‘Immeasurable Change’ for Liverpool-based charity

The Liverpool-based ADHD Foundation has achieved “immeasurable change” thanks to a three-year grant provided by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The charity, which was set up in 2007, provides help and support and aims to promote and improve life chances for children, young people and adults loving with ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The Foundation provided a total of £69,000 towards the salary of a volunteer co-ordinator which has helped the charity in so many different ways.

“The grant funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation enabled us to achieve immeasurable change,” says the End of Funding report from the ADHD Foundation.

“We have been ableto provide more services, improve participation and engagement by service users and raise awareness and understanding of the challenges faced by a highly stigmatised population of children.

“Many funders do not see ADHD as something they should support and stigma and discrimination influences the low level of donations and support ADHD receives.

“However, as a result of our work, we have seen a distinct shift in attitudes; as the ‘go to’ agency for the media, reporting on ADHD is much less biased and we have seen in the past three years a significant growth in unrestricted donations and now enjoy support from corporate funders who increasingly see ADHD as something they would consider supporting.

“We would like to offer sincere thanks not only for the financial contribution and the value of what it has brought to our charity, but also for having the belief to support a charity that is trying to transform the national conversation about ADHD, Autism and mental health.”

The volunteering policy in place at the ADHD Foundation aims to help the charity’s volunteers learn new skills and gain qualifications via their work.

Social impact data collected by the charity has indicated that they generate £7 of social value for every £1 spent, effectively transforming the Steve Morgan Foundation grant into over £450,000 worth of social impact.

Some of the initiatives championed by the ADHD Foundation include the Umbrella Project, which involved children with ADHD and Autism celebrating their talents by taking part in the installation of a public art project which saw hundreds of brightly coloured umbrellas above the streets of Liverpool.

Each umbrella was signed by a child with the hashtag #Mysuperpoweris, followed by their own words. Click here to view a video.

Elsewhere volunteers have also contributed in many different ways to the work of the charity, including by speaking at schools, conferences or community groups, helping with counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy, assisting with children’s skills building workshops or carrying out their own fundraising activities such as trekking the Great Wall of China or abseiling down Liverpool Cathedral.

“The ADHD Foundation has shown it can make a hugely positive impact on the lives of people suffering from the condition, and we are delighted to have seen our funding used in such a positive way,” says Jane Harris, Regional Grants Director with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

“The charity is helping hundreds of families who suffer with a condition which, while affecting five per cent of the population, can also remain undiagnosed and untreated.

“Through a range of help, support, training, research and raising awareness amongst families and professionals, the ADHD Foundation is improving the mental health, wellbeing, social integration and overall prospects for those living with ADHD.”


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