Free art work on
the streets of Walton
MORE than 50 pieces of free
art work are to be left around Walton in Liverpool as part of a
special festival. 'Mark It – Liverpool Street Art Festival'
is running a Free Art Friday event, on 28 November 2014, which will see
artists from the local area and all over Merseyside donating pieces
- which will be placed on County Road and inside local shops and
bars to be loved and cherished by new owners.
It will include paintings, photography, sculptures, stencil art work
and other objects of interest. Each piece will be tagged with the
Free Art logo, and details about the work and the artist will be
included on the back.
Free Art Friday is a global event set up as an antidote to Black
Friday to encourage people to stop shopping for one day and instead
leave items on the streets where they could find a new home.
Also on the day, the former Ethel Austin building on County Road
will be transformed into a spectacular piece of art by street artist
The project is being run by Pamela Sullivan from Mark It and Kieran
Gorman from Zap Graffiti Arts with support from the Mary Portas High
Street Innovation Fund.
Local Councillor Roy Gladden, who is chair of the local Mary Portas
Innovation Fund, said:- "The group of artists we have been
working with are passionate about taking art out on the streets to
enjoy. We are encouraging people to explore the County Road
area and identify unique pieces of artwork which they can give a
good home to. I know people will also be blown away by their
plans for the Ethel Austin building, and although I can't say too
much about it, it will be visually stunning, attract people's
attention and get them talking."
Co-ordinator of Liverpool Street Artist Festival, Pamela Sullivan,
said:- "We are really excited about this festival and hope
that people come out on to the streets to look for artwork that that
they can take home with them. I would like to thank all of the
artists who have contributed pieces of work and I hope that people
who choose to take pieces of the artwork give them a good home and
love and cherish them for a long time to come."
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festive gift campaign
LIVERPOOL'S Mayor is urging
people to back a festive gift campaign by North Liverpool Foodbank
in aid of needy families. They are holding a Big Coffee Morning at
St Andrew's Church on Adshead Road in Clubmoor on Wednesday 26
November 2014 from 10am to 12 noon, which will be attended by Joe
Anderson. People are being asked to bring along gifts which will be
distributed to local families in time for Christmas.
North Liverpool Foodbank recently benefited from a £10,000 donation
from the Mayor's Hope Fund, which is aimed at relieving poverty in
the City, and were also given funding to purchase a van to transport
food and other goods across the City.
Julie-Anne Wanless, St Andrew's Community Network Manager, said:-
"We'd really love people to come along on Wednesday and have a
cup of coffee and some cake with us, find out more about what we do
and also make a donation that will support a needy family. The gifts
really do not need to be expensive, just something as simple as
socks, a toy or toiletries will make a big difference to the lives
of local people this festive season."
Mayor Joe Anderson said:- "North Liverpool Foodbank does
amazing work supporting families hit hard by the austerity measures
and welfare reforms. I am really pleased that we have been able to
support them through the Hope Fund, and I would urge people to
donate to their festive appeal and make sure that local people have
a better Christmas."
For more information about The Mayor's Hope Fund, visit:-
disability charity secures over £200,000 funding from the Big
BIRKENHEAD based Wirral Mencap is delighted to announce funding success from the Big
Lottery's 'Reaching Communities' programme. The charity has
secured a grant of £216,247 spread over 5 years, to deliver an
Outreach Service to local families that include a child or adult
with a learning disability.
The Outreach Service provides information and support to local
families, helping them to identify solutions when they are
experiencing challenges or issues. The service has supported people
with a learning disability to lead a more fulfilling life through
access to activities and clubs, and it has supported carers with
things like planning for the future, accessing entitlements and
navigating local services.
One carer, commenting on the support she and her adult old son had
received, said:- "It has turned my life around and given my
son confidence that he was certainly short of. It amazes me how
different things are now. I can remember him sitting in the [Wirral Mencap]
office crying with his head down when we first met the team. Now he
is so independent and has achieved so much. We are so grateful."
Wirral Mencap received news of the grant in mid-November, and Gwen
Seller, Chair of Wirral Mencap commented:- "We were thrilled
when we received the news. It means this vital service can continue
to support local people for the next five years. We have seen some
fantastic outcomes during the first two years and this grant will
allow us to develop the service further to benefit more Wirral
Wirral Mencap is a small, independent charity that has been
supporting local people with a learning disability and their
families for over 50 years.
The charity is governed by a group of
7 voluntary trustees, who manage and oversee the strategic
direction of the charity.
For more information about its service and other Wirral Mencap
activities, or if you would be interested in becoming a Wirral
Mencap Trustee visit:-
mencapwirral.org.uk or call:-
0151 666 1829.