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Issue:- 05 January  2012

The Maths of Juggling

THE Liverpool SciBar on 10 January 2011 from 7:30pm will be running a talk called:- "Dr Colin Wright will demonstrate the Maths of Juggling..."  Colin will juggle as he explains how everyday simple maths describes the patterns in the air when juggling and he finds some new and interesting ways to juggle.  As always everyone is very welcome to give their own opinions and ask questions. Remember there's no such thing as a silly question at SciBar!

NOTE:- Change of venue for this month ONLY, as they join forces with Café Scientifique, to meet in at The Old Conference Room, Hope Street Hotel, 40 Hope Street, in Liverpool City Centre.

Do you want to learn to cook and age 13 to 19?

FOR just a one off payment of £6 towards ingredients, young people aged 13 to 19 years of age can learn to cook over 6 nights. The classes are taken by a fully qualified Cordon Blue Chef and will be held over 24 January 2012 to 6 March 2012, every Tuesday Evening. Please note that no sessions will beheld on 15 February though. All training is given from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The classes will teach basic cooking skills, using seasonal ingredients to produce delicious healthy meals. It will also allow anyone attending to gain confidence in the kitchen, develop a sense of achievement. But also it will allow them to impress family and friends with delicious meals prepared and cooked by you! Places are limited, to book please contact Woodvale Community Centre (Meadow Lane, Woodvale, PR8 3RS), as well as calling:- 01704 573084. For more information you can go to the charity's website.

Free self defence classes for young women aged 13 to 19 in Southport

THE next FREE Staying Safe - Self Defence course starts next Tuesday, 10 January 2012, run by Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association. The training given is aimed at increasing confidence in the young women as well as equipping them with self defence skills. The course tutors are ex policeman and chairman of the Community association, Ted Hartill, and Phil Barton, martial arts & boxing instructor. They said:- "We believe every young woman should be given tuition on personal safety and self-defence, and if they only remember a few of the things that we teach them it could be the difference between them getting away from an incident or being seriously assaulted."  Anyone interested in attending the training should contact Davina, as soon as possible, on:- 01704 573084 or email:-

Strong winds course damage

BUILDINGS all over the North West have been affected by the winds, in Southport, the wind took of large wall tiles from the side of Lloyds Bar on Neville Street, on Wednesday, 4 January 2011. If you have been affected or got any wind damage photos, please let us know by emailing our news room via:-

"A lack of routine harms school grades and wellbeing" warns the Princes Trust

YOUNG people growing up in the North West without a daily routine or structure such as regular bedtimes and set meal times
are more likely to struggle at school and face lower self-confidence, warns a new report that came out on Tuesday, 3 January 2012.

The Prince’s Trust Youth Index reveals how more than one in ten young people in the North West, with 11% feeling that their days "lacked structure and direction" while growing up. The research suggests that those with lower school grades are significantly more likely to feel this way.

The charity's 4th annual Youth Index; which gauges how young people feel about their lives across a range of areas from family life to physical health - shows that young people who claim to have "lacked structure and direction" are less content and confident than their peers.

It also shows how more than 1 in 3 young people across the North West (38%) "always" or "often" feel down or depressed, while more than half (54%) feel stressed all or most of the time. The research, which is based on interviews with 2,136 16 to 25 year olds in the UK, reveals that those with fewer than 5 A* to C grade GCSEs are significantly more likely to feel this way.

Jackie Tyler, regional director of The Prince’s Trust in the North West, says:- "We know from our work with young people in the North West that the absence of structure and routine in a young life can have a devastating impact. Without the right support, directionless teenagers can become lost young adults – unconfident, under-qualified and unemployed. Our programmes, which include in-school xl clubs, give the hardest-to-reach young people intense, structured support; helping to prevent potential drop-outs and exclusions. Similarly, our Fairbridge programme builds self-esteem through 1 to 1 support outside the classroom."

Within the UK, young people with poorer qualifications also score a significantly lower index number in the research than their peers, suggesting they are facing issues across a range of areas – from their employment to their relationships with friends and even their health.

Peter Kellner, president of YouGov, said that:- "The results of the Youth Index over the past four years can often be linked to larger issues in the wider world. Last year’s results showed the real-time effect the financial crisis had on young people and this year the research highlights an important link between educational attainment and wellbeing. By keeping young people engaged in and out of the classroom, through the Fairbridge programme, xl clubs and other schemes, The Prince’s Trust is helping to create a more resilient generation, equipped with crucial skills for work and life."

According to the Youth Index, which was carried out by YouGov, more than 1 in 5 young people in the North West (22%) believe they did not receive the support they needed at school. More than a quarter (27%) felt like they did not “belong” at school. Those with poorer grades are more likely to feel this way.

The research marks the launch of The Trust’s largest ever consultation with teachers and practitioners on The Prince’s Trust website, exploring the support they need to help the hardest-to-reach pupils. The charity will be presenting the findings of the consultation to Government later this year.

The Trust will help 50,000 disadvantaged young people this year across the UK. Last year (2011), more than 66% moved into jobs, education or training. For more information, call:- 0800 842 842 or visit:-

Fact file:- "The Prince’s Trust Youth Index"

► All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,136 young people aged 16 to 25 in the UK, including 259 from the North West. Fieldwork was undertaken between 18 October 2011 and 31st October 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted.

► The Youth Index measures how young people feel about the state of their lives today and how confident they are about their future. Survey respondents were asked to indicate how happy or unhappy they felt about the following aspects of life:- their work (education or training if not in work), home or accommodation, community, family relations, relationships with friends, money, qualifications and physical and emotional health. They were also asked how confident or unconfident they were about their future in the same areas.

► The responses are converted to a numerical scale (1 to 7) from which a percentage has been calculated to present a young person’s happiness and confidence as a number out of 100, where 100 is entirely happy or confident and zero is not at all happy or confident. The overall index number for young people’s happiness is 72. The index number for young people’s confidence about the future is 74. The overall Youth Index average is therefore 73.

► For young people who feel their days "lacked structure and direction when growing up", both the happiness index and confidence index numbers are lower; at 62% and 65% respectively.

For young people with fewer than 5 A* to C grade GCSEs the respective index numbers are 63% and 66%.

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