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Tawd Valley Park consultation

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.

Carer’s Rights Day 2016

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

Download our general leaflet and all carers leaflet.

For more information, contact Yvonne or Sarah at Carers’ Support on 01695-733737 or email carers@wlcvs.org

 

Show What You Grow 2016

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.

 

One West Lancs Forum – July 2016

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:

Promoting the Living Wage in West Lancashire – Nov 4th event

The Living Wage campaign began in East London in 2001 when parents found that despite working multiple minimum wage jobs, they were struggling to make ends meet. They decided it was time to fight for a wage they could live off, instead of just survive.

Since then, the campaign has won the accreditation of over 1,600 employers. This adds up to over £210 million in extra pay and over 40,000 people lifted off the poverty line.

But there is lots more to be won: foodbank use topped 1 million for the first time this year and inequality remains entrenched across our economy.

You are invited to a local Living Wage campaign event on  

Wednesday 4th November

10am to 12.15pm

Evermore HUB Community Centre,

Skelmersdale

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the Living Wage in West Lancashire, to celebrate successes, and to formulate ways forward, such as identifying levels of pay in West Lancs.

There has never been a more crucial moment to strengthen the movement for Living Wages: the Chancellor’s new minimum wage premium for over 25s (‘national living wage’) has created potential confusion between the rates.

It’s essential that we protect the idea and purpose of a real Living Wage, pinned to the cost of living and calculated independently.

For more information or to book a place e-mail Paul Bunyan at Edge Hill University paul.bunyan@edgehill.ac.uk or Helen Jones via enquiries@wlcvs.org   

For more information on the Living Wage Campaign, go to:  www.livingwage.org.uk