City’s young stars honoured
youngsters – including a 5 year old community champion, young
entrepreneurs and volunteers, are being rewarded by the city
Neighbourhood initiative, ‘Celebrating Success in the South’,
is honouring young people in South Liverpool for their amazing
achievements and for going the extra mile to help others.
A special awards ceremony at Parklands City Learning Centre, Speke,
on Thursday, 11 March 2010, will celebrate the contributions of
young people to everyday life in the city, revealing tales of
kindness, care, achievement and selflessness.
The youngsters will receive congratulations and a glass plaque from
Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Williams and Liverpool Young
Mayor Kirsten Leigh.
Councillor Williams said:- "It’s a real shame that negative
perceptions of young people often take precedence over their
achievements – because in reality, the vast majority of them are
mature, sensible and caring. They make a huge contribution to our
city and it’s really important that we shout out about the wonderful
things they do. I’m really looking forward to meeting and thanking
some of our very special young people whose hard work and
selflessness on a daily basis is making Liverpool a better place to
Among the winners are 5 year old Josh Parry from Garston, who is
receiving the ‘Making a Difference’ award. Described
as a ‘very conscientious young man’, Josh has been
nominated by Garston Adventure Playground for getting involved in
activities to improve the local environment and showing a remarkable
amount of care for the community for someone his age.
Layla Job, 17, will receive the ‘Outstanding Volunteer’
Award. She was nominated by the St Gregory’s Youth and Community
Initiative Group for being ‘an amazing young person who is
always smiling and bubbly’ and for being ‘an
outstanding and inspirational volunteer’ who ‘thrives on
Young people aged five to 11 from Middlefield Community Primary
School will receive the ‘Neighbourhood Champion’
award. The youngsters were nominated by staff at Speke Fire Station
for creating an allotment garden in the grounds of the fire station.
They threw themselves into the project with enthusiasm, learning
about environmental issues and a greener, healthier way of living.
David Gaskill, 12 and Kyle Jensen, 13, from New Heys Community
School will receive the ‘Young Entrepreneur’ award.
The enterprising pair have set up their own business – a school
stationary shop – and they have developed a good understanding of
business concepts to make their venture a success.
And 10 year old Mollie Jones, will receive the ‘Outstanding
Academic Achievement and Effort’ for her hard work,
determination and consistently high standard of work throughout her
time at Garston Primary School.
Sue Shinkfield, the council’s principal officer for raising
achievement, said:- “Liverpool has many fantastic, talented
and caring young people, and these awards are a great way of
recognising their achievements and thanking them for their huge
contributions to the city. Our inaugural Celebrating Success in the
South event in 2009 was a massive success and we’re looking forward
to building on that this year. We received some outstanding
nominations - ranging from academic success to voluntary
contributions – and our judges, supported by a young person from the
area, had a really difficult time picking the winners. The success
stories which will be revealed at the event are a reflection of how
young people are making a real difference in our communities.”
The Celebrating Success in the South initiative has been
co-ordinated by the Children and Young People’s Partnership Working
Group for the South Liverpool Neighbourhood area. A total of 24
youngsters with stories of success will be honoured at the awards
which aim to counter negative perceptions about young people and
tell the whole city about the good work young people are doing.
NEXT OF KIN APPEAL
FOR ALLIEU VANDY
LIVERPOOL Coroners Office have
been unable to trace Mr Vandy's next of kin and is appealing for any
relatives to come forward. Allieu Vandy, 40 died on Thursday, 25
February 2010 at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after being
hospitalised for a long illness. There are no suspicious
circumstances surrounding his death. He is believed to have
relatives living in South London. Any next of kin, or anyone who has
information about Mr Vandy's next of kin, is asked to contact
Liverpool Coroners Office:- on 0151 233 4703.
Your chance to get involved in your local Hospital
IF you've gained senior level
expertise in the private, public or voluntary sectors, Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust can offer an exceptional opportunity to
put your talents to use by making a positive difference to the lives
of people in your community. Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust said that:- "We are looking for an
outstanding individual to serve as a non-executive director on
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
Significant or senior level experience in one or more of the
► Legal experience in the private sector.
► Commercial experience at senior
level; bringing both governance and private sector expertise.
A portfolio of high level governance and organisation skills in, for
example, strategic planning, financial management, risk management,
performance management or service development.
Preference will be given to applicants who live in Southport &
Formby, Ormskirk & Skelmersdale and surrounding areas within West
We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of
opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that
the best board is one that that reflects the community we serve.
The time commitment is typically just two and a half days each month
and remuneration is £6,096 per annum.
For an informal discussion with the Chair, Sir Ron Watson, please
contact his PA, Donna Currie, on 01704 704781 prior to the closing
date for applications. This will play no part in the selection
For more information about this opportunity and to apply online
please visit Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust's
website. Alternatively you can
call them on:- 0870 240 3802 quoting the reference:- NW9260C for a
hard copy of the information pack or request an alternative format
such as Braille, large print and audio.
"This is a chance to influence and shape the NHS for the 21st
century. The closing date for applications is noon on 6 April 2010
and interviews will be held during the week commencing 26 April
2010." said Matthew King.
Dance for Life!
THE British Red Cross would like
to invite local schools, dance schools and youth groups across
Merseyside to take part in Dance for Life, one of the biggest youth
dance events in North-west England. It is dedicated to bringing
young people from local communities together and introducing pupils
to dance as a medium to overcome cultural, social and physical
barriers. The event is open to everyone 18 and under regardless of
Since 2006, over 4,000 young people have joined us in this exciting
event and raised £64,000 for the Red Cross. We would like you to
join us as we expand into 15 counties throughout the UK.
The event will help raise money for vulnerable people locally and
overseas and Konnie Huq, former Blue Peter presenter and ambassador
for the charity, is excited about this opportunity to celebrate
Konnie said:- “Dance for Life offers such a wonderful
opportunity for all young people to perform in a fun and friendly
environment. Not only will the young performers be exploring the
diversity of dance, but it will also give them a greater
understanding of the how the Red Cross works with vulnerable people
Dance for Life is taking place on Saturday, 17 July 2010, at The
Chameleon Theatre in Speke, Liverpool. Senior Fundraiser from
Liverpool, Alexis Fairclough said:- “Dance for Life is a
really exciting event and I am looking forward to welcoming local
dance groups and schools to take part. We offer free workshops to
help to teach the kids about the work of the Red Cross, and help to
start planning their dance and theme. It is great that we have the
support of MDI, Merseyside Dance Initiative, and U-Dance who
supporting the Red Cross Dance for Life event in Merseyside. Come on
dancers, register now and you could be involved in one of the dance
events of the year in Merseyside!”
For more information you can visit the
website or call Alexis on:-
0151 702 5061 to register your dance group.