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02 September 2010
Cash boost for Liverpool groups
are now being invited for a slice of up to £3.7 million for
voluntary and community groups in Liverpool.
The city council has one of the largest local authority grant
schemes in the country and allocates grants to organisations to
deliver projects for the benefit of local residents.
Funding will run for one year in the first instance from March 2011
under four themes:-
► Community legal advice services
► Support for victims of domestic violence
► Stronger communities
► Helping community and voluntary organisations to be more effective
Around 80 organisations received money under the current scheme
which ends next March, and last year the projects funded:-
► Support for 29,000 residents including vulnerable adults and
people with disabilities to take part in a wide range of activities
► Organisations that secured a total of £6.6 million of welfare
benefits for local people
► Advice for charities and community groups which helped them win
funding of £4.3million
► The recruitment of nearly 2,000 volunteers
Councillor Steve Munby, Chair of the Voluntary Sector Panel, said:-
“Liverpool is one of the most generous cities in the country
when it comes to funding the voluntary and community sector because
we recognise the valuable role it plays in regenerating the local
community. We work hard to make sure that every single penny is
spent wisely, and the information provided by the organisations that
we have funded demonstrates quite clearly that the existing
programme has been an outstanding success. I am pleased that we fund
so many voluntary groups, and I would urge organisations who think
they may qualify for funding to come forward. Unfortunately, we
don’t have a bottomless pit of money and the current economic
climate means the amount available will be subject to review. But I
can assure people that every single application will be carefully
scrutinised on its merits and everyone given the chance to put their
The Voluntary and Community Groups scheme is just one of several
funding schemes run by the city council.
Over £400,000 has been made available this year through the
community chest scheme for small grass roots community projects.
A further £200,000 has been given to cultural organisations to run
small scale “Creative Communities” projects (jointly
funded with the Primary Care Trust)
£4.3 million has been provided to arts organisations for an exciting
and diverse programme.
And over £1.5 million has been made available this year in grants to
youth organisations for projects which engage children and
Full guidance and an application pack is available from:-
liverpool.gov.uk and clicking
on the Community Grants link in the AtoZ index. More information is
also available by calling:- 0151 233 4436.
Briefing sessions will be held to give support and advice to groups
who are applying.
The closing date for applications is 14 October 2010.
New Observation Ward opens
AS part of our
continual commitment to improve and upgrade our patient facilities a
new, larger observation ward has opened at Southport & Formby
District General Hospital.
The new ward has nine beds, including two side rooms, and a chairs
area where patients can go for a period of observation either after
being seen in the accident and emergency department in order to
assess whether admission as an inpatient is needed.
The new observation ward, which is within the accident and emergency
area, is part of a five-phase programme of reconfiguration for the
whole area. The programme will cost around £1.75 million and take up
to two years to complete because the department has to remain open
to provide the accident and emergency service to patients.
Dr Alan Owens, Lead Clinician for Accident and Emergency commented:-
"The new ward is much larger than the old one, it's light and
airy and there is more room for each patient. It has better
facilities, including two rooms that can be used, for example, if a
patient has a suspected infection. We are looking forward to the
refurbishment and reconfiguration of the rest of the department, but
realise it might at times be difficult for our patients during the
work - we hope they will bear with us and apologise for any
inconvenience they might experience."
Merseyside Becomes 11th UK Police Force to Select Niche
Police have announced that it will be the 11th UK Police force to
use the Niche Technology Intelligence System to manage the force’s
The selection of the Niche system for intelligence purposes
complements the force’s existing use of Niche for Custody, Crime,
Property, Case File Preparation and General Incident Management.
John Hampson, IS Director at Merseyside Police, said:- “We
have now consolidated our main operational information management
requirements on the Niche RMS system, which helps to rationalize our
IT estate and generate efficiencies for the force.”
Merseyside Police polices the city of Liverpool and the surrounding
boroughs of Knowsley, St. Helen's, Sefton and Wirral and has a
population of 1.4 million. With 4,516 officers and 2500 support
staff, Merseyside is the fifth largest force in England and Wales.
“I am delighted that Merseyside are completing their implementation
of the full Niche RMS system. We aim to work with Merseyside to
ensure that the Niche Intelligence system is the best available to
UK police forces.” said Roger Thomas, UK Country Manager for
Niche’s market share of forces in England and Wales is 25%, making
the company the market leader in the UK by a large margin. Niche RMS
is also currently used by over 50% of Canadian police officers,
including Canada’s federal police agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, and 20% of Australia’s police officers, and since the
beginning of 2010 has been chosen by five US law enforcement
agencies, including the Department of the Interior, which has 6,000
officers across the US. Seven of the 25 largest police forces in the
English-speaking world use Niche RMS.
Other UK forces using Niche RMS include Lincolnshire Police, West
Yorkshire Police, South Wales Police, North Yorkshire Police, the
Police Service of Northern Ireland, Cheshire Constabulary, Wiltshire
Police, Hampshire Constabulary, Cleveland Police and North Wales
Celebrity endorsed Bananafish Drama Classes to start in Liverpool
LEADING Casting Agency
Bananafish Management are to start up their Drama Class and Acting
Workshops once again due to popular demand.
The first Class will be on Wednesday, 6 October 2010. With
Wednesday, 13 October 2010, Wednesday, 20 October 2010 and
Wednesday, 27 October 2010, completing the course.
Four Classes make up a Course. Each class will last 2 hours and take
place once a week. The course will last 4 weeks and will cover all
the aspects of acting including Audition Process and Technique,
Script Assessment, Theory, Mock Auditions, Acting Techniques, Scene
Study, Improvisation, Vocal Techniques, Assistance and guidance with
dealing with Agents and Casting Directors, developing the various
areas of acting for camera, One on One advice from successful actors
and many unique tips and techniques to ensure you have the maximum
chance of success for a future in TV or Film, from the people who
have done it themselves.
Joanna, who is Managing Director of Bananafish Management said:- “So
many people have been contacting us about our classes that we felt
the need to start up again. We had such a great response last time
and people genuinely gained an awful lot from them. Not just in
terms of experience but confidence too – these sessions are about
helping and improving people’s all round performances which include
lack of self esteem.”
Our in-house teacher is Kirstie Smith. Kirstie is a graduate of
Manchester University where she obtained a BA (hons) in Drama. After
graduating, she trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic
Art (LAMDA) as a Post-Graduate Acting Instructor and Director. She
then worked at the Academy for over five years as a teacher,
director and audition panelist where she helped select from over two
thousand applicants each year the twenty eight students for the
acting course at the school. In addition to her work at LAMDA,
Kirstie has extensive experience of working in casting - she was the
assistant to Casting Director Susie Figgis and worked on the casting
of major films such as Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory and Garth Jennings' A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Her
experience also extends to television, having provided actors for a
number of programmes such as Coronation Street, Shameless and
Hollyoaks - and has run numerous workshops tackling acting, casting
and auditioning for television and film. Her experience of creating
and running workshops also extends to schools, colleges,
universities, prisons and young offender institutions. Kirstie has
also worked as Assistant Director at both the Royal National Theatre
and The Royal Court in London.
As well as Kirstie, we will introduce you to Casting Directors,
Professional Actors, TV Stars, Producers and Directors who will all
give you valuable insight into the industry.
Television Actors already confirmed for the classes are Steven
Pinder (Brookside, Holby City, Casualty, Emmerdale, Doctors, Hotel
Babylon etc), Andrew Lancel (The Bill, Bad Girls, The Vice, Midsomer
Murders, Merseybeat, Liverpool One etc), Brian Bovell (Love
Actually, Hollyoaks Gimme Gimme Gimme etc), Suzanne Collins
(Brookside, Doctors, The Bill etc) and Barry Sloan (Holby City,
Aftermath, Casualty, Hollyoaks, Brookside,The Bill etc).
Steven Pinder said:- “I’m thrilled to be asked to help out at
the workshops. I know Jo from her time Casting at Brookside and I
know how well these sessions have been put together so I’m really
looking forward to it.”
Joanna added:- “It’s a great opportunity for people who would
like to get into acting but are unsure of the avenues to go down. We
are constantly looking for fresh talent so it’s also a chance for
people to impress and push for representation from us. We found some
of our current actors at the last round of workshops so you just
don’t know where these things can lead.”
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the standard required
for people who would like to get into acting or who already are.
They will be suitable for varying levels of experience from those
who are just starting out, to those hoping to gain representation
and for those already in the industry needing to brush up their
skills and confidence in the screen-test arena. We will make sure
that the groups are well balanced i.e there will not beginners in
the same group as people who have been acting for years.
As everything will be recorded, there will also be an option to buy
a fully edited DVD of your course. On this DVD you will be able to
see the transition of how you were when you started the course and
how much you have advanced over the four weeks.
These classes will be in Liverpool City Centre in the early evening
(6.30pm – 8.30pm) and at the moment they are for adults aged 16+ but
we will also be doing children’s drama groups soon - please feel
free to register your interest if you'd like further information on
the kids groups.
Kirstie said:- “I’m delighted to be asked back to these
Bananafish Drama classes. The feedback we had was great and not only
did everyone improve tenfold, we had fun whilst doing it. I wouldn’t
like to think anyone would be put off by thinking this was only for
experienced actors. We have people who’ve never acted in their lives
here. We have different groups so everyone in each session is on an