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The 800 Group is a consortium of 8 charities all of which have their headquarters or a strong presence in the Merseyside area. The name is derived from the fact that we have been supporting the local community for a combined total of over 800 years.
The 800 Group partners are:
- Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton – Older People
- Bradbury Fields – Visually Impaired People
- Henshaws Society for Blind People – Visually Impaired People
- Imagine – Mental Health Charity
- St.Joseph’s Hospice – Own and operate a hospice
- Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) – Registered Social Landlord
- Merseyside Society for Deaf People – Hard of Hearing\Deaf People
- Nugent – Social Care across client groups
To date we have 4 associate members working with Black and Minority ethnic communities whom we work with to ensure that these charities benefit from the 800 Group and that BME communities are represented in our work and our bids and tenders. They are:
- Asylum Link
- Chinese Wellbeing
- Irish Community Care
- Mary Seacole House
We have worked together for 9 years to improve the quality of our services to vulnerable people and to increase our effectiveness and efficiency. Through working together and sharing expertise we have improved many aspects of our charities’ performance incorporating better induction processes, more robust policies and a more unified approach to bidding and tendering and we have learned from each other, so improving our service provision. One very tangible example of the success of our approach is our aggregated purchasing scheme. By using the skills of an experienced procurement manager in Nugent to negotiate prices on goods and services for the 800 Group we have managed to save over £850,000 over the last 4 years which has helped us to keep vital services operating in the face of large cuts in public funding.
The 800 Group is, however, not an exclusive club. We want other, smaller organisations to benefit from this collaboration too so we reach out to other charities and encourage them to join us.
advant~age is a national social enterprise which we 1/3/ own with 2 other Age Concern charities. It provides access to reputable commercial products at value for money prices which charities can introduce to their supporters and the public and in return earn unrestricted income to support their charitable work.
A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place is a company which specialises in Mindfulness & Relaxation techniques. Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton have worked in partnership with them for over 3 years, introducing these techniques to older people to enhance their quality of life. Please see our webpage (link below) for an evaluation of one piece of our joint work.
Barclays besides being our bank, have supported us through the provision of matched funding donations after charity collections; volunteering for specific one-off projects and with general advice.
McClures Solicitors provide any person referred by Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton with free wills, free will reviews and ½ price power of attorney. They also provide a wide range of legal services including mortgage advice, family protection trusts, inheritance advice etc. McClures make a regular donation to the charity as well as providing very cost effective legal advice to our supporters.
Pinehurst Allotments tend to the gardens at the side of our Poppy Centre (at 179 Townsend Lane, L13 9DY growing vegetables which benefit local people and our Poppy Centre kitchen. Gardening is proven to be beneficial physically and mentally and the Pinehurst Allotments Group enjoy the benefits which accrue from working in the fresh air.
Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton is contracted by Liverpool Public Health to provide the Community Health Ambassadors Team (CHAT). The CHAT undertake events, group work and one to one conversations to encourage local adults, of all ages, in Liverpool’s communities (particularly the more disadvantaged communities) to adopt healthier lifestyles. The CHAT’s work is supported by other health groups and public health initiatives on a daily basis. The work of the CHAT has encouraged thousands of local people to get fitter, stop smoking, and live more fulfilling lives.