Six projects have received grants through the latest round of Vivo Care Choices’ Community Fund.

Vivo, which provides a range of services for people with learning disabilities and autism and older people, is moving back to Cheshire West and Chester Council as an in-house service from April 2022.

This is the second year the Community Fund has been running and around £22,000 has once again been pledged to projects in 2021-22.

The aim of the Community Fund is to provide projects with funding so Vivo can work in partnership with them and provide plenty of benefits for the people it supports across west Cheshire.

The following six projects were successful in this latest round of funding.

  • Chapter Mental Health – The Haven is a community garden project in the heart of Ellesmere Port and Chapter has spent almost two years working with local residents to develop a former derelict and abandoned site. They’ve decided the site should be turned into a garden of peace, reflection and wellbeing activity and this is something people using Vivo’s services at the Coronation Centre are going to get involved with.
  • Action Transport Theatre – drama and creative writing projects run in Ellesmere Port all year round and more of these are starting to involve people with learning disabilities and autism, including those supported by Vivo.
  • Disability Positive – a project to provide six weekly, accessible and interactive workshops for 16 disabled young people with complex needs, including autism, aged 12 to 18. The workshops will be based in Chester and Neston afterschool on a Tuesday or Wednesday for one and a half hours.
  • Deva Boxing Academy – this gym in Saltney provides a range of activities at low cost to the community and wants to expand its offer and add more sessions, including for people who have autism.
  • Children Today Charitable Trust – a donation towards support packs that help more than 4,000 disabled children across the UK.
  • See Communications CIC – set up a monthly club night with a DJ, band, silent disco, tribute act and so on at Storyhouse, starting in the summer of 2022. Vivo services will benefit from this new initiative.

Alistair Jeffs, Managing Director of Vivo, said: “We’re once again delighted to be supporting so many amazing community projects.

“Our Community Fund has been a fantastic way for us to form strong and lasting relationships with other local organisations, providing funding for projects that people accessing our services at Vivo can benefit from.

“At Vivo, we want to be at the heart of the local community and it’s vital we support these charitable organisations to continue delivering their outstanding services.

“We’re looking forward to working with all six of these projects in the near future to create plenty of benefits for the people we support.”

For more information about Vivo and its range of services, visit: vivocarechoices.co.uk.

There are plenty of opportunities across west Cheshire to join the team at Vivo and make a real difference the lives to others, with very competitive pay offered, a generous holiday allowance, an excellent pension scheme, plenty of employee rewards and benefits and much more.