Lord Mayor to
host Polish recognition event
REPRESENTATIVES from local
services will attend a small Civic Reception at the Town Hall this
week recognising their efforts supporting the Polish community in
Around 80 people, including the Mayor of Sefton and Deputy Mayor of
Wirral, have been invited to a Civic Reception hosted by the Lord
Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan and the Consul General of Poland,
Mr Lukasz Lutostanski.
Lord Mayor, Sharon Sullivan said:- "Today is a great
opportunity to recognise and thank those responsible for supporting
and welcoming the Polish community in Liverpool and making them feel
at home over the past few years. Their continuing help and support
makes a huge difference to newcomers starting a new life in the
City, and I thank them for their efforts, I hope they carry on
assisting others wishing to make Liverpool their home."
Consul General of the Republic of Poland Mr. Lukasz Lutostanski
said:- "We are delighted to honour the work of people in local
services who supported the Polish Community in Merseyside and made
them feel welcome in their new home.
We are proud to recognise
the voluntary work of Polish community organisations and positive
impact they had on building better relations."
Since Poland joined EU in 2004 there have been many Polish people
coming to the City to make Liverpool their hometown. Over the last
few years a number of community organisations have been established
that have contributed to the cultural life of the City such as
Merseyside Polonia and Polish Saturday School.
Local services have also played a key part in helping newcomers
settle into the City offering employment or starting up groups such
as the Polonia camps football team.
There will also be a special performance by Katy Carr and the
Aviators presenting songs inspired by Poland and its history.
Alan with Chief Executive Neil Campbell of Alternative Futures Group
AN award-winning charity which provides
person-centred support to adults with learning difficulties and
mental health needs is celebrating 21 years of providing
life-enriching support across the North West. Alternative
Futures Group Limited (AFG) was founded on 22 January 1992. Its
first 'head office' was an old air raid shelter in Woolton Village,
Liverpool. The successful charity has grown considerably since then,
but has remained community focused and true to its vision of:-
'A world where people control their lives'.
AFG provides around the clock, personalised support to people
throughout the North West, in their own homes or in one of eight
Independent Hospitals. With its head office based in Knowsley, AFG
has supported thousands of people with learning difficulties and
mental health needs since its launch, and is calling on those people
and their families to come forward to share their '21'
themed stories. The charity has unveiled a celebratory
programme of events to mark its 21st anniversary including local
coffee mornings to encourage community engagement and a showcase
event in the summer to raise awareness of the organisation and
provide networking opportunities to encourage partnership working.
Neil Campbell, Chief Executive said:- "We're proud of our
track record of taking people from hospitals and putting them in
their own homes allowing them to have real independence and choices
in their lives. Alternative Futures Group has helped thousands of
people with learning difficulties and mental health needs and last
year alone we enabled over 900 individuals to be successfully
supported to build a life for themselves. Our services are built
around each individual and designed to ensure that all people have
choice. We are proud to be celebrating 21 years of putting people at
the heart of everything we do." More information can
be found by visiting:-
or by visiting our Facebook page, 'Alternative Futures Group