Knowsley Better Together is helping to improve the borough by people and organisations working together and pooling their resources and skills to achieve more.
As part of this, the council has allocated £700,000 to support social sector organisations to help delivery of the council’s priorities – maximising the council’s contribution to education and the health and wellbeing of residents, providing high-quality and sustainable adult social care, growing the borough in terms of business growth, jobs and housing and creating a sustainable borough.
Funding bids were invited from social sector organisations and 30 innovative and inspiring projects secured funding.
Examples of projects include support for residents with dementia and, improving the mental health of young people.
One project will be delivered by MALS Merseyside (a registered charity) to support ex-offenders into employment or volunteering opportunities. The project will provide support to improve their mental health and self-esteem, preventing them from becoming isolated in their community, whilst also aiming to prevent re-offending, promote their own independence and avoid dependence on other services.
Through the project, 15 adults will be mentored and offered accredited training to improve their chances of gaining employment. The project will run for 12 months and has been developed through MALS’s 17 years of experience in delivering a Life Change Programme addressing crime prevention and personal development. Support will be tailored to an individual’s needs in order to deliver positive outcomes.
Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “We know that many people have the willingness to work or the skills to succeed, but they just need a little bit of help to get them where they want to be. I was delighted to visit this programme and see first-hand the impact it can have on a person’s life by helping them to turn their life around. I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes from this programme over time.”
To find out more about Knowsley Better Together, visit the council’s website (and search for Knowsley Better Together). If you’d like to get more involved in Knowsley Better Together, email Better.Together@knowsley.gov.uk