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Weekly News Edition
Publication Date:-
2018-12-01
 


Formby Village Christmas Lights Switch On 2018
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

ON 25 November 2018, the Formby Christmas Lights were turned on in the Village Centre. The Switch On was extremely well attended, with around 3000 people packing out the main street to watch the fantastic build up. On the main stage, provided by...

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Outstanding work by paramedics helps North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust achieve Good rating

NORTH West Ambulance Service has been rated as:- 'good' following its latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, after receiving:- 'requires improvement' 2 years ago. The most recent inspection took place in June 2018 and resulted...

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Exclusive pre-apprenticeship programme launches in Liverpool City Region

WORKING in partnership with the University of Liverpool and 1 Ark, St Helens College along with Knowsley Community College, are set to launch an exciting new pre-apprenticeship programme that is aimed at young people aged 16 to 17. This unique opportunity, offering only 10 coveted...

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Top results for local community mental health services

LOCAL NHS Trust CWP has been recognised as a top performer nationally following the publication of results for the 2018 Community Mental Health Survey. The survey, which is based on the views of local people accessing community mental health services and published by national healthcare regulators the Care Quality Commission (CQC), identifies Cheshire and Wirral...

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Lancashire Care ranked number 3 in NHS Trust's Top 50 UK employers!

LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust has been listed within the top 3 NHS Trust's in The UK's Top 50 Employers, for its work in demonstrating a diverse and inclusive workplace. For the third year in a row, the Trust has been listed within:- "The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers." This...

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Club 'ledgend' secures grant from Housebuilder’s Community Champions scheme

AN amateur football club, that once boasted the longest serving manager in football history, has secured funding from a leading housebuilder to invest in new kit and facilities. Waterloo Dock AFC has received a ₤1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes North West, as part of the Housebuilder’s Community...

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Southport Stroke Fundraisers raise ₤18,000 for the Stroke Association

A group of Southport fundraisers have raised more than ₤18,000 for the Stroke Association, by hosting a Golf Dinner at Southport Convention Centre, that took place on Friday, 23 November 2018. Sandra Unsworth from Southport, was a Speech and...

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Schools to take over Tate Liverpool

EDGE Hill University and Tate Liverpool are to deliver a ground-breaking educational programme that uses iconic artworks in new ways. From spring 2019 the institutions will begin their Schools in Residence programme. Hosted in Tate Liverpool's art display Ideas Depot it invites children, staff, and students from City Region schools to use the gallery...

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Care Home residents ride to victory

STAFF and residents at a Care Home involved in a project in which residents cycle a virtual bike ride around Liverpool have won a top award. Stapely Care Home in Mossley Hill received a specially adapted bike linked to a digital screen which projects a route of local landmarks, including Anfield and Goodison Park football...

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Ainsdale Village Christmas Tree Switch On 2018
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

THE Ainsdale Civic Society held its Christmas Tree Switch On, on 27 November 2018, outside Ainsdale Village Church. The event stretched down the Village Centre, also known as Station Road. Father Christmas also attended, passing out gifts...

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Smartphone tech transforms home care in Liverpool

LIVERPOOL is leading the way in the use of smartphone technology to deliver and monitor better quality care in people's homes. The City is the 1st to introduce a digital system with almost all domiciliary care providers; giving instant information about 9,000...

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Liverpool Companies Breaching GDPR

DESPITE GDPR legislation having come into effect over 5 months ago, the majority of Liverpool based businesses are now risking penalties by failing to adhere to some of the rules. According to a survey of 1,002 UK workers in full or part time employment, carried out by ProBrand, the majority (73%) of businesses within Liverpool failed to wipe the...

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RMT says shocking new figures on disabled access reinforce case for rail staff

RAIL Union RMT said that shocking new figures on disabled access to Britain's railways reinforce the case for Station and Train staff and are a shameful wake up call for the whole industry. More than 1,000 Railway Stations, within Britain, cannot be used by some disabled passengers...

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Hugh Baird College's Ellie wins national 'Apprentice of the Year' award

A Hugh Baird College andAintree University Hospital apprentice, has been named:- 'Apprentice of the Year' at the national Association of Colleges, Student of the Year...

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Lend An Elfing Hand in the North West

LOOKING for a way to give something back this festive season? This December, the British Heart Foundation is launching Project Elf, its latest volunteering campaign encouraging the public to 'lend an elfing hand' over the Christmas period. This December the BHF is calling on the general public to take some time out of their busy lives...

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Bike and Go launches FreeWheel Tuesdays

BIKE hire scheme Bike and Go is bringing Christmas early to its Ormskirk and Southport customers; by giving them free bike hire every Tuesday between 4 December 2018 and 15 January 2019. The offer, which covers every Tuesday except Christmas Day and is open to all subscribers, is worth almost ₤23, and provides an opportunity to escape the...

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Choir raises ₤1,800 for Hospital leukaemia patients

Picture shows Colin Pomphrett and his wife, Brenda, with the cheque.

A choir raised ₤1,800 from a concert to support people with leukaemia being treated in the Medical Day Unit (MDU) at Southport Hospital. It was presented by former patient Colin Pompfrett, a former patient, with his wife Brenda, who are members of the choir. The community...

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Disney Princess helps young patient celebrate end of treatment at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

A Disney Princess was on hand to help a little girl celebrate her final radiotherapy treatment at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Layla Hackney, from Appleton in Warrington, was being treated at the Hospital in Wirral after being diagnosed with a...

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The Production Guild of Great Britain partners with Edge Hill University

THE Production Guild of Great Britain is pleased to announce its 1st University partnership with Ormskirk's Edge Hill University, as part of its ongoing work to channel new talent into UK film and TV drama production offices. Edge Hill University's BA (Hons) degree in Television Production...

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Young interns start work

LIVERPOOL City Council has taken on young people with learning disabilities as part of a programme to help them into work. The Council has offered placements in a children's centre, a respite centre and in its short breaks team as part of its Supported Internships programme. Just 6% of young people with learning disabilities are in employment, and the...

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₤14.9m to fund North West trial for green energy

PLANS to use hydrogen to help heat UK homes; and massively cut the country's carbon emissions; took a big step forward with a ₤14.9 million funding boost. The money will fund 2 field trials on public gas networks, blending hydrogen with natural gas to heat around 750 homes in each of the year long trials.Over the course of the 4 year programme, starting in 2019, the team behind...

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Book to that lets women know it's 'OK' not be okay is an instant hit with readers

A new book published to help women achieve their true potential has proven an instant hit with readers. 'It's OK! (We're not sh*tting you, it really is!)' was officially launched, by authors Jo Howarth and Ali Gill, at a special event within Write Blend...

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Post rock legends Mogwai at the Liverpool Olympia
Photographs by Sean Taylor.

ON Thursday, 22 November 2018 we headed over to the Eventim Olympia, on West Derby Road, Liverpool, to see the Scottish post rock band, Mogwai, who formed in Glasgow during 1995, along with special guests The Twilight Sad.  Upon arrival the ominous lighting set the scene for the 1st of the 2 bands of the night, the Twilight Sad. Their music was brooding and moody, and the....

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St Luke's, the "Bombed Out" Church, Liverpool, has been transform into a Winter Wonderland

WORK has been completed at St Luke's "Bombed Out" Church, in Liverpool City Centre, to transform the former church interior into a Winter Wonderland this festive season; Elves have been busy working away in the much loved Liverpool landmark and its grounds, in a way which has...

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Give something special to charity this festive season

THIS month we celebrate, for many of us the festive season is a time for giving and sharing and I'd like to take a moment to share ways on how in choosing to give to the Revitalise Charity, on Giving Tuesday.'  If you can, you'll be making a real difference to the lives of the disabled people and carers that they support. "As a charity we know that spending time with the people we love and care for is something so simple, but can mean so much to disabled people and carers who have little opportunity of a break.  Imagine not being able to take time away when it is needed the most. While for many of us...

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Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Bus Alliance Provide Free Bus Tickets to Foodbanks

METRO Mayor Steve Rotheram will announce that the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, along with bus operators Arriva and Stagecoach, will provide 3000 bus tickets; 500 for each of its 6 local authority areas; for the City Region's foodbanks to use...

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WLLR 2018 Santa Specials Booking Up Fast!

THIS the West Lancashire Light Railway are running full steam Santa Special, starting on Sunday, 9 December and then also running on the weekend of 15/16 December and the final runs over 22/23 December 2018. The rides are not long, but bring a smile to the faces of young and old. What's more, Children will not only have a ride on the steam train, but they will also meet Santa and receive a present! Don't worry, adults also get a Christmas treat, a...

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Record low number of children in workless homes

NEW figures from the Office of National Statistics are reporting that the number of children living in workless households is at a record low since comparable records began, decreasing by 85,000 over the last year. In addition, the number of workless households has fallen by almost a million, 964,000, since 2010, as more people are in work than ever before.  The new statistics come of the back of other data which revealed that after London, the North West has seen the greatest fall in the proportion of children living in workless households since 2012. The proportion has fallen from around 18% to less...

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

THE United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) will be globally observed, on Monday, 3 December 2018. The theme for this year's IDPD is:- "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality." This theme focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. The Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration...

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A cherry on top for Croxteth Park

AN AVENUE of beautiful trees will welcome visitors to Liverpool's Croxteth Hall and Country Park as a planting project gets underway, on Tuesday, 4 December 2018. Youngsters from Emmaus Primary School will join members of the Croxteth Park Volunteer Group (CPVG) to plant 18 Wild Cherry Trees, which will provide a stunning pink blossom gateway along the driveway leading to the green space in the spring. The tree lined route will stretch from Muirhead Avenue Gates to the park, and has been made possible thanks to the dedication of the CPVG and funding from The Mersey Forest and the Community Forest Trust. This is the 1st phase...

Christmas boost for Liverpool families

MAYOR of Liverpool Joe Anderson has announced plans to help hundreds of families this festive season. Around 900 families with a child under 1 in receipt of Housing Benefit or Council Tax support will be able to claim a ₤20 voucher to help them with their fuel bills. A further 150 care leavers who live independently will get a ₤30 voucher. The funding is coming from the Mayor's Hope Fund and the LECCY, the City Council's not for profit gas and electricity company. In addition, the Mayor is working with Trussell Trust, Fans Supporting Foodbanks and Food For Thought to produce festive hampers that will help some of our most vulnerable families...

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Those from the North West admit to having no rainy day fund

THE poll of 2,000 adults revealed 66% also worry about how they will cope if they lost their job or received an unexpected bill. In the North West, 25% admitted they would struggle if they faced a long period of unpaid or statutory sick leave and 22% wouldn't be able to cope with the expense of a broken boiler. Others are concerned about how they would pay for an unexpected car repairs bill (26%), a large utility bill (23%) or even Christmas (16%), which is close to the national average of 17%. In the survey, commissioned by Salary Finance, it also emerged that...

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