From Strength To Strength

A Liverpool charity which helps people overcome addiction and puts them on the road to recovery Is going from “strength to strength” with the help of funders such as the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The Independence Initiative, based in Bootle, works with individuals, their families, partner organisations and the community to help people to rebuild their lives, their self-confidence and their futures.

The charity is now two-thirds of the way through a three-year grant of £63,000 from the Steve Morgan Foundation, which has been put towards core costs.

“The Independence Initiative would like to thank the Steve Morgan Foundation for its ongoing support,” says CEO Jim Brett.

“The Indy is going from strength to strength – we are now providing people experiencing severe and complex problems with a vital lifeline. 

“Getting access to secure and supportive housing is one of the single biggest problems faced by people with histories of addiction and offending. 

“The investment is enabling us to do a lot more than just provide a ‘roof over their heads’. 

“They receive support with all aspects of their lives and are helped to rebuild the relationships that matter. 

“Without investment from the Morgan Foundation, small, local charities like the Independence Initiative could not provide these vital services.”

The Indy remains focused on three key areas of support it is offering to individuals.

In geographical reach, aiming to secure residents in their properties who are from, or have history, in North Liverpool.

Extending the scope and intensity of their support which, with the extra staffing capacity thanks to funding, has seen more people housed both on a transitional and longer-term basis.

And also forming wider and deeper partnerships, building more links in North Liverpool and Sefton with grass-roots partners who are able to support those the charity are helping.

One example of an individual that The Indy has helped is a of a young male from North Liverpool, referred to the charity from prison in Middlesbrough, who has overcome drug and alcohol problems to study GCSE’s in Maths and English and take on an NVQ Cookery course.

Another older male who had been involved in rough sleeping, drug, alcohol and mental health related issues for a decade, has engaged with The Indy to improve his life chances, and is also taking part in regular volunteering work.

The Indy has also used the funding to underpin potential long term improvements to their charity.

“With help from this grant, our plan includes proposals to establish supported, transitional housing on the Liverpool side of the ‘border’, during 2020,” added Jim.

“As a small organisation, struggling with austerity, this grant investment is enabling us to innovate and develop new approaches to the delivery of our mission and public benefit. 

“We have effectively developed a new business model over the past two years that enables us to continue to support people facing extreme exclusion and poverty in a more sustainable way.”

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