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Issue:- Thursday, 16 September 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 4 news items.    Page - 7.

'The Painful Untruth' on display in a Southport Art Gallery

THE Southport Waterfront Art Gallery's theme for this months exhibition is 'The Painful Untruth.' Pat Hughes, has submitted a collection of photographs of people who have been homeless, but have now recovered.

She said:- "I truly believe they are an inspiration to others. People have preconceived ideas about the lives of homeless people. What they don't realize is that each has a painful hidden story. My photographs show each as they were when homeless, what they are now and adjoining each pair of photos is their story. I admire how each has overcome their problems, achieved so much and are now inspiring and helping others to do the same. To me they are the caterpillars who just when they thought their lives were over they became 'Beautiful Butterflies.'"

Midwives and NCT team up to host Baby Day 2016

FAMILIES with young children and expectant mothers are invited to join midwives, at Ormskirk Hospital, on Saturday, 24 September 2016, for Baby Day. Baby Day will run from 10am to 1pm at Ormskirk Hospital and is a chance for mums to be and families with young children to see what support their midwives provide throughout pregnancy, and how Southport, Formby and Ormskirk NCT can support parents during pregnancy and beyond. On the day there will be tours of the maternity unit, information stands, and the chance to meet the community midwife team. There will also be a cake stall, raffle and teddy weighing for children. Local baby groups and business will also be in attendance to promote their services and answer any questions you might have. Catherine Boyle, Consultant Midwife, said:- "Baby Day is an excellent opportunity for expectant mums to come and see the facilities here and meet the midwives. There’s a lot for families with young children to see and do too! We host this event every year with the NCT who will also be hand to offer advice and guidance on how they can help families through pregnancy and following the birth."

Baby Day is free to attend and there’s no need to book. The 1st 30 families arriving on the day will even receive a goody bag.

Plans to enable £458m investment in the Liverpool City Region set to be approved

PLANS are well under way for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to invest significantly in opportunities to deliver the City Region’s ambitions for economic growth.  A prospectus for a Single Investment Fund (SIF) is due to be considered at the Combined Authority’s next meeting on Friday, 16 September 2016.  The SIF is the key funding tool for the Liverpool City Region, and will address the City Region’s strategic priorities. Its implementation is a key part of the City Region’s Devolution Agreement with the Government. The SIF alone accounts for £458 million of investment in the City Region over the next 5 years. If approved, the Combined Authority will then be able to use the prospectus to commission and fund key growth projects in areas which include business growth and sector development, research and development, skills development and adult education budget, transport and other infrastructure, regeneration, town centre development and culture.

Mayor Joe Anderson, Chair of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said:- “Since we secured the Devolution Agreement in November last year - which devolved decision making, funding and resources to the City Region rather than being made at Whitehall - we have been developing a number of opportunities which would benefit from the investment and give us the greatest return. A lot of this work has now culminated in the development of the Single Investment Fund prospectus, which is aligned to the City Region’s key priorities, to accelerate economic growth, development and prosperity. Applications to the Single Investment Fund will be open following approval of the prospectus at this week’s meeting.”

The full agenda and papers are available online.  The meeting takes place at 1.00pm at Mann Island, Liverpool, on Friday, 16 September 2016.

 Remember you can keep up to date with the latest news from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on Twitter - @LiverpoolCRCA

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