Design a character for ChildLine and win 30 webcams for your school
and young people in schools across Southport are being asked to use
their natural creativity to design some problem-solving friends for
Buddy, the NSPCC’s new schools character for the ChildLine service.
This is the latest competition in the NSPCC’s groundbreaking Idea
campaign – a virtual creative agency for children and young people.
The winning entry will win 30 webcams for their school and the new
character will join Buddy in schools activities, online, and in
posters that will be sent out to schools around the UK from the
start of the autumn term.
Buddy and his friends will help tell younger children all about the
ChildLine service, how it can help them solve problems and deal with
their worries and why this is important. The creative bit is to
think up what Buddy’s friend should look like and what problems they
might be able to help each other with.
A mailout, recently sent to schools in Southport provides
information on how the competition can be incorporated in to
English, PSHE (Personal social and health education, Art or ICT
(Information communications technology) and SEAL (Social and
emotional aspects of learning) lessons at key stages 1 and 2.
Idea is a 6 month-long campaign that encourages children and young
people to express themselves and their feelings in a creative way.
The initiative, launched in December 2008 is already supported by
thousands of children who respond to briefs such as designing a game
which visitors to childline.org.uk could play whilst waiting for a
counsellor, telling us what makes them happy or designing a
ChildLine poster to be distributed in schools.
Ian MacArthur, creative director and head of brand marketing at the
NSPCC says:- “We recognise that we need to continuously
develop and build the relationship that children and young people
have with ChildLine so that the service remains relevant and in tune
with their lives. We also know that young people value very highly
the support of their peers, so we have been offering opportunities
for children and young people to help us develop future promotional
activities in order that our communications are always credible to
them.” Entries can be sent online using the form at
or class entries can be posted to: Idea agency, Brief 124 Buddy’s
friends, PO Box 19, NSPCC, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NH. For
class entries, please ensure all entrants’ names plus the name of
the school, the class age group and a contact name and number/email
are included so school s can be contacted should one of their
entries be successful.
By creating Buddy’s friends and supporting the campaign schools can
help to ensure that every child feels able to call ChildLine on:- 0800
1111 whenever they have a worry.
Minor Injuries Unit temporarily relocates while refurbishment gets
underway later this month to transform part of Ormskirk & District
General Hospital into a new £3million health centre.
The refurbishments will make way for the state-of-the-art Primary
Care Access Centre, which is due to open towards the end of 2009 as
part of NHS Central Lancashire's drive to improve health and
healthcare. It will offer brand new services, giving people new
facilities on their doorstep which will increase access to treatment
While refurbishment works are ongoing, the Minor Injuries Unit will
be temporarily relocating. It will close at 5pm on Sunday, 21 June
2009 and re-open on Ormskirk Hospital's B Ward at 8am on Monday, 22 June
The entrance to the unit will be around the back of the hospital and
will be well signposted.
The adult orthopaedic outpatients' clinic, the appliance office and
the plaster room are also relocating from 22 June 2009 to Southport &
Formby District General Hospital.
The adult orthopaedic clinics will be held next to the Medical Day
Unit and Eye Unit on the ground floor and will be signposted as the
Orthopaedic Outpatients (Paediatric Department).
4 types of service will be offered by the new facility including:-
► A GP-led health centre offering
pre-booked and drop-in GP services from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week,
making it easier for people to get advice and support at a time that
is convenient to them
► Improved accommodation for the existing GP out-of-hours service
► An Urgent Care Centre offering drop-in advice and treatment for
minor injuries and ailments every day of the week from 8am to 10pm
for all patients, irrespective of whether or not they are registered
with a GP
► A significantly expanded dental service with pre-booked
appointments alongside an out-of-hours, emergency dental service
from 10am to 10pm, 7-days-a-week.