Userled organisations across the country are cont

first_imgUser-led organisations across the country are continuing to close, with the sector even facing a “real threat of extinction”, leading networks have warned this week.Those user-ledorganisations that have found a way to survive are increasingly being side-linedfrom government consultations and government-funded projects, they said.The National Survivor UserNetwork (NSUN) estimates that about 50 more user-led organisationsthat were previously NSUN members have been forced to close in the last year. This followsa net loss of more than 150 member groups in the previous year.NSUN, which represents groups and people in Englandwith experience of mental distress, has now warned its members: “This ishaving a deep impact on collectives of oppressed and marginalised peoplewho have been campaigning to have a voice, lobbying for legislative changes andself-organising to make things better.”It is soconcerned about the continuing attack on the value of user-led groups that itis to focus its campaigning this year on this issue.ShapingOur Lives, anational network of disabled people and service-users, was even more stark inits warning about the sector’s future.Its latestestimates are that it has lost about a sixth of its user-led memberorganisations in the last couple of years, and it believes that this rate ofclosure is accelerating.Professor Peter Beresford (pictured), SOL’s co-chair, said successive governments had argued for a wider range of providers of public services, but in practice this had led to a “big shift to privatisation and the dominance of big metropolitan-based charities, which are run like big businesses”. He said: “Thegreat, much-valued innovation of the age has been small, local, accountable user-ledorganisations (ULOs) and disabled people’s user-led organisations (DPULOs), runby the groups – disabled people, mental health service-users, people withlearning difficulties – they are meant to serve.”But he saidthe “rising tension in service provision in the context of austerity cuts” hadled to the marginalisation of these ULOs, which were now “facing serious crisis”and “a real threat of extinction”.He calledfor a “radical review of both government and funding policy” in order to avertthis “tragedy”.SarahYiannoullou, NSUN’s managing director, said that user-led groups and networksneeded to work more closely together, share their common concerns andexperiences and look at collective solutions to ensure their survival.She said thenetwork’s members and other user-led organisations and networks had facedsimilar problems over the last five years. She said:“We are finding there are very similar and common issues, with groups closing,whether it is due to lack of resources or burn-out of the leaders of ourgroups, there is less and less opportunity for that independent, collective anddirect voice. “So what wewere campaigning about 20 years ago and feeling like we were making someprogress on, now it feels as though – particularly over the last couple ofyears – that we are regressing.”NSUN is nowseeking funding for joint research to examine how many user-led organisationsare being lost, and how well understood user-led groups are and why they are sovaluable.This week,NSUN launched a survey* that it hopes will provide evidence from user-ledorganisations of the challenges they are facing, the work they do, the impactthey have, and the policy changes they believe are needed to support user-ledgroups.NSUN alsohopes the research will look at the growing use of language that “blurs the lines”between user-led and non-user-led organisations.Yiannoullousaid: “The space that user-led groups have worked hard to carve out forthemselves around advocacy, peer support, involvement, participation andrecovery, has become an area of income generation for other [non-user-led]organisations.”As well aslarge charities, private sector and statutory bodies like NHS trusts are nowinvolved in this work, further crowding out user-led groups and often changingthe kind of work taking place in areas like peer support “beyond recognition”,she said.Governmentdepartments, for example, will use phrases like “user groups” to describe thevoluntary sector groups and organisations they have been consulting with, and don’tnecessarily differentiate between user-led and non-user-led organisations, saidYiannoullou.Such groupsmay have access to service-users who can take part in consultations ondisability-related issues, but they are usually not run and controlled byservice-users, which means the government is repeatedly breaching the UNConvention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and “general commentnumber seven”, which was agreed last autumn by the UN’s committee onthe rights of persons with disabilities.TheUNCRPD makesit clear that, when developing laws and policies relating todisabled people, governments “must closely consult with and actively involvepersons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through theirrepresentative organizations”.It defines“representative organizations” as those that are “led, directed and governed bypersons with disabilities”.Yiannoullousaid: “We want to reassert and raise awareness of what the distinction isbetween user-led groups and user groups.“We alsowant to get a sense of whether it’s just us (user-led groups) that think thisis important.”NSUN fearsthat the importance of user-led groups is being lost in the clamour forcontracts and increasing competitive tendering. Yiannoullousaid: “It’s a real concern that user-led groups are reporting that theircontributions are not being recognised and are having less and less impact.“The smallergroups, which tend to be the user-led groups, find it really hard to compete.There’s no level playing-field.“We need tohave some high-level conversations about the value of user-led groups, whatmakes them different and what needs to happen to help them survive the currentclimate.”BeckiMeakin, SOL’s general manager, said: “The growing pressure on voluntary andcommunity sector organisations to secure funding is evolving into a fight forsurvival. “Tacticspreviously only used by the most aggressive profit-making companies are nowbecoming common place in the voluntary sector.“Funders andcommissioners need to realise that different types of voluntary and communitysector organisations have different skills and strengths. “One fundingmodel and approach does not work for everyone.”She added: “Recentgovernment policy is now looking to the community to meet the gaps inprovision.“With thedeclining number of local user-led groups, where is the knowledge and capacitygoing to come from?“It is notjust the user-led movement that is stretched to its limits, but it is also thepeople with lived experience who have committed their time and energy, oftenfor little reward, to providing peer support and advocacy. “Austeritypolicies and service cuts have also devastatingly impacted the capacity ofindividuals to fight for others.”*User-led organisations that would like to provide their own experiences and concerns can contact NSUN by email at [email protected] or fill in the online surveyA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

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HATTONS Solicitors are delighted to announce their

first_imgHATTONS Solicitors are delighted to announce their sponsorship of new Saints RLFC player Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for the 2011 season.With an already promising start scoring against Widnes Vikings, Hattons are happy to be sponsoring Louie for the rest of the year, who made close to 100 appearances for Harlequins before heading north.Louie commented, “I’m so happy to be Hattons sponsored player for the 2011 season. It is a new club, new life and new career for me up here and hopefully I can do the business.”“I want to settle down at Saints and hopefully Hattons can help me do that. Everyone’s been so friendly and welcoming and I look forward to getting involved with Hattons 10th anniversary celebrations later on this year.”Bruce Hatton, Senior Partner at Hattons Solicitors and avid Saints supporter, said: “We have sponsored Saints for nearly 10 years now, and are so pleased to be sponsoring Louie this season as well.“Saints are a club going through a period of transition with exciting times ahead, with a new coach, new training facilities and a new ground. We are glad we have taken the opportunity to sponsor one of their newest players.“We look forward to working with Louie and helping him to settle in at St Helens. We wish him every success playing for Saints.”Louie will also be writing a blog about his times at the club, starting in February, which will be published through Hattons Solicitors blog available to view at www.hattonslaw.com/blogIf you want a look behind the scenes at one of the most successful clubs of the modern era, make sure you visit Louie’s blog, talking about training, life in St Helens and the thrill of playing for Saints during the season.You can also view seven new Saints fans films on Hattons online Hall of Fame by visiting www.hattonslaw.com/saintshalloffamelast_img read more

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SAINTS produced one of their most accomplished per

first_imgSAINTS produced one of their most accomplished performances to totally dominate the Wildcats 42-4 on their home soil, writes Graham Henthorne.The only disappointing aspect of the evening was that in attack the Saints squandered numerous chances to post an even more impressive win.Defensively the Saints showed a hunger to get off their line and close down the home side which really impressed Coach Derek Traynor. In the first period the Saints repeatedly confined the Wildcats to their own half and only on two or three occasions found themselves carrying the ball away from their own line, usually as a result of a penalty.The Saints opened their account with their first taste of possession. The Wildcats kicked out on the full allowing the Saints to start the set deep in the opposition half. Big drives from Ross McCauley, who punished the home side all night, and his Captain Joe Ryan put the Saints on the front foot. From the play the ball Danny Richardson ran at the line dummying his way over to the right of the uprights.Five minutes later and the lead was doubled as Liam Cooper and McCauley again drove the home defence back. On the next tackle Morgan Knowles broke the Wildcats defensive line. He fed the ball out to Dave Hewitt who found Richardson on his inside to go under the sticks.Despite their almost total dominance the Saints found it hard to increase their lead. Aaron Smith got over the line only to drop the ball and Regan Grace could have had a hat-trick but for some heroic last ditch tackling for the increasingly beleaguered home side.It took until five minutes from the break for the Saints to score again and what a beauty it was. Jake Spedding, coming in off his wing, broke through. He went 30 metres, passed the ball onto Lewis Hatton who in turn took the ball to the full back before feeding the supporting Richardson for his third try of the half. Dave Hewitt’s third goal effectively took the game away from the home side before the interval.In a mirror image of the first half, the Saints couldn’t field the kick off and the Wildcats scored in the corner from the resultant scrum.But the Saints regrouped and closed shop again restricting the home side to sporadic forays into Saints territory.Then came a special moment as Matty Lees scored his first in the red vee and what a great try it was, as he came steaming onto a wonderful Josh Eaves pass to rocket over the line from 20 out.Spedding got his name on the scoresheet next reaching over to score from Calvin Wellington inside ball after a splendid pass from Ricky Bailey.From the kick off the Saints scored the tray of the game. Knowles’ half break saw him get the ball out to Olly Davies who in turn put Spedding away down the left. He outpaced the cover but in trying to pass inside to Grace the ball was picked up off the floor by Smith for the try.The final try was scored by out wide by Bailey but fittingly after another set of drives from McCauley and Ryan which terrorised the defence under the posts.Although with ball in hand the Saints have played better, all in all this was a great way for the side to warm up for the big derby battle against the Auld Enemy at Langtree next Saturday.Match Summary:Wakefield U19s:Tries: Kyle Ratchford.Saints U19s:Tries: Ricky Bailey, Jake Spedding, Danny Richardson 3, Aaron Smith, Matty Lees.Goals: Dave Hewitt 7.Half Time: 18-0Full Time: 42-4Teams:Wakefield:1. Max Jowitt; 2. Dec Brererton, 3. Judah Mezzive, 4. George Lord, 5. Kyle Ratchford; 6. Tom McGretton, 7. Christian Ackroyd; 8. Aaron Gledhill, 9. Ben Cornell, 10. Jack Teamby, 11. Harry Swan, 12. Sean Wooffitt, 13. Kieran Holt. Subs: 14. Sam Blake, 15. Fraser Morris, 16. Liam Senior, 17. Martin Reilly.Saints:18. Ricky Bailey; 2. Jake Spedding, 19. Matty Fleming, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Danny Richardson, 7. Dave Hewitt; 8. Ross McCauley, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Joe Ryan, 11. Olly Davies, 12. Liam Cooper, 13. Morgan Knowles. Subs: 14. Josh Eaves, 15. Chris Worrall, 16. Lewis Hatton, 17. Matty Lees.last_img read more

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Ben Barba will wear the 23 shirt this season – an

first_imgBen Barba will wear the 23 shirt this season – an iconic shirt number in world sport donned by the likes of David Beckham and Michael Jordan in their heyday.New signing James Bentley has been given the 24 shirt whilst Zeb Taia has moved from 36 to 11.Morgan Knowles is now 15, Danny Richardson 18 and Regan Grace 19.Joining them in the squad is Matty Costello who is promoted from the Academy after signing a two-year deal.He is a full back / centre from Orrell St James who has been with the club since the age of 14.He went on tour with the Academy in 2015 and returned to play a significant part in the unbeaten 2016 Academy side. He was also selected to play for England U18s.Saints Justin Holbrook told the fans at Thursday night’s exclusive 2018 Members event: “I have said all along that Ben will be our full back and I asked him if he wanted to move to number one from 37.“But because of the genuine nature of the guy and the length of time Jonny Lomax has been here, he didn’t want him to move.“He was happy to take any number and I think that shows his character.“I could have moved others around but I think you have to probably have to play more than half a year in those positions to earn those numbers.“Ben was happy to take any number but 23 is probably one of the most famous sporting numbers in the world.“Look at LeBron James, Michael Jordan … he is a high profile player here and the number signifies that.”Squad1. Jonny Lomax 2. Tommy Makinson 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Mark Percival 5. Adam Swift 6. Theo Fages 7. Matty Smith 8. Alex Walmsley 9. James Roby 10. Kyle Amor 11. Zeb Taia 12. Jon Wilkin 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 14. Luke Douglas 15. Morgan Knowles 16. Luke Thompson 17. Dominique Peyroux 18. Danny Richardson 19. Regan Grace 20. Matty Lees 21. Jack Ashworth 22. Jake Spedding 23. Ben Barba 24. James Bentley 25. Aaron Smith 26. Liam Cooper 27. Ben Morris 28. Josh Eaves 29. Rob Fairclough 30. Matthew Costellolast_img read more

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Photos Billionaire Bezos unveils moon lander mockup embraces Trumps lunar timetable

first_img Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos poses with children from ‘Club for the Future’ after his space company Blue Origin’s space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon was unveiled at an event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne 1 of 4 Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos unveils a rocket engine that his space company Blue Origin’s space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon will use during an unveiling event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos poses with children from ‘Club of the Future’ after his space company Blue Origin’s space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon was unveiled at an event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander being built by his Blue Origin rocket company and touted his moon goals in a strategy aimed at capitalizing on the Trump administration’s renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years.The world’s richest man and Amazon.com Inc’s chief executive waved an arm and a black drape behind him dropped to reveal the two-story-tall mockup of the unmanned lander dubbed Blue Moon during an hour-long presentation at Washington’s convention centre, just several blocks from the White House.The lander will be able to deliver payloads to the lunar surface, deploy up to four smaller rovers and shoot out satellites to orbit the moon, Bezos told the audience, which included NASA officials and potential Blue Moon customers.His media event followed Vice President Mike Pence’s March 26 announcement that NASA plans to build a space platform in lunar orbit and put American astronauts on the moon’s south pole by 2024 “by any means necessary,” four years earlier than previously planned.“I love this,” Bezos said of Pence’s timeline. “We can help meet that timeline but only because we started three years ago. It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay.”While Bezos went out of his way to praise Pence’s timeline, the billionaire has been the target of repeated criticism from President Donald Trump, who has referred to him as Jeff “Bozo.” Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump has frequently targeted in his broadsides against the news media.In their lunar ambitions, however, Trump and Bezos are very much in harmony. Trump in 2017 made a return to the moon a high priority for the U.S. space programme, saying a mission to put astronauts back on the lunar surface would establish a foundation for an eventual journey to put humans on Mars. If re-elected next year, 2024 would be Trump’s final full year in office.At his presentation, Bezos unveiled a model of one of the proposed rovers, roughly the size of a golf cart, and presented a new rocket engine called BE-7, which can blast 10,000 pounds (4,535 kg) of thrust.BLUE ORIGIN’S AMBITIONSPrivately held Blue Origin, based in Kent, Washington, is developing its New Shepard rocket for short space tourism trips and a heavy-lift launch rocket called New Glenn for satellite launch contracts. A Blue Origin executive told Reuters last month New Glenn rocket would be ready by 2021. Bezos on Thursday said launching humans on suborbital flights would take place later this year on New Shepard.Blue Origin has previously discussed a human outpost on the moon.During his presentation, which sounded at times more like a professorial lecture than a business plan, Bezos did not address a specific launch schedule for the lander or a specific mission for it.NASA has set its sights on the moon’s south pole, a region believed to hold enough recoverable ice water for use in synthesizing additional rocket fuel as well as for drinking water to sustain astronauts.Bezos, intent on moving Blue Origin closer to commercialization, underscored his broader vision of enabling a future in which millions of people live and work in space. He mentioned two important issues: reducing launch costs and using resources already in space.“One of the most important things we know about the moon today is that there’s water there,” Bezos said. “It’s in the form of ice. It’s in the permanently shadowed craters on the poles of the moon.”His announcement came about two months before the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, and he began his presentation with video of that event.Bezos did not address his company’s Twitter post last month teasing the event with a picture of the ship used by explorer Ernest Shackleton on a 1914 expedition to Antarctica. Industry sources said the image was a likely reference to an impact crater on the lunar south pole sharing the man’s name, raising speculation that Blue Origin’s lander was targeting that spot.His vision is shared by competing billionaire-backed private space ventures like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and aerospace incumbents like United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin. <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>center_img Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos unveils the BE-7 rocket engine that his space company Blue Origin’s space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon will use during an unveiling event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh KilcoyneFounder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos unveils the BE-7 rocket engine that his space company Blue Origin’s space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon will use during an unveiling event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne WhatsApp SharePrint Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos unveils the BE-7 rocket engine that his space company Blue Origin’s space exploration lunar lander rocket called Blue Moon will use during an unveiling event in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoynelast_img read more

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