for charity founder
KIND charity founder,
Stephen Yip will be awarded the City's highest honour this week when
he receives the Freedom of Liverpool. The ceremony will take
place at the Devonshire Hotel on Thursday, 14 June 2012.
For 37 years Stephen's charity, KIND has helped thousands of young
people and families across the city region overcome disadvantage and
realise their potential through residential courses and volunteering
Mr Yip, whose father was a merchant seaman from mainland China
said:- "I am honoured to be the first locally born, Chinese
person to receive the Freedom of the City of Liverpool. It is a
great reflection on the contribution that the sons and daughters of
immigrants have made to the city. KIND has been an important part of
my life for 37 years, so I am really proud that all the work we have
done to help young people has been recognised by the city."
Founded by Stephen in 1975, KIND believes in the importance of
investing in children, through education, offering learning skills
and development and encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, said:- "I
am delighted to be awarding Stephen the Freedom of the City of
Liverpool. This accolade recognises over 37 years of hard work
and dedication that Stephen has given to those less fortunate in and
around the North West through his charity KIND. Stephen is an
inspiration to others and a fantastic ambassador for the city. I
can't think of a greater way to thank him on behalf of all those he
In December last year Stephen was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant
of Merseyside. Stephen's organisation (KIND) received the LJMU
Corporate Fellowship award in 2000; he also received the MBE for his
KIND's latest project is the £260,000 redevelopment of the adjoining
building to the SEED Centre - The Old Bellews Coffee House. Work has
started on the refurbishment of the vacant building into a fully
accessible space for children and families to engage in health,
wellbeing and exercise activities. Due to open in 2013, this new
building aims to improve the health and future life chances of
The Seed Centre is the focal point of the work at KIND. Whilst aimed
at all ages, the Centre primarily supports the needs and aspirations
of children. Opened in January 2008, with a series of pilot projects
with local schools, the centre is now fully operational, with our
dedicated team of in-house teaching staff leading and developing an
innovative programme of education and community projects.
action by doctors in 40 years
AS the BMA prepares for the
first industrial action by doctors in 40 years they should enter
into talks to avert industrial action by its own staff says the GMB.
BMA have been given notice that GMB members employed by the BMA will
take part in a 24 hour strike on 20 June 2012 in a dispute over pay.
GMB members voted by a majority of 81.2% to take industrial action
over the refusal of the BMA to negotiate an improved pay offer for
2012. this vote was conveyed to the BMA and GMB asked for further
negotiations to avert industrial action but there have been no new
GMB members rejected a pay offer of 1.5% plus an additional 0.5% for
high performers only. Indeed due to the outcome of a grading
re-structuring, the offer for 67% of staff is in fact worth under
1.29% and 34% of staff it is worth less than 1.09%.
Tony Warr, GMB Organiser has said that:- "BMA is aware that
our door remains open in order to reopen negotiations to achieve a
settlement. The 24 hour strike action will take place at all BMA
locations throughout the UK and the strength of feeling remains
overwhelming in support of the action which, of course, is the last
resort. Our members did not want to go down this route but
unfortunately management have given us no option whatsoever. The BMA
Council should practice what it preaches in terms of achieving a
negotiated settlement. As the BMA prepares for the first industrial
action by doctors in 40 years they should enter into talks to avert
industrial action by its own staff. The BMA rightly expects the
government to negotiate in good faith and they should do the same."
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Official Worldwide Launch Of New
Tarzan - Update - "Are You Going?"
AN event not to be missed!
On Thursday, 5 July 2012, at 10am to 12noon, in the The
0LD) will be hosting the the
Official Worldwide Launch of the band new 'Tarzan: The Jungle
Warrior', written by Andy Briggs. This will be a FREE
event, but please let us know who you are and how many are coming by
the subject:- "Tarzan - Tickets" on your email.
There are event listings and details of their books on the Formby
website as well. Also you
can always order any books in advance of any of the major book
event, that we are involved with; via our online
and also from Formby Book's website. We are also still looking
for a Tarzan for the event, slick here for more information.