Noah’s Ark Keeping Community Afloat

A charity in Liverpool which provides a huge range of services for people of all ages says funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation has helped them impact every part of the community.

Noah’s Ark Community Centre, based at Speke Baptist Church, is on the site of a former pub which has been refurbished and now meets the needs of the local community through a variety of targeted support.

Having previously been handed a £30,000 grant for an industrial kitchen during the refurbishment work, Noah’s Ark is now a third of the way through an award of a further £8,500 per year towards core costs.

“It is hard for us to sum up what this funding means to the community of Speke,” says Deacon Jane Campbell.

“It truly is impacting every part of the community which has been impacted by cuts in local authority funding and the loss of community buildings at a time when individuals need that support more than ever.

“The Steve Morgan Foundation funding has enabled us to meet the needs of literally hundreds of individuals, whether it is through the provision of food, friendship or support or space to attend positive activities which promote wellbeing.”

That list of services is extremely wide-ranging, delivered via a packed weekly programme.

This includes a group for adults with disabilities which is going from strength to strength in putting on activities such as fitness sessions in Bocca and Zumba, cooking, singing and crafts.

A men’s lunchtime drop-in has become a lifeline to many in the community who may otherwise be isolated from positive social interaction, with the group able to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and activities such as pool, darts and table tennis.

An elderly lunch club continues to prove an important group for people over 50, forging friendships which continue to develop, and including a lady still attending in her 90s, who is now essentially blind and unsteady on her feet, so only able to go out with support.

Various sporting activities are put on for young people at an affordable cost, whilst a new group ‘Speke Totz’, a Stay and Play group for pre-schoolers and their families, was set up earlier this year.

The charity’s Trussell Trust Food Bank continues to provide an essential service whilst Riverside Housing Association also visit the centre to provide support or advice on benefits and other services.

Noah’s Ark also hosts many other groups from the local community, offering them low or no-cost provision which they would otherwise have difficulty finding in Speke.

“We believe it is essential to maintain a low-cost community base where people can have access to food, advice, friendship, exercise and support,” added Deacon Campbell.

“Those struggling financially can put food on the table and get help to stay in their homes.  “The youngest in the community are being given a positive start in life through the Stay and Play and Music Bugs and the oldest are maintaining their independence through the computing and the lunch club.  

“The young have a range of options through the church youth groups, the uniformed groups and the majorettes.  

“People of all ages can improve their health and wellbeing through exercise and art, those with disabilities have found a haven where they can be themselves and feel valued and men are coming together away from the temptations of alcohol and gambling.   

“We remain so grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation for their continued support.”

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