One of Liverpool’s longest established independent Solicitors, Maxwell Hodge, are delighted to announce that their Woolton office have nominated Strawberry Field as their Charity of the Year for 2023.

The branch will support Strawberry Field to help raise funds towards their Steps to Work programme.Steps to Work provides an incredible opportunity for young people in Liverpool with learning difficulties or other barriers to employment, to develop and achieve their goals. The Steps to Work programme reaches out to young adults aged 18-25 with learning difficulties or other barriers to employment through a training hub in the new Strawberry Field centre. Thanks to partnerships with local education providers including The City of Liverpool College and the investment of local businesses and organisations, Steps to Work can offer a 12-18 month programme that combines education and work placements to ensure trainees are truly work ready.’

The programme started on the 15th October 2018, when the first cohort of 8 trainees began their journey into work. Maxwell Hodge Woolton branch is delighted to be supporting this part of the charity, which will make an enormous difference to young people with learning difficulties – helping them to improve their independence, develop their confidence as well as other skills needed to empower them into work.

Maxwell Hodge recently attended at Strawberry Field to present a cheque for £500, to kick start the partnership, which will commence in January 2023.

Claire Banks, Director, said “We very much look forward to working with Strawberry Field throughout 2023. We have already seen first-hand the excellent work, in supporting young people, and the difference it is making.”

Kathleen Versfeld, Mission Director at The Salvation Army, said “We are delighted that Strawberry Field has been appointed Maxwell Hodge’s Charity of the Year in 2023. We would like to thank them for their generous patronage which will help support our Steps to Work programme, which empowers young people with learning difficulties and other barriers to employment to reach their goals.  It will be a pleasure working with them next year.”