A Shropshire Council manager is to donate £1,000 towards the Prostate Cancer UK charity, having won the money in a special prize draw.
Angela Beechey, the council’s risk and insurance manager, won the money – which was to be donated to a charity of her choice - at the national Association of Local Authority Risk Managers (Alarm) Forum in Manchester earlier in 2014. She was presented with the cheque on Friday 17 October 2014 at Shirehall.
She said personal experience is the reason for choosing Prostate Cancer UK as the recipient of the prize.
“The Alarm Chairman’s charity for the forum was for prostate cancer, and as my father, grandfather and one of my uncles has prostate cancer, I thought it would be a good charity to choose.
“At the same forum a person had cycled all the way from London to Manchester to raise money for the same cause.”
Angela was attending the forum with a Shropshire Council colleague to present a seminar on opportunity risk management, which was very well received and enjoyed excellent feedback.
The Alarm Forum gave the opportunity to network and speak with different suppliers, ranging from solicitors to insurance companies.
JLT – a firm of brokers – are responsible for the awarding of the prize, and drew Angela’s business card from a number of entrants.
Association of Local Authority Risk Managers (Alarm):
Alarm members are from a diverse range of public sector organisations which include: local government, the police, fire and rescue services, water authorities, Probation Service, universities, Environment Agency, housing associations, health authorities, National Parks and the Construction Service Agency.
Alarm aims to make a positive contribution to loss reduction in the public sector. By working in collaboration, Alarm brings together a variety of experiences. Alarm share this pool of knowledge amongst all public services to avoid duplication of effort and further waste of precious resources.
Prostate Cancer UK fund vital research into tests, treatments and the causes of prostate cancer. For years, the fight against prostate cancer has been badly underfunded. The charity provide a range of information and support so services can be tailored to individuals. Support services include specialist nurses, an online community and support groups.
The first students have embarked on courses at Shropshire’s new University Centre and are benefitting from the expertise of both academics and industry professionals.
University Centre Shrewsbury has welcomed a small intake of pioneering postgraduates who are studying Certificate in Management Studies (CMS) and Certificate in Public Health (CPH) courses.
The chance to study the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at University Centre Shrewsbury is also being offered from this autumn (2014), with more postgraduate courses available from early next year.
University Centre Shrewsbury is being established by the University of Chester and Shropshire Council after research showed there was strong demand and interest in a new institution to serve the needs of the county.
The CMS is designed to support graduates wishing to accelerate their management careers, by enhancing their leadership, entrepreneurial, problem solving, and creative thinking skills.
The CPH is a professional development programme for people currently working in the field of public health and health improvement, and those interested in improving health and well-being, preventing disease and reducing health inequalities in the population.
The curriculum has been designed with health providers and local businesses while industry specialists are joining academics to teach at University Centre Shrewsbury.
As planned, about 20 postgraduate students have started the first CMS and CPH courses.
Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, said:
“Welcoming our first students is a landmark moment for University Centre Shrewsbury. From here, we can grow as an institution and increase opportunities for students and the county.
“We are giving all of our students a substantial amount of time with both academics and business experts. By offering this close support and broad range of knowledge, we can help to ensure that our students succeed in their chosen field, and that the region can benefit as much as possible from the skills and research developed at the University Centre.”
Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, said:
“I’m delighted that our first students have now started their studies at University Centre Shrewsbury and I wish them all every success.
“The new University Centre is a brilliant thing for Shrewsbury and Shropshire, and welcoming our first students is an exciting and hugely important step, showing everyone that the University Centre is already a reality.”
Shari Thompson, Managing Director of Green Jelly Marketing, who is teaching sessions as part of business postgraduate courses, said:
“I am thrilled to be involved with University Centre Shrewsbury; the opportunities for students, businesses and the area as a whole are enormous.
“The vision of a vocational university, which is not only involved with commercial enterprises but the community as a whole, to equip students fully for a good grounding in industry, is not only unique, but also very much needed. Although new, it is clear that University Centre Shrewsbury will make a real statement and put Shrewsbury firmly on the map as a top choice for study.”
Geoff Anslow, a Shropshire Council graduate and one of the first students, said:
“I’m very excited to be working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies at University Centre Shrewsbury.
“I know this qualification will provide me with a firm understanding of key business and management principles, and will enable me to make an informed contribution to Shropshire Council’s transformational programme.
“My aspirations are to give something back to my local community, develop my professional skills and eventually become a future leader in the public sector; I firmly believe this course will enhance my existing skills and give me additional tools to fulfil my aims.”
Kristan Pritchard, Health Improvement Practitioner, Herefordshire Council, added:
“I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to develop my skills through completing the Certificate in Public Health. I know this qualification will support me in my existing public health role and ultimately contribute to improving the health of residents.”
Postgraduate courses planned to be offered from early 2015 are:
Teaching sessions for the first postgraduate students are being held at Rowley’s House in Shrewsbury town centre.
Undergraduate courses are due to start at University Centre Shrewsbury in autumn 2015.
For further information on courses and to register an interest, go to www.ucshrewsbury.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In the photo: Tutors, support staff and students on the Certificate in Management Studies course.
Back row, left to right: Dr Tom Williams; Dr Kate Julian; Sue Benson; Jon Britten; Darren Edwards and Geoff Anslow.
Front row, left to right: Ian McKay; Shari Thompson and Caroline Wakefield.
As we enter the second half of October, Shropshire’s fifth annual Love Your Bike Month continues at pace. There are still lots of great free activities coming up in the second half of the month to help Shropshire residents have fun on their bikes and prepare themselves for winter cycling.
This weekend saw a family bike ride along the riverside from Bridgnorth to Coalport and coming up in half-term, Sustrans Bike It officers are running learn to ride sessions in Oswestry and Shrewsbury and a family fix your bike session in Oswestry. Spaces are limited so you should book online at the Travel Shropshire website to avoid missing out.
Other fun family activities during half-term include the Halloween cycling party at Shrewsbury Sports Village on Friday 31 October, featuring a sunset ride around the cycle track, Dr Bike safety checks, face painting and lots of ghoulish games. The cycle safari on Thursday 30 October is a fun family cycle ride around Colemere with a nature guide from the Meres and Mosses landscape partnership. On Sunday 26 October there is also a family bike ride between Pontesbury and Minsterley and a Cycling Oswestry Gently (COG) ride in Oswestry.
Throughout October, residents of Shropshire can sign up at the Travel Shropshire website: www.travelshropshire.co.uk/love-your-bike to receive a free winter cycling pack from Shropshire Council*. Our useful winter cycling packs include a pair of bike lights, reflective items and a seat cover.
For those who haven’t been on a bike for a while or can’t cycle, October is a great time to start! Pedal for Health taster sessions at Shrewsbury Sports Village on 22 and 29 October 2014 include bicycle try-outs, short rideabouts and a cycle surgery for any questions about bikes and cycling. Weekly Pedal in the Park beginners’ cycle rides in Shrewsbury continue every Wednesday morning until 5 November. These are a fun, easy, social way to get back to cycling. In addition, Shropshire Council offers free one-to-one cycle training for adults*. Request online at: http://travelshropshire.co.uk/training.
All the details of Love Your Bike Month events, including times and dates and booking forms, can be found by clicking here or by calling 01743 253008.
*These offers are only open to residents of Shropshire
Shropshire Council has just taken delivery of a new Mobile Library which replaces the existing vehicle whose lease has expired. The mobile library will be serving communities in North Shropshire.
The new Mobile Library, the first designed by Mellors, will offer a range of library services. Readers will be able to choose from a selection of titles in a light, airy design that makes full use of the space. There is a separate children’s section and the vehicle is fully accessible.
Chris Taylor, Connecting Shropshire programme manager, said:
“We work closely with the library service and it’s great to see the importance of the broadband programme reflected in the addition of our logo to the new vehicle. We look forward to travelling out and about on the Mobile Library in North Shropshire to inform people about the availability of faster fibre broadband in the coming months.”
The new vehicle will be seen out and about from Monday 20 October.
The consultation results of the proposed hub development at Oswestry Library are now on display in both the library and community hub. This forms part of Shropshire Council’s continuing efforts to look finding creative and cost effective ways to ensure that buildings are being used to their full potential.
The current intention is to start the process of reconfiguring the lower library space in light of the results of the consultation in the next two weeks. It is hoped that this will address many of the concerns customers have but also expand the use of the Library Hub. There will be a day of disruption Thursday 23 October when the library will be closed for the health and safety of customers.
Ben Sutton Jones, a Shropshire Health Champion born with cerebral palsy, will proudly launch his very own Saturday morning exercise project this weekend in the Dingle. A (hopefully) bright and early start of 8.45 will see the inaugural Disability Action Running Team event.
Ideal for young people with disabilities or those looking for a regular and gentle exercise, Ben hopes the project will enable anyone and everyone to come together with like-minded people and start their weekend together get keep active and celebrate what can be achieved against the odds with guts and determination.
“I think young people with disabilities are not encouraged enough to be active. My project does that. It is suitable for all people wanting to start exercising. It’s great fun so turn up and join us!”
Professor Rod Thomson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire, will be joining them and said:
“This is a great event to get people together for a light exercise on the weekend. I’m immensely proud of Ben for putting this together and for providing another option for people with disabilities or for families to join together and keep themselves active.”
The following planning application will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at a special meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Friday 24 October 2014 at 2.30pm.
The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To see the full agenda and report click here.Land North West Brooklands Farm, Dudleston, Ellesmere, Shropshire – 14/02730/MAW Temporary operation for exploratory borehole and associated infrastructure.