Adults with learning disabilities get
their voice heard in Parliament through Empower! Programme
THE UK Parliament's 'Empower!' Programme arrived in
Preston, on Friday, 2 June 2017, to hold a workshop. The event run by long with
members of the UK Parliament's Outreach team, together with local partners
Future Directions was designed and developed in order to support adults with
learning disabilities in making civic engagement choices and participating in
the political process. The 'Empower!' Programme enables
participants to find out what the UK Parliament is, what is does, and how they
can get involved and make their voices heard.
This event also included:- 'Empower! Train the Trainer' where
local community groups can learn to deliver specialist ALD training to their
organisations or wider community. Participants on this section of the event
found out about the how the 'Empower!' programme can be tailor any
of the various workshops and presentations to meet specific needs. They also
learned about how workshops and presentations can be backed up with the
'Empower!' learning resources. These resources are designed to engage
and inspire participants with activities to get them talking about who runs the
country and what laws they would make.
'Empower!' programme coordinator Sharon Stanley said:- "Parliament is
committed to ensuring every UK citizen has the chance to learn more about and
enagage in the political process, and the EMPOWER! programme is a vital tool to
help us achieve that goal. We are very much looking forward to this upcoming
event, which is 1 of a series taking place across the country in the coming
months. More information about the programme is available
online. Parliament offers a range of
resources for schools, universities and trainers wishing to learn or teach about
Parliament and parliamentary processes can also be found
Change to Hospital Parking Fees
A 10p rise for parking at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals has come into
effect since 1 June 2017. This will affect motorists staying between 20 minutes
and 2 hours. All other charges are unchanged. This is the 1st increase in the
cost of parking since April 2015. Passes continue to be available to frequent
visitors for ₤10 a week or ₤30 for 3 months. A ₤10 refundable deposit is
required. These are available from the General Office, at either Hospital site
or the Porters' Lodges when out of office hours. Fees from parking charges go
towards the cost of maintaining the car parks with any surplus going directly to
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Ex-service personnel bring new hopes to
A new business has been set up called:- 'Heroes4hire-Handymen,'
that provides fully funded training and a future within new careers for the
UK's ex-servicemen and women.
At the start of June 2017, a cohort of 11 ex-servicemen who have just completed
6 weeks of rigorous and intense training to carry out every aspect of property
maintenance and are now employed.
Since the graduating from Reaseheath College, in Nantwich, on 23 May 2017, the
11 veterans, will now be operating throughout:- Warrington, Merseyside and
Each veteran was presented with the keys to their fully equipped and branded
vans by founder and CEO of Heroes4Hire-Handymen, Nigel Blanchard, a Winsford
based former RAF Aerospace Systems Operator, at a special presentation event the
following day, at Northgate Vehicle Hire, Runcorn.
This is the 2nd cohort to be trained and operational in the North West; the 1st
cohort graduated at the end of March 2017 and are currently employed within the
Greater Manchester area.
Heroes4Hire-Handymen was launched by Nigel Blanchard, and involves the training
of former soldiers, sailors, airmen (and women) with a full complement of
property maintenance skills and then setting them up with a full employment
career, complete with a smart uniform, mobile phone and fully equipped, branded
In teams of up to 12 at a time, they undergo a 32 day, residential course at
Reaseheath College, Nantwich, and Nigel is planning on having a team of new
recruits 'graduate' every 6 weeks, as part of an agreed 4 year
National Roll Out plan.
His aim is to create an army of fully qualified handymen and women sourced
entirely from ex-armed forces personnel.
Nigel, 53, explained:- "Just over 2 years ago I identified an opportunity
to supply handyman and maintenance services on a more formal and professional
basis. 2 years of hard work later and Heroes4Hire-Handymen was born. It draws on
and allows the public to access the discipline, teamwork, dependability and
integrity of individuals who served their country and offers each veteran the
opportunity to develop their own skills and business acumen."
All the training for each veteran is fully funded by Nigel's company, based in
Birchwood, Warrington, which also provides full employment along with salary,
pension, NI contri, butions, tools and fully equipped vans.
He has already negotiated and agreed commercial terms for maintenance contracts
with Countrywide Group, the UK's largest chain of estate agents and is in
negotiations with several other national firms' property companies.
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