Birkenhead charity awarded grant for provision of bereavement counselling

Birkenhead charity Wirral Connect has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to help fund support services and counselling for families affected by suicide.

Paul Growney, Chief Executive of Wirral Connect, received the award from MAXIMUS Foundation representative Deborah Arion and Norma Joy, who nominated the charity for the award. Wirral Connect supports the training of mentors and provides self-help groups for those affected by suicide and victims of domestic violence and abuse.

The grant will be used by the charity to help fund its in-house counselling service and extend its training of mentors, with the goal of established a new support group in the local community.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups. In particular those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said: “Wirral Connect helps people in the most desperate of circumstances. You can only imagine the pain and loss anyone affected by suicide must feel, and how scared and vulnerable any victim of abuse must be. Providing support to people in these circumstances is essential, and we’re delighted to be able to help Wirral Connect build on their incredible work.”

Paul Growney, Chief Executive of Wirral Connect, said: “We’re very grateful to MAXIMUS Foundation UK for this grant. It will help us train mentors and provide valuable support to people who are often facing the most desperate situations of their lives.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK has donated £85,000 in grants to charities and community groups in the last year. The Foundation has called for further grant applications from local charities and community organisations.


MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS is a health and employment services business and for more than forty years has worked with governments around the world to provide support to a diverse range of communities. In the UK, MAXIMUS employ 4,000 staff, including more than 2,000 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 300 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country.

Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management and Health & Human Services are all MAXIMUS UK businesses. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture partnership with Remploy, the largest provider of disability employment services in the UK.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /