Making a positive impact in our community
Being a civic university means that we are committed to helping local communities.
In 2016 we launched our corporate charities initiative - with staff nominating and then voting for corporate charities.
LJMU's current corporate charities are Claire House Children’s Hospice and The Girls’ Network.
About Claire House Children’s Hospice
Claire House was set up in memory of Claire Louise Cain who sadly passed away in 1989, a few weeks before her 10th birthday. After years of fundraising by Claire’s family, close friends and supporters, the Hospice opened its doors in 1998.
The Hospice has fantastic facilities on the Wirral and Liverpool which provides specialist nursing care and emotional support to terminally ill children and their families. They are there to support children and their families in the toughest of times and whether they spend time at home or in the hospice, they ensure children’s final days are memorable and very special.
Their dedicated team of trained professionals help children to live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality for family life and whilst doing so, they also help to create everlasting memories for their families to cherish.
Claire House is about far more than just care, it is a place for children to relax and enjoy themselves, whatever their age. They can have fun in the multi-sensory room, art room, hydrotherapy pool and Jacuzzi and there is also a separate wing that caters for teenagers and young adults. Whilst their children are having fun, mums and dads get the opportunity to spend much needed time off with their other children and if they are not up to travelling to the Hospice, the team will visit them in their homes.
As one family put it: “The best thing about Claire House is knowing that they are always there. From the minute you meet them for as long as you need them.”
To find out more about Claire House - visit their website.
About The Girls’ Network
Charly and Becca established a one-to-one mentoring scheme after witnessing barriers facing girls in their classrooms.
The scheme was established based on research showing that conversations and personal relationships could impact on challenging stereotypes and expectations. This scheme continues to help to give girls access to greater opportunities and also the confidence and skills to seize those opportunities.
They are very passionate about their mission, which is to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models. They believe that no girls should have their futures limited by their gender, background, or parental income and that all girls should be supported to realise their ambitions, to discover their self-worth and to develop their capacity to shape their world and their future.
The Girls' Network partner with secondary schools and colleges across Greater London, Sussex, Portsmouth, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, the North East, and Liverpool City Region, to match girls aged 14-19 with a female volunteer mentor who works as a professional in the public or private sector. Once girls complete their year-long mentoring journey, they graduate and access membership to a lifelong ambassador programme.
To find out more about The Girls’ Network - visit their website.
Our nominated charities have demonstrated that their activity aligns with our Respect! Always initiative.
Respect, Always! is a collaboration between LJMU and JMSU which aims to get to the heart of what ‘respect’ means to us all as individuals and to collectively recognise this across the University.
At LJMU, above all else, we want everyone who studies here, works here and works with us, to feel respected, and to respect others.
We have a produced the Respect, Always! charter that aims to demonstrate our commitment to putting respect at the heart of everything that we do.
Our University has a proud history of being inclusive and making everyone connected to LJMU feel welcome, comfortable and accepted; whether they are studying here, working here or partnering with us. Respect, Always! is about ensuring we maintain and develop this approach across all areas of university life.
Raising funds with Payroll Giving
Our staff are also helping out by raising funds for charities via the Payroll Giving scheme. Over the ten years since it was introduced at the University, employees have donated more than £84,000 and in 2014 we received a Bronze Award from the Payroll Giving Quality Mark Awards.
The minimum donation is £1.00 per week or £5.00 per month, though it is recommended that you give at least £5.00 gross per month, this will cost you £4.00 if you are a standard rate tax payer or £3.00 if you are a higher rate tax payer.
Start giving now, just complete the online form.
Get in touch
University staff and students give their time and expertise helping out in fundraising and other voluntary activities on behalf of these charities.
If you’d like to join them, get in touch with us.