Seminar on support and advocacy for older people

first_imgNewsSeminar on support and advocacy for older peopleBy Rose Rushe – November 10, 2014 549 There is a confidential listing line on LoCall 1850 440 444 to help the aged with issuesTHE Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 will strengthen the rights of older people by ensuring that there is a presumption of capacity for older people to make decisions unless the contrary can be shown.Sage – Support and Advocacy Service for Older People will be holding a briefing seminar in Kilmurry Lodge, Dublin Road, Castletroy this Tuesday November 11 from 10am to 12noon to outline the planned legislation and its likely implications for older people and care providers.To book a place contact [email protected] Mary-Louise O’Donnell is playing a prominent role in the briefing linked to a recruitment drive for volunteer advocates and supported by sports commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.Limerick is one of the priority areas for development of the service. A FETAC accredited training programme will be provided for volunteers along with ongoing support and supervision from core paid staff and other experienced Sage Representatives. Closing date for applications is Friday November 21 and training begins in January 2015. Refer on to www.sage.thirdageireland.ie/recruitment Email Twitter Linkedin Printcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Previous articleDolores O’Riordan arrested at Shannon AirportNext articleFidget Feet’s spectacular with ICO Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post WhatsApplast_img read more

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Press release: Drive to employ ex-offenders attracts over 120 businesses

first_imgThe businesses have come forward in the 6 months since the launch of the Education and Employment Strategy, which set out a series of measures to boost prisoners’ skills while in custody and improve their chances of securing work on release.Reoffending costs the taxpayer £15 billion each year and evidence shows that ex-offenders in employment are up to 9 percentage points less likely to commit further crime.A major focus of the strategy is to encourage a culture change within companies so that they see beyond an offender’s conviction to their potential as an employee.The interested businesses span a range of sectors, including construction and retail, and they could join employers such as Virgin Trains, DHL and Recycling Lives which are among more than 300 around the UK already seeing the benefits of employing those with a criminal record.Having registered their interest, the businesses will now work with the Ministry of Justice to explore how to take forward their relationship with prisons.Justice Secretary David Gauke said: The project to establish the new construction academy will be delivered in partnership with the charity Bounce Back, which already works with HMP Brixton to train prisoners for construction. The academy is due to open in February 2019, with prisoners working to get the building itself ready prior to that. All skills training will be structured to take into account the average length of stay, average length of sentence, the need for continuity of learning, teaching of soft skills and tailoring the experience to the meet the needs of industry to ensure the best possible opportunity of employment outcomes post release. The launch of the Prison Education Dynamic Purchasing System has given governors direct access to a wide variety of educational providers, charities and businesses, to commission services for their prisons. So far more than 160 have signed up. They will be able to begin delivering courses from next April. I passionately believe that building up offenders’ skills and helping them into work encourages offenders turn their backs on crime, benefitting them and society as a whole. I am delighted that so many businesses are recognising the value of giving ex-offenders a second chance and a job — their interest sends a clear message to offenders that if they work hard and behave well in prison then real opportunities await them. I would encourage more businesses to consider getting involved in our New Futures Network and help ex-offenders into work. At Amey, we believe in hiring the best people for the job, no matter what their background or history. For us, hiring ex-offenders is not only the right thing to do but it also makes good business sense. There is a growing skills gap within our industry and within our prison population there is a pool of highly motivated people learning new skills such as engineering, carpentry and plumbing who just need someone to believe in them to help change their lives. The ‘Passport into Employment’ programme we have in place as part of our prisons maintenance contract together with our waste recycling partnership with Recycling Lives is helping to support men and women to transform their lives and demonstrates our commitment to rehabilitating ex-offenders. Andy Milner, CEO of Amey, said: Prisons in Yorkshire have secured a £250,000 investment to start a construction academy at HMP Leeds – to equip offenders with valuable skills ahead of release. A new body, the New Futures Network, has been established to build partnerships between prisons and employers – filling skills gaps in companies by providing job opportunities for men and women on release from custody. More than 160 education providers have signed up to deliver education in prisons, after a new system was put in place. Governors will be running competitions to bring in these new providers from April. The new construction academy in Yorkshire will offer fully accredited qualifications to prisoners and will be funded by a £250,000 grant.Offenders who graduate from the academy will help plug the skills gap in the sector – 44% of small and medium house-building businesses claim the shortage of skilled workers is reducing their ability to construct more homes.The innovative new academy, based at HMP Leeds, is due to open in February 2019 and will benefit 168 participants across 7 prisons in the region each year.Since the launch of the Education and Employment Strategy in May, a new body, the New Futures Network, has been established to work with employers to generate training and job opportunities.It has already begun work in 3 areas – Yorkshire, Tees and Wear and Wales – and will be rolled out across England and Wales in 2019.The Network, launched in October this year, will follow up with the 120-plus businesses and broker partnerships to create more prison workshops, paid placements for serving prisoners and jobs on release.In November a new system was put in place providing governors with access to education providers from across the country. This has already attracted more than 160 education bodies, businesses and charities, providing courses ranging from construction to life skills and money management.Notes to editors Other achievements since the strategy was launched include: newly-registered businesses could join more than 300 already working in prisons new £250,000 construction academy to provide qualifications to prisoners focus on rehabilitation through work to cut £15 billion cost of reoffendinglast_img read more

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Eric Petersen Will Lead Broadway’s School of Rock

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019 A new class has enrolled for the second year of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest Main Stem hit School of Rock—The Musical. From November 7, comedic actor Eric Petersen will assume the role of wannabe rock star, Dewey Finn, taking over for Tony nominee Alex Brightman, who is scheduled to play his final performance on November 6.Petersen has been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in national tours, most notably as Shrek in Shrek: The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. On TV, Petersen played Arlo Barth on TVLand’s Kristie and has been seen on Disney Channel’s Jessie, Pair of Kings and Kirby Buckets.The Kid Band, who perform Lloyd Webber’s score live at every performance, will include new cast members Rachel Katzke as Katie the bass player and Walden Sullivan as Lawrence the keyboardist, along with returning cast members, Brandon Niederauer as Zack the guitarist and Raghav Mehrotra as Freddy on drums. Additionally, Olivia Chun will assume the role of super serious band manager Summer, Steven Booth will take on the role of Ned, Annabelle Wachtel will play Marcy, Terrance Bell, Jr. will play Mason, Chloe Bryan will play Madison, and Ellie Kim will join the cast as a swing.The new class of School of Rock also features Will Blum as the Dewey alternate, Jenn Gambatese as Rosalie Mullins, Becky Gulsvig as Patty, Bobbi MacKenzie as Tomika, and Luca Padovan as Billy. The adult ensemble includes Emily Cramer, Natalie Charle Ellis, John Arthur Greene, Michael Hartney, Merritt David Janes, Nehal Joshi, Lulu Lloyd, Jaygee Macapugay, Cassie Okenka, Patrick O’Neill, Morgan Rose, Jesse Swimm, Josh Tower, and J. Michael Zygo. The kid’s ensemble features Paul Luke Bonenfant, Ava Della Pietra, Gabby Gutierrez, Gianna Harris, Jason Kisare and Jersey Sullivan.Currently in performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, School of Rock is based on the 2003 film of the same name, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor. The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within. New Class of ‘School of Rock(Photo: Jenny Anderson) View Commentscenter_img Related Shows School of Rock – The Musicallast_img read more

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