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Strawberry Field creates exciting job training opportunities for people across the City with:- 'Steps at Strawberry Field's

THE Steps to Work programme at Strawberry Field is evolving to become 'Steps at Strawberry Field,' now offering increased inclusivity and a wider range of accessible training to more people. Made up of four individually tailored programmes, providing employment skills, work experience, and opportunities to volunteer, the new scheme will create opportunities for people across the City.

The Salvation Army's goal through Strawberry Field is to help even more people to realise their dreams. Previously Steps to Work was only available to those aged 18 to 25, but the team recognised the need to increase the portfolio of programmes, which are now open to those of all ages who may have learning difficulties or other barriers to employment.

Alongside Steps to Work, the new scheme will now include:- 'Steps to Work lite,' a more condensed version of the original Steps to Work, 'Steps to Volunteer,' for those who want to take the next step in their volunteering journey and receive a formal qualification, and 'Recycles,' a hands on programme based at the Recycles project in Liverpool City Centre.

Steps at Strawberry Field Programme Manager, Alan Triggs says:- "It is an exciting time for Strawberry Field as thanks to additional funding from the European Social Fund (ESF), we are able to introduce additional programmes and reach out to more people across the Liverpool City Region."

Nationally, opportunities are limited for working age adults with learning disabilities; only between 6% and 7% are in paid employment. Steps at Strawberry Field tackles these obstacles for every person it works with, supporting them to reach their full potential.

Strawberry Field Mission Director, Major Kathy Versfeld says:- "The expansion to the programme will, we hope, prove a godsend to the many individuals whose aspirations of gainful employment have been pushed even further out of reach by the Pandemic. We want them to know we are pulling out all the stops to support them in realising their dreams and in harnessing their unique potential, so that together we can build better, more inclusive and diverse workplaces."

The Salvation Army site, made famous by John Lennon in The Beatles hit 'Strawberry Fields Forever' opened its iconic red gates to the public for the 1st time in 2019. Previously the site of a Salvation Army children's home where the young John Lennon played in the grounds, the new visitor Centre and training hub continues the legacy of caring for young people in the local community through Steps at Strawberry Field. Profits from the exciting visitor experience; including:- an interactive exhibition, café, shop and gardens; go back towards funding the programmes, with additional funding also provided by the ESF.

The original Steps to Work programme started in October 2018 and is now on its 5th cohort of trainees. It has even continued through the Pandemic restrictions with the creation of:- 'Steps from Home,' a series of virtual workshops, online learning and wellbeing sessions, which can be completed anywhere. As soon as restrictions allow, the team and trainees will be back on site, continuing their journey into work and beginning the new series of programmes.

For more information on Steps at Strawberry Field, the programmes available and how you can join, please visit the website: StrawberryFieldLiverpool.Com. 

Car flips onto roof after bus crash in Southport Town Centre

Photo by:- Michelle and Richard.

MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service attended a road traffic collision involving a single decker bus and a car, next to the War Memorial, London Square, Lord Street, Southport, Thursday, 22 April 2021. We are told that on arrival crews found that the car was on its roof. Fire and Rescue Service added that:- "1 person was still inside the car when our crews arrived. Firefighters stabilised the vehicle and administered oxygen therapy before assisting the person from the vehicle. They were then assessed by paramedics at the scene but did not require hospital treatment. One other person has received precautionary checks at the scene." We also have had reports that another person who was in the car managed to get out of the vehicle unaided, was given a precautionary assessment at the scene. The car on its roof, outside the door of Prezzo drew a large crowd of people, some of who tired to help. A cordon was put in place as firefighters and paramedics attended to the driver and a passenger in the car. These are photos sent in to used by readers Michelle and Richard, who said:- "We were walking down London Street by Prezzo when this happened in front of our eyes!" And another reader and Twitter follower @SouthportSnapp1 who sent us in photos as well.

Photo by:- SouthportSnapp1

Photo by:- Michelle and Richard.

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