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Issue Date:- 12 May 2008

Focus on homelessness

AN EXHIBITION of photographs showing life through the lens of the city’s homeless community is being launched at a Liverpool library.

The What We See’ exhibition at Kensington Library from Monday, 12 May 2008, is the result of a photography course commissioned by the city council in conjunction with the Whitechapel Centre, a dedicated service for the city’s homeless and those at risk of being without a home.

The course gave 23 people who use the centre and the Women’s Direct Access Centre the opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence.   The photographs show life from the perspective of homeless people and it is hoped that it will trigger a debate about the issue among those who view it.

Liverpool’s Executive Director of Community Services, Tony Hunter, said:- “I am really pleased that the work of the people who benefit from our homelessness service is being exhibited to a wider audience.  I would urge people to go along and have a look at the thought provoking photographs, which give a remarkable insight into the lives of people who for a whole range of reasons find themselves homeless.”

Of those who took part in the scheme, several have gone on to become volunteer photographers at the Whitechapel Centre.  Another six have furthered their learning by taking a catering course at Liverpool Community College.

Maureen McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Whitechapel Centre, said:- “Many of the people using our services have had poor experiences of formal learning, lack confidence and are excluded from opportunities most people take for granted.  This project has proven to be a fantastic opportunity to showcase their talents.”

The course tutor, freelance photographer Christian Petersen, said:- “The students made great photographers as they see the world in a very honest and direct way and this makes for interesting and unique photographs.  It's great that the Whitechapel Centre will be utilising the students photography skills and enthusiasm to document their own work at the centre.  I look forward to seeing what they produce in the future – they have proven that they are more than capable of expressing themselves with a camera.”

The exhibition runs until Friday, 23 May 2008, and admission is free.  


MERSEYSIDERS will play an average of 120 rounds of golf this year, a 20 per cent increase on 2007 thanks to Open fever sweeping the region.

Matthew Allen-Chilman, head of golf at Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa, commented:- “There’s still more than 60 days until the Open, but we’ve experienced unprecedented demand for the golf course since mid-January. It’s been from all levels of player, from amateurs to semi-professionals, but the biggest interest by far has been from the city’s professionals.

The Open is a key networking event for many and we’ve already bulk-sold several weeks of PGA academy training and have even been asked to send some of our pros to peoples’ homes for more discreet personal training.

The region’s professionals are obviously keen to capitalise on and enjoy the event, while showcasing their golfing talent. A bit of last minute coaching is definitely the answer.”

Formby Hall Golf Resort & Spa is already taking green tee bookings for during The Open Championship. Daily green fees include £200 for the nine hole and £400 for the 18 hole course.

The resort will become home to the UK’s only residential PGA golf academy in June when it opens its doors for the first time. The residential golf academy will offer swing analysis, one-on-one putting and driving tuition and handicap reduction strategies.

The resort’s recently completed its second phase of development, as the meeting and conference facilities were launched. The resort now offers two conference rooms, the Ambassador (14m x 26m) and the Diplomat (6m x 22m) and is well located to capitalise on the opportunities that The Open will generate.

The 2008 Open is expected to deliver a major boost to the local and regional economy.

Early estimates suggest that the event will bring more than £30m of new money to the local economy while footage and images of Sefton’s golf coast will generate a further £40m of tourism-related businesses in the area.

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