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Edition No. 175

Date:- 13 November 2004

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Children's Home To Create Poignant Mosaic.

YOUNGSTERS from a Liverpool children's home, Gladstone House, are to create a poignant mosaic that depicts their views of the city's culture thanks to an award of £48,200 to Liverpool SAFE Productions from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Initially the group will focus on Liverpool's architectural heritage and then go onto the legacy of immigrants arriving in the city and their contribution to the vibrant history and culture of the city.

Terry Feeley, headteacher from Gladstone House said:- "We are delighted to have received the funding to undertake this project.

Our education programme is a major part of work here with young people, and this project will be both challenging and rewarding for this group of young adolescent boys who have previously given up on education".

The project will culminate in the creation of a mosaic depicting aspects of Liverpool's heritage that are important to them. The mosaic will be displayed as part of the Capital of Culture events. Two local hospitals have also pledged to display the work, together with National Museums Liverpool.

Councillor Flo Clucas, Executive Member for Social Care, said:- "We want to engage all sections of the community in the Capital of Culture celebrations.

This will be a practical, hands on project and I'm sure it will stimulate the children's interest in the city's culture and heritage."

The project is a collaborate idea between Brian Dawe SAFE Productions, which works to open up the arts to community groups, and the staff from the home.

Commenting on the award, Brian said:- "As Gladstone House is a secure children's home the children are unable to get out and about to learn about heritage, so we decided to bring heritage to them.

We'll work closely with the young people to overcome their barriers and ignite their sense of curiosity to help them learn about Liverpool's history in an interesting and memorable way.

The young people will undoubtedly benefit from this project and I'm sure the volunteers will find it very rewarding."

National Museums Liverpool will allow the youngsters to handle items from their collections in a bid to awaken an interest in heritage and Cultural artists will also visit the home. They will give drama performances to help the children explore their own family histories.

Tony Jones, regional manager for HLF in the North West said:- "We constantly strive to open up heritage to as many people as possible and we're committed to involving people from all walks of life.

This project is a prime example of that and we're delighted to have been able to fund it. It will bring heritage to the kids, they even get the opportunity to handle thousands of years of history. By learning about their own heritage, it is hoped that their self esteem will improve and they develop a pride in this city".

BRINGING LEARNING TO LIFE IN CLASSIER CLASSROOMS

A group of children from a secure home are to be given the opportunity to get involved with the Capital of Culture celebrations thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) it was announced today.

The award of £48,200 to Liverpool SAFE Productions will encourage children living at Gladstone House, a Local Authority Secure Children’s Home, to explore Liverpool’s heritage.

Initially the group will focus on Liverpool’s architectural heritage and then go onto the legacy of immigrants arriving in the city and their contribution to the vibrant history and culture of the city. The project will culminate in the creation of a mosaic depicting aspects of Liverpool’s heritage that are important to them. The mosaic will be displayed as part of the Capital of Culture events. Two local hospitals have also pledged to display the work as have the National Museums Liverpool.

Commenting on the award, Brian Dawe from SAFE Productions said:- “As Gladstone House is a secure children’s home the children are unable to get out and about to learn about heritage, so we decided to bring heritage to them. We’ll work closely with the young people to overcome their barriers and ignite their sense of curiosity to help them learn about Liverpool’s history in an interesting and memorable way. The young people will undoubtedly benefit from this project and I’m sure the volunteers will find it very rewarding.”

National Museums Liverpool has already agreed to get involved and visit the children. The museums will allow the youngsters to handle items from their collections in a bid to awaken an interest in heritage. Cultural artists will also visit the home where they will give drama performances to help the children explore their own family histories.

HLF have a good track record of encouraging youngsters to get involved in heritage. 89% of projects involving young people have successfully changed young people’s attitude to heritage and inspired them to get more involved. Tony Jones, regional manager for HLF in the North West said:- “We constantly strive to open up heritage to as many people as possible and we’re committed to involving people from all walks of life. This project is a prime example of that and we’re delighted to have been able to fund it. It will bring heritage to the kids – they even get the opportunity to handle thousands of years of history. By learning about their own heritage, it is hoped that their self esteem will improve and they develop a pride in this city.”

Terry Feeley, headteacher from Gladstone House said:- “We are delighted to have received the funding to undertake this project. Our education programme is a major part of work here with young people and this project will be both challenging and rewarding for this group of young adolescent boys who have previously given up on education.”

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