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Bus drivers due to strike after “1p an hour pay rise” offer

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Bus drivers at Arriva’s Wythenshawe depot will walk out on Monday (Nov 20) after pay talks with unions collapsed on Friday.

No Arriva buses will be running in Manchester after the company’s final pay offer, was rejected as an insult by trade unions, Unite and the GMB.

The unions, which will stage nine days of strike action in the run up to Christmas, said the pay rise offered by Arriva bosses amounts to 1p an hour for drivers. Read More…

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Manchester United legend Irwin launches new pitch at Health Academy

_DSC6776Young sports stars of the future rubbed shoulders with  Manchester United legend Denis Irwin when he officially opened Manchester Health Academy’s new all-weather pitch.

The veteran former Reds defender, who won 20 major honours in his 12-year stay with United, watched students playing on the pitch before taking part in a Q&A session and officially unveiling the new facility in Wythenshawe.

He said: “Unveiling this new pitch was a pleasure for me, especially seeing so many youngsters out enjoying their football. It’s a wonderful facility and will no doubt become a magnet for people to visit and enjoy playing sport at. Read More…

Thousands turn out for Wythenshawe Park fireworks display on busy night for firefighters

Thousands of people turned out for Wythenshawe Park’s firework display last night.

It was soggy underfoot, but the crowds took advantage of the dry and clear skies for the spectacular display and the lighting of the bonfire. Read More…

New principal for Manchester Health Academy

DKQEphTX0AEUfF-Manchester Health Academy’s new principal, Kevin Green, says he is honoured to be taking on the role.

Mr Green was vice principal at the school on Moor Road, Wythenshawe for four years before the appointment this week, following the departure of former head, Damian Owen in July. Read More…

After 11 years, Government apology to family of Wythenshawe soldier killed in Iraq “mobile coffin”

untitledThe family of Wythenshawe soldier Pte Lee Ellis who was killed in the Iraq war has received a letter of apology from Defence Decretary Michael Fallon about the circumstances of his death.

Pte Ellis was one of dozens of soldiers killed while travelling in a lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover, dubbed “mobile coffins” during the conflict in 2006.

Sir Michael Fallon wrote to a number of families apologising for delays in bringing in alternative protected vehicles “which could have saved lives”.

Pte Ellis’ sister, Karla told the BBC the letter was “cherry on the cake” following the victory in the High Court which recognised the duty of care the government had for her brother and other soldiers in the war. Read More…

Wythenshawe residents invited to nominate their Queen Bee (or King) community champions

 

Manchester residents are invited to nominate the community champions and unsung heroes who keep their communities buzzing for a Be Proud award – including a special award to honour an outstanding contribution in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack.

The Be Proud awards celebrate the local people who proudly do their bit to help make Manchester a better city for everyone to live in.

Manchester City Council wants you to tell them all about the people and organisations who improve people’s lives through what they do, who make a real difference to their neighbourhoods and who are truly passionate about Manchester.

This year, residents are invited to put forward nominations for a special recognition award, which will honour a person, project or organisation that stood tall and helped local communities to pull through after the Manchester Arena attack.

Be Proud awards will also be up for grabs in categories including Volunteer of the Year, Community Cohesion, Business in the Community, Young Achiever of the Year and Neighbour of the Year.

One of the category winners will also be selected by judges as the city’s “Queen (or King) Bee” and will receive the overall Pride of Manchester award for 2017.

Three finalists for each category will be invited to a prestigious Gala Dinner, held in the Great Hall of Manchester Town Hall on Friday 24 November, where the winners will be announced in an “Oscars”-style ceremony.

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “The Be Proud awards are the perfect way of saying a heartfelt thank you to the extraordinary people across Manchester who give their time and talents to make their neighbourhoods better, brighter places for everyone to enjoy.

“We’re asking residents to nominate the people and organisations who they feel deserve recognition for going the extra mile – and this year, we will also be presenting a special award to someone who stepped up to help the city to stay strong and begin to recover after the Manchester Arena attack.”

Nominations are now open and close on Sunday 10 September.  Nomination details can be found at www.manchester.gov.uk/beproud 

 

 

Pharmacy staff help boost dementia awareness

IMG_0722Staff and volunteers at Well pharmacy in Northenden came together to provide advice to those living with dementia; their carers; and those concerned about dementia in their family.

Pharmacist, Usman Aslam, and Alzheimer’s Society support worker, Julia Collins, from Manchester, were on hand to provide expert advice around the life-changing condition.

Julia’s expertise enabled staff and visitors to obtain further advice and information about how people can help those with dementia, and those who care for them.

The in-store event is part of a series of initiatives by Well pharmacy designed to raise awareness of dementia, including fundraising activity for the charity.

This follows the announcement last year, that for the first time, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are the leading cause of death for England and Wales.

Mr Aslam, pharmacist branch manager at Well Northenden, said: “The team provides support every day in our local community through one-to-one advice and private consultations, helping people to live well with dementia.

“We offer practical assistance with dementia medication, including ordering and collecting prescriptions from GP practices and delivering medicines to elderly people’s homes if they are unable to get to the pharmacy. We also help people to manage their medicine usage and dosage to ensure they are managing their condition well.

“With Julia’s assistance, we opened our doors to invite local residents in to talk to us about how we can support our ageing community members.”

The event was attended by dozens of people, with many sharing their own experiences and challenges of living with dementia.

Julia Collins, Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia support worker for Manchester, said: “It was a pleasure to be invited to work with Well pharmacy to deliver today’s event in Northenden, as it gave me the opportunity to speak directly to members of the community who are impacted by dementia.”

To get advice, share experiences and connect with the Alzheimer’s Society, visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/.

 

To find your nearest Well store and to speak to your local pharmacist, visit www.well.co.uk/Pharmacy-Finder.

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