You Can Foster
A total of 45 people have so far
expressed interest in becoming foster carers in Liverpool as a
result of a major regional campaign.
They are among 750 people who have come forward over the last few
weeks as part of a joint effort by 23 local authorities in the north
west, including the city council, to attract new foster carers.
As the campaign draws to a close this week, councils in the north
west hope another 250 people with room in their heart and homes will
also come forward to reach the target of 1,000 enquiries.
The You Can Foster campaign launched on 25 October 2010, across TV,
radio, print and social media, starring real carers, including
Liverpool's Brenda Walcott, with the message that there is no
'typical' foster carer.
It is being backed by Children’s Minister, Tim Loughton:-
“This is excellent work and other areas should take note of what is
happening in the north west. Greater achievements can be made by
working in partnership on this scale, it’s clear the north west are
leading the way in delivering high impact and value for money
A suitable applicant can be anyone in their 20s upwards, single,
renters or homeowners, married or living together, in same sex or
mixed sex relationships or with or without their own children.
Councillor Jane Corbett, Liverpool’s Cabinet member for Children's
Services, said:- "Every child has a right to a loving, happy
and safe family environment. And that's why providing a home for a
young person who cannot live with their own parents is one of the
best things you can do. We need to find happy homes for children of
all ages. I hope our campaign will encourage many more people to
The campaign is being supported by the North West Improvement and
For more information on fostering please visit:-
youcanfoster.org, call the
freephone number on 0800 634 7052, or visit:-
Facebook or via:-
Bird discovery set in
CYCLE Speke is holding a very
special event this weekend which is guaranteed to get bird lovers in
The popular initiative brings a bike ride with a difference to the
Mersey Estuary on Saturday, 20 November 2010. Local twitcher Chris
Tynan from the RSPB will be leading nature lovers on a FREE bird
watching cycle tour, giving riders a chance to see and hear a range
It’s the perfect opportunity for local people to improve their
fitness, meet new people and discover more about the variety of
birdlife and wildlife which exists in the area.
The leisurely-paced ride will take around two hours, will be over
flat terrain and is aimed at beginners as well as those with some or
without any bird watching experience.
There will also be a number of scheduled stops en route along with
additional impromptu stops in the event something interesting is
making an appearance.
The meeting point is at the main entrance of the Speke Garston
Coastal Reserve (Banks Road) at 10am and everyone is welcome. The
ride is free of charge and binoculars will be provided. Don't forget
to bring a snack!
If you don't have a bike, don't worry. Cycle Speke has a limited
number of pool bikes available. To book your bike in advance, please
phone Claudia on:- 0151 233 5246 or email:-
The Cycle Speke project is supported by the European Regional
Prince William to
marry Kate Middleton next year (2011)
PRINCE William is to marry Kate
Middleton in 2011, Clarence House has told the media on 16 November
2010. Prince William is second in line to the UK throne and he began
dating Kate Middleton 8 years ago while studying at St Andrews
University in Fife. They also shared a house in Fife. Kate Middleton
had split up the relationship in April 2007 due to 'media
pressure' but soon the pair got back together. The couple
became engaged in October during a private holiday in Kenya. 2011
will also mark the 30th anniversary of his parents' wedding. We wish
them both congratulations.
Council launches poster campaign on gas safety
IN a campaign supported by
Liverpool PCT and the Health Protection Agency (HPA), Liverpool City
Council has arranged for 1,000 posters promoting gas safety checks
to be posted in public areas throughout the city.
The message is that carbon monoxide (CO) gas is invisible and has no
taste or smell. It is highly poisonous and can kill or cause
permanent damage to health. Anyone can be at risk if they don’t
service gas boilers and other fossil-fuel appliances regularly.
The posters are on display in GP surgeries, high street chemists,
dental practices, council offices and other public places. They
point out that free safety checks on domestic fuel-burning
appliances are available to people who are over pension age, have a
disability, are chronically sick or are hearing or visually
It has been estimated that five million homes in the UK may be at
risk from CO poisoning and approximately 500,000 of these are in the
North West. Older people, mothers with children and others who spend
a lot of time in the home are especially at risk.
Carbon monoxide is responsible for 50 accidental deaths and nearly
200 serious incidents every year in England and Wales and it is
believed that many more cases go undiagnosed.
Councillor Joe Anderson, City Council leader, said:- “This is
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and we are seizing the opportunity to
remind householders and tenants that they should make a point of
having boilers and other fossil-fuel appliances serviced every year
by a qualified engineer. People with coal fires should make a point
of having chimneys swept. It’s also important to check that flues
are clear because a blocked or partially-blocked flue is a serious
For information on the free services provided by gas and electricity
suppliers to people who qualify for them, phone:- 0845 688 9594 or
LADIES TO MEET THE
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WITH Christmas just round the
corner, many are thinking about cutting back on spending, well that
is all except for shopaholics and this might be an event for you...
This is your chance to meet New York Times and Telegraph Magazine's
bestselling author, Sophie Kinsella, at what will be a very special
event. Sophie, will be signing her new book, Mini Shopaholic and you
can reserve your free ticket from Pritchard’s Bookshop in Formby
Village and also by emailing us at:-
email@example.com. The event will be on
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 from 4.00pm to 5.00pm at the Formby
Pool, Brows Lane, L37 4ED. This event will allow you to put
questions to the author and to find out more about her award winning
style of writing. Who says good things don’t come for free? ? Also you
can get her books posted to you, if you want one signed but can't
get to the event... To purchase a copy of one of her books below call:- 01704 875 765 for more information...
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Shopaholic and Baby
Shopaholic Ties the Knot
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
The Undomestic Goddess
Audio Book and Paperback available on that phone number for many of these as well as many
other books by her.
We will be adding these books very soon to
our Mersey Reporter Online
Shopping Pages, with lots of other