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Carol Concert

Forum’s Carol Concert was held on Wednesday 13 December 2017, and was generously hosted by the Salvation Army Community Church, Old Chester Road in Birkenhead.

There was a warm and positive atmosphere throughout the evening. The Right Reverend Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead delivered a thought-provoking message, and a range of festive and traditional carols were sung to music played by the Salvation Army’s brass band.

We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all who helped to organise and support the event, and to all who attended to make the evening so special.

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Working together to feed Birkenhead

On Thursday 9th November Forum’s Give and Gain Exchange teamed with Neo Community alongside other local organisations to offer support at Feeding Birkenhead’s latest campaign.

Feeding Birkenhead, which is chaired by Birkenhead MP Frank Field, has enabled local schools to both set up and maintain breakfast clubs through donations from the public.

Wirral Globe reported that 1,400 children will benefit from the generous donations made by members of the public and organisations such as HIS Church as breakfast clubs continue to offer this valuable service to children during their school term.  For further information, and the full article, please see the links below:

Feeding Birkenhead: http://www.frankfield.co.uk/campaigns/feeding-birkenhead.aspx

Feeding Britain: https://feeding-britain.org/

Richard Humphrey – HIS Church: https://twitter.com/richhumphrey74

Wirral Globe article: http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/news/15653661.Enough_food_to_feed_1_400_schoolchildren_donated_thanks_to_Feeding_Birkenhead_and_His_Church/

 

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Homeless Awareness Week 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of Homeless Awareness Week staff from Forum Housing Association took part in a rough sleep out on Saturday 21st October.

Adverse weather conditions on the night caused by Storm Brian meant that staff had to take shelter in Market Wells car park which highlights the plight suffered by rough sleepers.

Staff visited hot spots in the area where homeless people have been seen to offer support along with warm coats and hot food which had been very kindly donated.  We were also able to highlight the services provided by Forum and similar organisations in the area.

Thank you to everyone who came along to offer their support.  We still need donations of toiletries and towels so if you can help please see our appeals page for further information or get in touch in any of the ways detailed in our Contact Us section.

 

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President’s Dinner 2017

 

Forum’s annual President’s Dinner was held on 12th October at the Hollins Hey Hotel, New Brighton. The event, which was hosted by Forum’s President Mrs Chris Allen BEM, provided the opportunity to celebrate another successful year.

Attendees included the Mayor, Mrs Ann McLachlan and her consort, husband Bill, the Association’s Patron, Bishop Keith Sinclair who was accompanied by his wife Rosie, as well as numerous Association Board members and Staff.

Guests were treated to a wine reception and four course dinner which was followed by a presentation by guest speaker Avril Devaney MBE who talked inspiringly about the work of the Jamie Devaney Memorial Fund, a UK based charity which supports mental health care in Uganda.

 

 

President Chris Allen then presented our staff with the Player of the Year Awards.  The six categories represent the core values of the Association and provide the opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of staff, Board and Association members.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Positivity, Passion, Optimism & Energy

Pam Rigby

Generous Heart

Clare Murphy

Patience & Understanding

Amanda Flynn, Annette Brown, Chris Jones, Kath Corrigan

Pioneering, Courageous, Resilient, Open to Change

Debbie O’ Connor

Integrity (Honest, Loyal, Committed)

Alison Jones, Clare Murphy

Inner Conviction, Outward Expression

Ben Shone, Garry Seddon, Heather Parry, Pam Rigby, Tania Minns

Learner of the Year

Georgina Dulhanty

FENW

Rachael Cousins, Sarah McGrady

 

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Macmillan Coffee morning

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning ….

On Friday 29th September 2017 Forum held another successful coffee morning to raise money to support Macmillan Nurses and the work they do.

The main aim of Macmillan Nurses is to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.  They provide medical, emotional, practical and financial support as well as campaigning for better cancer care.  The work they do is vital as cancer affects more than just those who are facing it; Macmillan are there for friends and family too.

Thank you to all of those staff who put their baking skills to good use and also those who roped in family to do it on their behalf!

But most of all a big thank you to everyone who contributed by joining us.  We hoped you enjoyed the cakes!

 

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Supporting Liverpool Pride

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Forum are pleased to be a member of Homes for Everyone, a group of 14 housing organisations working together to promote inclusivity in housing throughout Merseyside.  Homes for Everyone are an official sponsor of Liverpool Pride, and Forum are happy to continue to contribute towards this.

Working on behalf of Forum’s Equality and Diversity Steering Group, our Meaningful Activities Team participated in Homes for Everyone group meetings, assisting in planning the march and enabling Forum’s LGBT community the opportunity to be represented.

On Saturday 29 July the Meaningful Activities Team and 10 young people attended and supported Liverpool Pride.  As part of the 200 representatives from the Homes for Everyone group, showing united support and passion for equality and diversity, they participated in the 1.6 mile march from St Georges Hall across Liverpool City Centre.

Our young people had a fantastic time taking part in face painting, a multi coloured paint battle, listening to live music, and experiencing all the culture and diversity that Liverpool Pride has to offer.

When asked about the event young people said

“ It was an inspirational experience, really fun and enjoyable, boss day”

“ I loved it, it was something I wouldn’t of normally done, but I am made up I did”

 

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Annual General Meeting 2016

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On Wednesday 17th May 2017 Forum celebrated its 2016 AGM at the Lauries Centre, Birkenhead.  It was a fantastic night hosted by our Patron, the Right Reverend Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead.  Our guests were treated to an evening of celebration and inspiration.

Stalls were set-up around the room displaying the creative works of some of our residents  who have engaged with the Meaningful Activity Team’s ‘A La Carte’ programme.

Attendees were impressed by a programme filled with drama, fun, truth, and sometimes tears, as our staff and residents treated them to a roller-coaster ride from aspiring to move forward, to inspiring others to do the same!

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Christmas Gift Bag Appeal 2016

Thank you to all Churches, Organisations, Schools and members of our community who donated to Forum’s 2016 Christmas Appeal.  Yet again, we have been overwhelmed with your generosity.

The team here at Forum packed up over 280 bags containing Christmas gifts, toiletries and treats all donated by you, and distributed them out to young people living in Forum on the Wirral, Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East. The Christmas period can be a particularly lonely and isolated time for some of our residents, with many of them spending it alone.  Christmas bags really do help make a huge difference and cheer our young people up at a time when they might be feeling particularly low.

We can’t thank the community enough for the generosity, kindness and support towards the work we do for young people.

 

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Homeless Awareness Day 2016

The team here at Forum attended Homeless Awareness Day on Thursday 1st December outside ASDA Birkenhead. The event organised by Wirral Ways Recovery Outreach Worker Kirstie McHugh, was an opportunity for us to offer advice and guidance to the general public on what to do if they are approached or come across a vulnerable person on our streets.  Some service providers included; Wirral Ways to Recovery, Salvation Army, Merseyside Police and Wirral Ark Project.  Forum handed out wallet cards to members of the public during the day, which they could pass to a person in need or use to report a rough sleeper to someone who can help bring them in from the cold.

The event was a huge success and received positive feedback from the Birkenhead Community.  Over the weekend Forum was inundated with calls from the general public concerned about rough sleepers in their area.  If they are not aged 16-30 and we can’t provide accommodation or support, we connect them to other great services that we work alongside in Wirral and Cheshire.

Spot a rough sleeper? Call our 24 hour free phone number – 0800 234 6007

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Forum Foyer Fest 2016

 

 

Young people and members of the Birkenhead community enjoyed an afternoon of activities and fun in the sun at Forum’s Market Wells Foyer on Saturday 6th August.  The event, which was coordinated by staff and young people, provided a variety of summer activities to help keep families and children entertained during the summer holidays.  This year’s event was hosted by Wirral Radio and included; children’s activities, face painting, bouncy castles, competitions and a pop up Charity Shop.  Emma and the team from Cafe Neo (Wallasey) provided guests with lunch which included a BBQ for everybody to enjoy.

Market Wells Project Manager Amy commented,

“We really enjoyed putting on this annual event for our young people and members of the community; it provided our project and our young residents with a fantastic opportunity to give something back.  We appreciate how tough the summer holidays can be for young people looking for something to occupy themselves, so every year this event is proving really popular with not only young people but with families and young children too.”

Thank you to all young people, staff and organisations who supported this year’s event, we can’t wait to do it again next year!