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Issue:- 19 June 2014

Rhyme for a Reason

BUDDING poets have been helping to make homes safer by using rhymes to cut down on accidents.  The City Council's Healthy Homes team have organised a competition in which schools composed rhymes aimed to cut down on the number of accidents affecting children in their homes. 

Between April 2011 and March 2012, 6,154 children attended Alder Hey Hospital with injuries caused by accidents in the home with a further 407 going to the Royal Liverpool emergency department. Primary school age children have the highest number of accidents in the home resulting from trips, falls, burns, poisoning, cuts and choking. To help to cut these figures Healthy Homes commissioned Activate Theatre in Education Company to deliver an interactive performance across 52 schools to 1,549 pupils.  They used the information from the performances to compose a rhyme for the completion. Four schools have been shortlisted for the final. They are; Our Lady of Good Help, Wavertree: Belle Vale Community Primary School: St Christopher's Catholic Primary School, Speke and Croxteth Community Primary School.   Their rhymes have been recorded at Parr Street studios.

Councillor Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing, said:- "Too many children are injured in their homes and this competition is an imaginative way of getting across safety messages to the group most likely to have accidents. The children have really entered into the spirit of the competition and you will be able to hear some great rhymes from our talented young people."

Radio City are the final that started on 16 June and runs on through to 22 June 2014.  You can listen to the entries online and vote for the winner as well!

Winning school to be announced on breakfast show on Radio City on 23 June 2014. The winning school will have a tour of the Radio City tower and a ride on the Liverpool Wheel.

Lots of love for Lodge Lane

LOVING Lodge Lane, a 3 day community festival which embraces everything from bee keeping courses to 'human foosball' takes place next week. Now in its 4th year, Loving Lodge Lane, celebrates all that is good in the area and is based around environmental and regeneration issues. It started in 2011 in response to media coverage of the 30th Anniversary of the Toxteth riots and was aimed at making the area cleaner and greener.  "This is an area which is up and coming and has a lot to be proud about. Loving Lodge Lane has been growing each year and this year's event really does have something for everyone.  We want to celebrate our area and community and this festival is a great way of doing that it's going to be a lot of fun, but it is also going to help clean up the area and make it greener."  said local Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, chair of the neighbourhood select committee.

The events include:-

►  Wednesday, 18 June 2014, from 2pm onwards, on the old Baths site, Lodge Lane; A climbing wall, furniture up cycling, bicycle workshop and afternoon tea.

►  Thursday, 19 June 2014, from 2pm onwards, at the community gardens, Fern Grove - Plant giveaway and bee keeping courses. The Squash Nutrition "pod" will be there from 4 to 7pm when children are especially welcome to plant take away mini salad gardens, make a herby salad or make fresh summer mint tea.

►  There will also be the chance to buy a bargain compost bin to boost the City's recycling composting rate. They are being sold at the subsidized rate of £5 (waged) or £2 (unwaged).

►  Friday, 20 June  2014, from 2pm onwards, around Cullen Street will have the following activities:- a petting farm, wheelie bin art, community picnic and 'human foosball' the human form of table football.

►  On all 3 days there will be "Go On Lodge Lane" events with support to get online available in Granby Toxteth Development Trust, from 10.30am to 12pm; and the chance to learn some digital skills, get on the internet and on email; for businesses and individuals. There will be free coffee and cake for all new learners!

Community skips will be available in the area on all three days for residents to dispose of bulky items and there will be additional 'clean and green' activities such as a distribution of free plants at Livermore Court for residents.

Loving Lodge Lane is sponsored by the Greenbank, Picton and Princes Park Councillors and is a partnership between the City Council, businesses, voluntary organisations, social landlords and residents.

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