle, Southport, Formby £1,806
Sefton Veterans Veterans in Sefton - Senior NAAFI Break (Aged between 65-94) The project will address the loneliness of older veterans in Sefton. The Veterans in Sefton have identified that many veterans either lived alone or wanted the company of people with similar experiences. Senior veterans will attend at least one of our twice weekly NAAFI breaks and will report that they spend more time speaking/being with other people, improves socialisation skills, reduces isolation and depressive related condition, supports mental stimulation and improves dementia related conditions. Social isolation, veterans, older people Sefton wide £1,260
SING Plus Kids Kitchen The aim of the project is to provide a free nutritious meal and activities for children from low income families during school holidays, to relieve some of the financial and emotional pressure that they may experience either by having to provide extra meals above what their children would receive at school. The project addresses the issues of health inequality by ensuring that the children have access to a healthy, nutritious meal throughout the year, not just during term times. The outcomes of this project will be children having the opportunity to take part in healthy eating and activities, which hopefully will impact on their health and well-being in the long term. Children and families in deprived areas, healthy eating Seaforth £2,500
Southport Community Money Advice Southport Community Money Advice – Supporting clients facing problems with debt, budget setting and agreeing reduced payments work with clients to encourage them to face up to their responsibilities and encourage them to make positive changes to their lifestyles such that they can become free of debt Debt, mental health Seaforth £2,000
St Leonards Youth & Community Centre Community Lunch - We currently offer a community lunch every other week, the funding will enable the project to provide weekly meals from January 2017 for the local community and foodbank users. The funding will include the purchase of an industrial dishwasher to enable increased volume of users. This is a route to engaging those who participate in wider wellbeing issues. Children and families from deprived areas, older people, debt, social isolation Bootle £1,650
Stepping Stones The group aims to include anybody with any disability (mental health, physical, learning etc) into sessions to help with social isolation. The group encourages members to get out and to support each other, which improves their wellbeing. The activities, on offer encourage creativity, which is also good for mental health and self-esteem. Mental health, learning disability, social isolation Waterloo £500
The Inclusion Network Community Growing and Gardening project - The project will create an allotment and gardens for use by local people. The project will offer foodbank users the opportunity to grow food at the allotment. The project will give an opportunity for children, young people and the local residents to create an allotment and garden. Produce will be will be used for cooking in the centre and will be given out at the foodbank to local residents for use at home in order to encourage them to eat more healthily. The project will facilitate access to a range of gardening activities, healthy living workshops and cookery classes in order to encourage the participants to make positive lifestyle choices. Physical activity, healthy eating, children and families in deprived areas, social isolation Bootle £2,400
The Orrell Trust 'Soup in a Basket’ (part of the older persons project) – the project will increase provision of an older persons luncheon club by offering a drop in style café once a month to begin with. This funding would enable the project to run for an initial 12 months. The project will actively engage local people in making positive changes to their health and well being. The project will make changes to the lives of local people by improving mental wellbeing through the development of new friendships, Reducing social isolation and loneliness, Providing a healthy lunch at cost price, increased opportunities for volunteers from the community and in turn ‘upskilling’ local people with experience and training. Older people, volunteering, social isolation Bootle £2,250
The Youth & Community Partnership Life’s A Beach Project - The YCP will offer local children, young people and other members of the community the opportunity to attend a ‘Beach school’ project, that will offer activities like temporary shelter building, safe fire-building, beach cooking, mini-beast hunting, imaginative play, learning about flora and fauna, seasonal changes and tides. Aims to improve overall health and wellbeing of the participant, gain new and transferable skills, provide new and innovative community activities that are accessible to all, combat social isolation, learning about the local environment Young people, people with disabilities, social isolation Southport £1,350
Waterloo Community Association Community Kitchen which runs on a Thursday and was set up to provide hot meals to the local community and also cookery classes to encourage preparation of healthy meals, one of the main outcomes however is to reduce social isolation in the community and improve health outcomes. The cookery classes are offered free and the target group is people living on their own or those on a low income. Tour de Friends - The main aim of this group is to undertake regular accompanied cycle rides, ideally for those who have not ridden for some time but make it a social event too by having lunch or stopping for coffee, so it is organised for a Thursday so the ride finishes, more or less, when the community kitchen is operating. Social isolation Waterloo £1,000
Woodvale & Ainsdale Community Association Dementia and Memory Project - To provide a dementia and wellbeing project, to prevent deterioration in the community. This will focus on activities to improve socialisation and wellbeing and to keep minds active. Older people, social isolation Woodvale £1,800
Total £37,467.00

The successful recipients from the second round of funding were:

Organisation Project Activities Priority groups Area Grant Awarded
Age Concern Lunch Club Age Concern Crosby host a lunch club to reduce social isolation and vulnerability in elderly community members. It provides healthy meals and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the lunch club members. Older people Waterloo £439
Ainsdale Community Care Gardening Club Gardening club to maintain a newly developed community garden. Gardening will reduce isolation, develop skills, support people with learning difficulties providing a hobby, skill sharing. Older people, young people, general community Ainsdale £1000
Home Start Counselling To provide 80 hours of professional counselling to the people using the service. This is a service promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under 5 years of age who are under considerable stress. Parents and families with at least one child under 5 years of age Southport £2000
Independence Initiative Cooking Lessons The project aims to provide 4 x two hour Cooking lessons including costs for provision of food, mentoring support for shopping and budget management per participant. The project works with individuals, and their families, to enable people to re-build their lives, their self-confidence and their futures. Many of the people supported deal with complex issues that often include substance misuse, mental ill-health, homelessness and involvement in the criminal justice system. People with substance misuse issues, mental health issues, homelessness and criminal justice system involvement Bootle £2000
Mobile Craft 4U Mobile Craft 4U To provide access to art and craft sessions for people and families who use the Homestart Service. Children and families in deprived neighbourhoods Southport £1512
People First People First Steering Group This project provides a steering group and voice for people with learning difficulties. This project is to reach out to new members via the Feel Good Factory. To provide opportunities to try new experiences as a community, in a safe environment with support staff. People who experience learning difficulties Netherton £2000
Phoenix Community and Youth Project Personal Independence Project The project is to meet the need of young adults with Learning difficulties as there is little provision for this age group. It provides support for 19 to 30 year olds with disabilities to make the transition into adulthood. The project teaches life skills through educational sessions for cooking, using public transport, shopping, budgeting skills, planning etc. Minority groups, people with learning difficulties Southport £1998.12
Sefton Stars Basket Ball Basket Ball Team The project is to provide team sporting activity, skills, youth engagement. Young people Bootle £1996
SING Seaforth Older Person's Project Aims to reach out to the older members of the community through the SING shop, providing activities such as craft sessions stimulating the mind and fine motor skills, improving mental health and reducing isolation Older people and general community Seaforth £585
SMILE Fitness Support SMILE offer information, advice and support for chronic pain sufferers, to help them live their lives despite their pain on a day to day basis. The project will provide gentle fitness sessions in Tai Chi, fitness therapy, and relaxation. Socially isolated adults, Adults with mental health issues Bootle £2000
Waterloo Community Association Waterloo Community Association Cookery classes to encourage preparation of healthy meals, one of the main outcomes however is to reduce social isolation in the community and improve health outcomes. The cookery classes are offered free and the target group is people living on their own or those on a low income. Socially isolated adults Waterloo £1750
Total £17280.12