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. 

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?

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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. 

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.