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Edition No. 176

Date:- 20 November 2004

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PROMISING PROSPECTS FOR SOCIAL SERVICES

LIVERPOOL social services has been given a one star rating and told it has promising prospects because of its plans to modernise.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection has judged both childrens and adults services as serving some people well, with promising prospects for improvement.

The city council has praised the increase in numbers of prospective and adoptive carers which has increased greatly over recent months.

Although the number of looked after children remains high, the report says there is a steady downward trend. And it says the management and physical standards of accommodation in council childrens homes has "significantly improved".

Councillor Flo Clucas, Executive member for Social Care, said:- "This report shows that we are on track and our proposals to modernise social care in Liverpool are exactly right.

Gone are the days when we had youngsters placed in childrens homes up and down the country, hundreds of miles away from family and friends. Now, we place them close to their own community in a loving family environment. 

But we still have too many youngsters in care and we need to concentrate on supporting families through difficult periods so that kids don't end up embarking upon a life in care needlessly.

And we are providing the support and help that the elderly need to stay in their own homes rather than uprooting them and moving placing them into residential accommodation."

BBC Radio Merseyside Presenter opened Marie Curie Cancer Care Shop

LOCAL radio star Billy Butler opened a new Marie Curie Cancer Care shop in Formby at on Thursday 18 November to lend a helping hand to the charity.

Butler who presents the afternoon show on BBC Radio Merseyside was joined by local Marie Curie Nurse Pauline Gunn, who called upon shoppers to join him in lending full support to the premises.

Billy said:- “Few people will go through life without being affected by cancer in some way. Marie Curie nurses provide practical nursing care to people with terminal cancer, in the comfort of their own homes, 365 days a year and at no charge. I am delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile cause.”

Gillian Tracy is the Shop Manager of the new store in Formby, and has been promoted from Assistant Manager of the Marie Curie Cancer Care shop in Netherton. She is looking forward to taking up her new position. 

She said:- “I am delighted to be Shop Manager of the new store, and I hope I can help make it a huge success. I am optimistic that the quality of the goods on sale, the friendly atmosphere and the pleasant surroundings will ensure the store maintains an excellent reputation in Formby.”

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