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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.

Mr Green said: “I am honoured to take up the role of principal for Manchester Health Academy.  The staff and students of the Academy are an amazing group of people, and it is my pleasure to lead this great organisation forward.”

Prior to joining the teaching profession Mr Green was an engineer for more than ten years before embarking on a teaching career which has spanned 20 years.

David Cain, Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy said: “We are delighted that Kevin has been appointed as our new Principal following his time as the Vice Principal.  He is now well placed to lead the Academy forward and we are confident that our students will benefit from all that he will do, with the support of staff, to deliver a good education to them.”

Letters have gone out to parents informing them of the new appointment.

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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.

Housing group will consider installing sprinklers to ensure tower block safety

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“All options” will be considered

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group says it will consider fitting sprinkler systems to its tower blocks if that is what is required to maintain the safety of residents.

The Group, which runs social housing in Wythenshawe, has been reviewing fire safety in its tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in the North Kensington, London in which at least 79 people have died.

Cladding is already being removed from the Group’s Village 135 complex for elderly people in Wythenshawe and The Reporter put a number of questions to the landlord about other aspects of fire safety, raised by residents. Read More…

UPDATE: Re Police appeal for information about Wythenshawe woman missing since Sunday night

19424495_1700851249955316_3321737653819129518_nUPDATE: Gail Simpson has now been found safe and well.

Police are concerned about a woman who has been missing from her home in Wythenshawe since Sunday.

Gail Simpson, aged 32  was last seen at 7-46pm on Sunday 25th June 2017 leaving Roundthorn Metrolink Station in Wythenshawe.

She is described as being white, medium build, 5’4” tall with long brown hair tied up in a pony tail. She was last seen wearing a white & black blouse, black jeans, black jacket and black boots.

Gail has not been in contact with her family since Sunday evening and she did not turn up to work on Monday morning.

Police said: “They are understandably very worried about Gail as this is very out of character for her. We know that she had been for a drink in Chorlton before getting the Metrolink to Roundthorn.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 and quote incident log 1043 of 26/6/17.

Wythenshawe MP praises landlord and fire service for removing tower block cladding

wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe MP Mike Kane has praised Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and the fire service after cladding was removed from a tower block in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

Mr Kane said earlier this week he understood that none of Wythenshawe’s tower blocks were fitted with cladding which has been associated with the rapid spread of the London fire in which at least 79 people killed or are missing presumed dead.

But after a review by landlord, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service, cladding was removed from one of the blocks.

In a statement, Mr Kane said: “We are all shocked by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. Our thoughts are with those who are affected by the fire, and we are grateful to the emergency services who responded so rapidly and bravely. It is vital that we get to the bottom of how this fire happened, hold those responsible to account, and do what is needed to make sure it does not happen again.

“Wythenshawe Community Housing Group responded quickly following the fire and have been working with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service to ensure the safety of their tenants. They have inspected all blocks and where cladding was present this has been sent off for testing. This processes has identified an issue with some of the panelling on Village 135 and immediate steps are being taken to remove the panelling.  However the view of the Fire & Rescue Service is that Village 135 is a safe building.

“I am grateful to WCHG and GMFRS for their swift response and the steps they are taking to ensure that residents are safe and have the necessary reassurances about fire safety in their their homes.”

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