New relatives' room at
A new relatives' room has opened at
Southport Hospital to allow nurses to talk to families in confidence.
The Hospital has a busy A&E department which lacked an area for private
Community Link Foundation has funded the new room which offers a tranquil space
away from the wards.
Colette Henshaw, A&E sister, said:- "We are really grateful for Community
Link Foundation for supporting this new room. There are times when medics will
sometimes need to tell tragic news to families. This room provides a calming and
private area for those extremely important discussions."
The relatives' room has a phone line and tea making facilities. Mugs were kindly
donated by Southport Sainsbury's.
Cheryl Gradwell, Community Link Foundation trustee and board member, said:-
"The foundation was unanimous in its support for this new room. It's
important to have a space where families can gather their thoughts when they are
told they have lost a loved 1."
Cheryl lost her husband Christopher four years ago. She was told the tragic news
at A&E. She said:- "It's something you would never want to go
through. I think I may have been able to gather my thoughts a little better had
I been told about my husband in a room like this.
I'm very pleased to see this room now open where Hospital staff can give support
to families when they need it most."
The mission of Community Link Foundation is to support and enhance the lives of
those living in the local community and surrounding areas. More details
Liverpool amongst most
generous Cities in the UK
SHOPPERS in Liverpool demonstrated
their generosity earlier this month, by donating an estimated 27,783 meals to
foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare,
putting them firmly in the top ten most generous towns during Tesco's Summer
Neighbourhood Food Collection.
The bi-annual food collection runs in all Tesco stores across the country, to
collect vital store cupboard essential foods, such as rice, tea, tinned meat and
fish and UHT milk, for people in need.
The food collected in this store helped contribute towards the estimated total
of 2.8 million meals collected for the charities by all Tesco stores nationwide
Caroline Silke, head of community at Tesco, said:- "We're over the moon
with the huge number of food donations we've had, resulting in such an amazing
number of meals to give to those in need. It really demonstrates the generosity
of the people of Liverpool. Thank you for once again supporting us, and making
this collection so successful!" Now in its 5th year, the Neighbourhood Food Collection is run in partnership
with Tesco, FareShare and The Trussell Trust. It is held twice a year in all
Tesco stores, once in summer and once in the winter.
Tesco will financially top up donations made to the collection by 20%. For more
information about the Neighbourhood Food Collection, please go
Children invited to join Big
Summer Library Reading Challenge!
WIRRAL Council is calling for children
to sign up to read 6 books this summer as part of 'The Big Friendly Read, Summer
Reading Challenge 2016.'
The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4 to 11 year olds to borrow and read any six
library books over the summer. It has a new theme each year and in 2016 the
Challenge is delivered in collaboration with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate to
celebrate 100 years of the world's favourite storyteller.
This year's challenge (2016) will feature some of Roald Dahl's best loved characters
and the artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake. It will
encourage reading on a giant scale.
To take part in the Challenge, all children need to do is sign up at their
nearest library. They'll receive a special collector's folder and as they borrow
and read books and make at least 6 visits to libraries over the summer, they can
collect 6 special cards to complete it. The cards all feature original Quentin
Blake illustrations and explore some of most popular themes in Roald Dahl's
books such as invention, mischief and friendship. At the end of the challenge
all participants will receive a certificate and completers will also get a medal.
'The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge' runs in libraries across Wirral
until 3 September 2016.
Also this summer at the Bebington Library, Civic Way, Wirral, CH63 7PN, they will be
hosting visits by 2 well known children's authors:-
► Alan Gibbons has written 60 books including:- 'Shadow of the
Minotaur,' and won
17 literary awards. He will be conducting three separate workshops for children
of differing ages on Tuesday, 16 August 2016.
► Cathy Cassidy, author of the popular 'Daizy Star' andwill be conducting
2 workshops and a talk on 'Chocolate Box Girls' Wednesday,
17 August 2016.
Booking for both is essential, call them on:- 0151 606 2665 for further details and to
The event has been organised by the Friends of Bebington Library with money
awarded by Your Wirral. The aim is to promote reading and a love of books for
young people from 8 to 13 year old.
Cllr Ann McLachlan, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Libraries, said:- "We want
to give each child the best start in life and reading is a great way of building
literary skills and imaginations. The summer reading challenge is always well
received in the holidays in our libraries, and I'm sure that Roald Dahl's
fantastic characters will inspire many more children to take part and make use
of their local library throughout the summer and beyond."
Liverpool City Region
programme shortlisted for national award
THE Liverpool City Region's Youth Employment Gateway (YEG)
programme is through to the finals of the Employment Related Services
Association (ERSA) awards which take place later this week.
More than 130 nominations were received across ten categories, with YEG entered
as a finalist in the innovation category.
Youth Employment Gateway supports unemployed Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St
Helens, Sefton and Wirral's 18 to 24 year olds into work. Over the last 21 months,
the programme has supported over 3,500 unemployed young people, with over 1,300
Participants on the programme are placed with a dedicated advisor who can
provide ongoing support tailored to their specific needs. They are also given a
personalised budget which they can use to buy goods or services upto the value
of £500, which they believe will help improve their employment prospects.
Participants also have access to a range of online tools via YEG's website,
which can help them search and apply for jobs and apprenticeship and manage
their personalised budget.
The ERSA awards recognise and celebrate those involved in helping to move people
towards, enter and progress in work. The winners will be announced on 21 July
Cllr Ian Maher, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's lead for
Employment and Skills, said:- "To be nominated for such a prestigious
award is an achievement itself but I wish the programme every success on
Thursday at the ERSA Awards evening. We have received some fantastic feedback
from participants on the programme so we know that is really delivering what
both residents who are looking for work and employers who are looking for staff
want and need in the Liverpool City Region. Good luck!"
To find out more about the Liverpool City Region's Youth Employment Gateway,
visit the group's