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Although Lockdown prevented many plans the foundation had for 2020 the momentum has now returned with many creative, innovative ideas which have been driven mainly by need.  

What’s been happening?

 Virtual support for Schools 

Young people not being able to take up work experience placements proved to be very frustrating for them during such a crucial time in their education journey whilst trying to make decisions on future career choices. In order to address this, the Foundation has been working with Growth Platform on a career support offer to schools through social media platforms.

 3 Filming sessions were coordinated with RADCF creating its first online video for schools to be used across social media platforms including ‘YouTube’ offering virtual career information/ support to young people. 

 Harry, Student from Sandfield Park School supported by his Mentor Steve have been working with the Foundation on creating clips for the video which will be used to share with young people in schools, highlighting the broad range of career pathways on offer at the Royal Albert Dock. 

The first session involved 14 recording stops/locations within the Albert Dock narrated by Charley Martin, Liver Tours Guide.  The following 2 sessions covered the recording of various tenants/businesses from a variety of sectors including: Retail/Hospitality/Office Tenant/Visitor Attraction/Tourism with each representative from these areas speaking for 2/3 minutes about the range of career pathways within their sector.                                                                                                                     

   There will be work designed in the form of worksheets/quizzes creating added value for the students.  Students will also be invited to contact the Foundation if they wish to further their knowledge from any of the Albert Dock Tenants when a one-to-one zoom will be offered and if doable a work placement opportunity will be made available for any keen student.

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  New Family Adventure Trail

There are now 1000 hard copies of the new re-drafted Family Adventure Trail ready which can be picked up by families from various locations around the Dock including, Beatles Story Shop, Magical Mystery Tour office, The NEST, Art and Crafts Shop, TATE Liverpool, Maritime Museum & Holiday Inn Express.


Families are also able to access an electronic version of the Adventure Trail from The Foundation Website.

 Beatles Story Shop and Magical Mystery Tour office are holding the stamp for Children’s University Passports and Badges/Stickers for those families completing the Trail.   Both have posted details on their social media platforms encouraging families to engage too.

Cyber Escape Experience for Schools

The CGI Cyber Escape Experience was developed by CGI to train, educate and engage to help people understand cyber security risks and has been tailored to appeal to and address the specific risks faced by young people online.

The 40ft shipping container was crane lifted near to the M&S Arena where it was then ready for schools to participate in trying to crack the codes which would then ultimately give them the escape route out.

  RADCF worked together with Growth Platform to offer this unique learning experience to PRU and SEND schools (in small bubbles) during 13th & 14th July.  Holiday Inn Express and Estates Management Team were also given the opportunity for 5 members of staff to take part as a team building exercise too.

Feedback from Holiday Inn Express

“The team had an amazing time – they have all come back really positive about the experience and have got some amazing feedback. Thank you so much for giving the team the opportunity to test Cyber Escape.” 


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  Young people were offered a Tour of the Albert Dock whilst waiting for their turn in the Cyber Escape Container.  This group from Meadowpark were asking questions keeping Charley, Tour Guide, Liver Tours on her toes.

Feedback from Schools

“The young people really enjoyed the experience, fun packed and really interesting.  They loved doing something different with their day”.

“This is great, had fun being trapped in the container, thanks for the experience”. 

Feedback from Rachel Owen (CGI) re: Foundation Involvement

“The foundation has been a great help and support as always.   I can’t thank the team enough, that even during this very difficult time we have managed to pull this off in the city and had such great feedback from the schools”.

Recruitment Event

First ever Albert Dock Recruitment Event held on Tuesday 6th July was shared on social media with the support of THINK Publicity and Rotunda promoting through their contacts at DWP and wider.  


Jamie Sheils sharing information about RedApple Education


Someone interested in working at Peaberry Coffee House

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 Holiday Inn Express Team speaking about their many         Katy & Abbie ready to welcome people to the Revolution table.

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82 people seeking employment attended and were given the opportunity to speak with:  RedApple Education: Costa Coffee: Holiday Inn Express: Peaberry Coffee Shop: Energy Bank Systems: Rotunda and RADCF.  RADCF have kept on file contact details of everyone attending on the day together with details of interests/training needs with a view to ensuring they are considered for any future opportunities.

  Following the Event 19 interviews were offered, 6 x one to ones and 5 jobs secured.  

RADCF will be exploring the possibility of regular Recruitment Events depending on need within Dock Tenants.

Jobs Board & Talent Pool

Further work is on-going to support a Dock ‘Talent Pool’ & Tenants ‘Jobs Board’ which will identify the number of job vacancies at the Dock which will then flag up the need for future        Recruitment Events.

Kickstart Opportunities 

  RADCF are working closely with Rotunda Ltd our Gateway for the Governments Kickstart Funding where 15 places have been allocated to Royal Albert Dock providing opportunities for businesses to access the funding for job opportunities, they may have for young people between the age 16-24.  Many people in this age group were given further information during the Recruitment Event.  Meanwhile businesses at the Dock have taken up this offer and are proceeding with the offer for various roles available. 

If you are a Tenant/Business at Royal Albert Dock and are interested in finding out more then please contact

We at The Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation share the pain and frustration towards systemic racism in the recent Black Lives Matter protests worldwide. We want to emphasise our commitment to always stand in solidarity with and champion the voices of black young people across the country.

The Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation stands with the Black community and other BAME communities against all forms of racism and we encourage our partners to do the same.

We are passionate about promoting diversity and are consistently working to empower young people from all backgrounds. We recognise and actively work to alleviate racial inequality and prejudice in all areas of our work.

We urge our partners to engage with members of the BAME community, whether colleagues or service users, to understand their reality and to understand the challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. It is essential that we take it upon ourselves to research more into these issues.

The RADCF is proud to work in a city that is so ethnically diverse and we will continue to ensure that all opportunities are available and accessible to all.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place in June.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Carers Week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.6 million unpaid carers – people who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without them.

Carers Week raises awareness of caring, highlights the challenges unpaid carers face and recognises the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

For this Carers Week, we're coming together to help Make Caring Visible.

How to get involved

Here are some ways that you can help make caring visible in your community:

Making Caring Visible will help carers get the information and support they need.

For more information and resources, head to

Mental Health Awareness Week (18th to 24th May 2020) is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. It’s the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and inspire actions to promote the message of good mental health for everyone. The theme this year is kindness.

The changes we’re all experiencing during this current time will no doubt cause some levels of stress and/or anxiety. So, we are all having to work a little harder to look after our mental health and wellbeing. What things do you do to help?

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.


Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences
  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others

There are lots of things you could try to help build stronger and closer relationships like:

  1. try switching off the tv and chatting or playing a game with someone you love
  2. eat dinner with your family
  3. call a friend for a catch up

There are lots of new and exciting innovations which have helped make interaction easier as social distancing measures are in place such as video calling platforms and apps galore to help you keep in touch.


Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness. Evidence also shows it can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • raising your self-esteem
  • helping you to set goals or challenges and achieve them
  • causing chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood

Staying physically active has become a little more difficult in recent weeks. But here are some ways you may like to try:

  1. make use of free online exercise classes (there’s even dance classes too!)
  2. utilise open green spaces in your local area (after all, the world is your gym!)
  3. cleaning and gardening are ways to work out without even knowing that you are exercising


Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem
  • helping you to build a sense of purpose
  • helping you to connect with others

Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life. 

Some of the things you could try include:

  1. work on a DIY project 
  2. learn or practice a new recipe 
  3. try a new hobby that challenges you
  4. sign up for an online course


Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • creating positive feelings and a sense of reward
  • giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth
  • helping you connect with other people
  • It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.

Some examples of the things you could try include:

  1. saying thank you to someone for something they have done for you
  2. asking friends, family or colleagues how they are and really listening to their answer
  3. spending time with friends or relatives who need support or company
  4. offering to help someone you know with DIY project
  5. volunteering in your community


Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.

This awareness is sometimes called "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Get a plant for your workspace
  2. Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  3. Take notice of how the people around you are feeling or acting
  4. Take a different route on your walks

Remember, give kindness to yourself and others. 

For more information and for useful links and videos visit

The Intern to work programme has been such a great success so far with young people getting work placements and learning vital skills they need in a professional environment. Placements have led to employment for some students and others take away the confidence of employment for the future. The programme focuses on young people aged 16-24 who may find it difficult in finding work. The Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation supports the ‘Intern to Work’ programme and helps find placements for young people around the Royal Albert Dock.

An event was held at Anfield Stadium in order to raise awareness for the ‘Intern to Work’ programme and encouraged more businesses to get involved. More than 400 people attended the supported Interns event on the 28th of January including potential interns and their parents, education providers and potential employers. It was an inspiring and emotional day hearing from past interns and how much their placement has benefited them, as well as see them go on to get employment. Stalls were set up from various employers so students and parents could ask questions and find out more about the ‘Intern to Work’ programme.

The event was a great success and hopes to bring a lot more employers onboard the programme that can give young people placement opportunities and give them the confidence they need in finding work.


As Visitor Economy week 2020 quickly approaches. The Albert Dock Charitable Foundation has organised four days of educational tours for young students. Running between the 3rd till the 6th February; a whole host of tenants around the Royal Albert Dock will be opening their doors and showing their spaces to young people from four different schools around Merseyside. It will be the highest number of educational/career tours the foundation has ever done for VE Week. The aim of the tours is to encourage and inform the students on a whole range of different career options looking at how businesses run and explaining certain job roles to encourage future job aspirations among the students. Maray is one of the restaurants taking part in the educational tours in which they will be sharing inspiring and positive stories from their staff members. Others taking part include Rosa’s Thai; explaining how their restaurant works in sustainability and their connection to local people in Thailand. All the tenants involved are offering a range of different expertise and different insights into careers which will be a great opportunity for young people to learn about the process of looking for work placements and job opportunities.
The Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation would like to thank all the following tenants for getting involved:
- TATE Liverpool
- Rosa’s Thai Café
- Liver Tours
- Smaller Earth
- The Holiday Inn Express
- Merseyside Maritime Museum
- Maray
- Gusto Restaurant
- Adventure Dock
- Lunyalita
- Royal Albert Dock Ltd - Events team
- De la Salle Academy
- Calderstones School
- Hillside High school
- Notre Dame Catholic College

The Winter term not only welcomes the frosty weather and the Christmas cheer but a whole host of opportunities for young people within our Mersey region. As well as welcoming into the new year brand new plans and ideas for the Foundation.  

What’s been happening?

October Event – Breakfast Information Session

 The Royal Albert Dock Charitable Foundation sent out an invitation inviting all the businesses around the Albert Dock to learn about what they do and how others can get involved with the Foundation. Listening to success stories from local business around Albert Dock, it allowed others to see how they could engage with the Foundation and what they could offer to support local young people. The event was supported by Clockwise; offering an amazing free venue space, and Gusto providing a complimentary breakfast to all those who came. The event was a great success and saw 42 people attend from various businesses around The Royal Albert Dock.

Jamie Griffin, Managing Director of Joint Rail Projects said: “I thought the event at Clockwise was very well organised, the hospitality was excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening and learning from the various speakers within the Charity. Great morning all round.” 

A presentation was delivered showcasing some areas of work and to encourage new tenants to get involved within the Foundation.  A pledges sheet was given out asking how each business would like to get involved. The event sparked so much interest from new businesses wanting to take part; either engaging with educational/careers tours, student work placements or showing an interest in the ‘Intern to Work’ programme. Many new pledges were received including Maray, Rosa’s Thai and Smaller Earth.


Lauren and Roisin from the Smaller Earth team said: “The presentation outlining the work they have done so far blew us away, and we couldn't wait to get involved. We felt the passion and enthusiasm from everyone involved in the charitable foundation and we at Smaller Earth are now excited to be part of the story. To say that the breakfast morning sparked an incredible partnership is an understatement.”

Who are Smaller Earth?

 Smaller Earth are an organisation that send thousands of young people on work and travel programmes each year. Having 15 offices all around the world, Smaller Earth believe that by inspiring people to go further, they can change the world one person at a time, by providing programs that provide meaningful cultural experiences for young people.