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Edition No. 227

Date:- 14 November 2005

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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 Liverpool's CHRISTMAS

BRITAIN'S 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 Steve Redgrave.''

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.''


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