Wirral's Transforming Local Infastructure

Wirral's Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) is funded from central government and provides support to all sections of the voluntary, faith and community sector. Voluntary and Community Action Wirral is the lead partner for Wirral's TLI and with our other six partner organisations we can create a streamlined, innovative and bespoke service to Wirral’s sector. The project is funded from 1st April 2012 and will run to September 2013.  This is an exciting prospect for the community and voluntary sector and Wirral's TLI partner organisations are very much looking forward to developing the project and helping to transform and enhance the sector.


A Year in a Day Showcases TLI On Wirral

VCA Wirral hosted A Year in a Day at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight to celebrate achievements and successes over the last year.  The event was very well attended and 25 Wirral organisations gave their support and hosted stands and displays to promote their work. 

VCA Wirral Chief Executive Officer, Annette Roberts, opened the event and thanked everyone for their efforts over the last year. She encouraged everyone to visit the stands and displays and to gather information on the work of other groups and organisations across Wirral.  This was clearly well received and proved to be a valuable day for the many visitors who later said about it:

“Brilliant, very informative”

 "Very good, interesting, social enterprises excellent”

“Very good turnout and range of stalls”

“Workshops good, stalls good, information delivered well.”

“Very Informative, thank you”

After opening the event, Annette welcomed Asif Hamid from the Contact Company who talked about the role of the Local Enterprise Partnership.  Further speakers included Peter Horner from NAVCO who shared valuable information about changes to the CRB Disclosure process and Steve McGilvray who informed everyone about the Domestic Homicide Review.  Steve, from the Wirral Community Safety Team, urged people to get involved through the provision of information which could help to reduce the number of domestic homicides.

While some people browsed through the stalls collecting information, others attended workshops including:

  • Social Enterprise, Social Value and Commissioning 
  • Accessing European Funding
  • Local Giving
  • Representation with Police Commissioning
  • Mapping Local Health & Wellbeing
  • Community Planning

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Gerry Ellis, spent time with stall holders and visitors  and was pleased to have the opportunity to meet so many people who are involved in providing services and supporting the Wirral community.

There is no doubt that the event was a great success and everyone at VCA Wirral sends their grateful thanks to all who participated and attended on the day.  Speakers, workshop presenters, stand holders and visitors all helped to make “A Year in a Day” a great success and we look forward to many more in the future.


TLI aims aims are:

  • To create and alliance of local organisations make data collection and communications simpler, as well and improving access to high quality services.
  • To provide extra resources to local community groups through an easy access pool of volunteers, and greater funding opportunities.
  • To give organisations better representation and support them in making their voices heard in local and national policy discussions.
  • To enhance the leadership of organisations and well as inspiring young people to become future leaders.

Wirral's TLI partners are:

Community Foundation for Merseyside

The Community Foundation for Merseyside is for donors, for communities and for Merseyside. As an independent registered charity we are part of a national movement of community foundations that undertakes strategic grant-making, facilitates philanthropy and contributes to achieving positive social change in our local communities.

Social Enterprise Network

SEN is a Merseyside based network of non-profit distributing businesses and community and voluntary sector organisations. We aim to present 'one voice' to promote the sector and to support the development of new and existing Social Enterprises in Merseyside.

Merseyside Expanding Horizons

Merseyside Expanding Horizons (MEH) is a  voluntary sector infrastructure organisation which exists to promote social inclusion across Merseyside through multi-agency and cross sector partnership working.

Network for Europe

Network for Europe was established in Merseyside in 1986 by six Voluntary Sector organisations who had received European Funding and wanted to work together to find out more. Network for Europe's three main activities are information, strategy and representation. Network for Europe supports the development of the sector nationally, especially around Social Enterprise (and Procurement issues) and helps to increase the quality and professionalism of the sector.

Merseyside Disability Federation

MDF provides support for voluntary and community groups in Merseyside and the surrounding areas that are of and for disabled people. We are an umbrella group - our main aim is to build the capacity of other voluntary groups. We help you so that you can be more effective in your work of breaking down the barriers faced by disabled people.

Youth Federation

   The Youth Federation works across Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral to help disadvantaged young people achieve their potential through direct delivery youth work, alternative education and working with the voluntary sector to the frontline of community youth work


Wirral TLI is running a series or workshops, training days and events throughout the duration of the project. Please check our events calendar to keep updated.