TICKETS ON SALE
FOLLOWING the recent
announcement that Liverpool Pride 2014 will now be a part ticketed
event, organisers have confirmed that tickets for this year's
festival on Saturday, 2 August 2014, have gone on sale with a limited number of early bird tickets on sale at just
This year marks the 5th anniversary for Liverpool Pride, which was
established in 2010 and takes place each year to coincide with the
date of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer 6 years ago. The theme
for this year's event is Glam Fairy Tales, with those attending
encouraged to come dressed in their most wild and wonderful
interpretations of the theme.
The main ticketed sites have also been confirmed and Liverpool Pride
will be returning with their popular festival sites, with the
Waterfront Stage at the Pier Head, where attendees can soak up the
music and atmosphere of the main stage area, alongside a number of
bars, food outlets and market stalls, the Stanley Street Stage in
Liverpool's thriving Gay Quarter, which will showcase up and coming
talent alongside entertainment provided by the bars and venues of
Stanley Street and Dale Street and finally the Garlands & Gbar Stage
in the Eberle Street area with guest DJ's and a huge open area to
dance the day and night away.
There is plenty of free family friendly activity too with the
Liverpool Pride March through the City centre streets which kicks
off the day in celebratory style at 12pm from the Plateau at St
George's Hall. Organisers encourage as many groups, organisations
and individuals to participate, entertainment and activities are
also planned for the muster at St Georges Hall. Also at the Pier
Head is a free non-ticketed area which will contain a community
stage, food concessions, cafe, market, information stalls, community
activities and children's entertainment.
As the main staged areas are now ticketed, Liverpool Pride 2014
promises the biggest and best year yet. Ticket prices have been kept
to a minimum and cost as little as £5 for early bird bookers and the
LGBT community is encouraged to book fast to get the best possible
deal on tickets. The decision to ticket the event was not taken
lightly, first and foremost it is to ensure the event will take
place this year as well as safeguarding sustainability, the
organisers aim to attract bigger name artists and performers, and
also to improve safety and facilities at what will become the
largest single-day Pride event in the UK.
Lucy Day, Chair of Liverpool Pride
Charity said:- "Liverpool Pride is a campaign for LGBT
equality and to raise awareness of hate crime which many members of
the LGBT community face on a daily basis. The free march through
Liverpool City Centre will be followed up by a big celebration of
LGBT culture in the heart of Liverpool and the LGBT community.
Whilst increased costs and scarCity of funding have meant that we're
unable to offer a totally free event this year, we have ensured it
is an affordable and sustainable event, if attenders book now they
can get tickets as little as £5, we do have sections of the site
that are totally free and we encourage everyone to take part and
Liverpool Pride are also looking for an army of volunteers who will
be proud to assist the events team, over 200 people are needed in
roles ranging from March Stewards, General Stewards, Bucket Shakers
to name but a few.
If you are interested in taking
part and helping this much loved event run as smoothly as possible
you can register
or contact James Licence, Volunteer and Fundraising Co-ordinator via
The line-up of acts for Liverpool Pride 2014 will be announced in
the near future, as will a programme of film and fringe events.
With the changes ahead, expect Liverpool Pride 2014 to be the
biggest and best event yet!
Ticket Prices:- Limited 3000 Early Bird tickets at £5, Advanced
Tickets £8 and £11 entry on the day.
(No booking Fees, a handling
charge may apply of £2.25 per transaction)
For tickets go to
call the Liverpool Pride Ticket Hotline on:- 0844 8000 509. Tickets
also available in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool.
To see the 2013 coverage, please
click on here now.
Nearly half of
employees know a colleague who has quit work due to stress
48% of employees in the
North West say they know a colleague who has had to quit work due to
stress. The research, by Capita Employee Benefits, also reveals that
78% of workers have been stressed at work in the past year.
Findings show employers in the North West are failing to support
their stressed workforce as 23% of people, who have personally
suffered with stress, say after they addressed the issue with their
employer nothing was done.
Based on findings of a survey of people in full time employment in
the North West, the research shows 50% feel that their employer has
a responsibility to help them manage their personal health and
Alistair Dornan, head of health and risk management at Capita
Employee Benefits, commented:- "A shocking 15.2 million
working days were lost to stress, depression and anxiety in 2013*
and, as these results show, employees clearly feel they're not
getting the support they need to be able to deal with stress to the
point where people know colleagues who've been forced to quit.
Considering the cost of absenteeism, lowered productivity and talent
leaving organisations on organisations' bottom lines; it's vital
employers start taking stress seriously.
To tackle the growing stress epidemic organisations must encourage
an open dialogue about stress with staff. Half the problem with
stress is that it can be a silent issue; with people simply taking
time off because they can't face work. Employers need to be able to
spot stress trends so they can look to create ways of mitigating
that stress before it takes hold. Conducting a detailed risk
assessment and auditing the health and wellbeing of an entire
workforce will help an employer to spot patterns. For example, if
once a year a department has higher than average absenteeism rates,
then stress could be a contributing factor. Providing targeted
health benefits for the whole of workforce such as expanded access
to private healthcare, health coaching and even simple personal
health awareness events; could help to deal with stress and prevent
absenteeism, potentially saving an organisation thousands of pounds
in lost days. It may also mean organisations are able to hold on to
talented staff who may be tempted to quit."
A report into the findings from the employee insight research was
published earlier this month and is available now via Capita
Employees Benefits' website.
Seaside 10k supports Galloway's Society for the Blind.
YOU don't need a runner's
body, just a fundraisers heart! That is the message from local
charity, Galloway's Society for the Blind, based in Southport, who
are appealing for runners, joggers and walkers to join team
Galloway's at the start line of this years Southport Seaside 10k.
Emma Wilson, Fundraiser at Galloway's, commented:- "This year
is the 10th anniversary of the race and we are honoured to be the
charity supported at such a popular event. The race course is a flat
two laps of the Promenade and Marine Lake, starting and finishing in
Princes Park and is suitable for all abilities, there is also a 2k
fun run for younger runners or for anyone wishing to try a shorter
Cat Fearnley a local lady who is registered blind with less than 30%
vision and visits Galloway's regularly, has signed up to run the 10k
race to raise sponsorship for the charity. Cat has completed a
number of runs and even a half marathon in the past, using the
treadmill in her local gym but due to her sight loss has never felt
confident to run outside before.
Cat told the newspaper "This
is a huge personal challenge for me and I am excited to give the
race ago and raise funds for Galloway's. I am looking for someone to
run with to act as a guide to point out any obstacles around the
track, if you are interested in running with me please do Emma at
Galloway's on:- 01704 809109."
If you are interested in running either the 10k or the 2k fun run
for Galloway's or you would like to find out more about either race
please contact Emma Wilson via
email or phone:- 01704 809109. "Your support
means we can continue to provide advice, specialist equipment and
activities to local blind and visually impaired people, to help them
maintain their independence."
Perfect Free Sign Classes Update
THIS is a quick remind to
our readers that if you are near enough to get to Southport, then
take note that Practice Makes
Perfect are still offering
FREE Sign language and
communication skills classes. The classes are held every Monday at
6pm to 8pm, at Salvation Army, 61 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8
5AJ. Children are welcome, but under 16s must be accompanied by an
adult. Please note that Entrance by the little steps (also disabled
access by the graduated pavement area at the front of the church and
follow the pathway on the right.) Also on Friday's from 1.30pm to
3pm. They will be based at The New Salvation Army Community church,
in the Blue Room. If you want to attuned please contact Maureen
Doyle on:- 01704 546626 text/mobile 07960984306. Also please note
that they are Children's University approved.. Children welcome with
parents/guardian through the summer holidays, but they are closed on