The following are a selection of awards which illustrate some aspects of the work of The Morgan Foundation:
The work of Abergele Community Action is informal community based intervention aimed at those that are, or at risk of becoming, excluded from mainstream social, economic, educational and digital opportunities. ACA's centre for operations is an IT Resource and Internet Café known as Itaca… in Hesketh House in Abergele.
ACSIL provides free and confidential support within the Liverpool area and outlying districts for people for whom an amputation may be necessary or who already are amputees, this also extends to their families, partners and carers. Based on first hand experience, members can provide advice, practical help and support when it is needed and where it is needed. Much of the support is given in hospital prior to the operation and just after. The Amputee Support Group is an active and dynamic organisation who meet regularly and organise social events.
Activate provides individualized learning programmes for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, at risk young people and young people who are NEET. Activate deliver a number of provisions on an outreach and from new facilities in Kirkby. These include short breaks for children and young people with disabilities, alternative education programmes and further education and employment programmes. A three year grant from The Morgan Foundation will help to fund two staff posts to provide opportunities for our learners to gain experience and skills within catering and horticulture.
Smiley Bus Award Active Hope supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people through a variety of our outdoor pursuits projects. Work focuses on long term support of the young people, boosting their self-esteem, self confidence and giving them a genuine sense of achievement. The Morgan Foundation has funded work in Grappenhall Hall School, a project which supports children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) to learn new skills, develop communication and teamwork skills and works towards them achieving work placements supporting primary school projects
Advance Brighter Futures Wrexham (ABFW) is a local mental health charity providing innovative community inclusive projects with the aim of improving support networks and the well-being of people facing severe mental health problems. The philosophy of ABFW is very much centred around improving the quality of life experienced by its service users, as well as the volunteers involved in the projects.
Afasic Cymru is the only voluntary organisation in Wales representing children & young people who have Speech, Language & Communication Needs (SLCN). They offer support information and advice to parents/carers; a three-year grant from the Morgan Foundation will enable them to extend their reach to parents/carers living in the Gwynedd & Anglesey areas.
Aftermath Support aims to improve the support available to victims of incidents involving road death and serious injury. It has been running for over six years and helps nearly three and a half thousand people every year. A three year grant from The Morgan Foundation will enable Aftermath Support to continue to provide much needed support to victims of road collisions.
Age Integration Plus
The Age Integration Project supports independent living for older and vulnerable people living in the Croxteth area by providing a range of support services. We provide services and activities to address the expressed needs of disabled people, older people and young disadvantaged people in order to strengthen the cohesion of our community.
Smiley Bus Award The Agewell Centre provides a range of activities, both social and educational, for the over 50s in a rural and isolated area. The aims are to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of members, improve social networks, develop intergenerational relationships within the community, provide advice and information and to offer volunteering and training opportunities.
AGRO is a member led organisation founded on the values of inclusivity and mutuality, run by people in recovery for people in recovery. The purpose is to promote recovery from alcohol and other drug problems through activity, supporting families, raising awareness, breaking down stigma and providing information in Anglesey and Gwynedd.
Smiley Bus Award A much valued publication which provides information to disabled people and their families and provides a platform for carers and disabled people for expressing their views and creativity. Morgan Foundation sponsorship has been renewed for another three years.
2012 Entrepreneur Awards Winner A support group founded by Amy Garton Hughes and her family for the families of children with Cockayne Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that accelerates the ageing process in children and limits life expectancy. The Wirral based charity provides help and support to families from all over the world, has been instrumental in developing medical research into the condition and holds an annual conference. The Morgan Foundation has provided three years funding for a siblings club ' My Time to be Me' for siblings of suffers of CS as well as other long term and life threatening illnesses.
More than a sports club, we engage with young people delivering a multitude of programmes, identifying and promoting strengths, skills and aspirations. The main focus of the project is personal development, raising self-esteem, confidence and resilience;encouraging the individual to aspire to better oneself.
The Apple Trust is more than a day nursery or after schools club. It seeks to build positive relationships with children and their families. The grant from the Morgan Foundation of £20,000 over two years to help in employing 4 Out of School Assistants, will enable The Apple Trust to provide safe activities that extend beyond the out of schools sessions. The ‘Teatime Special', with a 2 course meal and film evening, for children and their parents/carers allows families to spend quality time together in a relaxed, friendly environment. The Holiday Club allows parents to continue in much needed work during school holidays preventing families from living in poverty. Their children are cared for, encouraged to explore the environment they live and play in, and engage in activities that help with all areas of a child's development.
Autism Networks is a self-support group which helps children and young people affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the founding principle behind the group was that all disabled people, particularly those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, should have every opportunity to enjoy the best possible quality of life. The Autism Networks Centre provides a place for families to access specialist leisure activities, information, resources and support, particularly in times of distress. Three years funding has been granted towards the post of a Volunteer Co-ordinator to develop the project.
Smiley Bus Award Based on the Wirral, this charity provides residential accommodation in purpose built log cabins, plus sports facilities and other leisure activities both on and off their 15 acre site. With the aim of developing social skills, promoting personal development and enriching general education, they focus their work on children and young people who are socially excluded and at risk of becoming disaffected. A grant of £75,000 has enabled the replacement of the roof of their Sports Hall and the resurfacing of their All Weather Pitch, both of which are central to their on-site activities. A minibus for transporting visitors to the Centre has also been provided.
The Basement Advisory Centre in central Liverpool offers a comprehensive and inclusive range of services to the homeless or hostel-users in the city. Highly skilled staff assist users address issues which have caused homelessness and help them to restructure their lives. The Morgan Foundation has committed £30,000 per year over three years to employ a development worker and to help with running costs.
Bedford's Enrichment & Support Trust (B.E.S.T.) is a charity which was formed to advance the education of the pupils at Bedford Primary School by providing and assisting in the provision of facilities (not required to be provided by the local education authority) for education at the school. One vision was to redevelop the concrete sterile playgrounds into exciting, challenging, fun play areas which will encourage the children to be more creative, whilst keeping active. The grant received from the Morgan Foundation has helped to make this dream a reality for our children.
Beechley Stables RDA provides therapeutic riding to children and adults with disabilities in the Liverpool area. Horse riding can help improve fitness, posture, balance, co-ordination and increase confidence. The three year grant from the Morgan Foundation will fund a new riding coach, allowing for a substantial increase in the number of disabled beneficiaries.
The Beechtree Community Centre is a 'healthy living' project established in Whitchurch, North Shropshire. It provides a range of wellbeing and therapeutic activities and services to those who are disadvantaged through age, ill health or life circumstances. We aim to increase social inclusion, promote independence and encourage community engagement. Three years funding for the Centre Manager's post has been provided, which will allow for extended opening times.
The Big Help Project is a charity based in Kirkby that seeks to work with others to support people out of poverty. It runs the Knowsley Foodbank, which feeds around 8,000 people each year. In addition, staff and volunteers work hard to try to stop people needing the emergency food help. This involves providing support into employment and help in escaping from debt. The Big Help Project also has a trading company that operates three shops, offers PAT testing to third sector organisations and re-sells unused paint.
Hearing words like 'autism', 'delayed development' or 'cerebral palsy' can be devastating for parents. The BIRD Charity supports children and their families to understand their child's condition and tailors a programme of therapy to help the child reach their true potential. BIRD offers hope to families of children with additional needs.
BEEWirral is just two years old, committed to working with our local community, supporting adults and children in making positive choices. We took over and restored Livingstone St Community Centre, an unused, dilapidated but much loved building. It's now open every day with activities, from baby massage to cooking for vulnerable adults, to holiday play schemes. We are part of Feeding Birkenhead.
Based in large premises near the docks, Birkenhead Youth Club provides a safe and disciplined place where local youngsters can go an enjoy themselves with the benefit that their social, physical and educational abilities are enhanced. The club has a current membership of 500 young people aged between 8 and 16 years, with a core staff of volunteers. The Morgan Foundation has made a one-off donation towards the construction of two five-a-side football pitches at the rear of the club, to encourage professional training and tournaments for football and other sports for members, local schools and voluntary organisations.
Based in large premises near the docks, Birkenhead Youth Club provides a safe and disciplined place where local youngsters can go an enjoy themselves with the benefit that their social, physical and educational abilities are enhanced. The club has a current membership of 500 young people aged between 8 and 16 years, with a core staff of volunteers. Having made a capital grant in 2009 towards the costs of an all weather football pitch, a one year grant to provide dancing classes for teenage girls has been made to Birkenhead Youth Club.
Having achieved Special Sports College Status, this Chester school was unable to complete a building project to supply the required facilities, due to lack of funding. A grant of £30,000 enabled the work to be finished to the original specifications, including the provision of a state-of-the-art climbing wall, providing a much needed resource for the school and the community as a whole.
Established in 2012 and registered as a charity in 2014, Blue Apple Heroes supports serving and ex-members of the armed forces who are suffering from combat stress and related illnesses and who are experiencing difficulties in day to day living, as well as their families and carers. A three year grant has been provided to help the charity with new premises suitable for the delivery of a range of programmes in Warrington.
A community special school in Kirkby with 185 pupils aged three to nineteen, Bluebell Park is a PFI funded facility which opened in 2012. Whilst the building itself is state of the art, play facilities for the children were not provided. The Morgan Foundation has contributed towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible roundabout for the play area which will benefit pupils with limited mobility.
Bosco Society offers residential accommodation and support for males over 18. As well as intense holistic support, there is a full programme of educational and social activities. The centre's motto is 'A place for positive change' and they aim to provide a safe home where everyone can feel welcomed, valued and respected.
Three years funding has been awarded for the Be Active project. Volunteers help blind and partially sighted people break isolation, reducing the sense of loneliness experienced by some people by enabling them to get out of their homes and do things which the rest of us take for granted e.g. shopping, attending the theatre, health and leisure activities.
A three year grant has been made to support the club with establishing a special needs under nineteen team. The club currently has three special needs teams – under 12, under 16 and adult. The club was finding difficulty in introducing players who are turning sixteen in to the older established senior team. The funding will give those players extra time and will give the club a time period where we can introduce the players at a more suited time and stop them from leaving the club.
A community special school in Widnes providing education for pupils aged two to eleven years with severe and complex learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders. A grant has been made to help with the refurbishment of the sensory room with lights and interactive equipment. Sessions in the room will be incorporated into the curriculum and will help pupils with their motor skills, co-ordination, team work. It will also be a calming area for those who easily become stressed.
Butterflies offers a bereavement, loss and separation support service to children and young people aged 7-16 years of age, in the community through the voluntary sector. Capital funding was provided for the development of the children's counselling suite and three years funding has been committed towards running costs of this valuable specialist service.
C-SAW (North Wales) Ltd
Smiley Bus Award C-SAW Community Support for Autism in Wales is based in North Wales and works with children and adults on autistic spectrum, their parents and carers. C-SAW provides a variety of services including an autism specific holiday club, a young person's social group, parent seminars and parental support, counselling and recreational activities for autistic children. Three years funding was given for core costs.
Caia Park and Hightown Early Years Forum
The Forum supports children, families and early years groups in the Caia Park and Hightown areas of Wrexham. It runs seven open access family support groups each week at four different venues as well as parenting, confidence building, "Freedom"(domestic abuse) and other programmes. Funding has been provided to employ a worker to run the groups whilst other staff members facilitate programmes.
2010 Entrepreneur Awards Winner Part of the Canal Boat Adventure Project, the Nessie Club (Courage to Achieve) support to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them to access support and opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential in social, educational and international settings, equipping them with a wide range of life skills. The original cohort of young people now provides mentoring and support to the next group who in their turn will pass on their skills and expertise to the cohort below them, thus ensuring the continuing success of the project.
Canolfan Felin Fach Centre provides information, support, and a range of healthy living and therapeutic activities for people who are experiencing or recovering from mental health or substance abuse problems. We offer a holistic, person centred approach to improve mental and physical health and wellbeing. Our aim is to equip individuals with transferrable skills that will help them to move on to possible future employment, or at least become more independent and gain a new sense of pride and confidence in their abilities.
The centre offers a wide range of emotional and practical support to anyone affected by cancer, with around 8.000 clients a year. Services include counselling, complimentary therapies, advice and information, delivered for the most part by dedicated volunteers.
Three years funding has been provided for a specialist Lymphatic Drainage Therapist.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) in Crewe provides free debt counselling to families dealing with spiralling debt in the local community. CAP also provides a free short course that makes managing money easier. The Morgan Foundation is providing funding to cover the salary of one debt counsellor over the next 3 years.
Carers Outreach Service provides information and support to unpaid carers aged 18 +. The Morgan Foundation will fund a three year project supporting unpaid carers between the ages of 25 and 50 in Anglesey and Conwy especially parents and those struggling to juggle their caring role with employment.
The Caterpillar Club
The Caterpillar Club is a club for families with a child or children with disabilities. It helps prevent feelings of isolation that some families and siblings may experience, whilst providing a much needed support network for the parents. The club offers activities and outings that bring the family unit together as a whole, whilst at the same time the disabled child draws strength in the realisation that they are not alone out there. They learn new skills & experiences and forge new friendships.
A disabled sports club based in Rossett, the Wheelchair Basketball Club has a team in the Wheelchair Basketball Superleague and incorporates teaching of a range of skills to disabled youngsters to improve their independence and self-confidence. £6,000 per year for three years has been awarded to help develop the junior team and expand the Disability Awareness Programme as well as covering costs for the summer residential camp.
A charity run by Wirral Police Officers and other Organisations to reward young people who have overcome tragedy or an adversity or for showing good citizenship within the community by taking them scuba diving and sailing. The Morgan Foundation has supported them by contributing £8,000 over two years to assist them to charter a sailing ship.
Supporting families with autism spectrum condition including Aspergers Syndrome, whether diagnosed or not, living in Cheshire. Providing childrens and young peoples activities eg trampolining, swimming, youth club, sensory circuits plus parental support, information and advice. Lots of services provided – please check our website for full details.
Cheshire Ability Counts Football League
Initially founded by the Cheshire FA and local councils, the Cheshire Ability Counts Football League now has six different divisions that engage over 250 players with a broad spectrum of disabilities and is the main provider of both social and competitive disability football within the County. A three year grant will support running costs as well as the establishment of an annual cup competition.
Smiley Bus Award A voluntary group, Cheshire Penguins is a club for people with learning difficulties. It is a swimming club with plenty more than swimming, providing the chance to travel around the country and parts of Europe competing, working towards their independence by competing for themselves and travelling away without their parents, even to the extent where they can represent Great Britain. The other side of the club is about friendships and social networking, with approximately 80 members with learning disabilities, everyone can integrate with others at their level. Rather than sitting around at home, they not only swim but play table tennis, ten pin bowling, go to the pictures, shopping and ball room dancing. Each year there is opportunity to go holiday as a group, finally the Christmas party at the end of the year gets everyone together to which they can dress up their formal attire and generally be themselves.
Cheshire SkillShare is a registered charity dedicated to improving our local community. We do this by taking time to understand organisations within the Voluntary, Community, and Faith sector, and identify areas of expertise and skills which could help them. All help is offered free of charge.
It is an effective way for businesses to support the local community and demonstrate genuine Corporate Social Responsibility. In turn we are helping to develop a more effective voluntary sector and working together to improve the lives of the under-served.
Cheshire Without Abuse (formerly Crewe Women's Aid) aims to change lives affected by domestic abuse with the provision of emergency accommodation for women and their children who are fleeing domestic abuse, one to one support, guidance and information, a range of personal development and learning programmes and unique volunteering opportunities for survivors of domestic abuse and their children. The unique wrap around approach involves women in delivering the service and ensures that the individual needs of each family member can be met and allows families the opportunity to break the cycle of abuse.
Cheshire Young Carers deliver a range of services to support young carers living with a parent or sibling with a disability and/or illness such as mental ill health, substance misuse and physical illness. The focus is on improving health and wellbeing, building resilience, improving self-esteem, supporting young carers in education and helping to prepare them for key periods of transition.
Chesnut Lodge School is a community special school for pupils aged between 2 and 16 with complex physical and medical difficulties. We specialise in sensory learning and the sensory curriculum. The Morgan Foundation grant will help to refurbish our outdated Multi-Sensory Room and provide sensory equipment to help all of our pupils reach their full potential!