Imagining Positive Change

The Imagine If Trust, a Liverpool-based charity which aims to promote positive change via a range of community projects, has paid tribute to the Steve Morgan Foundation at the end of its three-year spell of funding.

The Foundation provided a grant of £31,824 to help with the costs for a part-time Family Support Worker, helping with one of their projects – the Sticky Fingers nursery.

The grant enabled the Imagine If Trust to establish the nursery, a much needed provision in the community, to provide support for families accessing funded childcare.

“The funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation gave us the ability to make sure we have the correct systems in place, as well as maintaining the priority of providing excellent childcare and additional support for families,” says James Sloan, CEO of the Imagine If Trust.

“We have found that getting to know the families has enabled us to better support the children, many of whom have Special Educational Needs.

“The funding meant we were able to focus our staff time in the area that is most important – supporting local families.

“We want to thank the Steve Morgan Foundation for covering the costs that other grant making organisations overlook as less exciting.

“That willingness to support the core costs of an organisation make such a difference to smaller charities who find themselves caught up in constant fundraising.

“With the help of this grant, we have been able to really invest in the families we support and it really has made a huge difference to them.”

The nursery was awarded the ‘Family Go Live’ Best Nursery Award in 2016, and was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors the following year.

The inspector was particularly impressed with the way the nursery interacted with parents and supported families on a wider level.

The funding for the position has also now been secured for another 12 months, from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Sticky Fingers is just one of a number of projects spearheaded by the Imagine If Trust.

Others include Genesis Housing, working to house people with housing needs across Liverpool, Sex and Relationship Education for young people via ‘Get Real’, The L15 Food Hub, the Streetwise programme to help street sex workers, the Just Cheer cheerleading tuition for five to 18-year-olds, and the Linking Lives initiative aimed at providing companionship to lonely and isolated older members of the community,.

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