Apprentices Go For Gold in Rio Olympics Competition
LEARNERS, staff and children at Tibbi
Tots nursery in Southport are celebrating being crowned one of the winners of a
competition organised by Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy by creating
their very own scarecrow themed Olympic villages in celebration of the Rio 2016
A number of creations were made by the nursery staff, including Advanced Early
Years apprentice Kayleigh Griffiths and Intermediate Early Years apprentices
Nicole Johnson and Alainnah Waterworth, with athletes such as Bradley Wiggins,
Charlotte Dujardin and Greg Rutherford making an appearance in the scarecrow
village. Because of the high standard of entries, four prizes were awarded to
the talented teams of builders, with the other three recipients being Busy Bees
nurseries at Bitteswell Montessori, Guiseley and Birmingham Dartmouth Circus.
Each of the talented winners will receive a chocolate hamper to share with their
Speaking of their success, nursery manager,
Sharon Mackenzie said:- "I'm incredibly proud of the creativity displayed
by our staff and we had a fantastic day as a team working with the children to
create and build the scarecrows for the competition. The activity was truly
enjoyable and to see the hard work and dedication that our nursery staff put
into their role rewarded is so pleasing. We'd like to thank Busy Bees Training
Academy for developing a fantastic idea to help us all get into the spirit of
Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, part
of the wider Busy Bees group, which provides apprenticeships and training
opportunities across the childcare, management and catering sectors for learners
both in Busy Bees and non-Busy Bees settings, regularly commissions such
competitions to inspire its learners to think on their feet and show the
importance of up and coming talent getting creative through playful activities.
Fay Gibbin, Training Manager at Busy Bees
Training, said:- "The 2016 summer Olympics in Rio are a great excuse to
hold a competition involving our learners, staff and children in nursery. We've
seen some real effort put into the scarecrow villages and the apprentices have
been especially creative with the themes; it was brilliant for the children to
get involved too.
This competition not only required the learners to put their practical and
artistic skills to the test, but the storytelling aspect of the chosen theme was
a big part in our decision to choose a winner. We wanted to give the prizes away
to people who had put a lot of thought into their villages and look at how the
appearance of their scarecrows related back to their story. Having the ability
to capture children's imaginations is a fundamental part of becoming a childcare
practitioner and this is why we place a lot of importance on storytelling in the
nurseries day to day."
Liverpool's Reserve Army
LIVERPOOL is marking Reserves Day, on
Thursday, 8 September 2016, with a special event for Council staff who volunteer for
the Armed Forces in their spare time.
Staff ranging from lifeguards to licensing officers who are members of the
Reserve Forces will be thanked by the Lord Mayor at a reception at the Town
Hall. It will also be attended by the High Sheriff of Merseyside, senior
military personnel and senior Council managers.
Reservists volunteer their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing
busy home lives and various jobs at the Council with a military career, so that
should the need arise, they are ready to serve.
To show its thanks for their work, the Council is also allowing Reservists to
swap their usual office attire for their military uniform, so they can
demonstrate their pride in serving the country.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, said:- "We all owe our
Reservists a great deal of thanks for their selflessness in being willing to
volunteer for the forces. It requires a great deal of sacrifice and commitment
and impacts on family and home life in addition to their work commitments and I
am delighted to be able to host this reception to pay tribute to their
contributions to the forces."
Councillor Ian Francis, Armed Forces Champion, added:- "I wish to express
my deepest admiration and thanks to our Reservist staff for the invaluable
contribution they make to the Armed Forces and for their bravery and dedication
to protecting the country's security, both at home and abroad."
The City Council offers up to 10 days paid leave to attend summer training camp
each year, and unlimited unpaid leave for the duration of any period of active
service. This is complemented by a wide range of flexible working policies and
excellence' at Royal Liverpool as they become 'global exemplars'
THE Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen
University Hospitals NHS Trust has been selected to become a 'global exemplar'
in digital technology.
The news comes from an announcement made by the health secretary, who introduced
the Royal Liverpool University Hospital as 1 of 12 "global exemplar"
trusts in line for funding as part of investment into technology and
infrastructure to enhance staff training and digital technology.
Each trust will receive up to £10 million to act as "global exemplars" of
digital technology and will be expected to pioneer best practice, knowledge and
digital expertise alongside international colleagues.
The aim of the plans is intended to make the NHS easier to use for the
increasing numbers of people using smartphones and other mobile devices and
those accessing public services online.
To support the innovation of digital services NHS staff will work with
universities identified as 'digital academies' to help train staff to
deliver high quality digital healthcare.
The funding will enhance existing NHS tools including the development of a new
online triage system as part of NHS:- 111's non-emergency phone line. It will also
enable the creation of patient focused health applications for use on mobiles,
tablets and wearable devices for patients to monitor and improve their health
David Walliker, director of information technology at the Royal said:-
"This is fantastic news for our Trust. In our recent CQC report our innovative
projects were highlighted as 'outstanding' as we have implemented a new
whiteboard system throughout clinical areas to assist staff to manage and
respond to patients more effectively.
The whiteboard system is used to provide staff with information to highlight
what beds have been allocated to individual patients, what assessments have been
completed and to also highlight any vulnerable patients whilst they are in our
The news that the Trust will be awarded this accolade really demonstrates our
commitment to making our services better for patients. By responding to
developments in technology and recognising that most people are using mobile
technology to access health information means that we can be at the forefront of
delivering this type of technology for our patients to improve services. Success
will be when digital excellence becomes the very DNA of how we deliver, improve
and experience health and social care for our patients and staff and that we act
as exemplar and implementation partner to other NHS organisations."
A new voice for New Ferry
RESIDENTS, businesses and community
groups in New Ferry are now coming together to create a new local voice for the
area. Early in 2016, the Wirral South Constituency Committee invited businesses
and community organisations to a meeting to discuss the setting up of a new Town
Team for the area. The meeting was a success, with groups including:- Port
Sunlight Village Trust, New Ferry Residents' Association, New Ferry Village
Hall, and New Ferry Rangers FC, all turning up. Other organisations, including:-
Grove Street Primary School and St. Mark's Church, couldn't make the meeting,
but have indicated their support and involvement in the project. Cllr Tracey
Pilgrim, Chair of Wirral South Constituency Committee said:- "It's never
been more important for people to be able to have their say on things that
matter in their neighbourhoods. New Ferry is a busy community with issues that
are common to other Towns, in Wirral, as well as some unique ones of its own,
and the Town Team will reflect on these issues and find solutions in partnership
with residents, businesses and community groups. If you want to make a
difference in your local community, we want to hear from you." Through
this project, a New Ferry Traders' Association is also being formed, to make
sure that businesses can have their say. The Town Team will work with
representatives from the Police and Fire Services and the Council's Anti Social
Behaviour, Youth Services and Outreach teams, and the Wirral Chamber of
Commerce. If you are a member of a local community organisation, a business or a
resident of New Ferry, please contact Shannon Kennedy on:- 0151 666 3076 or
them to find out more about how you can help your local area.