This page serves to document all our archived news articles for 2013. Please note all content and images are ©Five Children and Families Trust.

The 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event. People across the UK get together with family and friends to hold a coffee morning/afternoon where donations on the day are made to Macmillan. In 2012 115,000 people signed up, raising a record £15 million!

The event started in 1990, when a local fundraising committee decided to hold a coffee morning where people came along to meet and mingle - as they might ordinarily do - but donate the cost of their coffee to Macmillan in the process.

The idea seemed such a simple, yet effective one that they suggested the model be taken up nationally. The first National 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' was in 1991, when 2,600 people registered to hold coffee mornings across the country. Since then it has raised over £75 million in total for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This year parents from Tots Cafe and Stay & Play groups got together with the Welcum Club in the Noah's Ark to host their own coffee afternoon. We held a cake bring and buy sale and took part in the raffle and games of bingo. In total we raised £140.64 which will be donated to the cause.

This is a charity that is very close to our hearts at Five, as last year we lost Becca Bates to cancer – a valued member of our Youth Point group who is still very sadly missed.

Harvest Festival reminds us of all the good things the world gives us. In schools and in Churches, people bring food from home to a Harvest Festival Service.

After the service, the food that has been put on display is usually made into parcels and given to people for are less fortunate than themselves.

As part of our Harvest Festival celebrations, children from Lois's Stay & Play group collected tins, packets of dried food and fresh fruit and vegetables from home.

They filled grocery baskets to be distributed to some of the senior citizens living in the area.

The residents at Middleton Court were delighted to see the children who presented them with their basket of goodies.

The children then went on to entertain them all with their rendition of 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow' and 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'.

Everyone had such a good time that we promised to return at Christmas to entertain them again with Christmas Carols.

The 20 Effect is a speed reduction campaign designed to influence safer driving and heighten awareness for 20mph limits in residential areas.

The campaign is run in joint partnership by Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Primary Care Trust.

The 20 Effect campaign has been built in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Primary Care Trust, Mersey Travel, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and a number of resident and community action groups.

They have designed a facebook page to encourage community interaction and information sharing which is open everyone that has an interest in the introduction of 20mph speed limits in residential roads in Liverpool.

Please take the time to visit the page and have your voice heard:

New research out today (24 June 2013) shows just how much parents do to stop their children suffering horrific accidents.

A quarter of parents say their child had a close call before leaving school. Two-thirds say they've had to save the day to prevent a serious accident. But parents play down their life-saving role and seriously underestimate the rescue service they provide.

The top hair-raising accidents that parents have saved their children from are:

Parents whose children had a close call with danger revealed an alarming number of near misses. 80% recalled around five narrow escapes. 20% reported up to ten close scrapes.

But the new research reveals parents seriously underestimate themselves and fail to recognise their actions as heroic. Most (94%) agree that rescuing a child from danger makes someone a hero and parents protect children from serious accidents every day. However, they are far more likely to see fire officers (64%) or paramedics (49%) as heroes than themselves or other parents (9%).

The findings are released to launch Child Safety Week, a national awareness campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). Commenting on the findings, Katrina Phillips, CAPT Chief Executive, said:

"Most parents whose children have had a near miss have been the ones to save the day. They're on the frontline of accident prevention, the hidden heroes in our midst. Yet bizarrely they rule themselves out as safety heroes. And it's not just the heroic rescues. Many parents don't realise the life-saving importance of the small things they do every day to protect their children."

"Our message for Child Safety Week is you don't need to be superhuman to be a Safety Hero. Putting your coffee cup out of reach, making sure the safety gate is closed, practising road safety with your children while you're out walking - these small things all add up to children who are protected from serious harm."

Our very own superhero, "Mr Super Safe", can be seen here reinforcing the Green Cross Code - a simple practice that can save a child's life.

For more information, visit the CAPT website.

You don't have to dress up in a fancy costume to be a super safety hero (although obviously it helps) - small everyday actions can make a big difference to our children's safety. That's why everyone at Five Children's Centre is actively promoting 'Child Safety Week'.

We will be starting the week off with a fun filled Family Day which will be held on Parklands School field right next to the Centre on Saturday 22nd June at 11.00am - 1.00pm.

There'll be face painting, free books for children under 5, a visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, a treasure trail and a Super Hero Fancy Dress Competition.


Congratulations to Joel Riley from St Ambrose School who won our 'Design a Superhero' competition.

Joel won a 2 day animation workshop for his year 6 class mates.

They have produced a superhero animation which will be launched at our Family Fun Day this Saturday. It is Mr Super Safe's mission to keep all the children in Speke safe from harm.

Well done and thanks to Joel and his class mates for all their hard work.


Grandparents Plus is a national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family in children's lives - especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.

If you have responsibility or are thinking of taking on the role of guardianship of your relative, Grandparents Plus can provide you with a range of services including:

They also run a free peer support network for people bringing up a relative's child.

For more information visit

As recent estimates show that over 12,000 Liverpool people are set to be penalised when their Housing Benefit is cut from 1 April, the SLH Group are continuing to help and advice tenants through these difficult times. So far, SLH have contacted all of our tenants who are affected by the new rule to explain how the changes impact on them and to discuss their options.

7633 disabled tenants in Liverpool will be unfairly hit by the Government's 'Bedroom Tax', and SLH, along with other Liverpool housing providers, are urging ministers to think again. SLH don't believe the bed room tax is a fair and equitable way of reducing the welfare bill and will continue working with other housing providers and the National Housing Federation to raise awareness of the affects the cuts are having on tenants.

The Government has set up a Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) fund, so councils can provide financial support to some people who are struggling to pay their rent when the tax hits. So far The SLH Group has identified over 70 tenants who may be eligible for the fund.

There has been a lot of debate recently as to what constitutes a bedroom; however, SLH Group will not be reviewing any homes unless clear rules change meaning they have to.

The SLH Group, along with 15 other housing associations, have just launched a film (link below) to help tenants understand the impact of Government's welfare reform, including Universal Credit and the changes to Disability Living Allowance.

Some useful links:

New Direction is a new service which is available to housing association tenants, who are in and out of work.

If you are struggling paying your bills and have mounting debts, or are worried that you may be affected by the new benefit changes such as the "bedroom tax" and universal credits, New Direction can help by offering a money buddying service that helps you to become more financially capable!.

Charanjeet Birdie, the worker for Speke, is based in Speke CAB. She can offer practical help and support in a number of areas, some of which include making sure you get all the money you are entitled to, assistance with budgeting, help setting up bank accounts/direct debits and reducing outgoings by searching for the best deals such as helping you to switch energy suppliers.

Charanjeet can meet up with clients in their home or in the café here at Five Children's Centre and she will be working closely with the Children Centre staff and our partners.

Why not take a positive step to get your money under control? To make an appointment, you can contact Charanjeet directly on 07717 834208 or ask one of the Centre staff to make a referral.

Alternatively, just call into Speke CAB.

Download a zipped PDF of the full information leaflet here.

Peter Graham from National Career's Service will be available at the Centre every Tuesday from 9.30am - 4.00pm and will complement the service already provided by Job Centre Plus.

This is a free, drop-in service providing information on careers and skills advice that's tailored to individuals.

Peter is professionally qualified and can support you in making the right choices about learning and work.

He can also help you to open a Lifelong Learning Account, which you can use whenever you need to update your skills.

He can also help you with:

For more information visit the National Careers Service website.

We were recently asked by the Local Authority to put forward a proposal to the Home Office Community Resilience Programme.

Initially we were reluctant as timescales were really restrictive with only 3 months to deliver on a project to tackle Gang, Gun and Knife Crime.

We came up with the idea of PLEDGE (Positive Living to End Drug and Gang Engagement) for young people.

Working with members of the Every Child Matters group we aim to:

We are undertaking this work against the backdrop of more cuts to youth and play services.

We know that this will impact negatively in the community so it is really important that we use our voice to challenge further cuts to an already depleted service and shape a strategy that supports young people.

Beat Abuse recently launched their advice leaflet to over 105 partners in the Crown Plaza.

Guest speakers included Maria Eagle MP for Speke Garston and Stefanie Till, Mayoral Lead for Children and Young people.

The support was overwhelming, not just for the innovative design of their leaflet, but also for the vision and direction of the group in their drive to help other young people.

Chelsea, David, Haley, Jess and Tom have shown tremendous courage following the death of their close friend Kelsey Shaw.

Speke should be very proud of these five young people who, despite their own grief, have taken such positive action to warn others of the potentially serious and sometimes fatal consequences of abusive relationships.

Thanks to Jamal and Lynnie who have supported them on their amazing journey and of course Pat, Kelsey's mum who has allowed us to tell her story.

We are very proud of our colleague Emilia Walania whose work within the Polish community in South Liverpool was recognised recently at an awards ceremony at Liverpool's Town Hall.

Around 80 people, including the Mayor of Sefton and Deputy Mayor of Wirral, attended the civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan and the Consul General of Poland, Mr Lukasz Lutostanski.

Lord Mayor, Sharon Sullivan said: "Today is a great opportunity to recognise and thank those responsible for supporting and welcoming the Polish community in Liverpool and making them feel at home over the past few years."

"Their continuing help and support makes a huge difference to newcomers starting a new life in the city, and I thank them for their efforts. I hope they carry on assisting others wishing to make Liverpool their home."

Consul General of the Republic of Poland Mr. Lukasz Lutostanski said: "We are delighted to honour the work of people in local services who supported the Polish Community in Merseyside and made them feel welcome in their new home.

"We are proud to recognise the voluntary work of Polish community organisations and positive impact they had on building better relations."

Emilia has been fundamental in helping to break down barriers between ourselves and Polish community. She was instrumental in setting up South Liverpool Polish Association who have successfully secured funding to provide a Group Development Skills Programme and ESOL training as well as coordinating events including Polish Easter Workshops and International Children's Day.

Not only has Emilia helped to integrate her kinfolk into our community but she has also given us an insight into the Polish culture.