Pagoda Centre transfers to
THE home of the award winning Chinese
Youth Orchestra is to be transferred to a community arts group.
Liverpool's cabinet is being asked to approve the granting of a 30 year lease at
a peppercorn rent for the Pagoda Centre in Henry Street to Pagoda Arts who has
coordinated activates at the centre since 2011. As well as the orchestra it
provides a number of services to improve the health and wellbeing of the Chinese
Activities at the centre include music, Tai Chi, dance, nursery, translation
service for Chinese speakers, social welfare/immigration advice, study groups,
Chinese local history, badminton, food hygiene training and various Chinese
Although the Council receives an annual rent of £13,500, the cost to the
authority in maintenance costs is £60,000 a year. Councillor Steve Munby,
cabinet member for neighbourhoods said:- "I am really
pleased by this proposal. It is good for Pagoda Arts,
good for the Chinese community and good for the Council.
In reality it formalises the current position. Although the building is owned by
the Council it has been operated by Pagoda Arts for some time; by leasing it it
means they can apply for grants which are not now available to them and we will
help them with any bids they wish to make.
This is a great example of partnership working between the Council and the
voluntary sector which will be of long-term benefit for the city's Chinese
Zi Lan Liao Director of Pagoda Arts said: "I am grateful for the
efforts of both Liverpool City Council and the Pagoda Arts committee. Both
parties have worked hard to find a workable solution to the long term
maintenance and administration issues in regard to the Pagoda Centre premises.
As we all know, due to the fiscal pressure applied to local Councils by central
government, this is a difficult time for the providers of community based
services. We are therefore delighted that the Pagoda Centre will be able to remain, for
the foreseeable future, in China Town, serving both Liverpool's Chinese
community, as well as the wider community of inner City Liverpool."
Commissioner champions restorative justice in
THE Lancashire Police and Crime
Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is championing restorative justice in Lancashire, as
part of this year’s International Restorative Justice Week. The campaign week
takes place between 15 and 22 November to celebrate and raise awareness of the
process, how it works and how it can benefit victims of crime. The theme
of this year's week of action is 'I've got something to say' to
highlight how restorative justice can give victims a voice and help them move
forward with their lives. Restorative Justice (RJ) gives victims of crime
the opportunity to meet with the person that committed the crime against them
and a chance to explain the real impact the crime has had on their lives. It is
a chance to ask questions and get some of the answers that may be needed in
order to move on from a crime. The process also helps offenders to understand
the effects their crimes have had on the victims and their families and is an
effective tool in stopping people from re-offending.
Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire said:- "I
want victims to know they have a voice and that they will be listened to. I
strongly believe that victims have a right to get the answers to their questions
following a crime. Restorative Justice is an important tool in ensuring that
happens. It forms a key part of my victims' and witnesses' strategy, and I have
allocated over £55,000 to develop an RJ Team and support the development of more
Community Restorative Justice Panels across Lancashire. I am confident this is a
positive step toward making our communities better, safer places to live, and to
giving victims of crime and antisocial behaviour a real voice. Most of our
Police Officers in Lancashire have been trained in restorative justice and are
involved in raising awareness, facilitating Restorative Justice Conferences or
signposting victims to the specialist RJ Team."
The growing number of Community Restorative Justice Panels indicates a
willingness by local volunteers to become involved in facilitating the process
in their area and they are already receiving referrals from a range of
organisations such as the Local Council, housing associations, local businesses
as well as the Police.
You can follow the activities around Restorative Justice Week on social media
using #RJweek2015. To find out more about restorative justice in Lancashire and
how to access it please visit the PCC's
Most graduates say work
experience not qualifications counts in race for jobs
80% of recent university graduates in
the North West say experience of work is important when trying to find a job,
whilst just 54% think qualifications were important, according to research
commissioned by independent education charity, the Edge Foundation.
survey found that among graduates in the region who had found
work, 48% are in jobs which don't require a degree, while 27% said they could
have got where they are now without going to university. The OnePoll also
► 36% of recent university graduates in the North West said their degree wasn't
worth the money.
► 25% said if they'd known of all the available options they would have
considered doing an apprenticeship.
► 7% of recent university graduates in the North West surveyed have no job at
The findings are published ahead of Skills Show, that runs from 19 November to 21 November
is the nation's largest skills and careers event, of which Edge is a lead sponsor.
Phil Broodbank, aged 22, lives in New Brighton on the Wirral. He initially
planned to go to university, but the dramatic rise in the cost of the fees made
him look at other options. He had always enjoyed being 'hands on' and had an
interest in planes, so took up an apprenticeship in aircraft systems with
Airbus, based near Chester.
Phil Broodbank said:- "The 1st year was very college based, but in the second and third years
it was great to have practical experience. I have my NVQ and BTEC level 3
qualifications in aeronautical engineering and I'm now an electrician with
Airbus working on short haul flight aircraft. I really enjoy the job and am
doing an extended national diploma to further my skills."
The Edge Foundation is urging young people to visit The Skills Show at the
Birmingham NEC to see the variety of options for further education and training
available. Employers such as Jaguar, Crossrail and Virgin Media and further
education colleges will offer advice and information about the apprenticeship
and training opportunities they offer.
The Edge Foundation's Acting Chief Executive, David Harbourne, said:-
"People have been led to believe that a degree is a guaranteed passport to
success, when in fact university is not the only route to a rewarding and
prosperous career. Our research reveals that many young graduates feel let down.
We need a range of learning options, not only because graduates are feeling
short changed on their investment, but because we need a skills base which will
serve the increasingly technical and diverse UK economy."
* OnePoll contacted 1,000 graduates aged 21
all families to make a difference at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands
RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands is set to
host its 1st ever family volunteering day, giving young families a unique
opportunity to get involved with a fun filled conservation activity, whilst
helping their favourite nature reserve at the same time. In 2014, 3 RSPB
reserves took part in a national pilot project to trial family volunteering
days, which proved a great success. Now families can take part at Burton
Mere Wetlands, near Neston, where staff have recently been busy removing non
native sycamore trees from the ancient woodland, as they are a less suitable
home for our beloved British wildlife. As part of this work, the site team
now need to plant lots of young native trees to fill the gaps and are
calling for families to lend a hand during the volunteering day. The free
event is not only a chance for people to make a lasting difference to the
site, but also a great way to help give nature a home on the reserve. Dan
Trotman, Visitor Experience Manager for the RSPB Dee Estuary reserve, said:-
"It’s a great opportunity for families to have a fun, conservation
experience together, whilst finding out a bit more about what our wardens
get up to on the reserve. The reserve is attracting an increasing number of
keen young families and this is a brilliant opportunity to give the whole
family an insight, and an input, into the essential conservation work that
we do here. Taking part will hopefully leave children with a greater
connection to their natural surroundings and a lifelong desire to continue
supporting wildlife conservation into their adulthood. Plus, they’ll have a
stronger bond to their favourite RSPB reserve; somewhere they can always
visit and feel they have made a valued contribution." The family
volunteering day takes place on Saturday, 28 November 2015, and families
will have the option of booking onto either the morning session (10am to
12pm) or the afternoon session (1pm to 3pm). Further information about the
event can be found
online, or by speaking to the staff and
volunteers in the visitor centre by calling into the reserve or by phoning:-
0151 353 8478.