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Our updates are created by Project Give Back volunteer Katie Roberts, University of Liverpool Student currently on furlough from a year in industry, now giving time to support Project Give Back.

Project Give Back Weekly update: Friday 15th May

Highlighting Project Give Back and LIDS (Liverpool Independent Delivered Services)

Throughout Covid19 individuals and organisations have rallied to continue to allow people to access their goods and services in a time of crisis.

LIDS (Liverpool Independent Delivered Services) launched last month, headed up by Dave Critchley, Executive Chef of Lu Ban restaurant in Liverpool and has already become a firm favourite in the city.

Dave Critchley has worked with suppliers and independent traders across the region for over twenty years. With his expert knowledge of the sector, he has brought together some of the biggest and best-loved traders in the city at first as a response to the Covid19 pandemic in order to help those self isolating access quality goods. However, LIDS now aims to create a sustainable platform to continue to allow customers to buy from a range of retailers in one place, and get produce delivered straight to their door with next day delivery available.

However after LIDS was launched and proving popular Dave realised he needed some support – not only was he single handedly running LIDS operations but had also expanded to work on a community arm of LIDS, Knowsley Kitchen using providers to get packed lunches and fresh fruit and veg boxes out to vulnerable people in the community.

Enter Project Give Back. After reaching out to the project for some social media support we connected Dave to one of our Co-founders Emily Crawford on Furlough from her day job as a Comms and Marketing Manager. She’s been volunteering by covering the LIDS social media channels and offering comms, PR and marketing guidance, and working with LIDS to improve their website as well as lending support with customer enquiries.

“When LIDS contacted the project is was an easy yes to get involved, I was actually already a customer and huge fan of what Dave had created. Not only that but I was also pretty familiar with the suppliers involved too – one of them even made my (cheese) wedding cake. So I really could vouch for the quality being supplied. I also love that this is about so much more than just bringing people their shopping – it’s connecting Liverpool, it’s supporting independent suppliers and it’s having massive community impacts at the same time. It’s an absolute pleasure to be supporting.” Emily Crawford, Co-founder, Project Give Back

Project Give Back Weekly update: Friday 8th May

Highlighting Project Give Back and Savera UK

This week, Project Give Back have been supporting a remarkable cause. Savera UK are a leading charity, tackling culturally specific abuse in the UK. They support those who are at risk of domestic abuse and harmful practises. Whilst also advocating for those who need a voice and offer a completely confidential and non-judgemental service.

With the current circumstances, there has been a surge in violence since the lockdown began. Savera UK are here to provide emotional and practical support to help individuals gain independence and strive forward with confidence.

Our work with Savera UK

We were able to connect two of our volunteers with Savera, as these individuals had access to cars, they were able to deliver emergency packs across the city of Liverpool on behalf of Savera UK.

So, let’s hear from these volunteers who are making such great contributions to the community during these uncertain times.

I have often wanted to offer any support I can to specifically vulnerable groups or individuals, without taking that step to do so. However, during this global pandemic emergency, I was compelled to provide whatever support I could. The small part I played, made a massive difference to people’s lives. The gratitude with which my support was received was very humbling.” Carl Buoey, Project Give Back volunteer

“Whilst still being able to work and receiving a full salary, I felt that as I am fit and well and in a more fortunate position than others, the least I could do was to offer to assist and support others in my spare time. When approached to deliver essential items for Savera, I did not hesitate. It was the least I could do in the current climate to support vulnerable members of our society.

The initial apprehension and the subsequent gratitude on the recipient’s faces was both heart-warming and humbling and I am happy to help again whenever I can.” Paul McPartland, Project Give Back Volunteer

Project Give Back Weekly update: Friday 1st May

Highlighting Project Give Back and Dance to Health

These unprecedented times have caused so much uncertainty and loneliness within our communities, however, Dance to Health are here to provide fun and creativity whilst building strength through their nationwide falls prevention dance programme for older people. The sessions are led by professional dance artists from leading dance companies. In the current climate Dance to Health found themselves in the challenging situation of having to move their sessions online. We skills matched Dance to Health with our website and IT volunteer Paul to look at the viability of their website and our videographer Aamir to help with the creation and editing on their online videos.

What are the benefits of Dance to Health and who is it for?

Dance to Health Workshop

Taking part in the sessions is an enjoyable way to stay fit, mobile and improve balance and flexibility. If you have fallen or have aches and pains, the sessions will help with these, along with growing your independence and quality of life, designed for both male and female participants.

No experience is needed at all. Just an opportunity to get your dancing shoes on and have some fun.

So how are we working with Dance to Health?

“Dance to Health is delighted to be working with Project Give Back to support our groups in Cheshire and beyond. Volunteers are integral to Dance to Health, providing support for our Dance Artists and local groups through our falls-prevention dance sessions. Keeping older people out of hospital, and reducing falls in the home, is more important now than ever. Project Give Back volunteers are helping us with the infrastructure needed to provide safe and effective activities for people at home through online videos and live-streamed sessions.” Rachael Hawkins | Volunteering and Public Engagement Coordinator, Dance to Health

Paul Maddison is one of our web volunteers, he is currently working on the development of Dance to Health websites. Whilst also helping with their online sessions by making the payment for classes easier.

“I volunteered after being in hospital a few weeks ago with several older people who were lonely at home and hardly seen anyone sometimes for weeks at a time. This stuck in my head, so when the charity approached me, I thought it would be a fantastic way to help some thousands of lonely older people.” Paul Maddison – Web / IT Volunteer

Aamir from Agas Film is helping produce 4 videos and create a template which will help with their future film clips. Not only this but how-to best use Zoom whilst considering the lighting and sound quality.

We look forward to continuing to support this fantastic charity.

Want to get involved?

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is wanting to give back to those in need during these difficult times. Why not visit our volunteering page to find out more about the project and how you can help!

Are you an organisation in need of support?

Our aim is to help connect our skilled individuals with yourselves, if you think volunteer support would benefit your organisation, then please fill out our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch!

Project Giveback Weekly Update: Friday 24 April

Highlighting Project Give Back supporting Healthy Together

Now more than ever, our health is vitally important and what better way to stay motivated than having a great charity encouraging and supporting us to live a longer, healthier and balanced life. Healthy Together are a charity based in Liverpool, who emphasise the value of our health, alongside this they have also created an appeal asking local businesses to donate prizes, in order to thank Liverpool Key Workers for their dedication and hard work during this crisis.

Healthy Together came to Project Give Back and asked for support in a number of areas. They needed support with their website, advice from a nutritionist and help with Search Engine Optimisation.

Our work with Healthy Together

Through our volunteering scheme here at Project Give Back, we first matched our digital marketing volunteer Craig Duke, currently on furlough with Healthy Together, Craig has provided editing support with their website, image development and aided with template development for newsletters as well as giving key advice on an array of digital marketing suppport.

Whilst not working and in these strange times, I think it’s important to keep yourself busy. As soon as I heard about Project Giveback, I was keen to get involved. I enjoy what I do and having the opportunity to help other companies was an easy decision to make. Considering the pressures people are now facing, the aim of Healthy Together in supporting people to live a longer, healthier and more balanced life is a cause that I’m happy to contribute towards in any small way I can. Craig Duke, Project Give Back Volunteer.

Along with Craig, our co-founder, Nathan Selby, volunteered on SEO development, Nathan agreed to audit the Healthy Together site from an SEO viewpoint, helping set up Director Steven with a dashboard focusing on analytics to understand the web traffic and visitor demographics. Alongside this Project Give Back were also able to connect Healthy Together with local nutritionist Sam McHaffie in order to give advice and guidance on the nutritional elements of their work.

Want to get involved?

We’re always looking for more volunteers to give their skills and time to help more charities like Healthy Together. Head to our Volunteer page now and let us know what you can do!

Need Support?

Our aim is to help connect our skilled individuals with yourselves, if you think volunteer support would benefit your organisation, then please visit our how can we help? page, fill out form and we’ll be in touch.

This update has been created by Project Give Back volunteer Katie Roberts, University of Liverpool Student currently on furlough from a year in industry, now giving time to support our project.