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Edition No. 205

Date:- 12  June 2005

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LETTER TO EDITOR:-  "Fiona Phillips, Presenter of GMTV asks our readers"

DEAR Southport Reporter Readers, "If, like me, you've always wanted to take part in a charity run but found the thought too daunting then why not take the opportunity to really make a difference and run the London Breakfast 5k Run for women in aid of the British Red Cross?

Starting at 8.35am on Sunday, 3 July 2005 the run will take you through the nation's Capital and past some of London's greatest landmarks. I know it will be a challenge but what better motivation than to know not only are you getting fit but you are also making a difference to people's lives? 

Thanks to the support of the public the British Red Cross is able to continue its vital work both at home and abroad. 

So I am asking you, please join in the London Breakfast 5k run for women and help to support the work of the British Red Cross.

If I can do it, anyone can!

To get involved visit:-

Thank you."
Fiona Phillips, Presenter of GMTV

Funding for a safer Sefton

SEFTON is safely on its way to being injury free, thanks to a healthy new funding initiative. Grants of up to £500 are now available to voluntary and community organisations based or working with people in Sefton on projects that help prevent serious injury and that promote a healthier lifestyle.

Developed by Southport and Formby and South Sefton Primary Care Trusts, the Sefton Injury Prevention Fund is part of a strategy to reduce levels of preventable death and serious injury throughout the borough and create a safer environment for the community. 

Administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, the fund uses cash from the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund to support a variety of projects, which could include cycling proficiency sessions, first aid training, installation of safety equipment for playgroups, development of safe play areas, road safety education for children and falls awareness training for the elderly.

Grants are also available for initiatives such as poster campaigns and competitions to highlight dangers in the community including playing on railways and experimenting with matches. The closing date for the first round of applications is 4 July 2005 and the next date will be 26 September 2005.

“The Sefton Injury Prevention Fund is a great way for groups in Sefton to make their community safer and prevent injuries that are all too frequent,”
explained Community Foundation Grants Officer Joan Ford. 

Linda Evans from Sefton Health Improvement Support Service added:- “We hope that groups will be able to come up with some innovative ideas to help reduce the amount of injuries which could otherwise be prevented, whether through having the right equipment or more access to information and training.”

Working in partnership with individuals, companies and other organisations, the Community Foundation is committed to enhancing opportunity, reducing hardship and improving quality of life in communities across the region. 

For more information about the Sefton Injury Prevention Fund and application criteria contact the Community Foundation for Merseyside grants team. Tel:- 0151 966 4604 or visit:-  

2008 What's it all about?

LIVERPOOL residents are discovering what Capital of Culture means to them. The voice of Merseyside, Roger Phillips, will launch 08 - What's it all about?, a unique guide which answers all the questions anyone could have about Liverpool's European Capital of Culture title. The launch takes place this week in Roger's Radio Merseyside studio.

The booklet, which is being sent to every home in the city is packed full of information. It includes details about what the definition of culture is, what the title means for the city, what plans are in place so far and ideas about how everyone can get involved in the celebrations.

Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Mike Storey, said:- "We're committed to delivering the best ever European Capital of Culture and want everyone throughout the city to take part. This new guide is a great way for everyone to find out what our vision is in the run up to 2008 and beyond. European Capital of Culture will leave a positive and lasting legacy for the people of Liverpool which will include more jobs, a stronger economy and a better place to live."

Roger Phillips said:- "I'm delighted to be involved in this launch. This guide is absolutely what is needed. I don't think there's anyone in the city, and indeed on Merseyside, who isn't really keen to get involved in the plans for 2008. People are more than ready to get an update on where we're at - and what the plans are at this stage; they want to know how they can get involved; what the business opportunities are; what to tell their friends and relatives - and indeed, visitors. Well, this does all of that and more. It's for everyone - which is precisely what the Capital of Culture itself should be." 

The 27 page guide also encourages local people to make the most of all the culture on their doorstep, including Liverpool's museums, galleries, theatres, historic halls and parks.

Chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, Professor Drummond Bone, said:- "Liverpool is on an exciting journey and we want to make sure that everyone is given the opportunity to take part at a time when the world's eyes are on the city. It is important that individuals and communities discover how they can get involved in the celebrations and become part of an event which is bound to become one of the most significant in Liverpool's history." 

Sections of the brochure are dedicated to answering frequently asked questions culture questions, exploring the business opportunities offered by Liverpool '08 and recognising the culture company's dedication to getting this city and its inhabitants fighting fit through sport.

Aimhigher Achievers Awards

NEARLY 200 Merseyside youngsters will be taking centre stage at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall to receive their 'Aimhigher Greater Merseyside' Achievers Awards on Wednesday 15 June. Schools and Colleges from across the region have nominated pupils for the awards in recognition of their individual achievements over the last year. This is the 4th annual Achievers Awards, which has this year been co-ordinated by Edge Hill College in Ormskirk, and over 1,000 family members and VIP guests will attend the prestigious ceremony. Each young person will be presented with a certificate and specially designed award to commemorate their achievement.

Emy Onuora, Director of Aimhigher Greater Merseyside explains how:- “the Achievers Awards are the highlight of our year, we continue to be amazed at the level of commitment and motivation of the young people we work with on a daily basis and by the degree to which they overcome the most difficult of hurdles.   As practitioners we continue to be inspired by the young people we work with as they strive to achieve their goals.”

Aimhigher Greater Merseyside is part of a national campaign to widen participation in higher education. We work in partnership with universities, colleges and schools across Greater Merseyside to inspire, motivate and enable young people to succeed.

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