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New Sporting Opportunities in the East Marsh

Charity scores £345k for new sport provision on East Marsh in Grimsby

GOAL!:  Foresight has been awarded a grant of £345,893 by Sport England to providing sporting activities for East Marsh residents. Pictured holding the cheque are chief  officer Paul Silvester and senior administrator Clarise Southern, watched by service users.

GOAL!: Foresight has been awarded a grant of £345,893 by Sport England to providing sporting activities for East Marsh residents. Pictured holding the cheque are chief officer Paul Silvester and senior administrator Clarise Southern, watched by service users.

A CHARITY is teaming up with sports clubs from across North East Lincolnshire to increase sporting participation in the East Marsh.

Foresight, which is based in Newmarket Street, has secured a grant of £345,893 from Sport England for the project, which is entitled Activate To Participate On The Marsh.

The money will be used to pay coaches to deliver taster sessions in their respective sports at Foresight's Newmarket Street base over the next three years.

Sports being offered will include curling, table tennis, basketball, hockey, netball, yoga, cricket, shooting, fencing, golf, archery, football, tennis and rugby.

Although aimed primarily at residents of the East Marsh, the sessions will be open to people from across the borough.

The hope is that many of the people who take part will then go on to join a club and become a regular participant in that sport.

Paul Silvester, chief officer at Foresight, a charity which provides support for people with physical and learning disabilities, said the project was aimed at able-bodied as well as disabled people.

"It was identified through the Active People Survey that, out of all the areas in North East Lincolnshire, the East Marsh had the lowest amount of sporting opportunities available locally."

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Foresight Annual Acheivement Awards

Achievements recognised at Foresight awards ceremony

APPLAUSE for achievements of members of Foresight rang out at an awards ceremony.

Around 250 members use the new-look facility in Freeman Street each week and many were honoured for their success.

It was held at the new Foresight centre in Freeman Street for the first time.

Staff and volunteers look after and teach people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Chief officer Paul Silvester hailed the winners of trophies and said it had been a momentous year for the charity.

He said: "It just shows when you try hard and do your best, what can be achieved."

He also applauded the many volunteers who dedicate hundreds of hours each week to support members, many of them with learning difficulties or disabilities.

He said: "They have worked so hard."

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What are your Shopper's Rights?

The savvy shopper’s guide to gift returns      

After Christmas many consumers will think about returning gifts, but many are unaware of and confused by their rights. Dealing with the hassle of broken or unwanted gifts, unexpected credit card fees and confusing fine print leaves many lacking holiday cheer.

’Now more than ever, consumers have a wide range of buying options,’ said TSI chief executive Leon Livermore. ‘They can buy items in the store, online, or by using a voucher. While we warn consumers to know their rights before making a purchase, it’s equally important for them to understand their rights before making a return or exchange.

’The answers to these questions will help prepare consumers planning to make returns and exchanges after the holidays.’

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Are you claiming the correct benefit entitlement?

How to make sure you claim all the benefits you’re entitled to

Some benefits are one-off payments to help with a particular set of circumstances like cold weather, while others, like Income Support, top up your regular income. A careful check can make sure you’re getting everything you should.

Follow the link below for an overview of what’s available and to link to more information.

 

Do you use Facebook and or Twitter?

Key messages at your fingertips

East Yorkshire’s recent tidal surge saw a dramatic increase in people using Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s social media output to help keep themselves safe. More than 107,000 people viewed updates on the service’s Facebook page as conditions deteriorated with the number of ‘Likes’ or people subscribing to the page trebling to almost 5,000 in the same 24 hours.

During the same period, 1,000 more people became Twitter followers. Now the service is aiming to capitalise on that interest by encouraging more people to sign up – with the reminder that becoming a follower is as easy as pressing a button.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service encourages householders to spend a few seconds pressing the test button on their smoke alarms each week. Now senior officers are suggesting householders spend a few seconds pressing another button – on their computer or smartphone, to follow the service on social media. That gives access to real-time information which could help gain precious time in emergency conditions – as well as the service’s regular safety advice.

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