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Issue:- 28 June  2012

Tenantspin, FACT and Liverpool Mutual Homes Stage A Musical and Technology Initiative

SHELTERED housing residents will take to the stage next week as part of a musical and technology initiative as part of a FACT/LMH Independent Living project on Tuesday, 3 July 2012. 

As part of Tenantspin's programme at FACT, and in partnership with Liverpool Mutual Homes, the Positive People's Platform will bring guests an evening of musical and technological entertainment, starting at 7pm in Screen 2, with tickets priced £2.

The Positive People's Platform are a group of over 50s residents from LMH's Sheltered Housing Schemes from across Liverpool, there are 17 schemes in total. They have been working with Tenantspin, FACT and professional artists to create a musical that tells some of their tales and experiences of technology.

Connected: From Gaslight to Satellite is themed around how the participants feel about technology and learning how to use technology for their own benefit along the way.

The residents, who are all over 55, have been exploring what technology means to them, how it's impacted on their lives and how it's changed over the years in a series of workshops. They are working together with Artist Alison Kershaw and Musical Director Jonathan Raisin to write and rehearse a series of original songs based on their experiences.

Part of the Electric Blanket / LMH Independent Living programme, the project also includes training in digital technology, led by FACT's 12 year old Tenantspin project.

The aim of the project is to help develop the participants' digital skills, well being and confidence through an exciting new medium.

Musical Director Jonathan Raisin uses his experience as a songwriter and composer to incorporate the technology themes and stories that the participants initiate. Jonathan has worked in Liverpool for nearly 25 years as a musician and project coordinator. He has performed in many of the city's theatres (and most of the bars), composing music for a number of shows, and running workshops with half the world. Jonathan is co-director of Lost Voices and, for the Capital of Culture in 2008 produced The Rightful Owners of the Song with local singers and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jonathan Raisin said:- "The call out to take part in the project went out to residents in LMH Sheltered Housing Schemes, with an age range of 50+. We particularly aimed to engage the existing LMH Positive People's Platform group, consisting of representatives from each of the schemes, in order for them to act as advocates for the project. Around 20 different people attended in all, and as the project has evolved the following regular participants formed the final group.”

The Electric Blanket is a programme of activity that has been running since 2009. Developing the work Tenantspin has been pioneering for the last 12 years, working with older people and technology, in this case LMH's Sheltered Housing Residents. The programme has developed over the last three years and is pushing back the boundaries of what can be achieved by innovative support programmes for tenants in sheltered housing schemes.

The project is lead by Tenantspin and the Tenantspin Producer Edwin Pink told us that:- "I am really pleased with how the Electric Blanket Programme has developed. The Connected: Gaslight to Satellite Musical has all of the elements we strive to have in our Tenantspin projects, it is a genuine collaboration between everyone involved. It is great we can be connected 24/7 to family and friends, and work, but there will always be new technology and at some point I may not want to, or be able to, keep up with it all. The group all have different levels of technology in their lives, texting, skyping, emailing, whatever suits them and keeps them connected. However what they all have in abundance is a lust for life and an energy to express themselves.”

For more information visit:- the FACT website  or longing onto

£2.1m improvements to Queens Drive

WORK is about to start on a £2.1m scheme to upgrade a section of Queens Drive in Liverpool. The carriageway between Townsend Avenue and East Prescot Road will be resurfaced in a phased scheme which will take up to 10 weeks to complete. This scheme follows on from the resurfacing of Queens Drive between Townsend Avenue and Stuart Road which was completed in November 2011.  Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said:- "This is the latest in an investment programme to ensure that our major roads are brought up to a much higher standard than they have been in the past decade. The city needs to have good quality roads if it is to thrive. For too long motorists have had to put up with patched-up carriageways and we are determined that that is not going to go on. The completion of this second phase of works as well as the first phase completed in 2011 will have seen a total of 12 kilometres of Queens Drive resurfaced in less than 12 months. Queens Drive is one of the most important and busiest roads in the city, for businesses, visitors and local residents and it is essential that it is maintained to a high standard. Motorists will see a vastly improved road when this section is complete. Inevitably there will be some disruption but if we are to bring our main roads back to a decent standard then we cannot avoid that. We will endeavour to keep the traffic flowing as far as possible and we have attempted to let as many road users know about this scheme in advance.”

The work gets under way on Monday 2 July on the first phase between Townsend Avenue and Muirhead Avenue. The full programme is:-

►  Townsend Avenue to Muirhead Avenue from 2 July to 15 July 2012.

►  Eastbound carriageway from 2 July to 6 July 2012.

►  Westbound carriageway from 8 July to 13 July 2012.

►  Townsend Avenue junction from 7 July to 8 July 2012.

►  Muirhead Avenue junction from 14 July to 15 July 2012.

►  Mill Bank to Derby Lane from 15 July to 28 July 2012.

►  Eastbound carriageway from 15 July to 21 July 2012.

► Westbound carriageway from 22 July to 28 July 2012.

► Muirhead Avenue to Mill Bank from 29 July to 12 August 2012.

►  Eastbound carriageway from 29 July to 4 August 2012.

► Westbound carriageway from 5 August to 10 August 2012.

► Mill Bank junction from 11 August to 12 August 2012.

► Derby Lane to Alder Road from 13 August to 26 August 2012.

► Eastbound carriageway from 13 August to 19 August 2012.

► Westbound carriageway from 19 August to 24 August 2012.

► Derby Lane junction from 25 August to 26 August 2012.

► Alder Road to East Prescot Road from 26 August to 9 September 2012.

► Eastbound carriageway from 26 August to 1 September 2012.

► Westbound carriageway from 2 September to 7 September 2012.

► Alder Road junction from 8 September to 9 September 2012.

Contra-flows will be in operation allowing for each carriageway to completed with the traffic on the opposite carriageway running in single lane each direction.  Access to residences and businesses will be maintained throughout the work. There will be no traffic management on the days when football matches are played to help with the traffic flow.   Also information boards have been in place for the last month and variable message signs will be activated at key locations to advise about the work. All local residents and businesses will be informed by letter about work taking place before the start of each phase.   Also the public is being made aware that the contractor for the works is Tarmac and Enterprise Liverpool will manage the project.

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