Healthy help for young people
AN INITIATIVE by Warrington Youth
Service's Phaze Youth Work team is encouraging young people to adopt
a healthy lifestyle.
An informal workshop was held at Mr Smith's nightclub on Bridgefoot
last week. It gave young people the opportunity to learn more about
health and the dangers of binge drinking and smoking.
Some 45 Year 9 pupils from four local schools attended the workshop,
which was aimed at raising awareness and encouraging debate.
The event also had its lighter side - a circus skills workshop gave
the pupils a chance to try out juggling, walking on stilts and even
riding a unicycle.
Cllr Colin Froggatt, Executive Board Member for Children's
Services, said:- "The event was a great success and we
had some very positive feedback from those who attended. It gave
young people an opportunity to learn and ask questions in a relaxed
and fun environment. Educating our young people about health is very
important and workshops such as these are how we can ensure that
every child matters in Warrington."
Since May this year Warrington Youth Service has been providing
informal health and drugs education opportunities for young people
visiting Mr Smith's under-18s monthly club night and due to their
success they plan to continue the sessions.
are top of the class
A GROUP of Warrington teaching
assistants are among the first in the country to successfully
complete a rigorous national training standard.
The 33 assistants, from primary and secondary schools across the
borough, were among the first to enter the Higher Level Teaching
Assistant programme when it began in September 2004.
Now their achievement has been recognised by the Training and
Development Agency and to celebrate their success, the Council
hosted an awards ceremony at the Firgrove Hotel.
Executive Board Member for Children's Services, Cllr Colin Froggatt,
said:- "It is a very significant achievement for an authority
the size of Warrington to gain such excellent results. This group of
teaching assistants are real pioneers, bringing national standards
of excellence into our schools. I would like to congratulate them
all on their well-deserved success."
Mosaic Workshop @ the Atkinson
THE Atkinson Art Gallary in
Southport will be holding on Monday 12 December a mosaic workshop by Amanda Wray,
the work shop will run from 10:00am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm.
This is an airdrying
clay workshop and participants will make a self portrait using mirrors to pull
expressions or funny faces.
Johnny White on Tuesday 13 December from 10:00am
to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 4:30pm will run a Wobbly wire animals workshops.
He will show participants what is involved using bendy wire and clockwork motors or handcranks.
CELEBRITIES AND SUPERHEROES
World Museum Liverpool has a small display of innovative artwork
celebrating some of Liverpool’s most remarkable people from the past
and present, until 6 February 2006.
Inspired By Our Heroes comprises 15 pieces of artwork produced by
community groups across Merseyside. Each group adopted a
two-dimensional figure and created a colourful and fitting tribute
to their chosen hero. Among the honoured few are Liverpool FC
captain Steven Gerrard, Scouse comics Ken Dodd and Stan Boardman and
family members of the artists.
The vibrant artwork was created in workshops aiming to explore the
ideas and perceptions of what constitutes a hero. Paintings with a
prevalent ‘hero’ theme were used to instigate brainstorming
sessions, such as Benjamin West’s The Death of Nelson and Richard
Andsell’s The Hunted Slave, all from the Walker Art Gallery’s
collections. Cartoon characters Batman and the Power Rangers were
used by one community group to develop a prototype for the ultimate
superhero, which is included in the display.
Artists Kate Eggelston-Wirtz and Christine Stringfellow were
commissioned by National Museums Liverpool to facilitate the
workshops. Kate says:- “It was interesting working with a wide
range of people of all ages and the artwork turned out exactly how I
thought it would, which is great. This project really gave the
community groups something to shoot for, and the experiences in the
workshops were beneficial, not only for them, but for ourselves as
the facilitators - we learned so much from each other.”
The artists and the community groups will be viewing their art
display for the first time on Saturday 26 November 2005 at World
Inspired By Our Heroes is funded by the Liverpool Culture Company
Merseytravel takes on
UK’s best at national awards
MERSEYTRAVEL is taking on some of
the UK’s best-known companies after scooping a major regional award
for skills and workforce development.
Merseytravel, Merseyside’s Passenger Transport Authority and
Executive, has claimed the Northwest regional ‘Award for Skills and
Workforce Development’, one of a handful of awards announced as part
of the British Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft sponsored ‘Chamber
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said:- "We are
delighted to receive this regional recognition from such a credible
organisation. The next step for us is to show, on a national level,
what we are doing locally to improve our workforce.”
In their second year, the awards recognise outstanding achievement
regionally and nationally within the UK business industry.
The award was presented to Neil Scales, Merseytravel’s Chief
Executive and Director General, during the Liverpool Chamber of
Commerce Annual Dinner at the Devonshire Hotel, Liverpool, last
Following the presentation Neil Scales said:- “As an
organisation we are investing in the skills and development of our
staff so that they have a platform to realise their potential and to
continue to make things happen.
Our goal is for an integrated
public transport network accessible to all but that can’t just
happen by itself. It takes real dedication by our staff, high skill
levels, as well as innovation and we are seeing that day in,
David Wade-Smith of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, said:- “The
awards give us an opportunity to recognise and celebrate success
across Merseyside and the wider UK. Merseytravel has been recognised
for its outstanding achievement in skills and workforce development.
Our congratulations go to everyone concerned.”