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Issue Date:- 28 April 2008

Walk Against Homophobia

HUNDREDS of people will gather in May for Manchester’s 1st ever Sponsored Walk Against Homophobia taking place in the city on 24 May 2008.

The walk which is raising money for the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) will start at 1pm from All Saints Park, Oxford Road Manchester and will travel through Manchester City Centre ending in Sackville Park where there will be speeches and live acoustic music.

All individuals, organisations and businesses from the lesbian and gay community of the North West and beyond are being invited to take part on the day. 

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation hope that the walk will bring people together with their friends and family to ensure that LGBT voices are still heard and to help End Homophobia and Empower People

Emma Peate, Fundraising Manager at the LGF said:- “The aims of the event are to raise awareness about homophobia amongst the general public, media and policy/decision makers, have an enjoyable event that helps bring community members together and of course raise money for LGF's much needed services in the process.

We are hoping for a really big turn out to have maximum effect, and create a real buzz in Manchester on the day!”

It is essential that walkers register their interest for the event with LGF as the total number of people wishing to take part needs to be confirmed with the authorities.

LGF are also looking for volunteers to steward the event.

If you want to take part or would like to volunteer at the event please contact Emma on 0161 2358012 or email them for a registration form and sponsorship pack.


CHILDREN, young people and adults who attend the NSPCC’s Hargreaves Centre in Liverpool have been celebrating their home city by creating an exhibition of art called My Liverpool.  As well as celebrating everything that is great in the European Capital Of Culture 2008, the NSPCC is also marking its 125 year birthday. Thomas Agnew, a Liverpool businessman, founded the Liverpool Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (LSPCC) on 19 April 1883. The society helped any child in Liverpool who was subject to cruelty or serious neglect. The LSPCC merged with the NSPCC in 1953 and the charity has been providing vulnerable children with help and support ever since.  The My Liverpool exhibition will include a number of pieces of artwork created by young people from the Hargreaves Centre Participation Group and will include collages, photography and painting. There will also be portraits and landscapes from women who attend the Families and Substance Support Group (drugs and alcohol) and poems from young people who have made contact with the NSPCC’s online services.  Alex Leith, assistant director of services for children and young people in Merseyside said:- “Everyone who has spent their time creating something for the exhibition has put their heart and soul into the work and the resulting pieces of art are fantastic. It’s such a pleasure for the Hargreaves Centre, which is a centre for excellence for children, to celebrate everything that makes Liverpool such an amazing city. The NSPCC have been here for 125 years and we hope to continue to help vulnerable children and young people for many years to come.”

The Hargreaves centre houses child protection teams specialising in helping children and their families overcome domestic violence and a team helping families with young children in which parents have difficulty with substances and who may be caring for their children.  Esther Rantzen recently opened a new ChildLine counselling service in the building for young people in danger or distress.

The My Liverpool exhibition is taking place at the Hargreaves Centre on Great Homer Street and opens to the public on Friday, 2 May 2008, between 12:00 noon to 5pm and Tuesday, 6 May 2008 between 9.30am and 5pm. Entry is free. For more information call the NSPCC Hargreaves Centre team on 0844 8920264.

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