Funding Makes The Difference

Support from the Steve Morgan Foundation has helped a charity in Liverpool ensure it can provide a range of services at very low cost to the community which it serves.

Noah’s Ark Community Centre, based at Speke Baptist Church, is a much-loved building in the local area which was converted from a pub into a church and community centre prior to reopening in 2012.

Since then it has provided activities and support to thousands of people from the local community, helped also by a three-year grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation on top of funding provided for an industrial kitchen during the refurbishment works.

This latest grant ensured that Noah’s Ark could pass on savings to those who use their services by being able to keep prices for activities either free of charge or as low as possible.

“The funding has been spent on the running costs for the centre, which means we are able to make our groups either low or no cost so they are accessible to those in the local area,” says treasurer Colin Campbell.

“The grant is literally the difference between us meeting our aims or not.

“We aim to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people in the local community.

“In an area like Speke, if you are reaching those who are most in need, you need to reach those who don’t have £4 or £5 to come to an exercise class or £1 for a cup of tea.

“We see it all the time, that as soon as prices go above £2 for classes it becomes a barrier to those who need them most.

“This grant means that everyone in Speke can come and enjoy a free tea or coffee in the café, everyone can afford to enjoy group exercises, and vulnerable people can enjoy lunch together in a safe, warm and friendly setting.

“It also means that the young people can keep active and interact with positive role models.

“So this grant helps to feed families and to stop isolation, and because it was three years of funding, it allowed us to focus on meeting the needs of those in the local area rather than spend hours filling in applications to keep prices accessible.”

A range of activities are put on for all ages to enjoy, and other groups are able to make use of the premises.

Morris Dancers and Majorettes, an elderly lunch club, men’s lunch and computer club and a group for adults with disabilities are just a few examples of the sort of activities which take place at Noah’s Ark.

The Foodbank is also a lifeline for many families, and is also available to ex-servicemen via a link-up with the LaunchPad charity, whilst Christmas saw additional food packages distributed to those who may have been struggling over the festive period.

“We would like to thank the Steve Morgan Foundation for the support they have given us over the years,” added Colin.

“Living in Speke, we see at first hand the hardships people are facing and understand the barriers people have to seeking help.

“This grant has helped to remove the financial barrier to people accessing services, enjoying exercise and art and meeting together for a tea or coffee.

“The centre has enjoyed eight years of going from strength to strength and we thank the Steve Morgan Foundation for their part in that.”

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