Vivo Care Choices has given another £13,000 to local causes through the first round of its Community Fund, which is now running for a second year.

Vivo launched a Community Fund in 2020, supporting 15 projects across west Cheshire in the first year and providing a real boost to communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now £13,000 has already been distributed to communities in 2021, a further £9,000 will be available in the second of funding this autumn. Full details about the second round of funding will be available in the coming months.

The first round of funding has supported eight different projects in total across west Cheshire. A panel, including people using Vivo’s services, Vivo staff and Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) staff, have made decisions on the applications to make sure grants were given to worthy causes.

  • Soul Survivors football team being run by Soul Kitchen
  • Community club for older people in Vicars Cross
  • Community garden project being run in Ellesmere Port by Chapter Mental Health in partnership with Vivo
  • Men in Sheds Blacon, tackling loneliness and isolation among men
  • Six months of weekly wellbeing sessions being run by Art and Soul Tribe for people with learning disabilities and older people
  • GGO Community Group’s Youth Club for children with special educational needs and disabilities over a six-month period, plus Zumba sessions for older people
  • 15 supported internships over six months at Whitegate Station Community Café through Inclusive Community Development (ICD)
  • Environmental and conservation projects for young people with learning disabilities through Chester Zoo and Live! Cheshire

Alistair Jeffs, Managing Director of Vivo Care Choices, said: “We’re very proud of our Community Fund and the real boost it gives our communities.

“We were delighted with the outcomes from the first year of the Community Fund as it was clear the real difference it makes so this is something we’re really pleased to be continuing.

“Many of the projects we’ve supported in the first round of funding will benefit the people we support at Vivo and that’s what our Community Fund is all about.

“We can’t wait to see how all of these projects develop in the coming weeks and months.”

CWVA has once again played a key role in the Community Fund, reaching out to organisations in the community sector, organising the application and panel process and distributing funds.