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Date:- 26 February 2007

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Communities Get £3m Jobs Boost

HUNDREDS of 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 – Eldonian Group.

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 Neighbourhood Council.

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 Housing Group.

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 organisations.

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 Leisure Services.

Improving community 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 gaining qualifications.

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 Group.

Tackling local grot spots and challenging behaviour that produces a poor environment,. Aims to get 10 people into employment and 20 gaining qualifications.

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 Personnel.

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 residents.

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

LIVERPOOL 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.


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 the UK.”

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 Programme.

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 email.

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