Supporting St Leonard’s

The Steve Morgan Foundation has awarded a grant of £75,000 to the St Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre in Bootle.

St Leonard’s provides a range of much needed services to local residents and the grant will be used to help fund the Centre Manager’s salary for the next three years.

With 13,000 people registered at the Centre, St Leonard’s is a busy place.

There are activities for all ages; ranging from the Kidz Club to Poppies, which offers exercise sessions and social outings for older people.

Many of the activities and groups for adults aim to help improve job prospects or health & wellbeing, as well as being fun.

However, it’s a sign of the times that the main activity is the running of a food bank, one of the biggest in the UK. This provides about eight tonnes of food a month and co-ordinates 10 different distribution centres.

Over the summer, St Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre are holding a number of ‘The Big Family Meet & Eat’ days, where local families can take part in arts, crafts, fun and games, and share a meal together.

The £75,000 award from the Steve Morgan Foundation was marked at the first of those sessions on Monday, 30thJuly, when Gosia McKane, the Foundation’s Projects & Developments Manager, handed over a wall plaque and presentation cheque to staff and volunteers.

Speaking at the event Gosia said: “The Trustees recognised the vital work that St Leonard’s is doing in the local community and why, with over 10 part-time staff and 120 volunteers, the Centre Manager’s job is so important.

“The Centre is really making a difference and changing lives”

Debbie Shelly, St Leonard’s Centre Manager, said; “We are very grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“Knowing that my role is secure for the next few years allows us to focus on supporting the people we help and move forward with our plans for the future.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation has also supported St Leonard’s previously, with a three-year grant of £46,000 over three years towards the running costs.

As well as the staff employed at the Centre, St Leonard’s make use of over 100 volunteers who support the Food Bank through a variety of roles.

 

 

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