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AUTUMN ISSUE 10
Independent community newsletter from Blackpool SURF
Com m unities in Control
P utting the P ieces Together on E m power ment P olicy D ocument – page 5
Youth - Pages 2 and 3 New Media – 6 and 7 Black History Month, Safe Haven, Bsafe and much more inside!
PRIDE OF 2008
Blackpool was out and proud the weekend of 17th and 18th May as around 8,000 people arrived in the resort for the third annual Blackpool Pride festival. The town was awash with colour as a 200 strong parade - many dressed as mermaids, stilt walkers and even human penguins – made its way down the Promenade in front of packed crowds at the opening of Blackpool's lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans event on the Saturday lunchtime. The North Pier hosted the two-day festival. Theatres on the pier were packed out for acts such as X-Factor stars Same Difference, Rowetta and Pop Idol Michelle McManus. This event has made staggering leaps forward since the first Blackpool Pride in 2006 and is expected to grow bigger and better each year. Mark Seargent, founder of Blackpool Pride, said: "It has been significantly better than last year. We are about 15 years behind Manchester, but if we can add two or three thousand extra people a year it will grow slowly." Lancashire Constabulary policed the event in an impeccably organised manner and also showed their support by a team of officers from all ranks marching in the parade on the Promenade. The organisers officially thanked Blackpool Council not only for their financial support of the Pride event and support of the LGBT community in general, but also because they feel the council genuinely values the LGBT community.
Blackpool Council Joins Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme
Blackpool Council is delighted to announce that they have joined Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme for employers. Diversity Champions is Britain’s good practice forum for Sexual Orientation issues in the workplace. The council will be working with Stonewall Britain’s leading gay equality organisation, and other members of the programme, to improve their working environment for their lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff. They wish to have a workplace culture which allows their employees to be valued for themselves, and give 100%. By joining Diversity Champions they hope to send a strong signal to their LGB staff, providing reassurance that their contribution will be valued and their sexual orientation respected in a positive working environment. The council also hopes that their customers/service users will see their firm commitment to equality. To find out more about Diversity Champions and Stonewall visit www.stonewall.org.uk/workplace.
"This is not about making people sit in meetings on wet Tuesday nights, it is about helping citizens to get involved when they want to on their own terms - paving the way for a new style of active politics that not only gives people a greater say but ensures that their voices are heard and that their views will make a difference...it is an agenda for empowerment that reaches right across the board" Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister
The Government's new White Paper (policy document) Communities in Control: Real people, real power published in July sets itself the aim of passing power into the hands of local communities, giving real control over local decisions and services to a wider pool of active citizens. The document details support to be made available to encourage empowerment including a new duty to promote democracy and extending the recently adopted duty to involve. A £7.5m Empowerment Fund will be made available to support third sector organisations at a national level to help local communities turn ideas into action. A £70m Communitybuilders Fund to enable community-based organisations to have 'spaces' where people can come together to discuss their local concerns and channel them effectively into local decision-making. Organisations will be supported to bid for and run local services tailored to their own particular neighbourhood. By Autumn 2008 measures will be in place in pilot areas to increase community and citizen access to information from local authorities. A Digital Mentor Scheme will be piloted to encourage groups to develop websites, podcasts, photography and online publishing tools. A new duty on local councils to respond to petitions will allow citizens to call for action and to take their own initiatives in calling for improvements and/or new initiatives. Councillors will be given new rights to champion community issues through Councillor Call for Action powers. Participatory Budgeting will devolve funding to more local control to be spent on priorities determined at a neighbourhood level. Empowering Young People will see the extension of a Young Advisers programme who will have direct access to Government Ministers. A scheme for young people to 'shadow' Ministers will be piloted next year. A £6m investment will create a new national body for Youth Leadership which will work directly with the DCLG (Department of Communities and Local Government). A Young Muslims Advisory Group is being established. The Executive Summary, complete publication and other useful documents can be downloaded directly from the Department of Communities and Local Government Website www.communities.gov.uk or from www.b4me.com/blackpoolsurf Page 5
ICT PAGE The brave new world of the internet 'blogging', 'podcasting' and 'twittering' is with us!
If all this 'jargon' leaves you confused then “How to use New Media” is the publication for you! Produced by the ICT Hub and the Media Trust it attempts to explain and demonstrate how community organisations can get access to, and use, new media. The publication is free to download as a PDF file and can be obtained from the BCN website, alternatively contact the Media Trust.
to a Blog – short for Web Log – which is an online journal or news website.
audio file for downloading from the internet.
Twitter which is a micro-blogging service using text messages of up to 140 characters.
Media Trust, Riverwalk House, 157-161 Millbank, London, SW1P 4RR Tel: 020 7217 3717 Email: email@example.com
Document Format that allows pages to be viewed and printed on any computer.
PTA Planet (presumably from Parents Teachers Association) encourages parents to do their Internet shopping through a particular shopping portal. By shopping through PTA Planet, the retailers and outlets pay a commission which is then shared amongst all the schools that are signed up. The more parents encouraged to shop via PTA Planet, then the more commission is earned. The website assures us that parents pay exactly the same price as they would have if they had gone to the shop’s site themselves. Page 7
Bispham High School - Arts College is the first school in Blackpool to invest in The SHARP System. Please visit www.bisphamhigh.co.uk and enter the homepage. Click the button called The SHARP System in the right hand column and read all about how young people can let someone they trust know about issues such as Knife Crime, WebCam abuse, Bullying etc. Turn up the sound for maximum impact!! John Topping - Deputy Headteacher said “This is basically a virtual bully box where students can have the confidence to report any concerns/issues to a person of trust who can then deal with it. All emails and texts notifying the nominated person can be entirely anonymous. It is an extremely powerful way for students to remain anonymous and let trusted people know about any serious issues that could be affecting them.”
October Half Term Activities Programme from the sports, leisure and social club for local young people on the autistic spectrum:
ADS Opportunistic Brief Intervention Training for Alcohol Problems
BLACKPOOL CHINESE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Tai Chi Beginners Class Sundays: 12:30pm-1:30pm Old Boundary School (Next to City Learning Centre, Bathurst Avenue, Grange Park) £4.00 per session Contact Peter Lui Tel: 07725 014 018
This one day training is available to -------------------------------all persons likely to come into A.P.S.S. contact, through their work, with Fri Oct 24th Alcohol Peer Support Services Walk the Lights – request sponsor people who may have a problem “Formerly” Blackpool Alcohol Team with alcohol. forms now! Sun Oct 26th PLEASE NOTE At the end of the training participants Regular Sunday session ************* th will have: Mon Oct 27 Knowledge and understanding of Oriental Tiggers After careful consideration by our alcohol, calculation of units and the th Tues Oct 28 board of trustees, and to stop effects of alcohol on the community as Football confusion among individuals and well as individuals and families. Weds Oct 29th Knowledge of how a problem can services locally, Alcohol Peer Support Break Dancing evolve and use of diagnostic tools to Services has been developed after a Thurs Oct 30th recognise the severity of the problem. change in name from the organisation Arts, Crafts, Gaming “formerly” known as Blackpool An awareness of how and when to Fri Oct 31st Alcohol Team refer clients to other agencies. SPACE NEW Email Address – Fri Oct 31st A full manual to take away and use firstname.lastname@example.org immediately including: motivational Digger Tigger Spooky Treasure o.uk interviewing, fast audit, scaling Hunt and Pumpkin Carving NEW Website – questions, recognising patterns, drink Sat Nov 1st www.alcoholpeersupportservices.co.uk diaries and many more. Squash Tiggers nd Sun Nov 2 Mobile: 07590 – 025105 This training is free and available Sunday Session & Halloween on the dates attached OR we can CONFIDENTIAL SERVICE Steam Ghost Train tailor a course to suit your -------------------------------individual agency requirements. CONDOLENCES Check website for updates www.blackpooltiggers.co.uk The course is fun, informative and It is with deep regret that or ring 01253 319 210 extremely useful. We have places Blackpool SURF reports the -------------------------------available in October, November and death of Pam Brightman BLACKPOOL SURF December 2008 so book fast to who passed away suddenly avoid disappointment!
Equipment for hire If you are interested or want more including: details please call Avril Widlake OBI Multi Media Projector Trainer on 01253 752100/or mobile PA - Public Address System 07815910239 Display Boards (or Paul Burnett Administrator FREE to SURF Members 01253 752100) Small Hire Fee for non-------------------------------For Latest Community News see members Contact 01253 749 657
but peacefully on Saturday 30th August after a short illness. Pam was known to many in SURF as a stalwart of the Allotments Federation and Open Spaces Network. She was a true character and will be greatly missed. Our condolences go to http://blackpoolcommunitynews. Gilbert and family. wordpress.com
Advice Staff honoured by nomination
Blackpool CAB staff Justice Award
Jill Kerr (Welfare Benefits Supervisor), Janet Akl (Debt Supervisor) and Nick Ansell (Debt Adviser) at the Citizen's Advice Bureau have all been nominated by John Goulding, of HMP Kirkham for their work at the Prison. Thousands of people across the Criminal Justice System (CJS) do an amazing job. Every day their John Goulding,HMP Kirkham dedication makes a dramatic difference to people's with Chair of CAB, HRH Princess lives. The Justice Awards recognise exceptional Anne and Marie Blackshaw achievement among staff and volunteers working Bureau Manager in criminal justice. The awards are now in their fifth year, and have succeeded in becoming a highly regarded national scheme which promotes excellence and best practice and aims to improve the system as a whole by sharing information and ideas on what works best. Marie Blackshaw, Bureau Manager, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that my staff have been nominated for this prestigious award. Helping prisoners to manage their debts and access benefits on their release can make a big difference to reducing reoffending.” Nominees will be invited to attend a local event promoting the awards and hear whether they’ve been put through to the national finals. For more information please visit www.cjsonline.gov.uk/justiceawards
Sheila Harris, Blackpool CAB’s longest serving volunteer, presents a posy to Princess Anne.
BSafe Blackpool Blackpool Football Club Seasiders Way, Blackpool FY1 6JY Tel: 01253 651166
Bsafe Blackpool - Face The People
The heads of the Police, Fire, Primary Care Trust and Blackpool Council are available to answer your questions about crime and disorder at a public meeting to be held at the Imperial Hotel on Monday 17th November from 6:30pm. You are invited to ask questions of those responsible for making decisions about crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour in the town. YOUR QUESTION could be on the agenda! Questions from the floor of the meeting will be answered, but it would be wise to submit you questions in advance. You can email questions to email@example.com
Grassroots Grants Scheme Open for Business
Grassroots Grants is a new funding programme to run for three years to aid voluntary and community groups with grants of between £250 - £5,000.
“Being different is not a crime”
‘It takes all kinds of people to build a community’ are the words used on the front cover of the new guide ‘Being different is not a crime’ offering advice on challenging hate crime recently launched to a packed audience by Blackpool Council's Funded by the Office of the Third sector and administered locally by the Community Faith Equality and Diversity unit. Foundation for Lancashire, the programme Produced by the unit, the guide is a is designed to respond to local issues and continuing part of the universal drive to support the diverse needs of communities. challenge crimes against people who are sometimes viewed as different and to It also aims to complement an area's Local emphasise the strength and value of Area Agreement focussing on equality and diversity in Blackpool. Children and Young People; ● Healthier Communities and Older People; ● Employment, learning and skills, education or training; ● Urban renewal, safer stronger communities or environment. Applicants should be not-for-profit third sector groups, that have been active for at least 12 months and clearly meet the needs of a local community. Groups must have had an annual income of less than £20,000 (average in the last 3 years).
Recent media reporting seems to show an increase in hate crime, and such headlines as ‘Pensioner beaten and robbed’…’Cruel theft of disability wheelchair’….and ‘Goth girl kicked to death because she looked different’…give us a growing perception of hate crime, but given the reaction of people at the event there is a real desire to do something about it, and a start is about everyone reporting incidents with confidence that effective remedies will happen. PC Julie Hall Diversity Officer of the Lancashire Police western division said ‘The crux of the matter is that we have to have people reporting incidents and crimes to us before the agencies can do anything about it. Agencies are working together but the message is that people need to do their part by reporting crime’. ‘Being different is not a crime’ is available in a range of formats from the Equality and Diversity Unit, Blackpool Council. For further information or to obtain a copy please telephone 01253 477117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .It is also available online at www.blackpool.gov.uk/hatecrime by Stephen Brookes © 2008
Eligible activities include: Staff costs ● Training ● Putting on events ● Expanding an existing project ● Equipment that will benefit the group For further information contact: Community Foundation for Lancashire c/o Alliance & Leicester Bridle Road Bootle GIR 0AA Tel: 0844 561 9649 Application packs also available at www.cfmerseyside.org.uk
Celebrating Black History and Culture AFRA (African Caribbean Friends and Relations Association) are hosting a celebration of music, culture and friendship as part of Black History Month on Friday 10th October. The event will be opened by the Mayor of Blackpool Councillor Mary Smith and will include dancing and live performances from the Hi-Tech Steel Band and other professional artists. A 'marketplace' area will include information stands, shops and interactive displays on Black history and culture. Authentic Caribbean food prepared by AFRA's own trained Chef will be served. Contact John Rogers at Blackpool FC on Tel: 01253 685023
The Blackpool Bsafe Partnership and Helping Hand are working together to provide a Safe Haven bus in the town centre. The bus will provide a presence in the town centre on a Saturday evening between 9pm and 2am. The service will provide assistance and guidance to people who are distressed, vulnerable, are lost, need to get home safely, or just want to stop for a chat. The service is looking for volunteers aged over 18 who want to be involved in this new project. Shifts can be split into 9.00pm - 11.30pm and 11.30pm 2.00am. If you can drive a bus or would like to be part of the support team we would like to hear from you. All volunteers will undertake a Criminal Records Bureau check before joining the volunteer rota. If you want to volunteer, or have any queries please contact Ann Knight on 01253 621336 or e-mail email@example.com
Do you belong to a community group in Blackpool? Would your group be interested in learning more about healthy eating? The Volunteer Centre Health Trainers project offer a free EatWell workshop service. The workshops are fun and interactive and run over four one hour sessions and cover topics such as balancing your diet, weight management and reading food labels. If you would like the Eatwell team to deliver sessions within your community group, or if you wish to find out more please contact the Health Trainer Project Team on 01253 301004 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Spotlight and PICS on Blackpool!
Blackpool Spotlight magazine is a full colour glossy magazine produced quarterly. We spotlight local people who are doing good work in the community. We generate income through advertisements. The magazine is professional, friendly, amusing and stimulating. Blackpool Spotlight can help raise awareness of your organization. Magazine distribution of 4,000 copies per edition is through local newsagents and we also place them for free in hair salons, sunbed shops, selected dentists, doctors and pubs across the Fylde. We also have an online magazine at www.blackpoolspotlight.co.uk There is no other company in this area fundraising for North West Cancer Research Fund. 5% of magazine sales are donated to N.W.C.R.F. The committee has now raised £17,000 for the charity. We are offering an eighth of page free advert to Voluntary Organisations. Pay only for the design cost which is £30 usually £90. Please submit your adverts to email@example.com and send a cheque with your company name and address to: 17 Babbacombe Avenue, Blackpool FY4 1LX Payable to ‘Blackpool Spotlight CIC’
www.b4me.com Featured Site
Our favourite site to feature for this issue is Blackpool in Pictures. We like this because people have contributed towards building the impressive collection of photos about and featuring a certain North West town with a big tower and a vibrant community! To browse Blackpool in Pictures, just click on the photo featured on the Home Page of Blackpool4me. Remember to nominate your favourite site for Issue 11.
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