Oxfam shops in Merseyside raise over £500,000
THIS year Oxfam shops in Merseyside
managed to raise over £500,000 to support the charity's work around the world.
The money raised will go towards Oxfam's projects such as supporting thousands
of people who are displaced or refugees that the charity is working with in
Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Greece.
David Jones, Oxfam area manager for Merseyside, says:- "We are so grateful
to the generous people of Merseyside who donate to and buy from our shops. This
support raises absolutely crucial funds for Oxfam's work helping people in
desperate circumstances. It is thanks to our determined staff and volunteers,
and our very generous donors and customers that Oxfam can provide life saving
water, food and emergency supplies to thousands around the world."
According to the charity, we are living in a time when more people; almost 60
million; are displaced from their homes than at any time since the Second World
War. David Jones said:- "We are helping those arriving
in Italy by providing food, clothes, shoes, and personal hygiene kits as well as
longer term psychological and legal support. In Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, we
are providing life saving clean water, sanitation and vital support for families
who have lost everything. With £36 Oxfam can provide clean and safe water to
families and with £100 toilets and washing facilities for dozens of people made
Mr Jones says that more than ever Oxfam shops need donations to raise crucial
funds for its work to end extreme poverty and suffering around the world. He
added that:- "This year's achievement is a whole team effort; our precious
volunteers enjoy friendships, job satisfaction and of course a good cup of tea
when they give their time in our shops. If you can spare even just a couple of
hours, please pop along to one of our Merseyside shops to find out about how
your skills can make a difference. As the need around the world grows, we urgently need to scale up our work,
and we cannot do this without the people of Merseyside. So please keep donating,
volunteering and shopping with Oxfam, it really does make a huge difference to
the lives of people around the world."
Merseyside Police see decrease in anti social
behaviour and criminal damage calls on Mischief Night
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed there
has been a reduction in the number of calls received by the Force, including
calls about anti social behaviour and criminal damage, on Sunday, 30 October
2016. Mischief Day dates back centuries to when children in the 1700's would
play pranks on one another. This is usually 30 October, the day before
Halloween, but in resent years it has resulted in certain children and teens
engage in seriously bad anti social behaviour and criminal damage... But
Merseyside Police have told us that this year, it recorded a total of 1132 calls
during the run up to Halloween, on 30 October 2016, between 2pm and midnight, an
18.6% decrease from 1390, in 2015 and over a 25% decrease from 1531, in 2014.
There was a 7% decrease in reports of anti social behaviour and criminal damage
with 611 such reports being made compared to 656 for the same period lin 2015,
and 788 in 2014. A total of 13 people were arrested for a variety of low level
offences, down from 20 arrests in 2015 and 30 in 2014. Over 5,000 young people
were engaged in youth engagement activities across the Force, double the number
in 2015. Commander for the policing operation, Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell
said:- "The period between 30 October and 5 November is often a busy time
for Police and on Sunday, we saw a decrease in the number of reports of anti
social behaviour and criminal damage, which is good news for our communities. We
would ask that people continue to enjoy the festivities safely and responsibly
over the coming days. A massive amount of effort and planning has gone into the
operation. Parents have clearly listened to our advice to make sure they know
where their children are, and many young people themselves have taken advantage
of activities put on for them. I would like to reassure the community that we
will continue to have increased high visibility patrols over the Halloween and
Bonfire Night period. We will work closely with partner agencies and take swift
action against the small minority who are intent on causing trouble."
Anyone who would like to report incidents of anti social behaviour or criminal
damage can call the Police on the:- 101 number. Did you know the Mischief Night
can also be associated with the night before Bonfire Night, on 4 November, in
New report highlights acute
shortage of nursery Teachers in the North West
A new report by Save the Children
highlights a shortage of trained nursery teachers across the North West, leading
to calls for the government to invest urgently in the sector. The charity warns
that more than 2,100 independent nurseries in the region don't have a qualified
nursery teacher, leaving more than 30,000 children at greater risk of falling
behind by the time they reach school; and staying behind throughout their
lives. While all nurseries have staff who are trained to care for children, not
all have a qualified early years teachers among their staff.
Research commissioned by the charity found that children in independent
nurseries without an early years teacher are almost 10% less likely to meet the
expected levels of development when they start school compared to children who
do have a teacher, leaving them struggling with basic skills like speaking full
sentences, using tenses, and following simple instructions. Children who start
behind are also more likely to stay behind throughout their school years and
beyond into their work lives.
Yet worryingly, the number of people applying for the teaching roles across
England has dropped dramatically to 860 last year from more than 2,300 the year
before; well below the number needed to fill the gaps. A shrinking number of
available positions, poor salaries, and a lack of promotion opportunities is
driving this chronic shortage as nurseries around the country struggle to cope
with funding pressures and afford the costs of training and recruitment.
Rochdale is the worst affected area in the North West, with less than 27% of
children in independent settings getting access to a qualified nursery teacher.
Children in Knowsley have the greatest access. And the problem is country wide:-
► 58% of children in independent nurseries in the West Midlands don't have a
► In the North West, 45% of children are in independent nurseries without a
► Even in the South East, 50% of children in independent nurseries don't have a
qualified teacher working with them.
► Early language skills are the fundamental building blocks for a child's
development, confidence and ability to learn.
Previous research from the charity shows that
children already behind at the age of five are four times more likely to fall
below expected standards of reading by the end of Primary School than those who
started School on track, and are more likely to struggle to succeed in the world
of work. It can also have a significant impact on their confidence, social
skills, relationships, and behaviour.
In order to meet its ambitions to radically boost the chances of children who
are struggling, Save the Children, along with leading child development experts,
is calling on the government to reverse the trend urgently by investing in a
qualified early years teacher in every independent nursery across the country,
starting in the 20% most deprived areas.
Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, a Clinical Psychologist and expert from Channel 4's "Secret
Life of 4 Year Olds" programme said:- "Having an early years teacher
in a nursery can make all the difference to a child's future. We know that
during the early years a child's brain is developing at its quickest rate and
that language and communication skills are the building blocks for everything
else they will learn, including subjects like maths and sciences.
But crucially, it also gives children the tools they need to build their
self esteem and confidence, and develop positive relationships with everyone
around them. Sadly, so many nurseries are struggling to afford to hire qualified
teachers, and until they can, children will continue to slip through the net."
Gareth Jenkins, Director of UK Poverty at Save the Children said:- "It's
incredibly worrying that so many children in England are at risk of falling
behind by the time they start school when we know they don't have to be.
As a country, we need to start recognising that if we want to give every child
the best chance in life; no matter what their background; they must have the
support they need to learn, grow and develop in the early years of their lives.
Nurseries do an incredible job nurturing our children, but many are struggling
to afford and recruit the qualified teachers they need to give children this
support and support their workforce with more training and development.
If the Government is serious about creating a country that works for everyone,
it's crucial we urgently invest in a qualified teacher for every nursery across
the country; giving children the support they need to reach their