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City heads for healthy horizons 2010 is the Year of Health and Wellbeing

About the year The 2010 Year of Health and Wellbeing sees Liverpool Primary Care Trust and the city council teaming-up to encourage people of all ages to actively change their lifestyles for the better. A range of exciting events will help build healthier futures for thousands of people across the city. The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ is the focus for the year - the equivalent to your five fruit and vegetables a day - it shows us how important feeling good is to our overall health.

Connect With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be active Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness

Take notice Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling.

Keep learning Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving.

Families get active! The Year of Health and Wellbeing got off to a flying start with two free events to get local people as fit as a fiddle! The action got underway with a community bike ride. Bikers of all abilities took part, cycling from Lifestyles Walton fitness centre, along the Liverpool Loop Line Trans Pennine Trail and on to the National Wildflower Centre. The following day, Liverpool’s Festival of Health and Activity – run in partnership with SK EVENTS - took place at Lifestyles Tennis Centre in Wavertree. People of all ages joined the festivities, taking part in fitness challenges and trying out new activities. The Tennis Centre was a hive of activity with football, rugby, golf and tennis through to rock climbing, dance, music, arts and crafts, yoga and even cookery demonstrations. And there was a range of information about the city’s lifestyles centres, including the Futures and Seniors schemes which offers free leisure passes to all under 17s and the over 60s. Dr Paula Grey, Director of Public Health for Liverpool said: “Improving health and wellbeing can add years to people’s lives. Our 2010 programme will ensure that our city remains focused

Olivia Murray and Steven Galvin get pedalling at community bike ride

on sustaining healthy lifestyles and will provide clear and structured activities throughout the year. Through working together and understanding the importance of both physical health and mental health, we can set strong foundations to build on.” Councillor Ron Gould, the council’s executive member for health, said: “We are committed to doing all we can to help people improve their health and wellbeing during 2010. These two events were a great way to start the year and showed people how easy it is to get involved in a more active lifestyle.”

Give Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you. Evidence shows that building these actions into your daily life can add 7.5 years to your life!

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2010 landmarks March National No Smoking Day April World Health Day International Day of Dance

May Walk to School Week Women’s 10k Launch of Wellbeing at Work Charter June Liverpool International Tennis Tournament Bike Week National Carers Week

July Shanghai Expo - Month of Culture, Health & Sport

October Alcohol Awareness Week World Mental Health Day

Summer - Action-packed sports programme for young people

November International Conference on Health and Wellbeing

September Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

December World AIDS Day Liverpool Santa Dash

Football giants back health goal

(L-R) Rafa Benitez signs-up to year with Liverpool PCT’s Derek Campbell and Andy Hull and city council’s Robert Lyall

Health Secretary rides into town Andy Burnham MP arrived in Liverpool to hear all about the city’s plans for the year. The Health Secretary was welcomed by Liverpool Primary Care Trust in Wavertree, where he was given a flavour of the initiatives taking place throughout 2010. He met local cyclists before joining children for a lesson in nutrition and fitness on-board the city’s Healthy Schools Bus, run by Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Healthy Schools, and Everton in the Community.

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Liverpool’s two premier league clubs are showing their support for the city’s huge public health campaign. The Reds and Blues are backing the Year of Health and Wellbeing, and have urged everyone to take steps towards healthier lifestyles. Liverpool FC boss Rafa Benitez, said: “Anyone associated with the football industry knows how important diet, exercise and personal wellbeing are to maintain a healthy body and mind but often it is prioritised less because people are leading increasingly busy lives. “2010 is a unique opportunity for the people across the city to stop, reflect, and consider their health and wellbeing. I applaud Liverpool PCT and Liverpool City Council for running this campaign and ensuring the issue remains in people’s consciousness.” Young Everton FC star Jack Rodwell said: “2010 Year of Health and Wellbeing is a great campaign for people across the city to take part in and I am delighted to be supporting it on behalf of Everton Football Club. Any campaign that is designed to increase health awareness is well worth backing and I hope it makes a difference. “Too many young people and adults do not look after themselves properly because

they eat a poor diet or don’t do enough exercise. This campaign will provide people with an opportunity to find out how they can improve the way they feel about themselves and I hope as many as possible get involved.” The support of the two world famous clubs helped the Year of Health and Wellbeing hit the ground running and has paved the way for a year of action-packed activities.

How can you get involved? • By signing-up to the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ pledge or sharing YOUR organisation’s 2010 programme at www.2010healthandwellbeing. org.uk. • By supporting and attending healthy activities in your neighbourhood or ‘badging’ your community events with the official 2010 logo. Issue 61 City magazine

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New Central Library unveiled Exciting new chapter for cultural gem WELCOME to the future… Liverpool people have been given their first, tantalising glimpse into one of the biggest library redevelopments in the UK. A special exhibition at Liverpool Central Library has revealed the stunning, £50 million transformation of the building, which starts in the summer. Plans for the famous library, which currently suffers from damp and a leaking roof, include the full restoration of the Grade II listed parts of the building, which date back to 1850, and the famous Hornby Library and Oak Reading Rooms being fully opened to the public for the first time. The sections behind the façade which were built in the 1950s and 1970s following World War II bomb damage will be demolished and rebuilt to make the most of the available space and create an open and inviting environment. The revamped Central Library will also

include a new home for the Liverpool Record Office which will house 14km of archives and some of the city’s most historic treasures from the last 800 years - such as the original 1207 charter - in purpose built secure, climate-controlled storage. There will also be a new entrance to the main library with a ‘literary pavement’; state-of-the-art IT facilities with double the number of public computers; a conservation studio for repairs to the city’s masterpieces and a new rooftop Atrium and terrace overlooking St John’s Gardens The building is due to close in June 2010, and will take three months to empty completely before construction work begins. Inspire Partnership – appointed by the council to manage the PFI funded contract - helped create the exhibition, and it’s not too late to see it for yourself – it’s open until the end of March.

Craig’s stunning stanzas! A TEENAGER from West Derby has scooped top prize in a poetry competition. Craig Kelly, 15, entered the Poetry of Place competition, inspired by Otterspool – one of his favourite spots in the city. The teenager, who has muscular dystrophy, came top out of 1,300 entries, and is the first ever pupil from a special needs school to win the coveted title. Craig who attends Sandfield Park School, said: “My favourite place is Otterspool and I really enjoyed writing about it – poetry is a brilliant way of expressing yourself.” Literacy Co-ordinator Heather Douglas, who teaches Craig, said “We are all very proud of Craig, it was a well deserved win and I hope it offers encouragement to other special needs schools”. 6

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Craig with proud parents Tracy and Alan, and council leader Warren Bradley

Craig’s wining poem: Otterspool: My favourite place to be Otterspool: my favourite place to be With its pathways, green hills and views The grey mountains in the distance. Sitting with a picnic watching boats go by And seagulls gliding above. The waves from the Mersey splashing gently on the steps Blue sky clouds drifting towards a dark sea Otterspool A beautiful place to be.

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In brief CURRENT AUSTRALIAN OPEN DOUBLES CHAMPIONS the Bryan brothers are on their way to Liverpool. Tennis aces, Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), have been confirmed for the 2010 Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International Tennis Tournament, which takes place at Calderstones Park in June. Tickets are already on sale for the tournament which will once again feature a starstudded line up of top tennis talent. www.liverpooltennis.co.uk

LIVERPOOL TEENS AND PUPILS from St Michael’s Catholic Primary school have transformed a subway from a grot spot to a top spot. The youngsters worked with the council on an underpass below West Derby Road which was filled with litter, broken glass and unpleasant graffiti. They cleaned up and re-painted the underpass before working with an artist to create stunning works of art on the walls. The project was part of the ‘Respect‘ crime and grime busting initiative.

H Having a Ball! ((or two) D DANCE lovers are in for a treat in 2010, because Liverpool is hosting 2 not one, but two spectacular Balls. n

The 2010 Balls will support Liverpool’s Year of Health and Wellbeing

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The Great Hall in St. George’s Hall will sh shine with glitz and glamour in April for the city’s Spring Ball and the end of the th year sees the arrival of a Winter Ball. ye The glittering events follow the muchloved sell-out Balls which took place lo in 2009 and the Viennese Ball in 2008, which became one of the highlights of w Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year. Li ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ stars will delight the audience with a showcase of de their talent and flair – and they will be th joined by guest singers, a swing orchestra jo and a special host for the evening. But an the stars of the show will be the public th as they take to the dance floor and show they can trip the light fantastic. th The Spring Ball 2010 takes place on Saturday 17th April 2010, with the date Sa of the Winter Ball to be confirmed soon. Tickets: ACC Live Hotline on 0844 8000 400; www.echoarena.com 80

SHOPPERS AT LIVERPOOL’S MARKETS can be safe in the knowledge they are buying the genuine article, thanks to a groundbreaking deal. The city council and Geraud, who operate the city’s markets, are the first in the country to sign up to the ‘Real Deal Charter’. It means stallholders across the city must display a notice which gives details of who is running the stall and shows publicly that they are committed to not selling counterfeit goods, illegal alcohol or tobacco or pornography.

FILM AFICIONADOS can look forward to an exciting festival in April, taking place in Liverpool for the first time. Moves - International Festival of Movement on Screen takes place at the Bluecoat from 21 to 25 April 2010. It is the largest exhibition platform in the UK for experimental short film and new media and features international screenings, talks, interactive installations, workshops and live events. Visit www.movementonscreen.org.uk for more information. Issue 61 City magazine

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Charities p-p-pick up a fortune! Liverpool’s Go Penguins have brought a smile to thousands of faces – and they’ve now raised thousands of pounds for charity. February saw the city pay a fond farewell to our feathered friends with a massively popular penguin send-off exhibition at St George’s Hall, attended by 4,000 people. A total of 63 of the vividly designed public art creations then attracted flocks of bids from Penguin lovers at an internet charity auction to find them new homes. Backed by TV entertainer Paul O’Grady, comedian Ken Dodd and the cast of Hollyoaks, the auction raised £40,000 for the Lord Mayor’s charities, the Echo’s children’s charity Liverpool Unites; and the World Wildlife Fund. Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Storey, said: “Go Penguins has been a huge success and I was delighted to see them given the send off they deserved as well as leaving such a great legacy for many deserving causes.’’

Ken Dodd comes face-to-face with his penguin pal, ‘Pen-Dodd’, joined by Lord Mayor Mike Storey and penguin creator Lee O’Brien

Sparkling new lunette looks down on Council leader Warren Bradley and Windsor Street Primary School pupils

Picture perfect A CENTURY-OLD mural masterpiece unseen for more than 50 years has been given a new lease of life thanks to the £1.3 million restoration of Toxteth library. The 28 foot long, 8 foot high work of art, originally unveiled at the library in 1903 in a blaze of publicity after being exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, had darkened with age to the point that its neo-classical depiction of knowledge handed down by the gods of culture had become completely obscured. Thanks to a Lottery Grant, the ‘lunette’, created by locally trained artists W Alison Martin and Clinton Balmer, has been painstakingly restored and can now take pride of place again in the Grade II listed building after a year-long renovation. The grant from the Big Lottery Fund has also funded repairs including restoration of Edwardian features such as the original sash windows and radiators, along with the creation of new study areas, meeting rooms, exhibition space, a refreshment area and performance space. The library, originally opened in 1902, also includes new computers and Wi-Fi internet access as well many new books.

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Liverpool scores! LIVERPOOL has been chosen as a Host City for England’s 2018 World Cup Bid. The news has been hailed as equal to ‘a cup victory the whole city can enjoy’. It is estimated that if England win the rights to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a Host City can expect to benefit from a £200 million boost to its economy. Based on the theme of One City One Goal, Liverpool’s 259-page bid document focused on the city’s world class tourism and cultural offer, Liverpool FC’s intention to build new stadia and a programme to encourage more people of all abilities to either play or coach the game. It also included detailed plans of Fan Fest Sites, a four-year themed programme to 2018, legacy projects and the creation of celebration squares on match days at key city centre locations. Everton Captain Phil Neville, who has won 59 England Caps, said: ‘’This is great news for a great footballing city. Any football tournament in this country without this city involved would be unthinkable. Let’s hope that England now wins the bid.’’ Steven Gerrard, Liverpool Captain and England Vice-Captain, said: ‘Liverpool is such a historic footballing city. I’m not surprised we’ve been chosen.’’ England will put forward its official bid in May 2010 and FIFA will announce the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup in December 2010.

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Game-on LIVERPOOL is limbering up to host the 17th UK Corporate Games - a multisport festival dedicated to sport, business and tourism. From 13-16 May, thousands of ‘Weekend Sports Warriors’ - representing hundreds of organisations from both Merseyside and throughout the UK - will be competing in 23 sports orts at venues across the city. It’s your chance to take part in Europe’s largest corporate multisport festival. You can create your own team, tiny or tremendous, building confidence, loyalty, fitness and team spirit along the way! Teams can be made up of employees, clients, family and friends. The Games is open to all, with no restriction on age or ability. When not

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LIVERPOOL is bidding to be England’s first UNESCO City of Music.

on th the field, ld athletes thl t can relax l att the Great Games Party, a night that will attract thousands to the BT Convention Centre after the Grand Parade of Athletes around the Echo Arena. Why not join in? For more details, call 01733 380 888; email doug@ corporate-games.com or visit www.corporate-games.com. The Official Charity of the Games is Cancer Research UK.

Led by Liverpool City Council, in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and other key music organisations, a massive four month mapping exercise of Liverpool’s music offer is underway, before the city officially hands in its bid in Spring 2010. If Liverpool wins the prestigious prize - which honours cities which have a great musical heritage and a commitment to promoting their music offer – the city would join an exclusive club of just four other UNESCO cities of music. Liverpool’s bid already has support from the music industry, with the steering group made up of influential players across the city. And more than 100 music maestros arrived in the city in January to share ideas on developing the city’s bid - including music chiefs from Glasgow, which received UNESCO City of Music status in 2008. Issue 61 City magazine

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A show to float your boat A MAJOR new boat show is being held in Liverpool in 2011. The Liverpool Boat Show takes place from 29 April to 8 May in the surroundings of the historic Albert Dock. It is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and inject millions of pounds into the city’s economy. Liverpool City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency, The Mersey Partnership and the new Liverpool Waterfront Partnership are all backing the plan. The show has secured major funding from the European Union and the support of 80 key industry exhibitors. Guinness, Virgin Trains and Eastern Airways are among the event’s sponsors. Liverpool City Council Leader, Councillor Warren Bradley, said: “Liverpool is now one of the number one tourist destinations in the UK and we and our partners have pledged our firm commitment to the show’s organisers to help them deliver what will become one of the most successful events of its kind in Europe. “Our experience as a spectacularly successful European Capital of Culture, combined with the city’s compelling proposition as a commercial and tourist hub, means we are uniquely placed to deliver an event like this, capitalising on the city’s fantastic maritime heritage and assets.” Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Joe Anderson, said: “As someone whose life is intertwined with the sea – like countless Liverpudlians - I can’t think of a better way to showcase the city’s unique maritime heritage and architecturally stunning waterfront. “The Liverpool Boat show will see the Mersey at its best. It will be a magnificent spectacle, enjoyed by many thousands of people, from Liverpool and around the country.”

Kitty Wilkinson

Saint of the slums honoured A PIONEERING figure in public health is to be the first woman commemorated by a statue in St George’s Hall. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Kitty Wilkinson. She arrived in Liverpool at the age of three from Londonderry and became one of the most important figures in the history of public health in the city. Known as the “Saint of the Slums”, Kitty’s work included opening the first public washhouse in the country and playing a pivotal role in teaching people that cholera was linked to dirty water. Despite her achievements there are few memorials to her in the city - but that is to be rectified with the commission of a marble statue by a leading sculptor. There are 12 marble statues surrounding the Great Hall depicting

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Victorian and Edwardian men. A number of niches, where the statues stand, have remained empty since the last one was completed in 1911. A shortlist of sculptors is currently being drawn up from those who have expressed interest. It is anticipated that the final choice will be made in April. It is hoped descendants of Kitty Wilkinson will take part in the selection procedure. Kitty is the first of three famous Liverpool women who will be commemorated with statues at the Hall. Social reformers Josephine Butler and Eleanor Rathbone will be the subject of future works. Councillor Flo Clucas, the City Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “Kitty Wilkinson’s story is one of unbelievable determination, courage and selflessness. In Liverpool’s Year of Health and Wellbeing there could not be a finer person to be honoured.” www.liverpool.gov.uk


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In brief LOCAL PEOPLE are being told to get on their bikes! Cycle Speke is encouraging everyone to take up cycling to boost health and fitness and help improve access to jobs, training, education, leisure and shopping. The project offers a range of cycling activities and guides, including ‘Cycling Sundays’ - led bike rides exploring Speke and Liverpool. For further information on the project, or to get involved, visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/ cyclespeke or call Claudia Stuerck, Cycle Speke Officer, on 0151 233 8303.

Super Highway code! THOUSANDS of Liverpool schoolchildren have become safer surfers thanks to a new booklet. Liverpool City Council has sent every school in the city a copy of its new ‘E-Safety Super-Highway Code’, the first guidance booklet of its kind in the city. The colourful, easy-to-read guide passes on information, advice, and tips to teaching staff and young people about how to stay safe on-line, as well as providing information on national e-safety policy and procedure. And young people from the city have taken word about the new guide direct to the government’s internet safety tsar.

Pupils from King David Primary and Notre Dame and St John Bosco Secondary Schools travelled to Westminster to meet with Professor Tanya Byron, show her the guide and share their ideas about e-safety. Professor Byron, author of the 2008 Byron Review - investigating internet safety for young people - has also invited Liverpool schoolchildren to submit illustrations around E-Safety for inclusion in her 2010 review. Liverpool’s E-Safety Super-Highway Code is supported by the city council and the Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board.

Calling all Triathletes! LOCAL people are being urged to get on their bikes, don their running shoes and take the plunge for the 2010 Liverpool Triathlon. Organisers are hoping to make this year’s event, on Sunday 27 June, the biggest and best yet. Taking place once more at Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront, the Triathlon features a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride

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and 10km run. And it’s not just for experienced athletes – almost half who took part last year were completing their first triathlon. For those who feel happier focusing on one event there is the team relay, completed last year by the Three Mayors (pictured). So pick your favour and find two friends to join you! Entry forms and more information at www.LiverpoolTriathlon.co.uk or by calling 01451 605007.

DOOR STAFF at nine bars in Liverpool are wearing head-cams as part of a new drive to make the city safer. The miniature cameras record pictures and sound and are designed to reduce drink-fuelled violence, and provide crucial evidence if a crime is committed. It is hoped the heads cams - part of the city’s Licensees Watch initiative – will be extended to premises across the city centre. A LEADING SUPERMARKET is helping crack down on underage drinking. Sainsbury’s in Woolton Village is the first in the city to encourage its staff to wear t-shirts emblazoned with the message ‘Can you afford a £5,000 hangover?’ The aim is to let adults who buy alcohol for youngsters know that they could face a £5,000 fine if caught. It is the latest part of an on-going campaign run by Liverpool’s Trading Standards team and its Alcohol and Tobacco Unit, Liverpool Primary Care Trust and Merseyside Police.

IF YOU ARE A LOW INCOME FAMILY in receipt of certain benefits, you could qualify for a grant to buy a computer and/or a minimum of one years’ internet access. The government’s ‘Home Access’ programme targets families that do not have access to a computer or the internet at home. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, call 0333 200 1004 or visit www.homeaccess.org.uk/information. Issue 61 City magazine

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Opportunities gateway opens The final countdown has begun to Shanghai World Expo 2010. Liverpool is the only UK city to take part in the prestigious event, seen as the business equivalent of the Olympics. City reports on the plans to showcase Liverpool’s regeneration, culture and heritage and connect with new markets in the world’s most important emerging economy… THE FINAL touches are being put to Liverpool’s Pavilion for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The Pavilion will shine a spotlight on the city’s assets and strengths for millions of visitors attending one of the world’s biggest events. Liverpool is the only UK city to have a dedicated presence at the World Expo. Its participation is being led by Liverpool Vision in partnership with Liverpool City Council, the Liverpool-Shanghai Partnership and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). The World Expo runs between 1 May and 31 October and will attract around 70 million visitors. It is regarded as a once-ina-generation opportunity to consolidate existing and forge new relationships in the world’s emerging markets and is predicted to deliver up to £50 million in benefits to

Liverpool and the North West over the next decade. Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley said: “The designs and concepts behind the Pavilion are a true reflection of the city, drawing on its maritime, musical and sporting heritage, as well as its wider cultural offer. “The Pavilion also reflects and illustrates the amazing regeneration which has taken place here in Liverpool, where we have married old and new whilst winning official World Heritage Site status at the same time. “The Shanghai Expo offers significant long-term opportunities for trade, investment and tourism for the city, and it is vital that we present the region’s assets and opportunities in an imaginative way to capitalise on this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“The Shanghai Expo offers significant long-term opportunities for trade, investment and tourism for the city, and it is vital that we present the region’s assets and opportunities in an imaginative way to capitalise on this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The lead sponsor of the Liverpool Pavilion is Peel Holdings, which has interests in ports, airports, renewable energy, media and property development across the North West. A number of themes will be addressed by Liverpool’s Pavilion during the Expo. They are: • Urban regeneration, energy, sustainability and the environment • Advanced technology and science • Culture, health and sport • The Knowledge Sector • Professional services • Liverpool: the gateway to the North West (ports, airports and property development) The Expo takes place every four years and is an opportunity for participants to showcase investment opportunities and cultural distinctiveness to an international audience.

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There will be four distinct areas to the Liverpool Pavilion: • Entrance Visitors will enter through a queuing system where they will experience the sound and imagery of a number of the city’s defining characteristics, including sport and music.

• Auditorium Visitors will enter an auditorium to enjoy their virtual cruise from Shanghai to Liverpool and the North West. This is a 10-minute 3D film which will highlight the region’s spectacular culture, business know-how, achievements and natural and built environments. When the film is finished, visitors will exit the auditorium and pass into the exhibition and event area.

Shang High MORE than 60 high school students are to be flown across the world to act as ambassadors for the city of Liverpool during the World Expo. Two young people from every secondary school in the city have been chosen to go to Shanghai and take part in the global event. The Liverpool Expo Children’s Delegation is the idea of city council leader Warren

Bradley, who said he wanted Liverpool’s presence at the Expo to deliver long term benefits for young people in the city. The youngsters, who are all in Year 10 at secondary school, will go out to Shanghai in five delegations for a week at a time during the Expo. Once there, they will spend some time every day in the Liverpool Pavilion at the Expo, greeting visitors and talking to them about their home city.

Council leader Warren Bradley with city’s young ambassadors

• Exhibition and event area This area includes ‘experience pods’ about sport, music and the North West; and two multimedia walls which will display a range of information and imagery. The hi-tech Sport pod will enable visitors to take virtual penalties against a Merseyside goalkeeper, while visitors to the Music pod will be able to play the new Beatles: Rock Band video game.

• VIP area This area, over two floors, will be for the use of corporate sponsors and city representatives to entertain VIP guests and conduct business meetings. The Pavilion is 25 metres long by 18.5 metres wide – about the size of a five-a-side football pitch.

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The city vision… one year on A new vision for the city was unveiled in March 2009 by Liverpool First, the city’s local strategic partnership. The vision, ‘Liverpool 2024: a thriving international city’ was developed with residents who attended a series of Your City, Your Neighbourhood, Your Say’ events in November 2007, and city centre and local library consultation events in 2008. Liverpool 2024 focuses on five key themes; Competitiveness, Connectivity, Distinctive Sense of Place, Thriving Neighbourhoods and Health and Wellbeing. In the first of a series of articles about the vision, Liverpool First’s Chair for Economic Growth, John Kelly explains the work which is going on to create a more competitive Liverpool.

In times of financial uncertainty, building a competitive city is vitally important. In Liverpool, we are focusing on two key areas - increased sustainable wealth creation, jobs and businesses; and a larger more skilled workforce through improved skills and qualifications. Liverpool First’s members, which include organisations such as Jobcentre Plus, LCVS and Connexions have already made a great deal of progress, increasing investment in major developments - such as Liverpool ONE and the Echo Arena and BT Convention Centre – which are bringing employment and trade into the city. Other areas of progress include the launch in September 2009 of the Liverpool Business Lifeline website, aimed at providing useful advice and guidance for businesses affected by the economic downturn. It pulls together information on the services available from the city’s major business support providers.

accessing level 2 qualifications between 2006 and 2008. The number of people accessing Skills for Life has increased by 9 per cent, and business support schemes such as Step Clever operating in North Liverpool have assisted 364 businesses and 67 new start ups. And up to 1,500 new jobs could be created in Liverpool alone with the start of the Future Jobs Fund, announced last October. This is a government-backed initiative, targeting 18-24s which is run through Jobcentre Plus, as part of the ‘Backing Young Britain’ campaign. Our aim by 2024 is that Liverpool will be competitive on the world stage. To do this we require a sustainable business sector and a dynamic and thriving charity and voluntary sector. It needs to be supported by a workforce drawn from citizens who have a lifelong learning ambition and competitive levels of aptitude and skills. Together, we’re getting there.

The city’s priorities for the next 14 years are… Competitiveness To make Liverpool a better place to do business, ensuring our children receive high-class education and opportunities for training and improving life skills.

Connectivity To reduce congestion, ensuring Liverpool maintains an excellent transport network and links to world markets through digital technology, the airport and its ports.

Distinctive Sense of Place To improve Liverpool’s cultural offer, making it a major tourist destination of choice, and a place where local people have access to high quality, affordable housing.

Thriving Neighbourhoods To reduce Liverpool’s impact on climate change, crime and fear of crime, creating more cohesive communities and a place where local services are more responsive to local peoples’ needs.

Health and Wellbeing To improve health and care services for all city residents through more responsive services and better facilities, whilst providing opportunities for independent living.

Useful links liverpoolfirst.org.uk liverpoolbusinesslifeline.com stepclever.co.uk jobcentreplus.gov.uk

Building knowlege Progress has also been made in the growth of opportunities within Liverpool’s knowledge economy – a term referring to key employers such as the city’s universities, Liverpool Science Park on Edge Lane and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Collectively organisations in these areas now employ over 14,000 people and bring over £1bn a year into the local economy. Another key area of focus is the opportunity for local people to increase skills and improve opportunities for employment. Local skills providers have made good headway in this area and achieved a 35 per cent increase in those 14

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Council tax freeze Council tax in Liverpool is to be frozen over the next year. The budget agreed at a full meeting of the city council will see a zero per cent increase in the local authority element of bills in 2010/11. The freeze will be achieved by a range of measures, including reducing senior management costs, bringing in additional sponsorship to pay for cultural events and making savings on contracts due to the low level of ination. The ďŹ nal council tax bill will include police and ďŹ re authority precepts, which are beyond the control of the city council. Your council tax helps pay for services such as schools, community centres, street lighting and cleansing, youth and sports centres, social care for vulnerable people, libraries and collecting and disposing of waste. It also pays for police and ďŹ re and rescue services, civil defence and public transport.

Valuing sta, valuing customers Liverpool City Council has introduced a new set of values to guide sta and members in their day-to-day work. Developed by a joint oďŹƒcer and member group, the values aim to help council sta and councillors work more eectively together and deliver better services for the people of the city. They include a focus on clear communication and respect and courtesy at all times – both within the council and to the public. Liverpool City Council’s Chief Executive, Colin Hilton, said: “It’s vital that as a council, we take pride in the work we do and are guided by values of integrity, transparency and responsibility. “Everything we do is driven by the needs of Liverpool’s citizens, and these new values reaďŹƒrm our commitment to work as an eective, customer-focused organisation, well equipped to provide the best possible services.â€? Look out for posters containing the new values at One Stop Shops and other council buildings across the city. You can also see the values – along with the council’s overall vision and aims – by visiting www.liverpool.gov.uk and typing ‘vision and values’ into the search box.

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Our vision Liverpool City Council is committed to working in par tnership from a of sound financial and basis strategic planning to ach ieve a thriving interna city that can compete tional on a world stage as a place to live, work and visit.

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Who cares? Liverpool does! Social care in Liverpool is ‘excellent’ by Paul Johnston ADULT social care in Liverpool has been graded ‘excellent’ by the government’s independent inspectors. In a glowing new report, the Care Quality Commission heaps praise on the “highly effective leadership” and “ambitious vision”. It concludes that the council is performing “strongly” in providing services “that enable people to improve and manage their own health and wellbeing”. One of the reasons for the improved grading is the massive increase in the number of people who are now able to manage their own social care budgets. More than 1,200 residents now receive direct payments, enabling them to spend their social care budget as they wish, under the council’s Personalisation scheme. Craig Lundberg says the new approach to social care has given him back his independence

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A service fit for heroes Among them is Craig Lundberg, aged 24, who lost his sight in 2007 whilst serving in Basra with the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment on his second tour of duty. He was referred to social services by the welfare officer at St Dunstan’s, the charity for visually impaired and blind exservicemen and women. Previously, he would have been offered fixed services such as going to a day centre or having a carer pop round to cook meals for him. Now, because the city council builds services around the needs of individuals, he is able to use direct payments to employ a personal assistant, who helps him with his busy life. This includes running a business, playing football for the England blind national football squad and recently climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Help for Heroes. Craig said: “The social worker who assessed me offered me the choice of direct payments, and they have given me back my independence. It has taken the pressure off my girlfriend and family in day-to-day activities by using my allocated hours when I need them. “It takes the frustration and pressure away from me knowing there is someone there to assist me with day-to-day activities such as keeping on top of my bills, dealing with paperwork, driving me to appointments, and meeting people basically being my eyes.” Councillor Ron Gould, executive member for health, care and safeguarding, said: “This praise from the Care Quality Commission endorses the work we are doing to put people right at the heart of everything we do. “Instead of imposing services on people, we now give them a choice and allow them to decide what they want and how they get it.” The council has been scored as ‘excellent’ in four out of seven judgment areas, while in three others it is graded as performing ‘well’. It puts the council in the top 20 per cent of councils in the country. The report also highlights areas to work on, including developing an integrated approach to service delivery; providing a wide range of volunteering opportunities for residents and ensuring the timely completion of safeguarding cases.

DID YOU KNOW? • More than 3,000 people receive home care through the city council - and 93 per cent of those surveyed last year were satisfied with it • 10,500 care packages are set up every year • 2,900 people receive residential and nursing care • 120 people have been given Telecare equipment over the last 12 months, helping them continue living at home in safety rather than going into a care home • More than 1,000 people in Liverpool now manage their own social care budgets

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MyWar A new exhibition at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is taking a radically personal look at conflict, at a time of global unrest. Featuring the work of 12 international artists, MyWar investigates the reality of conflict and the ways web technologies have infiltrated global wars. The exhibition, which runs from 12 March – 30 May, includes a thought provoking commission – Version - from Turkish artist Oliver Laric; and video pieces by Belgian filmmaker Sarah Vanagt and Turner Prize nominated artist Phil Collins, which highlight the activities of young people in places of conflict. As part of the exhibition, FACT will invite people to join in with an interactive campaign where you can talk about and share your thoughts and experiences of war. And there will be a related programme of film screenings and events. For more information, or to find out how you can get involved, visit www.fact.co.uk or call 0151 707 4450.

Oliver Laric’s ‘Version’

Press, prod and sniff your way around our new interactive exhibition and discover how all life on Earth depends upon plants!

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visitors

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“The last decade has seen Liverpool undergo one of the biggest transformations enjoyed by any city in recent times. There is a determination that Liverpool will forge ahead with its regeneration through strong leadership and partnership working. Our presence at this year’s World Expo 2010 in Shanghai – the only UK city to be represented – gives us a great opportunity to attract more tourists and students, further investment and showcase Liverpool to the world.” Councillor Gary Millar, Executive Member, Enterprise and Tourism.

Knowledge Quarter Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter is growing in importance. It generates £1 billion for the city each year, supporting 14,000 full-time jobs, around 7% of the Liverpool total.

Stepclever

Did You Know? Liverpool is the third largest centre for wealth management in the UK.

Transforming 6 key areas of north Liverpool and south Sefton into a place for a new generation of entrepreneurs and successful/outward looking businesses. Stepclever inspires individuals and businesses to access an innovative range of free, quality services that will enable them to start up a new business or develop an existing one.

Supporting Business The City Council works with partners including Liverpool Vision, the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses to provide a range of support and advice to businesses, whether established firms or new enterprises. The Liverpool Business Lifeline, www.liverpoolbusinesslifeline.com is a website which brings together advice from major business support providers to help companies in the current economic downturn.

Major Schemes 2009 saw some £400million worth of schemes completed in the city centre, while at the start of 2010 there is already £440million worth of major schemes currently on site for completion later this year and into 2011.

Jobs Growth Liverpool has shown a higher growth rate in the number of jobs in the last decade than the national average. The Annual Business Inquiry survey reveals that between 1998-2008, Liverpool’s total number of jobs grew by 12.4%.


Future Jobs Fund Liverpool City Region has been successful in bidding for the funding to create 2,570 jobs as part of the Future Jobs Fund programme.

Firms Move In Despite the recession Liverpool is still proving to be an attractive location for companies. Major relocations include shipping line Maersk Line and B&M Retail (who are making Liverpool their new national HQ and distribution centre).

Blockbuster What do Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and John Lennon have in common? Answer – they all contributed to a record-breaking year for Liverpool City Council’s Liverpool Film Office. Nowhere Boy, the Lennon biopic, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes and scenes from the latest Harry Potter blockbuster – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - were among the 250 productions filmed in the city during 2009.

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The City Council and its partners have developed the Liverpool Apprentice Programme with the aim of seeing one in five young people take up an apprenticeship by 2020. The programme will see apprentices taken on within the council while partner organisations and other employers are encouraged to increase their apprenticeship offers.


What’s next? Liverpool is regenerating, but there is still more to do... Culture Highlights, yes we are officially the best Capital of Culture ever, but 2010 will see another fantastic cultural programme in Liverpool including a 12-month celebration of dance; a One City One Goal football tournament, part of the 2018 World Cup bid; On The Waterfront festival of dance, maritime and art alongside Tate’s Picasso exhibition; the Mathew Street Music Festival (www.visitliverpool.com) and with hundreds of grassroots events taking place with highlights such as the Four Corners project. The city’s infrastructure will see high-quality developments – through the Building Schools for the Future programme, new hospitals and health centres, the major schemes to improve Edge Lane and Hall Lane and the programme of district centre improvements such as those at Great Homer Street, along with the third phase of Liverpool One and the taking forward of the hugely ambitious Liverpool Waters proposal. We are strengthening our strategic links with our key city partners via Liverpool First (www.liverpoolfirst.org.uk) to maximise the city’s remarkable success and growth.

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floorspace will be increased 50% by 2011 and there will be major improvements to the infrastructure of the Knowledge Quarter. Support for job creation and business support will continue and we aim to increase the employment rate and new business growth, closing the gap with the North West.

For further information Liverpool City Council www.liverpool.gov.uk T: 0151 233 3000 Liverpool Vision www.liverpoolvision.co.uk T: 0151 600 2900 World Expo 2010 www.liverpoolshanghai2010.com T: 0151 600 2900

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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce www.liverpoolchamber.org.uk T: 0151 227 1234 Business Link NW www.businesslink.gov.uk T: 0845 0066 888 Federation of Small Businesses www.fsb.org.uk T: 01253 336 000 Stepclever www.stepclever.co.uk T: 0800 030 4376 Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services www.lcvs.org.uk T: 0151 227 5177 Social Enterprise Network www.sen.org.uk T: 0151 666 6510 Liverpool School for Entrepreneurs www.sse.org.uk T: 0151 709 4356 ext. 2210 Liverpool Arts Regeneration Consortium www.larc.uk.com Tel: 0151 210 2926 Arts and Culture Network www.lcvs.org.uk


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Are you up for the Cup? Kick-off is approaching for an exciting new event celebrating Liverpool’s cultural diversity and footballing heritage.

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The Liverpool World Cup comes to Lifestyles Walton, on Walton Hall Avenue, 22 and 23 May - and you can be part of it! The 7-a-side tournament for over 16s will take on an international ‘World Cup’ format, with people forming ‘national’ teams based upon their cultural backgrounds. The aim is for each team to include at least four players with origins in the country they are representing. As well as the battle for the coveted Liverpool World Cup

trophy, there will be a festival atmosphere throughout the weekend, with a range of activities taking place. Younger players can take part in training sessions run by Liverpool and Everton FC coaching staff or enjoy soccer skills demonstrations, and there will be cultural food, dance and music on offer, as well as a wealth of information about healthy living. The event aims to bring communities together, celebrate Liverpool’s success in becoming a Host City for England’s 2018 World Cup bid and support Liverpool’s Year of Health and Wellbeing. If you would like to enter a team or contribute to the cultural festival, e-mail cohesion@liverpool.gov.uk.

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Stop Hate! Liverpool City Council, through the emergency services and other agencies, is funding work to stop Hate Crime in its tracks

What is hate crime? People commit hate crimes because they are unable to accept that everybody is different. Their inability to understand difference – such as disability; race; religion or belief; gender identity; and sexual orientation causes them to commit crimes against a person or property. Hate Crimes stop people being able to live their daily lives. Victims talk of having to change their usual route to school or the local shops, to avoid the perpetrators. They may become stressed or depressed, and often feel like prisoners inside their own homes – or have to move away from the area to stop it happening.

What are we doing to tackle it? Liverpool City Council is working in partnership with the emergency services, Victim Support and other groups to: • Hold hate crime JAGs (Joint Agency Groups) to support victims, tackle perpetrators and share information • Provide enhanced security measures for victims including firebags and toughened glass • Run crime awareness sessions for Black and other Minority Ethnic business owners • Deliver educational resources for young people on racism and homophobia through the ‘It’s Not OK’ programme • Develop a draft hate crime policy, setting out how officers and elected members will deal with reports of hate crimes. You can comment on the new policy document until 15 March 2010, by visiting the ‘consultations’ section at www.liverpool.gov.uk

How can you help? Everyone has the right to be different, and it is not acceptable for people to be attacked because of who they are. Anyone who experiences or hears about a hate crime should report it, either to the Police or to Stop Hate UK. Reports are used to help victims, bring perpetrators to justice, and influence our work to stop hate crime. 24

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Tackling prejudice HOMOPHOBIC bullying in schools has reduced since the introduction of a hard hitting film and education programme. ‘Denial’ is a powerful account of the issue written by Liverpool writer Shaun Duggan, who has worked on scripts for Eastenders, Waterloo Road and Brookside. It forms part of the pioneering It’s Not OK programme - which has seen youngsters teaming up with Liverpool Film Academy to create specially commissioned films. They are used - alongside lesson plans and work books - as part of the curriculum in schools. Since it was introduced, the latest survey of bullying in schools shows homophobia has become less of a problem. The It’s Not OK programme is has now moved on to tackle racism through a film called Senseless, which has been written by Hollyoaks writer Maurice Bessman

Childwall Sports College have been running a pilot project using this pack as part of their English Literature course. English teacher Joanne Stevens said: “Senseless is a great product, it has helped

Quelling the fires of hate Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are supporting people who have suffered an arson attack or have been threatened with fire as a weapon. Arson Reduction Advocates from the Arson Task Force have developed a Hate Crime Fire Risk Assessment package which involves fitting smoke detectors, fire resistant letter box bags and drawing up a planned escape route. One victim was referred by the council’s Vulnerable Victims Unit after the ex-partner threatened to attack both victim and the family home. Their car had previously been set on fire and the victim was extremely upset and very frightened. An Arson Reduction Advocate carried out an assessment of the home; fitted a letter box bag and

smoke alarms; and completed a Home Fire Safety Check with the victim, including making an escape plan in case a fire occurred. The Advocate also referred the case to Merseyside Police Crime Prevention Officers who fitted bomb blast film to vulnerable windows and installed a panic alarm. Karen Hughes, who heads up the Arson Task Force, said: “It doesn’t matter why a person feels they are being victimized, if arson plays a part in that victimization we take it seriously and do all we can to make them safer in their homes. We will work with other agencies to make this happen and provide the support needed.” Last year, the Task Force completed 682 risk assessments which included victim referrals from a wide array of partner agencies. www.liverpool.gov.uk


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Did you know?… • Victims of hate crime in Liverpool can report incidents by text, email and online. The text, email and online services at www.stophateuk.org run alongside the Stop Hate UK 24-hour helpline – 0800 138 1625. • Liverpool provides a specialist hate crime support service through ‘Victim Support Merseyside’ which offers practical and emotional support to victims in person or by phone – 0151 343 4025 • Merseyside Police has set up a specialist team – SIGMA - to investigate hate crime. For details of SIGMA’s neighbourhood surgeries, or to speak to an officer about hate crime, please call 0151 709 6010 and ask for your local Sigma Unit

young people to think about racism and the way it affects lives in our schools.” An evaluation of the Childwall pilot has found that it has helped lead to a 17 per cent decrease in people believing that

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service protect people by fitting fire resistant letter box bags

staying quiet is the best way to deal with racism. More than 300 trainee teachers have also been given a copy of the pack which will enable them to use it in the curriculum.

Making WAVES for victims A pioneering scheme to help and support victims and witnesses who are being intimidated is available in five areas of Liverpool. The Making WAVES (Witness and Victim Encouragement and Support) was originally set up in north Everton, and has now been extended to cover Croxteth and Norris Green, Speke and Garston, Toxteth and Anfield. It brings together housing associations, Victim Support, Merseyside Police, the city council and others to provide tailored support for people who are targeted by anti social behaviour or other forms of intimidation. A typical example could be a family who are victims of racial abuse and have had

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• The ‘Mersey Marauders’ football team offers gay men the opportunity to play matches in a supportive and inclusive environment. Their kit is emblazoned with the Stop Hate UK logo, to help raise awareness about hate crime reporting and promote the club in the community. www.mmfootball.co.uk

graffiti daubed on their house, or had their car vandalised. Councillor Marilyn Fielding, executive member for safer, stronger communities, said: “The WAVES projects are giving people the confidence to come forward, give evidence and the schemes are helping secure convictions.” For more information, contact Sarah Anson, neighbourhood crime and justice co-ordinator on 0151 225 4826.

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SPRING 2010

Year of the Environment Special Issue 1

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES • PUBLIC PROTECTION • PARKS & GREEN SPACES

Green light for a green future The Year of the Environment may be over, but Liverpool’s ‘green dream’ lives on. City reports on an exciting two-year project, ‘Greening the City’, which will get thousands of local people involved in improving their environment. Liverpool continues to develop plans to place local people at the heart of creating a cleaner, greener city. ‘Greening the City’ is a programme aimed at supporting community environmental activities, bringing local neglected spaces back into use, promoting planting on public and private land and getting residents involved in local land management and food production. The three-year, half a million pound programme is a key part of the city’s aims to create a greener local environment, improving residents’ quality of life and helping the city adapt to the effects of climate change. The ‘Greening the City’ programme for 2010 aims to build on some of the successes of 2009, which included: • The handing out of £50,000 in community grants for small-scale

environmental projects, community gardening and food growing initiatives. • The funding of allotment recovery works, helping bring plots back into to use, reducing waiting lists and increasing the number of allotment holders in the city. • A community workshop looking at best practice in community land management. It saw the council working with local people to explore how they could take on the management of neglected or underused spaces, to make them greener, more attractive and better used. The city council’s executive member for the environment, Councillor Berni Turner, said: “Greening the City is building on the momentum created by the Year of the Environment. It’s about us empowering communities and helping them play a central role in improving their environment. “I’m looking forward to us delivering many more fantastic projects during 2010 which fully involve local people in creating a more sustainable future for Liverpool.”

Liverpool City Council is also leading - and joining - a range of other green projects throughout 2010 – including: • Signing-up to the Clinton Climate initiative, which aims to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change • Pledging to reduce 10 per cent of the city’s carbon footprint in 2010 by signing up to the national 10:10 project • Signing-up to the Carbon Trust’s Local Authority Carbon Management programme, to deliver key energy and carbon saving initiatives • Recycling the city’s street sweepings and litter bin waste • Increasing the number of recycling pods on the city’s streets • Introducing a food waste collection scheme • Developing plans to introduce a ‘Carbon Card’, a reward scheme for environmentally friendly businesses and residents. For more on the city’s green future, visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/environment


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Making other cities green with envy! Liverpool’s Year of the Environment 2009 saw the city making great strides towards becoming more sustainable. Here’s your look back on a truly momentous year which sowed the seeds for a greener future for Liverpool… Last year was Liverpool’s Year of the Environment and throughout the year residents, businesses, schools and community groups wowed the city council by going that extra green mile. More than 1,000 green events took place in Liverpool and the surrounding region, co-ordinated by Liverpool City Council and delivered by a wide range of organisations. Tens of thousands of people made green pledges and hundreds of businesses signed up to become green ambassadors. Merseytravel encouraged people to make the most of public transport, Peel Energy invested £15 million on a waterfront wind farm and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce produced the Little Green Book which gave more than one thousand businesses advice on how to improve their green credentials. Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services awarded community groups across the city a massive £50,000 to develop green projects. A community garden was

When it came to protecting the environment, Liverpool showed it meant business during 2009.

developed in Kensington and a resident’s association in Fazakerley used their £500 grant to buy tools and seeds in order to grow vegetables in a local allotment plot. Young people played a big part in the celebrations, with 10,000 schoolchildren across the city launching the year, from experiencing a day without electricity to making sculptures out of recycled materials and from designing posters with a green message to making draught excluders. Holly Lodge Girls School brought World Environment Day to the Lord Mayor’s Parade in June by creating an eye-catching rainforest. The creativity continued in October when teenagers from South Liverpool put on their very own fashion show with clothes made completely from recycled materials, including ball gowns made of bin bags, papier mache corsets and skirts made from old carrier bags. And a couple of famous faces showed their support for the year. Record breaking

Working closely with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, the city council helped put eco-friendly practices at the heart of business life, with a range of hard-hitting initiatives. Scores of businesses – from solicitors to service stations and from hairdressers to health centres - scooped Tidy Business Awards for managing their waste and keeping the area around their premises clean and tidy. A Green Business Fair at Chavasse Park gave companies in the environmental sector the chance to showcase their services. As part of the event Liverpool Chamber (L-R) Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive of Commerce led a seminar Jack Stopforth and Cllr Berni Turner present helping companies become Ilsa Parry with an environmental art prize ‘leaner and greener’.

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Council officer Jordana Lunt with the Year of the Environment’s colourful mascot – The Green Superlambanana

yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur signed up to become a Green Business Ambassador and The One Show’s gardening guru, Christine Walkden, gave some green-fingered tips to youngsters from East Prescot Road Nursery School. One of the major events was the reopening of Stanley Park in July following a £14 million regeneration project. For the first time in more than 30 years, visitors could walk through the newly-glazed doors

Liverpool also had its very own ‘green team’ spreading the eco-friendly word, as more than 100 Green Business Ambassadors pledged to improve their environmental performance and take action on climate change. Sailing legend Dame Ellen MacArthur was among them, as she made a personal green pledge during a visit to the city. The Chamber of Commerce’s green-themed annual dinner saw creative individuals rewarded for their environmental art creations while the Green Power Forum gave businesses tips in using renewable energy and driving down carbon emissions. And with the launch of a green business website and environmental guide called ‘the Little Green Book’, there’s no doubt that the Year of the Environment helped businesses across the city invest in a more sustainable future.

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Year of the Environment – the numbers £14 million Stanley Park restoration completed £50,000 handed out in grants for environmental projects 10,000 young people involved in year launch 6,600 environmental pledges made as part of ‘Livesmart’ competition 1,087 community events turn the whole city green More than 1,000 people involved in community environmental projects

of the beautiful Isla Gladstone Conservatory and could also wander around the park, now restored to its original glory. Throughout the year another multimillion pound park facelift was taking place in the south of the city. Set to officially re-open later this year, Sefton Park has undergone a huge transformation – the majority of the park’s most loved landmarks have been painstakingly restored along with the watercourses including the popular lake. Liverpool City Council’s assistant executive member for the environment, Jan Rowley, said: “Liverpool’s Year of the Environment surpassed all of our

expectations. Tens of thousands of people got involved and were fantastically creative in spreading the green message. “It was our aim to raise awareness of issues such as recycling and look at ways that we could all work together to reduce our carbon footprint. And I think we made great strides in doing just that.” The city council’s executive member for the environment, Councillor Berni Turner, added “I’d like to thank everyone for their fantastic support in 2009. We have laid down the roots for a greener future and I’m looking forward to us continuing and building on this throughout 2010 and beyond.”

1,000 businesses receive environmental guide – The Little Green Book 1,000 snowdrop bulbs planted in St James’ Gardens honouring eco-hero Tony Bradshaw 535 Green Year of the Environment Superlambanas sold 134 Primary Schools receive environment education pack 100 Green Business Ambassadors signed-up 100 trees planted by Liverpool Voluntary and charity services to mark the year More than 60 allotment plots brought back into use Cash boosts for 60 community organisations to help them fulfil their eco-dreams Liverpool’s recycling rates reach 26.4 per cent - highest ever in city.

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Park reborn After two years, the country’s largest urban park restoration scheme has finished – with stunning results. These pictures of The Terrace at Stanley Park show the painstaking work undertaken by the city council to restore the park to its former glory. The park’s £14 million renaissance means thousands of people can enjoy this green city setting – as beautiful today as when it opened in 1870.

A bright future The future of our city, and our planet, rests on their shoulders– so it was only right that young people played a starring role in the Year of the Environment.

Girls at Holly Lodge dug a brand new allotment and created a new area to grow vegetables to be used in school meals.

14 February 2009 - Valentine’s Day marked the official start of the green year – and 10,000 schoolchildren across the city showed just how much they love the environment by getting involved in a range of eco-activities. Children at Garston Church of England Primary School dressed up as cave men, Victorians and medieval princesses and experienced a whole school day without electricity.

planting or recycling initiatives. South Liverpool teenagers even put on a green fashion show. The city council also played its part in educating young people. An environmental education pack was sent to every primary school in the city, packed with ecofacts, including a reducing, re-using and recycling guide, information about the importance of protecting the rainforests, facts about composting and much more. And a range of other activities - including school clean-ups, pupils walking and cycling to school, green-themed poetry and the creation by children of an environmental film – made sure the year got off to a spectacular start. It paved the way to a year which saw young people throwing themselves with enthusiasm and creativity into greenthemed activities. Some made green pledges, while others got involved in bulb

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Historic

A n-ice Mersey view Roger Hull, Research Officer at Liverpool Record Office, digs into the city’s archives… We’ve all been moaning about what a bad winter we have had – so think what it must have been like in January 1881 when it was so cold the Mersey froze over. The dramatic scenes – with perhaps a touch of artistic licence – were captured in a watercolour by E. Beattie. According to one writer, J.R. Kaighin: “Because of (the Mersey’s) ceaseless flow, the continual passage of ships up and down its stream, and the briny character of its water, one concluded it was impossible for the Mersey ever to become frozen over. “But one winter, to the writer’s personal knowledge, this actually happened. The volume of fresh water poured down from its source formed into blocks of ice; they increased and became adherent to one another.

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“Soon the passageway across became impeded, gradually the ice formed in a solid sheet from Cheshire to the Liverpool side, and a way had to be made and maintained for the ferry boats to ply to Liverpool.” What this image demonstrates to me is the importance of artists in recording Liverpool’s history. Although photography had been invented more than 50 years before this painting it shows we still had to rely on artists to capture important events and scenes. The Record Office, amongst its varied material, has a vast collection of watercolours. As well as being visually stunning, they give us vivid glimpses into aspects of Liverpool’s past, as it grew from a large town into a world famous city of international proportions.

• Why not take a look at the ‘Port Cities’ website from which this image is taken at www.mersey-gateway.org • You can also visit the Record Office website at www.liverpool.gov.uk/archives to view its on-line catalogue – including an index to the City Engineers’ collection of photographs • 2010 will be a big year for Liverpool Central Library as it closes for refurbishment. See the library website for an update on progress at www.liverpool.gov.uk/libraries

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Safer

Safer city stars! by PJ ORDINARY people doing extraordinary work to make Liverpool a safer place were honoured at an awards ceremony. The first-ever Citysafe Celebration Awards at St George’s Hall were organised by Liverpool’s Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP). Crime in the city centre is at a 10-year low despite a huge increase in visitors, while car crime and burglary have been slashed and anti-social behaviour has reduced. Businesses, teams, projects and individuals who have made a major contribution to the city’s incredible success were shortlisted in six categories. Councillor Marilyn Fielding, executive member for safer stronger communities said: “Liverpool has shaken off its image as a crime ridden city thanks to the hard work of many people in lots of different organisations. “The Celebration Awards were a chance to officially recognise and thank some of those who have contributed to the success, and are continuing to work hard at making Liverpool an even safer city.” The winners included: • Extra Mile Award for Gaynor Bell who has dedicated her life to supporting bereaved families and educating young people about the consequences of violence following the murder of her son.

Gaynor Bell

Also honoured: Business Champion - Robcliffe Ltd For removing untaxed, nuisance vehicles from neighbourhoods across Liverpool as part of the ‘Cube It’ project. Best Partnership Work – For the Respect Weeks of Action which have improved life for people in areas across the city, and the Domestic Violence Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) for its work to help victims of domestic violence.

Community safety champion – Earl Jenkins for his work within the Toxteth community for over 20 years, for being a fantastic role model for young people, always putting other people first and for showing endless energy and enthusiasm to support their needs. Special Award – Lynn Bligh, Citysafe office manager - for doing more than her key tasks, having a positive and motivated attitude and supporting team members .

• Rising Star Award for students at North Liverpool Academy who have helped produce powerful drama productions aimed at persuading young people not to take part in anti social behaviour. • Best Local Initiative for a Community Payback scheme in Kirkdale which saw 3,000 hours of work resulting in the removal of 160 tonnes of rubbish, and a 50 per cent reduction in reported anti-social behaviour. Earl Jenkins

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Music

Speech! Speech! Speech! Headline acts announced for Liverpool Sound City music festival Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle is heading to Liverpool to perform in one of the UK’s best music festivals. Liverpool Sound City have revealed their first two headline acts for the four-day festival, (19-22 May), with Debelle and retro soul singer Paloma Faith both signed-up. Kicking off the festival in style, Paloma Faith headlines the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Wednesday 19 May. Faith released her debut album ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?’ at the end of 2009 to rave reviews following a summer of stunning shows.

“One of the biggest musical events the city has seen” NME South London rapper Speech Debelle will be headlining O2 Academy Liverpool on Friday 21 May. Debelle has risen from hostel dwelling and bad deeds to become a critically acclaimed performer whose debut album Speech Therapy earned her the 2009 Mercury Music Prize. Festival Director Dave Pichilingi said: “Liverpool Sound City is about being the coolest and most exciting city centre music festival in the world. We bring together the greatest new music and art from all over the world. We are delighted to be announcing these two sterling acts for Liverpool Sound City 2010.” Music legend Seymour Stein has also been confirmed as the first of the festival’s keynote speakers. Stein was the founder of Sire Records and is famous for signing artists such as Madonna, The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads and Liverpool’s own Echo and the Bunnymen. And joining the party are local lads and NME’s ‘ones to watch’ Wave Machines; edgy, Londonbased duo Hook & the Twin, electro artist Grosvenor and left-field producer and remixer Gold Panda. With many more acts to be confirmed, Liverpool Sound City 2010, which is supported by Liverpool City Council, looks set to replicate the resounding success of last year’s festival, which featured 400 bands from across the globe, special events and world-renowned speakers.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now, but City has teamed-up with Liverpool Sound City to offer TWO pairs of festival wristbands to lucky readers (normal price £45 each), which allow you entry to ALL Sound City 2010 gigs on a first come, first served basis (subject to the individual venues’ capacity). To be in with a chance of winning this great prize, please answer the following question:

Where is Speech Debelle from? A) North London B) South London C) East London

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Please send your answer to: City Magazine Liverpool Sound City competition Room 34, Municipal Buildings Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2DH or e-mail city.magazine@liverpool.gov.uk Closing date: Monday 3rd May 2010. Each wristband, which must be worn, will allow one person in to festival gigs. Please note some gigs will be over 18+ only, please refer to individual events for details.

• Liverpool Sound City takes place from 19-22 May. To buy tickets or for more information on gigs and events, visit www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk • For Speech Debelle tickets visit www.o2academyliverpool.co.uk • For Paloma Faith tickets visit www.liverpoolphil.com

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SUMMER POPS at the Phil

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Advice

Bailiffs – what to expect The City Council and local Citizens Advice Bureaux have agreed a new Code of Conduct for bailiffs who collect Council Tax arrears. Here is your guide to the new Code and the steps you can take to avoid a visit from the bailiffs.

What should you do if you are having difficulties paying your Council Tax? • Don’t ignore the problem. Your Council Tax bill will not go away. If the Council has to use bailiffs this will only add charges to your bill.

Why does the Council use bailiffs to collect Council Tax debts? The Council would prefer not to have to use bailiffs and they are only used when a person has failed to pay the Council Tax that they owe and has not made – or has failed to keep to – an arrangement to pay. Bailiffs will only be used after a bill, a reminder letter and a Magistrates Court summons letter have been sent to the person owing the Council Tax. The Council must obtain a Liability Order in the Magistrates Court before they can use bailiffs. The Council will try to collect all debts that it is owed. If some people do not pay their Council Tax, this means the Council has less money to spend on services for everyone. If the Council cannot get payment through bailiffs there are other kinds of enforcement it can apply for, such as deductions from your earnings or benefits, making you bankrupt or even imprisonment.

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What is included in the new Bailiff Code of Conduct? The new Code sets out strict rules about the procedures bailiffs should follow and what we expect from them, including: • They must be members of either the Association of Civil Enforcement Agencies or the Enforcement Services Association. • They must produce their identify card and explain the reason for their visit in a polite, tactful and non-discriminatory manner. • They will provide documentation concerning the debt in a sealed envelope and leave an explanatory letter/leaflet detailing the action being taken, costs and fees incurred. • They will refer people in financial difficulties to an appropriate agency. • They will return cases involving vulnerable people to the council. The Code aims to ensure fair, transparent standards are adhered to in the use of bailiffs. To see the Code in full, visit www.liverpool.gov.uk and type ‘problems paying council tax’ or call 233 3008.

• Let the Council know you are having problems as soon as possible. We will try to come to a fair and affordable arrangement with you. • Check whether you are getting all the benefits and income you are entitled to. Have you claimed Council Tax Benefit? • If you have other debts, get advice. You may be able to agree reduced payments for certain kinds of debt.

Free Help and Advice Council Tax 0151 233 3008 or visit www.liverpool.gov.uk and type ‘problems paying council tax’ into the search box

Benefit Maximisation Service 0151 233 3064 or visit www.liverpool.gov.uk and type ‘what can I claim’ into the search box

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Moving

The future of local transport People in Merseyside are being invited to share their views in a public consultation on local transport planning across the region. As part of the preparations for the next five-year local Transport Plan (LTP3), the Merseyside Transport Partnership (MTP) wants to hear the opinions of people from all sectors of the community. The six-week consultation, which runs from 3 March until 14 April, will help shape the future of local transport in Merseyside. Members of the public are being consulted through events, local media, partner publications and the MTP website to ensure their views are considered. Neil Scales, Chair of MTP, explains why it is crucial to involve as many people as possible in planning for the region’s changing transport needs. He said: “Transport planning has a huge role to play in meeting the city region’s potential to feature in the top half of world rankings on economic, quality of life, transport and carbon reduction indicators.

“Transport affects us all; it is at the heart of everything we do. That is why it is so important for us to hear the views and needs of people from all sorts of different backgrounds. Over the coming weeks, we will be gathering opinions from a cross section of the community and I would urge everyone to make sure they have their say.” LTP3 is due to start in April 2011. To have your say, visit www.transportmerseyside.org. • Merseyside’s five-year Local Transport Plan (LTP) is a £230 million delivery programme of transport investment and service improvements. • It aims to give Merseyside a safer, sustainable, efficient and integrated transport network, accessible to all. • Merseyside Transport Partnership consists of Merseytravel and the five local authorities of Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral.

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Participating

Power to the people Innovative community funding scheme is letting people’s fingers do the talking by Peter Elliot LOCAL people are being ‘powered-up’ with new technology which allows them to decide how public money is spent. A series of ground-breaking events are giving the public the chance to decide which schemes will best serve their communities - using technology based on the hit ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ TV show. The ‘Participatory Budgeting’ (PB) events see community groups pitching for funding, with the audience voting for which ideas they like best. The results are instantly projected onto a screen for everyone to see. At the end of the event the most popular proposals are given the cash. The innovative way of making decisions on community funding was launched at Harthill Youth Centre in Wavertree. Using the ‘ask the audience’-style keypads, residents decided how thousands of pounds should be spent to improve their area. Councillor Marilyn Fielding, Liverpool’s executive member for Safer, Stronger Communities said: “This is a great initiative as it puts local people firmly in the driving seat when it comes to deciding on how to improve their community. It means that people who may not feel comfortable speaking publicly can still have their say and it is very democratic. “The council is determined to try these innovative ideas to get people involved in

Press your buttons now! PB technology launched in Wavertree

decision-making. We think it’s only right that we trust local people with important decisions about what should get funded in their community.” The city has successfully piloted a number of ward-based PB events in Alt Valley, where groups have bid for a share of £5,000. Alt Valley comprises Fazakerley, Warbreck, County, Clubmoor, Norris Green and Croxteth wards. Plans are being developed to roll the scheme out across the city. For more information on Participatory budgeting events contact Colin Heaney or John McCormack at the LCVS Grants Team on 227-5177, email grants@lcvs.org.uk or visit www.lcvs.org.uk.

Participatory Budgeting: • aims to get local people being involved in deciding how to spend part of a public budget.

• Is a way of engaging individuals and groups not frequently involved in democratic processes • originated in Porto Alegre, Brazil and has been successfully replicated across the globe. • is so popular in Porto Alegre that it is used to allocate several hundred million dollars of public service budgets each year. Tel: 0151 233 3000

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Competition

A passion for fashion! Want to step into Spring in style? Well, here’s your chance! City has teamed up with Peter Werth at Metquarter to offer one lucky reader the chance to win £250 to spend in store. For your chance to win, please answer the follow question: Where is Peter Werth located? A) Clayton Square B) Bold St C) Metquarter Please send your answer to: City Magazine Peter Werth competition Room 34, Municipal Buildings Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2DH or e-mail city.magazine@liverpool.gov.uk Closing date: 20th March 2010 Terms & conditions: The prize consists of £250 to spend at Peter Werth at Metquarter only. The prize is not redeemable at peterwerth.co.uk. Prize is non-negotiable, non-transferable, and non-refundable. There is no cash alternative. No purchase necessary for entry. The prize must be redeemed by 30.03.2010.

Peter Werth enters the Spring Summer ‘10 season with an artisan influence. The use of soft, more fluid fabrics in tonal greys and lilacs give the early collection a drapery, layered look. Ultra fine knitwear and compact coated cottons are layered over light weight slub jersey and vintage circus graphic tees. Oyster, slate and stone are complimented with azure and lilac in our bold floral print shirts. The jersey polo is a key piece for the S/S wardrobe and has been trimmed with striped cotton and button detailing. The accessories for early Spring Summer have a functional yet artful feel, the key piece being a grey, trimmed canvas satchel.

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Swine Flu Vaccination is still important Swine flu can make some people seriously ill. The vaccine is recommended for: • Adults and children from six months old with long-term medical conditions • All pregnant women • All children aged over six months and under five years The Swine Flu vaccine has been tested and licensed for use and has already been given to millions of people across the UK. If you have not had your vaccine yet, contact your GP now. For more information visit www.nhs.uk


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