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Issue:- 26 September 2014

Save, Rave & Shop till you drop with Arriva's Student Travel Passes

Ashley Cooper celebrates the launch of Arriva’s Student Tickets

TRAVEL savvy students from across the North West could find themselves living life in the fast lane this year, simply by purchasing one of Arriva's 2014 to 2015 Student Saver bus tickets.

To celebrate the launch of its student tickets for the current academic year, Arriva is offering buyers of its affordable term-time passes the chance to mingle with VIP's at some of the summer's top music events, or even splash the cash on the season's latest fashion trends.

To showcase just how far your cash can go by planning travel arrangements up front, anyone purchasing a Student Saver during the Autumn term via the Arriva website, will be in with a chance of scooping one of a host of money can't buy prizes, including a mini-break to Germany, a £1,000 shopping spree with Topman/Topshop and weekend festival tickets for 2, with travel and camping thrown in.

Debra Heaton, marketing and communications manager from Arriva, explained:- "We pride ourselves on offering students real value for money and, with this free prize draw, we're hoping to showcase just how far your money could go if you think sensibly about spending it in the most cost-effective way.  We believe that student days should be a positive experience, and by purchasing our Student Saver ticket, many people will find that they have a few more pounds in their pockets to spend on both fun and studying alike. It's as simple as clicking 'buy' online, and this year, by doing so during the Autumn term, you could also earn yourself the chance to have even more fun than you bargained for."

Arriva, which currently runs services throughout Southport, provides a range of Student Saver tickets offering unlimited travel within defined academic periods including term tickets and annual season passes.

Anyone purchasing tickets online until Monday, 3 November 2014, will be automatically entered into the draw, providing they click 'enter now', after purchasing their ticket online. Further opportunities to win can be earned by then sharing participation through both Facebook and Twitter. Those who have already purchased will also be able to enter their details and be in with a chance of winning.

The festival and mini-break Berlin prizes are for a maximum of 2 people. Other prizes available include Red Letter Days experience gift vouchers worth £250.

For terms and conditions, or more information about Student Saver tickets in the North West visit:-

Ashley Cooper celebrates the launch of Arriva’s Student Tickets

Trainees help residents cut energy bills

LIVERPOOL City Council has recruited young people to champion and promote energy efficiency to local residents.  6 young people will be working with the Healthy Homes Programme and engaging with residents through appointments, door-to door surveys, and at local events across the City. The trainees are all between 16 and 18 and were not in education, employment or training.  This opportunity provides them with 6 months' employment, a real work experience supplying and fitting free low energy bulbs in the homes of vulnerable residents. They will also be providing a free energy monitoring service to help residents identify opportunities to reduce their energy consumption, attend events which promote energy efficiency and support environmental health officers with support using thermal cameras to identify problems with residents homes. Councillor Ann O'Byrne welcomed the trainees onto the programme on their first day and said:- "This is a great learning opportunity for these young people and demonstrates the Council's commitment to reducing youth unemployment.   And, very importantly, at a time when many people are facing severe financial pressures it will help vulnerable residents reduce their energy bills." This is the 2nd group of trainees who have worked on the programme which has received a very warm welcome from those receiving the service. Among comments made were:-

"They were very helpful, they explained everything and they were very polite."

"The young trainee who fitted the light bulbs was very polite and had a good knowledge of the service you provide."

"Trainees were very pleasant and knew what they were talking about."

"The service was excellent."

"Everything was spot on."

The trainees' training programme is aimed at helping them to develop their employability skills and increase their opportunities in future employment. Much of the training is accredited by Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, City and Guilds and NEA.

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