Here at FPC we’re always looking for ways to make a difference by supporting groups and initiatives in our local community. This month we’ve identified two new causes which are more than worthy…

Created by National Museums Liverpool, Happy Older People (HOP) is a network which promotes age-friendly arts participation by bringing together older people, artists, cultural organisations, community and health and social care providers. The network aims to create new partnerships and connections between organisations in the Liverpool City Region, making a difference to older people who may be isolated and lonely by giving them the opportunity to try something new or go somewhere different.

The Orrell Trust and Kings Leadership Academy – Art through the Looking Glass © Gareth Jones

FPC will be supporting a round of grants of up to £300 known as ‘HOP Pots’ which will contribute to the cost of new partnership projects, making it easier for older people to access the arts.

Emma Riley, HOP Network Coordinator, National Museums Liverpool said:  “It’s fantastic that FPC will be supporting a new round of HOP Pots to help make a difference to older people in the community. We’ve seen how successful previous projects have been in developing imaginative and exciting creative projects, and we’re looking forward to reaching more older people through arts and culture.

Watch this space as we reveal more details on the groups which have benefited from the HOP Pots…

Meanwhile, we’re delighted to offer our support, in the form of a contribution towards a new defibrillator, to the Hillside Athletic Under 11s Football Club, based just outside our home town of Ainsdale.

The team winning the Blackpool Trophy, a two day tournament which included teams from across Europe.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the FA have called for grassroots and amateur football clubs in England to help save more lives from cardiac arrests by installing life-saving defibrillators. For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 per cent. A defibrillator is an automatic device that can be used by the public to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest. By performing CPR and using a defibrillator until an ambulance arrives, you can help double the victim’s chance of survival.

Dedicated supporter and father of one of the boys, Paul Brabin comments ”FPC’s donation towards the cost of our defibrillator is greatly appreciated by all the parents and coaches at Hillside AFC. We’re already in the process of making plans to ensure that everyone gets proper training on how to use it.