Politicians top of the flops in latest poll
NEW research shows that politicians are least likely to
inspire people in the North West to connect with their communities
despite the determination of many to tackle yob culture and improve
community relations. The research was published on Wednesday 1 March 2006.
The research, conducted by ICM and commissioned by CSV Make a
Difference Day and Barclays, reveals that friends and families play
a much bigger part in inspiring people to take action through
The research reveals:-
• Only 6% of people in the North West say they are inspired to
volunteer by a politician
• 41% of people in the North West report that their friends are most
likely to inspire them to volunteer
• 24% say their mum would inspire them to give their time for free
Further research by CosmoGIRL!, commissioned by CSV Make a
Difference Day and Barclays, reveals that teenagers are even more
likely to be influenced by their friends. 52% of teenagers say their
friends are more likely to inspire them to volunteer.
The current cult of celebrity is also making a big impact on
people’s lives, especially with young people. According to CosmoGIRL!
research 23% of teenagers say they are most likely to be inspired to
volunteer by a celebrity, compared to only 7% who say they would be
inspired by their teacher.
Anna Gilmour, CSV Make a Difference Day campaign co-ordinator said:-
“Although many politicians are working hard to devise policies
to re-engage people with their communities, it is clear that the
influence of parents, siblings or even celebrities can not be
ignored. If we want more people to take action for themselves in
reducing crime, improving health or increasing respect within
communities, then one of the best motivating tools is the word of
mouth of both family and friends. We also know that of those who try
out volunteering for the first time, 2/3rds get drawn into repeating
The research is being launched in the run up to the CSV Make a
Difference Day Awards. The annual ceremony takes place on Thursday
23 March at Plaisterers’ Hall, London, and will show the role of
people in tackling homelessness, domestic violence and youth
CHILDREN DIG UP SCHOOL GROUNDS
helps Merseyside pupils create hedges and copse.
Schoolchildren in Merseyside this week joined forces with the
Woodland Trust, the UK's leading woodland conservation charity, to
plant a native hedgerow or copse in their school grounds. The
trees and shrubs are all native broadleaved which means, that with a
little luck, they will be growing on well into the next century -
when the children's grandchildren will be able to inspect their
It's all part of the Woodland Trust's Tree For All campaign - the
largest children's tree-planting mission the UK has ever seen.
Launched in 2004, the five-year project will see one million
children plant 12 million trees. It's hoped that through the simple
act of planting trees, children will grow up with a respect for the
Paul Bunton of the Woodland Trust says:- "Even schools with
quite small grounds will often be able to accommodate one of our
hedge or copse packs which can inspire children to really get in
touch with nature and learn about the ecology of these wonderful
habitats. Planting and using a hedge or copse can contribute
to Key Stage 2 in science, numeracy, literacy and art and design.
Each hedge and copse pack comes with full instructions on how to
plant and care for the trees as well as worksheets to help the
children learn about the trees they are planting and teacher's notes
on the exercises." He continues:- "For many of
these children, this was the first time they had ever planted a
tree. Educating today's children about the benefit of looking after
our environment will help protect the forests of tomorrow. By
planting and looking after these hedges and copses the children are
contributing to a greener future for all of us."
Further information about Tree For All can be found at
Merseyside schools taking part:-
Childwall School, Fiveways, Childwall,
Our Lady Queen Of Peace School, Ford Close,
Ursuline Rc Primary School, Nicholas Road and
Valewood Primary School, Sherwood Avenue.
IN ELLESMERE PORT:-
Capenhurst Grange Special, Chester Road, Great Sutton,
Gorsthills Primary School, Berry Drive, Great Sutton,
Meadow Community Primary, Dolphin Crescent, Great Sutton,
Parklands Community Primary, Little Sutton,
Rivacre Valley Cp School, Rivacre Brow,
Wolverham Primary School, Milton Road, Wolverham and
Woodlands Junior School, Eddisbury Road.
Banks Methodist Primary School, Chapel Lane, Banks,
Larkfield Primary School, Preston New Road and
Our Lady Of Lourdes Rc Primary School, Grantham Road.
IN ST. HELENS:-
Blackbrook St Marys Catholic School, Chain Lane,
Lansbury Bridge School, Lansbury Avenue, Parr and
St Theresas Primary School, Cannon Street, Sutton Manor,