Liverpool Pride Needs You!
Charity Calls Out For Support
SINCE previously announcing a downsize
in scale to this year's festival, Liverpool Pride is now launching new campaigns
for the local and business communities to gain financial support to sustain
future Pride events in the City .
At a time when the UK is celebrating the USA's decision on legalisation of gay
marriage by turning their social media images rainbow colours, the organisers of
Liverpool Pride charity has faced difficulties in attracting additional sponsors
to help fund the format that attendees have come to expect in recent years.
In response to this, businesses are encouraged to sign up to become a Friend of
Liverpool Pride where they are able to make a donation to the charity, helping
to sustain ongoing work and to secure funding for 2016 and beyond.
By making an annual pledge of £250 towards the charity, Friends of Liverpool
Pride businesses will be listed on the Liverpool Pride website on a dedicated
page, which will include links to their own web pages, as well as social media
support to Liverpool Pride's 28,000 combined Twitter and Facebook followers.
Liverpool Pride also invite local businesses to get involved in a fundraising
day they are launching, called Dress to Impress. This year's theme is Love is No
Crime and on Friday 31 July the charity are encouraging businesses and their
staff to raise money by dressing in their most wild and wonderful
interpretations of the theme as well as the trademark rainbow colours. Companies
can then share their flamboyant and colourful outfits by posting their selfies
on facebook and twitter using hashtag #loveisnocrime. This will help launch the
Liverpool Pride programme of events on 1 August and 2 August 2015.
The Liverpool public will also be able to show their support by making donations
from as little as £2.50 to the charity via a donation button on the Liverpool
Despite the changes to this year's Pride, the event will go ahead for the 6th
consecutive year on Saturday, 1 August 2015, with event highlight the Pride March and
the Michael Causer Vigil remaining the key focus of the event.
A programme of activities will also take place across the City , including
market, education and community zone, workshops, guest speakers, acoustic music,
a mobile cinema, and a family zone, with locations including Stanley Street
The date of Liverpool Pride always coincides with the anniversary of when
murdered gay teenager Michael Causer tragically lost his life. Michael died on 2
August 2008, and the festival was specifically created in his memory as a way to
celebrate his life and empower the LGBT communities. This year's Liverpool Pride
takes place a week before what would have also been Michael's 26th birthday.
Liverpool Pride 2015 is being supported by main sponsors Homes For Everyone and
Liverpool City Council. Supporters also include After Adoption, Merseyside Fire
and Rescue Service, Hugh Baird College, Unison North West LGBT, and Barefoot Wine.
The dedicated team at Liverpool Pride, which is run entirely by volunteers, work
tirelessly to deliver an event which will make LGBT community and City of
Liverpool proud and are calling out to local businesses and the community to get
behind them and show their support.
Businesses interested in becoming a Friend of Liverpool Pride should get in
touch via the Liverpool Pride via visiting:-
LiverpoolPride.Co.UK where people can also register to
volunteer or find out about sponsorship opportunities. Those interested in holding a Dress to Impress day should contact Michael Carey
firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any details and to arrange
funds to be paid to the charity.
Summer Reading Challenge - Guinness World Record Attempt at The Atkinson
ON Saturday, 11 July 2015, we are inviting families
to be part of a world record attempt for the greatest number of people making a
pledge or promise to read this summer. All they have to do is to visit the
Library between, 11am to 2pm, to sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge on that
As part of the celebration The Atkinson is running family activities in The Art
Box, between 11am and 2pm, about your favourite stories and books and we will be
encouraging families to find out about Southport's previous Guinness World
Record attempt (The Land Speed Record) in our museum.
Emma Harrison, The Atkinson's Public Engagement Manager said:- "Reading is
so important to everyone's health and wellbeing as well as being great fun for
all ages. It increases mental stimulation, reduces stress, improves your memory,
focus, concentration and most of all it is great escapism and it's free! Southport Library as well as all other Sefton Libraries have long
supported the Summer Reading Challenge and we hope this record attempt will
encourage new interest in libraries and what they have to offer, as well as
encourage people to pick up a book and read. The Guinness World Record attempt
is something families can be part of together so fingers crossed we beat the
record and we can all celebrate!"
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays.
You can sign up at your local Library, then read 6 library books of your choice,
collecting stickers and other rewards along the way; all
Children can read whatever they like; fact books, joke books, picture books,
audio books; just as long as they are borrowed from the Library. Every time
children finish a book they get stickers and a reward and there's a certificate
and medal for everyone who finishes the challenge. It's
FREE just ask at your
local Library for more details!
This year the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge is World Record Breakers
and the organisers have decided to launch the challenge with a nation wide
Guinness World Record attempt on Saturday, 11 July 2015. The attempt will be
collecting the most amounts of pledges during a reading challenge.
The Guinness World Record attempt is open to all ages, so bring the family to
The Atkinson and join in the fun!
More investment for Lodge
LIVERPOOL City Council is proposing to
sell plots of land to bring more jobs, businesses and houses to the Lodge Lane
A report to the cabinet on 10 July recommended disposing of 4 pockets of land;
brownfield sites which had previously been built on; to stimulate further
economic growth in the area.
This move is the latest potential investment in the Lodge Lane area; known as
L1578 after the postcodes the area covers; following a summit three years ago
aimed at encouraging business growth in these neighbourhoods.
Since then there has been increased investment primarily in the retail, food and
Now it is being promised that a piece of land in Solway Street be sold to local
developers for mixed residential and commercial use.
Canco Limited, a special vehicle company, have bid for plots of land in Grierson
Street, Aspen Grove and Lime Grove with proposals for them to be used for local
residents to open their own businesses based in shipping containers. The
cabinet report says the company wants "to use clever design and place
making to create a 'funky' intensely urban thriving street with wide appeal
throughout South Liverpool that can become a visitor attraction in its own
If approved, under the planning procedure, this would be the first development
of its type outside London.
Together it is estimated that these potential developments could create 80 jobs.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport,
said:- "Lodge Lane is an up and coming area which is becoming 1 of the
most vibrant shopping Centres in the City .
These new proposals will take its development a stage further, bringing new
houses, commercial developments and jobs. It also gives local people the chance
to start their own businesses and attract more investors into the area."
The cabinet is being recommended to advertise the loss of open spaces at the 4