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Publication date:- 2017-02-10

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Will your organisation support our NHS heroes?

LOCAL businesses are being invited to help celebrate the work of NHS staff in hospitals and the community.

The Pride Awards, now in their 9th year, celebrate the excellence and professionalism of staff who work at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. They are also an opportunity for staff to recognise the achievements of one another and for patients to highlight staff who have given outstanding care.

The Trust is keen to hear from businesses and organisations across Southport, Formby, West Lancashire and the North West who would be interested giving financial support to this year's Pride Awards.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available for each of the award categories.

Iain McInnes, interim Chief Executive, said:- "The Pride Awards are a fantastic opportunity for our community to help celebrate their NHS heroes. We are grateful to our existing sponsors for their continuing support but I know there will be many others who want to show their appreciation to staff by supporting this event."

Companies or organisations interested in sponsorship should contact Joanne Chorley at the Trust on 01704 704714 or email joanne.chorley@nhs.net.

The Pride Awards will be held at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre in June. Nominations for the Patient Award will open later in February.

Merseytravel receives gold reading award

MERSEYTRAVEL has become the 1st employer to be awarded the Liverpool Quality Reading Award, in recognition of the various schemes put in place to facilitate reading for its staff. The award was presented on 8 February 2017, to the Union Learning Representatives and Reading Ahead Champions who support literacy inside and outside of the organisation.

Schools, colleges and now businesses can be accredited with a bronze, silver or gold award, which recognises the effort that they have made in promoting the joy of reading amongst their staff or pupils. Merseytravel are the 1st non School organisation to be recognised for this award and has reached Gold standard at the 1st time of asking.

In order to attain these awards schools and businesses are assessed across 6 themes, and whether they meet the criteria for bronze, silver or the gold award. The 6 themes include:- leadership and management, workforce development and business wide opportunities for reading for enjoyment.

Merseytravel are working with the Liverpool City of Readers acting as an ambassador organisation for promoting reading to other businesses and organisations across Liverpool.

Merseytravel Chair, Councillor Liam Robinson, said:- "We're very pleased to have been awarded the gold level Liverpool Quality Reading Award, recognising our staff for their commitment to learning and development. To be the 1st non School employer to receive the award emphasises the work that we do to facilitate reading with staff, the community and public transport users."

Gill Lawson, School Improvement Officer for School Improvement Liverpool, said:- "We are delighted that Merseytravel has embraced the aims of the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark and has become the first non-school employer organisation to achieve the award, and at gold standard."

Merseytravel has several reading projects, both for staff, partner organisations and our customers, which are facilitated in partnership with UnionLearn, The TUC, The Reader, our Union Learning Reps and Reading Ahead Champions, including:- the Reading Ahead Challenge and the Liverpool City of Readers' Anytime is Storytime programme.

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