Local initiative sets sail on mission for improved mental health

To support those at risk of social isolation, One Vision Housing teamed up with community groups to bring people together aboard the Pride of Sefton.

Thanks to funding from the housing association’s Community Development Fund, over 140 local people set sail on the wide beam canal boat to travel through docks located within Liverpool’s former UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

Over two months, 11 trips took place with passengers from Livingstone Street Play and Community Centre, Sean’s Place, Julie Lawson, Netherton Park Community Centre, Gallier House, Kindfulness Coffee Club and Journeymen.

Journeymen said, “A massive thank you for recent trip out on the boat.”

Sean’s Place said, “What a glorious day. Thank you so much for having us and for our delicious lunches.”

Julie Lawson, a local fundraiser said, “Thank you for sponsoring [our trip] for people with dementia and autism. The afternoon tea was fabulous.”

Whilst on board passengers were treated to lunch as they travelled between the historic Collingwood and Brunswick Docks, with breath-taking sights of the Three Graces and the Royal Albert Dock.

Ian Mitchell, Managing Director of Housing said, “As part of the award-winning The Sovini Group, we are committed to creating opportunities and changing lives and this brilliant initiative has enabled us to bring the local community together, supporting those at risk of social isolation to improve their mental health.”

Using the HACT Social Value Calculator, which was formed following extensive research to measure the positive impact of social initiatives, One Vision Housing where able to determine that over £215k of social value had been generated thanks to the project.

A total of £10,000 is available each year for voluntary and community groups through One Vision Housing’s Community Development Fund. Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year and are assessed twice yearly at the end of April and September.

To learn more about the fund and how to apply for a grant, please visit ovh.org.uk


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