Wirral Council

Coming soon ……….. The LADS Project

Wirral CouncilFrom the week beginning 15th September 2014, Wirral Council’s Youth Support Service will be delivering The LADS Project.

The project is aimed at young men aged between 13-19 years old and will run in the four Wirral localities.  Each project will have up to 14 young men participating in the course.

The project has been designed to address a number of issues relevant to young men in today’s society, including:

  • Drug / alcohol misuse
  • Harmful / exploitative relationships
  • Criminal / anti-social behaviour
  • Raising aspirations and developing resilience

Each of the four groups will take part in an eight week informal education programme aimed at developing young men’s awareness and an understanding of the above issues to support them to build confidence, self-esteem and strengthen resilience.

Towards the end of the project there will be a residential run from Oaklands Outdoor Education Centre to consolidate what young people have learnt throughout the course.  There will also be a focus on building on skills, strategies and aspirations and the young men will work towards setting a personal action plan for the future.

How to refer…

Complete a Targeted Preventative Services Gateway Referral Form (GR1) stating that you are referring for a single agency response to Youth Support – LADS Project.

Please note, as this project is based on young people attending on a voluntary basis, Youth Support Service would appreciate support from referrers, if possible, to encourage young people to attend all sessions so they get the most from this experience.

Further Information can be downloaded below:

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Young People offered the chance to Get Started with Games Design

princes trustThe Prince’s Trust is offering young people spaces on their Get Started with Games Design programme.

Computer games are the largest multimedia entertainment experience in the world and, with leading developers such as Rockstar and EA being based in the UK, it is important to this industry to find future talent for these types of companies!! If you are aged 16 – 25 and have a passion for playing games, why not look at a career within the gaming industry?

The programme offers a unique mix of high quality digital technology and soft skills development. The programme aims to engage those furthest from the job market and motivate them to take the first step to increase their confidence, skills and employability and overcome barriers. The five day programme empowers young people to work together to design and build their own computer game which they will showcase to a wider audience. The course will also include:

  • How computer games are designed
  • Games testing
  • Working with experts within this dynamic industry
  • Building your own FPS computer game & format artwork, characters and sound
  • Working on the Unreal Engine that created games such as Quake, Crisis, Timesplitters, Battlefield, Far Cry, etc.
  • An inspirational talk and presentation from Sony
  • Building on your personal development and CV experiences
  • Three month one-to-one support for employment and further education opportunities
  • Lunch & travel provided

Taster Day: Wednesday 3rd September 2014, 3 – 5pm at the Arts Centre, Myrtle Street, Liverpool L7 7JA

Course Runs: 8th – 12th September 2014  from 10am – 4pm

To find out more or to make a referral, contact Darren Hulse at The Princes Trust on 07947 856434 or email Darren.hulse@princes-trust.org.uk


Job and volunteer opportunities @ MSDP ** closing dates imminent**

MSDPMerseyside Society for Deaf People has the following vacancies and volunteer opportunities currently available:

Closing date for applications to the above posts is Friday 22nd August 2014.

Closing date for applications to these posts is Friday 29th August 2014.

Apllication Packs can be obtained by email to smaine@msdp.org.uk 

WSCB Safeguarding News update: 15th August

WSCBWelcome to the latest Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) weekly Safeguarding News Update, the purpose of which is to give updates about a safeguarding item. It may be an issue of local or national significance, information about an aspect of the WSCB’s work, or information designed to support good professional practice.

This week the safeguarding update is about the misuse amongst young people of laughing gas, also called nitrous oxide. Recent statistics from the Home Office suggest its use as a drug has increased and it is particularly popular with young people: 7.6% of those aged 16-24 used laughing gas in the past year, a much greater proportion than had used cocaine (4.2%), ecstasy (3.9%) or ketamine (1.8%).

The sale of laughing gas, often in small cylinders which are used to inflate balloons from which the gas is inhaled, is not illegal, although sellers are breaking the law if they sell to under 18’s who they suspect will misuse the gas. Misuse of the gas can cause death as it deprives the body of oxygen.

Last week the Local Government Association warned that it was deeply disturbing that many people viewed laughing gas as a safe high, and encouraged local councils to raise awareness of the risks.

The warning has also received widespread local and national media coverage:




An information poster, which highlights the risks to young people of abusing laughing gas, can be downloaded below:

If any partners would like an aspect of their work highlighted in a future update please contact David Robbins, WSCB Business Manager by email at davidrobbins@wirralgov.uk

Family Fun Day and Leisure Fair, 26th August

MencapWirral Mencap is offering children and adults with a learning disability and their families a chance to find out about the different activities and clubs available for them in Wirral at their Family Fun Day.

The Family Fun Day and Leisure Fair will be held at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club, Park Road North, CH41 8AA on Tuesday 26th August 2014 from 11am to 4pm.

Refreshments will be available and families are welcome to take a picnic along (if the weather is fine).

See the poster for further information or call 0151 666 1829


FREE Relationships and Sex Education Workforce Training

BrookAs part of Wirral’s Teenage Pregnancy Partnership, Brook Wirral is offering a unique opportunity for professionals to access sexual health training.

The training will be delivered over three progressive levels that should be accessed sequentially. You can decide to attend just level one, levels one and two, or all three.

  • Level 1: Universal, will benefit all professionals working within agencies supporting young people – 22nd August 2014 9:30-1:00pm
  • Level 2: Targeted, will benefit professionals who work with young people – 27th August 2014 9:30 -1:00pm
  • Level 3: Specialist, will benefit professionals who are keen to work with young people around RSE issues. 29th August- 9.30am – 5:00pm

Further details and a booking form can be downloaded here.

If you require a bespoke training session for your agency, please contact laura.hannah@brook.org.uk

Wirral Council


Wirral Youth Enterprise competition, Summer 2014

HYPEWirral Youth Enterprise Project is in The Pyramids this summer and is giving young people, aged 7 to 24 years, the chance to win cash to start their own enterprise projects across Wirral.

Young people can download and complete the Competition Form and send it to HYPE or drop it in to the HYPE team at the Bandstand, St John’s Square, Pyramids Shopping Centre from 10am to 4pm on 30th July to 2nd August and 27th to 30th August.

Click here for more information.

Young People given the opportunity to ‘Get on Track’

Youth FederationYouth Federation have partnered with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust to deliver a new project for 16-25 year olds. Get on Track (GOT) uses sport and physical activity to help young people gain the skills, confidence, and opportunities to get a job, go to college or take on an apprenticeship. 

The programme is solely run by the athletes who work for the trust. The assigned athletes are Courtney Fry & Neil Danns and they also have support from a number of other athletes. Although sport is focal, the aim of the programme is for the young people to move forward into employment, education or training. The Team aim to work towards reducing anti-social behaviour and motivate and encourage young people to engage in positive activity in aid of their personal development. The project will run from the Viking Youth Centre, Rock Ferry.

Activities include CV workshops, Rampworx, Water Sports (Liverpool docks), gym taster sessions, motivational tasks, certified training, social action projects plus much more. There are also small bursaries available to support the young people post completion of GOT to support with training courses, transport costs etc. This, however, is based on attendance and attainment.

The only eligibility is that attendees are 16-25 years old and have a commitment to attend all sessions. The Team are ultimately aiming to work with those who are disengaged or are deemed disadvantaged, but this is not essential. Support is available for transport costs and lunch is provided every day. All costs for trips and activity are covered and every attendee will come away not only with enhanced social skills but also certification in various training. Everyone will have the opportunity to take part in a work experience day, and also to attend a jobs fair with representatives from their chosen career field.

If you require further information or would like one of the athletes to speak to a group of young people directly then this can be arranged. The 12-week programme starts on 12th August and is a fantastic opportunity for young people.

Further information and contact details for the Get on Track team are on the leaflet available here or contact Leigh Allen at leigha@youthfed.org


Funding for families and individuals

If your organisation works with families in crisis but can’t help them financially, Buttle UK may be able to help. Their small grants programme provides essential items for children and young people whose development, health and well-being are at risk. It provides a fast response to families who lack basic items such as bedding, a cooker or a washing machine.

Parents of children and young adults who are disabled or seriously ill are able to apply for a share of the £27.3 million Family Fund. 

family fund, the UK’s largest grant giving charity, is designed to make life easier for low-income families with disabled and seriously ill children and young people. The money can be used for days out, garden play equipment, computers, toys and kitchen appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.

The fund helped more than 50,000 families in England last year, from a total of £27 million. The fund is now in its 40th year.

Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information on how to apply, please click on the link here.

Funding opportunities and training for groups and organisations

Lloyds Foundation’s new grant programme is open. INVEST and ENABLE will help charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives, and promote practical approaches to lasting change. Support will be adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities (income between £25,000 and £1 million) that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage.

  • INVEST – A flexible, long term core funding programme for organisations delivering clear, targeted outcomes for disadvantaged people (Grants up to £25k per annum and up to six years);
  • ENABLE – A smaller and shorter grants programme for organisations that have identified clear development needs (Grants up to a total of £15k over two years);
  • ENHANCE –provides an option of tailored in-kind support to strengthen and develop charities funded through invest or enable.

They operate an online application process.

The latest Funding Bulletin from Zel Rodgers at Community Action Wirral is available here, and includes details of the Brit Trust.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for charities and non-profit groups working anywhere in the UK. Grants can be used to purchase PCs, laptops or IT services within a year of receipt of funding and successful groups will receive full support with no on-going committment.  Further information is available here. To apply, email grants@netsolutionswales.co.uk. The scheme is on-going, until at least April 2015.

The Morgan Foundation now have an expanded grant programme of over £1.5 million per year and target their funds where they can be most effective in making a real difference to the lives of the people in Merseyside, Cheshire (west of the M6) North Wales, and North Shropshire.

The Foundation specialises in supporting organisations helping children and families as well as elderly, disabled and socially isolated people. They will consider any work which has a positive effect on their welfare and quality of life, or which expands the opportunities and life choices for young people in this region. Trustee meetings are held regularly throughout the year and there are no specific dates for applications to be received.

See their website for further details and how to apply.


“A Warmer Deal for Wirral” Campaign

involve nwInvolve Northwest (registered charity 1056777) have been awarded funding from the Scottish Power Energy People Trust to run a year’s campaign, from July 2014, to help the people of Wirral who are struggling to pay ever-increasing gas and electricity bills.

The campaign is an independent, free and confidential service to help people understand more about how they can use less gas and electricity in their homes and, most of all, how to save money.

They do this by helping people:

  • To understand their fuel bills better
  • To find out what financial help is available
  • To apply for welfare benefits they may be eligible for
  • To apply to schemes for financial assistance with getting insulation or a new boiler
  • To switch their fuel supplier for a better deal

Assistance is provided via Involve Northwest’s Advice Centre in Tranmere, as well as drop-in locations across Wirral. For further details of their outreach work locations, visit their website.

Involve Northwest also have a self-help information kiosk at the Advice Centre which people can use.

For more information on how Involve Northwest Energy Advisors can help:

call the Freephone advice line 0300 330 0011 and ask to speak to Jill

email info@involvenorthwest.org.uk

or visit http://www.involvenorthwest.org.uk/warmer-deal-for-wirral/

SenseAbility membership now available

The Membership Scheme for SenseAbility, the new soft play and sensory venue for disabled children and adults at the Europa Pools Leisure Centre in Birkenhead, has been launched.

The building is finished and the soft play and sensory equipment have been installed. They have had great feedback from the trial sessions, with everyone saying how much they really enjoyed their visit and how they are looking forward to using the venue.

The use of SenseAbility is by membership only and membership forms are available to download below. If you would like a form sent to you in the post, please contact Alex Shears, Inclusion Development Officer.

Completed membership forms can be returned by email to alexshears@wirral.gov.uk or by post to:

Short Break Services for Disabled Children

Pensby Children’s Centre

147 Fishers Lane


CH61 8SD 

Please note all forms, including those returned by email, must be signed.

There are two types of membership. Click on the title to download the form.

Individual Memberships are for the individual user and you will be able to use their card to book a place for them, their parents/carers and siblings.

Group Memberships are for organisations or for people who will come as a group together and will have a lead member who makes their bookings.

Short Breaks will process the membership forms and will contact you if any proof of disability is needed. They will then notify you when your membership card is ready.

Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) event, 6th & 7th October

Nurture Development are facilitating an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) event at the Aldo Suite, Tranmere Rovers Football Club on 6th and 7th October from 10 am to 4pm.

Asset-Based Community Development builds on assets that are found in local communities and mobilises individuals and groups to come together to build on these assets. The two-day workshop will explore ways of utilising local knowledge of what is going on around us and what communities can do together to improve their lives.

Further information on the event can be found here. To book your place, contact Rebecca Lewis at rebeccalewis@wirral.gov.uk  or on 666 5192.

The event is free to attend and is open to all community and voluntary groups, residents and individuals who are interested in making a difference in their area.

Nurture Development are also looking to form a group of Community Builders, people in local communities who build relationships and play an active role in developing their community.

If you would like to join this group or would like more information on Asset-Based Community Development, email chris@nurturedevelopment.org


‘Avenues’ – Informal learning for adults with a disability

NBDTNorth Birkenhead Development Trust’s new adult learning programme is now available.  This year they will be targeting adults (19+) with moderate disability.  The programme offers creative, IT and cookery classes at venues in North Birkenhead.

All learners will be invited to complete a pre-course assessment at the St James Centre on Wednesday 10th September, 12noon-4pm. Learners will be invited to an appointment where they will be able to learn more about the course they are interested in and complete registration paperwork.

Courses starting this September at the St James Centre & partner delivery sites:

  • Creative Home-maker - Starts Tuesday 23rd September, 10am-12noon (10 weeks)
  • 3D craft (mosaics, clay & paper mache) - Starts Tuesday 23rd September, 1pm-3pm (10 weeks)
  • Easy Steps Computers - Starts Thursday 25th September, 10am-12noon (10 weeks)
  • Food for independent living - Starts Thursday 2nd October, 1pm-3pm (10 weeks)

All courses £56

For more information about accessing any of these courses please contact Anna at the St James Centre on 670 9974. 

Interested in volunteering? Opportunities for classroom support now available.

Contact Anna, 670 9974. Full training provided.


One-Day training courses for youth workers

NWRYWUIn partnership with LGBT NW and Young Cumbria, NWRYWU is delighted to offer professionals the opportunity to attend the following one day training courses in November 2014:

‘Including the Invisible’ – aimed at all practitioners working with young people who want to develop their understanding of the issues faced by LGBT young people and ensure that their everyday practice is open, inclusive and meeting their needs.

Trainer – Rachel Williams

Thursday 20 November from 10 to 4pm at Girl-guiding HQ, Preston. £90 per participant.

Click for more info and how to book

‘Dealing with Challenging Behaviour’ – to enable professionals to explore the factors behind challenging behaviour and develop relevant strategies for supporting young people.

Trainer – Leigh Williams

Tuesday 4 November from 10 to 4pm, Manchester
Tuesday 25 November from 10 to 4pm, Preston
£90 per participant

Click for more info and how to book

Health, wellbeing and educational activities available across Wirral

Wirral Adult & Community Learning Partnership has a range adult learning courses available from September 2014 in venues across Wirral. Courses range from English, maths and IT to photography, gardening and British Sign Language. Programmes for each district can be downloaded below and adults on an eligible income-based benefit can access them for free, or at a reduced cost:

LivewellAugust 2014′s Livewell Programme, Wirral Community NHS Trust’s programme of health and wellbeing activities and courses, is available to download hereCourses and activities are available throughout Wirral, most are free to attend, and most sessions don’t need to be booked so people can just turn up at the venue.

The Livewell Programme (formerly the Community Programme) aims to:

  • support local people to make positive lifestyle changes
  • encourage people to get involved in local activities and courses near to where they live
  • help people reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • support local organisations and workplaces with training, advice and resources around health and wellbeing promotion.

For further information call 0151 630 8383 or visit their website www.wirralct.nhs.uk