Walk Against Homophobia
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.
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
them for a
registration form and sponsorship pack.
CHILDREN CELEBRATE MY LIVERPOOL WITH (HE)ART!
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
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
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