AWIRRAL charity took a group of its residents on a day out to the theatre after winning £1,000 to spend on a trip.
The Leasowe Development Trust aims to promote and develop partnerships, and service provision, to help people in deprived communities.
It won the money after entering a prize draw run jointly by UK insurer Endsleigh and Locality – the leading nationwide network of development trusts, community enterprises, settlements and social action centres.
Participants were required to describe how they would use £1,000 and the support of up to 10 Endsleigh colleagues to make a positive impact on their local community.
Event organisers were happy to see a smile brought to residents’ faces as they were treated to a variety show at the Royal Court Theatrel, which included a performance from BBC Radio Merseyside comedian, Sean Styles.
The group were then given the opportunity to see the city from quite a different perspective as they visited the Wheel of Liverpool.
Roy Sheriff, director at Leasowe Development Trust, said: “We have run many trips for socially isolated residents in the past but through the support and funding from Endsleigh we were able to make this one extra special.
“It allowed us to do something that residents wanted, rather than an activity dictated by funders. After the trip received such a positive reaction, we have decided to replicate it and have made it a quarterly event in the trust’s diary which residents can look forward to.”
Martin Taylor, not for profit team manager at Endsleigh, said: “We are delighted that our support meant Leasowe Development Trust could take some of their local community on such a fun trip.
“Our close work with Locality, of which the trust are members, gives us an appreciation of the challenges that so many community-based organisations face on a daily basis.
“It was great that we had the opportunity to make a small difference and put a smile on so many faces.”