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Issue:- 22 November  2012

Helping culture thrive

LIVERPOOL'S cultural organisations are being offered advice to help them survive and thrive during difficult economic times.  Groups who receive public funding are invited to take part in special FREE workshops which will focus on developing and honing essential skills and will include devising feasible strategies for financial sustainability at a time when there is a severely reduced grant aid due to public sector cuts.

There will also be an opportunity for individual businesses to receive specifically tailored management consultancy advice.

The sessions will be delivered by business expert David Parrish a creative, cultural and digital sector specialist, who will pass on invaluable advice and guidance on how to make organisations self-sufficient during this tough economic climate.

Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for Culture and Tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "We want to do everything we can to give cultural organisations the tools to survive.  It's important for them not just to rely on short-term funding but to become self-sufficient and sustainable in their own right. I encourage as many organisations as possible to make the most of the free expertise on offer which really could help their business to bloom.  Every organisation needs to prepare to weather the economic storm, and we want to help them to do this as we know how important culture is to this City."

The same seminar will be delivered on:- Tuesday, 4 December 2012, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, at the Leaf Teashop and Bar, 65-67 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ.

Places must be reserved in advance by emailing email

David Parrish said:- "I will be sharing my own experience of developing new income streams in the arts organisations I have managed, as well as ideas and techniques I've used with consultancy clients in the UK and internationally, to help cultural enterprises in Liverpool to become more economically sustainable."

The 'Survive and Thrive' project forms part of Culture Liverpool's Fit for the Future programme which focuses on bringing together organisations and their expertise to develop the City's cultural strategy. It is funded by Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England

Public welcome at Trust board meeting

SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, at 9am.  The meeting will be held in the Board Room in the Corporate Management Office at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on:- 01704 704714.  The agenda will be available on the Trust website, in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.


AS NHS workforce statistics reveal that 8,273 people have left the NHS since August 2011 and have not been replaced, UNISON is warning that patients will pay the price as the quality of care they receive declines. Christina McAnea, UNISON head of health, said:- "The old adage is true – you can't trust the Tories with the NHS. The Tories promised to protect our health service, but their actions have only damaged it. Not only has the government hit the NHS with a demand for £20 billion in efficiency savings, it has wasted millions on a chaotic top down re-organisation. Patient satisfaction has declined, waiting lists are growing, wards are closing and now we know that more than eight thousand health workers have left the NHS. This will have a huge impact on patient care, which staff are vital to delivering. The government needs to go back to the drawing board on the NHS or risk the wrath of voters at the next election."


MERSEYSIDE-based npower Health Through Warmth this week scooped a top accolade at the Energy Institute Awards, which recognise organisations setting new standards of excellence and innovation.

npower's Health Through Warmth scheme provides assistance with the funding and installation of heating systems for vulnerable people with long term, cold related illnesses. The scheme received the Community Initiative award, against tough competition, for its work to benefit thousands of vulnerable people, improving their wellbeing and quality of life.

The award also recognised the innovative approach taken by npower Health Through Warmth to expand the scheme across England and Wales, thanks to collaborative working with a wide range of other organisations.

Since 2000, more than 76,000 vulnerable residents have been referred to npower Health Through Warmth for help with heating and insulation. £62million has been levered to help fund the work required, which includes £1.5million from charitable organisations. In addition, £8million has been contributed from the unique npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund. Clients do not have to be or become npower customers to receive help from the scheme.

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth manager, comments:- "Health Through Warmth delivers both practical and financial assistance to the most vulnerable people in our communities who may otherwise fall through the net. We're delighted that the hard work of the npower team, and our partners, has been recognised with this award from the Energy Institute.  By working closely with our partner organisations, we hope to build on this success to help even more people in the coming winter months."

For more information about the eligibility criteria for Health Through Warmth please visit:-

If you would like to make a referral, please contact the npower Health Through Warmth team on:- 0151 639 4308 or via email.

Recognition award for life saving heroes

LIVERPOOL’S Lord Mayor will present 2 men with certificates of recognition for their life saving heroics on Friday, 23 November 2012. Billy Quayle, a teacher from St Theresa’s Primary in Norris Green, was refereeing a match for a team of pupils from his school when he suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at St Michael’s in West Derby in October. His life was saved by 2 quick-thinking spectators, Pete Burcher - a teacher at St Michael’s, and Tom Diamond, the father of 1 of the goalkeepers at the game. Both men performed CPR on the dad of 3, until paramedics arrived. Despite his heart stopping for 20 minutes, Mr Quayle is now recovering at home. And on Friday, 23 November 2012, at 11am, all 3 will be reunited at the Town Hall for the presentation of the certificates. Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan said:- "The actions of both of these men on the day is nothing short of heroic. Their quick thinking saved the life of Mr Quayle and I am delighted to be awarding them both special certificates of recognition. This incident also highlights the need for defibrillators at all schools and playing fields, something the city council and partners are currently working towards."  Mr Quayle’s daughter, Melanie, contacted the Town Hall as she wanted to thank both men personally for their help in what she calls:- "a life changing event for their family. I really want to commend the actions of these amazing Liverpool citizens, without them my dad would not be here today. I want them to know that my family are eternally grateful to them, we cannot thank them enough." Mr Quayle will attend the Town Hall along with family members including his parents, wife Cheryl, and daughter Melanie.

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