Wirral West Constituency Committee is inviting local organisations to bid for funding for local projects that will positively impact on life in the area. Could that be your organisation?
£50,000 has been made available as a grant programme through the Wirral West Constituency Team. Organisers are inviting bids for projects that improve quality of life in West Wirral, and positively impact on local people and places. Up to £10,000 is available per ward, with a limit of £1,000 per project. So that means that in Greasby, Frankby and Irby there could be at least 10 projects that would benefit.
Funding has also been made available by Public Health for projects that improve health outcomes in the constituency. Organisations are being asked to submit project ideas which address a number of specific priorities, including child poverty and social isolation.
Welcoming the scheme, Cllr Jeff Green, Chair of Wirral West Constituency Committee, said: ‘People in Wirral West are amongst the most active in terms of their involvement in voluntary and community work, and I know that we will be receiving really good ideas about how this grant funding can be put to best use in the area.
‘I am keen to increase local people’s involvement in decision making in Wirral West. The community will have a real say in how these grants are allocated through budgeting events in their areas.’
Applications will open on Friday 20th December but the closing date is not until 31 January so there is time to deal with this after Christmas. If approved the money would cover projects from April 2014 to December 2014.
To help with the application process groups are invited to series of community ‘drop in’ sessions early in 2014, where they can ask questions or ask for help with their applications (see list below). Further advice and guidance can also be obtained here or by calling 0151 691 8349.
Wirral West Community Grant Programme ‘drop in’ sessions
6th Jan Greasby, Frankby & Irby The Greasby Centre, Greasby Road, Greasby, CH49 3AT 2.30 – 4.30pm
8th Jan Upton & Woodchurch Pemberton Methodist Church, Pemberton Road, Woodchurch, CH49 8JL 4 – 6pm
9th Jan Hoylake & Meols Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU 4 – 6pm
13th Jan West Kirby & Thurstaston Westbourne Hall, 59 Westbourne Road, West Kirby, CH48 4DQ 4 – 6pm
15th Jan Pensby & Thingwall The Hope Centre, Ridgewood Park, Fishers Lane, Pensby, CH61 5XE
CONSTITUENCY COMMITTEES – a word of explanation
Wirral West is one of four Constituency Committees, each representing one of Wirral’s four constituencies. Each operates autonomously, setting its own priorities, and making decisions. Constituency Teams, who support the Constituency Committees, have already been making a difference in the communities they serve, working with agencies such as police, health, community and voluntary groups to tackle problems together.
Please do take care if you are about to use the internet to apply for an official document. The best place to go is GOV.uk not google. This government website is ideal link to all government information including applications and renewals for passports, driving licences, EHIC and so on.
Unfortunately there are plenty of unscrupulous websites which take advantage of people by charging where there is no charge and increased charges for other items.
Tonight I was glad to be in Irby to share in the excitement as Father Christmas arrived to switch on the lights. He rode in on his motorbike, acompanied by elves and fairies also doing the same. All the bikes were decorated and it was a fine sight. Despite the rain there was a large number of people in the village to enjoy the festivities.
The Friends of Irby Library had also arranged to have a tree outside the library lit up, as well as supplying hot drinks and mince pies. Of course most local businesses had stayed open late and I was told that the Chancellors Autumn Statement brought good news for small businesses and the various sources of food and drink were doing a good trade.
After switching on the lights Father Christmas left to visit a local hostelry, this time towed by a steam traction engine.
Thank you to all those involved in arranging the event – once again it was a great success.
There is a campaign urging parents whose children are eligible to receive free school meals to sign up to receive a free hot meal during the colder months. There is a lot of evidence that children benefit from a hot healthy meal while at school, helping concentration so that they are able to focus their full attention on learning. School meals are assessed by schools inspector Ofsted and have to meet strict rules on healthy eating. It is important to say that schools are careful in dealing with free school meals. No child is singled out and the school does not receive details of why they are eligible.
Its easy to find out if your child is eligible at www.wirral.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals and there are full instructions on how to apply there. You can also call 0151 606 2002. You just need a few pieces of data – names, date of birth and National Insurance Number for you and your partner. (You can also apply at any One Stop Shop, and by e-mail with that information to email@example.com.)
The funding schools receive is linked to the number of pupils who claim free school meals. This means that even if a child takes a packed lunch into school, it is important that parents contact the council to claim any free school meals their children are entitled to, as this impacts on the money schools receive for resources like books and computers. The Government has increased the amount of money available to schools for Pupil Premium which is paid for each child in receipt of free school meals and those who are Looked After by the local authority.
Derek Arnold will give a talk about Fort Perch Rock with the sub-title, “It’s always been there but what do you know about its hilarious history?” You can read all about it in the Fort Perch Rock Poster.
As always, membership of FOIL (Friends of Irby Library) will give you a reduced ticket price. The tickets are £2.50 for FOIL members and £3 for non members. Please note that there are only 50 tickets in total.
Why not call in today to collect yours, and to borrow a few books?
You will have noticed I hope, the lovely displays in the planters in Greasby village. Heather, Helen, Janet and friends working together as Blooming Greasby have done a terrific job this year. Not only that, they also maintained the small garden in front of The Greasby Centre.
They have also applied for some community funding from The Skipton Building Society. This would be to help with projects around the Greasby Centre which will enhance it for everyone. In the Greasby Messenger they describe their plans if successful with the bid- “we will buy and install one or possible more “sofa” benches. They are lovely, sturdy wooden seats with deep planting pockets built into the arms and back which we will plant with scented plants for everyone to enjoy.”
Blooming Greasby need OUR help because the funding is granted based on website votes. Please visit www.skiptonbig160.co.uk and vote for Blooming Greasby (number 31) in the Western Group of entries. Then spread the word to a friend.
They were conducting a street collection in aid of the RNLI. Visitors to local businesses had the opportunity to donate to this very valuable voluntary organisation. These same local volunteers will hold a Lifeboats Bazaar on Saturday 12th October from 10 am to 12 pm. The venue is the Greasby Centre. Its always a really good event with plenty of items of interest, including RNLI Christmas cards.
Will I see you there?
Our very own Greasby library is hosting a tutorial for young people to learn the basics of animation this Thursday, 1st August.
The Animation class runs between 10am and 12 noon and is for young people aged 7 to 13. The session costs £5 per hour and the ticket price includes a DVD to take your animation home.Create Multimedia use the workshops to teach attendees how to use graphics software to animate computer generated images and photographs, and to create their own animations, comics and graphic novels using digital cameras and Apple Macs. This kind of opportunity doesn’t come round every day.
To book your place
visit Greasby Library
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0151 606 2665.
Bookings can also be made by contacting Create Multimedia on 0151 609 1139. If you are interested, I recommend that you book a place in advance to make sure you can get in.
With the summer here, and holiday time too, the library can offer plenty of interesting books and resources. Why not visit it this week? Some services are available without leaving your own home!
Lots of details are available at https://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/leisure-and-culture/libraries
Wirral Council and Merseyside Police have joined forces on a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers and inconvenience parking on pavements can cause to pedestrians, particularly those with pushchairs or in wheelchairs. This will target motorists who park irresponsibly on pavements and footways. Part of this campaign will feature a leaflet which, at first glance, looks like a fixed penalty notice. These will be placed on vehicles which officers from the Council or police deem to be causing an obstruction. The leaflet is designed to inform, but also warn, offenders that if they are spotted again, next time the notice could be a real one from the police carrying with it a fixed penalty of £60.
Irresponsible parking causes inconvenience and danger to parents with prams, wheelchair users, people driving mobility scooters, the elderly and visually impaired people as often it forces them on to the road in order to get past the obstruction. Parking on pavements and grass verges can also cause unnecessary damage, which costs the Council money to put right. In some cases, those who cause damage to pavements and grass verges through their continued poor parking could face legal action.
Please get in touch with me to tell me about areas where there are particular problems with irresponsible parking. I already have a couple of locations to highlight to the team dealing with this, I’m sure there are more.