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Early Learning Centre Opens in M&S Southport

OPEN now in M&S Southport, the new 'shop in shop' stocks Early Learning Centre's best selling toys, designed to support children's learning and development. The new dedicated area offers a fun shopping experience for the whole family, with interactive play tables complete with Happyland products for little shoppers to enjoy.

M&S Southport is 1 of 1st stores nationwide to welcome Early Learning Centre. The opening follows a successful launch on M& at the end of 2020, where the product proved popular with shoppers.

Adam Whittaker, Store Manager at M&S Southport, says:- "We're delighted to have been chosen as 1 of the 1st stores across the country to be home to Early Learning Centre here at M&S Southport. The team and I love welcoming families to our new interactive shopping experience, where little shoppers are greeted with fun in store activities to enjoy. We're proud to serve Southport families and the opening of our new Early Learning Centre shop is a great addition to the store's growing family product range and services."

The partnership with Early Learning Centre is part of the 'Brands at M&S' strategy which offers customers access to a carefully selected group of brands and all the advantages of shopping with the M&S platform. The brand curation, which is predominately online, is a mix of complementary products and areas M&S doesn't have an extensive own brand range; such as toys.

Early Learning Centre is now open at M&S Southport with the range continuing to be sold on M& and available for next day delivery and Click and Collect services to M&S stores nationwide.

Petition to bring the Children's A&E back to Southport launched by Damien Moore MP

DAMIEN Moore MP has formally launched his campaign to see the return of the Children's A&E to Southport Hospital, and has gained Ministerial support for beginning the conversation on the service's re-opening.

To demonstrate public support for the plans, Mr. Moore has set up an online petition which any Southport resident can sign if they too wish to see this vital service reinstated. The local MP is urging Southport residents to use the dedicated webpage to add their names to the campaign, and to share the petition far and wide to ensure that all those who support his plans can sign.

Southport Hospital lost its Children's A&E department in 2003 under a Liberal Democrat MP and at the direction of the then Labour Government, following a re-calibration of Hospital services in the Town.

The Conservative MP for Southport has confirmed that Ministers are pushing for a review of the case for a new Children's A&E within Southport, following almost 2 decades without the crucial service.

The Health Minister will soon convene a meeting with the Regional Strategy and Transformation Director at NHS England and other key parties to:- "re-start any conversation about reopening the Children's Accident and Emergency at Southport [Hospital]." They will also be updated on plans to re-instate normal 24/7 children's services at Ormskirk Hospital, following the reduction in their Children's A&E offering at the start of the Pandemic.

Currently, any child who requires emergency care between midnight and 8am must travel to Alder Hey in Liverpool, a journey which can take over 45 minutes from the northern parts of Southport.

The Children's A&E is 1 of several Hospital service improvements Mr. Moore has been pursuing on behalf of his constituents, such as the urgent return of the Clatterbridge Unit, and improved stroke services in the area.

Damien Moore, Member of Parliament for Southport, said:- "Southport needs a Children's A&E, and our Town's residents can help make it happen. This is why I'm launching a petition to support the return of this vital service, and I'm asking residents across Southport to take 30 seconds and add their names. The children and families of our Town, alongside the thousands of people who visit here every week, deserve to be supported with the highest level of healthcare, 24/7. It is unacceptable that a child requiring emergency care between midnight and 8am must travel over 45 minutes to Liverpool for treatment. It's great news that the Health Minister will soon convene a meeting of key parties to re-start talks on the return of the service, which was lost in 2003 at the direction of the then Labour Government. This is a fantastic development, and shows that we are at a critical juncture. The more people that sign the petition, the stronger our case for the Children's A&E becomes. I urge my constituents and those across our community who care about children's healthcare to register your support today, and crucially to share this petition with friends and family. Together we will fight for the return of a full Children's A&E service at Southport Hospital."


Liverpool marks Black History Month 2022

LET'S talk about race; that's the message from partners who are bringing Liverpool's Black History Month to life in October 2022. Arts, heritage, culture and community activists working with Culture Liverpool for the last 10 months have curated a varied and stimulating programme of events which not only explore the past but look ahead to the future. This year's theme:- "Let's Talk About Race" is about the power of words and focuses on storytelling and factual accounts.

On Wednesday, 19 October 2022, Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson will host an:- "audience with" event featuring Dr Julius Garvey, son of Jamaican civil rights activist Marcus Garvey, who will be speaking to Liverpool creative Maxine Brown.

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said:- "Black History Month is now a vital part of Liverpool's calendar and year after year it grows in importance. This year's theme; Let's talk about race; is so apt for Liverpool, a City that's known for speaking up. It also means ask questions about what you don't understand or share your own stories if you can. The programme is entertaining, inspiring and thought-provoking. I urge everyone to take a look at what's going on; there's sure to be an event that speaks to you."

Madeline Heneghan, Co-Director, Writing on the Wall:- "In Liverpool we gain strength through community, and the partnership working of the arts organisations has shown that creativity and community go hand in hand in the campaign for equality and representation. Liverpool's arts organisations have once again come together to present an outstanding programme to celebrate Black History Month 2022. We're talking about race, celebrating diversity, and offering everyone across the City the chance to hear from l some of the best art and artists and to hear from leading black voices across the UK and beyond."

The programme, featuring over 30 events, runs throughout October and includes:-

L8 Archive Exhibition - Presented by Writing on the Wall at Liverpool Central Library, opening on 6 October 2022, at 6pm.

BlackFest - Multiple events including:- workshops, performances and film screenings.

Craft at the Museum - National Museums Liverpool host workshops where youngsters can learn about inspirational Liverpool figures.

FACT - A programme of films screened on a pay what you can basis.

Museum of Liverpool - Talks on inspirational Black Scousers, various dates.

Linton Kwesi Johnson - A talk by the poet presented by Writing on the Wall as part of the wider WoWFest programme, 18 October at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Steve Biko Housing Association Young Achiever Awards - St George's Hall, 28 October 2022.

BHM Commissions - Developing new opportunities for Black creatives, Culture Liverpool has supported a number of freelance artists and small organisations to contribute to this debate by shining a light on some up and coming artists, creatives and activists including producer Jernice Easthope and her company 0483, visual artists Sumuyya Khader, Epiphany Bliss, Bettylicious and Bea Freeman to name a few. Various locations, until 30 November 2022.

Jernice Easthope, Producer, 0483:- "This Black History Month feels like we have landed in a good place, celebrating and moving forward with Black culture. Whilst Liverpool is rich with history it has a very vibrant future, something that is very much reflected in the commissioned events I am thrilled to bring to the month long programme. Such commissions provide new opportunities for Black creatives. For me personally, launching a consultancy and media outlet business with a focus on Black culture through both events enables me to deliver much a needed dialogue to a high standard."

For the full programme of events visit the Culture Liverpool website:- CultureLiverpool.Co.UK. Plus don't forget to follow:- @CultureLpool on Twitter and @culture_liverpool on Instagram, as well as using both:- '#BlackLivesMatter' and '#BHM2022' on social media for the latest updates.


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