NHS Trust volunteers hold
Cathedral ceremony in thanks of therapy dogs
2 volunteers from Wirral based mental
CWP took time to paws for thought by hosting an event in
celebration of local therapy dogs.
Clare Grimshaw and Pete Fleming, who together with a group of passionate pooch
lovers started the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide, often visit Cheshire and
Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's (CWP) Wirral mental health unit
Springview with their dogs to bring friendship and companionship to service
The ceremony took place at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and was attended by 34
dogs and their owners from around the region; all of whom are accredited by the
charity and volunteer their time to visit people in hospitals and care homes.
The service was led by the Cathedral's Vice Dean Miles Davies, who also blessed
each dog individually in recognition of their selfless devotion to supporting
some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. CWP Volunteer Clare Grimshaw said:-
"It was amazing that so many of us had the opportunity to give thanks to our
therapy dogs. Wherever we go they provide so much joy to people. If we could all
see the world through the eyes of a therapy dog it would be a much happier
place. Thank you to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for being so welcoming and to
everyone who was able to join us on the day."
Research shows that introducing a companion animal to a care environment can
result in a rise in patient health and wellbeing, with the presence of a cat or
dog often helping service users feeling more comfortable, more communicative and
motivated to engage with those around them.
Lorraine Van Sluis, CWP Voluntary Services Lead, said:- "Volunteers such
as Clare and Pete (and of course their wonderful dogs) are such an invaluable
asset for the Trust. By giving their time, energy, skills and experience, they
enhance the care that we deliver and add value to the experiences of our service
users and carers. I am very proud of all our volunteers and can't thank them
Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
Series transport information
PUBLIC transport users are reminded
that there will be a number of changes to regular services over Saturday, 27 May and Sunday, 28 May
2017, as the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Series comes to
the streets of Liverpool.
A number of bus services in the City Centre and north and south Liverpool will
be diverted during the events, while Merseyrail will be running some additional
services early on the Sunday morning to transport runners and spectators to the
The 5K event on Saturday will mainly affect services which travel along the
Strand from Liverpool ONE bus station. Changes to these services will last until
midday. The events on Sunday affect a wide range of services for much of the
Passengers travelling on the 82 and 82A services should note that all services
on Sunday will depart from and terminate at Brunswick railway station for much
of the day, you will be able to use a valid bus ticket to complete your journey
to the City Centre (Liverpool Central) via Merseyrail.
Full details on all the services affected across the weekend can be found on the
website, that includes details of diversions and changes to departure points for
The additional early services provided by Merseyrail on the Sunday are as
Support offered to young
people in Liverpool affected by Manchester attack
COUNSELLING is being offered to young people across
Liverpool affected by the terror attack in Manchester earlier this week.
Schools across the City are able to access and guidance via the Young Person's
Advisory Service (YPAS) and CAMHS (Children and Adolescents Mental Health
Service). If anyone needs support they should approach a member of school staff
or they can approach the advisory service YPAS directly for support.
CAMHS have mental health link workers connected to each of the City's secondary
schools while YPAS has community hubs across the City, where young people can pop
in for a chat or to arrange counselling.
Councillor Barry Kushner, Cabinet member for children's services, said:-
"Our heart goes out to those whose lives have been changed forever as a result
of what happened in Manchester on Monday night. We know that there are young
people in the City were at the concert, or know people who were there and those
who were tragically killed or injured. At this time, it is really important for
young people and families in our City to know that counselling support is
available for them."
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for education, Councillor Nick Small, added:-
"We know that the shock of an event like this can take time to emerge, and
it is important that people in our City know that this support will be there
when they need it, whether it is now, in the next few weeks or even the next few
Monique Collier, Chief Executive of YPAS, said:- "We have already been
providing support and therapeutic services to students in Liverpool and we
believe that over the coming weeks there will be increased demand for services
as the enormity of what has happened sinks in. It is important that people
remember that support is available and they should not be embarrassed about
asking for support."
More information about CAMHS can be found
online and also on the YPAS