LIVERPOOL EARLY YEARS
10TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
SCOPE North West, the regional arm of the leading disability
organisation Scope, is celebrating the 10th birthday of its
Liverpool Early Years Centre (LEYC), a pioneering integrated nursery
focused on assisting families of young children with cerebral palsy.
The celebrations began with a party on 6 November at the Devonshire
Hotel, Edge Lane, (L7) Liverpool.
Over the past 10 years LEYC has touched hundred of families, and to
celebrate its birthday all children and staff past and present were
invited to join the celebrations. Local stars from BBC’s Grange Hill
including ‘Togger’ Johnson, played by Chris Perry-Metcalf from
Woolton, and Andy Turner, played by Chris Crookall from Mossley
Hill, were among the guests.
Opened in 1995 by Scope patron, the Duke of Westminster, LEYC
provides information and support for parents of children with
cerebral palsy and associated impairments within the Liverpool area,
and offers specialist services such as physiotherapy, speech therapy
and occupational therapy.
LEYC works to encourage disabled and non-disabled children to play
and learn together in an integrated environment that helps to remove
barriers and encourage mutual understanding. It has recently
launched another unique service, Face 2 Face, which offers emotional
support to parents of children newly recognised as having a special
need or disability.
Lynda Maxwell, manager of LEYC, said:- “It’s amazing to think
we’ve already reached our tenth birthday! We have been fortunate
enough to have been able to offer help to many families over that
time and we hope to help many more.”
Cathy Elliott, Scope NW regional appeals manager, said:- “The
Early Years Centres play a huge part in delivering Scope’s message
of equality. If we can make sure this message is understood at an
early age, we will hopefully make a positive move towards reducing
disablism in the future.”
If you would like make a welcomed contribution to the running of
Liverpool Early Years Centre, please contact Scope North West on
0161 688 1021. All monies donated will go directly to LEYC.
Stars light up
greatest Olympian is to
switch on Liverpool's biggest ever Christmas lights display.
Sir Steve Redgrave is to flick the switch at 6pm on Sunday,
November 20, triggering a spectacular pyrotechnic display and
more than 4 miles of lights across the city.
The 5-time Olympic Gold Medallist will be joined at St George's
Plateau, on Lime Street, with Everton FC's Australian ace Tim
Cahill and Liverpool FC's Norwegian star John Arne Risse.
Ex-Atomic Kitten singer Liz McLarnon, who tops a live music bill
including X-Factor finalist Tabby, will also join them at the
hour long show.
Professor Drummond Bone, Chairman of the Liverpool Culture
Company, said:- ''This year's switch-on will be a
stunning show and is a celebration of the many successes for the
city this year - not least by our 2 football clubs. It's
fantastic that we are also ending our culture themed year Sea
Liverpool, with one of the greatest watersports legends - Sir
Liverpool's Christmas Lights spectacular will be held at St
George's Plateau on Sunday, November 20 from 5pm-6pm and will be
presented by top DJ Kev Seed of Radio City 96.7.
The Liverpool Culture Company's revamped switch-on takes the
festive feel to more places than ever before. New lights have
been installed on St George's Hall, County Sessions Walker and
Central Library with improvements for Church Street and Lord
Street. A forest of trees will take pride of place in
front of St George's Hall with new trees also placed on London
Road and Williamson Square. St George's Hall will also be the
focus of this year's New Year's Eve fireworks spectacular. It is
the latest key building to be used as part of a programme to
host a special fireworks show for 2008 to launch the city's year
as European Capital of Culture.
Councillor Warren Bradley, Liverpool city council's Executive
Member for Culture, said:- ''Liverpool will shine
brighter and lighter than ever before this Christmas and the
public are in for a big treat with arguably the greatest line up
of stars we've ever had for a switch-on. We want Liverpool to
sparkle over this and future festive seasons to make the city
even more attractive for people visiting over Christmas.''