Vital funding used to enable disabled peoples org

first_imgVital funding used to enable disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) in London to survive and thrive is set to be scrapped, after politicians over-ruled the expert advice of their own officials.The grants committee of the umbrella organisation London Councils has recommended ending the “capacity-building” funding that helps the capital’s voluntary sector stay “strong, effective and sustainable”.This will mean an end to London Councils funding for Power Up, which has provided specialist, accessible training and capacity-building to 90 disabled people’s organisations and nearly 200 other disability organisations since its launch in 2013, and through them to thousands of Deaf and disabled Londoners.Its projects have built organisations’ fundraising, management and business skills through training, advice surgeries, networks and policy briefings on topics such as how to write funding bids, managing Deaf and disabled staff and using social media to build a brand.The committee’s recommendation comes at a time when DPOs across the country have faced years of funding cuts, while disabled people have had to cope with repeated cuts to their services as a result of central government-imposed austerity.Power Up is run by Inclusion London and Transport for All, but without the London Councils funding, it is likely to have to scrap much of its work.Inclusion London’s chief executive, Tracey Lazard, said that losing the funding would be “a massive blow” to both organisations.Now Inclusion London and Transport for All – backed by organisations that have benefited from their training – have written to council leaders asking them to overturn the grants committee’s decision when they meet on 8 December.They say that London Councils officers – and a consultation this autumn – concluded that funding for specialist capacity-building support for equalities organisations should continue to be funded.In the consultation, 165 respondents said that supporting capacity-building in the voluntary sector was very important, 13 said it was important, 25 said it was quite important, and just 10 said it was not important.Inclusion London and Transport for All say in the letter: “Our sector continues to need training and support that is accessible for Deaf and Disabled people and tailored to our needs. The Power Up project does this.“It provides us with training and support that we cannot find anywhere else: it’s not available from mainstream infrastructure providers, it’s not provided at a local level and it would be too expensive for us to buy-in on our own.”They say Power Up has helped improve management, fundraising, communications and business skills among DPOs, and has created opportunities for them to work together, and learn about key policy and funding issues.A London Councils spokesman said: “On November 18, following a public consultation, members of London Councils’ grants committee made a recommendation that ‘while not without merit, given current financial constraints, there is unlikely to be a strong enough case for continuing a programme on capacity building in the voluntary sector’ beyond April 2017.“London Councils’ leaders committee will consider this recommendation on December 8.”last_img read more

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Herb Farmer Launches Book on Healing Plants

first_img“For a year, I was like, I don’t know what I’m doing,” she said. “But I would hang out there and spend extra cash on seeds.”Eventually, she took over the operation and began to produce tinctures. Many plants in the traditional European herbalism Weaver practices need to be well established before they can be harvested, so the Medicine Garden needed time to grow before it could produce any actual medicine. Fortunately, having been handed from one urban herb farmer to the next for several years, when Weaver began her work in earnest she was able to draw from some of the herbs planted years prior by her predecessors. In 2015 Weaver and writer-editor Mari Amend began working together, starting a community-supported-agriculture business (CSA) that provided subscribers with tinctures and short chapbooks giving some herbalistic guidance to city dwellers. The mission was education about and access to herbal medicine.“Feeling like I was this ancient witch in techtopia, living in the internet, trying to invoke grandmothers in this age was strange, but at the same time I felt so passionate about it,” Weaver said. She became what she calls an herb farmer, blending the niche practice of urban agriculture with another subculture, the cultivation of medicinal herbs. She’s not an herbalist per se – she doesn’t set out to treat people’s afflictions as a practitioner, but rather to provide them the tools to seek out natural healing on their own, even in an urban setting.And with a stack of essays on urban herbalism under her belt, Weaver set out with Amend to write the book that would become “Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis.” It offers an overview of the history, politics, and context of the Medicine Garden that evolved at 18th and Guerrero streets, as well as an outline of 20 herbs that can be grown in San Francisco easily and their folklore, and their traditional and modern uses and dosages.Weaver’s emphasis is on place. The plants discussed can be grown here, unlike the far-flung exotic herbs that tend to become popular among seekers of herbal remedies. But history and politics also affect a place, an environment. The name “1849 Medicine Garden” refers to the year gold-seekers began flooding in to San Francisco, changing the landscape, the nature, and the course of history for ever and not always for the better. (Weaver steered away from the term “gold rush,” loath to idolize so destructive an era.) Weaver and Amend are about to embark on a book tour, giving talks and leading workshops in cities up and down the Pacific coast. A book release party is scheduled for Sunday Sept 25 at Little City Gardens, 203 Cotter St, San Francisco, 3-6 p.m. Tour event dates and times will be announced on their website. Tags: community gardens • gardening Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The first time Bonnie Rose Weaver came across herbal remedies she dismissed the notion. Now, she is releasing a book discussing the therapeutic herbs she has grown for years in San Francisco’s Medicine Garden. And all it took was some tea.Eventually convinced to give herbs a shot, Weaver visited a natural remedies bookshop in Olympia, Wa., where she was living at the time, and learned how to formulate a tea to help alleviate symptoms of her asthma. After some three months of drinking the tea, her condition improved. She stopped using the inhaler and hasn’t looked back, instead pursuing her passion for herbs. “I was so empowered by them. That barrier that I had been taught to believe was there…that was just gone,” Weaver said.Upon her return to her native San Francisco, Weaver began an apprenticeship with at an urban farm. Later she became part of a group of mostly women who coaxed herbs out of the soil at the Medicine Garden, a plot of earth behind an apartment building on 18th and Guerrero streets. Eventually, Weaver began running the space.center_img 0%last_img read more

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ROYCE Simmons knows the importance of the Challeng

first_imgROYCE Simmons knows the importance of the Challenge Cup to St Helens and is urging the fans to get behind the team on Sunday.Saints lie just 160 minutes away from another Wembley appearance – but face an opponent in form this weekend at the Stobart Stadium.Hull KR come to Widnes on the back of a four-match run and are expected to bring a large travelling support.That means the Saints fans are more important than ever as the club seeks its eleventh semi-final in a row.“A lot of people have asked me what it would mean to win the Challenge Cup and quite simply it would be tremendous. It is one of the greatest competitions, with great history, played at one of the greatest stadiums,” Simmons said. “We are involved in Rugby League to be winners; you do not compete to run second, and I know how important the Cup is to the fans.“At the start of the year everyone would want to win the cup and we’re no different. But at the end of the day we have to win this game to stand a chance of making the final.“It would be tremendous to see us win it of course. We have a good set of young blokes who work really hard and a back room team that do the same and one of our captains is leaving at the end of the year… so there are a lot of reasons to win it and we’d love to do it for the fans too.”He continued: “Hull KR had a good season last year and strengthened further this season. But they lost Michael Dobson, Blake Green and Clint Newton to injury and suffered. But since those players have come back they have hit some form and are very dangerous with those combinations on the park.“Their back rowers run good lines too and they have a strong full back and good halves. Kris Welham is a really good footballer and is the league’s top try scorer.“Right now they are not in the eight but will be busting their tail to get into it. Now they have the cup in front of them and they will be thinking this is the opportunity to make their mark this season and get into the semis.“But we know there’s no room for error and no second chances… so we need the fans to be behind us on Sunday and roar us on.”Tickets for Sunday’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final tie with Hull KR at the Stobart Stadium are still on sale. You can get yours by calling into the Stobart Stadium’s ticket office from 12pm on Sunday. You can also pay at turnstiles 1 and 2 in the North Stand.last_img read more

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SAINTS went down 2810 at home to Wigan Warriors t

first_imgSAINTS went down 28-10 at home to Wigan Warriors to end their winning run.Tries from Francis Meli and Sia Soliola weren’t enough as their nearest rivals took advantage of the big occasion to take the spoils.One of the highlights of Saints last two performances has been their ability to destroy teams in the opening 20 minutes.Well, they weren’t given a chance against the Warriors who brushed off Francis Meli’s 12th minute try to lead 12-4 at half time.Saints got away from the gameplan, dropped too many balls and conceded daft penalties to give the Warriors the impetus.In the second half, Saints struggled to break through until Sia Soliola’s big drive but his good work was undone when Sam Tomkins stepped off a Gareth Hock offload.Hock then effectively sealed the win with Jeff Lima grabbing another on the dot.Saints began the match on the back foot when Tommy Makinson – coming in for the suspended Paul Wellens – spilled a kick that came at him at speed along the floor.But his charges defended well and managed to thwart Wigan’s attack.Both sides then made handling errors as they struggled to get any real go forward; and then Saints took advantage of one to strike first.A great kick from Lance Hohaia saw Sam Tomkins scrambling – and when he caught the ball he was crunched by Josh Jones.The ball came loose, was recycled by Hohaia to Francis Meli who made no mistake.Jonny Lomax wide with the conversion.The lead was short lived through as Saints forced the pass, Wigan scooped up and Darrell Goulding did the rest; Charnley converting.Pat Richards then one disallowed by the video referee but George Carmont made no mistake moments later as Wigan spread the play.Josh Charnley adding his second conversion of the afternoon.Saints bagged three repeat sets in the final few minutes, but couldn’t find a significant gap to get back into it.And they were lucky not to be further down as Sia Soliola needed all his strength to stop Jack Hughes putting down.The second half started with Saints pinning Wigan back with some early kicks.Wigan then won a penalty right in Saints territory, but the home side defended well before finally getting back into the match.Referee Phil Bentham repeatedly penalised Wigan in the tackle and on Saints fourth set, Soliola ploughed over.Tommy Makinson converting instead of the injured Jonny Lomax.Sam Tomkins took advantage of a poor penalty call to fire Wigan further ahead – converted by Charnley – and as the clock ticked down Gareth Hock scored after Michael Shenton was sinbinned.Lima sealing it at the end with a superb run.All in all it was a poor show from Saints who couldn’t match the intensity of the previous two wonderful performances, but they will head into Easter Monday’s match looking to bounce back.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Meli, SoliolaGoals: (Lomax 0 from 1), Makinson (1 from 1)Wigan:Tries: Goulding, Carmont, Tomkins, Hock, LimaGoals: Charnley (4 from 5)Penalties:Saints: 8Wigan: 10HT: 4-12FT: 28-10REF: Phil BenthamATT: 17980Teams:Saints:21. Tommy Makinson; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 26. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 18. Shaun Magennis, 13. Chris Flannery, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 4. Sia Soliola, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough.Wigan:1. Sam Tomkins; 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. George Carmont, 5. Pat Richards; 6. Brett Finch, 7. Thomas Leuluai; 8. Paul Prescott, 9. Michael McIlorum, 14. Jeff Lima, 12. Gareth Hock, 11. Harrison Hansen, 17. Chris Tuson.Subs: 22. Gil Dudson, 26. Jack Hughes, 28. Logan Tomkins, 32. Tom Spencer.last_img read more

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RUGBY League World Cup 2013 is less than 80 days a

first_imgRUGBY League World Cup 2013 is less than 80 days away and final preparations are being made to make it the greatest show the sport has ever seen.And to help complement the thrill and excitement of the competition, we are pleased to announce an audition for the Official RLWC2013 Dance Team.Rugby League cheerleaders from across the land are encouraged to try out and help us form a brand new sports dance team that will perform at games during the tournament.But the audition is not exclusive to Super League Cheerleaders.Any dancer – boy or girl – is welcome to attend the audition, which will be held at Liverpool One on Saturday September 7.During the audition, dancers will be taught a short routine and will be required to perform in small groups on stageApplicants must be aged 16 or over and confident dance performers.“It would be great to have a squad that consisted of dancers from each squad,” said team co-ordinator Sarah Elston. “Whilst we hope this will be something Rugby League cheerleaders will jump at the chance to become involved, we do not want to exclude anyone else that dreams of performing at such a big event like Rugby League World Cup 2013.”Cheer Dance and Street Cheer experience will help but we are also looking for gymnasts in particular tumblers to enhance the squad even further. If you think you can add that extra something then get in touch!For more information, contact Sarah Elston: sarahelston84@gmail.comlast_img read more

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A SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors at this Fridays

first_imgA SAINTLY welcome to our sponsors at this Friday’s game.CORPORATE SPONSORS – Arthur J. GallagherPreviously known as Oval Insurance Broking, Arthur J. Gallagher is pleased to continue to sponsor St.Helens R.F.C.They provide Insurance Broking and Risk Management services for clients ranging from new start-ups to some of the largest PLCs and transact business in 140 countries worldwide.They can be contacted on: Arthur J. Gallagher, Spinnaker House, 141 Sefton Street, Liverpool, L8 5SN. Tel: 0151 708 8090. www.ajg.comMATCH BALL SPONSORS – Kieras Occasions Venue Dressing and Balloon DecorA lifelong Saints supporter, this locally run business was set up in 2008 and specialises in all types of wedding décor including centrepieces, dance floor hire and more.They are to be match ball sponsors for the first time.Kieras Occasions Venue Dressing and Balloon Décor is on 132 Greenfield Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6SH. They can be contacted via 07955 600 101. www.kierasoccasions.co.ukMATCH PROGRAMME SPONSORS – Warrington Audi Visit Jardine Warrington Audi for the latest sleek Audi cars in the region.Their showroom is operated by highly qualified team members and we offer new and used cars, as well as aftersales services.Warrington Audi is conveniently located on Charon Way, in the Gemini Retail Park, in Warrington.Charon Way, Gemini Retail Park, Westbrook, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 7YD. www.jardinemotors.co.uk/audi/contact-us/13/warrington-audi/THIS WEEK’S FEATURED PLAYER SPONSOR – OD’s Designer ClothingODs offer a great selection of designer clothing in a fantastic and specious showroom. They also sponsor our half time crossbar challenge!They are proud sponsors of Travis Burns.OD’s Designer Clothing, 44 Barrow Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1RY. www.odsdesignerclothing.comlast_img read more

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A DOMINANT if sometimes sketchy second half perf

first_imgA DOMINANT, if sometimes sketchy, second half performance saw the Saints Reserves continue their unbeaten run by emulating the U19s from last Saturday, writes Graham Henthorne.The torrential rain that had teemed down over the North West had left the pitch greasy to say the least and with a big puddle over one corner of one try line.Handling was always going to be tricky as proven when Tony Suffolk knocked-on with his first carry after a great charge down and pick up by Lewis Charnock. The redoubtable prop more than made up for it later with some fantastic carries off his own line into the heart of the home sides defence.Saints opened the scoring as Jack Ashworth, who had earlier had a certain try ruled out as being held up over the line, strode majestically under the posts taking Matty Fleming’s inside ball. This after a Travis burns dummy had allowed him to put Fleming into the clear.The Saints then managed to lose their way a little as the errors and penalties increased in tandem allowing the hosts to take the lead scoring twice in a five minutes spell. The first came after three big defensive sets on the Saints line.But that was as good as it got for the hosts as the Saints then took control.Another great defensive set forced a poor kick from deep in their own half. Further territory courtesy of a penalty put the Saints on the attack and Ricky Bailey showed his footwork skills as he took a left to right pass and stepped inside to score under the black dot.A massive side on hit from Tom Connick, which cut the player in half, forced a knock-on on half way. Three drives down the left after the scrum dragged the defence out of shape then from the play the ball Travis Burns went back right out the back to Bailey then to Tommi Hughes who beat two men to the corner.The second half started as much of the first half had been, as a bit of an arm wrestle but two tries in a five minute period put the Saints out of reach.The first came after a big hit from Lewis Charnock forced the home side into spilling the ball. Two tackles later and Burns went on a mazy run bouncing off tackles and eventually going in under the posts.The second was also Ashworth’s second. A home knock-on on the last was picked up by Hughes who went 50 metres. Four tackles later, with the defence at sixes and sevens, Charnock’s beautiful miss pass straight from the play the ball gave Burns the chance to commit his man and put the big second row over.As in the first half saw the Saints lose their way as the completion rate plummeted thus allowing the home side a foothold into the game they didn’t deserve.Common sense prevailed, however, as Bailey did well to save a try holding the player up over the line and then five tackles after the handover Levy Nzoungou was showing his pace and footwork as he danced his way over on the left for the final score.Despite the dismal handling on show the Saints showed the calibre of their defence as, apart from the two first half lapses, they were never really troubled by a poor home side.Big minutes from Suffolk, Ashworth, Charnock, Joe Greenwood and Olly Davies set the platform for the backs to challenge their much vaunted opposition and make them look pedestrian in the process.The juggernaut rolls on with the Reserves and U19s challenging each other to keep the run going every time they take to the field.Match Summary:Wigan:Tries: Liam Marshall (25), Luke Waterworth (30).Goals: Jack Higginson.Saints:Tries: Jack Ashworth (15 & 56), Ricky Bailey (34), Tommi Hughes (38), Travis Burns (52), Levy Nzoungou (70).Goals: Travis Burns 3, Lewis Charnock.Half Time: 16-10Full Time: 32-10Teams:Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. Liam Marshall, 3. Jack Higginson, 4. McCauley Davies, 5. Tom Davies; 6. Lewis Heckford, 7. Jake Shorrocks; 8. Joe Bretherton, 9. Luke Waterworth, 10. Greg Burke, 11. Nick Gregson, 12. Jack Wells, 13. Kyle Shelford. Subs: 14. Craig Mullen, 16. Max Dudley, 17. Josh Woods, 18. Jake Moore, 19. Liam Paisley, 20. Cain Barnes, 21. Sam Brady.Saints:1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Tommi Hughes, 3. Matty Fleming, 4. Jake Spedding, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Travis Burns, 14. Tom Connick; 21. Tony Suffolk, 9. Lewis Charnock, 19. Ross McCauley, 12. Joe Greenwood, 16. Jack Ashworth, 13. Olly Davies. Subs: 8. Levy Nzoungou, 10. Tom Whittle, 15. Ben Morris, 22. Jonah Cunningham 23. Dave Llewellyn, 24. Brad Billsborough.last_img read more

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NEW signing Zeb Taia arrived in the country today

first_imgNEW signing Zeb Taia arrived in the country today and wasted no time in getting to know his surroundings.He popped in to our Cowley International College Training Facility to meet some of the players, the coaching staff and Chairman Eamonn McManus.The 32-year-old joined from Gold Coast Titans last week.Keiron Cunningham is tight lipped on whether Zeb will be available this Friday saying at Monday’s weekly press conference: “We have plenty of forwards and we have to make sure we don’t break him before he gets running.”last_img read more

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The game will kick off at 745pm and entry is just

first_imgThe game will kick off at 7:45pm and entry is just £5.Ian Talbot’s squad is:Aaron Smith, Adam Walker, Ben Morris, Calvin Wellington, Chris Kellett, Danny Richardson, Dave Eccleston, Evan Bullen, Jack Owens, Jack Ashworth, Jake Spedding, Jonah Cunningham, Jordan Gibbons, Josh Eaves, Liam Cooper, Matty Lees, Mike Weldon, Ricky Bailey (pictured) and Tom Nisbet.last_img

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