campaign boosts charities
4 charities are to receive
money collected during a campaign which urged people to donate to
them rather than give to beggars. The "Your Kindness Could
Kill" campaign which operated in the run-up to Christmas,
pointed out that many of those who beg have drug or alcohol
addictions and the money they receive from passers-by goes on
feeding these addictions.
It encouraged donations to local organisations which provide lasting
support and volunteers; including the Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary
Millar; held collections in the City's main shopping area during
four late shopping nights and afternoons.
A total of £6,400 was collected and this will now be handed over to
the Whitechapel Centre, the Basement, Young People's Advisory
Service (YPAS) and the Liverpool Homeless Football Team.
"These charities provide lasting support for vulnerable people
throughout the year and not just at Christmas and donating to them
provides much better help than giving to people begging on the
streets. Putting it bluntly the £6,400 which
was collected would otherwise have probably ended up in the hands of
drug dealers or spent on drink to feed addictions if it had been
given to the street beggars.
This campaign was not about penalising or judging those vulnerable
people begging on the streets. It was about helping them in a much
better and positive way than giving them money directly.
The collections took place at a time when there were a lot of
demands on people's time and money and I am very pleased about the
amount we collected and would like to thank all those who donated
and the volunteers and organisations who gave up their time to
collect. However, the main aim of this campaign was not just
about raising money , it was about getting people to think about the
best ways they can help those who are on our streets begging long
term." said Councillor Peter Brennan, Mayoral lead on
Tony Okotie, Chief Executive of LCVS, who administered the fund,
said:- "Your Kindness Campaign helped educate people on the
impact of giving to those asking for money on the streets. LCVS was
delighted to help in getting resources to organisations who can help
those who really need it."
The campaign was also supported by Citysafe, (Liverpool's Community
Safety partnership), Merseyside Police and City Central Bid.
Following its success of "Your Kindness Could Kill" a similar
campaign will be held later in the year.
People who are approached or see people begging on the streets are
being advised to contact No Second Night Out on:- 0300 123 2041 and
support will be offered to the individuals to help them get off the
Calling all independent traders on Twitter!
THIS week businesses in the
Formby area being asked to take part each week in a campaign on
Twitter, that will take place every Tuesday, from 7pm to 8pm.
"We are asking all independent traders and businesses to come
together and promote themselves in a fight agenised supermarkets who
are taking over the village. So if you are on Twitter please follow
@ShpLocalFormby and join in via #Formbyhour, every Tuesday.
Tell people about all the offers and products, serices you offer and
use the #FormbyHour in the tweet & we will share it!" said
one of the campaign members. A shop owner also added when we where
in the village, that:- "We are sick of being told we are a
Town. We are a Village and the idea of us being a Town, is
pushing up our costs as well. Please help us to reclaim the
title Village as well. Social media like Twitter is a free and
affective way to get you message across to people, just as website
like yours are."
EU sets new
rules for e-cig users
NORTH West area MEP Chris Davies
gave his backing to new EU rules that will ensure that electronic
cigarettes can be sold as freely as their tobacco alternatives.
Overruling national governments, the European Parliament defeated
proposals to classify e-cigs as medicines, potentially greatly
restricting their availability.
Instead they insisted that e-cigs with a nicotine content of 20mg/l
or less should be regarded simply as consumer products.
E-cig manufacturers will have to ensure that refillable nicotine
fluid containers are childproof and that spillage can be prevented,
but a wide range of flavours will continue to be available.
National government ministers insisted that e-cigs with a stronger
nicotine content should only be available if classified as
pharmaceuticals, arguing that nicotine is an addictive substance.
Chris Davies claims that the new rules bring e-cigs into the
The Liberal Democrat MEP believes they could be a game changer in
the fight against smoking related disease that kills 700,000 people
across Europe each year.
He said:- "This is a compromise that won't please everyone,
but it's a huge improvement on the alternative of an e-cig ban that
was threatened in some countries.
We don't yet know the long term consequences of using e-cigs, but it
must be likely that they will be healthier than the tobacco that we
know is so damaging."
MEPs also agreed new rules to beef up the warnings on cigarette
packs, with bigger pictures and harsher words for smokers.
Health warnings will now take up 65% of the surface area of a
cigarette packet after studies show that this has an impact on
existing smokers and acts as a deterrent to young people thinking of
Davies commented:- "Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you
but the warnings hit home best when you have to take a cigarette out
of a box that is warning you that they will kill you. Even if
it only stops a few more people smoking that will mean a healthier
life for them and those around them."
Breakfast to be held in Preston
ARE you thinking of taking
on an Apprentice? Are you not sure where to start or what's
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"Taking on an Apprentice has
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to channel the energy of somebody who wants to learn, and mould them
into a genuine business asset. At our event you can find out all you
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Plus, you'll have the chance to gain real insight from our guest
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