Rotunda Inclusive Hub gets £60k funding boost

An organisation that changes the lives of vulnerable people in part of Liverpool has been awarded £60,000 by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Rotunda Inclusive Hub CIC is based in Kirkdale and started by offering mainly autistic children non-contact boxing and fitness sessions.

As its popularity grew it expanded its numbers and services to help young people with Down’s syndrome, ADHD, wheelchair users, behavioural needs and victims of domestic violence.

Now the organisation has been handed £60,000 in funding over two years by the Steve Morgan Foundation to cover a portion of the staff costs.

Rotunda Inclusive Hub

Director Alan Johnson said: “We’re very grateful to the Foundation for their continued support. Without the funding we would have to cancel some of our core activities and turn away some of the community who need us the most. The funding helps us keep our costs to a minimum.”

The Hub’s motto is ‘prevention rather than cure’ and has helped empower hundreds of people or all ages and abilities through exercise and education.

“Kirkdale has a lot of disadvantaged communities within it and Covid made the situation worse,” said Johnson.

“The kids we deal with were already disadvantaged and were disproportionately  impacted during Covid. That caused more disruptive behaviour issues in the home so we had to put on more anger management sessions.”

Although not a boxing club a lot of the Hub’s activities are based around boxing training.

Johnson explained: “Boxing is fantastic. There’s something about the discipline that really works. It’s really taken off in a big way and with the right resources we could double what we do.

“There’s a ‘wow’ factor when people visit us at Kirkdale Neighbourhood Centre and see a fully equipped gym.”

The Hub’s core work sees around 200 kids coming through the doors every week. They also offer school holiday clubs, alternative education sessions and anger management sessions.

The organisation has two full-time staff, two part-time and eight sessional workers.

Johnson said: “Everything we do is based around physical activity and learning how to exercise. It ranges from one-to-one sessions for a wheelchair user right up to group sessions.

“Covid was a difficult time because we couldn’t put on our group activities.

“Things are returning to normal and the funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation helps us plan for the future with confidence.”

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