Sefton Libraries heritage
SEFTON'S Library service are delighted
after successfully securing ₤10,000 of Heritage Lottery funding to help pioneer
an innovative World War 1 project.
Once underway, the scheme is believed to be the largest projects undertaken by
the local authority, partners and local Schools since the World Record Human
Poppy in 2014.
Sefton Library Service are looking to highlight Sefton's Civic War Memorials and
the stories behind the men who perished in World War 1 listed upon them.
Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said:- "It
is fantastic to see Sefton's Library service leading the way in a pioneering new
project with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
I know the team are raring to go on a project that will take a great deal of
research and imagination.
From mapping out the memorials, collating information such as the date they were
erected, working with local School children to develop the stories of the heroes
to working with the creative talents to deliver an interactive product, there is
much for them to do.
A poignant part of the project I'm excited to see, is the planned writing of
letters from local School children to residents living in the homes last
occupied by our war heroes.
The current house owner will be asked if they would like to have their house
included on a digital map highlighting the 'Homes of Heroes' and Civic War
Lesley Davies from Sefton Library Service also commented:- "The additional
funding from the HLF means that there is a lot more we can do.
A web designer will create a digital map of the Sefton Area, highlighting the
war memorials and the homes of the local heroes.
Images and details of soldiers service will be added for each individual
soldier, as a pop up if you hover over the house.
The digital map will sit on the 'Sefton Looking Back' digital portal and will
become a resource for School project for many years to come.
Our aim is to complete the research and have the webpage built to be unveiled in
time for the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One in 2018."
The ₤10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will match fund an existing ₤7,000
from the Library service.
1 in 7 workers in the North are
skipping meals to make ends meet
14% of workers in the North are
skipping meals to make ends meet, according to new TUC polling aimed at
highlighting the impact of stagnant wages.
The TUC/GQR poll found that 34% are worried about meeting basic household
expenses, such as food, transport and energy. And a third think cost of living
pressures are getting worse.
The poll also reveals that 19% of workers have left the heating off when it was
cold to save on energy bills. And 18% have pawned something in the last year
because they were short on money.
Asked how they would deal with an unexpected ₤500 bill, 27% of workers said they
would not be able to pay. And of those that could pay, 20% say they would have
to go in to debt or sell something.
TUC research has shown that since the crash, real wages in the UK have fallen,
while they rose across Europe.
TUC analysis published in May revealed that shrinking pay packets are forcing
workers to take on more personal debt. Unsecured debt per household was ₤13,200
in 2016; the highest figure since the crash. And is set to exceed ₤15,000
before the end of the next parliament.
TUC TUC Regional Secretary for the North West Lynn Collins said:- "When
you come home from a long day at work, you shouldn't have to worry whether you
can afford to eat. Having a job should provide you with a decent life, but it's
not even covering the basics for many. 10 years on from the crash, working
families are on a financial cliff edge. Pay packets are worth less and less, but bills keep rising, and personal debt is at
The Government's inaction must not last. Ministers can raise wages by scrapping
public sector pay restrictions, investing to create great jobs across the
country, and increasing the minimum wage."
Breastfeeding friendly charter mark
LIVERPOOL'S Wavertree MP Luciana Berger
helped launch the City's new charter mark for shops and businesses that are
breast feeding friendly.
Together with her 18 month old daughter Amelie, she joined members of the
Council's breast feeding peer support group, Liverpool Bambis and Council
leaders for the launch at Wigwam Café in Mossley Hill.
The café is the 1st of 10 firms to be granted the:- 'Breastfeeding Mayoral
Quality Mark' after Councillors recently unanimously approved a motion
proposing its introduction.
Cafes and restaurants and are among those to have signed up to a 10 point plan
► Allow breastfeeding in all public areas.
► Making private areas available for feeding where possible.
► Offering mums a free drink of water or tea/coffee.
► Promoting support services for breastfeeding.
Each business will receive a certificate and a badge that they can place in
their window or door to let customers know they are breast feeding friendly.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Ann O'Byrne, said:- "The law is clear that mums can
breastfeed anywhere, but we know that some are reluctant to do so because they
are not sure if there will be objections from staff or customers. Breastfeeding
is the most natural thing in the world, and the aim of our Quality Mark is to
give them reassurance and certainty that the business they are entering welcomes
mums and will do everything they can to ensure they can feed in comfort."
Liverpool is seeing an increase in breastfeeding rates, but still lags behind
the national average.
A total of 53% of new mums feed naturally, compared to 74% elsewhere, dropping
to 32% at 6 to 8 weeks against 44% across the rest of the country.
The City's peer support group for breastfeeding, Liverpool Bambis; who are
based at and managed by Wavertree, Childwall and Woolton Children's Centre; has
supported 16,000 mums over the last 5 years.
Sarah Todd, Liverpool Bambis Coordinator, said:- "Breast feeding, even a
short period of time, gives children the very best start in life. It has
numerous health benefits for both mum and baby, which is why we work so hard to
support mums to achieve their own breastfeeding goals. We are delighted with the
Mayoral Quality Mark as it will have a positive impact on promoting
breastfeeding in our City."
Owner Sue Kelbrick said:- "We are delighted to be involved with this
initiative. As a child friendly café we understand that the need to feed a
little one can come at any time and we do our very best to make sure mums feel
at home. We pride ourselves on not only providing a safe and welcoming
environment for mums to breastfeed, but also actively encouraging breastfeeding
through our weekly Bambis' sessions. No 1 should ever be made to feel
uncomfortable doing what is the most natural thing in the world, and we will be
displaying the Council's Quality Mark with pride to prove our support for
The other businesses to be accredited are:- Lunya in Liverpool ONE; Marmalade
Skies on Allerton Road, John Lewis café; Little Eatery on Aigburth Road; Leaf on
Bold Street, Love thy Neighbour on Bold Street, Café Oro on Smithdown Road and
branches of Costa Coffee and Café Nero in the City.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that mother's breastfeed infants
for the 1st 6 months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. The
► Strengthening the physical and emotional bond between mum and baby.
► Protecting the baby from infections and reduces the risk of eczema and
► Protecting the mother against ovarian and breast cancers and weak bones in
► Helps the mother return to their pre-pregnancy figure faster.