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Edition No. 163

Date:- 14 August 2004

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THE Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Frank Roderick, will present children from the Wonderland Nurseries with commemorative scrolls at a special graduation ceremony today.

Around 40 children from the two Wonderland Nurseries in Liverpool will take part in the ceremony to celebrate their time at the nursery. 

Parents and friends are invited to watch their children on August 14, who will be dressed in mortar boards and gowns, take part in the ceremony. Each child will be presented with a scrolled commemorative certificate to evoke the happy memories of their time at the nursery.

Nursery Manager Gloria Gower said:- "This is a wonderful occasion for our new graduates and their parents. It is a fitting tribute and finale to their time at nursery with us before they move on to primary school and continue their early years learning."

Everyone is really entering into the spirit of the occasion with one group of parents even hiring a stretch limo to transport their children to the event!"

Art Base at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight

THE LADY Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, 0151 478 4136 Free arty activities for children of all ages are available from the Artbase, including an animal picture trail around the gallery, jigsaws and coloring in fun.


THE 230,000 deaf and hard of hearing people living in Merseyside have only until 10 September to get free, confidential and personal advice on careers and training under the Activeguidance scheme run by RNID, the largest charity representing deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK.   

Activeguidance is an email helpline for deaf and hard of hearing people wanting advice on any concerns they have in their current role, finding a new job or enhancing their education. 

Alan McClure, Employment Manager at RNID says:- "The scheme is part of our strategy to reduce unemployment faced by those with a hearing loss. Research has found that the unemployment rate amongst deaf people (19%) is four times that of the national average (5%) for all non-disabled people1. Deaf and hard of hearing people have excellent skills and employers need to look beyond the disability to realise that this talent can be tapped with very little or no additional cost or adjustment on the part of the organisation."

BBQ to Save School

DESPITE the ill-fated St. John's Primary School, Denmark Street, Waterloo being earmarked for closure next year, the local community continues to fight on in its bid to save the building.

Protests over the school due for closure in September 2005 has outraged parents, children and teaching staff alike and many events have been held in their bid to raise cash to save the building for educational purposes.

A family event has been planned to take place next month in their fight to save the school in which a Bar-Be-Que and other activities are to take place in their fundraiser.

Tickets are available in local stores in Waterloo for the event priced at £2.00 per adult and £1.50 for children. They are also available by contacting the school office on 0151-928-5685 from 2nd September. 

Reforms welcomed by TUC

TUC Learning Services North West has welcomed apprenticeship reforms announced by the government where new apprenticeships are to be increased in the working environment.

The TUC supports the new government initiative to increase the number of apprenticeships available to young people across the region and believes the changes will benefit businesses in Wirral by boosting productivity through bridging the skills gap.

As well as providing people with on the job training, the TUC believes apprenticeships are a cost-effective way for Wirral's businesses to build on the skills of their workforces.

Dave Eva, Regional Co-ordinator at TUC Learning Services said:- "We strongly believe in the apprenticeship programme and are working with trade unions and employees to ensure more businesses and young people make the most of the opportunities the scheme presents."

The government's reforms build on the success of Modern Apprenticeships, which saw numbers grow from 75,800 trainees in 1997 to 255,500 today - the highest ever level.

The TUC forecasts this figure will rise as more unions take the TUC message on board. Dave said:- "Our role is to promote the opportunities apprenticeships present to businesses among employers and highlight their value within the unions."

TUC Learning Services is currently working with trade unions and employers to develop a model of best practice to share throughout the region.

Liverbird Festival craft activities

THE Liverpool Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool, 0151 478 4393  Craft activities in association with the RSPB.  Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Thursday 12, Friday 13 & Sunday 15 August,


Log On Today!  Hear the local bands, pop, rock, classical, jazz and more... also going out soon will be phone ins and other talk events that will keep you entertained.