Liverpool volunteer wins
A volunteer who helps young people
in Liverpool has won a national award, recognising her hard work and
Alexia Zavros, who has been volunteering at drug and alcohol treatment
charity Addaction in Liverpool for more than a year, received the Marsh
Christian Trust Volunteer Award.
Alexia was honoured at a ceremony in the Palace of Westminster on 2 December
along with three other Addaction volunteers from across the country.
During her time with Addaction, Alexia ran the Baby Project, a 6 week
course for young people thinking about having a baby. This includes asking
teens to make a diary of their daily lives and considering how a baby would
affect them, as well as taking home an electronic baby.
When some of the girls expressed concern about self harm during the course,
Alexia arranged an expert speaker to address self harm.
Alexia also supported Addaction staff with their group sessions in schools.
Alexia says:- "I work with children and was looking for ways to help
people and expand my skills. I took a chance when I applied [to volunteer],
I really didn't think I'd get through. There's been a lot of firsts for me
as a volunteer. I'm gaining so much through it."
Union says:- "Credit is a waste of
talent and money."
week the GMB, the union for local government workers, commented on the
statement by Department of Work and Pensions Department, that as Universal
Credit is introduced it does not propose to make any staff transfer
arrangements for Council staff who currently work on Housing Benefit, for
people of working age. This was written statement made by Mr Iain Duncan
Smith, the UK's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on 10 December
2015, in Parliament, on Universal Credit and Local
Authorities. Justin Bowden, GMB
National Officer, said:- "Announcing mass redundancies before the new
system is implemented risks not only the livelihoods of thousands of
dedicated public sector workers, but also the essential payments that
millions rely on. No changes should even be considered until the new system
has been successfully implemented. Spending taxpayer's money making
redundant capable and willing individuals with obviously transferable skills
and experience who in most cases could administer Universal Credits with the
minimum of training so a new workforce can be employed is a waste of both
talent and money." Please let us know if this change affects
you and also what your views as readers are on any of the changes being
made. Email us to:-
firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us
what you really think of this national rolled out of the "Universal
Credit" system, that starts in full from from May 2016, and due to
be completed by June 2018.
Next stage of
Stonebridge Cross rebirth proposed
THE next stage of the regeneration
of Stonebridge Cross in Croxteth is set to be approved by Liverpool City
Council. The area is a Mayoral priority for jobs and investment; and there
has already been a huge amount of work over the last few years, including:-
► Development of the first phase of Stonebridge Business Park West including
a new £12 million Geopost DPD parcel delivery facility, creating 250 jobs;
opens early 2016.
► New Marston's pub and restaurant (Vikings Landing) creating 40 jobs;
opening sometime in October 2015.
► The re-alignment and de-culverting of the River Alt to improve ecology and
bio-diversity; completed spring 2015
► Creation of a new 20 acre landscaped park, Alt Meadows - completed spring
► The new £18 million St John Bosco Arts College - opened September 2014.
Now the Cabinet has been asked to give the green light to actions which will
further progress its rebirth. It would see a new traffic junction
created to connect a million square foot Stonebridge Cross development
site to the East Lancashire Road, funded by a loan from the Government's
Growing Places Fund. The site; which falls within one of the City's Mayoral
Development Zones; has the potential to create many hundreds of jobs and is
currently being marketed to potential occupiers as a warehouse and
Also being proposed is the acquisition of the former Altbridge and Langholme
Tower Block sites, where Cobalt Housing would build a total of 50 new homes.
Mayor Joe Anderson said:- "Over the last few years there has been a
huge amount of progress in regenerating Croxteth to improve life for the
The new St John Bosco Arts College is enabling our young people to get a
great education in modern classrooms, we have attracted hundreds of new jobs
and improved the environment with a new park. It has helped reverse the
neglect of an area which had gone on for a number of decades with a number
of false dawns. I hope we have given the community the confidence that we
are serious about delivering improvements, but we know there is much more to
do and are not complacent. In relation to the Stonebridge Cross
development site, we are in positive discussions and hope to be able to say
more about it in the new year."
A planning application for the 2nd Phase of Stonebridge Business Park
West which would see 4 additional units created with the potential to
create hundreds more jobs has been submitted.
Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Cabinet member for regeneration, added:-
"The area is perfectly placed next to the major road network and we know it
has the potential to create many more, much needed employment opportunities
for local people.
This next phase of work is part of our commitment to making sure Croxteth is
a great place to live, with great local amenities and the chance to secure a