Introducing Linking Lives

We are working in partnership with Mossley Hill Churches to develop a befriending scheme called Linking Lives. The project will connect volunteer visitors with lonely, older people in the community. Referrals will come from GP’s, social workers and through personal connections. This builds on 4 years of running our ‘Forever Young’ group for older people in our building. We found that many were not able to attend due to mobility or ill health.

According to Age UK, Wavertree ranks in the top 60 (out of 32,000) most lonely areas for older people in the UK. A regular visit from a friend can help to remind them that they matter. Ensuring people have regular personal contact has also been proven to improve their health and general wellbeing.

Volunteer visits improve the quality of life for isolated older people by increasing opportunities for engagement in the community, leading to improved mental health and increased confidence and self-esteem. Volunteers also benefit from learning about the experiences of those from other generations. In the first year we expect to recruit 10 volunteers to visit up to 20 older people on a weekly basis.

If you’d like to know more about volunteering or making referrals please get in touch.

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Love Congo Trip Feedback

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Myra Sloan and Louise Brockbank have recently returned from a visit to the DRC to visit the various aspects of our Love Congo project.

The team travelled from Kampala to the Congo border with the 6 large solar panels bought for the health centre. The town of Kasindi is in close to the Virunga National Park but over 100 miles from where two Britons were recently kidnapped and a similar distance from the other troubled areas further north. It is seen as the place of safety to where displaced families are fleeing. This is placing great pressure on the local resources.

The medical clinic building is progressing and once the doors and windows are fitted the solar panels can be screwed securely on the roof. There is great interest in town and people are looking forward to the clinic opening.

There is a pressing need to transfer into the building as soon as possible as the small mud hut where the team presently work is starting to disintegrate and is far too small to meet increasing patient numbers.

The trickle of families running from rebel activity or other massacres has swelled to over 40 families a week. The local families often take in the new arrivals but this is getting very tough.

We had planned to reduce our child feeding program and move towards farming projects but the need is too great at the moment so we are continuing. As Myra was visiting the school she recognised one of the girls who looked happy and well nourished. Looking back on photographs from 2 years previously she found her picture and is was heartening to see how she had been transformed along perhaps with many others that Myra didn’t remember.

The school started 2 years ago in the church building is now officially open with its own classrooms and following the national curriculum. It feels like a very ordered and happy little place. We need three more classrooms and hope we can purchase some land next to the church compound.

The chickens which many of you purchased as Christmas gifts have been a great encouragement to the families who received them. It was fun to walk round the area visiting them. We have asked them all to hatch one of their eggs and return a chick which can be given to another family.

The local mayor is really positive about the projects in Kasindi and was very keen to be facilitating. He has helped us to find some land just out of town that we can rent for refugee families to farm so we have rented 3 acres which will be enough for 70 to families to have a parcel. The land can produce 3 crops in a year and then we can review the success of this project.

Education and training are a vital part of improving health. Dr Louise spent two afternoons teaching local doctors and nurses at the local government hospital.

We spent a whole morning with over 100 local women ( and a few men) helping them to understand the functioning of their bodies and the risks of multiple pregnancies or teenage births. There was great buzz with lots of questions and each lady went home with a little gift bag!

Imagine 50 Campaign

Who we are...

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Imagine If is a Liverpool based charity running a number of projects that aim to relieve poverty, promote education and strengthen families.

Imagine50 is a group of local businesses that work together to support these aims and transform the lives of local people.

 

Why we're doing this...

To enable local businesses to play their part in supporting local people in Liverpool. This city has a proud history of unity and looking out for those that need that extra bit of support.

Imagine50 aims to create a unified way that local businesses can come together under one banner and by each giving a small amount each month, make a big difference in their city. In order to operate each of our projects we rely on the generous support and funding of our donors.

By establishing this scheme we are able to secure a steady and reliable source of income to move towards sustainability, while businesses are able to give to something worthwhile, tick corporate responsibility boxes and be a part of a citywide movement for change.

 

What we're asking...

We are asking local businesses to commit to giving at least £50 each month to the work of Imagine If Trust. 100% of money given will be spent in Liverpool to directly impact local lives.

Each month we will communicate to each of the businesses signed up some information about how the money is used and what their support has enabled.

 

What you'll get...

  • Monthly email updates of what the donations have enabled for you to share with your customers.
  • A window vinyl to show that you are part of the Imagine50 group.
  • Access to any publicity, posters and fliers that are used as part of the Imagine50 campaign.
  • Tax relief on your charitable donations

 

 

If you would like to sign up please e-mail tom@imagineiftrust.org and we'll take it from there! 

Mad Hatters Tea Party

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We're excited to announce a new event for 2018...Our 'Mad Hatters Family Ball'. This is an event for the whole family, young and old. There'll be afternoon tea, games and dancing as well as a few surprises! 

It will be on Saturday 10th March from 4pm-7pm. Juice will be provided for the young ones and we'll selling a range of soft drinks as well as our 'Mad Hatter Mocktails'. 

£8 for Adults
£5 for Children
Free for under 2's

Tickets are available from the Sticky Fingers team, Frontline reception or through paypal to info@imagineiftrust.org

Foodbank Update

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From 1st January 2018 Central Liverpool Foodbank is no longer in operation. This change will not effect anyone wanting to donate food or any service users receiving food. 

Frontline Centre, St Gabriels and Deeper Life Bible Church will now operate as distribution centres of South Liverpool Foodbank and Kensington & Fairfield Centre will operate as a distribution centre of North Liverpool Foodbank. Each of the 4 centres will continue to distribute food as per usual at the same times. 

The benefit of these changes is a reduced operating cost across the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network in Liverpool, making the best use of all donated income to feed those in poverty across our city. 

North and South Liverpool Foodbanks will continue to work collaboratively through the Every One Counts campaign which raises funds for the 2 Foodbanks to continue their work. 

For further information please contact admin@slfoodbank.org or vicky@standrewslive.org.uk

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

It's been a busy 12 months here at Imagine If. Here are some of our favourite pictures from 2017.

Top row: Kidz Klub at Bab-Ftah. Decorating Sozo House. Tim competing in the Liverpool Marathon.

Second row: Garden work at Barrow House. Nursery graduation. Ladies Night.

Third row: Foodbank donations. Nursery renovation. Sarah Joy Marshall appointed Get Real manager. 

Bottom row: Congo Health Centre. Christmas Meal Fundraiser. Christmas Meal. 

Foodbank Opening Hours

Below are the opening times for the 4 centres operated by Central Liverpool Foodbank. 

From January there will be a number of changes as the 3 Liverpool Trussell Trust Foodbank's merge into 2 Foodbanks. Essentially Central will cease to exist and our 4 centres will become part of the North and South Foodbanks. 

There will be no change to the way donations are made or to how guests receive their food, each of Central's 4 current centres will continue to operate in the same way. The changes we have made are in order to provide sustainability going forward and to work as cost effectively as possible. 

From January all enquiries regarding Frontline (Wavertree), St Gabriels (Dingle) and Deeper Life (Toxteth) will go to admin@slfoodbank.org and enquiries regarding All Saints (Kensington) will go to vicky@standrewslive.org.uk

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Christmas Meal 2017

Every year we host a Christmas Meal for those in the local  community who may be isolated, vulnerable or struggling financially.

We provide a 3 course meal served by a dedicated team of volunteers, with prizes, games, live entertainment and music. 

If you'd like to make a referral please e-mail stephenr@imagineiftrust.org

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Report from my trip to the DRC

by James Sloan 

Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has displaced over 3 million people and many of these are now living in extreme poverty, especially in the North-East of the country. An estimated 4,000 displaced people have fled to Kasindi, an urbanisation of around 50,000 people, close to the Ugandan border. In November, Doug Penman and I travelled to Kasindi to visit the projects that 'Imagine If Trust' and our partner charity 'New Hope' have been supporting.

Health Centre

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Construction of the health centre has made good progress with the walls and roof timbers all finished. It was such a joy to see it taking shape after many months of planning. It feels huge in amongst the small mud huts that are spread throughout Kasindi. The centre will contain 20+ beds across 4 wards, diagnostic equipment and an operating theatre employing around 10 staff.

Feeding Programme

Alongside the health centre, we have been financing a feeding programme through a local church. Displaced families bring their children 3 times a week for a cup of porridge and assessment by a nurse. It was an honour to serve the porridge to these beautiful little children who beamed with joy to be served by Mzungu's (white people). The nurser running the programme has reported weight gain in many of the children since beginning the scheme. 

Primary School

After our visit in 2016 we saw that many of the displaced children were unable to afford education and spent most days on the streets. After some investment in classrooms there are now over 100 pupils who attend school every morning during the week. I had the privilige of attending the school's official opening ceremony. 

Internally Displaced People

One of the highlights for me was meeting one of the displaced people who fled his village early in 2016 after rebels attacked. He was a cobbler but had left all his equipment along with his wheelchair in the village when he fled. When we met him in April 2016 he was crawling on his hands and knees with no means to make a living. During our visit in March 2017 we were able to take him some shoe making equipment and a wheelchair. It was a joy to meet him and his family again and hear how he has been able to provide for his family! 

I'd like to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone who has supported the project financially and in prayer. I cant begin to tell you how much of an impact your generosity is having in the DRC!

If you would like to find out more please e-mail lovecongo@imagineiftrust.org.

Voices from the Congo

Come and join us at Constellations on Sunday 29th October for an evening of spoken word, poetry and performances to celebrate Black History Month. Entrance is FREE. 

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FREE Film Morning - Moana

Our film events are always popular with young families. This time we're showing a firm favourite with adults and children - Moana! 

Doors will open at 10am with the film starting at 10.30am. As always there will be a range of snacks for sale including sweets, popcorn and pick n mix. 

We hope you can join us. All are welcome! 

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Join us for our Christmas Meal Fundraiser!

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Our annual Christmas Meal Fundraiser is back! This year we have booked the Devonshire House Hotel for an evening of food, festive cheer and fun to raise money for our Christmas Day Meal. 

Tickets are £20 per head, or £180 for a table of 10 so why not get friends, family and work colleagues together for a great evening to kick off the festive season and support this worthy cause to help us put on the best Christmas Day celebration yet!

Sticky Fingers is back!

With the start of term around the corner we're getting everything ready for Sticky Fingers to re-open. Both the playgroup and the Nursery will open on Wednesday 6th September. 

If you would like to enquire about a nursery place for your child please call 0151 522 1385 or drop in anytime for a visit. 

We look forward to seeing you! 

Kasindi Health Centre

Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has displaced over 3 million people and many of these are now living in extreme poverty, especially in the North-East of the country. An estimated 4,000 IDP's have fled to Kasindi, an urbanisation of around 50,000 people, close to the Ugandan border. There is one small hospital attempting to meet their needs.

UNICEF report the rate of maternal mortality in the DRC 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 0.1 physicians per 1,000 people and a total health expenditure of $15 per capita.

 

We are currently providing healthcare through a rented clinic, supported by 3 nurses. Teams from the UK have supplied medicines, training and advanced procedures to those in need whilst a new health centre is being built. Once completed, the centre will become a community hub for the thousands of IDP's who have fled to the area. We propose that many of the displaced people, with whom we already have contact, will access the health centre and register as patients.

Nurses will carry out routine vaccinations for children as well as providing multivitamins and worming tablets. Women and girls will be offered family planning and sexual health services. A general appointment will cost $2 and a delivery $5, half the price of the government hospital. The centre will contain specialist equipment, a theatre and 2 wards, employing around 10 staff.

 

  • Over 3 years we expect to improve the lives of around 15,000 people in extreme poverty.
  • Through the training of 50 local leaders we will educate and empower local women and girls to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.
  • As a result of the increased health care and education, there will be a reduction in both infant mortality and under 5’s malnutrition as well as a general increase in quality of life.

After 3 years of investment in the project we expect that there will be enough well trained locals to maintain the provision of affordable healthcare as well as continuing the community education. We expect to continue to work with the project in years 4 and 5 with no financial input required, only offering support and troubleshooting where required.

 

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.

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. 

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