A new drive is being
launched this autumn to encourage families in Liverpool to read
Fall into Reading is a new City Council initiative to celebrate and
stimulate reading habits among families who live in the north of the
Recent research showed that children who were read to less than once
a week at the age of 5 had, by the time they were 7, a reading level
half a year behind those who had been read to daily. The scheme will be launched on Saturday, 8 November
2014, in Norris Green
Library where residents are invited to come along to discover more
about great books to read with different age groups as well as hear
some readings from local authors including Fiona Campbell who will
read a passage from her book Arthur and the Elephant at 12.30pm.
There will also be a selection of fun activities on offer including
face painting, and there will also be the opportunity to find out
about Liverpool's City of Readers campaign, Read Liverpool and
courses on offer via the Adult Learning Service. Refreshments will
also be available.
The day runs from 12.30pm to 2pm and Councillor Lana Orr and
Councillor Nick Small will take part. Councillor Orr, who is the Mayoral Lead for Reading Performance,
said:- "It's essential never to underestimate the importance
of reading to children. Not only does it improve their literacy
levels but it also fires up their imagination and unleashes their
However, we understand that sometimes adults aren't all that
confident in their own reading abilities, so we want to do as much
as we can to support and encourage them to help them share this
valuable skill with their loved ones. We hope as many people as
possible come along to the library on Saturday for an event which is
both fun and educational. It will be a great opportunity for
residents to find out all the different ways they can tap into the
world of books in Liverpool and hopefully kick-start an exciting new
reading habit with their family."
Nick Small, Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, said:-
"Liverpool's Adult Learning Service offers a range of courses to
help people develop skills and assist them in to work; so it's
great that we can work in partnership with the launch of Fall into
Reading to promote the courses to as many people as possible.
We do as much as we can to help residents hone skills and find
employment and Saturday's event will be a good opportunity to
encourage people to sign up for a course and hopefully make a
positive difference to their lives." Fall into Reading is part of
City of Readers which is a project
which aims to create a new generation of readers and fulfil the
Mayor's pledge to improve education standards and ensure that no
child, if able, leaves primary school unable to read. More
information can be found at:-
Emma Melling, Project Manager of City of Readers said:- "Fall
into Reading will allow many families and friends to come together
and to share wonderful reading experiences. Providing people with
opportunities to read, and develop a love of reading is our passion,
so this initiative is hugely important to us and we are really
excited to get things started on Saturday."
Appeal for witnesses after 14 year
old is assaulted and robbed in Crosby
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives in Sefton are
appealing for 2 specific witnesses to come forward following a
robbery that happened in Coronation Park, Crosby, on Tuesday, 22
July 2014. At approximately 6.15pm, 3 male youths approached and
threatened a 14 year old boy to hand over his bike to them. A passer
by tried to intervene and was assaulted by the group of boys then
left before Police arrived. Detective Constable Chris Nicholson
said:- "The 3 youths are approximately 16 years old and were
last seen riding towards Crosby Village, pulling the stolen bike
alongside. I am particularly keen to speak to the passer by who
tried to intervene and also to a man who pulled over in his car to
see if the 14 year old was alright, as they may have vital
information in helping to identify the youths." Although the
14 year old boy was assaulted, he did not require medical treatment.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sefton CID on:- 0151 777
3833 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
base seals success for the North West's NHS innovation experts
THE NHS North West's
innovation experts, TRUSTECH, has expanded its growing base to
Liverpool Science Park (LSP). The move forms part of TRUSTECH's
plans to enhance its presence, and widen its operations in the North
West, to reach a thriving customer base.
TRUSTECH was formed 13 years ago as part of a national network of
NHS innovation hubs to improve healthcare through the development of
innovative products and services. During this time, the organisation
has experienced significant growth opening offices in Manchester and
Daresbury. With LSP home to many science and knowledge based
companies, the move to the Park will help drive TRUSTECH's ongoing
LSP chief executive, Chris Musson said:- "I am delighted to
welcome such a forward thinking NHS body to the park, which will
provide a great healthcare resource not only to our innovative
tenants, but to the wider Liverpool City region.
The work carried out by TRUSTECH to link pioneering SMEs to the NHS
captures the essence of what LSP is all about; providing active
links between SMEs and the universities and industry." Through its healthcare expertise and range of consultancy services,
TRUSTECH provides companies located at LSP and across the wider
Merseyside area, with a greater understanding of the needs of the
NHS. The move enables more companies to access the services TRUSTECH
offers, which will help drive forward innovation in the NHS and the
rest of the UK.
Raj Purewal, business development and partnerships director at
TRUSTECH explains:- "To be able to collaborate as a partner
with Chris and his talented team at LSP gives us an incredible
opportunity, as we have exciting plans for assisting SMEs,
entrepreneurs and innovators. The team at LSP have all been
extremely welcoming, and we look forward to building further on this
partnership – watch this space." For more details, please visit:-
trustech.org.uk, or if you would like an informal
chat about how TRUSTECH can help, please contact:-
email@example.com or call:- 0161 276 5764.
A Giant's life
through a lens
A special book and DVD
which capture Liverpool's biggest ever event has gone on sale.
'On the Shoulders of Giants' chronicles the City's giant spectacular
'Memories of August 1914' which brought
Liverpool to an awestruck standstill in July when a million people
welcomed three very special visitors.
The 104 page book comes with a stunning DVD and both relive the
visit of the Grandmother Giant, Little Girl Giant and her pet dog
Xolo as they came to the City to mark the centenary of the outbreak
of World War One.
Following a call out in August which urged those who were part of
the huge crowds to send in any outstanding images, more than a
thousand were received. After an intense whittling down process, 21
lucky amateur 'toggies' have had their images published along
with those of around a dozen professional photographers.
The glossy publication is full of 150 beautiful images in total.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "3 months after the event, and
people still talk to me about the impact the return of the giants
had on them.
It was an unforgettable 5 days in the history of the City and these
2 special souvenir items are sure to bring back some wonderful
Since July, there has been a huge amount of demand for a book or DVD
which people can either enjoy themselves or buy for loved ones at
Christmas; so we're delighted to be able to produce both!" On
the Shoulders of Giants is available to buy from Liverpool
Waterstones, WHSmith, other independent book stores across the City
as well as the Tourist Information Centres at St George's Hall, the
Albert Dock and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.