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Thanks to our Gardening Team

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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A big thank you to all of those involved with improving the grounds of Greenbank College and Sports Academy; in particular Lindsey Kinsella and her team of students; John, Mel, Michael, Graeme and Kieran who are currently working on a number of projects to make the site better for everyone.
Lindsey said:
“The team is doing a great job – it’s a lot of work to keep everything maintained and we couldn’t do it without the help of the students and my colleagues, Colin and Mike.
Spring is really busy time and in a few months time everything should be looking fabulous.”

We are currently looking for donations of established shade loving plants for the area bordering the College and Academy – contact Lindsey if you can help.

Local organisations help Greenbank College support National Careers Week

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
LtoR Ashley McCoy, Kathy Churchill and Malcolm Mitchell from Home Instead

LtoR Ashley McCoy, Kathy Churchill and Malcolm Mitchell from Home Instead

 

It’s National Careers Week from 2 to 6 March and Greenbank College has got involved by organising a full programme of employment themed workshops for students.

Thanks to Addaction, the National Health Service, Santander, Sainsbury’s, Home Instead, Springboard, DaDaFest, Citizens Advice Bureau, Compass Corporate Events and Everton in the Community for agreeing to help out by leading sessions.

Employability Tutor Jane Bentley said;

“The week is really important as it gives us a focus to get across to our students the skills employers expect job seekers to have and how to make their CV stand out from the rest.

We really appreciate the time that all of our speakers are giving to share this important information with our students.”

Ashley McCoy Digital Marketing Specialist for Home Instead commented;

“It’s a great opportunity to get out into the community and share useful information about what you need to know to get into work.”

 

It’s great to have such loyal staff

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Kathy Crute, Jim Murray and Alison Stoddart

Kathy Crute, Jim Murray and Alison Stoddart

The great work that Greenbank does is made possible by the hard work and commitment of our staff.

We employ 25 people who have more than 10 years’ service; adding up to almost 400 years between them!

Kathy Crute, MI Administration Officer, who has been at Greenbank since 1989 said of her time here;

“I’ve grown up with Greenbank and the organisation has been flexible and supportive as I’ve experienced major life events.

It’s also about the people that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years.”

Alison Stoddart Guidance and Recruitment Co-ordinator commented;

“I love the wide range of people that I come into contact with through my role. It’s really satisfying seeing people progress and move on as a result of the training they have received here.”

Jim Murray, Tutor added;

“My colleagues are great; always helpful and supportive and it’s good to make a difference to people’s lives by providing them with the skills to reach their potential.”

We have now introduced a scheme recognising the commitment of staff to the organisation. Staff are presented with a certificate and gift voucher, following 10 years at Greenbank and then every 5 years after that.

Power Hockey extends its reach from Liverpool to London

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Thanks to funding from City Bridge Trust and the Bulldog Trust through Panathlon, we were able to supply power hockey chairs for a Powerchair Athlete Day held in Islington on 10 February.

The unique power hockey chairs, complete with a push button firing mechanism, have been developed in Liverpool by Greenbank working in partnership with North West Training Council and Jaguar Land Rover apprentices.

After initial coaching, 9 children from Richard Cloudesley School, Hasmonean Primary School and Frank Barnes School had great fun playing power hockey, football and completing a slalom.

Pete Wyman, who is leading the development of power hockey from Greenbank Sports Academy commented:

“We developed this chair to enable the most disabled children to experience a fast moving sport and be able to compete equally with their friends.

The challenge now is to make the chairs available to children across the country and eventually internationally. Each chair cost £3000 to produce and we need support to make more, so that every child who uses a power chair can have the experience.”

Power hockey is played at Greenbank Sports Academy every Wednesday from 5 – 6pm.

New players welcome.

Santander Staff Thanks

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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A huge thanks to the team of 12 Santander staff who swapped their phones for paint brushes and painted Greenbank College’s reception area and kitchen.

The project was organised through Santander’s Community Days scheme which encourages staff to take a day out of the office to volunteer with a local cause.

Team leader Gavin Quarton said;

“It’s great to be able to work with my team, away from our usual environment and help Greenbank at the same time. We are fully supportive of the work that Greenbank does in the local community and it’s good to be able to help out however we can.”

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Greenbank President Lady Angela Morgan, Centre, pictured with Sandra Hulme and Alan Irving

Greenbank President Lady Angela Morgan, Centre, pictured with Sandra Hulme and Alan Irving

We were delighted to welcome our President; Lady Angela Morgan to our AGM on 9 February. The main business of the meeting was to report our financial results and key activities for the period 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014.

Following an independent audit by accountants Mitchell Charlesworth, we can report back that the charity made a surplus of £46,353 during the year. Many positive achievements in the classroom and in the wider community from services provided by both Greenbank College and Greenbank Sports Academy were also highlighted during the meeting.

As Greenbank’s Chairman Dr Alan Irving closed the event he congratulated all who had contributed to the charity stating;

“The local community is fortunate to have an organisation as unique and adventurous as Greenbank, always wanting the best for its students and service users and always trying to help people fulfil their dreams.

It is encouraging that the organisation’s financial position has improved from 2012/13 and I am very proud to be the chair of this wonderful organisation. Thanks to staff, volunteers and supporters for making these results possible.”

The meeting also appointed a new member to Greenbank’s Council of Management; Bill Shorthall and accepted the resignation of Dave Roberts. Thanks to Dave for his unstinting efforts on our behalf.

Peel Port 500 support makes a real difference to our students

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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A huge thanks to Peel Port 500 for donating £500, which allowed us to purchase a Kitchen Aid Mixer, crockery and cutlery for Greenbank College’s catering department.

Catering student Michael Langley aged 16, pictured with the Kitchen Aid mixer said “The mixer makes working in the kitchen a lot easier. I make bread, pizza dough and cakes with it and it is really helping me on my course (Level 1 Food Preparation and Cooking). I am also doing a work placement at Cleo’s Café to help me get experience, to get a job in the future”.

Tutor Rob Swinden added “The Kitchen Aid Mixer is invaluable; students at all levels (about 50 per week) are able to use the mixer to make bread, pizza dough, pastry and cakes. This is great for them and helps students to achieve qualifications. It is great for the department too in terms of the quality of products that we are making. Without the support of Peel Port 500 we wouldn’t have been able to afford this equipment.”

St James’s Place Foundation give their continued support throughout 2015

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Paralympians Abdi Jama (centre) and Roy Turnham (2nd right) support the Choices Programme

Paralympians Abdi Jama (centre) and Roy Turnham (2nd right) support the Choices Programme

We are delighted to have secured the continued support of St James’s Place Foundation throughout 2015. Their £50,000 grant provides us with the funds to continue to offer 16 sports activity sessions per week at Greenbank Sports Academy, including boccia, wheelchair handball and basketball, cycling, table tennis and multi-sports, for disabled people aged 8 and above.

Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer said “The St James’s Place Foundation started to fund the ‘Choices for Disability Sport’ programme at the Academy in 2012, when we were selected nationally as one of their seven ‘Sport for Good’ projects. The security of this core funding has made such a difference to the range and variety of sports and activities that we can offer. We are extremely grateful to The St James’s Place Foundation for continuing to support us in this way and allowing us to offer sporting opportunity for local people. I would encourage disabled people to make the most of what’s on offer and get involved in an activity of their choice, visit www.greenbanksportsacademy.co.uk/sports/ for more information and contacts”.

The St. James’s Place Foundation Manager Mark Longbottom added: ‘We are thrilled to continue to support the fantastic work of Greenbank’s. Choices programme which offers tremendous sporting opportunity to disabled young people in Liverpool and the surrounding area and we are proud to be able to extend this partnership.’

From 2012 to September 2014 the Choices Programme achieved its four aims:

  • Giving disabled people the right to choose which sports they play – 10 disability sports are now offered via clubs and sessions at the Academy
  • Organising a regional multi-sport event – Choices NW Regional Games held in 2013 and 2014, with more than 180 disabled participants
  • Offering training for coaches and teachers of disability sport – 190 people have received training through the programme
  • Providing a first class facility for disability sport

This work can now continue throughout 2015 thanks to The St James’s Place Foundation.

Deloitte Liverpool support this years Choices Christmas Party

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Santa visits guests at the Choices Party

Santa visits guests at the Choices Party

A huge thank you to staff at Deloitte’s Liverpool office for supporting the Christmas Party organised for the children who have taken part in disability sports activities as part of the Choices Programme, during the year,

Thanks to Deloitte we were able to offer the children a fabulous party including games, party food and a gift from Santa.

Deloitte’s Community Investment representative for the Liverpool office said “It was great to see the children having such a good time and we were delighted to be involved”.

New minibus donated by ERS Medical will help support more people to access disability sport across Merseyside

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

We are delighted to accept the generous donation of a minibus from private ambulance company ERS Medical.

The vehicle was officially presented to Greenbank on 17 December by Sam Parry, General Manager (North) for ERS Medical.

Gerry Kinsella, Greenbank’s Chief Executive, said, “The minibus will provide much needed support and enables disabled people to access sport and training opportunities. It is also used to transport specialist equipment such as sports wheelchairs to venues across Merseyside, where we deliver community sessions. We are extremely grateful to ERS Medical for their generosity.”

Sam Parry, ERS Medical’s General Manager, said, “We’re delighted to support the great work done by Greenbank. The wheelchair-friendly vehicle, previously used by ERS Medical to transport non-emergency patients, has been adapted to cater to Greenbank’s requirements by adding in more seating and brand new vehicle graphics.”

Sam added, “Additionally, as Greenbank transport their “power hockey” chairs across the community enabling more disabled children to access the sport, the vehicle is perfectly suited to accommodate that too.”

Greenbank’s Chief Executive Gerry Kinsella, (third from the right) together with Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer (far right) and participants of disability sports activities, accept the vehicle from ERS Medical representatives Sam Parry and Stephen Sullivan

Greenbank’s Chief Executive Gerry Kinsella, (third from the right) together with Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer (far right) and participants of disability sports activities, accept the vehicle from ERS Medical representatives Sam Parry and Stephen Sullivan