Aviva Community Fund - LeapFrog Domestic Abuse project

Well, it's that time again - the Aviva Community Fund scheme is open and we really need your help!

As you may already know, our LeapFrog service supports individuals in situations of domestic abuse and we would like to be able help more people to improve the quality of their lives in the future and #SayNo to domestic abuse.

No person should be abused by a partner; let alone a child having to witness this and the impact it can have on a young mind.

Merseyside Police figures showed officers responded to 6,893 calls of domestic abuse in Wirral in 2014, and there have been five domestic abuse murders in Wirral since 2012. This will undoubtedly have a profound effect on children who witness these harrowing scenes. This has potentially long term effects on children and, at present, the Leapfrog scheme is the only established project on Wirral to allow them to cope with what they have witnessed and /or experienced.

Without a statutory obligation to provide such a service, we believe it is still an essential service to change the acceptance of domestic abuse for our younger generation.

Your votes will help us to secure funding and allow us to continue a very worthy cause which many people tend to shy away from discussing, acting upon or simply do not realise what a hidden danger this is to young people.

Additionally, it will raise the profile of what is often a hidden and unheard of danger and let us support our young people and help them to keep their childhood; something which the majority of us take for granted.

Leapfrog is the only Wirral-based programme that's run for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

Leapfrog is a safe space for children and young people to talk about their experiences.

We support both women and children and re build relationship and trust again.

Voting takes less than 3 minutes and could help change a child's life forever.

Please help. To vote, click here.

World Mental Health Day (12/10/2016)

It's 12th October 2016 and it's World Mental Health Day, promoting conversations about mental health and well-being. For more information or support with mental health, please see the details below:

Samaritans

Telephone: 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)

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Website: www.samaritans.org

Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.

Mind Infoline

Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday)

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Website: www.mind.org.uk/help/advice_lines

Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind has around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services.

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)

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Website: http://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice

Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.

ChildLine

Telephone: 0800 1111

Email: http://www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Pages/Email.aspx

Website: www.childline.org.uk

ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small.

Domestic Abuse – Let’s Make A Difference Video

In conjunction with Wirral Council Public Health and Tomorrow’s Women Wirral, our Leapfrog team have assisted in the filming and production of a video detailing the impact of Domestic Abuse on Wirral and what organisations and services such as our Leapfrog Programme are doing to support people affected by domestic abuse.

To watch the video please click here

It's all about Location, Location, Location (22/09/2016)

Since its inception as the Tranmere Alliance over twenty years ago, Involve Northwest’s ethos has always revolved around supporting the community with accurate, impartial advice and support; easily accessible, entirely confidential and entirely free.

This philosophy of involving communities and inspiring change is evident throughout all of its services, and is matched with the passion and enthusiasm of its staff, and the commitment and drive of its management team.

Having secured funding from Wirral Council and the European Social Fund, to continue providing an employment support service across Wirral, Involve’s Birkenhead-based ReachOut team have relocated to a shop-fronted office in the Laurie’s Centre on Claughton Road.

“We feel extremely lucky to have moved into a great central location in the heart of Birkenhead”, says Job Coach, Matt Jones. “As well as its brilliant location, the new facilities allow us to provide an even better quality of service, with a computer suite to enable clients to complete their job-search independently, and confidential meeting rooms to continue to provide a personal, one-to-one individual service. And, of course, it’s also really handy for grabbing a bottle of milk on the way into work for our coffee at break-time!”

In addition to the European Social Fund, Involve Northwest have also been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery ‘Reaching Communities’ fund to continue providing their vital Benefits Advice and Tribunals service for a further three years. The Advice service, based at Involve’s head office on New Chester Road in Rock Ferry, provides welfare benefits advice to all residents of Wirral, as well as providing representation at tribunal appeals and fourteen outreach advice surgeries every week.

Justine Molyneux, Chief Executive Officer at Involve Northwest, said “We are extremely pleased to have been awarded further funding to continue our free Advice Service at a time when demand for such advice on Wirral remains high, whilst other services are under pressure to provide such advice. We offer our services to all residents of Wirral; irrespective of where you live and whether you are working or not. Involve Northwest provide a number of other support services ranging from employment / job coaching to domestic abuse family support. We have also been successful with other funding to provide a new debt advice service from October.”

For more information on either the ReachOut or Benefits Advice service, please call Royal Standard House on 0151 644 1100 (Benefits) or the ReachOut team on 0151 652 4349/0151 644 5459, or visit www.involvenorthwest.org.uk.