Local man honoured for
decades of volunteering
SOUTHPORT resident Eric Greaves hangs up his
hat this week, after spending nearly three decades volunteering at local care
home, MHA Connell Court, on Weld Road, Southport.
Eric's dedication to the home and its residents was celebrated at a party hosted
by Connell Court, on Tuesday, 10 January 2017. Friends, family and residents were in
attendance, as well as MHA's volunteer co-ordinator, who manages all the
organisation's volunteers nationwide.
MHA Connell Court was opened in 1976, and Eric has been a key player there since
he retired from work in 1991. He has been heavily involved in fundraising for
the home, organising tea parties, coffee mornings and garden parties as well as
being instrumental in Connell Court's 40th Birthday Celebrations, in 2017.
Mr Greaves, or 'The Banker' as he is known to some residents, also gives
up much of his time to help those who live at the home, to manage their bank
accounts and finances.
Anna Harvey, Manager at Connell Court said:- "Eric has been a valued part
of our team here for decades and his warmth and compassion will be missed by
everyone. Over the years he's touched the lives of countless residents and we
hope that the retirement party will go a small way to thanking him for all his
hard work. Although we'll be sad to see him go, we're sure that he'll enjoy the next
chapter at MHA retirement living development, Adlington House in Otley. From all
of us at MHA; thank you, Eric and good luck with the next step!"
Nurse recruitment open evening at Southport
SOUTHPORT Hospital is hosting a recruitment event for
nurses interested in working at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. This open evening follows a number of successful events in 2016 and is an
opportunity for newly qualified and experienced nurses to meet other nurses and
team members, and discover what opportunities are available. Nurses wanting to
return to practice are also welcome. There are vacancies available in both
Hospital and Community Nursing and across all specialties.
Informal interviews will be held on the day, applicants are asked to bring along
The event will be held at Southport Hospital Clinical Education Centre, on
Tuesday, 24 January 2017, between 3.30pm and 7pm. Light refreshments will be available
for all those attending.
To view all current vacancies at the Trust visit:-
Jobs.NHS.UK and search for Southport
Freemasons give £50,000 to
parents of children with mental health problems in Merseyside
THE Masonic Charites Foundation has
made a grant of nearly £50,000 to the Young Minds charity to fund peer support
groups for parents of children with mental health problems in Liverpool, Sefton
, Knowsley and St Helens. As many as 100,000 children in the North West are
The trial projects aim to develop a unique and sustainable peer to peer support
model that can be replicated by local authorities and parenting groups across
the country, as well as training at least 10 parents in each City to be able to
set up and run four or more parenting groups.
The need for this service is becoming more urgent every year. 1 in every 10
young people between the ages of 10 to 16 have a diagnosable mental health problem,
which is 3 in every classroom. This means that there are around ¾ of a million young people with a mental health problem in England, with
nearly 100,000 of them in the North West. This would fill Anfield and Goodison
One of the most important of these mental health issues is depression, with more
than 80,000 children nationally suffer from a severe form of depression. The
depression rates in teenagers has increased by 70% in the past 25 years.
Children with persistent emotional disorders, which also include anxiety, eating
disorders, bipolar and schizophrenia are twice as likely to struggle with basic
literacy and numeracy and they are far more likely to be excluded from school or
leave with no qualifications.
The parents of these children are at great risk of developing mental health
problems of their own. Help from other parents who have 'been through it'
produces powerful results, making them feel more confident, more knowledgeable
and less isolated.
Within the 15 month life of the project , between 50 to 60 parents and carers of
children with mental health problems will have seen a significant improvement in
their mental health. It is expected that a continuing cycle of 250 to 60 parents
and carers will benefit across the country in every subsequent year.
Lysanne Wilson, Director of Operations for Young Minds, said:- "We are
thrilled that the Masonic Charitable Foundation grant will help us to develop
support groups for parents who care for children with mental health problems. We
have wanted to extend our work with parents for a long time, and hope that these
groups will make a lasting difference to them. "
George Fox of West Lancashire Freemasons said:- "We are very pleased to be
able to help Young Minds with this extremely worthwhile project. There are many
thousands of parents of children with mental health problems that are getting no
support at all. We aim to help them so that they can continue to help their