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Awards for commitment to kids in care

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Two construction workersOrganisations and companies which help young people who have been in care make the step into the world of work have been acknowledged for their work.

Lincolnshire County Council and Birmingham Marriott hotel received the From Care2Work Quality Mark in recognition of their commitment to helping young adults make the transition from being in care to working for a living.

The National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) issued the awards, with the council acknowledged for its work to help secure employment to young people leaving care.

The local authority runs a scheme every three months which allows young people to gain some on-the-job experience while also learning about the demands of the world of work.

The council already runs an apprenticeship scheme for children leaving care, and it hopes to increase places from the current number of 14.

Martin Hazlehurst, NCAS national manager, said: "The From Care2Work Quality Mark recognises the work that employers and local authorities are doing to ensure that young people leaving care get the best start possible in the world of work.

"We would like to congratulate those who have been given the award and encourage others to contact us."

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Contest to find best young tower builder

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A competition to find the best tower designerA competition to find the best tower designer has been launched by the group that built the new Weymouth Sea Life Tower.

The contest has been designed to let children between the ages of 4 and 16 flex their creative muscles by drawing, illustrating or even building their own tower. Youngsters have the chance to win an annual pass to the visitor attraction, an opportunity to appear in a video, as well as VIP invites to the official opening event.

Raquel Cubillo, marketing manager of Weymouth Sea Life Tower, said: 'We thought it would be fun to let youngsters vent their own creative talents by building a tower entirely of their own design. They can use any materials they like, and younger children can simply paint or draw their towers if they prefer.'

The newly-built observation tower can carry up to 70 passengers more than 170 feet above Festival Pier for an all-round view of the whole attraction. The final safety checks are being made on it now and it is due to open to the public on June 22.

To have a go at winning the prizes up for grabs, go to the Weymouth Sea Life Tower Facebook page for instructions on how to upload your designs.

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Cookery lessons 'can tackle obesity'

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Family cooking heathly mealsA group of celebrities and healthcare experts have written to the Prime Minister urging him to fight obesity head-on through cookery lessons in schools.

Football ace Steven Gerrard and cooking sensation Jamie Oliver teamed up with top professionals to pen the letter. They asked David Cameron to enforce a new rule where pupils between the ages of four and 14 are taught how to cook and prepare healthy meals.

It was advised that at least 24 hours of the school timetable should be dedicated to teaching students about food.

The campaigners also complained that the 'pride' of hosting the 2012 Olympics has been 'tainted by the shameful fact that Britain is officially the fattest nation in Europe'. But they added that the sporting event offers a great chance to turn things around.

They believe that educating pupils about rustling up nutritious dishes for themselves and the whole family will help the country's battle against rising cases of obesity.

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London kids to perform at Olympics

Friday, May 4, 2012

Kids at a school in London have been picked to perform at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics.

Olympic stadiumThe children, who will represent Great Britain at the enormous ceremonies at the new Olympic Stadium in East London, have said they are 'very proud' to be offered this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Kirsty Wrighton, who goes to Leytonstone School, said: 'It would mean the world to participate in a once in a lifetime experience, an experience that I would be very proud to be representing my country and my school (in).'

Kirsty went on to say that her opportunity showed that 'if you do your best you can achieve anything'.

The people organising the 2012 Olympic Games have announced the schools whose pupils will appear at the special ceremonies, taking part in an event watched by 80,000 people in the stadium as well as millions of TV viewers around the world.

Among the schools due to take part are Dagenham Park Church of England School, Jo Richardson Community School and the Roding Primary School.

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Youngsters confused over 5-a-day guide

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Young person holding berriesNew research has shown that children are getting confused over the five fruit and vegetables a day guideline, with one in six believing a blueberry muffin can be counted as a portion.

A Dolmio survey of more than 500 families revealed that the information children have on eating a healthy diet is 'good', but can be improved upon as it discovered youngsters label foods like milk, water and jam as part of fruit and vegetables.

But the majority of the children polled understood the importance of eating five portions of fruit and veg per day, and many knew that food such as tomatoes and apples was part of their daily goal.

'Parents have busy lives but something as simple as preparing healthy meals together or even growing tomatoes on the kitchen window sill will make a huge difference to their children's understanding of the origins of natural foods,' said nutritionist Juliette Kellow.

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