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5 August 2009
ahead for award-winning transport scheme helping local people into
AN award-winning programme
designed to help thousands of people into work is set to continue
for the next eighteen months with the announcement of new funding
from the Pathfinder Enabling Programme, a European Social Fund
The £4m “Let’s Get Moving”
scheme, co-ordinated by the Merseyside Transport Partnership, is to
receive £1.5million from the ESF. This will add to the existing
contribution by Merseytravel of £2.5m to provide supported bus
services in our most disadvantaged communities.
The programme helps people from disadvantaged communities who are
having difficulty getting to places of employment. It provides
clear, commonsense information about the most convenient and least
expensive ways of travelling to work and offers a wide range of
advice and support.
It also bridges gaps between employers and other agencies, such as
Connexions, Jobcentre Plus and the Learning and Skills Council to
ensure that transport issues are taken into consideration and
resolved at an early stage.
Last year “Let’s Get Moving” won Beacon Status for Merseyside
Transport Partnership and Halton Council, recognising its excellence
and innovation in improving the quality of life for local
communities. More than 12,000 people have been helped since the
This number includes almost 500 lone parents, more than 1,500 people
returning to work after a period of unemployment and almost a
thousand people with basic skills.
Neil Scales, chairman of the Merseyside Transport Partnership,
warmly welcomed the new funding announcement. He said:- “This
programme has been breaking new ground since its inception, and we
are extremely proud of what has been achieved throughout the region.
We are offering solid, practical advice, support and solutions and
we have had terrific results. For example, if someone is nervous
about finding their way, sometimes all it takes is for a travel
buddy to make the journey with them a couple of times, pointing out
landmarks to watch for and working out a plan for what do if they
get lost. At the other end of the scale, we have worked closely with
colleges and employers on detailed travel plans to make sure that
local people can take full advantage of the opportunities that are
on offer. This new funding will ensure that this hugely important
work continues during what is going to be a challenging economic
period, when supporting people into work is going to be even more
vital than before.”
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, said:- “Transport
can be a lifeline to many people and linking them to jobs, is a
vital part of Merseytravel’s role, working closely with all the
Councils of Merseyside. This money will support those people and
communities that most need access to public transport. We want this
project to continue to make a real and lasting difference to
The Let’s Get Moving programme brings together neighbourhood travel
teams in each of the five Merseyside boroughs and Halton. Activities
so far have included:-
* Personalised travel plans;
* “How to get to” guides for large employment sites
detailing all modes of transport;
* Travel cards offering up to one month’s free travel to work;
* Passenger “buddying”;
* Travel surgeries in local venues ;
* Displays and advice at jobs fairs;
* Facilitating liaison with other agencies;
* Provision of scooters under the “Scooter Commuter”
scheme, which offers six-month loans of scooters to people who
cannot get to work via public transport;
* Discount schemes, maps and safety advice for cyclists;
* Support for the development of travel plans for employers,
particularly at large employment sites.
Over the coming eighteen months, the new programme expects to:-
· Help 6,000 people to access places of employment;
· Provide 250 six-month loans of scooters;
· Issue 3000 travel cards;
· Support 10 workplace travel plans into adoption;
· Produce 20 “How to get to” guides;
KNOWSLEY FLOWER SHOW –A FUN DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY
IT'S the north west’s biggest
free flower show with more than prize-winning blooms and vegetables
to woo its visitors.
The Knowsley Flower Show on Sunday, 9
August 2009 at the National Wildflower Centre has events and
activities throughout the day for all the family – as well as more
than 100 show classes.
Whether you tend your own allotment, nurture a window box or just
love beautiful flowers there is something for everyone at Court Hey
This year’s show – the eleventh, has displays from Hawkeye Falconry
and the H&M Dog Display Team, arts, dance and entertainment in the
Youth Arts Friendship Field plus live theatre performances for
There’s a large craft marquee, circus skills, a gardeners’ question
time, plus lots of plant sellers and growers giving advice and
Fresh Start’s Enterprise Zone will offer advice on small business
start ups and Knowsley Community College will be staging
demonstrations and advice on their latest range of courses.
There are prizes on offer, for everything from pot plants to
vegetables, as well as lots of children’s classes, plus a
This year the free shuttle service from Huyton, Kirkby and Bowring
Park to the site has been extended to include a service for
Councillors Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Cultural
Services said:- "We believe this will be the best flower show
yet with lots of things for all the family to see and do in the
marquees and the beautiful grounds of Court Hey Park.
It's free and this year the free
flower show bus service will ferry visitors from Kirkby, Prescot,
Bowering Park, Huyton and Halewood to the event all day."
Show secretary Christine Yates said:- “We’d like to encourage
children to enter this year’s show – and there are 11 classes
designed especially for them!
We’d like to see not only flowers
and vegetables, but your photographs, pictures and garden designs
There is also the opportunity for
children who enter a picture to have their work published as the
design for the cover of the 2010 Knowsley Flower Show publicity.
Each year we hear people saying
things like; ‘my tomatoes are just as good as those!’ - well come
and show us and you may even win a prize for your efforts!"