ON A MISSION TO CHANGE THE WORLD
A HARD of
hearing councillor, Erica Kemp, who represents the Church ward on
Liverpool City Council, is appealing for locals to support her
efforts to raise money for RNID, the national charity representing 9
million deaf and hard of hearing people in the UK, at this year’s
As a board member of the Merseyside Society for Deaf People, Erica
is actively involved in working for the deaf and hard of hearing
community in Liverpool and she is personally aware of the support
RNID provides to people with a hearing loss and their families.
Erica says:- “'RNID has supported me with my hearing
difficulty and this is a real opportunity for me to raise money and
thank the RNID for the superb work it does. I’m finding training for
the marathon very hard and challenging but I’m really looking
forward to the event and joining all the other people who will be
running for the RNID. At the moment, when I don't feel like
training or giving up, it’s the thought of all those people who have
sponsored me that keeps me going. You can sponsor me by sending a
cheque, payable to RNID, to 16 Dovedale Road Liverpool L18 1DW or by
page. Better still, if you already have a London Marathon place, why
don’t you join me in RNID’s running team?”
Caroline Jupe, Events & Community Fundraising Executive, says:-
“We would be delighted to hear from other London Marathon runners
who, like Erica, would like to raise vital funds for RNID. Please
contact our Events Team on 0845 634 0687 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org and help
change the world for deaf and hard of hearing people!”
Runners for RNID will receive lots of support, including fundraising
and training guides. Friends and family of RNID runners can join the
RNID cheering points along the routes and also take part in the
post-race celebratory refreshments.
CALL FOR WEEK’S TRIAL OF NEW WORKING PRACTICES
and employees across the UK, both public and private, are being
invited to take part in the 2nd annual Work Wise Week (16 May 2007 to 22
to continue helping create a ‘smarter’ working Britain.
Staff and employers alike are being asked to consider a week-long
trial of smarter working practices, such as home, flexible, mobile
and remote working, and so understand for themselves the benefits
and practicalities of this modern day approach to working.
“The age of working 9 to 5, five days a week, from a central
location, is for many fast coming to an end. This rigid work
structure, which is largely dictated by culture and nothing else, is
wasteful in terms of time and resources, damaging to the
environment, and harmful in that it impacts upon stress levels and
the health of employees.” said Phil
Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK.
Many smarter working practices are very simple to implement, and it
is these that organisations are being encouraged to try during Work
· Allowing staff to come in either an hour later or an hour earlier,
with a reciprocal hour shift at the end of the day. This would
enable staff to avoid the busiest travel times, effectively
staggering the rush hour and making the journey far more tolerable
· Allowing staff to take a half hour lunch break each day, and then
let them leave at 3.00pm on the last day.
· Allowing staff to work from home on Friday May 18, National Work
from Home Day. Even a small reduction in the number of people
travelling on the roads or by public transport on that day will have
a significant effect on congestion and overcrowding.
· During Work Wise Week, ask staff to cancel all external
face-to-face staff meetings, and instead hold them by conference
call, either video or telephone. This would save time and resources,
and reduce congestion and pollution.
· Where appropriate, allow staff to roster their own shifts during
Work Wise Week is being staged by Work Wise UK, a major five-year
not-for-profit initiative, supported by the TUC and CBI, to
encourage the widespread adoption of smarter working practices
across the UK. This will revolutionise the way people work and
increase business productivity and competitiveness, reduce transport
congestion and pollution, improve health, assist disadvantaged
groups, and harmonise work and family commitments.
Further information about Work Wise UK, and how organisations can
participate in Work Wise Week, can be found on the website (www.workwiseuk.org).