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Men's mental health campaign in need of 1 final fundraising push

LIVERPOOL'S #Endthestigma men's mental health campaign is looking for 1 final fundraising push and there are some fantastic rewards on offer for those who can donate. With prizes such as Everton v. Aston Villa tickets, Liverpool and Everton signed shirts, holistic treatments and more, it's well worth donating to this important cause.

#Endthestigma is a campaign to set up a men's mental health hub in North Liverpool. Since fundraising began in May 2021, around ₤20,000 has been raised and the project has secured the building with various work taking place; but now a further ₤2,500 is required to open the Centre.

Anyone who donates ₤5 to the cause receives 1 entry into the prize draw, every ₤10 receives 3 entries and every ₤20 donation receives 7entries. There are some fantastic prizes on offer for donating, with the draw taking place at Inner Guru CIC on New Year's Eve, and some of them include:-

  Everton FC shirt signed by team.

  Everton FC shirt signed by Richarlison.

  Everton FC Stadium Tour for 2 (2 prizes)

  2 tickets for Everton FC v. Aston Villa.

  Liverpool FC shirt signed by Jamie Carragher.

  Liverpool FC Champions League medal signed by Jamie Carragher.

  1 week meal prep from Indigo Greens.

  Feature article from La Vida Liverpool.

  Massage or reiki from Holistics Cheshire.

  Mental Health 1st Aid Course.

  Crystals and jewellery from Laura's Aura.

  Celebration cake worth ₤75 from The Nakery.

  Meals for 2 at local restaurants.

More prizes to be announced...

#EndTheStigma aims to create a community hub focused on tackling the major issue of mental health problems amongst males in the Liverpool Region. The new Centre on Rice Lane will offer males:- support, advice, counselling, alcohol and drugs support groups, holistic therapies, cold water therapy, workshops, courses, walks, coffee mornings, podcasts, sport and activities in order to improve mental health.

The idea is to offer early intervention and ongoing human support to empower men and help prevent a wide variety of mental health problems, addictions and suicide. With the NHS underfunded and overstretched due to the Pandemic, mental health waiting lists can often be months. What this project aims to do is create a Centre that bridges the gap and provides ongoing support to males in Merseyside via a number of different methods.

In order to complete the project, a further ₤2,500 is required to pay for:- carpet, timber, skirting boards, tables and chairs, lamps, a coffee machine, decorations, plants, treatment beds, paint, light fittings and labour. The final push will ensure that the Centre can open and start helping local men who are struggling.

Lewis Powell, Founder of Inner Guru CIC and #Endthestigma, said:- "It's been so incredible having so many people behind the campaign and help us reach the ₤20,000 milestone. It's been a great team effort and we've secured the premises on Rice Lane but we just need 1 final push to be able to open. During these past 9 months people have climbed mountains, skydived, cycled around the country and ran marathons for this cause. It's been so heart warming to see everyone come together to help set this thing up. If anyone can donate for this final push it'd be much appreciated and the raffle prizes on offer are amazing!"

To donate to the campaign and help this important cause, people can do so via the GoFundMe page and details will be taken to enter the draw that will take place on New Year's Eve. The aim is to raise a final ₤2,500 in order to be able to open the men's mental health hub. To donate to the cause and enter the prize draw on:- GoFundMe.Com

Almost ˝ of parents question whether education is preparing their child for the workplace

PARENTKIND'S annual survey of parents reveals worrying findings when it comes to parental satisfaction with major aspects of the School system. That includes the curriculum, the purpose of Schooling and the equality of pupil outcomes.

When it comes to what parents want from a good education:-

  Readiness for the workplace. Although high on the list of parents' priorities, 43% say they are concerned that School is not preparing their child for the modern job market. It's as high as 61% for parents who have a child with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
  Self confidence. This tops parents' list of important skills and capabilities for children to leave School with at both Primary (59%) and Secondary (53%) levels. Self confidence comes way above parents' rating of:- 'a good knowledge of key subjects' (39% and 36% respectively).
  Good mental health and wellbeing. Parents scored this higher as:- 'very important' than any other important area of the curriculum, with 87% saying it is:- 'important' overall including 60% rating it as:- 'very important.'

When it comes to the purpose of learning:-

  88% of parents agree that a good education goes beyond exam results.

  Parents place the highest value on the following aspects of the curriculum:- 'Developing skills that are useful outside of School' (89%)... 'Supporting pupils' personal development by teaching life skills' (88%)... 'Preparing pupils to become responsible citizens' (88%)... 'Introducing pupils to a broad range of subjects' (88%).

  51% of parents agree their child's School gives good careers advice.

When it comes to equality of education:-

  63% of parents agree that their child's School should do more to nurture non academic pupils to develop practical and technical skills.

  58% of parents believe that the current state education system enables children from more privileged backgrounds to succeed more than others.

  Only 56% agree that their child's School does enough to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Parentkind CEO John Jolly says:- "Our Parent Voice Report 2021 evidences parents' overwhelming support for their child's School and teachers. However, it also reveals their growing recognition that the curriculum does not meet their child's needs in preparing them for a future beyond School. Not only that, but the majority of parents believe that not all children are equally well served by the current system. In response to the Pandemic, children spent many months remote learning from home supported by their parents. As a result, parents have become much more aware of what their child is learning. Parents have seen exams cancelled for 2 consecutive years and this is leading them to question the nature of assessment and the fitness for purpose of the curriculum. The world is rapidly changing and parents are aware that the future workplace their child enters will be significantly different from today's. They want the reassurance that their child's education is preparing them to become rounded and resilient young people, with an adaptable skillset and an aptitude to thrive as citizens in the workplace of tomorrow. Conversations about a curriculum and assessment process that serves all students are already underway. Parentkind will ensure that parent voice is heard and that parents are recognised as a key stakeholder in this conversation."
See full Parent Voice Report at:- Parentkind.Org.UK.  The Parentkind's Parent Voice Report 2021 was carried out online with a nationally representative sample of:- 3,751 parents, within England, Wales and Northern Ireland, between 3 June 2021 and 19 July 2021.

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