Lancashire Hotpots Play Live In Southport
fabulous night! Well t' Lancashire lads came out to play in
Southport on 11 July 2009, and play they did. The St Helens based
band, the Lancashire Hotpots, brought to Southport their fantastic
hit numbers, like 'Beer Olympics', 'Chippy Tea',
'Chav' and the classic number, 'Lanky Town'…
not forgetting the world famous hits, 'I Love Youtube'
and 'I fear Ikea'. Despite the heavy rain outside
that night, the event was a huge success, even though for some it
was literally a wash out, due to copious tears of mirth pouring down
their faces as the band got up to their antics. Well done lads… We
look forward to your return… Also, if you want to hear their songs,
tune your computer into our online radio station, Liverpool
Reporter: to hear their fantastic interview with us, just before
they headed off to Glastonbury, click on
Respite breaks for
carers in Liverpool!
Council and Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) have successfully bid
for £675,000 of money from the Department of Health to become a
pilot site to test new ways of supporting carers.
Liverpool has around 50,000 people who provide help and support for
relatives, friends or neighbours who are ill, frail, disabled or
have mental health or substance misuse problems.
Currently there are limited options for respite breaks that don’t
always meet the needs of carers or the person they look after.
The two year project will provide more accessible and flexible
breaks and give carers their own budgets to enable them to choose
the best way of meeting their own individual needs.
Councillor Ron Gould, executive member for health, care and
safeguarding, said:- “People who provide care for others very
often don’t realise the impact it can have on their own physical and
mental health. Through this scheme, we will be able to offer them
the chance to have some ‘me’ time, while they relax in the knowledge
that the person they care for is being well looked after.”
Carer Maureen Keely from Childwall, who looks after her daughter
Catherine, has benefited from respite breaks for the last five years
and is welcoming the scheme.
She said:- “Respite breaks really help keep your sanity,
because sometimes the illness of the person you are caring for takes
over your whole life. We were lucky enough to have a wonderful
person who came in and looked after my daughter while I went off to
night classes for a couple of hours each week. It also gave my
husband and I the freedom to go away on holiday together knowing she
was safe with the person who was looking after her. Respite breaks
are worth their weight in gold as they build up your self-esteem.
Just to have the space to be yourself when caring for someone is so
Breaks could include short holidays, leisure activities, days out,
trips to the cinema or adult education classes.
Care Services Minister, Phil Hope MP, added:- “To say that
carers are unsung heroes and heroines is without doubt an
understatement. We must help them maintain their own health and
well-being and find better ways to support them. Caring can be a
full time job – but, unlike a nine to five job, carers never stop
working. It is essential that they are able to take breaks away from
their caring roles. These projects will test a range of ways to
ensure carers are better supported in their day to day caring role
but are also able get more breaks and easier access to them.”
Liverpool is one of only 12 places in the country – and the only one
in the north west – to get funding for the pilot scheme.