service seeks support from volunteers for communication pilot
A residential service in
Merseyside has launched a pilot communication project for disabled
people and is seeking enthusiastic volunteers who can offer their
Freshfields, a Leonard Cheshire Disability service on College Path
in Formby, is encouraging volunteers to get involved in UCommunicate,
an initiative designed to help disabled people who have
communication difficulties or who are unable to speak, to
communicate more effectively. Freshfields is home to 32
disabled people and also runs a day care centre which is open to
disabled people in the local community.
Friendly, enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help support Tom
Bennett, the UCommunicate associate at Freshfields, and take part in
a variety of activities focusing on communication. These will
include group work, one-to-ones and community trips. Volunteers will
be in charge of running conversation groups to encourage people to
communicate with each other.
Every volunteer will receive training from Freshfields' volunteer
coordinator, Anne Wood, as well as a trained communication expert so
it's an excellent opportunity to learn news skills and meet new
The aim of UCommunicate is ultimately to boost the confidence and
independence of people involved in the project, as they are
supported to communicate more effectively.
Tom said:- "We are looking for people with good communication
skills, who are reliable, patient and enthusiastic to help us make
the most out of the UCommunicate project. If this sounds like you,
please get in touch with us. Freshfields welcomes all new faces and
this is an excellent opportunity for people in the local community
to try something new and gain valuable skills."
If you would like to find out more about the project or volunteer
with UCommunicate please call Anne Wood on:- 01704 870 119 or via emailing:-
by a cyclist in the Southport!
MERSEYSIDE Police are
asking the public to be on the look out for medication lost by a
cyclist in the Southport area on 17 April 2012. A local man had
cycling along Shakespeare Street when he noticed a short time later
that personal medication had fallen from his bike. The cyclist
reported the lost property to the police at around 10.30pm and local
officers and hospitals were made aware. The medication has been
prescribed for personal use only and should not in any circumstances
be taken by anyone else other than the patient. Anyone who comes
across lost medication should hand it into their nearest police
station, doctors surgery or hospital.
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being refused mortgages due to 'free' solar panels
RICS is urging caution to
potential buyers looking at properties with 'free' PV panels, as it
may lead to their mortgage application being declined. At a
time when many prospective buyers are struggling to secure the
necessary finance to purchase a new home, they are hitting further
difficulties with banks and building societies refusing to lend on
properties with roofs leased for the use of 'free' PV panels.
These panels are installed by solar companies for free who then sell
any extra energy generated back to the grid under the Government's
Feed-in Tariff (TIF) subsidy. These schemes are usually based on
leases of 25 years for use of the roof space, which requires the
prior approval of the mortgage lender, which many lenders are
refusing to give.
David Dalby, Director of Residential at RICS said:- "We fully
support the use and production of sustainable energy; however, at a
time when prospective buyers are finding it tough to secure
mortgages ‘free' solar panels can cause a further barrier to
homeownership. An inflexible PV panel lease, without a buy-out
clause, could result in a failed transaction.
We are advising our members to inform homebuyers of these issues and
strongly urge anyone looking to make an offer on a property with
‘free' PV panels to seek legal advice and consult their mortgage
Buyers are more likely to be granted a mortgage on schemes complying
with the Council of Mortgage Lenders guidance, where necessary
consents have been achieved and the PV panels installed to an
accredited standard and maintained. However, even compliant schemes
may reach difficulties; as most mortgage lenders have their own
specific requirements, due to the lack of regulation and
standardisation in roof lease contracts, with most lenders assessing
on a case by case basis.
Where a mortgage lender does refuse the mortgage on the basis of the
roof-lease, the best case scenario is for the solar company to offer
a 'buy-out' option to the prospective buyer who can purchase the
installation at the price stated in the original lease agreement,
less depreciation. However, this can be very costly for the new
owner who may already be pushing their finances to the limit with
the property purchase.
In the worst case scenario, the installation company could refuse to
sell the installation to the new homeowner and seek to charge them
for removing the panels and the loss of income from the feed-in
tariff, effectively prohibiting the sale of the property.
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