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Spotlight on... LCVS

This week's spotlight article focuses on Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Service (LCVS) and the impact that they make on the city.

Since it was established in 1909, Liverpool charity and Voluntary Service (Reg. Charity No 223485) has brought people, organisations and resources together to address the huge need, poverty and inequality that exists in out city. We know that issues can't be solved with quick fixes so we work to build strong communities by addressing the underlying causes of these issues, through programmes that focus on education, health and income stability.

Programmes such as Positive about Play that engages with thousands of families through the provision inclusive and accessible play activities, dedicated financial advice line and healthy meals during school holidays when many families struggle for support. In the last twelve months over 22,000 children and their families have engaged in this programme.

Children like Lola* who came to a LCVS supported playscheme with her younger brother and sister. Due to her parents' drug and alcohol dependency Lola acted as carer for her parents and younger siblings. The responsibility left her malnourished, tired and depressed. But through regular support and encouragement from trained volunteers and daily hot meals provided by the playscheme Lola transformed from an anxious and shy girl into an outgoing, confident and healthy child. Thanks to LCVS the playscheme was also able to provide support and advice to Lola's parents and help them take the first steps to becoming a real family again.

But our work doesn't stop there.

We also help charitable organisations develop and deliver projects to help those most in need on Merseyside through our Community Impact Fund. Our soon to be launched Reading Oasis project provides all primary school needs to give every child the space and books to enjoy reading as well as advice and guidance to parents/ carers to encourage reading at home. And our Everyday Changes Fund provides people with immediate, practical solutions that have a lasting impact. People like Amala* who, after finding the courage to leave an abusive marriage and start again with her five young children, needed help to make her new home child-safe. Our grant of less that £200 gave Amala her independence back, the freedom to build a new life in her own home and her children the future they deserve.

For over 100 years LCVS has been bringing Liverpool together to improve the health and well-being of everyone in the city and we will continue to do so. But we need your help.

We're committed to working Together for Liverpool for Good. By leaving a legacy to LCVS you will be securing the future of not just one charity but hundreds of organisations and people working across all of Liverpool's communities year-in-year-out to provide vital services offering support, advice and comfort to thousands of people when they need it most.

If you would like to find out more about leaving a legacy to LCVS please contact Suzanne Treharne, Head of Engagement and Giving, on 0151 227 5177 or email suzanne.treharne@lcvs.org.uk.

*names have been changed