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5 August 2009
Kids jump for joy over play projects
A YOUNG England football star and
local children are about to say ‘Thanks a million’ for 3 stunning
new play projects in the city.
14-year-old Paige Williams, who plays for England and Everton girls
team, will join hundreds of Liverpool youngsters to celebrate the
opening of a new nature playground on Mill Road, Everton.
The brand new Mill Road ‘Nature Play Space’ is 1 of 3 fantastic
schemes - worth a total of almost a million pounds - being launched.
2 further facilities are being opened in different parts of the
city. A new adventure playground will be officially launched in
Walton Park; and Mab Lane Youth Centre, West Derby, will open its
new outdoor adventure play ground and play area.
The projects have come about thanks to a huge cash boost from the
Big Lottery Fund, aimed at providing new play areas in different
parts of the city where there is little or no provision, improve
existing play facilities and increase opportunities for children
aged 5 to 13 to get involved play activities.
The city council’s executive member for safer, stronger communities,
Councillor Marilyn Fielding, said:- "The launch of these three
new projects is great news for Liverpool, placing invaluable play
resources at the heart of our communities. We're committed to
providing children in every part of the city with high quality play
facilities. Well planned and well supported playgrounds help improve
children's well being, promote healthy living and encourage social
interaction. These projects will transform play facilities in
areas of the city which need it most. And they will improve the
quality of children's lives by giving them easy access to leisure
activities on their doorstep."
The £100,000 Mill Road Nature Play Space is the first scheme of its
kind in Liverpool. Young people themselves played a central role in
the unique project, mucking-in to transform local wasteland into a
nature playground. Children played a significant role in planning
and landscaping, and they will continue to develop the area through
the planned development of totem polls.
The Nature Play Space aims to increase young people's connection
with the natural environment. Nearly £350,000 has also been
spent on the refurbishment of Mab Lane Youth and Community Centre to
incorporate a children's play area. A new outdoor adventure
playground has also been created, attached to the centre. And
more than £400,000 has been spent on the new adventure playground in
Walton Park, next to the sports centre.
The council’s executive member for the environment, Councillor Berni
Turner, said:- “It’s fantastic that, in our Year of the
Environment, we are launching these three new play projects. They
will benefit thousands of young people, giving them the chance to
take part in regular exercise and interact with other children.
We are committed to investing in our green spaces, encouraging
youngsters to turn off their television and enjoy physical
activities in their local environment. These projects will help us
The Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Planning for Play’ project has seen 12 local
authorities in the North West sharing £6.3. Liverpool received a
total of £1.5 million, which has been used to create the three new
play projects as well as refurbishing existing playgrounds in Dingle
and Fazakerley and appointing 14 mobile play workers to work at a
range of city venues.
Think your hands are clean?
HAND hygiene has never been more
important, but just how clean are your hands?
Washing your hands is one of the simplest, but often most effective
way to stop the spread of infections from MRSA to Swine Flu. To
raise awareness of the importance of not only washing your hands but
doing it properly, infection control nurses are teaming up with GOJO
Industries for two hand washing days at our hospitals.
They will be at Ormskirk & District General Hospital on Tuesday, 11
August 2009 and at Southport & Formby District General Hospital on
Wednesday, 12 August 2009.
Visitors to our hospitals, and indeed anyone else, are welcome to
come along to the stands where they will have a chance to test how
good their hand washing really is. They can put on some UV light
sensitive hand cream called Glo-germ, wash their hands and then, put
them under a UV light to see how thoroughly they have washed their
They can also receive advice on hand washing and get free samples of
the alcohol gel used in our hospitals.
17 year old arrested after 9 year
old girl is raped
ON Wednesday, 5 August 2009, a 17
year old boy from St Helens was arrested on suspicion of rape. This
follows an attack which happened near the Meadow Street, Great
Harwood on Tuesday, 4 August 2009. It has been reported that the 9
year old girl was subjected to a violent, sexual assault in a wooded
area adjacent to Alan Ramsbottom Way. Police were initially alerted
at around 6:45pm by a local family who raised the alarm, after
finding the young girl. A spokesman for Lancashire Police said that
they have to praise two local residents who detained the suspect
before police arrived. A forensic examination of the scene of the
attack has now been carried out..
Employers commit to
training 413 Sefton workers
EMPLOYERS representing 413 Sefton
workers have publicly committed to investing in their workforce’s
future by taking the first step to making the Skills Pledge at an
event hosted by the Learning and Skills Council Greater Merseyside.
The Skills Pledge is a voluntary and public commitment taken by
employers to demonstrate their belief in the value of staff
training. The Learning and Skills Council is the body responsible
for the funding of work-based training in England and at the event
announced that just under £20m of new funding is being pumped into
Helen France, director of area at the LSC said:- “I welcome
the local businesses which have made a public declaration that they
are committed to training and up-skilling their staff by making the
Skills Pledge, and also encourage others to make the pledge.
Research shows that businesses that do not train their workforce are
two and half times more likely to fail during a recession. The fact
that local employers have made the pledge demonstrates their
commitment to their staff and signals their recognition of the value
The event, held at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa, was attended by
representatives of businesses from all parts of the spectrum that
enjoyed an engaging and inspiring presentation from Olympic high
jump medallist, Steve Smith.
If your business would like to make the Skills Pledge, then please
website or contact Train to
Gain Brokerage Service direct on:- 0845 00 66 888.
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