Lancashire Care list in the top 50 UK
LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust
has been listed as 1 of the UK's Top 50 Employers for its work in
demonstrating a diverse and inclusive workplace, 2 years in a row.
Powered by The Excellence in Diversity Awards, the Trust has been listed in:-
"The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List." The Trust is one of 50 to be recognised
for their outstanding efforts and commitment to attracting and retaining a truly
Compiled by a dedicated panel of judges, the list has been collated based on
organisations' performance on a range of areas within the diversity arena
including recruitment procedures, training and other diversity related
Emma Allen, Equality and Diversity Project
Manager at Lancashire care NHS Foundation Trust, said:- "Being recognised
as one of The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers demonstrates the Trust's commitment
of keeping people at the heart of everything we do. We truly value the
individuals that work here and work so hard to ensure that we are as inclusive
as possible by providing equal access and opportunities for all. We are so
excited to have been listed for the 2nd year running and to also be shortlisted
for the Head of Diversity and Inclusion Award. It's a huge privilege to have our
work recognised by Excellence in Diversity and we are really looking forward to
The Inclusive Top 50 Employers are keeping the
official rankings a secret at the moment with each organisations position being
revealed at the prestigious diversity awards, on Thursday, 30 November 2017, at The
Midland Hotel, in Manchester. For more information about the list visit:-
Join the Barnardo's 'Great Christmas
Sort Out' by donating your Winter Woollies
STAFF at Barnardo's shops across
Merseyside are asking people to have a pre-Christmas sort out and donate their
pre-loved winter woollies to their local store.
Stocks of winter clothes; such as jumpers and coats; are flying off the rails
at Barnardo's shops across the region as the weather turns colder. The charity
desperately needs more adults' and kids' winter clothing as well as unused and
pre-loved quality toys in a bid to meet the demand.
Shoppers not only have the chance to buy quality items at bargain prices at
their local Barnardo's store, but are also doing their bit to help Merseyside's
vulnerable children and young people. Money raised in the shops is ploughed back
into local Barnardo's projects.
Barnardo's supports more than 2,000 children, young people and families each
year through its services across Merseyside, including:- young carers, care
leavers, teenage or young parents, children in care and young people with mental
Marie Williams, Barnardo's Regional Manager for Retail Operations, said:-
"We really need people to look in their wardrobes and dig out any good quality
coats, jumpers, and winter warmers that they haven't worn for a while and bring
them down to their local Barnardo's shop. We'd also welcome any accessories,
toys, books and bric-a-brac. Not only does the money raised from the sale of
these items fund our work with disadvantaged children in the area, but our shops
also give local families the opportunity to buy vital warm clothes and presents
for Birthdays and Christmas at an affordable price. It also gives people the
chance to clear out that much-needed space around the house, in time for
Bonfire Night support for Military
EVERY year, around the 5 November 2017, there
are firework displays take place within Villages and Towns across the UK. Whilst
for many it is a time to dig out a winter coat and cosy up with family and
friends around a warm fire, for veterans it is a time which can trigger extreme
service related trauma and distress. The whistling and loud bangs and the sight
of bright flashes and heavy smoke can cause veterans to have flashbacks to their
time within the service and provoke unwanted feelings of anxiety and memories of
gunshots and explosions. This is why ex-service personnel living within Lancashire, who
are affected by fireworks and struggling with their mental health can seek
support from the Lancashire Military Veterans' Service this this Bonfire Night.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust would
like people to consider that Bonfire Night isn't always fun for everyone. The
sight and sounds can cause an array of emotional problems such as Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD), stress, depression and anxiety. The Military Veterans'
service provides emotional and mental health support to those who have served in
the armed forces and understands that in times of need people can often struggle
seeking help. With this in mind The Lancashire Military Veterans' Service is
providing some top tips to keep people well this Bonfire Night, people can
follow these on their own or with family and friends:
► Plan your evening – Think about what you would like to do and whether
you would like to go out. Going out could break the opportunity to begin to:-
'break the link' between current triggers and past dangers. It may be that being
exposed to such strong triggers feels too much at present. If that is the case,
think about where you will be on Bonfire Night, and prepare using some of the:-
'grounding and soothing' techniques described below.
► Identify your triggers – You may find the smells around Bonfire Night
can trigger strong feelings and difficult memories. If this is the case, it can
be helpful to carry a competing smell to 'bring you back' to the present such as
lavender or peppermint or strong smell, such as Olbas Oil. If it is noise, try
listening to your favourite song through headphones or purchase some foam ear
plugs to block it out.
► Focus on your breathing - Breathe easily, taking in a slightly shorter
breath and breathing out a slightly longer breath, do not take deep breaths. By
focusing on your breathing and you can calm down and reduce your anxiety.
► Run warm or cold water over your hands - Immersing our hands in warm
water engages the calming nervous system and under cool water will reduce the
temperature of your body.
► Think about your surroundings in as much detail as you can - Notice 5
things in the room using each of the senses in turn (something you can see,
hear, touch, smell and taste). Describe these out loud or in your head.
Joe Crocock, Military Veterans' Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS
Foundation Trust said:- "People across Lancashire look forward to Bonfire
Night and the wonderful displays that take place. Whilst enjoying the evening we
would like to remind people that there are veterans out there who are
experiencing difficulties and unwanted flashbacks.
The Military Veterans' service has valuable insight and
understanding of life both in and out of the forces as many staff are veterans
themselves or have members of family serving in the forces. We understand that
this time of year is difficult and want to reach out and encourage those who are
struggling to follow our tips and get in touch directly with the service for our
The Military Veterans' Service is a
partnership between Lancashire Care and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. The
service provides a valuable insight and understanding of life both in and out of
the forces as many staff are veterans themselves or have family members in the
forces. For more information about the Military
Veterans' Service and to make a self referral, please visit:-
LancashireCare.NHS.UK/Military-Veterans or call:- 0300 323 0707.
NICs announcement good news for
self employed on low incomes
THE Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG)
has welcomed the announcement by the Government that there will be a 1 year
delay before the removal of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) in
order to enable consultation on the impact of its abolition on the self employed
on low incomes.
When Class 2 NIC's are abolished, those with profits below the small profits
threshold (currently ₤6,025) will have to pay Class 3 contributions, which are
5 times as much as Class 2 contributions, if they want to build up an
entitlement to contributory Benefits, such as the state retirement pension. LITRG
is keen for a way to be found for the low income, self employed, to continue to be
able to make affordable savings towards their pension at a rate similar to the
present Class 2, perhaps by introducing a lower rate of Class 3.
LITRG Chair Anne Fairpo said:- "We welcome the announcement by the
Government that they intend to consult with organisations such as ours which
have concerns relating to the impact of the abolition of Class 2 NICs on
self employed individuals with low profits. We look forward to working with the
Government to lessen the risk of unintended consequences.
The abolition of Class 2 NICs will be a significant change to how people
contribute to qualify for certain Benefits and the State Pension. We welcome the
breathing space on this matter because of our concerns that the abolition of
Class 2 was being rushed through without adequate further consultation, together
with a lack of publicity and guidance for the people affected."
The delay means the measures in the as yet unpublished National Insurance
Contributions (NICs) Bill now take effect, 1 year later, from April 2019. This
includes the abolition of Class 2 NIC's, reforms to the NIC's treatment of
termination payments, and changes to the NIC's treatment of sporting