Helping local men achieve better health in body and mind.
New Beginnings – Improving Lives CIC was set up in November 2019 by Director and Founder Michelle Roach a former NHS worker with lived in experience of mental health and cancer.
NBIL was primarily set up as a Social prescribing and advocacy service to support and signpost people who were unable to access services or express their views and wishes. This service is our main core project.
In February 2020 We set up a Men’s Mental Health Boxing and Peer support group due to a lack of services in the area to refer Men into. Men’s suicide has always been higher then that of women but both are on the increase, rising by 10.9% in 2018. We had services we could readily refer into for women we didn’t for Men. We couldn’t get funding to start a group despite the need and lack of services across the city we self funded the program. This is an ongoing service and our aim is to continue this great service due to its success and uptake.
In March 2020 due to the Pandemic we opened a Foodbank delivery service. We deliver across the Liverpool City region (excluding Wirral) offering a varied service. Our food package enables the beneficiary to cook a meal with fresh, frozen and tinned foods including toiletries and household cleaning products when available. Our foodbank works by a referral only and we offer additional support through our advocacy service should the service user require the same. We offer precooked food for those service users temporarily placed by the Council in Hotels without cooking facilities and have been able to deliver over 6000 packages during March-October across Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton including Hotels, women’s refuges and B&B’s temporarily housing the homeless. Our initial scheme was to last for 12 weeks, due to the demand we have continued with limited cash. We save £1000s in surplus food each week from Pret a Manger, Co-Op Supermarket, PLS Foundation (Costco) Farmfoods, Tesco and Fareshare Merseyside.
We have housed three Homeless service users in properties during lockdown and have continued with a resettle programme to ensure they keep their tenancy. This is a trial program at present which is working really well and we look forward to updating you.