Merseyside Police Officers named in Queen's Birthday Honours
Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM has congratulated 2 Officers after their
recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
The Officers are: -
Tracy O'Hara has received the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Services to
David Whalley has received the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Services
Andy Cooke QPM, said:-
"I congratulate both Officers on such major honours. They reflect how highly
we regard them and how much we appreciate their commitment to the people of
Merseyside. It is wonderful to see professional and passionate Police Officers
recognised nationally for their services to the community in such a prestigious
way. Over the years I have been humbled by the ‘can do' attitude of the Officers
and their commitment to providing the people of Merseyside with a professional
Police service. They all have the utmost respect of their colleagues, and
demonstrate their tenacity, integrity and professionalism on a daily basis.
Everyone in Merseyside should be proud of them as their work and conduct reflect
so well on us all."
social! Workers' bid to
restore work life balance
in the workplace continues to be a hot topic, but according to a recent survey
CV Library, the UK's leading independent job board, 74.5% of workers in
Liverpool don't use social media whilst at work, and of those that do, the
majority (57.1%) will only do so for up to 15 minutes. The study surveyed 1,200 workers on their opinions around
technology in the workplace, and whether it is a distraction or an enabler to
professionals. Interestingly, the survey found that despite 55.6% of
professionals in Liverpool admitting that they use smart phones while they're at
work, the majority (76.8%) do not use technology to do personal tasks during
work hours. Other key findings revealed:-
► 26.8 % of workers in the City admitted to taking time out of their working day to contact friends or family on the phone,
however, of those, the majority (73.3%) would only do so for a maximum of 15
► 45.5% said they would not check personal emails
whilst at work.
► 76.8% would not waste time browsing the internet and
looking at irrelevant sites during work hours.
Furthermore, the study found that 62.5% of employers in Liverpool have rules in
place regarding the use of technology for personal use, and for the majority
(57.1%) this means they cannot use their phone at work. A further 20% said they
are not allowed to use social media and 11.4% are not allowed to surf the
internet during work hours. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of
"With new technologies always emerging and access to emails and
shared working spaces from almost anywhere, the lines between our work and our
private lives are becoming increasingly blurred. It is therefore very positive
to see that professionals in Liverpool are being careful not to spend their
working hours doing personal errands or making calls; drawing a more definitive
line between their work and home life. By ensuring your work hours are spent
dedicated to staying on top of your workload, you can leave work behind at the
end of the day and enjoy your free time as you please."
survey also found that the majority (85.7%) of professionals in the City think
that using technology at work is beneficial. When asked why they felt is it
useful to them, respondents said that it enables them to connect with customers
and clients from all over the world (25%), enables them to work from different
locations (22.9%), saves time (20.8%) and helps them to communicate with people
in real time (18.8%).
"It's clear that technology is both important and useful to Liverpool's
professionals, enabling them to work remotely and connect with people all over
the world. That said, it's important that workers stay focused when using these
technologies. The odd 15 minutes here and there may be passable, but if you find
yourself falling behind as a result, or having to put in overtime, it could be
time to ditch the tech and focus on a healthier work life balance!"
Former teacher launches
new book to encourage children to exercise
fun new book encouraging young children to enjoy exercise will be launched
in Liverpool later this month by a former School teacher. Floga with Flossie is the ninth book to be published by bestselling author Jude
Lennon and it will be officially launched at independent bookshop Write Blend,
that can be found on South Road, Waterloo, on 21 June 2017, to coincide with International Yoga Day.
Miss Lennon, who runs storytelling business Little Lamb Tales, will host a
special reading of the story during the event, which starts at 4pm, and will
also be signing copies of the book.
She will be joined at the event by yoga instructor Marie Cope, who will be
demonstrating some yoga moves to children and parents and also Merseyside
illustrator Holly Bushnell, who has designed and created the colourful book
Miss Lennon, who taught for 18 years, said she was delighted with the new book
and looking forward to sharing it with children.
She said:- "This is a great fun book following the adventures of Flossie
the lamb and her friends as they discover a new form of exercise - 'Floga'.
It's about promoting exercise, friendship and teamwork in a fun way to children
and I'm really excited to finally be able share the story with youngsters. What's more I'll be showing and encouraging children to join in with some of
Flossie's 'Floga' moves to celebrate International Yoga Day. It will certainly be an opportunity for children and parents alike to relax and
have a bit of fun. We all lead such busy lives these days and it's easy to forget that sometimes
even children need to find ways to relax. Physical exercise such as yoga or 'Floga' is great for mindfulness and overall
well being and in turn this can impact very positively on children's learning."
Miss Lennon, who has recently been nominated for two Bizmum Awards - Creative
Bizmum of the Year Award and Host of the Year Award; has teamed up with
Liverpool based Mitchy Titch Yoga instructors and will be delivering
storytelling sessions at classes over the next few months. As well as writing books
Miss Lennon, a member of Team Author UK, also runs storytelling events and
creative writing workshops within Schools. She is currently touring Schools
across Liverpool as part of the Bobby Colleran road safety campaign.
Her book S.T.O.P (Superbob Tells Off Parents), which has been written in
conjunction with the parents of 6 year old Schoolboy Bobby Colleran;
tragically killed outside his School in West Derby in 2014; is the 2nd book
in the Superbob series and encourages parents to think about parking more safely
outside Schools. For
more information on Little Lamb Tales and Miss Lennon's latest books can be
or contact her directly on via