A new project is being launched to look at how the Tawd Valley, often described as the ‘jewel in the crown of Skelmersdale’ could be developed to improve its appeal and accessibility to local people. A wide ranging consultation will take place between now and October culminating in a Master Plan to guide future development and look at how the park can be sustainable.
The Tawd Valley, a lush wooded valley running for 2km through the heart of Skelmersdale is an underutilised local resource with huge potential to provide opportunities for both wildlife enthusiasts and those simply looking for recreational activities to enjoy.
As well as being a beautiful and restful country escape in the heart of the town, the valley is a haven for wildlife. Tests over recent years have indicated that the water quality of the river is generally very good, providing a healthy home and habitat for a variety of fauna. Last year, 1,500 fish, mainly Roach, Chub and Dace, were released into the Tawd in the Park. Kingfishers have also been spotted there in recent times. The hope is that the future development of the valley will further improve the natural environment including the creation of sustainable wetlands in specific areas beside the river to further improve the quality of the water running through the Tawd into the River Douglas.
As well as looking after the ecological interests of the valley, the Park needs to provide recreational opportunities for local people such as walking, jogging, and cycling, as well as fishing and bird watching. The overall aim of the project is look at how to provide opportunities for people to enjoy the valley to the full, whilst at the same time generating the financial resources needed for the area to be looked after and maintained.
The first phase of the project will involve a community consultation with local residents and people who already use or have an interest in the park including local primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, to see what direction future improvements should take. The results of these consultations will help to inform the content of a questionnaire that will be issued later in the summer to seek the wider views of other members of the public as to how the Tawd Valley might be developed.
Members of the public are invited to attend a consultation event being held by Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside, with support from West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Service on Wednesday 21st June, from 6.30pm in the main hall at the Ecumenical Centre, Northway, opposite the Concourse. As well as gathering people’s views as to how the Tawd Valley should be developed, one of the main aims of the consultation event is to identify people with an active interest in the Park who might wish to go on to form a ‘Friends of the Tawd Valley Park’ group to look after the park in years to come.
The project is being led by West Lancashire Borough Council supported by a Project Steering group with representatives from the Environment Agency, County Council, the River Douglas Catchment Partnership, Groundwork CLM, West Lancs CVS and SHARES.
For more information on the consultation event on the 21 June, contact the CVS on 01695 733737.
The CVS welcomed 81 representatives from community, voluntary and statutory organisations as well as the public and private sectors, to the CVS AGM and Health Network Event at Haskayne Village Hall recently.
The event featured presentations from a variety of speakers including Greg Mitten, CVS Chief Officer, who outlined the ongoing struggles faced by the VCFS in the current climate. He detailed the role of the CVS as an umbrella body and highlighted the five core areas of CVS work: Volunteering, Funding Advice, Information, Training, and Partnership.
Details of the presentations can be found in the following links:
- Greg Mitten, West Lancs CVS
- Gareth Dowling, West Lancashire Dementia Action Alliance+
- Paul Kingan, West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group
- Dianne Gardner, Public Health, Lancashire County Council
- Caroline Flynn, Macmillan Information & Support Centre
- Rebecca Mason, Heritage Lottery Fund
A full report of the day can be found here.
West Lancs CVS is working in partnership with Citizens Advice Lancashire West and West Lancs Borough Council to enable people to access help with using digital tools and getting to grips with navigating online.
Through this new Buzz-IT project there are 3 ways to get involved:
- Book a place on a FREE course
- Ask for one-to-one help
1. FREE Digital courses
As part of the launch of the Digital Health Hub, Citizens Advice is offering the following courses to anyone aged 18 and over:
- Prevent Identity theft taster – Thursday 4th May, 9am
- Make the most of your tablet – Monday 8th May, 9am (7 weeks)
- Computers for beginners Internet – Thursday 11th May, 9am (7 weeks)
- Functional Skills taster – Thursday 11th May, 1pm
- Introduction to Functional Skills – Thursday 11th May,1pm (7 weeks)
The sessions will be held at the Digital Health Hub (next to Citizens Advice), Unit 47, The Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, WN8 6LN.
Book your place through Citizens Advice 0344 2451294 or via the Eventbrite links in the course title.
2. One-to-One Digital Help
If you are looking for information online, wanting to apply online or make better use of your smartphone, tablet or computer, Buzz-IT is offering one-to-one support.
More information is available from West Lancs CVS 01695 733737 or Citizens Advice 0344 2451294
3. Digital Volunteering
This is a great way to share your digital knowledge and skills with others who may be less confident. There are two roles available, Digital Buddy and Digital Champion. Both volunteering roles involve supporting others to gain and develop digital skills, to understand Data protection and security as well as find information online. Training for both roles is provided.
To find out more, contact Jan or Sarah at West Lancs CVS on 01695 733737.
This year Carers Rights Day is 25th November 2016 and the Carers’ Support Project has arranged the following Drop-Ins:
- 10 – 11am: Tarleton Library, Mark Square, Tarleton PR4 6TU
- 11.30 – 12.30pm: North Meols Medical Centre, Church Road, Banks PR9 8ET
- 11 – 12 noon: Skelmersdale Library, Southway, Skelmersdale WN8 6NL
- 2 – 3 pm: Brookes Bistro, Aughton Street, Ormskirk L39 3BP
- 4 – 5 pm: Twinkle House, 2 Gorsey Place, Skelmersdale WN8 9UP
Everybody welcome – please drop in and find out what support is on offer for carers in West Lancs!
The Carers’ health and education awareness project provides a wide range of vital information about:
- Local groups and services for supporting your caring role
- Carers Assessments and emergency care cover
- Informing your GP so they are aware of your caring role
- Health and wellbeing to support self-care
- Financial support and short break help
For more information, contact Yvonne or Sarah at Carers’ Support on 01695-733737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent celebration of school gardening in West Lancs was a great success, with over 65 green fingered children from 10 schools took part.
The event was organised by the CVS Community Food Growing Project in conjunction with West Lancs Allotment Federation and West Lancashire College, and was funded by Upholland Tawd Vale Lions.
Read the report here. Click on the pictures below to view the gallery.
Over 150 people from 68 public, private and voluntary sector organisations attended the third One West Lancs showcase event on July 6th 2016 at Edge Hill University.
Local voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) organisations were given the opportunity to showcase their work, and there were information stands and plenty of opportunities for networking.
The programme for the day included presentations from a range of speakers and the full report can be found here.
Useful links from the day:
- Sandra Bonner, West Lancs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG): the health case for being physically and socially active
- Pamela Holstein, West Lancs Borough Council: helping residents of West Lancs get digitally connected
- Anne Strachan, CrowdFunding: opportunities for fundraising through Crowdfunding and some good examples of successful campaigns
- ‘Crossing the Line’ – film by the Artz Centre, Skelmersdale: The film is part of a new initiative to help young people recognise the risks of becoming involved in organised crime. More information here: www.artzcentre.co.uk/artz-centre-launch-national-crime-film/
- Launch of Active West Lancs: a partnership of 5 local organisations aiming to provide activities to get West Lancs more active. Read the presentation here. Website: www.activewestlancs.org