Communities Funding Programme
POEPLE'S Health Trust's new
Active Communities Funding Programme aims to support local people to
use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better
places in which to grow, live, work and age.
Using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery, the
Trust will work with people living in the poorest neighbourhoods of
St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and the Wirral. The new
programme aims to close the gap between those communities which
experience the worst health in England, Scotland and Wales and the
majority of the population.
The programme will focus on neighbourhoods where people living
within them will, on average:-
► die 7 years younger than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
► spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with disability than
people living in richer neighbourhoods;
► have higher rates of mental health problems;
► have a lower quality of life.
The Active Communities Funding Programme awards grants of between
£5,000 and £25,000 to local community and voluntary organisations
with an annual income of less than £200,000 a year, delivering small
projects lasting up to 18 months, in the 25% most deprived
neighbourhoods (based on the Indices of Multiple Deprivation) in
To be eligible to apply for funding from this local society lottery
your project should be delivered in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool,
Sefton or the Wirral.
Professor Jennie Popay, Chair – People's Health Trust, said:-
"Through our new Active Communities Funding Programme, we're looking
to support projects in the most deprived neighbourhoods in Great
Britain that encourage community activism. We're interested in
projects that are designed by local people that address issues
relevant to them and benefit and improve their local community. We
want to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to
make their communities better places in which to grow, to live, to
work and to age."
Chris Lunn, Director – HealthFit, said:- "We're delighted to
see the money raised by HealthFit being used to support local people
to address health inequalities at a local level."
To find out more about the Active Communities Funding Programme, or
to find out if your organisation and project is eligible for funding
through this programme, please visit:-
If you require further assistance or have any additional questions,
please contact them via
or by telephone on:- 020 7697 4021. The closing date for
applications is 9am on 11 April 2013.
Davies bashes bankers' bonuses
MEASURES to limit the size of bankers' bonuses
are long overdue, according to a Southport Euro-MP. New EU financial
rules are to limit the bonuses that can be paid to bankers to 100%
of their salary. MEPs and most European governments want to avoid
the risk of more banking failures caused by short term thinking and
greed. Liberal Democrat Chris Davies said that the measures will not
be thought tough enough by most people. He said:- "A banker
being paid £5 million a year could still get another £5 million on
top of that just for doing his job. It's one thing to celebrate
success, but quite another to support arrangements that brought
Europe's economy to its knees." Davies criticised Chancellor
George Osborne for trying to prevent any limits being introduced.
Davies said:- "I'm delighted that it was a Liberal Democrat
MEP who led the way in bringing in this measure, and equally
delighted that our Conservative representatives were outvoted 26 to
1 by ministers from other countries. Bankers have behaved insanely,
and yet walked off with their pockets full of money." The
new EU financial rules require banks to hold greater sums of capital
in reserve to reduce the risk of a collapse. "To those who say
that these measures will damage Britain's financial industry, I
invite them to remind us of the mind-boggling sums that we are now
having to pay because of the scale of the problems that this
industry has created."
apprentices shortlisted for regional award
3 Sefton apprentices have
been shortlisted for the 'Apprentice of the Year'
award, sponsored by St Helens College, at the Liverpool City Region
Apprenticeship Awards 2013. Put forward by their training providers
or employers, the 3 hopefuls were shortlisted from hundreds of
nominees following the first round of judging. The winning
apprentice will be announced at the gala award ceremony at St
George's Hall in Liverpool on 12 March 2013.
Hopeful of being awarded for their hard work and dedication to
learning the ropes in their chosen industry, the young apprentices
have demonstrated excellence in their fields. The 3 young Sefton
Craig Sharman, trained by Peel Ports and employed by Jaguar
LandRover in their Halewood plant.
► Jessica Oates, trained by
Southport College and employed by STORM Consultancy, an
environmental management firm.
► Wayne Dowling, trained by
Myersough College and employed by Glendale Liverpool as a sports
Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and
Tourism, said:- "Apprenticeships are a tried and trusted way
of giving people the skills and experience needed to find permanent
work in these challenging times. The awards are a great
opportunity to reward the hard work and dedication of these workers
while also recognising the commitment that our businesses
demonstrate in maintaining and developing these skills for future
The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2013 will celebrate
the region's best and brightest young apprentices as well as the
employers who support their training and career development.
Sefton's three shortlisted individuals will join other nominees from
across the City region that will be recognised for their commitment,
contribution, success and progress during the awards ceremony.
The Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2013 take place at
St George's Hall, Liverpool on Tuesday, 12 March 2013.
2,500 jobs set
to go at Thomas Cook
THE high street travel agency Thomas Cook, who is the 2nd
biggest travel company in the UK is due to axe 2,500 UK jobs and
close 195 of its high street travel agencies. The announcement on
Wednesday, 6 March 2013, has come as a shock to many staff within
the group. If you are affected by this, please let us know by
emailing us to our newsroom via:-