"thank you" to its 'Volunteer Heroes' in Liverpool and
calls for more local people to get involved
2 Liverpool volunteers are
among a number of people being recognised as Volunteer Heroes during
Volunteers' Week that ran from 1 June to 7 June 2014 for their
efforts to support the ChildLine Schools Service. Both Ann
Moore from Grassendale and Pat Boyle from Allerton in Liverpool are
active volunteers for the ChildLine Schools Service volunteers and
are just 2 of more than 10,000 plus team of people who regularly
undertake a wide range of activities on behalf of the charity.
ChildLine is now appealing for more local people in Liverpool to
come forward and volunteer for the Schools Service which aims to
help younger children's understanding of abuse and how they can stay
safe. By using assemblies and workshops delivered by trained
volunteers ChildLine helps children recognise situations where they
may need help and tells them how to access support, and all sessions
are sensitively tailored to ensure topics are covered in a way which
is age appropriate.
Retired grandmother of three Ann Moore has been volunteering her
time as for the ChildLine Schools Service for the last 12 months.
Commenting on her volunteering role for the service, Ann, 59, said:-
"After a long and happy carer working in the education sector, I
was looking for a volunteer role that would keep me in touch with
schools, but also give me the flexibility to spend more time with my
family, so getting involved with the ChildLine Schools Service was
perfect. Throughout my career I have been passionate about ensuring
the welfare and wellbeing of children, and this service helps do
just that, by educating children about the issues of abuse, and how
they can keep themselves happy and safe. Being a volunteer is a very
rewarding use of my time. I love going into the schools and working
with the young people, helping them think, reflect and respond
honestly and sensitively when taking about different forms of abuse.
The role is flexible, you don't have to be tied down to a particular
time or day of the week, so its fits in with other commitments, and
we get full support and training from ChildLine throughout. I enjoy
being part of the volunteer network, making new friends learning new
skills, delivering important messages to children and helping make a
difference. To anyone thinking about it I would say get in touch
with ChildLine; you'll find it really worthwhile."
Another volunteer from Allerton is Pat Boyle, a 63 year old retired
pharmaceutical hospital sales executive who has been volunteering
for the ChildLine Schools Service for the last eight months. Pat
said:- "As a volunteer for the ChildLine Schools Service I
visit primary schools and present assemblies and workshops to
children in years 5 and 6 in order to help children understand the
issues of abuse, making children aware of what is okay & what is not
okay. I believe every child should have a voice and all children
deserve to be happy and safe, so I'm pleased through this role I can
help make a difference to some children's lives. I would encourage
anyone to get involved in volunteering; not only do I enjoy the
interaction with the children; I have learnt a great deal, have
fantastic training and support from the ChildLine team and also have
lots of fun!"
ChildLine Area Co-ordinator in Liverpool, Helen O' Sullivan said:-
"Our volunteers really are heroes to us and more importantly
to the children that we work to protect, and so we wanted to
celebrate them and the fantastic things that they do to make our
work with vulnerable children possible. Ann and Pat's support has
been invaluable and we would like to appeal to other local people to
become ChildLine Schools Service volunteers."
To find out more about the volunteering opportunities with the
Services, contact Helen O'
Sullivan, ChildLine Schools Service Area Coordinator for Liverpool
The service are also looking for primary schools interested in
hosting an assembly and workshop to get in touch. Please visit:-
contact Helen O' Sullivan if you would like to chat about the
Schools Service coming into your school.
Helen added:- "Even if you're not able to become a Schools
Service volunteer, but you can spare maybe an hour a month, or even
just one day to help the NSPCC, we would love to hear from you. We
have numerous volunteering opportunities ranging from helping at a
collection in your local shopping centre, to taking part in the
London Marathon, or becoming a volunteer driver at one of our
centres; however you can help, please do get in touch."
The ChildLine helpline in Liverpool are also on the lookout for
volunteers to support children and young people either by phone or
via its online service and the base on Great Homer Street are
calling on people to give up their time to help children by becoming
a ChildLine counsellor. They are hoping to double the number of
volunteers so more children's cries for help can be answered.
Stephanie Kelly, ChildLine volunteer coordinator in Liverpool said:-
"A child can feel even more alone if they have plucked up the
courage to contact ChildLine and can't get through. More counselling
volunteers are urgently required in Liverpool to help ChildLine
reach more children and young people who are in need of help and
Children contact ChildLine about a wide range of issues including
bullying, sexual and physical abuse and breakdowns in family
relationships. Counselling volunteers offer free confidential advice
and support to these children 24 hours a day, either over the phone,
by email or via one 2 one chat. They help children, listen to the
child and offer advice and support that is relevant to them. They
also help children talk through their problems and encourage them to
speak to someone they can trust.
Stephanie continued:- "We're looking for people who genuinely
care about children and young people, are open minded, non
judgemental and respectful, can listen to distressing and painful
feelings and problems. ChildLine is a lifeline for many children who
have nowhere else to turn so we must make sure we have enough
volunteers to answer every child who contacts us. To find out more
about the volunteering opportunities at the ChildLine base in
Liverpool, please visit:-
contact ChildLine in Liverpool on:- 0207 456 7724."
During 2012 to 2013, the NSPCC's 10,000 volunteers achieved some
amazing things for the charity:-
► 1,332 ChildLine volunteers answered more than 1.4 million
contacts from children and young people.
► 22,142 children and young people took part in activities,
including staff recruitment, government consultations, and writing
for the media.
► 7,000 volunteers raised more than £4m by staging local
events and activities.
► 2,800 people gave up their time to run, cycle and trek for
children, and raised £2.7m in the process.
► 500 volunteers did everything from cheering on our
participants in running events to giving our London Marathon runners
a post race massage.
Can you help the
investigation into a fatal RTC on the Perimeter Road, Bootle?
MERSEYSIDE Police are asking for an off-duty
doctor to come forward who officers believe may have vital
information about a fatal road traffic collision in Bootle in the
early hours of yesterday, Sunday, 1 June 2014. The incident happened
on the Northern Perimeter Road, around 0.20am to 0.30am. Emergency
Services attended and found a 19 year old man who was being cared
for by an off duty Doctor who left before patrols had an opportunity
to speak to him. Sadly the 19 year old was pronounced dead by
paramedics a short time later. Subsequently, a 23 year old man from
the Bootle area voluntarily attended at a Police Station. He was
then arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
They also added that a 23 year old man, from the Bootle area, was
arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has
since been released on Police Bail pending further enquiries.
Merseyside Police said on the last update we have had on this RTC
that:- "It's believed that the 19 year old had been in
collision with a car which failed to stop at the scene. Officers
from Merseyside Police believe that the Doctor may have information
which could help with their enquiries and are appealing to him to
get in touch. This person, or anyone else with information about the
incident, is urged to call officers from the Matrix Serious and
Organised Crime Roads Policing Unit on:- 0151 777 5747 or via the
Police Non-Emergency:- 101 number. An investigation to establish the
full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing."
Just 2 weeks
Until the Art Prize Winner is announced!
Photographs on this report
by McCoy Wynne.
IT is now only 2 weeks
until this year's Liverpool Art Prize winner is announced, which
will take place at a special awards ceremony on Thursday, 18 June
2014, at Edge Hill Station, in which one finalist will walk away
with the main prize of £2000 and an invitation to create a solo
exhibition at the Bluecoat in 2015.
Returning to the City for its 7th successive year, the exhibition
opened on 9 May 2014, at Edge Hill Station and is running until 21
June 2014; presenting work of the 3 shortlisted finalists Brigitte Jurack, Tabitha Jussa and Jason Thompson.
Managed by Metal, the Art Prize celebrates and nurtures the creative
talent of artists based or born in the Liverpool region and each of
the finalists have created new work in response to being shortlisted
for the prize.
Wirral based Brigitte Jurack's sculptures and installations seek to
trigger memories of being, in place and in time. For her entry she
has prepared a new body of work named:- 'The Explorers Are
Gone for Tea'. In this work, her interest in orienteering,
map reading, interpretation and re-evaluation will be played out.
Tabitha Jussa's socio political
photographic work has captured match day crowds and abandoned social
housing estates. Her recent large scale compositions examine whether
physical spaces and buildings define who we are.
For the Liverpool Art Prize she
presents us with three large scale photographs of high profile,
controversial examples of regeneration projects to highlight the
triumphs, failures and short sightedness within society of the
treatment of people and place.
The final entry, Jason Thompson's paintings take inspiration from
mechanical, botanical and anatomical diagrams. Their repetitive
patterns are made by copying, mirroring and echoing other parts.
Structures are formed by this feedback process and it is as though
the painting begins to paint itself, like a natural evolutionary
Each competing for the coveted
main prize of £2000 and an invitation to create a solo exhibition at
the Bluecoat in 2015, the winner is selected by a panel of expert
Büchler, a Czech born, UK based artist, teacher and occasional
writer, Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool.
Simon Poulter, new media artist and Metal's Associate
Visitors will also get the chance
to vote for their favourite piece resulting in a People's Choice
Award of £1000.
There will be a special awards
ceremony on 18 June 2014, announcing the winners.
Last year (2013) Tabitha Moses became the 1st artist to win both the
People's Choice and the overall prize in the same year. She will be
presenting a solo exhibition of her work at the Walker Art Gallery
Metal are also delighted to announce a fantastic opportunity for
artists to win residency opportunities:-
The 1st being a yearlong studio residency at Metal's
Edge Hill Station open to any UK based artist.
The 2nd, a month long residency to China in
partnership with Shanghai Art School which is open to any North West
The closing date for both
applications to be considered is 6 June 2014, and the lucky winners
will be announced at the awards ceremony on 18 June 2014.
Application details are available
website. Also more information
can also be found at:-
Merseyside Pub of the Year for the 2nd time!
THE Freshfield on Massams Lane in Formby has
been named for the 2nd year in a row, the Merseyside pub of the year
by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
Managers Steve Gregory and Simon Cox and their team, won the
accolade thanks to positive feedback and reviews from CAMRA members
who are customers of the pub. The pub was acknowledged for the
team's friendliness and knowledge and its welcoming atmosphere.
"The Freshie" has now been awarded seven CAMRA awards; most
recently, the Southport and District pub of the year and it is now
in the running to win the Merseyside and Cheshire pub of the year.
If successful, it will make its way into CAMRA's top 16 pubs in
The Greene King pub is renowned for having one of the largest cask
ale bars in the region, with 14 beers on tap every day, combining
Greene King's quality cask ale brands with other interesting and
exciting brands from all over the country. From 21 July to 27 July
2014, Steven and Simon will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary at
the Freshfield with the pub's biggest beer festival to date,
showcasing over 100 beers during the week.
CAMRA's regional chairman for the North West, Ian Garner and
Stockport chairman, Doug Macadam are to visit the Freshfield to
congratulate the team and present them with a certificate on
Tuesday, 10 June 2014.
Steve Gregory, joint manager of the Freshfield, said:- "To win
CAMRA's Merseyside pub of the year last year was such an honour, but
to win it 2 years in a row makes Simon and me so very proud. We try
to keep customers happy by ensuring we introduce new micro-breweries
onto the bar, as well as keeping our bar current. We started to
serve craft ale this year and were one of the first Greene King pubs
to stock the brewery's brand new craft ales. As ever, it is our team
and customers we must thank; without them, we simply could not keep
doing what we do and enjoy it so much."
Jonathan Webster, managing director for Greene Local Pubs, said:-
"Receiving CAMRA's Merseyside pub of the year award is an
excellent achievement for Steve, Simon and the team at the
Freshfield. It is very important to us that our customers receive
excellent value, service and quality and it is great when our teams
are recognised for providing this. The team should be very proud of
themselves and the awards they have received in such a short time."