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Date:- 23 July 2007

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So long Yvonne!

SCHOOL’S OUT for a heroic headteacher – who has helped hundreds of Liverpool children flourish for almost four decades.  Yvonne Owen, Head at Roscoe Infant and Nursery school is finally bidding farewell to the profession she loves after 37 years.  And when the final bell rings on Yvonne’s time as a headteacher, she will leave behind many happy memories as well as generations of grateful Liverpool children.

Pupils at Roscoe are being joined by their parents – many of whom were taught by Yvonne themselves –and staff to say a great big thank you to Yvonne for all her hard work.  Yvonne, who is retiring to a sheep farm in Anglesey with her husband and mum, said:- “It has been an honour to teach in such a fantastic city, and I’ve been very privileged to work with many wonderful children and teachers. I have enjoyed every minute of it.  Although it’s sad to be saying goodbye, I’m happy that I can look back on so many great memories. Liverpool is a city which will always be close to my heart, and I really couldn’t have asked for a better place to teach.”

Born & raised in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Yvonne trained as a teacher in Bangor, North Wales.  She first fell in love with Liverpool and its people when she was called 'queen' by an elderly lady while waiting at a bus stop! Once she caught the Liverpool bug, she never lost it, and she has gone on to become one of the city’s longest serving teachers.

Yvonne started work at Barlow's Lane Primary in 1970 before moving to Roscoe Infant School in 1972. She became Deputy Headteacher at Broadgreen Infants in 1984, before returning to Roscoe School in 1989 as Head.

Yvonne said:- “The world of teaching has changed a great deal over the years, but the one thing that has remained is the wonderful enthusiasm and spirit of Liverpool children, and the great sense of pride I get from helping them reach their potential. I will really miss them all!”

The council’s executive member for children’s services, Councillor Paul Clein added:- “Yvonne is a wonderful example of how good teachers can touch the lives of generations of young people and we all remember a good teacher throughout our lives. I know I do. She has given years of invaluable service to the city and helped many thousands of Liverpool children flourish.  I would like to wish her a very happy retirement. She deserves it.”

Keeping minds working

WITH mental health issues now the largest cause of absence from the workplace, a pioneering project has started on Merseyside to try and tackle the problem.

Unionlearn, the TUC’s learning and skills organisation, has teamed up with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust on a project to increase trade union reps’ awareness of mental health issues and help employers promote good practice. 

Briefings will help reps gain a fuller understanding of mental health. They will also be taught how their unions can ensure that members with mental health issues are treated fairly and given the correct service.

The aim is to tackle some of the 420,000 cases of workplace-related stress, depression and anxiety reported in the UK each year. Mental ill health accounts for 40% of all Incapacity benefit claimants, with 66 out of every 10,000 workers suffering from it.  Unionlearn’s project work with the Trust has made it a priority to assist unions and employers in developing support and assistance for those developing mental illness and those returning to work after suffering from it. It also aims to help trade unions work with the relevant health and social care agencies so that union officials can help members gain access to mental health services.

Briefings and 3 day courses are being arranged for union reps. Unionlearn aims to have 100 union reps briefed and trained in mental health awareness and 25 employers committed to awareness training by the end of 2007.

Dave Eva, unionlearn’s Regional Manager, is running the project. He said:- “This is a really important area where unions can become more active. Anxiety and depression now account for more working days lost than backache and people who lose their jobs through mental illness are less likely than any other disabled group to be re-employed.  This is due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Like most prejudice, this is based on ignorance and fear and leads to discrimination. Given that one in four people have an episode of mental illness in their lifetime, neither the employers no ourselves can ignore the issue any more.’’

Bob Birchall, Divisional Director of the Trust’s Interface Division, added:- “A project like this brings benefits to both employers and employees. Employers can gain a whole new group of potential employees, can learn about ways to help people already in their workforce who have mental health issues and so can help ensure continuity in their workforce.  For employees, a more understanding employer can mean a greater sense of balance and a better chance of retaining their job.’’

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