Family Fun Day

On Saturday July 22nd we are holding our final event of the school year, a fun day for all the family. Come and join us from 10am for games, inflatables, crafts, prizes and refreshments. Entrance is completely FREE with a small charge for food and drinks. See you there! 

Annual Review 2015/16

Every year we produce an annual review to celebrate some of the great things that have happened during the year. This report covers our financial year from September 2015 to August 2016. For more information regarding our finances please visit the Charity Commission

We'd like to thank our supporters, individual donors and grant making trusts for enabling us to support so many people through our projects. Special thanks to the Morgan Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Morrisons Foundation, John Moores Foundation, Riverside Group, Liverpool Mututal Homes and Liverpool City Council. 

Ladies Night 2017

 

It's that time of year again... Imagine If's Ladies Night is back!

With a 3 course meal, well stocked bar, goodie bags, DJ and light-up dance floor it promises to be a great night!

Doors open at 7pm, food will be served at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £16 each or £150 for a table of 10.

Tickets available from Sticky Fingers or online: https://ladiesnight17.eventbrite.co.uk

Give your relationship an MOT

The Marriage Course is a great opportunity for couples to invest in their relationship. There is no group discussion and no requirement to disclose anything about your relationship to anyone else.

Whether you’ve been together for 2 years or 52 years, whether you have a strong relationship or are struggling, married or dating, this course is for you! 

The course is hosted by John and Kirsten Harding and runs for 6 weeks from Monday 15th May. £30 per couple.

E-mail info@imagineiftrust.org to register.

VACANCY: Get Real Manager

 

Position Overview

To promote and deliver sex and relationship education and self-esteem sessions to young people within schools and youth groups as well as to parents/carers and teachers.

Hours: 15 hours per week                             

Salary: £16,000 per annum FTE

Areas of Responsibility:

1.   Delivery

·         Prepare and deliver sessions within schools, youth groups and other organisations.

·         Collect and collate feedback from young people, parents and teachers.

·         Purchase and maintain all the required classroom resources.

·         Communicate with, organise and train volunteers for the various sessions.

·         Understand and communicate the biblical perspective of marriage and relationships.

2.      Development

·         Write and plan session content for any new courses.

·         Keep up to date with developments in the field of SRE and related issues.

·         Work with existing contacts to create a programme suitable for their needs.

·         Work within the Imagine If team to encourage links between other projects.

3.      Advertising

·         Liaising with schools, youth groups and other organisations.

·         Advertise Get Real on social media and through the Imagine If website

·         Network with local services to promote courses, assemblies and presentations.

·         Collaborate with other SRE providers in the city region.

 

Person Specification

□   Experience of working with young people and delivering SRE/PSHE content in schools.

□   A good understanding of social media platforms and MS Office software.

□   Organised, motivated and ability to take initiative.

□   A desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.

 

If you think you fit the bill and are looking to take on a new and exciting challenge, please complete an Application Form, accompanied by your CV, and send it to info@imagineiftrust.org. Closing date is 5pm Friday 26th May 2017. 

Volunteer Evening

Next week we are holding a volunteer evening for all those that currently work with us and those that would be interested in getting involved. It will be a great opportunity to get people together from across the projects, share food, stories and vision for serving those in our community!

If this applies to you why not follow the link below and sign up?

https://iitvolunteerevent.eventbrite.co.uk

Upcoming Events

We host a number of events throughout the year, ranging from film mornings and fun days to fundraisers and courses. If you'd like to know any more information about the events listed below please e-mail info@imagineiftrust.org.

Sticky Fingers - Teddy Bear's Picnic

On Saturday 1st April we are holding a Teddy Bear's Picnic for all to enjoy. The games will be aimed at those under the age of 5, but older siblings are welcome. Tickets can be purchased from the Sticky Fingers team or by e-mailing stickies@imagineiftrust.org. 

Kasindi Health Centre

Violence in the DRC has displaced over 3 million people and many of these are now living in extreme poverty. Kasindi is an urbanisation of around 50,000 people close to the border with Uganda. In recent years 4,000 IDP's have fled to Kasindi from the surrounding areas. There is one small hospital attempting to meet their needs.

Unicef figures for the DRC show maternal mortality rate is 13 per 1,000, neonatal mortality rate is 42 deaths per 1,000 live births and infant mortality at 92 per 1,000, there are only 0.11 physicians per 1,000 population and a total health expenditure of $15 per capita. Whilst these statistics are shocking, through simple targeted interventions we believe they can be drastically improved.

Imagine If Trust and New Hope have raised £30,000 to build a health centre in Kasindi, which will become a community hub for the thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDP's) who have fled to the area in recent years. There are few opportunities for IDP's in the region to access affordable healthcare and education. Many suffer from preventable diseases and malnutrition. Our aim is to reduce the infant mortality rate, reduce infant malnutrition and improve quality of life for those who have been displaced. This will be achieved through a combination of affordable healthcare and community based clinics and patient education.

We expect the centre will be finished in the summer of 2017. 

If you would like to make a donation please visit our fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/newhopehealthcentre. If you would like to make a larger donation please e-mail lovecongo@imagineiftrust.org for more details.

Highlights of 2016

It's been a busy 12 months here at Imagine If. Here are some of our favourite pictures from 2016...

Central Liverpool Foodbank Opening Hours

Central Liverpool Foodbank Opening Hours

Over the festive period we have to close a few of our operating days across the 4 distribution centres due to bank holidays, we also want to give our wonderful volunteers some well deserved time off. Below are the centres and times that we are open over Christmas. Normal opening hours will resume from Wednesday 4th January 2017. 

 

Friday 23rd december 1-3pm Frontline Centre

Saturday 24th december 12-2pm Deeper Life

saturday 24th December 10-12 Sheil road

Wednesday 28th December 1-3pm Frontline Centre

Friday 30th December 1-3pm Frontline Centre

Saturday 31st December 12-2pm Deeper Life

SATURDAY 31st DECEMBER 10-12 SHEIL ROAD

Tuesday 3rd January 1-3pm St Gabriel's

 

If you have any queries please contact foodbank@imagineiftrust.org

Award Winning Nursery!

We are extremely pleased to announce that Sticky Fingers Nursery was voted Best Nursery 2016 at the annual Family Go Live awards. This is an amazing achievement, having only been in operation since September 2015. 

Our manager Jon and the nursery staff have worked incredibly hard to deliver a high level of care for all of our children. Here are some of our children with nursery workers Nicky, Hannah, Jon and Beth. 

If you would like to know more about registering your child for a place in 2017 please contact nursery@imagineiftrust.org or call 0151 5221385.

Introducing Sozo House

We are pleased to announce that we have opened our second property providing supported accommodation. Sozo (meaning safe) is a women's house with 3 bedrooms. The house is a warm and comfortable place for our tenants to call home as we seek to provide support in day to day living and employment. 

If you would like to make a referral or find out more about volunteering opportunities please contact Jenny Gibson: jennyg@imagineiftrust.org 

Christmas Meal 2016

This year will be our 5th Christmas Day Meal. The meal is completely FREE and there will be live entertainment, gifts, games and prizes to be won!

Doors will be open from 11.30 and we will be aiming to finish at 4.30pm. We are able to provide transport on a first come first served basis, please contact us by Friday 16th December if you would like to make a reservation.

If you would like to attend please contact Stephen Robertson on 0151 7333373 or e-mail stephenr@imagineiftrust.org.

Current Vacancies

Current Vacancies

If you think you could join the team and help us in making a difference in the community, why not get in touch? 

Sticky Fingers Nursery Practitioner
Part Time - 20 hours per week/ £8 p/h

Sticky Fingers Day Nursery aims to support all our children to enjoy playing together, to teach them in fun and interesting ways and to help them to respect and appreciate each other.

Due to growing demand for places we are looking for an NVQ Level 3 practitioner with considerable experience to join our team. This would be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Interested? E-mail info@imagineiftrust.org for a full job description and application form.

 

Support us this Christmas

As it gets closer and closer to December and Christmas shopping season begins, why not use Give As You Live to make your money go even further?

It takes less than a minute to sign up and support us through Give As You Live and we will receive a free donation for every purchase you make at thousands of online retailers! Simply click the button below and sign up today!

Christmas Meal Fundraiser

Christmas Meal Fundraiser

 

Sign up for our Christmas Meal Fundraiser on Saturday 26th November and join us for a 3 course dinner and evening entertainment.

All proceeds will go towards putting on our Christmas Day meal for over 200 vulnerable people from across Liverpool. We provide Christmas Lunch, games, entertainment and gifts for all the family!

Follow the link to our Eventbrite page and book on now! 

Healthcare in the DRC

During a trip to the DRC in 2014 we realised there was a huge need for increased healthcare provision. Whilst this is not a localised issue we were particularly drawn to the town of Kasindi on the Congo-Uganda border where the population had increased by around 30% due to the number of Internally Displaced People (IDP's) flooding in from the villages.

Having done some research and consulted with local health officials and church pastors we drew up some basic plans to develop an exisitng clinic into a small health clinic on a new plot of land. In April 2015 we ran a fundraising campaign and raised over £20,000 towards the building and a further £10,000 to support the staff costs for the first 3 years. A plot of land was purchased in October 2015.

In partnership with UK charity New Hope, we intend to build a 6 patient maternity ward, a 12 patient inpatient ward, outpatients ward, delivery room, surgical room, drug store and laboratory facility. Once completed we will charge patients $5 for delivery and $1 for a consultation, this is half the price of the local government hospital, with whom we have good relations. Here is a plan of the layout for the new health centre.

We are now commencing the early phases of the building work and planning ahead for the later phases. James Sloan, went to Congo in early April to meet with local health officials, dignitaries and church leaders to agree on the final design of the clinic. We are extremely excited about the impact of this clinic and it's ability to serve the area of Kasindi and beyond!

If you would like to make a donation please visit our fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/newhopehealthcentre. If you would like to make a larger donation please e-mail lovecongo@imagineiftrust.org for more details.