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1,384 young people from under-privileged backgrounds benefited from Sea Cadets, On The Water Programme that was held last summer in London, Liverpool and Birmingham. Funding for the 2022 programme was provided by 13 corporates and charitable trusts, including gbpartnerships foundation and three LIFTCos: North London Estate Partnerships, Barking Dagenham & Havering Community Ventures, Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership. This funding meant that On the Water participants did not face any financial barrier to participation.

On The Water provides young people with the opportunity during their summer holidays to make new friends, learn new skills, build their confidence, increase their health and wellbeing, have fun and leave with a recognised sailing qualification at the end of the programme. Community groups and partner organisations located around the LIFT Estate in London and Liverpool were engaged with to support promotion and up-take, with promotional materials placed in buildings.

Partner organisations engaged in the out-reach work stressed how young people they were working with would never have an opportunity to try something like this outside of On The Water; and that accessing good quality free activities was highly challenging especially post Covid, particularly in the current stretched financial situation for many traditional providers.

Parents, carers and group organisers showed an overwhelmingly positive view of the programme, with 90% reporting that their young person learnt new skills.

“It was brilliant – I’d never been on a boat or open water before.”
“The whole experience was amazing. I particularly loved sailing.”
“It taught me how to be more confident in the water.”

Read the full case study here:

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Health and care services, local government & NHS bodies, working together with a common purpose, in partnership, to deliver improved outcomes to health and wellbeing for local people: Estates as an enabler.

Last week Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership, gbpartnerships consult, and the Liverpool City Region One Public Estate team had the pleasure of hosting teams in two workshops across the region, spanning NHS and Local Authority, to discuss the Place Estate Plans and how this work can be used an enabler to support strategy at both a regional and local level.

Teams covered topics such as closing the gap between clinical and estate strategy, regional charging principles to ensure system working is supported and design of effective governance. We were also able to start discussing how this work can support some of the top challenges facing the region, such as health inequalities, and how it is critical that the estate plays a role in supporting care closer to home, prevention and focussing on the social detriments of health. Thank you to all of those who joined us for the session and bringing so much engagement and energy to the room.


Updated: Jun 2, 2023

LSHP recently donated £1,000 to Great Homer Street GP Practice to support their Community Gardening Project. This has been put to great use with planters being installed in the courtyard at Mere Lane, with the upkeep of the garden being maintained by patients of the practice. The project aimed to bring people together in an outdoor environment, to create a sustainable and greener, therapeutic garden in the courtyard at the health centre. They use fragrant plants and herbs to stimulate the senses, in a bid to reduce conditions associated with dementia and Alzheimer's. Four volunteers now visit the garden twice a week to look after the planters to ensure they are well maintained.

As part of the project, the volunteers are offered some training on topics such as food growing, green care, and health and safety helping them to gain maximum benefit from the garden and equip them with the knowledge and confidence to develop therapeutic gardening and food growing projects themselves in the future.

The garden will provide a perfect place for everyone to get together, socialise relax and keep active. It will provide an opportunity to spend time together, which will greatly improve their wellbeing.

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