The Steve Morgan Foundation first worked with Neo Community back in 2016, providing much-needed funding at a crucial, early stage of the charity, when it had newly relocated to Rock Ferry and taken over the Beaconsfield Community House. This funding enabled the charity to move from being a small, grass-roots social enterprise to the Wirral-wide community development charity that it is today.
About Neo Community
Neo Community was established in 2013 in response to a growing need for social support and cohesion within the Wirral community. Neo stands for NEED, ENGAGE and ORGANISE community-led change. The organisation was established to identify gaps, listen to community voices, empower communities, and facilitate the delivery of activities, campaigns, and strategies to overcome adversity, local issues and increase community participation and pride.
The organisation’s founders recognised the challenges faced by individuals from vulnerable backgrounds, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and those struggling with mental health issues, and sought to create a platform for people to connect, share experiences, and receive support.
Over the last ten years, Neo Community has grown to become an award winning provider of food assistance and grassroots help across the Wirral and North Wales. The charity promotes the growth of self-sustaining, resilient communities, and is at the forefront of reducing food waste.
A beacon of hope in the Wirral
From its base at the Beaconsfield Community House, Neo Community has implemented a range of activities and programmes, including:
- Community events like fairs, picnics, and celebrations that bring together people from various backgrounds, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie.
- Support groups for individuals facing specific challenges, such as mental health issues, disability, or bereavement. These groups provide a safe space to share experiences and receive emotional support.
- Training workshops on various life skills, including financial management, job-seeking techniques, and digital literacy, with the aim of empowering individuals to improve their quality of life and become more self-reliant.
- Social Supermarket and Community Café – Neo Community has nurtured and maintained strong links with local supermarkets and food retailers, allowing it to develop a comprehensive surplus food and supplies offering. The charity operates a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ system for all of its services.
Proudly achieving charity status in March 2019, Neo Community has continued to broaden, develop and deliver its range of services. In the last 12 months, it has fed 15,680 children, saved £171,000 using surplus food, and engaged with over 12,600 individuals.