The project will include a Volunteer Mentor Training programme to engage members of the community to train as Volunteer Mentors to support project clients. The Mentors will receive a full and accredited programme of training and support, and once fully trained, Mentors will contribute to the support offered to clients through the project, by offering practical support to move towards employment and emotional support for health related needs.
The Community Makers Market is an exciting project coordinated by Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH), a not-for-profit organisation focused on social inclusion. MEH works for a socially inclusive society in which all individuals can achieve their potential.
Merseyside Expanding Horizons is based in the Joseph Lappin Centre, a Community Centre opened in 2013 in memory of Joseph Lappin in Old Swan.
Based in the heart of Old Swan, the Joseph Lappin Centre is a thriving multi-purpose community resource that provides a wide range of free/affordable services, activities, meeting spaces and events for people of all ages of the community.
The Joseph Lappin Centre hosts other key organisations working in partnership to make a difference in the lives of local people.
In March 2015 Merseyside Expanding Horizons was awarded by the Lottery Funded to create a monthly Community Makers Market in Old Swan.
The Community Makers Market aims to make Old Swan a better place to live by encouraging the development of the area through social and economic features.
Indeed, the Community Makers Market allows to:
- Promote the social cohesion by giving an opportunity to people to meet in a free social space
- Provide an opportunity to locals to showcase their skills and talents through their stalls
- Encourage entrepreneurship
- Boost the local economy
- Enjoy the community
Big Enterprise in Communities (BEiC) is a £6.6M initiative funded through the ERDF Investment Framework for Action Area 4.1 – to Stimulate Enterprise in Disadvantaged Communities and Under-Represented Groups. Social Enterprise North West is the lead agency for the project and through a delivery panel of organisations is working across eligible wards in Greater Merseyside to deliver business start up support to individuals, and business advice and support to Social Enterprises.
Staged Programme Delivery
The Liverpool Transnational Unit (LTU) will support voluntary and community (VCS) sector organisations across the Merseyside area towards increased potential for sustainability through accessing European working opportunities by:
- Developing VCS organisations (planning, goal-setting, diagnostics, training, up- skilling)
- Sharing information, best practice and identifying opportunities for EC working
- Providing EC partner links and matching service
- Developing project applications for VCS organisations
- Secure inward investment from the EC to Merseyside based VCS organisations