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Do you have an idea to work Better Together

Knowsley Better Together is a new initiative that is working to bring people and organisations closer together to achieve more for Knowsley and its residents.

This includes working with partners, organisations and the community to improve educational outcomes, health and wellbeing, high-quality adult social care and improving access to jobs and a good choice of housing. All the projects being delivered as part of Knowsley Better Together recognise that more positive benefits can be achieved by working together and pooling resources and skills.

Recently, 30 community and social projects have received a financial boost thanks to Knowsley Better Together which are helping to deliver a range of projects across the  

borough including support for residents with dementia and their carers, homework and IT clubs through to supporting young people explore their health and wellbeing through the development and design of a comic.

The next funding window will open on 19 March and bids are invited from community groups in Knowsley. Bids of up to £10,000 are invited and in particular where a funding allocation of £2,000-£3,000 could really make a difference and potentially get a project off the ground. The bids must support at least one of the council’s priorities:-

• Contribution to education (attendance, attainment, aspiration)

• Contribution to the health and wellbeing of Knowsley residents (mental health, obesity and domestic abuse)

• High quality, sustainable adult social care (dementia, reducing social isolation and promoting independence including employment and volunteering opportunities for people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities)

• Accelerating business growth, jobs and housing including interventions that reduce demand on council services

Bids are invited from a constituted community group (with a bank account in the organisation’s name), charity, social enterprise or third sector organisation.

To find out more about Knowsley Better Together, including the bid criteria and funding application, visit the council’s website or to find out more about how you can get involved, email Better.Together@knowsley.gov.uk.

 The closing date for applications is 13 April 2018.

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