Southport Reporter (R) Online Nespaper for Merseyside

Read our Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy


Terms and Conditions

Southport and  Mersey Reporter -  Your free online newspaper service covering the Merseyside region - (Greater Liverpool).
Covering the news in and around Merseyside


Click on here to email our news room today!



Your free online newspaper for Merseyside
This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography.



Latest Edition



Order Photos  Help Client Admin Advert Options

Updated news stories weekly.  Published online only, every Thursday

Your online newspaper.   Your words.

Issue: July at  25 July 2013

The Big Mersey Adventure

Esther McVey and  Cllr Gordon Friel with Mencap Liverpool visitors and Merseylearn officers.

THE Minister for Disabled People, Wirral West MP Esther McVey, on 24 July 2013; met with a group of members, volunteers and staff from Mencap Liverpool. The meeting was hosted by local transport authority Merseytravel at the Woodside Ferry terminal in Birkenhead.

Members and volunteers used digital skills to plan the day out at the Merseytravel ICT suite in Mann Island, then boarded the world famous Mersey Ferry for a trip to the U-Boat Story at Woodside. The attraction houses 1 of only 4 surviving World War 2 U-Boats, where they saw the artefacts and learned about the lives of those who lived and worked on the German U-534, as it patrolled the seas during the 2nd World War.

Mencap Liverpool is Merseytravel's corporate charity for 2013. Merseylearn, the Unionlearn supported learning project within Merseytravel, has been working with the local charity to help develop digital skills and help people who have a learning disability to access transport services.

Merseytravel chair, Cllr Liam Robinson explained:- "As an organisation we support one specific charity each year, so this is a great opportunity to link our visitor attractions, our passion for learning and our support for Mencap Liverpool together to make a really special day. Digital skills are increasingly important for everyone, so with our partners in Unionlearn, UK Online and Go-On, we are actively working to help people in our community get online. Merseytravel aims to have a fully inclusive transport system, it is important that we work with marginalised groups to give the widest possible access to all modes of transport across Merseyside."

Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey was able to meet the group and hear 1st hand some of the issues effecting disabled people with digital exclusion and transport in Merseyside.

Miss McVey said:- "It was really interesting to meet today with staff, volunteers and members from Mencap Liverpool to see 1st hand their work in making local services more accessible. We are committed to supporting disabled people fulfil their potential; whether through the improvements we are making to our rail services or making sure our schemes are accessible to disabled people. We have also just launched a 2 year campaign to harness the drive of the private sector to support more disabled people into work; because they should have the same choice of jobs, in every sector and at every level, as everyone else."

Mencap Liverpool Career Coach Jan Donnelly said:- "It's been a fantastic day for everyone involved – we've brushed up on our digital skills as well as getting the chance to enjoy such a unique experience."

Click on here to go back to this week's home page!

Our radio station phone in message line...   Call us now!

Click on this section to see last weeks edition of Southport and Mersey Reporter!

Sign up today for our daily email news service!

Sign up to our Daily Email News Service by clicking here now...

Southport and Mersey Reporter  July at  leading the way for local news.
We where the UK's first online only newspaper!

All email addresses and information is held under the UK's Data Protection Act.

Highlighted events that are taking place this month:-

If you have an event and want to get it noticed, let us know by emailing us to:-

Click on the event title displayed above to find out about lots more events, as well as dates & times!

Our websites in our online series.   Group navigation, information and useful none group links...
Southport TV - Our online video archive. Liverpool Reporter - Our online music station. Mersey Reporter - OUR HUB WEBSITE.
Southport TV Liverpool Reporter Mersey Reporter Formby Reporter

Add to Google

This is what the moon is doing tonight.  Click on to find out why.

See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

Our live Southport Webcam.  To see click live, click on image.


Show us your location
Please sign our map and let us know where you are  from....


News Room Phone Number

(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge. 

Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint

Complaints Policy  -  Complaints Procedure  -  Whistle Blowing Policy

© PCBT Photography & PBT Media Relations Ltd. - Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope