Recycle your unsuitable
Christmas gifts with Barnardo's
RECYCLE your unsuitable Christmas gifts and help
vulnerable children at the same time, is the message from children's charity
Barnardo's is appealing for those 'not quite right' gifts from the
festive season to be donated to their chain of shops across Merseyside so they
can be sold to raise vital funds.
The money will be used to help disadvantaged children and young people,
including those who are living in poverty, in care, who are disabled or who have
been sexually exploited.
Adults in the UK receive millions of pounds worth of unwanted gifts at
Christmas, with a 3rd of those ending up gathering dust in the back of a
Marie Williams, Barnardo's Regional Manager for Retail Operations said:- "Barnardo's
stores are dependent upon the public's kind donations. When you get a present
that is unsuitable for you, or that you don't like, it can be awkward as you may
not know what to do with it. Instead of leaving them in the back of a cupboard,
re-gifting or even throwing them away, why not donate these presents to
Barnardo's stores. Our profits go directly into our work with some of the
region's most vulnerable children and young people, meaning your gift really
could make a difference to children who need our support."
The worth of all of those unsuitable gifts soon adds up and as an example could
► 1 of your multiple ₤18 cookbooks could pay for three young carers to enjoy an
afternoon of respite from their caring duties, giving them the chance to relax
and meet other children.
► That ₤25 DVD box set you've already got could help to pay for a case worker to
give life changing practical support and safety advice to a young person
affected by sexual exploitation.
Barnardo's shops sell:- collectibles, household goods, books, toys, children's
clothes, men's and ladies' fashions and accessories.
To find out more information about Barnardo's work, how to donate or to find a
store near you, please visit:-
Man arrested after injury
shooting in Southport Town Centre
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives who are investigating a
shooting incident, which happened on Eastbank
Street, in Southport's Town Centre, on
Thursday, 21 December 2017, arrest a 21 year old male in connection to it. The
incident is reported to have left man was shot in the head; also a member of the
public receiving a back injury. We are informed that the male is from the Walton
area and had been arrested, on Thursday, 4 January 2018, on suspicion of
Attempted Murder and Section 18 Assault. The man we are told was later released,
under investigation, while enquiries continue. Detectives are continuing to
appeal to anyone who has any information about gun crime or thinks they know
where guns are being stored, to please contact the Merseyside Police Gun Crime
Hotline on:- 0800 230 0600 or speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
CLA reaction to Secretary of
State Speech to Oxford Farming Conference
THE CLA, which represents more than 30,000 farmers,
landowners and rural businesses, has welcomed the commitments made by
Environment Secretary Michael Gove, at the Oxford Farming Conference, on
Thursday, 4 January 2018. CLA Director of Policy Christopher Price said:-
"Exiting the European Union gives us a once in a generation opportunity to build
a new food and land use policy that is significantly better than the CAP. This
speech is the latest evidence that Government is embracing our vision for a new
policy based on rewarding farmers for the range of public benefits they deliver.
We have been clear that significant change is necessary but it is right to take
the necessary time to design and implement a policy without causing immediate
and dramatic disruption to thousands of farming businesses across the
countryside. We are pleased the Secretary of State has listened to our concerns
on this issue and extended the period of operation of the existing basic payment
scheme to ensure a full and smooth transition. We also welcome the Secretary of
State's commitment that no business entering a Countryside Stewardship scheme
will be unfairly disadvantaged. This guarantee will help to give farmers
confidence to enter schemes this year and next. We must not lose any momentum in
improving participation in environmental schemes. We will consider the
forthcoming consultation on capping of payments closely. The Secretary of State
has been clear that businesses must be rewarded for what they do, not the amount
of land they own. That will not be the case if a poorly thought through and
rushed capping policy excludes and alienates businesses simply because of their
NHS staff gives back to
local homeless community
STAFF from a local NHS Trust has donated more than 100
care packs filled with toiletries and personal items to the local homeless
The Wirral Homeless service, which is part of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
NHS Foundation Trust, has been collecting items from staff across Cheshire and
Wirral to make up individual care packs for:- local hostels, refuges, day and
night centres and soup kitchens. The packs include items such as shower gel,
toothbrushes, wipes and deodorant.
The service enlisted the help of Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust in
collecting donations, and were also given extra toiletries by the local St
Vincent De Paul Society.
Gaynor Parry, specialist practitioner in mental health for homeless / hostels at
CWP, said:- "Colleagues have been marvellous. We're so proud of
everybody's efforts and donations not just for the packs, but for the warm coats
and clothing. Homelessness has risen by 134% throughout the country which is
staggering and we have more street homeless using the shelter than any previous
year, so it's been wonderful to be able to spread some good cheer."
The Wirral Homeless service provides care to adults with mental health
conditions who are homeless, not currently involved in mental health services
and where there is a concern about their present mental health. The service is
designed to assess a person's mental health needs by providing an open
door/single point of access service and works jointly with local hostels,
shelters, drop in centres, housing and other statutory and voluntary agencies.
Avril Devaney MBE, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership at CWP,
said:- "I'm so proud of what our staff have achieved this year. The Wirral
Homeless Service has worked really hard to collect donations and staff across
Cheshire and Wirral have generously given toiletries to ensure local shelters
received as many packs as possible over the Christmas period."