will offer young people a fast track to finding work
A ground-breaking new
scheme to help young people into work will be launched at the
Pyramids Shopping Centre in Birkenhead later this month.
The free intensive 4 day pre-employment course, called Fast Track,
runs from 23 September to 26 September 2013, and is for 16 to 24 year olds who are
It will offer them the opportunity to learn a range of skills aimed
at increasing their chances of finding a job or a route into further
Those taking part, from 10am to 4.30pm each day, can obtain three
valuable qualifications; in health and safety, first aid and IT;
and there will be regular follow up sessions to ensure they are
putting their new-found expertise to the best possible use.
Fast Track, which is the first initiative of its kind to be held on
the Wirral, is being run by HYPE; Helping Young People Everywhere;
which was set up by Matthew Houghton, from Upton, and now has 6
centres across the Wirral designed to help young people gain
valuable work experience and qualifications with the aim of getting
them into full-time work or education.
HYPE has had its own base in a unit at Pyramids Shopping Centre for
the past year from where it has been running a pioneering scheme
known as Right Track, a 24 week scheme specially designed to help
young people beat long term unemployment.
The 24 week Right Track course, broken up into 3 8 week blocks,
covers topics such as mock interviews, CV building and job
interviews. And Matthew Houghton explained that Fast
Track, also to be held at the HYPE centre at 115a Claughton Road in
the shopping centre, has been devised as a shorter, more compact
version of the highly successful Right Track. He said:-
"We wanted to get the same sort of information over in a more
concise way in a shorter period of time, which is why we came up
with the idea of Fast Track.
This will be the first time anything like this has been done on the
Wirral and is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who are currently
without jobs for a variety of reasons.
They might have left school early and found difficulty in getting a
job, or may have had a job and been made redundant.
Many young people have never actually had a job and therefore don't
know how to go about applying for one, and that is where Fast Track
can help them.
It is a unique course and valuable to anyone in any line of work."
It has been welcomed by Derek Millar, Commercial Director for
Pyramids Shopping Centre, who said:- "Being out of work is
such a blight on the lives of young people and this course will give
them important skills which will help them build careers.
Hopefully some of them will end up working here because retail is
such an important sector of the jobs market, employing one in four
of the workforce."
Fast Track is being financed by one of HYPE's key partners, Magenta
Living, which has more than 12,000 homes on the Wirral and already
sponsors the Right Track sessions.
There will be 2 tutors running help and advice sessions throughout
the 4 days of the course and young people taking part will be
invited back 2 weeks after it finishes for an update on their
progress. They will also be contacted every month for 6 months
after finishing the course to see what further help they might
Sally Kew, Magenta Living's Community Development Co-ordinator,
said:- "We've been working with Hype to help young people from
our communities find the Right Track for them, whether that is work
or training. Fast Track recognises that for some young people,
getting into work is a sprint not a marathon and compliments the
Right Track course for those who need a quicker option."
Qualifications on offer will be Emergency First Aid, Health and
Safety at Work and Computer Online Level 1 & 2, and certificates
showing they have been achieved will be handed out at a presentation
ceremony shortly after Fast Track ends.
Matthew added:- "We are very excited about the prospect of
offering the Fast Track course to help get young people out of being
what is known as NEET and means Not in Education, Employment or
We have 24 places available on the course and although it's filling
up fast there are quite a number still left, so we would like to
hear from young people from across the Wirral who think it could
help them beat long-term unemployment. We are very grateful to
the Pyramids and Magenta Living for all the help they continue to
give us in getting young people into work or education."
For more details on the Fast Track course, contact the:- HYPE Centre
at 115a Claughton Road, Birkenhead CH41 6QN.
You can also follow HYPE on Facebook at /HYPEMERSEYSIDE and Twitter
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Time to abolish
mobile phone roaming in the EU – Davies
A local MEP is throwing his
weight behind a campaign to end the practice of charging people for
calls they receive while abroad.
Information Commissioner Neelie Kroes is launching a new initiative
to accelerate the process where the EU has been bringing down mbile
phone charges for Brits abroad.
The Liberal Democrats in the EU want to see roaming charges
abolished by 2015 and it is starting to look as if they will get
Southport MEP Chris Davies said:- "This is good news for
British business and British consumers.
A few big companies have kept prices outrageously high by creating
artificial barriers between countries. Now these will be swept
aside, creating opportunities for business and benefits for
consumers. This is the European Commission working at its best:
opening up markets, tearing down barriers, and ensuring that we can
take full advantage of a European market of 500 million people."
The reductions in roaming and data charges will also help UK
tourism, one of the biggest and fastest growing sectors in the North
From 2012 to 2014, EU laws will have forced the cost of mobile data
down from around 65p per MB to less than 20p. The cost for receiving
a phone call has dropped by more than half and the new laws would
see that cost disappear altogether.
Davies added:- "Charging someone to receive a call is crazy,
how are people supposed to know if you are away or not?
The existing telecommunications companies will be forced to stop
ripping us off with charges for doing nothing and told instead to
make money by growing the business."
FORMBY village is to be the
first place in Sefton to have ALL roads, expect for a few semi major
roads to be set to 20mph. This comes after large protests from
residents in Formby and after 4 out of the 6 Formby Councillors
voted against the 20mph speed restrictions. Formby Labour
Councillors, Nina Killen and Catie Page are the two Formby
Councillors who did vote in favour. Cllr. Killen said:- "A
total of 1,581 households in the affected area of Formby were
consulted, 71% of whom were in favour of a 20mph restriction. It
will reduce accidents as it has in Portsmouth and it will save lives
in Formby!" Oddly, as one resident pointed out, a post on a
website quoted Councillor
Killen as saying:- "'Formby Labour colleagues, Cllr Catie
Page, Peter Maguire and I are backing the proposals.'' She
asked:- "So what happened as 4 of the 6 said no to the 20mph
who are from Formby? Did one of them change their minds or was that
Others have questioned the validity of the questionnaires, as
Conservative Councillor Denise Dutton said:- "I don't believe
it was a fair consultation and majority vote." Many have
complained since the announcement 20mph has got the go-ahead. Once
local said:- "All that money being spent on 20mph signs could
easily be used to better effect on improving bad road junctions and
bad road surfaces."
Another resident has questioned the accuracy of the stats used by
the Council about accidents and how it was delivered to the public.
Someone else, in a shop in Formby village, threw in the comment:-
"The only accidents round here are the council b*****g things up.
The Idiots are now running the asylum." Only a few people we have
spoken to said they liked the idea. Most said that the biggest issue
is the dangers caused by parents parking around schools and that
that should have been addressed." Also backing this feeling
was Councillor Denise Dutton, who said:- "Even though the
majority of Formby Councillors voted against the plans, it received
a majority vote from the rest of Sefton's councillors. I suggest we
should look at undergoing another consultation as this one was
flawed. Some residents, I have found out, never got questionnaires
and others received ones related to Crosby!" Also local
residents have reported to us that the questionnaire was misleading
as at first questions required a tick box 'yes /
no' answer, then swapped to:- 'no/ yes'!
However, Councillor Nina Killen has been reported as saying:-
"Now plans are going ahead, I will be planning on liaising with the
Neighbourhood Police inspector to monitor the speed around Formby to
establish whether the 20mph speed restriction is reducing speed and
accidents in the area." Either way, as another
resident said:- "We have to live with it now."
So what are your views? Email us and if you ask us not to
publish your name, we will not publish it, as long as we have it!
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It's a dog's
life for Liverpool FC legend
A record-breaking Liverpool
football legend was the top dog at a care home. Ian Callaghan
MBE, 71, was one of the judges at a dog show at the Bodlondeb care
home at Pendine Park in Wrexham.
The former England international, who made a record 857 appearances
for Liverpool FC, regularly visits Bodlondeb to see a close friend.
Right-winger Ian played under the iconic Liverpool manager Bill
Shankly who transformed the club from being Second Division no
hopers into champions in the 60s and 70s.
A Liverpool supporter as a child, Ian joined the club as an
apprentice in 1960 and made his debut on 16 April 2013, in a 4to0 win
against Bristol Rovers at Anfield.
Ian was 1 of 4 England players to
play for England in the 1966 World Cup tournament without playing in
the final itself. Only the 11 players on the pitch at the end
of the 4 to 2 win over West Germany received medals.
Following a campaign led by the Football Association to persuade
FIFA award medals to all the winners' squad members, Ian was
presented with his medal by Gordon Brown at a ceremony at 10 Downing
Street in 2009.
In 1976, at the age of 34, he played in Bob Paisley's side which won
a League and UEFA Cup double. He played in all the European matches
and missed just 2 league games.
In the autumn of 1978, Ian finally left Liverpool and joined his
former Anfield team mate John Toshack at Swansea City, helping them
to two consecutive promotions.
Still revered by the Anfield faithful, he was voted in at No.15 in
the '100 Players Who shook The Kop' poll in the summer of
Speaking just after the centenary
of Shankly's birth, Ian said:- "When you speak to anyone in
the world and you mention Liverpool, the conversation always comes
down to two things: The Beatles and Liverpool Football Club.
That's because of Shanks.
People see this huge club. LFC. But what must be remembered is that
he built it all up from nothing.
When Shanks became manager in 1959 we were a Second Division club
going absolutely nowhere.
2 years later we were promoted, 2 years after that we were champions
of England and, in 1965, Liverpool won the FA Cup for the first
We were champions again the following year. Shanks loved that. He
lived to win trophies."
Ian insists Shankly would have
been just as great in the modern era. He revealed he had once
bought a Yorkshire Terrier for his daughters and called it Smudge -
the nickname of his team mate Tommy Smith, the hard as nails centre
half. "I thought that's a good name for a dog, and Tommy
was certainly a terrier the way he played."
The dogs on show belonged to relatives of the residents and staff
members at Pendine Park. After careful deliberation Ian,
alongside fellow judges, day care manager at Bodlondeb Kath Roberts,
and chairman of children's charity Variety, Jim Donaldson, he picked
Oscar as the winner; a 3 year old Llahsa Apsa.
Jim said:- "It was difficult to pick the winner because there
were so many beautiful dogs, they really are. Oscar's a lovely
looking dog, well behaved and very disciplined."
Ian added:- "I think Bodlondeb is a terrific place. This place
is absolutely fantastic I think. It's modern, there's plenty of
staff, and people seem to be fantastically well looked after."
Jim, who's charity Variety
supports disenfranchised children, enjoyed every minute of the dog
show. "That was great. I love animals, and I love dogs
in particular. All the dogs were great - really well behaved. Kath
asked us a couple of weeks ago if we could come and help today, and
we were delighted to come.
I think Pendine is fabulous. It's a great place, it really is. It's
well run. The staff look after the residents really well, and they
do a good job. It's clean, and it's a good home for the people who
belong here. They put on a lot of things like the dog show."
Kath said:- "There were some beautiful dogs here. Everyone's a
winner. I love it. It's very important for the residents that we put
on things like this.
You look around and you see their faces. You've only got to look at
their eyes and you can tell it's made a difference. It's really
Pendine Park is an animal friendly place. As part of our enrichment
programme, pet therapy is a very important part of what we do."