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Publication date:- 2017-16-12

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Christmas spirit brings maternity communities together

NHS maternity services, voluntary support groups and local families across Cheshire and Merseyside came together for a recent event to celebrate the launch of:- 'Maternity Voices.'  Hosted at Liverpool Central Library by the Improving Me Women's and Children's Services Partnership, the event shone a light on maternity support available to families across the Region, and aimed to encourage wider collaboration between different organisations and services. This collaboration will be driven by new Maternity Voices groups; teams of health care professionals, commissioners and members of the public working together to improve experiences for families accessing maternity services; which have now been established across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Catherine McClennan, Programme Director for Improving Me, said:- "I'm delighted that we have been able to launch Maternity Voices. This will ensure that families can have their voices heard throughout the maternity system and really be involved in a meaningful way.  We had a great turn out and a really diverse audience, which highlights just how important it is that everyone can have their say. Our next step is to work closely with our maternity partners to drive this momentum at a local level. I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined us on the day."

In addition to its focus on partnership working, the event also included powerful stories from local women about their maternity experiences, a performance by local poet Terry Caffrey and a visit from Santa Claus himself, who delighted attendees with gifts of books for children; generously donated by the library.

Danielle Gillett, a mum from Southport who shared her maternity story at the launch event, said:- "Events like this are great to show parents how to get involved in ensuring maternity services are designed around them. Maternity Voices partnerships are brilliant forums to enable your voice to be heard to professionals at the heart of local maternity care. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, I hope my story helps others tell theirs and gives them the courage to get involved too."

Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, said:- "Events like this are incredibly important in order to give women and their families the support and advice they need, and I'm delighted the event was held in the beautiful surroundings of Central Library.  It was a great turn out and we hope to host similar events in the future."

What is Maternity Voices?
  Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) are an innovative development based on an updating of Maternity Services Liaison Committees (MSLCs) within providers of NHS maternity services. Maternity Voices groups take forward issues raised by maternity service users by looking at aspects of the service in detail and making recommendations for improvements. Service users, providers and commissioners then work together on putting these into practice.

What is Improving Me? 
Improving Me is a partnership of 27 NHS organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside aiming to improve the experiences of women and children. The Partnership is 1 of NHS England's Vanguard New Care Model initiatives. To get involved or to find out more about Cheshire and Merseyside Maternity Voices send them an email to:- Info@ImprovingMe.Org.UK.  or visit:- ImprovingMe.Org.UK.


Merseyside Police have delivered presents across the Merseyside

MERSEYSIDE Police became Santa's helpers for the day, on Friday, 15 December 2017, when they deliver presents donated from their:- 'Christmas Tree Project' to children across Merseyside.  The project saw members of the public, Officers and staff donate suitable gifts at various Police Stations, which have now been collected and will be delivered to children between the ages of 2 and 17, in care homes, across Merseyside. Each person donating was allocated a child to buy for, to make sure each 1 gets the perfect present. The response from the public and staff has been truly heart warming and Chief Constable Andy Cooke was joined by his Chief Officers, at Police Headquarters this morning to gather the gifts together before they are given to children across Merseyside to make their Christmas special.

The Chief Constable said:- "I would like to thank all of the companies, members of our communities and our staff who have given their time to this amazing project. It is humbling to see the generosity of people across Merseyside. This really is what Christmas is all about, with every gift making this time of year better for those children in our communities who might otherwise go without. We are happy to do our bit in ensuring the children that we reach wake up on Christmas Day with a present, as every child should experience the magic of Christmas."

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:- "This is such a simple idea, but 1 that will make the world of difference to a child who may otherwise have been waking up on Christmas morning with nothing waiting for them under the tree. Even a small gesture can make a huge difference at Christmas and, thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Officers and staff of Merseyside Police and all those who offered to buy gifts, these children will instead be experiencing some festive cheer this year. I would like to thank everyone involved with this fantastic project and all those who gave so kindly; this is what Christmas is all about."

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