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Edition No. 109

Date:- 26 July 2003

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Children's services in Liverpool have improved!

CHILDREN'S services in Liverpool have improved significantly over the last 18 months and experts from the national Social Services Inspectorate have said the city council should be "proud of its achievements".

In October 2001 inspectors came to Liverpool to have a look at children's services. They said there were significant weaknesses, and that they "could not be confident that children were not being placed at risk."

Since then a new management team has overhauled the entire service. Inspectors returned in January this year and have just released their report. Social services bosses are delighted with the results.

Executive member for health and social care Dr Jeremy Chowings said:- "I am so proud of the efforts all our staff have put in to make sure we really turned problem areas around. Our number one priority is to make sure the children of Liverpool, and particularly the vulnerable children we so often deal with, have the very best services.

This is a fantastic achievement in a relatively short time. We're not complacent though, there are still significant improvement to be made, and we'll now continue to build on the good work."

Assistant executive director responsible for children's services Peter Duxbury added: "We have dedicated staff here who have worked so hard to really change things for the better. We've seen all sorts of new and exciting ways of improving services.

In just the last two weeks we've launched the Lifecard, to help adopted children find out about their past on the internet, and C-Net, to make sure all children in care have a computer. We really are making a difference to these children's lives, and that's what it's all about."

The SSI inspects social care services nationally, and assesses the performance of councils with social services responsibilities. They look at things such as child protection and child placements, staff training, recording and collating of information, supervision policy and management practices.

Knowsley Flower Show, National Wildflower Centre,
Court Hey Park - Sunday 3rd August 2003
KNOWSLEY will be an explosion of colour this coming August with the staging of the largest free Flower Show of it's kind in the North West.

Knowsley's Flower Show is to hit the borough with a whole host of activities including floral displays, a Samba band and dog obedience and falconry classes as well as art workshops and a craft marquee.

There are 99 classes to enter, from roses to general cut flowers, and they are designed with all abilities in mind. So whether you are an amateur or a professional gardener or even an allotment holder, you are welcome to join in the fun.

Younger visitors to the show can sample the rides, craft workshops and circus skills on offer and people also get to see the fantastic garden designs created by local school children as part of the Miniature Gardens Competition.

Staged at the National Wildflower Centre in Court Hey Park, Knowsley.

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LAST Friday at the Zanzibar Club in Liverpool the band G2 played.   Despite not having a full time drummer the band soon got the place in the mood.   The guest drummer was just as good as the last full time drummer, but the band is now on the look out for a now drummer.  The effect of loosing the old full time drummer has meant the band is not able to play as long as it use to as the temporary drummer does not know all the tunes.  So if you want to play with a band who has a single in HMV then give this number a ring 01697 320440 (experienced drummers only.) Anyway back to the gig.  The band played all the usual numbers including the three tracks of their HMV record and have not changed the act as of yet.

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