KIDS IN CROSBY AND BOOTLE TO SNACK RIGHT
Crosby and Bootle are being asked to help their kids to Snack Right,
by swapping an unhealthy snack for a healthy one.
The Snack Right campaign, led by ChaMPs Public Health Network, is
aimed at families of pre-school children living in less well off
communities and launched today at Aldi, one of the supporters of the
Snack Right will support families to make healthier choices when
choosing snacks by holding special events at venues including
children’s centres and nurseries, providing leaflets on healthy
snacks for pre-school children to targeted households and giving
tips and advice.
The events will encourage pre-schoolers to try fresh fruit and
vegetables, which can be eaten as an alternative to an unhealthy
snack, using games and play in a fun environment.
Snack Right will also be promoting Healthy Start, the national food
voucher scheme for low-income families. Vouchers are worth between
£2.80 and £5.60 a week, depending on your status, and are redeemable
at participating retailers against fresh fruit and vegetables and
milk. The scheme also provides access to free vitamins.
Dr Diana Forrest, Director of Public Health for the Merseyside
Borough of Knowsley, who chairs the ChaMPs Snack Right Group on
behalf of her Merseyside and Cheshire colleagues, said:-
“Snack Right aims to provide young children with the best start in
life. If we can encourage parents to give children fresh fruit and
vegetables as snacks, instead of foods high in fat, salt and sugar
such as crisps, biscuits and sweets, there will be improvement in
their development and growth as well as their long term health.”
Snack Right which will run until the early summer, is supported by a
team of ‘ambassadors’, including health trainers,
health visitors, children’s centres and Merseyside and Cheshire’s
eight primary care trusts.
“Our ambassadors are an invaluable part of Snack Right’s success. We
look forward to seeing many more children snacking on fresh fruit
and vegetables and an increase in people benefiting from Healthy
Start vouchers.” said Dr Forrest.
For further information on Snack Right events in your area go to
Night of Soul @ Southport and Birkdale Sports Club
lovers are invited to get on down to Southport and Birkdale Sports
Club (Cricket Club), Trafalgar Road, Birkdale on Sunday, 27 May 2007
for a floor-filling evening of music and dancing.
Top local DJs will be entertaining the crowd with a mix of memorable
1960s and 1970s cult sounds as well as more up-to-date
floor-fillers. Andy Simpson, resident DJ and organiser of the event,
says:- "There used to be a lot of really popular and
ground-breaking venues in the north west, such as the Twisted Wheel
and Wigan Casino - but northern soul music is still big, attracting
'soulies' of all ages to venues all over the UK and abroad. There
are lots of soul nights still going on, and they are all well
attended - the music is definitely undergoing something of a
resurgence, so we are hoping that a lot of fans will come along to
enjoy the music, whether old sounds from the days of the Casino, or
some of the quality, newer tracks that fill floors around today's
Northern Soul Scene."
The music kicks off at 8 until late - 12 o'clock bar - 2 dance
floors - top DJ line-up...
Advance Tickets £4 or £5 on the door (£4 with Soulpower Loyalty
Tickets and information from:- Andy on 07763 698167
Night of Soul @ Southport and Birkdale Sports Club
this year’s Deaf Awareness Week that was held over 7 May to 13 May
2007, RNID, the national charity representing the UK’s 9 million
deaf and hard of hearing people, has been searching the country for
local champions who are changing the world for deaf and hard of
hearing people. The first ever RNID Community Awards aim to
acknowledge the efforts of individuals who have in some way made a
positive difference to the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people,
no matter how big or small.
Barbara Shields from Southport has nominated local champion Maureen
Doyle from Practice Makes Perfect. Barbara says:- “In the last
5 years since I have known Maureen, she has lived and breathed the
importance of learning Sign Language. And despite not being in the
best of health herself, she has so consistently given up her time
and energies, it is hard not to impressed by her remarkable
dedication to ‘reach and teach’ the local and wider community about
the importance of Sign Language in today’s society”
Maureen Doyle says:- "I'm really pleased to have been
nominated - it's a real boost to know that what I do is making a
difference! Thank you to Barbara for the nomination and well done to
everyone who is also working to change the world for deaf and hard
of hearing people. Hopefully the RNID Community Awards will
encourage more people to become local champions. My website is
Dr John Low, Chief Executive of RNID, says:- “Maureen Doyle
has done much to improve the lives of deaf and hard of hearing
people in Southport.
RNID has been working to overcome the barriers and stigma faced by
deaf and hard of hearing people for more than 95 years. However, we
cannot do this without the continued support of local people, who
raise awareness of hearing loss in their communities, encourage best
practice or dedicate their lives to helping deaf and hard of hearing
people in some way just like Maureen Doyle. If her story inspires
you, you too can help change the world for the deaf and hard of
hearing people you meet.”
RNID is encouraging local people to get involved in this year’s Deaf
Awareness Week. Why don’t you follow these seven simple steps and
think about your hearing when doing it:-
Step 1: Don’t SHOUT, just speak clearly
Take the time to communicate properly with someone with a hearing
Step 2: Check your hearing
Phone 0845 600 5555 (local rate) for a five-minute check-up
Step 3: Learn to fingerspell
It’s as easy as A-Z!
Step 4: Watch your favourite soap with the sound off
Without TV subtitles, what would you miss out on?
Step 5: Turn your music down a notch
Protect your hearing - don’t lose the music!
Step 6: Look for the loop sign
How accessible are public places if you wear a hearing aid?
Step 7: Get involved
Campaign… join in… volunteer… donate… We need you!