The community hall used by youngsters at Caradoc Kids Club in Seaforth has been given a bright new look with the help of funding from a south Sefton environmental grant scheme. Volunteers from charity An Hour For Others were given £500 from the Regenerus Ace Fund to complete a makeover of the Caradoc Mission Community Church hall on Caradoc Road.
The Ace Fund provides a similar amount each month to a project in Regenerus’s core operating area of Bootle, Litherland, Seaforth and Netherton. Applications from established community and voluntary organisations are welcome, but the Ace Fund is also open to informal groups of local residents joining forces to work on a one-off ‘green’ project. The fund guidelines have been left deliberately broad to encourage as many groups to apply as possible by completing a simple online form.
In Seaforth the grant helped An Hour For Others to pay for the filler, paint, brushes, overalls, gloves and hire of scaffolding needed to create a bright and welcoming new space.
An Hour For Others has been set up by painter and decorator Kevin Morland to encourage people to donate their time and skills to help good causes in their local community.
As well as carrying out a number of other redecoration projects the charity is also co-ordinating offers of volunteer help from people with other skills including a beautician, a maths tutor and a children’s entertainer.
Kevin Morland commented: “When I visited Caradoc Kids Club a few months back I was bowled over at the great job the mums who run the club are doing for their local community. “They are providing a safe, healthy, warm and welcoming place for children to meet up and enjoy a wide range of enjoyable and educational activities.”
Yvonne McKevitt, one of the Kids Club founders, said: “We are delighted with our new-look hall. The excellent work of Kevin and his fellow volunteers has made a big difference to our children and the other groups who use the facility.”
Regenerus Ace Fund Co-ordinator, Eve Money, added: “This is an excellent example of the type of project that our environmental grant scheme was set up to support. “The Ace Fund has enabled a group of willing volunteers to work in partnership with an important local voluntary organisation for the benefit of the wider Seaforth community.”
For more information about future Ace Fund grant opportunities and an application form visit www.regenerus.org.uk or ring Regenerus on 0151-934 2637.