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Gang that carried out 27 burglaries are sentenced
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VIOLENT GANG GET 41 YEARS The reign of terror of one of Merseyside’s most violent and prolific gangs is over after the gang of five were sentenced to a total of 41 years behind bars. The five gang members, Craig Murphy (19) from Stockbridge Village; Gary Moffat (22) from Stockbridge Village, Anthony Akins, (19), from Huyton; Jason Nee (21) from Dovecot and Jamie Williams (18) from Huyton, all pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit burglary and aggravated burglary. The gang were noted for the violence and aggression that they inflicted on their victims. They smashed their
way into houses with their faces covered in balaclavas and masks, screaming demands for car keys or jewellery while threatening their victims with knives, swords, sledgehammers, machetes, chisels and a shotgun. They targeted their victims from around the Merseyside area and they showed no remorse to whom they targeted be they pensioners or children.
Detective Chief Inspector Allan Jones, said: “The sentences reflects the seriousness of these crimes and is the result of the steadfast perseverance of detectives and the help of the victims, other forces and the Crown Prosecution Service in bringing these offenders to justice. “At first we thought we had a force-wide problem but we soon realised it was bigger than that and that this team were targeting addresses outside of Merseyside too. “To be confronted and threatened by someone in your own home is an extremely alarming and distressing experience that the victims will have to live with for the rest of their lives. “I hope that these sentences will, in some way, bring closure and some comfort to the victims and their families whose lives
these men have blighted. “This results sends out a very strong message _ violent crime will not be tolerated on Merseyside. When the specialist unit was set up to investigate this type of crime I stated that Merseyside Police was resolute in tracking down and arresting those responsible. “Despite the number of offences these men were responsible for I would like to reassure the public that incidents such as this are still very rare”. Sentencing the gang judge John Roberts, said: “this was a wide ranging conspiracy where young men were out of control, on the rampage and came to terrorise their victims at home. “It was done with the belief they could do what they want with impunity, these burglaries were truly shocking”.
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Knowsley Council have stated that the future of the controversial Christ the King Centre for Learning in Huyton as a school will continue but will need to be different and more efficient. A statement issued by Knowsley Council said that following feedback after a meeting with parents that the Council intends to explore a number of options to secure the viability of educational provision at the site. Amongst the options on view are: • To continue 11-16 education for those currently on the roll at Christ the king Centre for Learning, but this will need to be different and more efficient • To develop closer links between Christ the King and the new Hope Primary School so children are nurtured and can have better transition and progression from primary to secondary education • To add 14-19 education and training, giving children more choice and opportunity • To therefore provide education from the age of 4 up until 19 on the North Huyton Campus, if pupils wish to stay in further education. The Centre originally opened with promising numbers of pupils from all faiths in the local community, but unfortunately there are currently only 511 pupils on the roll for the 900 spaces available and only 67 applications for places next year. In what have been a very emotional number of weeks about the future of the £24 million Centre, Cllr Wright, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “It was only ever an informal consultation with parents, who have shown their full support for the Centre. “We have listened and we will continue to listen to parents in order to find a solution that will secure secondary education in North Huyton”. Cllr Ian Smith, leader of the opposite on Knowsley Council, said: “Questions need to be answered over the whole situation. It is important to recall how our education service declined from having successful 11-18 comprehensive schools that produced many talented students. “This started the exodus of pupils to schools providing 1118 through education to Sefton, St Helens, Halton, Liverpool and West Lancashire, whose boundaries ran alongside Knowsley”. The controversy does not reflect on the performance of the Centre, the Centre has shown improvement in its GCSE results, achieving an increase of 15% of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics from 20% in 2009 to 35% in 2010. A statement from the Catholic Archdiocese and Church of England Diocese stated: “It was a matter of great regret that this Christ the King Centre for Learning’s short history has been difficult, despite the huge improvement in its performance in 2010 under a new leadership team. The low number of pupils currently attending the centre means that there was a clear need to undertake informal consultations on its future. “Our dioceses remain committed to working with Knowsley Council to provide the best possible education for the young people of Knowsley. “The diocese would also wish to refute in the strongest possible terms the misleading stories carried out by parts of the media. There is no evidence whatsoever that local parents have been other than supportive of the joint Catholic/Anglican provision at Christ the King. “In fact, the two dioceses work very closely together over many parts of the area they serve and have been positively supported by parents where joint schools are provided”.
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GIRL BAND GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE NEW BOYS’ ACADEMY
Girl band ‘Parade’ went back to school to celebrate the opening of the new De La Salle Academy in Croxteth recently. Parade, who were in Liverpool to support Alexandra Burke at the Liverpool Echo Arena on the 8th, took time out to perform live for the boys, and held an impromptu ‘jam’ session
IMPROVEMENT WORK IS UNDERWAY Work is underway to make major improvements to a garage site in Kirkby, which has been an eyesore and magnet for anti-social behaviour. Many of the garages on the Field Lane estate – between Beryl Walk and Clare Walk - are in poor condition and have attracted problems such as graffiti, arson and fly-tipping. However, Knowsley Council is taking action to improve the safety and appearance of the site by installing new lighting and drainage and improving the highway. The work follows a consultation exercise with residents in which they expressed an overwhelming desire to improve the highway and retain the garages in a much better condition. The works started on 1st February and have been funded by a grant from the Working Neighbourhoods Fund. Community clean up days will also take place for residents to improve their own garages. The council will also use enforcement powers to ensure the improvements are maintained in the long term. If residents continue to neglect their garage, the council may step in and take ownership of it.
with some music students. The five singers (Bianca, Emily, Sian, Jessica and Lauren) also modeled the Academy’s new uniform before answering students' questions about the Media - one of the Academy's specialist subjects. Lauren Deegan, who is from Liverpool, said: “Meeting the De La Salle students was really inspiring and it was great fun helping them to celebrate the new Academy opening. The plans for the future sound amazing – we wish them the best of luck.” De La Salle was classified as 'Outstanding' in a recent Ofsted school inspection report and opened as an Academy in January. The Academy status means it can now offer more places to local children, including those from non-Catholic families and also girls in the 6th form. Parents and students interested in applying for places are invited to attend an official Open Day on March 11th at 3.30- 6pm. For more information visit www.de-la-salle.co.uk Parade are due to release their debut single ‘Louder’ next month.
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CINEMA COMES TO LIFE IN KIRKBY TOWN CENTRE A bespoke cinema was open for business in Kirkby town centre at the weekend showing screenings of ‘Elvis in Kirkby’ and ‘Fighting Chance’ as well as short children’s films and cartoons. For 25p or a glass jam jar, visitors in Kirkby town centre could enjoy the ultimate cinematic experience complete with ushers, red velvet curtains and popcorn! The cinema which was set up in an empty shop unit was created using residents’ memories of the cinema which were then turned into special, limited edition screen print posters by Pingwood Arts Group based in Kirkby. A highlight of the weekend was the screening of ‘Fighting Chance’, a short film created by Tim Brunsden which brought to life the story of Kirkby local Kayleigh Hayes. The film gives an
insight into the world of amateur boxing and the hard work, dedication and sacrifice required to achieve honours at international level. Cllr Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture said: “It is fantastic to see an unused shop turned into a custom built cinema that the whole community can enjoy! “This project is part of a wider initiative to regenerate and support town centres across the borough. By making use of empty shops we aim to bring town centres to life with exciting projects such as this.” The project titled ‘A small cinema in Kirkby’ was organised by Knowsley Arts and Heritage Service and artist collective Re-Dock, working with arts practitioners, landlords, local businesses and residents and in partnership with Knowsley Council. So keep an eye out over the coming months as empty shop windows are transformed into vibrant community displays and shop spaces become galleries for local groups to use and showcase innovative creative work. For more information on the cinema project call Knowsley Arts and Heritage Service on 0151 443 5619 or email Jo.Dry@knowsley.gov.uk.
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CENTRE FOR LEARNING ACHIEVES NATIONAL AWARD Kirkby Sports College Centre for Learning in Knowsley is the first school nationally to be awarded Leading School status for Gifted and Talented by National Strategies. Having taken part in a three year project looking at how to support the more able students within school, National Strategies have highlighted the new Centre for Learning as having “...exemplary provision” for these young people. As one of only four schools applying for this status across the country, this is a huge achievement for the Kirkby-based school. Provision has included a variety of initiatives including a pupils’ teaching and learning conference, six weekly progress reports, a residential to Cambridge University and a full variety of activities based around exemplary provision in and around Teaching and Learning. This has had a direct impact upon students’ aspirations and raised their independent thinking skills. Kirkby
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Sports College has improved its results over the past three years from 52% to 78% 5 A*-C in 2010. In March 2010 the school was visited by Ofsted, only 18 months after opening. They highlighted the ‘....rapid progress’ the Centre for Learning has made and the strength of the teaching staff and school leadership. Principal Baljit Gandhi said: “The recognition of lead school status is a testament to the hard work and commitment of staff, students and their families. We are committed to breaking glass ceilings and having a ‘can-do’ culture which allows for all of our students to flourish. “The status will empower our Centre for Learning to ensure that all students achieve their very best. It also allows us to share our exemplary practice with other students in order to help raise the attainment of students.”
HUYTON PUB FORCED TO TIGHTEN SECURITY A pub in Huyton has been ordered to tighten up its security after a number of violent incidents. Knowsley Council’s Licensing Sub Committee reviewed the licence of the Stanley Arms on Roby Road after Merseyside Police issued a closure order. It followed a number of incidents of violence and disorder on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Licensing Sub Committee approved the following conditions, after representations from the police and the premises licence holders: • Anyone wishing to be served alcohol who appears to be under the age of 21 will be asked to produce ID • The premises must keep a record of all staff training in age-related sales • CCTV to cover all public areas with sufficient staff trained to use the system • A minimum of two door staff must work at the premises from 8pm until it is cleared after closing on Good Friday, New Year’s Eve and every Sunday before a Bank Holiday. A register of door staff must also be maintained.
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JEAN CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF CARING Pictured left to right: Pat Ellis, Jean Maher, Pauline Kavanagh and Pauline Coulton
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Friends and colleagues recently gathered at the Mosscroft Community Centre, Huyton to celebrate 35 years of service by Centre Manager, Jean Maher. Pat Ellis, Contract Manager, said: “Jean is loved by everyone and over the years has built up the centre to be enjoyed by all the community. “Not only does Jean run the centre she also organizes many of the events and trips, she always does a great job and is always on hand to help other centre managers, she is just amazing”. But it will not be the last the centre sees of Jean; she intends to come back as a volunteer. Jean said: “It is not just all down to me, we have a wonderful community here at Mosscroft and they have always made it easier for me to run the centre, but don’t worry, I will be back as a volunteer”.
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Challengehealth ARE YOU INVOLVED IN YOUR GP PRACTICE? If you want to have a say about your GP Practice then why not join your Practice Patient Group? A Practice Patient Group (PPG) is made up of local people who meet regularly at their GP practice to discuss local health and wellbeing issues. The groups give local patients the chance to: • Have a say about your GP practice • Ask questions and share your views • Meet commissioners of NHS and Social Services in Knowsley • Influence decision making and be involved with the planning and delivery of health and wellbeing services • Meet other local people Speak to your GP Practice Manager for more information about how you can join your Practice Patient Group. For further information about PPGs and their achievements, please contact Knowsley Health & Wellbeing Engagement and Involvement team on 0151 244 3457.
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KNOWSLEY CHEMISTS GIVEN THE SEAL OF APPROVAL FROM YOUNG PEOPLE
CANCER iVAN VISITS Most of us know someone who has had cancer. If you have any questions about cancer, would like to talk about any symptoms you might have or would just like to know a bit more about the disease and how to reduce your chances of getting it, then the Cancer iVAN can help. The iVAN will be in visiting Knowsley during February and March. No appointment is necessary and people can talk to one of the Cancer Information Specialists or a Cancer Specialist Nurse face-to-face. It’s free and completely confidential. The van will be at: • Jaguar Landrover Halewood, Friday 25 Feb, 9am-2pm • Kirkby Town Centre, Thursday 3 March, 10am-3pm • Stockbridge Village, Friday 4 March, 10am-3pm If you cannot visit the iVAN centre when it comes to Halewood, Kirkby or Stockbridge Village, but need help or advice about cancer, the Knowsley Cancer Information and Support Service (KCISS) hold drop in sessions across the borough: • The One Stop Shop, Halewood, every Monday 10am – 3pm • Lyndale, Cancer Support Group, Huyton, every Tuesday 10am – 3pm • The One Stop, Kirkby, every Wednesday 10am – 3pm KCISS is a free, friendly, confidential service and provides information and support to anyone affected by, or living with, cancer. The service can be used at any time from diagnosis, during treatment, or even after treatment has finished. People looking for more information about cancer can also pop along to their local library. Under the NHS Knowsley and Knowsley Council ‘Know Cancer in Knowsley’ scheme, all Knowsley libraries have special areas dedicated to cancer information materials which are free to borrow for all Knowsley residents.
Ryan Walker (left) and Lauren Abbott from THinK with John Davey owner of Davey’s Chemists and staff members
A chain of pharmacies in Knowsley, Merseyside has become the first outside London and the first independently owned group to be awarded The Department of Health’s ‘You’re Welcome’ accreditation. Davey’s Chemists, which has three branches in Knowsley, has been awarded the accreditation as part of an initiative which aims to make health services young people friendly and improve health outcomes for young people. Staff at the chemists, led by owner John Davey, took a forward-thinking approach to the application and self assessment process by working closely with a group of local teenagers through Teenage Health in Knowsley (THinK). The group took part in focus groups and mystery shopping exercises which provided valuable feedback about how the shops could best cater for young people’s needs. THinK, a joint venture between NHS Knowsley and Knowsley Council covers all aspects of health and wellbeing for under-25s. The service provides essential information about drugs, alcohol, sexual health, weight management and mental health plus employment and training advice. Davey’s Chemists shops were assessed on a number of quality criteria for the accreditation which included staff training, confidentiality and sexual and reproductive health services. Meeting these criteria demonstrates that the pharmacy is accessible and offers choice and quality services for young people. John Davey, owner of Davey’s chemists said: “This is wonderful news not only for Davey’s Chemists but also
for young people in Knowsley. Often pharmacies are the most valuable and accessible health resource in the heart of the community and we always strive to provide a high quality public health service which benefits everybody in the local community and improves health and wellbeing. This is especially important for our local young people who need to feel comfortable and reassured that they can visit their local chemist in confidence.”
“We are very proud of our success which is very much down to the hard work of our staff who worked closely with partners at Knowsley Health & Wellbeing. The work of the THinK team and the young people we worked with should not be underestimated and the fact that we were able to get the perspective of young people definitely contributed to our success and will continue to influence to ways we work and operate in the local community.”
PREVENTING STROKE IN KNOWSLEY Spreading the message that stroke is preventable; The Stroke Association is working in partnership with Knowsley Health & Wellbeing to hold a series of Know Your Blood Pressure events across the region. Representatives from the charity will be on hand to give blood pressure checks and information on recognizing and preventing a stroke at the following locations: • Monday 14 February 10am – 4pm Halewood Centre • Tuesday 15 February 10am – 3pm Kirkby Market • Wednesday 16 February 10am – 3pm Tesco Prescot High blood pressure is one of the single biggest risk factors for stroke. It’s estimated that over 40% of strokes could be prevented by controlling high blood pressure. Referred to as a ‘silent killer’, high blood pressure is a symptomless condition which affects an estimated 16 million people, with many more unaware they have the condition. The condition can be prevented by making small but significant lifestyle changes. Cutting down on alcohol, stopping smoking, reducing stress levels and leading a healthier lifestyle can all help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Most people with high blood pressure can also be treated effectively through prescribed drugs. Angela Walkden, Head of Operations for The Stroke Association in the North West said, ‘These awareness days provide a very positive way of helping raise awareness of strokes and can help save lives. By offering healthy living advice, people are enabled to make the right choices, thus reducing their risk of stroke. ‘We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Knowsley Health & Wellbeing to help improve the health of Knowsley residents,’ she added. If you would like further information about stroke or The Stroke Association, please contact the Stroke Information Service on 0303 303 3100, or visit the website at www.stroke.org.uk.
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MEASURE UP AND LOSE WEIGHT FOR SUMMER! It might not seem like it now, but summer is just around the corner! And if you’re looking to shed some winter pounds as well as your winter woollies then it’s time to ‘Measure Up.’ ‘Measure Up’ is a FREE 12 week weight management programme run by the Knowsley Health & Wellbeing Community Health Development Team. The programme includes information on nutrition and healthy lifestyles as well as gentle physical activity sessions to help you shape up and enjoy a slimmer summer. The programme is open to Knowsley adults of any age who are keen to lose weight and it is completely FREE. Weekly sessions will run on Thursdays from 1pm3pm, starting on Thursday 28th April 2011 at Whiston Town Hall, Old Colliery Road, Whiston. For more information, or to book your place on the programme, please contact Paula Thomas on 0151 285 6016.
The Knowsley Health & Wellbeing Engagement & Involvement team have been recognised for their work in helping to deliver first-rate patient experience. The team have won the National Patient Experience Network Award for ‘Environment of Care.’ The win was a result of the team’s work to improve local people’s experiences of the health and wellbeing services they use and to encourage the community to get involved with these services. Engaging local people about their health and wellbeing services is a major priority
for Knowsley Health & Wellbeing. Hearing people’s experiences of, and opinions about, local services means the organisation can work to improve these services and shape them to meet local needs. The Engagement & Involvement team was also a finalist in the ‘Access to Information’ and ‘Setting the Stage/Support for Caregivers, Staff and Family’ categories at the awards. Head of Engagement & Involvement Jackie Robinson said: “It’s fantastic to have our team’s hard work recognised
nationally. It is really important to us to know what people think of the services we provide and we always try to act on this information to make changes and improvements. This award is also a major credit to the people of Knowsley, local people are very interested in their health and wellbeing services and do really want to be involved with making them better. We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their opinions, stories and experiences about local services, together we can continue to make things better for all of us.”
LOCAL FAMILIES INVITED TO MINI TODDLER WALKS Knowsley families looking for a fun way to occupy their toddlers have been invited to a series of mini toddler walks being held in February and March. The themed walks are suitable for prams and buggies and each session also includes children’s activities and refreshments. The walks will set off from Stadt Moers Park Visitors Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston. Sessions will run from 9.45am until 11.30am. Walks and activity sessions will be held: • Tuesday 15th February - Bird Feeders • Tuesday 22nd February - Bark Rubbing • Tuesday 1st March - Scavenger Hunt • Tuesday 8th March - Mini Beast Hunt All children must be accompanied by an adult and those attending should wear clothing and footwear suitable for the weather conditions. For more information contact Paula Thomas at the Knowsley Health & Wellbeing Community Health Development Team on 0151 285 6016.
DOCTOR CHRIS With Dr Chris Mimnagh Knowsley Health & Wellbeing Medical Director
Cardiovascular Diseases: John’s story As we all know February 14 is Valentines Day (so if you’ve forgotten consider this your reminder!) a day that usually has us thinking about matters of the heart - of love, flowers and chocolates. But this Valentine's Day, many of us need to think about our hearts in a less romantic way. I’d like to share with you the story of one of my patients who had problems of the heart! A few years ago ‘John’ (not his real name) came to see me because he had been feeling breathless and tight-chested. As a lot of us men do, he ignored it for as long as he could but eventually he realised that he just wasn’t feeling right. Thinking he might have a chest infection, he came to see me. After listening to John’s chest and I knew that he didn’t have an infection, but it was clear that something was wrong. John had raised blood pressure which is a big risk factor for heart disease. I wondered if he might have angina, severe chest pain caused by blockages in the blood vessels around the heart. If this was the case then John definitely needed some tests at the hospital. When he came back to see me for his test
results I had to break the news that he did have angina. I told him it didn’t have to be a big problem if he started to take better care of himself. Quitting smoking and losing some weight would definitely help. Also, taking an aspirin a day would help to thin the blood which was also important. John had been a smoker for most of his life and he found it really hard to quit, he did it though! He didn’t do so well with his diet and weight loss. Like most of us John enjoys takeaways, biscuits and cakes. He was feeling better since he started his angina treatment so he just carried on eating as he always had. In fact he gained some weight! A few months later John got terrible pain in his chest and aching pains down his arm, he collapsed and his wife called an ambulance. Doctors at the hospital thought he might have had a heart attack. Tests eventually showed it wasn’t a heart attack, but the blockages from fatty build ups in the arteries around his heart had gotten worse. He was given more medication for his angina and this time he really did have to change his lifestyle, cutting back on fatty food and
salt, taking more exercise and drinking less alcohol. The angina attack had given John a scare and he knew that next time, he might not be so lucky. So, this valentines message is – why not spare a thought for our hearts - they need a bit of love and care too. Or like John’s, our hearts might give us a real scare. Not everyone gets an early warning like John, so best make some changes now before it’s too late. A series of free Know Your Blood Pressure Events will be held this month, at The Halewood Centre on Monday February 14th, Kirkby Market on Tuesday February 15th and Tesco in Prescot on Wednesday February 16th. Testing your blood pressure is quick and painless, and if you know you have high blood pressure you can start to take steps to lower it and improve your health, reducing your risk of ending up with heart disease like John. So why not pop along to your local event if you can and bring your family and friends? If you can’t make it your GP or Practice Nurse can also test your blood pressure for free. Don’t put it off; you’ve got nothing to lose!
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NAME YOUR LOCAL HERO Whiston walkers and cyclists could be rubbing shoulders with local heroes in a new project. A portrait bench is to be created to give people a resting point on a new cycling and walking route in Stadt Moers Park On the bench will be three life-size steel sculptures representing local heroes or iconic local symbols, and residents are being asked who – or what - these should be. The Connect 2 scheme is part of a national project to create attractive walking and cycling routes across the country. The two-mile pathway in Stadt Moers Park will link Haleview through to Cronton Avenue and up to Cross Lane at Carrs Terrace. It has been paid for by Knowsley Council with the help of a £240,000 grant from the transport charity Sustrans, which is organising the portrait benches. Possible subjects for the sculptures include footballer Steven Gerard, actor Rex Harrison, the writer Edward Lear, the actress Sue Johnson, Charles Willis the last Lord of the Manor and Henry Tushingham who brought the brickworks to Knowsley. "This route and the Portrait Bench are for the community so we want them to be a part of it,” said Cllr Vince Cullen, Chair of the Connect2 Steering Group. “We have to pick three local heroes or iconic symbols to be on the bench but the wealth of talent, history, culture
from this area means that it is hard. “That's why we want the people to tell us who their top three would be." To make a suggestion, residents are asked to email Paul Buntin at Paul.email@example.com; or call him on 443 2230. There will also be a number of community and resident meetings in the area to take suggestions and a shortlist will be drawn up with a final decision made over the next few weeks. Work is expected to start on site next month and the bench will be in place and unveiled by the end of June when the first phase of the new footpath will be complete.
STREET COLLECTION LICENCE I, Francis Richard Davies was granted a licence by Knowsley Council to carry out a street collection on Saturday January 1st 2011 in Eaton Street / Hope Street Prescot and within the grounds of Prescot Cables Football Club in support of the charity DEBRA (reg 1084958) The total amount collected was £348.29. No expenses or charges were incurred and the full amount collected will be transferred to the charity. Grateful thanks to all who supported this cause.
THE LINDA McCARTNEY CENTRE RECEIVES GENEROUS GIFT QVC, the Knowsley based television shopping channel, has made a donation of over £50,000 to The Linda McCartney Centre at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals. The total was made up of proceeds from many employee fundraising activities at QVC’s Customer Operations Centre in Knowsley, as well as proceeds from the sale of cosmetic products across its two retail stores in Warrington and Shrewsbury, plus a further corporate donation from QVC UK. The Linda McCartney Centre was chosen by QVC staff to be their ‘charity of the year’ because of the crucial work it does to develop new and effective cancer treatments, and provide care and support to those who are fighting the disease. The centre provides a state of the art breast assessment unit, a purpose built chemotherapy unit, an outpatient unit and a research and development department to oversee over 500 different forms of research within the Royal Liverpool University
Hospital. QVC’s donation was presented to delighted staff on Thursday 9 December 2010. The donation from staff was raised through events including a Liverpool to Chester bike ride, a 200ft Abseil down the Royal Liverpool Hospital, a health and beauty tombola, cakes sales and raffles. Tony Bell, chief executive at the Trust, said: “We are very grateful for this donation. Cancer affects us all at some point in our lives and the Linda McCartney Centre provides excellent care and treatment for thousands of people every year. Bob Lindley, Facilities Department at QVC, participated in the abseil and said of the experience: “It’s not every day you get the opportunity to abseil 200ft down one of Liverpool’s landmarks, so I was more than happy to get involved and raise money for such a good cause. The abseil itself was a great experience. It was organised by the Royal Artillery Display Team, so I wasn’t worried, I knew we were in safe hands!”
WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF FAILING TO COMPLY WITH PLANNING CONTROL A Knowsley woman has been found guilty for failing to comply with a Planning Contravention Notice. Jennifer Parkes had been served with a legal notice by Knowsley Council to help determine whether her property on Saxon Way in Kirkby was being used illegally to store taxi cabs and run a taxi business. She was issued with a
Planning Contravention Notice on 20 May 2010, which is the first step towards possible enforcement action. Ms Parkes did not attend Huyton Magistrates Court on 12th January, but was found guilty in her absence. She was fined £350 and ordered to pay £300 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Cllr Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration,
Economy and Skills,said: “Knowsley Council is responsible for ensuring planning legislation is enforced throughout the borough. We take breaches of planning legislation seriously since they can cause inconvenience and upset to residents. We will continue to monitor this complaint to ensure any unlawful activity is properly dealt with”.
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What’s On Guide
Bird box workshops Sunday 17th February 1-3pm Halewood Park. Contact Halewood Ranger on 0151 488 6151. Thursday 17th February 1-3pm, Henley Park. Friday 18th Feb/Saturday 19 Feb 1-3pm Stadt Moers Park. Contact Prescot and Whiston Rangers on 0151 489 1239. Saturday 26th February 10am-12noon, McGoldrick Park, Huyton. 1- 3pm, Ten Acre Pits. Sunday 27th February 1-3pm, Court Hey Park, Huyton. Contact South Huyton Ranger on 0151 443 3114 or 07771550843. Come along and help provide a home for our feathered friends by making a bird box. Contact the relevant area for details. Making bee houses Thursday 17th February 10-12noon, Huyton Wetlands. Help our bee population by making a solitary bee house. All equipment provided. Contact North Huyton Ranger on 0151 443 2431. Conservation task day Saturday 19th February Stadt Moers Park, 10am-1pm Help improve your local green space, have fun and get fit outdoors. Contact Prescot and Whiston Rangers on 0151 489 1239. Making bird feeders Sunday 20th February Henley Park, Whiston, 1-3pm. Do your bit for our wild bird population by making a nest box from scratch. All materials provided. Contact Prescot and Whiston Rangers on 0151 489 1239. Spring Clean Sunday 20th March Ten Acre Pits, 2-4pm Join the rangers and The Friends of Ten Acre Pits on a practical task to tidy up and improve your local space. Please wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothing. All tools and other equipment provided. Contact: Ranger on 0151 443 3114 Conservation task day Saturday 19th March Stadt Moers, 10am – 1pm. Help improve your local green space, have fun and get fit outdoors. Duke of Edinburgh groups welcome. Contact: Rangers on 0151 489 1239 Kite making Saturday 19th March Stadt Moers, 1-3pm 0151 443 3114 McGoldrick Park, 10-12pm 0151 443 3114. Court Hey Park, 1-3pm 0151 443 3114 Sunday 20th March Henley Park, 1-3pm 0151 489 1239 Sunday 27th March Halewood Park, 1-3pm 0151 488 6151 Learn how to make your own kite and have a go at flying in the park. Let’s hope we get windy weather! For more information contact the relevant venue
Hedgerow survey Sunday 20th March Huyton Wetlands, 10-12noon Discover what lives in a hedge, learn how to undertake a survey, identify flora and fauna and contribute to biodiversity data for the Merseyside region. Contact North Huyton Ranger on 0151 443 2431 Spring Clean Up Sunday 20th March Ten Acre Pits, 2-4pm. Join the rangers on a practical task to tidy up and improve your local green space. Please wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothing. All tools and other equipment provided. Contact: Rangers on 0151 443 3114 or 07771550843 Hedgerow Survey Monday 4th April King George V Dell, 1012pm Discover what lives in a hedge, learn how to undertake a survey, identify flora and fauna and contribute to biodiversity data for the Merseyside region. Contact: Ranger on 0151 443 2431 Easter Egg Hunt Tuesday 5th April Court Hey Park, 1-3pm Wednesday 6th April Sawpit Park, 10-12noon 0151 443 3114 Saturday 9th April Copthorne Community Centre, Kirkby, 13pm 07810054159 Wednesday 13th April Huyton Wetlands, 10-12noon 0151 443 2431 Thursday 14th April Halewood Park, 1-3pm 0151 488 6151 Friday 15th April Henley Park, 1-3pm 0151 443 1239 Saturday 16th April Stadt Moers Park, 1-3pm 0151 443 1239. An event for children and families; you are invited to use your map to hunt down the clues, solve the puzzle and claim your Easter surprise! All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the relevant venue. Easter Egg Rolling Wednesday 6th April Jubilee Park, Huyton, 1-3pm Thursday 7th April Alt Park, 10-12noon 0151 443 2431 McGoldrick Park, 1-3pm 0151 443 3114. Have a go at egg decorating and rolling. Please bring your own hardboiled egg. Prizes for the best decorated egg and race winners. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the Rangers on 0151 443 3114 Held Exhibition 11th April – 17th July Huyton Gallery. Stress busting, creative ways to relieve anxiety and tension are illuminated by animations, ceramics, light boxes, paintings, mosaics, textiles and sculptures at this unique exhibition. Contact: Arts and Heritage Service on 0151 443 5617
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LOCAL RAMBLES IN MARCH IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LIVERPOOL BRISK WALKERS ASSOCIATION www.liverpoolbriskwalkers.co.uk Friday 4th March: Halewood to Rainhill recce 9/10 miles. Meet 9.45am at Lime Street railway station upstairs opposite the small Marks and Spencer store. We then take the Manchester Oxford Road train and alight at Halewood station where our walk begins. Our leader for the day, Ina Adams, will take us on the Loopline before we turn off and head for Tarbock and Cronton from where you can catch a bus if you don't want to do the the full walk. Otherwise we continue on field paths and across Blundell’s Hill golf course towards our destination at Rainhill. Although this is a relatively long walk, it is flat and easy. Please bring food and drink for the lunch stop. Friday 11th March: Stadt Moers Country Park. 4 miles. The walk leaves from outside the Stadt Moers Visitor Centre, Pottery Lane, Whiston at 2.45pm. There are car parking spaces nearby. The 61 bus (Halton Transport) is handy to get there and the service will still be running when we finish the walk. During our journey we will visit the four sectors of the park. Sunday 27th March: Recce a Half Marathon Walk in Knowsley Meet 11a.m. outside the Brickwall Inn, Netherley Road, Tarbock. This will be a circular ramble of about 15 miles. Bring food and plenty of fluid. The route will include parts of Halewood and Cronton as well as Tarbock. If you like you can join the walk at 12.45pm by waiting outside the Halewood Visitor Centre on Okell Drive. This will cut off about 4 miles from the walk. The intention is to do this walk on the extra bank holiday planned for the end of April.
LOCAL ART SHOWCASED AT EXHIBITION Roby Art group are showcasing their work at an exhibition titled ‘Roby Art Group revealed’ which takes place at Huyton Library/Gallery until Sunday 27th March. This is an exciting exhibition of locally produced oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings. Roby Art Group are one of many successful independent art groups / collectives based in Knowsley and this exhibition serves as an example and celebration of this local creativity. This exhibition presents the entire groups work to the public for the very first time. The Private view is taking place on Thursday 27 January, 5 – 6.30pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Tina Ball on 0151 443 5619. For more information contact Knowsley Arts and Heritage Service on 0151 443 5619
MEET ‘N’ EAT AT ST ANDREW’S Following the success of Tango at St Mark’s Church, members of St Andrew’s Church are planning an exciting new venture for Tower Hill, Kirkby. Following discussions church members were keen to open the buildings up for the local community and at the same time enable people to meet together over a meal. Therefore Meet ‘n’ Eat at St. Andrew’s is starting on Monday 7th March and will run fortnightly on Monday lunchtimes thereafter. The Church hall will be open from 11:30am to 1:30pm and set up as a café. A meal consisting of soup and sandwiches will be provided at a cost of £1.50 and visitors will also be able to buy second hand books, DVDs and CDs at a nominal price. People will if they wish also be able to spend some quiet time in the church maybe lighting a candle or offering a prayer. Why not come along on 7th March or in subsequent weeks to enjoy a good quality meal and the chance to meet and chat with others and maybe pick up a bargain at the same time! If anyone would like more information or if you have any unwanted books, CDs and DVDs which you are willing to donate please ring Andy Heber on 548 7969.
Making an impact after a collision. When it comes to road traffic accident claims, no law firm makes a bigger impact than Canter Levin & Berg. With over 40 years’ experience in the field, our friendly but highly professional approach is built on a belief in providing each client with one dedicated point of contact throughout the claim process, allowing us to really get to know your situation, and you to stay fully informed at every stage of the case’s progress. For further information, call Mark Flynn on
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HALEWOOD PUPILS HELP I’LL FIGHT FOR OUR TOWN, SAYS WHISTON TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE ELECTION CANDIDATE A Whiston man is standing up for the town he believes in by running for councillor in this year’s local elections. Former Higher Side student Carl Cashman, 19, will be standing as candidate for Whiston North ward in May. He has already shown his commitment to his local community by spearheading the campaign to save Prescot Leisure Centre amid plans by Knowsley Council to replace it with smaller, inadequate facilities – despite their own survey, which showed that local residents oppose the plans. He has also campaigned fiercely for a referendum on whether Prescot and Whiston should remain under Knowsley Council. “I want to put power
back in the hands of the people,” said Carl, “and out of the hands of council bureaucrats who seem intent on shutting out the people of Prescot and Whiston.” If elected as a borough councillor, Mr Cashman says he will justify every vote, keeping in close touch with residents and voicing their concerns. His top campaign pledge
will be to fight for Whiston’s fair share from Knowsley. “Money is being poured into Huyton and Kirkby while Whiston and Prescot suffer,” he said. “The fact our leisure services are being taken away and moved to Huyton is one massive example. Enough is enough.” Mr Cashman is standing for the Liberal Democrats and was elected to the North West Liberal Youth Committee last year, but he makes it clear he will put representing Whiston before party politics. “My first priority is to listen to people,” he promised. “Many councillors take the people for granted. We need to remember it’s the people who elect us, and they can just as easily take that privilege away.”
Green Team: Learning mentor Dena Kay with Halewood Centre for Learning’s ‘Green Team’.
A Halewood school is making a pledge to help save the planet. The ‘Green Team’ at Halewood Centre for Learning has developed a pledge for the pupils, teachers and governors at the school who are promising to: • reduce their waste, energy and water use, • support projects to reduce their impact on the environment, and • share the pledge with families and community members. These aims will be promoted across the school on plasma screens and in pupils’ lesson planners, and complimented by weekly environmental awareness sessions. Supported by Knowsley Council’s Directorate of Neighbourhood Services, the school’s eco warriors are aiming to boost recycling, and work towards an Eco schools Award, Healthy Schools status and even grow their own food. The centre already has a Sustainable Travel Plan which encourages staff and students to travel in an environmentally friendly way. The drive to increase recycling across the school will see the ‘Green Team’ weighing a day’s worth of recycling and setting targets for improvements.
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The Challenge February 2011
STUDENTS TAKEOVER FACT Working in partnership with FACT, A class of Knowsley Community College, Creative & Media students recently put on their own expressive show, based upon the current Nam June Paik exhibition, taking place in Tate Liverpool and FACT. The group of students had been asked to plan, market, produce and perform, a show. This is part of their second unit “Show” which is about learners being able to work “in the field” with media, the unit is about creating a show from the ground up, so it involves the class coming together as a working unit, this allowed them to work as a team to put on the best show possible. Two overall project mangers (chosen by the students for the students) oversaw the whole process of the team with each member being asked to present a personal idea that can be created to display and at the same time, help taking part of the marketing responsibility, making use of all times of medium to present the show, such as radio, internet, press, newsletters and word of mouth. Not only were the students being asked to present the show but as part of their work write about the process and workings involved, such as looking at locations, idea development, researching types of shows and looking at the units inspiration “Nam June Paik”. Amongst the performances taking place were ‘The Steel Man Project’ by
Chris Leech. Chris said: “The Steel Man Project is an original piece of music that has been composed by myself, it is a guitar only piece of music. “The installation was a live performance/projection. On the wall was a projection of the sound waves, produced by playing. This is designed to give the effect of being able to “see sound”. Also included was “Paper Dress” by Rachael Bradley. This was a sculpture, it
is a mannequin wearing a dress made out of a paper image, the images are of a person wearing a paper dress made of newspaper. It is essentially a dress within a dress. This concept was inspired by Nam June Paik’s, TV’s inside TV’s. The display also included “Morning Makeup” by Sam Bates. This piece was Sam Bates
a video which was played on a screen. The video is of Sam applying her daily makeup, to represent repartition in daily routine, based on Nam June Paik’s video of someone doing and undoing a button on a coat. This showed that simplicity and repetition can be effective and shows the realism of repartition in our lives.
BIG LOTTERY FUND DROP-IN ADVICE SESSION The Big Lottery Fund and Knowsley CVS will be holding a Drop-in Advice Session on Monday 21st February from 10am - 2pm at Kirkby Library, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8RR Big Lottery Fund (BIG) are keen to raise awareness of funding opportunities for community and voluntary groups in Knowsley. BIG funds new and existing projects between £300 - £500,000 connected to health, education, environment and charitable purposes, with a focus on improving communities and the lives of people most in need. A representative from BIG and Knowsley CVS will be at Kirkby Library to answer any funding questions you have about their current funding programmes. For further details contact Jannine Antigha on 0151 489 1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Challenge February 2011
ON THE NEIGHBOURHOOD BEAT Hi, I’m Tami Garvey-Jones the Neighbourhood Inspector for South Kirkby. I am based at Kirkby Police Station and my neighbourhood team are responsible for policing Westvale, Southdene, Field Lane, Kirkby Town Centre and Knowsley Industrial Estate. During the past 12 months, since I have been in my current role, my team and I have been working hard with the public and our partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in South Kirkby – and we have had some great successes. Last year, there were 389 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) compared to 2009 - a 12% reduction in ASB. We have had 3 Section 30 dispersal Orders in place in Westvale, Southdene and Kirkby Town Centre. These prevent groups of young people from gathering in the designated area between certain times of the day and night. In addition, we have agreed 79 Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC’s) in 2010, which is a voluntary ‘good will’ agreement made between people involved in ASB, the Police and Knowsley Anti-Social Behaviour Unit (KASBU). These are in place for six months and are tailored to the individual. If the individual person continues to act anti-socially, their behaviour may lead to an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO). We will
continue to issue these contracts, not only to young people, but also to their parents/guardians. Burglary continues to be a priority for my neighbourhood. Following an increase in offences between January to March last year, my officers increased patrols in problem areas, and ran a number of operations and crime prevention events to reassure local residents and deter criminals. We have also been working with partners to carry our home security checks and issued 300 Smartwater kits to particularly vulnerable homes. As a result, we have started to see a reduction in burglary. Last month we had 16 fewer burglaries compared to December 2009 – a reduction of 52%. You can help to keep your home safer by taking some simple steps to avoid becoming a victim of burglary:
• If you have a UPVC door, ensure that it is locked with the key, if not, these doors are relatively easy to break into, but locking it makes it very difficult. • Keep your doors and windows locked when you are not at home, even if you are just going out for a short time. • Keep garden sheds locked. Put away garden furniture and tools as it has been known for burglars to use the Victims tools to break into your home. • Install a security light if you do not already have one. • Install window alarms on all downstairs windows and doors if you do not already them. • Security mark all your property, especially electrical items, with your house number and postcode using a UV marker pen or permanent marker. If you have any concerns or issues that you would like to raise, come to one of our monthly ‘Have Your Say’ meetings. For more information, visit www.merseyside.police.uk and type in your postcode. We need your help to make South Kirkby a safer place to live, work and visit. If you have any information about crime or ASB in your area please call your local Dedicated Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0151 709 6010. Alternatively you can call the Knowsley Anti-Social Behaviour Unit on 0151 443 2000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
MISSING FROM HOME Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of 16-year-old Thomas Dingsdale, who has been missing since Friday 14th January. Thomas, who lives in Skelmersdale, was last seen on a shopping trip to Liverpool One at 6.30pm on 14th. He has is described as white, about 5ft 6in tall with cropped dark brown hair, blue eyes and clear complexion. When he was last seen he was wearing a black tracksuit, white Adidas trainers and was in possession of new black Nike trainers with a blue tick on the side. Thomas is known to frequent the Whiston and Prescot areas of Merseyside and the Skelmersdale area of Lancashire. Police are keen to talk to Thomas, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts. People with information are asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 709 6010, and ask for the Knowsley Control Room.
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AVOIDING THE DANGERS OF LOAN SHARKS Knowsley Council is urging residents to avoid being bitten by loan sharks to pay off their Christmas debts this New Year. The council’s Financial Inclusion team is working closely with a number of agencies to provide free advice and support to make sure people don’t find themselves in festive financial trouble. The council is particularly keen to encourage residents not to turn to loan sharks, who charge extremely high interest rates and trap their victims in a spiral of debt. These illegal money lenders often resort to the most extreme methods to enforce their debts, such as threats, blackmail and violence. Residents can access advice from the council on the different types of legitimate affordable credit, as well as making sure they are receiving their full benefit entitlements. Knowsley Council’s Cabinet
Member for Finance and IT, Cllr Norman Keats, said: “It’s very easy to fall into debt at this time of year as credit card bills start to arrive for the presents and parties that people have enjoyed over Christmas. “We don’t want people to find themselves in financial difficulties and we want them to know that Knowsley Council and its partners have a wide range of support and advice available to help them.” Cllr Ken Keith, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Customer and Corporate Services, said: “We understand that many people may struggle to find the money to pay off their Christmas bills, with credit not available as widely as it used to be. “However, we would strongly urge residents not to use loan sharks. It may seem like a good solution in the short term, but it will create serious problems for you later.” Knowsley Council is advising
residents to look out for the warning signs to avoid illegal money lenders: • Illegal money lenders offer little or no paperwork and may ask you to sign something but never give you a copy. As a result, customers are in the dark about how much they still owe. • Avoid lenders who will not tell you the interest rate on your loan. • Don’t use lenders who take your personal items as security against your loan. • Illegal money lenders may be intimidating, threatening or violent. Contact the police if you are in danger. If residents have information about loan sharks, they can contact the Stop Loan Sharks hotline on 0300 555 2222 or email email@example.com .uk
If residents have money worries they can contact any of the following services for help: • Money Guidance Workers – Book an appointment on 0845 1221 300 for information about a range of topics, including basic budgeting, saving and investing, managing debt and planning for the future. • Credit Advice – Advice on the different types of affordable credit can be obtained from Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or via http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/ • Debt Advice – Specially trained debt advisors can give free and confidential advice. They hold drop in sessions at the council’s One Stop Shops or you can book an appointment on 0151 477 6004. • Benefit Health Check – Staff from Knowsley Council’s Housing Benefit Visiting Take Up Team can provide information on what benefits you may be entitled to. To make an appointment please contact 0151 443 4042. • Credit Unions – These provide savings accounts and low cost loans for credit union members. Enterprise Credit Union (0151 482 0177) 9.30am – 4pm Mon - Fri, Knowsley Mutual Credit Union (0151 545 3380) 9.30am – 5pm Mon – Fri , Halewood Community Credit Union (0151 443 2084) 10am – 1pm Mon - Fri and Southdene Credit Union (0151 548 5200) 11am – 2pm Mon and 12pm – 2 pm Fri. • Financial Advice - You can find more details of benefits you may be entitled to and the local advice services on Knowsley Council’s website on www.knowsley.gov.uk
Know Your Blood Pressure If your blood pressure is above 140 / 90 then you have high blood pressure which could put you at risk of heart disease or stroke.
Getting your blood pressure checked is quick, easy and FREE.
Ask your GP or call 0800 073 0578 for your nearest Knowsley at Heart NHS Health Check. www.knowsley.nhs.uk/knowsleyatheart
of all strokes could be prevented if people with high blood pressure were identified and treated
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“THE GREATEST JOB IN THE WORLD” Foster Caring has been described as ‘The greatest job in the world”. But what is Foster Care? Fostering means looking after a child or young person when they can’t live with their own families; this can be for a number of reasons. This can be a very difficult time for them, when they’ll need lots of support and care. There are different types of fostering, from looking after a child in an emergency, to caring for a young person just at weekends, to supporting a child until they’re ready to be independent. But Foster Caring is more than that; The Challenge spoke to Barbara Nodwell, Senior Practioneer at Knowsley Foster Carers and a group of parents who have taken up the challenge of fostering in Knowsley and find out why they foster children. “There is an urgent need for fostering in Knowsley”, said Barbara Nodwell: “If we cannot meet this need we may have to send them outside of the borough, which we do not want as these children need continuity and stability to lead a normal life as possible”. Carer A: “Fostering is a full time job which needs a commitment and realisation of what it will involve, but it's also the most rewarding and fulfilling job that you could ever have. “My wife and I both love children a neighbour of ours was a foster carer and told us all about fostering, I was impressed by her work and commitment so I attended a
process can take time, they have to make sure that applicants are acceptable and for the background checks to come through, but it is well worth the time and trouble.
their birth families • to understand why they’re in care, and to have an explanation ready • to be listened to about where they want to be, and to have
“You cannot come into fostering thinking it is an easy job, it can sometimes be very emotional”
fostering meeting to find out more and I was just drawn in, it is the most wonderful thing that you can do. “I am just a normal person, nothing special, just doing something that I choose to do, anybody can do what I do”. Carer B: “I am new to fostering, but I believe that what I am doing is so worthwhile”. Carer C: “I actually feel proud to do what I do, I take great pride in the fact that I am helping some child who is in need. “We have a lot of foster carer friends and we all help each other out, we have our own community and support network”
Carer B: “Yes, we seem to have our own little community, in fact, my best friend has just been accepted as a foster carer and my partner jokingly says that it will all be baby and foster talk from now on. “But seriously we all support each other and the help we get from the Knowsley Foster Team is immense, especially when you are new to foster caring. “We receive a lot of training from the Foster team and more importantly lots of advice”. Carer A: “There is always someone there to give advice and support 24 hours a day, you are never left not knowing what to do. Carer B: “It can take a lot of hard work and the application
Carer A: “It is the best thing that has happened to us, I think it is the greatest job in the world”. “What people must understand”, said Barbara Nodwell, “You cannot come into fostering thinking it is an easy job, it can sometimes be very emotional. “You cannot think that it will be easy wage, if you come into it think this you will not be able to do it. “You have to really want to do this because you have to be committed, you will be working with the most vulnerable children in the borough, you will be challenged, you will be rewarded by that challenge, fostering is not just about money. “It is a professional job, it is not an easy option”. Research has shown that although there are some difficulties with researching children’s views, we can be fairly confident about the general findings, which are true for many children. Children want different things to suit their individual circumstances, but they all desire: • an 'ordinary’ family life, and not to feel 'different’ • to maintain relations with
an element of control • to be valued, respected, encouraged (for example, at school) and to be appreciated for themselves. With some exceptions, foster children generally feel positive about being in foster care. You can apply to become a foster carer regardless of gender, marital status, disability, race, culture or religion and there is no upper age limit. You do not need any formal qualifications to become a foster carer but patience, being a good listener and a commitment to providing a home and stability to children and young people is essential. The fostering team work with prospective carers to complete the assessment process. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that fostering is a suitable and safe choice for both the child and the carer. It includes medical and criminal record checks. To register your interest in fostering telephone 0151 443 3958 or e-mail adoption.fostering@knowsley. gov.uk. The fostering team will be holding an Open Day on Monday 18th April from 6-8pm at Astley House, Astley Road, Huyton L36 8HY
FINAL PHASE OF £5.5 MILLION PROJECT NOW UNDERWAY Stockbridge Village-based Villages Housing Association are delighted to announce that the final phase of a £5.5 million refurbishment programme of their five multistorey apartment blocks has now started. This final phase is due to be completed by the end of September, meaning that all 450 apartments will have been refurbished with a brand new kitchen, bathroom, double glazed windows, will have been rewired, had all of the balconies freshly painted, the lifts and CCTV systems upgraded and had new intercom access installed. The five blocks are grouped in to two sites, the ‘Craigs’ (Whincraig, Firscraig and Mosscraig) and the ‘Cliffs’ (Denecliff and Merecliff). The first phase began in April 2008 with G & J Seddon carrying out the work to Whincraig, for which they received a Silver Award as part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The CCS presents awards to the highest scoring 7.5% of sites. Seddons then went on to work on Firscraig. Bramall’s Construction then completed the works to Mosscraig, and will also carry out the works to Denecliff and Merecliff, due to be
completed in September 2011. Tenant feedback on the works has been extremely positive and the Craigs are now fully occupied. The project team are aiming for similar results at the Cliffs. Pat Hennessy who lives in the apartments says, “I am over the moon with my new kitchen and bathroom. It just makes the place look so much more modern. I’ve spoken to lots of people who live here and they’ve all said the same, and how the new windows and balconies make the blocks look so clean and fresh.” With caretakers on-site 24 hours a day, a vibrant community centre boasting many fun activities and events, a quality repairs service, and being at the heart of a £25 million regeneration of Stockbridge Village, it’s easy to see why the apartments are enjoying increased popularity. If you would like more information on how to apply for one of these 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, or would like to view the showflats then give their friendly Multis Project Team a call on 0151 449 1788 or contact us via our website www.villages.org.uk
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Knowsley is looking for lots of different types of foster carers as part of the You Can Foster campaign www.youcanfoster.org Being a foster carer is a very personally rewarding role and it's a way of providing a family life to children who cannot live with their own family. Foster carers are supportive, caring and committed to making a difference to the lives of children and their families.
Are you someone who can provide this role? To find out more information please call the Fostering Service on 0151 443 3958
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SCHOOLS PUT THEMSELVES ON THE MAP FOR SAFER INTERNET DAY Schools in Knowsley are urging young people to keep safe online in a film for Safer Internet Day (SID). Knowsley City Learning Centres have worked with young people in Knowsley to produce a safe internet DVD ‘Virtual World, Real Life’ which is available online at www.knowsley.gov.uk This year’s theme is ‘Our Virtual Lives’ and Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) is encouraging children and young people in Knowsley to get their schools to pledge their support on an online map at www.knowsley.gov.uk Knowsley City Learning Centres have developed a series of activities designed to safeguard children and young people so that they use the internet safely. There is also a competition giving children and young people the chance to win a Flip camera or an iPod Touch. For more information please visit: http://www.knowsleyclcs.org.uk/sid.html Cllr Graham Wright, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Children & Family Services, said: “The internet is a way of life for most people, and is a great place for children to to learn, have fun, meet new friends and exchange information but there are risks too which young people and their parents need to be aware of. Through Safer Internet Day we aim to highlight the risks and ensure young people and their parents know how they can keep safe online.” Advice and guidance is also available on the Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board website at: http://www.knowsleyspace.co.uk/content/Parents/Keepi ngthemsafe1.aspx
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS The 100% Proof Recovery Support Group, which provides support to adults experiencing difficulties with alcohol misuse, have developed a unique partnership with Knowsley Council and recently arranged for a play to be shown to council staff working in Knowsley’s Targeted Youth Support Service, Adult Substance Misuse Team, Community Partnership Team, service users and other council services. The play, which is produced by a Dual Diagnosis Support Group in St Helens, aims to raise awareness of the impact of substance, alcohol, and mental health issues on individuals, families and children. A key theme of the play explores how adults experiencing such difficulties can feel stigmatised, isolated, and suffer judgemental attitudes. This creates barriers to support as adults are afraid to access services because of the potential impact on children and families. It is crucial that adult substance misuse and children’s services
professionals work together closely so families can make best use of the help available. Parents are sometimes more willing to accept support from familiar professionals with whom they already know and can trust. The 100% Recovery Group meets on Thursdays at Prescot Parish Hall between 12noon and 3pm – contact Frank Lally 07864791369 (Chairman) Marie Duffy 07542176292 The Women’s Recovery Group
meets in Kirkby on Tuesdays at Kirkby Fire Station between 12noon and 3pm Contact Marie Duffy 07542176292. Targeted Youth Support ‘Think Family’ pilot contact Peter Fletcher 07825117471 Adult Substance Misuse Team Contact - Jamie McLoughlin 07824372210 Dual Diagnosis Group – Contact Cristine Ollerton 01925291094 or Brian Roscoe 01925 222624.
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SAL4KIDS CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY SAL4Kids, a speech and language support group, celebrated their first anniversary recently. The group was set up for parents by parents to support their children who have language impairments. One of their aims is to increase the awareness of speech and language impairment and the challenges that they all face. They have regular meetings with guest speakers and organise day trips and leisure activities. The group offer a Saturday play group for children their parents and siblings to attend. Pictured with the celebration cake with party helpers, Nicola Farrington, Yvonne Foley, Lisa Chapman, Margaret Thurgeson, and Kathy Moore.
IMPROVING VASCULAR SURGICAL SERVICES ACROSS CHESHIRE AND MERSEYSIDE – THEY WANT YOUR VIEWS! Patients who need treatment for vascular disease can look forward to a healthier future as a result of relocating surgical services across Cheshire and Merseyside hospitals. Research shows that patients’ chances of survival and improved quality of life after treatment are greatest when they are treated by a highly trained specialist team working in a large centre which deals with a higher number of surgical procedures. As well as reducing complications following an operation, and lowering the risk of stroke, it is estimated that between three and five lives could be saved each year by reducing the number of hospitals carrying out more complicated surgery for vascular disease. While a review of vascular services across the region has determined that change needs to takes place, patients and the public are being asked to take part in a consultation exercise to tell us what issues NHS commissioners should consider when deciding which hospitals should be surgical centres within Cheshire and Merseyside. Members of the public, as well as vascular patients and their carers, are invited to an engagement event at the Halliwell Jones Stadium (Warrington Wolves’ stadium), Winwick Road, Warrington, WA2 7NE, between 12.30pm and 3.30pm on Thursday 10th February 2011. Anybody wishing to attend needs to register for the event by contacting Jackie Robinson on 0151 244 3459 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org People will also be able to contribute their views via the internet by logging on to
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CMV SR-public The internet survey closes on February 18th, however the consultation runs until March 2011. Copies of the consultation document can be obtained by calling the telephone number above, or by visiting any of the Cheshire and Merseyside primary care trust websites. Dr Joe Banat, a GP and cardiovascular clinical lead for StHealth, one of the new pathfinder GP consortia, said: “I see this review as a fantastic opportunity for both patients and their GPs to influence and shape this aspect of care for the future benefit of those suffering with these types of problems”. GP colleague Dr Craig Gillespie, from Sefton, added: “As a GP I can see clear benefits to the changes proposed in the vascular review i.e. better outcomes for patients, however, it is imperative that any decisions that change the existing service must be informed by what the public want from their service and where they want it delivered. I would encourage the public to give us their opinions’. There are a number of drivers for change in the way vascular services are delivered, and similar reviews to that in Cheshire and Merseyside are being carried out elsewhere in the North West and across England. In some smaller hospitals there are simply not enough consultants to provide high-quality 24-hour care for patients with vascular diseases. Concentrating specialists in a smaller number of hospitals means that patients can be taken to the most appropriate centre more quickly, where they will then receive the treatment they need for their particular condition. Changing the way services are
delivered will also ensure that patients have equal access to the most up-todate treatments and techniques, and will pave the way for the local introduction of a national screening programme for abdominal aortic aneurysm in older men. Men who are discovered to have this condition need specialist treatment to reduce their risk of dying – at present, local services are not set up to undertake such a screening programme that would meet the standards set by the NHS. Mr John Brennan, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The current review of vascular services in Cheshire and Merseyside is a once in a generation opportunity to shape the provision on increasingly specialist vascular and endovascular care to our population. “This can only be brought about by concentrating expertise into a small number of centres dealing with an increased volume of patients, which we know results in better outcomes for patients”. Treatment for vascular conditions – disorders of the arteries and veins – currently takes place at nine district general hospitals across Cheshire and Merseyside. It is anticipated – at this point in time - that in-patient operations for complex and emergency vascular surgical cases could be concentrated on two sites. There would be no change in the location of outpatient clinics, initial investigations, day case operations and follow-up appointments, all of which would continue to be provided at a patient’s local hospital. Part of the vascular services review, which has been carried out on behalf of
Cheshire and Merseyside primary care trusts, has been the development of a set of clinical standards for vascular services, drawn up by senior consultants from across the region. These standards will be applied to all hospitals providing care to patients with vascular disease – both those hospitals carrying out more routine work, and those which will perform the more complex operations. “Only those patients requiring inpatient surgery for certain conditions may be affected by any change in the configuration of this service and, while we appreciate this may mean longer journey times for some, we hope that any inconvenience will be more than outweighed by the longer-term benefit of less complications following surgery and better health outcomes”.
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A-LEVEL RESULTS IMPROVE A-level exam results in Knowsley show that there has been a big improvement for top performers with A*-C A-Levels and equivalent. Final figures released by the Department for Education show that Knowsley’s overall pass rate continues to be high with: • 89.4% achieving 2+ passes of A-Level equivalent size, up from 86.3% last year, an increase of 3.1%. Nationally, 94.8% achieved this. • The average point score per candidate is 575.4, up from 541.1 last year. • The average point score per entry is 200.3, up from 196.9 last year. • Knowsley is now ranked 135/149 local authorities – a climb of 10 places since 2009. The results also show that the average point score per student has increased significantly since 2009, rising by 34.3 points. Importantly, the new Centres for Learning have made great progress, with All Saints Catholic Centre for Learning achieving an 88.3 point increase compared to the previous All Saints High School. Likewise, there was an increase of 19 points at Halewood Centre for Learning compared to the former college. Knowsley Community College also achieved an increase of 32.1 points. Cllr Graham Wright, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Family Services, said: “These figures demonstrate the advances made since the new Centres for Learning opened and the continued success of Knowsley’s Sixth Form. Well done to all those pupils, parents and teachers who have worked so hard to achieve these results.”
NEW CARERS GROUP LAUNCHED A new group has been set up in Knowsley to help people caring for an adult or a child with autism or an autism related condition. The group has been set up by Carers and Knowsley Health & Wellbeing and will run every Thursday at Kirkby Leisure Centre on Cherryfield Drive between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm. Organisers of the group will offer help and support to the carers of people with Autism, Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Asperger’s syndrome. Autistic Spectrum Conditions are life long and alter the way those affected interact with the world around them. Around one in every hundred people is thought to be affected. Organisers of the group say they hope to improve the quality of life of both the carers and the people they care for. To find out more, people are invited to call in to the drop-in sessions on Thursday evenings or call Ann Senior on 443 4245.
A BIG THANK Huyton with Roby Sea Cadet Unit would like to say a big thank you for your support to the christmas shoebox appeal. The Sea Cadets managed to send over 100 shoeboxes to the troops.
HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR MERSEYSIDE
More than 500 ‘on the spot’ job offers were made to long-term unemployed people at a jobs fair in Liverpool. The Future Jobs Fund event organised by Knowsley Council on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Cabinet and delivered in partnership with Job Centre Plus - attracted more than 1,200 people from across Merseyside, all of whom were looking for work after being unemployed for six months or more. As well as the 541 job offers that were made at the fair, a further 711 follow-up interviews have been arranged which should lead to hundreds more people securing employment in the next few weeks. On the day, vacancies were advertised from employers such as schools, charities and housing trusts for positions ranging from catering assistants and production workers to beauticians and gardeners. The Future Jobs Fund is part of the Liverpool City Region’s Employment and Skills Strategy, which is led by Knowsley Council on behalf of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral and Liverpool. Since July 2009, it has placed more than 5,200 people into work with another 1,300 expected over the next two months, the equivalent of £42.14m invested in the region. Cllr Joe Anderson, Chair of the Liverpool City Region Cabinet, said: “I speak on behalf of everyone in the City Region Cabinet when I say that this event shows what can be
achieved when the Merseyside local authorities work together. The success of this initiative is testament to the positive working relationships developed by the six local authorities. “To see hundreds of out of work people finding jobs is incredible and the impact that will have on their lives, and those of their families, cannot be underestimated. “I know that all of my fellow Leaders from across the City Region would like to join me in thanking Knowsley for organising this event. In terms of success, the results speak for themselves”
“The success of this initiative is testament to the positive working relationships developed by the six local authorities” The Future Jobs Fund Fair came just days after a Public to Private Sector recruitment event was also organised by Knowsley Council, allowing public sector workers from across the region to seek work elsewhere. With around 4,500 jobs expected to be lost from Merseyside councils, the event was an opportunity to help kick start the job search for affected staff. An open invitation was issued by Knowsley to staff from all City Region councils, with more than 500 attending on the day. Companies recruiting included IAC, DHL, QVC, Vertex and Casa Care Cooperative,
offering a range of positions in a wide variety of industries and to suit all levels of experience. As a result of the recruitment fair, nearly 600 follow-up interviews have been arranged to take place over the coming days. Gary Callow of Omega, one of the companies which successfully appointed new recruits on the back of the event, said: “The support offered by Knowsley in the recruitment of new staff is exceptional and, as a company recruiting right across Europe, we have never encountered support like this. "We were able to interview and appoint two members of staff to our company within three days of them voluntarily leaving employment with the council. Knowsley should rightly be proud of their unique approach to working with employers and supporting residents into work.” Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council and the City Region Cabinet’s lead on Employment and Skills, said: “It was really inspirational to attend both of these events and see people being offered jobs or interviews after months of job hunting or uncertainty over the security of their current work. “Work means so much to people, whether they are well established in their careers or just starting out after leaving education. We have a responsibility to do all we can to maximise the opportunities for residents to ease the impact of the economic downturn on our communities.”
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Fashion • Health • Food • Interests - we have it all
GET A MODERN MAKEOVER Spring 2011 embraces stripes in all their guises on everything from skirts, shirts, pants, dresses, clutches and shoes to predictable tees. You'll see mismatched prints, asymmetric cuts and clashing bright stripe designs. Stripes get a modern-makeover in bold colours and diagonal, horizontal and vertical prints. The classic Breton stripe remains as part of the nautical trend. This spring sees colourful big bold stripes in bold vertical, diagonal and horizontal patterns that make a dramatic statement, and nautical themes inspired by the French Riviera. You'll find the traditional (smaller) Breton stripe re-worked in strong colours and cool cuts too. Blue stripe long sleeve bubble kaftan top. £19.99 River Island
F&F Nautical jersey dress £14.00 Tesco
F&F Trapeze coat £35.00 Tesco
F&F Striped cardigan £14.00 Tesco
French Connection Amelia Knits Long Sleeve Cardi £87 John Lewis
Navy and white stripe short sleeve crew neck t-shirt £12.99 River Island
Peter Werth Short Sleeve Stripe Polo Shirt £45 John Lewis
Striped fair trade Raffia beach bag www.katylu.co.uk £15.99
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ChallengeFood Gorgeous Minestrone Soup Ingredients 1/4 lb red split lentils 1 onion 2 cloves garlic 1 courgette 1 carrot 1 red pepper 1 tblsp tomato puree 1 can plum tomatoes 1 tsp dried basil 1 tspn dried oregano 2 oz spaghetti 1 1/2 pints vegetable stock Preparation method 1. Chop onion, crush garlic and cook gently in enough water to cover the bottom of your pan. 2. Puree (or chop to a pulp) the tinned tomatoes and add to the onion and garlic. 3. Thinly slice the courgette, carrot and red pepper and add to the pan. 4. Add the dried herbs, lentils and tomato puree and mix well. 5. Turn the heat up until bubbling and add the stock.
Monday Huyton The Huycap Centre Rupert Road 6.00pm Joanne 254 1298
6. Simmer for 30 mins. 7. Break the spaghetti into tiny pieces and add to the soup. Cook for a further 15 mins 8. Season and serve!
HUYTON GIRL AIMS HIGH FOR CHARITY A determined Huyton resident is taking on the challenge of a life time by climbing the equivalent height of Everest within the UK. Emma Newnes, a Public Relations student from the University of Central Lancashire, is appealing for a team of volunteers to join her in raising vital funds for the Rehabilitation Centre for the Children and Orphans (RCCO), an orphanage in Nepal, and children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent. The climb will take five days, starting on August 1 2011 in the Lake District, and will cover a total of 8753m, 300m higher than Everest, the highest mountain above sea level in the world. RCCO was established in 2004 and is now home to 30 children aged five to 15. The children have been placed in the care of the centre because they have been affected by the political war, physical abuse or they have been abandoned or have been victims of people trafficking. CLIC Sargent is the only charity in the UK that offers families with children suffering from cancer all round care and support. Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. Emma, aged 22, said: “I spent my summer volunteering in Nepal where I visited RCCO and was overwhelmed at what they do for the children within such a tight budget. “CLIC Sargent is such a worthy charity which provides a fantastic service to families during difficult
Tuesday Huyton St John’s Community Centre Manor Farm Road 6.30pm Jo 546 5213 Kirkby Centre 63 Old Hall Lane Next To St Chads 9.30am & 11.00am Eileen 548 0658 Speke The Metal Boxonions Sports And Social Club Speke Boulevard 5.00pm & 6.30pm Clare 07950 631858 Huyton The Old School House St John’s Road, Huyton 6.30pm Jo 546 5213
times. They have one main aim, to ease the burden of childhood cancer and it would be fantastic if the money raised can assist in any way possible. “It is going to be such a challenge, but it will be worth every step to raise money to help these two amazing causes”. If you are interested in taking part in the challenge, sponsorship, or would like to find out any further information please contact Emma on: email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or 07787421695
Wednesday Prescot Prescot Leisure Centre Warrington Road 9.30am & 11.00am 4.30pm & 6.00pm Lynn 480 1665 Dovecot St Margaret Mary’s Social Club (Behind Church) Pilch Lane 9.30am & 4.30pm 6.00pm Julie 449 1074 Halewood The Arncliffe Centre Arncliffe Road Wednesday 6.30pm Lorraine 07889 161137 Huyton The British Legion Archway Road Opposite Old Asda Car Park 5.30pm & 7.00pm Lisa 01704 222988 Thursday Huyton Yew Tree Health Centre 21 Berryford Road, off Finch Lane 6.00pm Jean 290 0034
Huyton The British Legion, Archway Road Opposite Old Asda Car Park 1.30pm & 6.00pm Lisa 01704 222988 Friday Dovecot St Margaret Mary’s Social Club (Behind Church), Pilch Lane 9.30am Julie 449 1074 Saturday Huyton The Huycap Centre, Rupert Road 10.00am Joanne 254 1298
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KNOWSLEY ACTIVE CHALLENGE 2011 It’s that time of year to get active and have fun with the Knowsley Active Challenge 2011 held on Sunday 15th May at Knowsley Hall. The Knowsley Active Challenge is a team running event with a difference, you can run (or walk) safe in the knowledge there is no traffic whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings. There really is something for every age and ability so why not get involved in the following: 3k or 8k walks – Ideal for all ages and abilities, the 3k walk is pushchair and wheelchair friendly whilst the 8k walk is suitable for keen walkers Junior Active Challenge – For those budding athletes, this 2k run is open for young people aged 8 to 16 years and has four school group categories; school years 3 and 4, 5 and 6, 7 and 8 and 9, 10 and 11. Adult 5k Challenge – For those wanting a real challenge, get involved in this 5k run. (For those over 16 years of age) Teams of four: £28 entry per team All of the activities offer breathtaking scenic routes of Lord Derby’s Estate and last year saw over 2,000 people take part. So whatever your age or ability get involved and enjoy a family fun day out; browse the stalls and enjoy the free entertainment and activities on offer throughout the day. The closing date for entries is Friday 6th May so there is plenty of time to sort out your team entry. For more information or to pre-book your entry form for any of the Knowsley Active Challenge events call Michelle Gilmurray on 0151 443 5894 or E-mail email@example.com or visit www.knowsley.gov.uk to download an entry form.
BLIND PUPS ARE LOOKING FOR A GUIDING HAND Staff at Dogs Trust Merseyside are desperately seeking a new home for two eight-week-old blind puppies called Stevie and Wonder. The two brothers were handed into the rehoming centre when their owner struggled to care for them after their sighted siblings all found homes. The delightful duo are in need of a loving home and staff at the rehoming centre are encouraging people not to overlook them because of their disability, as with guidance they can make wonderful family pets. Georgina Lowery, Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre
Manager said: “Stevie and Wonder are utterly adorable – their favourite game is to play ‘chase the mop’ together. Their sense of hearing is excellent and they are picking up commands quite quickly. While they need extra care and attention to ensure that they don't get into any mischief, they are incredibly adaptable and we are training them as we would sighted puppies.” Georgina adds: “They are very inquisitive so we are looking for a dedicated owner for them who can keep a watch on them and steer them clear of hazards. That means a home without stairs
and ideally a secure garden where they can explore their senses. “They may also benefit from living with another gentle dog who can show them the ‘doggy ropes’ and
act as a guide dog to teach them where things are”. If you think you could offer these two pups a guiding hand, please call Dogs Trust Merseyside on 0151 480 0660.
FROM KABUL TO KIRKBY
CVS LEADING THE WAY Knowsley CVS recently hosted a major conference – How to Survive and Thrive in Civil Society - KCVS leading the way. The conference explored what opportunities are on the horizon to ensure that the much needed Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise organisations within Knowsley survive and prosper in the new and emerging landscape resulting from national government initiatives and policies. The Conference at the Huyton Suite was attended by 170 delegates who were able to participate in a range of practical workshop sessions highlighting the support which the sector can receive from Knowsley CVS and addressing relevant topics for future sustainability - explaining essential survival skills to help the sector adapt and move forward in this fast changing environment. Further information about the conference, together with downloadable copies of the various workshop presentations are available on the Knowsley CVS website at www.knowsleycvs.org.uk
Steve Dumbell pictured with the latest Your Travel vehicle A Merseyside community transport company decided to ‘go that extra mile’ to acquire its latest vehicle. Kirkby-based social enterprise Your Travel Borough Wide Ltd - which is run by Knowsley Development Trust - has just bought a coach which previously belonged to the RAF in Afghanistan. The 2006 Iveco bus was used by officers to transport Afghan children to school and to move troops around the country.
After refurbishment is complete - work which has included the removal of bullet-proof screens - the bus will be used on Your Travel’s various public sector contracts around Merseyside. These include transporting young people to work-based learning for Knowsley Council, and primary schoolchildren to swimming lessons for both Liverpool City Council and St Helens Borough Council. Knowsley Development Trust Chief Executive, Steve
Dumbell, said: “One of our key roles is to meet the transport needs of local community groups who are unable to afford the privatesector alternative. “To make our prices affordable we need to keep our running costs down, and that in turn means ensuring that any vehicle we buy represents real value for money. “As a result, we’ve sourced buses from as far afield as Northern Ireland in the past, but never anywhere such a
distance away as Afghanistan. “Nevertheless, we’re really pleased with our acquisition it’s a sound vehicle, we got it at a very good price after a tender process and we’re sure it will do a good job for us in the years ahead.” added Mr Dumbell. Your Travel was established in 2004 with a fleet of just six minibuses. The company has grown to become one of the region’s largest community transport operators, with 30 vehicles.
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A TASTE OF INDIA COMES TO HALEWOOD HELP IS ON HAND FOR YVONNE
Dance teacher Purvi Parikh with members of the Halewood Happy Dancers group.
The Halewood Happy Dancers, who all attend the New Hutte Centre on Lichfield Road, started looking at Indian dance and culture last year. Now they are planning to start a second 12-week course with dance teacher Purvi Parikh and produce a dvd film of their project, with help from local students. Geraldine Regan, support worker at the New Hutte Centre, said: “Purvi has been absolutely brilliant and has built up a really good relationship with the dance group – they want her to keep coming back. “We hope to link with local students so they can film the sessions with Purvi and produce the dvd as a project for them. “At the end of the 12-weeks
the dvd will be something for the Halewood Happy Dancers to keep. “This project has been beneficial to the group in so many ways; it has helped to build their self esteem. It is something different and they really value doing it.” Initial dance workshops earlier this year fired such interest that the group started to learn more about Indian culture including food, dress, art, music and festivals. At the end of that 12-week program the group performed a showcase of what they had learned for users of the centre, where they wore traditional saris, had henna tattoos and enjoyed Indian food. The second program is planned
to get under way early this year, with filming throughout and the dvd will be produced at the end. The New Hutte Centre is a day centre for adults with learning disabilities, ran by Knowsley Health and Wellbeing Services. The Indian culture film project has been funded with a grant from Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT). Jenny O’Brien, from KHT, said: “In today’s communities, it is very important to be able to appreciate different cultures. “We believe learning about other cultures can help equality and diversity - one of our core values - to thrive. “This project is bringing a huge amount of fun and enjoyment to the dance group and all users of the centre.”
NEW YEAR RECYCLING BOOST The New Year has brought a welcome boost for recycling in Knowsley. The Christmas and New Year period saw residents recycle more of their waste than for any other festive period. Almost 500 tonnes of glass jars, bottles, cans, paper, card and plastic bottles, as well as food leftovers, were recycled over the two week festive break - an increase of 17% on the previous year. The increase is down to the Borough’s ongoing commitment to drive up recycling rates, which last year saw the introduction of a new ‘Everyone’s Recycling’ campaign – featuring high profile messages on bus stops, bin lorries, supermarket trolleys and petrol pumps. A number of local and national initiatives are
also helping Knowsley residents increase their recycling, as well as reducing the amount of waste they produce. These include Knowsley’s Food Waste Recycling Service which provides a weekly collection of household food waste, and a campaign to reduce the amount of ‘junk mail’ dropping through letterboxes. Almost 9,000 residents have regular food waste collections and a similar number have signed up for the Mail Preference Service – which stops the delivery of unwanted mail. Residents can sign up for Knowsley’s food waste recycling service or find more information about the Mail Preference Service by visiting www.knowsley.gov.uk
FOR Knowsley single mum Yvonne Deboe finding a job that she could manage around bringing up her children proved just too difficult - so after being unable to work for several years she decided to try something new and started up her own business. Now, the 37-year-old runs Marrisanya a mobile nail and beauty business which she is able to manage around bringing up her two young children. She said: “I have wanted to get back into work for so long now, but it just hasn’t been possible. “I have got two daughters aged 13 and seven and my youngest has epilepsy, so I needed to be around for her a lot. Luckily now her condition has stabilised so it has given me the chance to go out and work again.” Yvonne originally trained in nails back in 2001 but since then has never had the opportunity to work and last year she went back to college to study a beauty course in the lead up to running her own business. “I knew I had the skills” said Yvonne, “so after I completed my course I decided to just go for it and set up my own business, I work from home and also go out to customer’s homes. It works really well for me, because I know I can still be there for my girls.” Yvonne, who is from the Northwood area of Knowsley, said she was also inspired to set up the business because there was no one else offering mobile nail and beauty treatments in the area. Through Marrisanya, a business name inspired by the combination of her daughters’ names Marissa and Shanaya, Yvonne offers a variety of treatments including acrylic and gel nails, manicures, pedicures, facials and much more. Yvonne first heard about The Women’s Organisation at her local job centre. She then came along to the women’s enterprise agency where she received help and advice in starting up her business under the business start up programme. “The Women’s Organisation was brilliant” said Yvonne “it was so nice to have somewhere to go to for help, particularly as I had been out of work for such a long time, it really gave me the confidence I needed to go out there and start up my own business. “I worked with my adviser Amanda who helped me put my business plan together and she was really nice and made me feel at ease.” Yvonne added: “I really love what I do and I am so happy to be working again. I am doing this for myself and for my daughters; this is much more than just a job for me.” Anyone who is interested in booking Yvonne or finding out more about the range of treatments she has to offer should call her on 0151 289 8126. or drop her an email on Yvonne.firstname.lastname@example.org And, if like Yvonne you’re a woman who is interested in starting up your own business please call The Women’s Organisation on 0151 236 6601 or email email@example.com
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Business Matters with Welcome to the third edition of business matters with Butterworth Barlow. This column provides general business advice and answers to your questions on a wide range of issues facing small businesses and individuals in Knowsley. At Butterworth Barlow, our experienced Partners are happy to offer a free one hour consultation to discuss all of your business, tax or accounting needs. Contact Us If you have a question for us or would like to arrange a meeting, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Barry or Gavin on 0151 493 9700. Question I have seen a lot in the press recently about filing your tax return, do I need to complete one? Broadly speaking if you are self employed, a partner in a business or a company director, you should already receive a Self Assessments Tax Return but there are other individuals who are legally required to complete a Return regardless of whether they have received one from HM Revenue & Customs. If you rent out a property then you must complete a Return and declare the income even if you have not made a profit or you have lived in the property in the past. Another situation where a Tax Return should be completed is if you have made a capital gain in a given tax year, for example on the sale of a property. (However please note that your main residence is exempted from this requirement.) There are other less common situations were a Return is required such as if you have overseas income, are a trustee or a pensioner with an income of over £22,900. In some cases it is advisable to request a Tax Return even if there is no requirement to complete one. An example of this would be where you have multiple jobs. In such circumstances the tax deducted at source by your employers may not be correct and completing a Return will ensure that this is corrected at the end of the year. As always there are exceptions and complications and the requirement to complete a return is not always clear. Professional advice is always recommended. Disclaimer All advice given above is generic in nature. Professional advice should be sought in relation to your own individual circumstances.
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KHT MAKES STONEWALL’S
TOP 100 Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) has made it into a top 100 list of gayfriendly employers for the third year running. KHT has ranked number 68 in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2011, improving on last year’s position at 97, and is the only North West housing organisation to make the top 100. Of the four housing sector organisations in the top 100, KHT is the only housing association to make the list. Gay rights charity Stonewall tracks the impact of workplace culture on gay, lesbian and bisexual employees. It has quickly become a key indicator of positive practice in diversity. The Index is based on a range of key indicators which this year included the largest ever confidential survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees, with over 9,000 participants. KHT Chief Executive Bob Taylor said: “We are incredibly proud of this achievement. It celebrates the diverse and inclusive environment we have strived to create across our organisation. “To have improved on last year’s ranking is a fantastic achievement and this is down to the tremendous hard work and commitment of our staff. “However we will continue to drive forward our equality and diversity
agenda even more next year and ensure we are placed even higher.” Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: “Competition was fiercer than ever to secure a place on the 2011 Top Employers List. “We received more entries than any previous year. The Index is a powerful tool used by Britain's 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills.” KHT is dedicated to promoting equality and diversity. It has been involved in a number of projects that raise awareness of issues around gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability and ethnicity and help to break down barriers within the housing association and its communities. In 2010 KHT helped promote FIT, a play aimed at tackling homophobia in young people, took part in the first ever Liverpool Pride march and worked with the Albert Kennedy Trust to tackle the problem of homelessness with young people. KHT also operate several training programs aimed at recruiting more members of minority ethnic groups to work in housing.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - NEW BYLAWS PLANNED Councillors in Knowsley are being asked to approve a new byelaw to offer more protection to people who undergo cosmetic treatments. The council is proposing to adopt a new model byelaw which would ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of beauty treatment premises in the borough and the instruments, materials and equipment used. The new byelaw will cover treatments including acupuncture, tattooing, semipermanent skin-colouring, cosmetic piercing and electrolysis. Knowsley’s existing byelaws were introduced in 1986 and cover acupuncture, ear piercing, electrolysis and tattooing, but not some of the newer techniques now in use. If the councillors endorse and then approve the byelaw, it will be sent to the Secretary of State for Health for confirmation. Businesses which carry out the treatments will have to register with the council or face tougher enforcement action of a conviction or fine. Councillors will be asked to endorse the proposed byelaw at a meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 2 February 2011.
Cllr Ken Keith, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate and Customer Services, said: “Introducing this new byelaw would be an extremely positive step because it would provide clear and consistent high standards in the beauty therapy industry in Knowsley. “Our focus is on making sure that customers who undergo beauty treatments in the borough do so in a safe, clean and hygienic environment. “We appreciate that beauty therapy treatments have moved on since our existing byelaws were introduced and it is important that our approach is updated to reflect that.” Mike Harden, Knowsley Council’s Executive Director of Corporate Resources, said: “If this byelaw is adopted, we will work closely with local businesses in Knowsley to ensure that they are correctly registered with us. “This is all about driving up standards within the industry and giving customers confidence in the quality of the treatment they receive. “It will also enable us to properly regulate this industry in Knowsley and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action if businesses fail to meet these higher standards.”
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HOUSEHOLDS JOIN GREEN NEIGHBOUR CHALLENGE A group of Huyton residents have been the first to sign up for Knowsley’s Green Neighbour Challenge. More than 30 households from the Bowring Park area – including the local pub - have signed up for the 12-month scheme which will help them reduce their carbon footprint – and household bills. Working with council officers, residents will use a carbon calculator to estimate their current carbon emissions and highlight areas for improvement. A plan of action will be developed focusing on reducing energy and water consumption, as well as changing travel and shopping habits. In addition, they will attend meetings with expert speakers from both the council and organisations such as the Energy Saving Trust. It’s estimated the residents will save around 70 tonnes of CO2 during the project – an average of 2.2 tonnes per household. One tonne of CO2 is the equivalent of an average car driving 3,000 miles. Julia Davies, landlady of The Bowring Park pub, which has joined the scheme, said: “It’s great to be involved with a programme which will help us do our bit for the environment, and save money on household bills. It shows if we all do a little, it can make a big difference.” Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture said: “This pilot initiative is the first of its kind in Knowsley and will be rolled out across the borough on a phased basis from 2011/12 onwards.”
Residents’ group – Pub landlady Julia Davies joins other members of the Bowring Park Green Neighbour Challenge.
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ChallengeTravel TOP 100 HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS FOR 2010 Kiwi Collection, the world's most trusted booking resource for exceptional hotels has released its first-ever Top 100 Destinations list. The list was compiled from Kiwi Collection's website analytics and showcases the most popular hotel and resort destinations from a combination of consumer reservations and research browsing. “Compiling such data provides insightful information into consumer behaviour and possible trends for 2011,” said President and CEO Philippe Kjellgren. Key observations from 2010 consumer activity include: • With a weakened US Dollar, New Yorkers welcomed a larger than expected number of travelers from around the globe and claimed the number one position for booked and viewed hotels • Unsurprisingly, trendy destinations such as Paris, Dubai, London, Florence, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, and Venice snapped up top spots with ease. • Asia's popularity continues to grow, claiming four of our top ten spots. • Turks and Caicos has risen dramatically, becoming the number one Caribbean hotspot. • The 2010 Winter Olympics have apparently paid off for Vancouver, Canada, acquiring the number seven spot. • Koh Samui has overtaken Phuket as the leading luxury beach resort destination in Thailand.
• Bangkok has shaken off concerns over safety to once again become an in- demand culture capital offering exceptional value for money at the luxury level. • Hong Kong holds fast in eighth place, securing its status as Asia's gateway. • The small country town of Lithgow, Australia made the 21st position due to a strong, targeted campaign by Emirate's new Wolgan Valley Resort. • India showed renewed strength with four cities claiming top spots: New Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur. Kiwi Collection's Top 100 Destinations List for 2010 1. New York 2. Dubai 3. London 4. Paris 5. Singapore 6. Bangkok 7. Vancouver 8. Hong Kong S.A.R. 9. Florence 10. Koh Samui 11. Milan 12. Phuket 13. Beverly Hills 14. Rome 15. Providenciales 16. Marrakech 17. Barcelona 18. Venice 19. Buenos Aires 20. Las Vegas 21. Lithgow 22. Shanghai 23. Baie Lounge 24. Beijing
25. Nairobi 26. San Francisco 27. Chicago 28. Municipio de Comala 29. Miami 30. Istanbul 31. Cape Town 32. Hua Hin 33. Miami Beach 34. Tokyo 35. Cannes 36. Sydney 37. San Diego 38. Mexico City 39. Elounda 40. Solidariadad 41. Washington 42. Amsterdam 43. Ubud 44. Playa del Carmen 45. Punta Cana 46. New Delhi 47. Mumbai 48. Macau, S.A.R. 49. Berlin 50. Madrid 51. Athens 52. Boston 53. Nusa Dua 54. Prague 55. Vilamoura 56. Melbourne 57. Sao Paulo 58. Lisbon 59. Scottsdale 60. Udaipur 61. Bora Bora 62. Rio de Janeiro 63. San Jose del Cabo 64. Chiang Mai 65. South Beach
66. Santa Monica 67. Sabi Sand Reserve 68. Antigua 69. Montego Bay 70. Seminyak Beach 71. West Hollywood 72. Krabi 73. San Miguel de Allende 74. Geneva 75. Uluwatu 76. Jimbaran 77. Toronto 78. Masai Mara Reserve 79. Lech -Arlberg 80. Vienna 81. Hvar 82. Abu Dhabi 83. Great Barrier Reef 84. Soufriere 85. Stockholm 86. Cabo San Lucas 87. Montreal 88. San Pedro de Atacama 89. Cusco 90. Madikwe Game Reserve 91. Sunny Isles Beach 92. St. Moritz 93. Kuala Lumpur 94. Grumeti Reserves 95. Jakarta 96. Jaipur 97. Seville 98. New Orleans 99. Negril 100. Hoi An
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WEEKEND BREAKS Escape the rain and the January blues with an abseiling adventure in Jersey, a whisky tasting weekend in Scotland or a kite flying festival in Cyprus. Cheapflights.co.uk, the UK's leading website for flight search and comparison, gives travellers something to look forward to, with its Top 10 Weird and Wonderful Weekend Breaks. “February is the most common month for experiencing a mood dip, and travel is one of the best antidotes for it,” says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights.co.uk. “Exploring new places and trying new things are two of this year's most popular New Year’s resolutions, and with plenty to explore either in or not far from the UK, a much needed getaway doesn't have to cost the earth,” continues Hallak. Rollerblading in Barcelona: Already famous for its culture, food, and stunning architecture, Barcelona is also one of Spain's hotspots for rollerblading. Hosting the country's biggest skate shop, Inercia, the city offers tours and classes for all levels. Let the good times roll, literally, with flights from £59 return. Scotland's Scotch Whisky: Known its whisky producing skills, Scotland is a great place to grab a long weekend for some of the finest whisky sampling in the world. Many specialist companies offer themed weekends around this experience, with Edinburgh being one of the more famous spots for it. Flights from £51 return. Kite Flying in Cyprus: Celebrate the run up to Easter with a Kite Festival in Cyprus, which takes place on
Monkey Business in Girona: Head to Girona, Spain and do a good deed in 2011 by volunteering with rescued chimps. Aside from feeding and cage cleaning, volunteers also get to spend quality time getting to know these clever creatures. Flights from £79 return. Painting in Tuscany: Italy is one of the world's birthplaces for art and with so much beautiful scenery, it's the perfect place to combine a holiday with a love for painting. Head to the Tuscan countryside, for painting holidays filled with glorious food and some of the world's best wine. Grab flights to Florence from £56 return and drive or take a train to the countryside.
the first day of Lent. Known as Green Monday, the festival is marked by hitting the beaches, laying out picnics and flying kites. What could be more blissful? Set sail with flights from £79 return.
High-wire Adventure in Saalbach: Austria's Saalbach serves up one of the country’s largest high-wire forest parks. Suitable for all age groups, this invigorating outdoor adventure offers stunning scenery and a breath of fresh air, literally. Flights from £79 return.
Abseiling in Jersey: Who said you couldn't keep it local and still get a buzz? Get sailing on the Jersey shore, abseiling that is. A veritable hub for the sport, sail seekers can head to St. Brelade for beautiful vistas and a multitude of activities. Flights from £88 return.
Star gazing in Turkey: Normally a holiday hot spot for sun seekers, Turkey also hosts some of world's best astronomy tours. Star gazers can start out in Istanbul and take special tours that head round the country for some of stunning galactic vistas. Flights to Istanbul start from £86 return.
Bungee Jumping in Normandy: This seaside town full of small villages and countryside charm offers bungee jumpers an adrenalin rush juxtaposed by relaxation; the perfect combo. Get a jumpstart by taking flights to Lyon from £53 and catching a train to Normandy.
Get Spooked in Jersey: The UK’s hidden adventures are never-ending. Ghost chasers who like to receive their adrenalin rush in the form of a fright can head to Jersey where ghost tours pack a real spook, and cost as little as £5. Flights from £88 return.
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Congratulations go to Kirkby Sports College Dance Club who were successful in their auditions for U.Dance 2011 at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays. This enabled them to represent Merseyside in a prestigious performance that showcased regional talent of the highest standards. The girls’ dance club, and performance, was made up of pupils from varying year groups, 7-11, which gave the performance real depth and excitement. The theme of the dance was ‘Bollywood’ and the pupils portrayed an Indian Village celebration through their movements and use of costumes and material. The girls’ dance club will be performing in Liverpool in March.
PRESCOT SWIMMING CLUB TOP THE SECOND DIVISION Prescot made it two wins in a row in the latest Division 2, Merseyside and District swimming gala at Leasowe pool on the Wirral. In a close fought affair the lead changed hands several times between Prescot and a strong Bootle & North Liverpool team which left Prescot facing a nine point deficit with only the 10 freestyle relays to go. Prescot took 4 firsts, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and a fifth from these final events to overcome Bootle to take the gala by 208 points to Bootle’s 200. The fighting spirit shown by the whole team epitomised what has been a great start to the competition season and leaves Prescot top of the league and only two galas from clinching promotion to the 1st Division. This would give Prescot their second promotion in a matter of months. Prescot train at Scotchbarn Pool, Scotchbarn lane, Prescot 8-9pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays plus 3-5pm on Sundays. New memberships are now being taken for learn to swim and competitive swimming.
Knowsley Alphabet Project Get involved in helping to create 26 new pieces of public art for Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park The theme is letters of the alphabet using Edward Lear’s alphabet, who wrote The Owl and the Pussycat.
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