"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" with Involve and Progress to Excellence

Involve Northwest are teaming up with Progress to Excellence this Christmas to give our local Pensioners a day to remember!

Progress to Excellence's Head Office at the Pacific Road Business Hub in Birkenhead is closing it's doors for the day tomorrow, while staff from both Involve Northwest and Progress to Excellence put heart and soul into giving lonely and isolated older people from the local community a special festive treat.

Around 100 pensioners will sit down to a three-course Christmas lunch (with all the trimmings!) as part of a day of entertainment, fun and laughter, organised in partnership with the Wirral-based training provider.

Damian Burdin, Progress to Excellence CEO, explained: “In recent years we have seen first hand some of the amazing work done in the local community by Involve Northwest and have been particularly pleased to support their Christmas lunch for the elderly, usually held in a church hall in Birkenhead."

“This year, we thought they could come over to us at our new headquarters at Pacific Road! So we’re closing our business for the day and everyone’s putting their time and energy into giving everyone a Christmas treat to remember!”

The decorations and tree are already up in Pacific Road’s function room and a range of commercial cooking equipment is being brought in for everyone to prepare and cook lunch, assisted by staff from No. 4 Pacific Road, the Progress to Excellence bistro. Followed by festive entertainment, dancing, raffles and bingo.

Involve Northwest CEO, Justine Molyneux, said:“The Christmas party is a day we look forward to all year and it’s a privilege to be able to do this for the older people in our community. Many of them don’t get out much so, once they’ve had their lunch, we pack the afternoon with plenty of fun and good cheer.”

The Advocacy Service is under new management! (06/12/2016)

The Advocacy Service providing Care Act, Generic, Carers Advocacy and IMHA Service (still based at Clatterbridge) has moved under the management of Involve Northwest. Both services will remain the same in terms of delivery for this period of time.

We also have an arrangement to offer free holistic therapies to carers and clients of our services on the 3rd Friday of every month. A New Advocacy Hub contract goes live on the 1st Feb, further information will be provided around this soon.

We appreciate changes like this can be extremely confusing for people accessing services and indeed for professionals knowing where to direct/refer individuals who require advocacy.

We want to make certain there is as little impact on clients as possible and minimal disruption to service activity. It is important people are made aware of the change and know that they can still access the services.

Any queries or to make a referral, please get in touch! Referrals and Enquiries: 0151 644 4617

** Please note that both services do not provide advice with debt, form filling or support with benefit issues**

A.M.M.O. sets up base at Royal Standard House (21/11/2016)

Involve Northwest are pleased to welcome AMMO (All Military Members Organisation for veterans), who have recently landed at their HQ at Royal Standard House in Rock Ferry.

"AMMO is a not-for-profit organisation that has been conceived to give support to Military Veterans from all Arms and of all ages with their transition to civilian life. AMMO does not have all the answers but it may know someone who has. AMMO is manned by ex service volunteers who have walked the walk. So if you have an issue, whether it is work, benefits, CV writing or drug/alcohol misuse, pop in and have a coffee. Fairy dust is in short supply, but there is lots of help and support available."

For more information, you can visit their website, visit their Facebook page or contact them at Involve Northwest HQ on 0151 644 1100.

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.