transforms Southport student
A Counselling and Psychotherapy
Studies student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is
celebrating after graduating with a first class honours degree.
Graduation topped an exciting year for Morganna Dalby in which the
Southport student presented her work at an undergraduate research
conference before starting a new job one week after finishing
She said:- "I'm delighted to be graduating it's nice to come
back and celebrate the end of University. I have already started a
new job as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for Inclusion
Matters in Sefton where I will be doing low intensity therapy
interventions. It's a fantastic place to work with a very welcoming
atmosphere and I wouldn't change it for the world."
The 23 year old gained significant experience at UCLan and presented
her research paper, 'A Metacognitive Theory for Bulimia: A
Preliminary Investigation of a Potential Therapeutic Model', at
the British Conference of Undergraduate Research 2013.
Morganna commented:- "Presenting at the Conference was an
honour. It was very rewarding to represent the University but also
to have the opportunity to present work that I had put a great deal
of effort into and to explain in detail to a lot of interested
A chance visit to the University open day convinced Morganna to
apply to UCLan and it's a decision that's had both professional and
personal benefits. "I came to the UCLan open day with my
sister and really liked it so I decide to apply on a whim. It's a
decision that really worked out for me. I used to be quite an
anxious person but this course has built my confidence. I'd say I'm
a completely different person now."
Reflecting on her time at UCLan, she added:- "I really enjoyed
the practical elements of the course. The skills modules were a
great opportunity to put into practice the theory you had learned.
It definitely helped me get my new job and has given me a lot of
confidence in the workplace."
'Spine' - tingling
summer reading challenge for youngsters
THERE'S something creepy
going on in Liverpool's libraries this summer. The 2013 Summer
Reading Challenge is underway and is aimed at youngsters, 4 to 11
year olds, encouraging them to read six or more books of their
This year's theme is Creepy House; and children who take up the
reading baton can chart their progress online and aim to complete
three tasks called the 'Awful Upstairs', the 'Gruesome
Ground Floor' and the 'Spine-tingling Cellar'.
Each child who takes part will receive a large poster of the creepy
house, and as they progress through the challenge there are
incentives to keep those pages turning, including pungent smelling
stickers, a fortune teller game and a glow in the dark wristband.
The free project has already started and children are encouraged to
to sign up. It runs until Saturday, 7 September 2013, and those who are
successful will receive a certificate and medal.
Liverpool City Council's cabinet member responsible for libraries,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "Getting youngsters into the
reading habit early on is incredibly important, not only does it
improve their literacy levels, but also feeds their imagination and
gets them excited about picking up a book. Last year's reading
challenge was a huge success with hundreds of young people taking
part. One of the great results of this initiative is that it gets
children used to spending time in their local library and hopefully
they will become regular library users in the future."
The national Summer Reading Challenge is supported by footballer
Frank Lampard whose book Frankie's Magic Football is one of the
books on the suggested reading list. He said:- "I'm proud to
be a champion for Creepy House, and that my book is on the reading
list. Reading with my children is incredibly important to me
and a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. I hope that
many boys and girls will be inspired this summer to take up the
challenge and enjoy all of the brilliant books available to them at
their local library."
The Summer Reading Challenge is run by independent charity The
Reading Agency. It's expected nationally, around 750,000, 4 to 11
year olds will take part.
There is a leaflet available at local libraries for parents and
carers explaining the benefits of the challenge and giving tips on
how that can support their children and get the whole family
RTC ON THE KNOWSLEY EXPRESSWAY
MERSEYSIDE Police are
investigating after a car left the carriageway on the Knowsley
Expressway near Tarbock on Wednesday, 17 June 2013 and jack knifed
into a ditch. Parts of the road have been closed following the
incident which happened around 9.05pm. The man driving the car was
thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious, multiple injuries. He
has been airlifted for treatment to Fazakerley Hospital and an
operation is underway to recover the Honda Accord he was travelling
in. One lane of the southbound carriageway of the Knowsley
Expressway around Tarbock Island is still closed while the recovery
operation is underway and delays are likely in the area for some