PCC releases ₤45,000 to help young people make right choices
COMMUNITY groups which work to divert young people away from crime and
anti social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants for projects
running during the autumn ˝ term, thanks to Merseyside's Police Commissioner.
Jane Kennedy has confirmed that she is once again releasing a round of funding
from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale
of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for
It is the eighth time the Commissioner has invited community organisations,
charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to ₤5,000 grants for
grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right
choices. A total of ₤45,000 is available from the fund for 1 off grants for
organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime
or supporting victims.
Jane has already awarded nearly ₤288,000 through the PPA to organisations that
are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been
used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.
The Commissioner said:- "I am pleased to once again open up the Police
Property Act Fund for bids of up to ₤5,000 to organisations which are working to
make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young
people. Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal
and anti social behaviour during the autumn ˝ term, particularly around
Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time
for the Police and the Fire Service. Through these grants, I want to help
alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they
may regret in the future. Once a young person gets a criminal record it can
blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a
young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their
neighbourhoods. I want to see these grants used to support projects that
complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the
autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised."
In 2016, more than 12,000 young people were able to join organised activities
run through 22 different initiatives funded through the PPA over the Halloween
and Bonfire Night celebrations.
Jane added:- "Local people know their communities best. They know what
works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to
reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and
The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM)
on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and
organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.
All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for
Merseyside, by 5pm, Monday, 21 August 2017. Please visit their
website to apply.
Birkenhead is bloomin' marvellous
WIRRAL is blooming thanks to the many residents, community groups and
organisations that have been working hard to create fantastic floral features to
show how much they Love Wirral.
The efforts have been so successful that 27 of these amazing transformations
have now been entered into North West in Bloom's annual competition.
This is the 2nd year that Birkenhead groups have entered the 'In Bloom'
competition with residents spurred on by the positive feedback received in 2016 not only from the judges, but from the many residents and visitors who
admired the displays.
The projects showcased a huge amount of volunteer hours, and agencies going all
out to improve local areas including shopping areas, planting up of
neighbourhood centres, and communal areas. 1 of the best outcomes is how the
projects have bought everyone together to improve areas residents live and work
Over 3 days, Royal Horticultural Society judges visited Birkenhead examining the
hard work and imagination that has gone into this year's many competition
They stopped at:- Water Street, Gautby Road, Bidston Rise, Blue Wood, Livingstone
Street, Claughton, Oxton Gardens, Prenton, Birkenhead Park, the Inner Park,
Beaconsfield Centre, St Pauls Rock Ferry, Williamson Art Gallery, YMCA, The
Lauries, The Hive, Brakendale, Beechwood and Bidston to name a few.
It's not only Birkenhead that's blooming.. After visiting Birkenhead, judges
headed over to visit groups in Wallasey, Liscard and Seacombe to view their
floral displays. Established groups in Wirral West and Wirral South have
previously entered the competition and plans are already underway to increase
Wirral's entries next year.
The judges met residents who have been involved in each project and were looking
for entries that improve the local area through the imaginative use of trees,
shrubs, flowers and landscaping, while also achieving a litter free and
Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Cabinet member for Environment, said:- "In Bloom
is such a fantastic and well established initiative, it's about more than plants
and flowers, it's about bringing the community together and not just for a
couple of weeks of planting and tidying up, but throughout the year, encouraging
everyone to become involved in their own local areas. The results will be
announced in November, so we'll be keeping our fingers crossed until then. But
we're sure everyone will agree that all the projects look fantastic and everyone
who has taken part is already a winner in my eyes."
Peter Fletcher, local resident from the Livingstone Street Centre said:-
"I haven't got many gardening skills but it didn't matter. I've really enjoyed
being involved in developing the centre's garden for the in bloom competition.
We've grown vegetable and herbs and used them to make food for groups using the
centre, and recycled all sorts of things to make planters for flowers."
Jo Burrell, Birkenhead Constituency Manager, added:- "The projects are
progressing each year and enthusiasm is increasing and the plans being discussed
for next year are very exciting. Get in touch with us if you would like to get
involved." Contact the Birkenhead Constituency team on
by calling:- 0151 691 8391.
Visit the:- 'Love Wirral' Facebook
to see all of the entries.
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Gary Numan has preformed in
Liverpool 1st ever music event at
THE singer, songwriter and father of
British synth-pop, Gary
on Thursday, 27 July 2017, was in Liverpool to preform as part of the City's '50
Summers of Love season.' The Exhibition Centre Liverpool was packed out for his
show that was the 1st live music event at the venue, located next door to the
Liverpool ACC. This amazing show comes ahead of the release of his new album on
the 15 September 2017 called:- 'Savage: Songs From A Broken World.'
Many who attened said that:- "It was awesome and 1 of the loudest he has
preformed..." others added that:- "This wasd best gigs we have
seen him deliver!" we have to report that yes, the the set did closed
with ‘Cars’ and what a close! We would love to know what you thought of this
show if you attended. Also what did you think of this venue in regards the
delivery of music events, as in, do you think it will be a good location for
other events? Please email us to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com with your thoughts and views...
Brian Wilson has performed Pet Sounds
ON 28 July 2017, 1 of only 3 UK shows,
scheduled in the UK, the others being London and Sheffeild, took place at the
Exhibition Centre Liverpool!
original Beach Boy, who was famed for for illuminating the 60's with an
infectious blend of pop, psychedelia, complex melodies and tight harmonies,
delivered an outstanding performance to a packed out venue. It is very fitting
that he picked Liverpool on his list of stops, as his music that changed the
rules of popular music forever and influenced every musician who heard it
including The Beatles! This show was literally un-missable for anyone who loves
classic pop, as joining him on stage was the Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine
and The Flames and laterally Beach Boys singer and guitarist Blondie Chaplin.