People with site loss
within the Southport area are invited to free online skills session
SOUTHPORT'S blind and partially
sighted people are being invited to attend a free online basic skills
session to help them get online and benefit from technology.
The event is part of RNIB's Online Today scheme to get 125,000 people with
sensory loss online.
The workshop is being delivered by partner organisation Action for Blind
People, at:- Galloway's Society for the Blind, 22 Wright Street, Southport,
on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 and Wednesday, 27 January 2016, from 2.30 to
4.30pm, on both days. anyone with sight and or hearing loss is welcome to
attend on 1 of the days.
The session will include how to get the most from products such as tablets,
smartphones and eReaders. There will also be the chance to be hands on and
try out these gadgets and ask questions.
Internet use in the UK has significantly increased over recent years, with
76% of adults accessing the internet every day in 2014, compared to just 38%
in 2006. Millions of us rely on the internet for everyday tasks such as
shopping, banking and staying in touch with friends and family. However,
getting online and using technology can present many challenges for someone
who is blind, partially sighted or has hearing loss.
Andrew Coleman, Assistive Technology Coordinator at Action for Blind People,
said:- "Being online can make a huge difference to someone's life. We
hope people with sight or hearing loss in Southport will come along and find
out how technology can open up a whole new world of discovery and
To find out more and to book your place call Carl Moore on:- 01704 534555 or
send them an
You can also learn more about 'Online Today' by visiting the
RNIB's website at:-
Call On Migration
Advisory Committee And Home Office To Clampdown On Abuse Of Visas By BA And
Tata Consultancy Service
AS things stand members employed in
the IT department at British Airways are to be replaced with next spring
with Indian recruits flown into the UK on tier 2 visas says the GMB. GMB,
the union for staff at British Airways, commented on a report that Migration
Advisory Committee are pushing for a clampdown on visas for skilled workers
from outside the EU. See notes to editors for copy of report in Financial
Times December 20, 2015 Mick Rix, GMB National officer, said:-
"This clampdown on abuses of the tier 2 visas is long overdue. As things
stand GMB members employed in the IT department at British Airways (BA) are
to be replaced from next spring with Indian recruits flown into the UK on
tier 2 visas. This is after BA outsources sections of its IT department to
Tata Consultancy Services. GMB understand that Tata intend to abuse the tier
2 visas to move their own staff from India to replace our members. GMB
intend to write to Sir David Metcalf chairman of Migration Advisory
Committee and the Home Office asking them to clampdown on abuses by BA and
Tata Consultancy Services."
Life saving scheme wins
AN initiative which teaches young
people Emergency 1st Aid, to save the lives of victims of violence, has
received national recognition. StreetDoctors; set up in Liverpool and now a
national charity; has won the John Hawkins award, presented by the
Association of Youth Offending Team Managers.
The award recognises creative youth
justice work by Youth Offending teams (YOTs) and was named in memory of John
Hawkins, who was a founding member of the Association of Youth Offending
Team Managers and its Treasurer. StreetDoctors was established in 2008 after
2 medical students, who were teaching 1st aid to young people in a Liverpool
Youth Offending Team scheme, were shocked that all those present had
witnessed a stabbing. They decided to teach young people essential emergency
life saving skills so they could act if they were present at the scene of a
violent injury as it is vital that someone who is stabbed, shot or collapses
receives immediate help before an Ambulance arrives. This led to the
StreetDoctors' team being set up with the help of Liverpool Youth Offending
Team. It is now a national charity with 16 teams and 280 medical volunteers
who hold weekly sessions in 12 Cities across the country. This year
StreetDoctors is expected to work with 2500 young people. StreetDoctors'
sessions tailor complicated information about 1st aid to make it relevant to
young people at risk. Medical consequences of violence are discussed, in a
pragmatic, no nonsense way, countering a common belief among young people
that there are 'safe places to stab someone.' Young
people are treated as potential lifesavers; they are encouraged to think of
themselves as responsible individuals who can make a positive difference and
there are at least 5 known cases of young people acting in an emergency
after attending a StreetDoctors' session.
In making the award the judges said:- "The StreetDoctors project is
highly innovative in that it is provides young people with practical skills
and knowledge to help keep themselves safe and potentially save lives. It
also engages with interesting non-justice sector partners. The panel were
acutely aware of the high profile knife crime events recently and felt that
this project can be central to a strategy to reduce the harm being done.
This project already runs in other YOTs following the Liverpool origin and
we have Liverpool YOT to thank for this."
Rebecca Long, 1 of the StreetDoctors, said:- "In receiving the John
Hawkins award StreetDoctors is incredibly pleased and proud to have the work
of our volunteers acknowledged. They're all full time medical students or
junior doctors and are passionate about working with vulnerable young people
in their local communities across the UK to help them learn simple, but also
life saving, skills."
John Hawkins' son, Roddy, said:- "From the point of view of the
Hawkins family, we are thrilled that the award continues each year and that
dad's commitment to youth justice and to young people lives on. We've been
humbled to hear of the fantastic, innovative work which is taking place
across the country in different YOTs. The effectiveness of all these
initiatives, and not simply in reducing re-offending rates, is a testament
to the commitment and creativity of local organisers and to the value of
placing faith and responsibility in the hands of young people. That many of
these initiatives have been, or will be, taken up nationally surely deserves
special recognition, and we hope that this award to the Liverpool YOT's
StreetDoctors project will help to provide just that."
Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral lead for community safety, said:- "I
want to extend my congratulations to Street Doctors and Liverpool Youth
Offending Service for such an innovative project that is designed to improve
outcomes for young people and their local communities. I know from speaking
to staff that some young people who have been on the course have g1 on to
save lives and also to recognise the harm that violence can cause. I am
pleased that Street Doctors have got the recognition they deserve and that
this is now a national programme."
Do want a job in the
North West England seafood industry?
"THE North West England seafood
industry in 2015 has been a career haven, which has offered endless
opportunities to ambitious professionals across a wealth of roles in sales,
engineering and social media management, to name a few, and is set to
continue this into 2016!" Well that's according to Kendal
College who also say:- "If that wasn't enough lucky candidates are now
presented with a hot bed of opportunity for international travel, fast
career progression, generous salaries and accelerated learning and
development. Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, has unveiled a fact
filled list which shines the spotlight on the attractive, lucrative and
prosperous career benefits which the North West seafood industry has to
offer. Not quite convinced?" Let these 6 exciting
facts explain why you should hop on aboard with this industry...!
► Cod mmunication
Working in the seafood industry isn't all about boats and bass! A variety of
PR roles are available for those looking to make their mark in the world of
media. The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Society recently
advertised a communications officer role with a starting salary of £110,000
to £24,800 per annum. The perfect job for anyone with a flair for all things
► Frying high
Fylde Fish Bar, in Southport, Merseyside was recently shortlisted as 1 of
the best chippies in the area. What better place to earn your stripes as a
budding fish frier? Follow in the footsteps of culinary chef Daniel
who now works in leading restaurant Rogan and Co after winning Chef of the
year with a tasty fish dish! Click on
here to find out more!!!
► Water wonderland
The Fleetwood fishing industry is nowadays quite modest in comparison to its
heyday, but fish processing is still an important local industry that relies
on supplies arriving by road from ports across the country. In September
2015, there were 7 fishing vessels over 10 metres in length, and 55 under 10
metres, that had Fleetwood registered as their administrative port.
► Cod-struction and design.
Engineering is another sector which is crucial in the seafood world.
Specialists are required for a range of tasks and projects… including a
recent vacancy in Blackburn which required a principal engineer to help
construct a local fish pass. If that wasn't enough, the role featured an eye
watering salary of up to £45,000.
► Frying the flag.
Follow in the footsteps of culinary chef Daniel who now works in leading
restaurant Rogan and Co after winning Chef of the year with a tasty fish
► Seafood industry casts its net for young workers.
The World is Your Oyster, a campaign designed to showcase career prospects
in the seafood industry, has been launched by Seafish. Featuring real people
sharing their career stories, it is hoped it will capture the imagination of
students and graduates currently trying to secure their 1st step on the
According to Seafish, the industry authority on seafood, young people could
be attracted in to the industry by highlighting some of the unique perks and
qualifications linked to these careers such as the potential to travel the
world promoting seafood or learning survival skills whilst working on a
With an aging workforce, the seafood industry is looking to reinvigorate the
talent pool by providing a more holistic picture of all that the sector has
to offer young people looking to get in to a rewarding career path. Seafish
also highlight the seafood industry's competitive wages, the variety of
roles, further learning and training options where people can 'learn
as you earn' and quick career progression.
Through engaging case studies and a film, the stories of several vibrant and
inspirational young people, forging successful careers in the seafood
industry have been brought to life on the Seafish website. Once on the site
take a look at the video:- 'The World is Your Oyster' seafood
Leading ambassadors of the campaign include:-
Emma Moffat, a fish buyer for Icelandic Seachill in Lincolnshire. Natalie
Bell, Trade Marketing Manager at Seafood Scotland, responsible for feeding
the global appetite for Scottish seafood in Europe, Asia and the Middle East
based in Edinburgh; David Parker (28) a Marine Biologist from Young's
Seafood in Wales.
Also Holly Smith from the South West of England who is a National Account
Manager for Paramount 21 a supplier of frozen fish and vegetables to the
restaurants, hotels and pubs. As well as promoting the campaign through
schools, career advisors and recruitment consultants, Seafish is also
encouraging industry ambassadors to share their own career highlights on
Twitter. Simon Pot10, Head of Safety and Training at Seafish, said:-
"The seafood industry is a vibrant place to be right now with more choice of
diverse and interesting careers than ever before. I believe young people
will be drawn by the competitive salaries on offer, the interesting, diverse
and challenging range of work to be found, the strong sense of community
within the industry and the opportunity to travel. Seafood is a global
industry and whether you are leaving school, college or university, I urge
you to take a look and see what the seafood industry has to offer. We are
calling on members of the seafood industry to back our campaign and get
involved on social media. Let's work together to let young people know they
will be warmly welcomed into our industry."
Yet another ambassador is Emma Moffat, 28, a Fish Buyer for Grimsby based
seafood supplier Icelandic Seachill who employ 1400 staff in the UK,
providing chilled fish to the UK retail market. She has highlighted the many
benefits of working in the seafood industry, and would encourage others to
consider a career in the industry. Emma said:- "In my role I've been
lucky enough to travel to Iceland, Holland and Brussels, along with numerous
trips to Aberdeen and Peterhead. In the coming year, I'm hoping to spend
time in Norway and Canada to gain an increased knowledge of fish sourcing on
a more global scale. I receive a salary which I think is above average for
someone of my age, and I know that the long hours I work are appreciated and
recognised. I feel very fortunate to work for my current company as they
have given me access to excellent training opportunities to help further my
As well as launching the new campaign, Seafish is working with the
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to develop new
Trailblazer Apprenticeships for the seafood industry. Click on
here to find out more!!!
Do you think this is a bit fishy or is do
job in this sector offer a oceanic opportunities for good employment?
Please let us know by emailing us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com and let us know what you think!