Communities Get £3m Jobs Boost
jobs and training opportunities are set to be created in a
neighbourhood regeneration programme. The Liverpool
Neighbourhood Regeneration Programme, funded by European Objective
One, is recommending that grants totaling £3.1m be given to schemes
in deprived areas.
The funding is part of £34.5m programme run by the Liverpool
Partnership Group. Liverpool City Council’s Executive Board will be
asked to approve the grant funding arrangements for the programme on
Friday 2 March. Following a thorough tendering and appraisal
programme the following projects have been recommended to receive
grants with organisations chosen to manage them.
Liverpool Atlantic Canal Rangers Project £200,000 –
This scheme is aimed at developing the Leeds-Liverpool canal
corridor which has the potential to become a major asset for the
area as a leisure attraction and a catalyst for regeneration.
Liverpool Atlantic Revisited £340,000 – Vauxhall
A scheme aimed at developing the tourism potential of the Liverpool
Atlantic area with 50 jobs being created.
Liverpool Atlantic Arts and Culture Development £89.711 – PLUS
Aimed at increasing the level of involvement in
the arts by communities in the Liverpool Atlantic area with a target
of 1000 residents accessing art-based activities.
South Central Regeneration Skills Project £59,880- Liverpool CVS.
A regeneration skills programme which aims to engage 20 community
South Central Building Community Partnership Infrastructure
£335,472- Dingle Opportunities.
A scheme to offer
unemployed people real work experience with an aim of getting 20
into work and supporting 12 community organisations.
Alt Valley Community Facilities at Adlam Park £850,000 – Council
recreation facilities in the Adlam Park area.
Alt Valley Complementary and Alternative Medicine Training
Programme £248,234 – Croxteth Community Trust.
Enabling people to progress into careers in the fields of
complementary and alternative medicine. It will see 30 residents
Routes Out of Sex Work £220,000 – Liverpool PCT.
This is to support woman to exit street sex work into mainstream
jobs, education and training. It aims to get 30 women into work and
100 people into education and training.
South Liverpool Environmental Project £250,000 – PLUS Housing
Tackling local grot spots and challenging behaviour that produces a
poor environment,. Aims to get 10 people into employment and 20
Eastern Link Multi Use Building in Botanic Park £200,000 –
Council Leisure Services.
Developing a multi-use building in an area that lacks quality
facilities for young people.
Positive Action to Improve Employment Opportunities within Black
and Racial Minorities Communities £150,000 – South Liverpool
1 year training programme in the growth sectors of digital
technologies; tourism and leisure and arts and heritage industries.
It is expected that 35 people will undertake training with 20 of
these going on into employment.
Green Apprentices £160,000- Green Apprentices Ltd.
A scheme to develop a green apprenticeship programme for 12
Cllr Flo Clucas, Executive Member for Economic Development and
Europe, said:- “These projects will help create sustainable
jobs, education and training in some of the most deprived areas of
the country, let alone the city. They will also improve the
environment and introduce new facilities. This is using
European money at a grassroots, community level and will make a real
impact on residents’ lives.”
Liverpool gets the blues
residents are going green - by turning blue! From Monday the
council’s green team will be visiting households throughout the city
to tell them all about the new recycling service. For the 1st
time, residents will be able to recycle plastic and cardboard at the
same time as their waste paper, glass and cans, all in the same bin.
Liverpool city council’s executive member for the environment,
Councillor Berni Turner, said:- “This is a really important
step forward for our recycling service. We know that residents
have always wanted to recycle cardboard and plastics, and I’m
delighted that we now have the facilities in place to meet the
demand. Liverpool set up its recycling service
relatively late compared to other authorities in the UK, and as a
result our rates haven’t been as high as other areas. We’re
hoping this new service will increase the amount of household waste
residents recycle and because it’s easy to use, more and more people
will take advantage of the convenient service and help make this
city one of the greenest in the country.”
The 240 litre, light blue wheeled bins will be delivered to more
than 100,000 households from Monday 5 March and the roll out will
last for around 12 weeks. They will replace the purple box and bag
currently used. The 1st properties to receive the blue bin
will be in the Aigburth area. Collections remain fortnightly but
calendars and stickers will be provided to inform residents when the
wheelie bin collections will start.
Andy McCartan, Liverpool’s environmental manager, said:- “We
rolled out the new green wheelie bin for garden waste back in
September and we’ve had a great response, so we’re hoping for a
similar reaction with the blue bins. We want every resident to have
the best facilities available to recycle as much as they can and
help us to exceed our targets. The government and the EU have
set us challenging recycling targets and we are committed to doing
everything we can to increase our recycling rate.”
Around 50,000 properties across the city which have rear alleyways
will stay on the purple box collection system but will also be able
to recycle plastics and cardboard. The recycling team is currently
trialling methods to improve collection systems to terraced
properties and multi-occupancy properties which includes flats.
The collections are carried out by Veolia Environmental Services
(formerly Onyx UK) and the recyclable materials are taken to
Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority’s high-tech Materials Recovery
Facility in the Wirral where it is all electronically separated into
different categories and forwarded to be re-used.
HELP THE AGED FUNDS THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
A NEW study by
biologist Dr Graeme Close of the University of Liverpool has drawn
full funding of £198,000 from charity Help the Aged. His research
will increase understanding of the relationship between insulin and
muscle loss, potentially helping fight life-threatening problems in
later life like falls and immobility.
Dr Lorna Layward, Research Manager for Help the Aged, says:-
“This new project at the University of Liverpool has great potential
to help older people live safe, active and independent lives. Any
progress it makes in reducing muscle weakness in older age could
lead to a reduction in tragically widespread problems like falls,
which alone cause the death of one older person every five hours in
This project complements other Help the Aged activities such as
National Falls Awareness Day, which encourages falls prevention
through practical advice and exercise resources that help older
people to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, improve balance
and consequently maintain independence. Help the Aged also produces
popular exercise videos, has distributed almost half million copies
of its leaflet Staying Steady and has a dedicated Falls Prevention
Dr Layward adds:- “Help the Aged is committed to funding high
quality biomedical research through our Research into Ageing
programme and we have funded 20 new projects in 2007. Unfortunately
for each single project we fund a further four must be turned away
and we need more donations to enable us to fund as many of the best
projects as possible."
This new funding enhances the existing partnership between Help the
Aged and the University of Liverpool. The Charity has funded
numerous projects at the University over the last 3 decades and, in
addition to the new study with Dr Close, currently funds the
following biomedical work there:-
· Can manipulating protein levels help to prevent age-related
macular degeneration, led by Dr Paul Hiscott
· Using transplants to treat age-related macular degeneration in
eyes, led by Dr Carl Sheridan
· Investigating possible therapies for weakened older muscles, led
by Dr Anne McArdle
The Help the Aged biomedical Research into Ageing programme exists
to improve the health and independence of older people. This is very
important for the wellbeing of our ageing population. The number of
people in the UK aged over 75 is projected to rise by over 70% in
the next 15 years whereas the population of people under 16 is set
to decline slightly.
To donate to the Help the Aged biomedical Research into Ageing
programme contact 020 7278 1114 or