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Issue:- 23 May 2013

Nice 'n' Naughty have continued to garner accolades

FOLLOWING an incredible performance at last year's ETO awards, Nice 'n' Naughty have continued to garner accolades as we are nominated for a 6th year in four categories. Celebrating our status as an award winning company in both UK and European institutions, the Nice 'n' Naughty brand continues to embody its mission statement, providing only the highest quality of service and products in brick and mortar as well as virtual marketplaces.

Subsequent to the successful launch of our brand new website in October of last year and Nice 'n' Naughty branded massage and bath oils in December, we have continued to evolve as retailers in our search to provide our varied customer base with a multitude of exclusive products. In conjunction with our high service standard, Nice 'n' Naughty's dedication to the adult industry has singled us out again for nomination.

It is with this in mind that Nice 'n' Naughty are so grateful for the opportunity to be nominated in the following four categories at this year's ETO awards show; Best Retail Chain, Best Individual Store, Most Innovative Retailer and Best Online Retailer.

We would like to thank all those who have taken the time to nominate us for these prestigious awards.

This is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our staff and our suppliers who have allowed us to maintain our position as a retailer of great quality and exemplary service.

We look forward to seeing you all at both the trading and awards shows in June.


TO mark Dementia Awareness Week; 19 May to 25 May 2013, a warmth scheme working with vulnerable people in Southport is raising awareness of the help on hand.

npower Health Through Warmth helps vulnerable homeowners, such as people with dementia, by installing or repairing heating and insulation. The scheme is encouraging people who have family and friends with the disease to find out more about the support on offer.

Since its launch in 2000, npower Health Through Warmth has worked closely with charities and other organisations including Foundations, the governing body for home improvement agency and handyperson services in England, to better understand dementia and help people affected. A recent report Dementia: Finding Housing Solutions, published by the National Housing Federation in collaboration with Foundations and the Housing LIN found that specially adapted homes, for example installing telecare, such as personal alarms, or ensuring the home is efficiently heated, can help people with dementia live independently for longer.

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, comments:- "People in Southport can get in touch with us on behalf of a family member or friend with dementia if they are worried that their health is being affected by living in a cold home, due to lack of heating or insulation. Dementia Awareness Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about the disease and encourage people to contact us if they think that they, or someone they know, could be eligible for our help."

npower Health Through Warmth offers help with the funding and installation of heating and insulation measures for vulnerable people. The scheme is available to homeowners who have a cold-related illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund measures, such as a new boiler or heating system. You do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to benefit from the scheme.

Since 2000, more than 79,000 vulnerable residents in England and Wales have been referred to npower Health Through Warmth for help with heating and insulation. More than £67million has been levered to help fund the work required, which includes £1.7million from charitable organisations. In addition, £8.9million has been contributed from the unique npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.

Dementia Awareness Week is the Alzheimer's Society's annual flagship awareness-raising campaign. It will take place from 19 May 2013 to 25 May 2013, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information visit:-

Cream ladies run in memory of Tony Barton, brother of Liverpool superclub bosses

3 ladies from Liverpool Cream have raised over £1200 for the haematological ward at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in memory of Tony Barton, whose brothers founded the world famous nightclub.

Holly, Laura and Hayley, collectively known as 'the lemons' ran the Liverpool Spring 10k in Sefton Park on Sunday 5 May for Tony, who died earlier this year aged 47 after losing his battle against cancer.

The dad-of-three, originally from Everton, received treatment at the Royal and fought acute lymphoblastic leukaemia but sadly was struck with a bone cancer just 18 months ago.

Tony's brothers, James and Scott Barton, founded Cream in Liverpool and raised £1000 for the Royal Liverpool Hospital by running the New York marathon in 2008 and the London Marathon in 2009.

Holly Andrews, who works at Cream in Liverpool, said:- "Tony worked closely with the Royal after spending time on the haematological ward. Along with his brothers he raised thousands through sponsored events and offered support to other patients undergoing treatment.  Tony was brave and inspirational throughout his illness and we wanted to do something in his memory and help a cause which was so important to him."

Ward 7Y at The Royal Liverpool Hospital is responsible for the inpatient treatment of patients with a wide range of haematological illnesses including acute and chronic leukaemias, lymphomas, multiple myeloma, clotting disorders plus many more.

All of the money raised by the ladies will help improve and enhance the wide range of treatments and services provided by the ward.

In addition to this, over £3,300 has been donated to the Haematological ward at The Royal Liverpool Hospital in Tony's memory.

On Sunday, 9 June 2013, in a nod to the fundraising runners, 30 members of staff from the Royal and Broadgreen Hospitals will run the Mersey Tunnel 10k with sponsorship going towards improving services at the trust.


CHILDREN'S communication charity calls for A Chance to Talk model of commissioning speech and language support to be replicated across primary schools nationwide

A new report released by children's communication charity I CAN demonstrates that a whole school approach to supporting children's speech, language and communication skills can accelerate pupil progress and increase academic performance, resulting in an average 50% increase in progress in reading skills.

Involving over 8,000 pupils aged 4 to 7 between 2010 and 2012, across 30 schools, A Chance to Talk has been developed by I CAN and The Communication Trust, with support from the Every Child a Chance Trust and funding from the Department for Education alongside other sources.

Key findings from the A Chance to Talk evaluation report include:-

1. Children with delayed language made, on average, three times the 'normal rate of progress' in language development of between nine and 18 months after a 10 week Talk Boost intervention. Teaching assistants are trained to deliver small group activities three times a week, focusing on listening and attention, vocabulary, sentence building, storytelling and conversations.

2. Up to 80% of children with delayed language moved into the 'typical' range of language development, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers. Through Talk Boost, the small group work is underpinned further with weekly classroom activities delivered by trained teachers benefitting all children.

3. Children with delayed language accelerated the progress they made academically. 90% exceeded or met the progress expected for all children of their age group in reading, 69% in writing and 76% in numeracy.

4. Schools reported they identified children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) earlier, made more appropriate referrals and were able to spot previously overlooked SLCN.

5. 80% of Head teachers and NHS Speech and Language Service Managers involved in the initiative, gave A Chance to Talk eight out of 10 for providing a cost effective, value for money model of commissioning.

6. 100% of parents were 'highly satisfied' with the school based speech and language therapy service offered under A Chance to Talk supporting children with complex SLCN.

7. Clusters of schools sharing the commissioning of speech and language therapy increased appropriate referrals to NHS speech and language therapy, as schools became more accurate in identifying the children who needed specialist intervention, leading to more effective use of resources.

8. Children with SLCN improved their speech, language and communication skills, found learning in the classroom easier, and were noticeably more confident and sociable.

9. The A Chance to Talk whole school approach in primary schools, operating across three waves, effectively meets the speech, language and communication needs of all pupils, ensuring learning takes place in communication supportive environments. Visual prompts and displays are used, staff skillfully monitor their own language and adjust it for different children and parents are involved with their child's learning through 'talk' homework .

I CAN is calling for primary schools nationwide to replicate A Chance to Talk using their downloadable guide which supports schools to commission children's speech, language and communication provision. This guidance encourages schools to collaborate and pool vital resources and expertise effectively. I CAN is working to ensure the model is embedded in Local Authorities' local offer under the forthcoming special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) legislation; included in descriptions of outstanding teaching; and used as part of the Pupil Premium because of the close, evidenced, links between poor language and social disadvantage.

Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, welcomes A Chance to Talk saying:- "I'm delighted to see the positive results from the A Chance to Talk programme that has been supported by the Department for Education. The programme offers primary schools ways to work together locally to meet the speech, language and communication needs of their pupils, and to identify and support children who are struggling. The effective deployment of NHS Speech and Language Therapy expertise across school clusters is a key feature of the programme, which has also had a really strong impact on children's progress in reading."

Virginia Beardshaw, Chief Executive of I CAN says:- "A Chance to Talk provides much needed evidence that working on spoken language actually raises standards in reading. Greater awareness now exists that communication is the foundation upon which pupils' learning rests. The challenge however, has been for schools to understand how to effectively commission speech and language support that meets all children's needs, particularly for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). With the NHS under pressure, I CAN identified a growing need for schools to receive advice and guidance on commissioning health services in schools.  The results from A Chance to Talk are exciting because we have identified a strong model that works for children and their families. Not only that, it is perceived by school staff to be cost effective. Our downloadable commissioning guidance for schools is a real first. It helps schools to collaborate in clusters and purchase the services they need to raise standards. This year, I CAN is celebrating its 125th anniversary. A Chance to Talk is an excellent example of our continuing commitment to finding what works because every child deserves a chance to talk."

Louisa Reeves, Speech and Language Therapist and A Chance to Talk Project Lead for I CAN, says:- "Successful three wave models have previously existed for children's literacy and numeracy, however the major gap to date has been around speech, language and communication. Given that literacy and numeracy skills are underpinned by spoken language, this is a major omission. In an average classroom of 30 pupils, three will have long term persistent SLCN and 50% could be experiencing language delay. A Chance to Talk offers effective and cost efficient school wide provision for speech and language. Speech, language and communication are bedrock skills; they underpin everything else - including academic performance, behaviour at school, emotional wellbeing and life chances."

As well as improved outcomes for children, the A Chance to Talk model helps to develop confidence and skills across health and education professionals. The programme is being backed by Jean Gross, formerly the Government's Communication Champion for England. The findings of the report come at a critical time, following the recently published Better Communication Research Programme, which identified the need for a three-tier model of support for children's language; a gap which A Chance to Talk now fills.

The Talk Boost intervention for language delayed children, developed by I CAN and The Communication Trust, has been evidenced and developed further during the A Chance to Talk initiative, which also included I CAN's Primary Talk programme. They are currently being used by hundreds of schools across the country.

The I CAN commissioning guidance and A Chance to Talk evaluation report can be downloaded.

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