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New ‘Include-IT Mersey’ project aims to get people online

Include-IT Mersey is a new project, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.  The project will provide a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region that are out of work to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to digital technologies and, ultimately, support them towards and into employment.

The project will be delivered by a partnership of 23* not-for-profit and public sector partners spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with specific target areas in each borough.

Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities.  It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point.  In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and it is an honour to be leading such an innovative partnership, spanning the voluntary, public and social housing sectors.  The online agenda is increasingly prevalent in people’s every day lives and can present an additional barrier to those people that are not online, not just in terms of their employment prospects and access to job opportunities, but in their private and social lives too. Developing IT skills and getting online can open up a whole new world to people in many different ways!  We very much look forward to working with our partners to offer this vital service to across the city region and to make a real difference to local people and communities”.   

The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at www.includeitmersey.org.uk.

Formby’s Home Front in WWI

The next in the series of monthly talks at Formby Library takes place on Tuesday, April 11 and is titled “The Home Front in Formby in WWI”.

Local historian, Tony Pawson from the Formby Civic Society, will be explaining how the people of Formby coped during WWI while so many young men were away at war; and how everyday life was changed in the village.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday, April 11 and places are free, however booking is essential. To secure a place please phone Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email Formby.Library@sefton.gov.uk.

For more information about Sefton Libraries, log onto www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries

Liverpool Icon and Award Winning Actress Alison Steadman to Support and Attend Clapperboard’s Award Ceremony

The work Sefton Council and partners do supporting people with Aspergers will be recognised at a special award ceremony.

Sefton Council has been working in an innovative group partnership with Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Autism Initiatives, The Atkinson, Mersey Care and People First to establish and develop three ‘hubs’ for people with Aspergers living in Sefton. 

The hubs are in Sefton Carers Centre, The Atkinson and Autism Initiatives Cedars Centre.  

The first project the hubs ran was in film-making with ClapperboardUK.  The members joined the group to work together to make short films from script to screen. 

The highly-regarded Clapperboard Awards Ceremony is to return to Liverpool this year hosted by Liverpool actor, comedian and writer Neil Fitzmaurice (Going Off Big Time, Phoenix Nights, Peep Show, Mount Pleasant) and this year in attendance is special guest presenter Liverpool film and television icon Alison Steadman (Nuts in May, Abigail’s Party, Shirley Valentine, Topsy Turvey, Life is Sweet, Singing Detective, Fat Friends, Gavin and Stacey).

The prestigious awards ceremony will once again take place at Liverpool Hope University’s Capstone Theatre on Tuesday, April 4.

Young adults from across Merseyside, including Sefton, have been involved in a whole production process from script to screen to deliver a number of diverse short films exploring issues such as mental health and autism.  They come together with their families and friends to display their work and achievements with the chance of winning a Clapperboard Award and to meet their on-screen idols.

On the awards evening a host of actors from the world of film and television will give up their time to support the Clapperboard project and present an award to the young film-makers, including Ricky Tomlinson (Royle Family, Hillsborough), Kieron Bimpson (Justice, Vera, Being Keegan, Hunter Killer), John Henshaw (Early Doors, Angels Share, Looking for Eric) and Hollyoaks cast, The Loveday Family:  

Actress Alison Steadman said: “As a patron of Clapperboard and a huge fan of its charitable work across the North West, I’m delighted that I am able to attend this year’s Awards Ceremony to present the special Alison Steadman Award for active citizenship.  I’m also looking forward to visiting the wonderful City of my birth.”

Host actor/writer Neil Fitzmaurice said: “I’m extremely happy to be able to host this special event once again.  Clapperboard is a great award-winning community filmmaking charity tackling many difficult issues that young people and their communities face.  There should be no stigma attached to mental health or autism issues as many people either suffer from this or know someone who has.”

The Sefton members have been so excited about their new found love of filmmaking that they have gone on to develop their own media group based at The Atkinson which is developing their skills and striving to become a social enterprise in the future.

This year’s judges include acclaimed writer Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions, 24 Hour Party People, Dr Who) award-winning actor Ricky Tomlinson, Board Member, Perrilena Alleyne-Hughes (Teacher & Director of Sense of Sound) and ex Clapperboard volunteer and Hollyoaks Technical Runner Mari Jones.

This year’s partners and sponsors include: Big Lottery, PH Holt, Mersey Care/NHS, Sefton Council, Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Sefton Creative Hubs, Autism Initiatives,  Atkinsons, Lime Pictures, Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Film Studios, Liverpool Film Office, Firestyle Magazine, Forward Culture, EventSinc, Ma Boyle’s, Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool Hope University,  Bill Elms Associates, Barclays, among others.

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