City Region’s young people invited to get creative for climate change
Better By Bus is teaming up with National Museums Liverpool to give young people of the Liverpool City Region the opportunity to be heard in the debate on climate change.
Young people, aged 5-16, who are based in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, or Wirral, are invited to submit an original artwork or poem which responds to themes and raises awareness of issues surrounding climate change, to be featured as part of an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool in March.
The initiative is part of a wider campaign from Better By Bus, entitled ‘We can’t wait to tackle climate change’, which has been encouraging people in the Liverpool City Region to travel by bus rather than car. The campaign highlights how buses in the city region are cleaner, greener, more accessible, and have more benefits (including free Wi-Fi), than people may think.
An impressive 70% of buses in the Liverpool Bus Alliance, made up of Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseytravel, run on electric, hybrid or low emission engines, which makes them one of the greenest fleets in the UK. When a single double decker bus can take up to 75 cars off the road, in turn easing congestion and improving air quality, it’s time to make the change to a more sustainable way of getting around.
A shortlist of 10 pictures and poems will be selected by a judging panel consisting of representatives from the Bus Alliance and National Museums Liverpool, shortly after the deadline for entries on 21st February 2020.
The panel will be selecting works which they think most creatively raise awareness of the effects of climate change, and particularly those which focus on the issues we are experiencing here in the Liverpool City Region or that give suggestions on ways we can tackle the problem.
The shortlist will be displayed at the Museum of Liverpool throughout March as part of their ‘Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower’ exhibition, which opens to the public on 14th February 2020, entry is free.
An overall winner will then be selected by the general public, following a round of voting which will take place at the exhibition. To cast a vote, simply visit the Better By Bus area of the ‘Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower’ exhibition in the Museum of Liverpool between 3rd March and 31st March. The winner will be announced in early April and will be presented with a ‘We can’t wait to tackle climate change’ certificate as well as some very special prizes.
To enter the competition, please visit: www.BetterByBus.org/GetCreative. If you are aged 16 or under, please ask parental permission before submitting any details. Entries can also be submitted via post using the following address: Better By Bus, Agent Marketing, 43 Jordan Street, Liverpool, L1 0BQ. Please ensure to include your name, email address and age information alongside a title and description of your work.
Lisa Pearson, campaign conductor at Better By Bus, commented:
“We’re excited to be working with National Museums Liverpool on this very special initiative, which will provide young local advocates for climate action with a vital platform to be heard. We’re looking forward to seeing their entries.
“Better By Bus is asking young people of the Liverpool City Region to get involved with the campaign because it’s their futures that will be most affected by climate change. We’re at a critical stage where meaningful action is the only way we can prevent causing further damage to our planet. Hopefully, our young people can inspire other generations to get on board.
“Climate change is a global issue, but by joining together as a city region, we can make a real difference. Thankfully our buses are leading the way in sustainability, with 70 per cent of our buses in the Bus Alliance powered by electric, hybrid or low emission engines, swapping the car for the bus is one of the easiest ways for people to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Sharon Brown, Curator of Land Transport and Industry at National Museums Liverpool, commented:
“Our exhibition Liverpool on wheels: from horses to horsepower explores our city’s proud transport history. We know our visitors will love the vehicles on display and we’re delighted to be working with Better By Bus to develop this element of the exhibition to bring it up to date and give young people of the region a voice within it.
“The activism of young people across the world has had a major role in ensuring we all engage with the serious subject of climate change, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what the young people of Liverpool City Region have to say.”
To learn more about Better By Bus, the ‘We Can’t Wait to Tackle Climate Change’ campaign or to submit your work, please visit: BetterByBus.org/GetCreative.
You can also follow the campaign on Twitter (@Better_By_Bus), Instagram (@Better_By_Bus) and Facebook (@BetterByBus).
Bootle schoolchildren put Blues in the picture to promote positive mental health
Children’s drawings to replace player matchday photographs at Goodison Park as USM training ground supports Edge Hill partnership programme Tackling the Blues
Portraits of Everton FC players created by schoolchildren will be shown on stadium screens for the Blues’ home game against Newcastle today, Tuesday 21 January, helping to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health among young people.
Club partner USM invited Year 4 pupils from Linacre Primary School in Bootle to visit Everton’s USM Finch Farm training ground to take part in a drawing session, with their player portraits set to make a very special appearance at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.
The portraits will replace the in-match player graphics for the Premier League encounter with Newcastle on the stadium screens for the team announcement and substitutions. They will also be used in the matchday programme and, away from the ground, the images will be visible across Everton’s official matchday social media and website output.
The activity is part of USM’s Unlock the Potential campaign and in support of Everton in the Community and Edge Hill University’s award-winning Tackling the Blues programme.
Linacre Primary School is one of a number of schools participating in Tackling the Blues, which aims to teach young people strategies for good mental and physical health, promote emotional literacy and improve self-esteem and confidence. The programme has engaged with more than 850 young people aged six to 16 years old in the last three years.
Delivered collaboratively by Everton in the Community and Edge Hill University, and funded by The Premier League, Tackling the Blues is co-designed and developed with young people, student mentors and education workers who act as project collaborators, to help recruit participants and deliver peer mentor workshops.
Professor Andy Smith, from Edge Hill University, said: “We are delighted that the benefits of the activities which we have designed with young people who engage in the Tackling the Blues programme are being recognised in this way.
“Helping young people to understand the importance of their mental health, how and where to seek help, and to provide activities which impact their lives positively is an important part of our longstanding partnership with Everton in the Community.
“We are especially grateful to the players, USM and everyone at the football club, for their continued support of Tackling the Blues and our wider research on using sport for mental health promotion.”
Drawing portraits is just one of the ways that participants are encouraged to explore emotions, behaviours and reactions and gain an understanding of the things we can all do to support each other.
During the drawing session, the Linacre pupils were surprised by a visit from first team stars Fabian Delph, Theo Walcott, Seamus Coleman and Jonas Lossl – who came to sit for their portraits in person.
The players then tried their hand at their own drawings before taking part in a Q&A with the children on topics including acceptance, self-esteem, diversity and respect.
The pupils have also been invited to the game against Newcastle to see their drawings come to life across Goodison Park.
Michael Salla, Director of Health and Sport at Everton in the Community added: “In England, between 9 and 13% of 5-15-year-olds reported having a mental health disorder, with older young people reporting higher rates of mental illness. Suicide is the biggest killer of schoolchildren each year, with 200 on average taking their own lives.
“It is fantastic to see USM showing their support for Tackling the Blues. Programmes like this are vital in providing young people with tools and strategies that they can use as they get older to maintain good mental and physical health.
“It is also about removing stigma around mental health and making it clear that it is important to talk about mental health at any age, to ask for help and support when you need it, and ensure that young people know where to find that support.
“The player portraits are a great way of sharing that message and I am sure that the children will be delighted when they see their drawings on the big screen.”
Sefton HIdden Histories - Saturday 18 January- Saturday 21 March 2020
Ordinary objects, extraordinary stories
In the stores of museums across the world, objects sit quietly waiting for somebody to notice them and wonder what tales they could tell. Sefton’s Hidden Histories is an exhibition that will give a voice to items that on the face of it may look quite insignificant, but look closely and listen carefully – they have amazing stories to tell…
Pictured are objects that belonged to Henry Falls Hand. A wallet, fly button and a pipe all contain hidden objects. The wallet has a map, the fly button and pipe contain a compass. You can read more about the story behind these objects in the blog Flight Lieutenant Henry Falls-Hand – A Local Hero
Saturday 21 September 2019 - Saturday 28 March 2020
Vivienne Westwood is one of the last independent global fashion companies in the world. Westwood continues to capture the imagination, and raise awareness of environmental and human rights issues. With a design record spanning over forty years, Vivienne Westwood is now recognized as a global brand and Westwood herself as one of the most influential fashion designers, and activists, in the world today. Always thought-provoking, Westwood is about more than just producing clothes and accessories. Our exhibition, drawn from avid Vivienne Westwood fan Malcolm Garrett’s personal collection, looks back at her designs and campaigns, illustrating what makes her The Grand Dame of fashion today.
With thanks to:
Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections
And of course – Vivienne Westwood