For over 20 years, the Steve Morgan Foundation has supported Venus Charity in achieving its ambitions with and for its service users. Through listening closely to the lived experience of its clients, we have provided funding for the charity’s family support programmes and helped to strengthen its infrastructure.
The long term, core funding offered with our Associate Charities partnership will future proof Venus Charity and enable it to achieve its ambition of securing a new building for its operations, and build on the success of The Star Centre, its therapeutic centre for young people.
About Venus Charity
Venus is a grassroots charity based in Bootle and Halton. It was founded in 1994, responding to a need for women’s services in South Sefton. Over the last 29 years it has grown its services to include:
- Family support
- Support for homeless people and refugees/asylum seekers with their tenancies
- Therapeutic mental health services to young people
- Advice and support via its hub, The Venus Centre, based in Linacre Lane Bootle
Adopting a holistic approach, the charity provides crucial, direct support to around 2,000 people per year.
Fully embedded in the community
The Venus team is fully embedded in the community and has an open door policy. Money pledged by the Steve Morgan Foundation will cover its CEO’s salary costs, releasing her time from fundraising so that she can concentrate on securing a larger space for Venus Charity, creating a financial strategy and strengthening the charity’s crisis intervention offering.
In the last six months since becoming Associate Charity partners, the charity has:
- Conducted a time and motion study of use of the Venus Centre to understand what space is needed and for what purpose. The study has helped the charity to understand the flow throughout the building and where increased space is needed.
- Worked collaboratively with Alder Hey Hospital, Sefton Council Early Help team and Health Education England to secure additional Recruit to Train studentships, in particular for parenting and 0-5 mental health provision. Venus Charity will host 10 students, including a new parenting team.
- Strengthened crisis intervention and frontline hub services through working in partnership with local business FPC, helping to support crisis, rising debt and energy costs facing the community. As part of this, Venus Charity has taken over a local shop to broaden provision in the community.