Wirral community project to benefit from £180k grant

One Wirral CIC’s ‘Bridging the Covid Gap Together’ project is one of five community projects across Cheshire and Merseyside chosen by an independent panel headed by Alder Hey Children’s Charity to benefit from NHS Charities Together £1.1m ‘Community Partnership Grant’ in the North West.

The project, based in Bromborough was selected by Alder Hey Children’s Charity and has been awarded £180,787.

Alder Hey Children’s Charity worked closely with Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership and other regional NHS Charities to create a panel of voluntary and community sector experts to select the five projects, ensuring that funding was secured for the region.

All devoted to people adversely affected from the impact of the pandemic and to ease the pressures on NHS services, the ‘Bridging the Covid Gap Together’ project, alongside the other eight charity projects, will cover areas from improving mental and healthcare support amongst minority ethnic communities; to enabling more people to receive personalised care.

From providing personal resilience training to developing and distributing Long Covid-19 information to Primary care professionals and people of the Wirral, One Wirral CIC are working with eight other community charity partners to deliver this project to provide a number of activities within the project including access to 20 wellbeing classes, three community gyms and for individuals to receive acts of kindness boxes. Their partners include: ACTS, Change Grow Live, Grow Wellbeing Community Interest Company, Health Junction, Healthwatch Wirral, Maggie’s, The Community Volunteers and Wirral Change. 

Debbie Wilson, Programme Development Lead at One Wirral CIC explains One Wirral CIC is a Social Enterprise which brings Organisations and people together to achieve bigger and better things for the people of Wirral.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the whole team to deliver a much-needed service in Wirral. Bringing together Community Organisations, NHS trusts, and GP practices, the project will improve the lives of people who have a life-limiting illness, or long-term conditions, including Long Covid. The aim of the project is to support individuals through a personalised care approach, and a community peer support model to support them to live the best life they can and to be more resilient in the future.

“The funding will support us in recruiting four Community Support Workers for the area which will be essential for delivering personalised care, developing community initiatives and creating bespoke care plans for suffering individuals. We look forward to monitoring the outcomes of the project and sharing it with other regions because many parts of the project will deliver, what we hope will, provide a lasting legacy for many.”

The funding will be delivered over sixteen months from December 2021.

For more information on the project, please visit: www.onewirral.co.uk

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