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Everybody launch Junior Awards nominations for 2024

Everybody launch Junior Awards nominations for 2024

(Photo Caption – L-R: Andrew Kolker Chairman at Everybody Health & Leisure, Peter Hargreaves Chairman’s Award Winner, Chris Jackson Holmes Chapel Parish Council, Diana Tames from Holmes Chapel Parish Council)

Everybody Health & Leisure are delighted to announce that nominations for the 2024 Everybody Junior Awards are now open. These awards will recognise and celebrate children aged 4-15 years for their inspirational efforts and contributions to local sporting and activity success in Cheshire East, between 19th October 2023 – 14th July 2024.

You can nominate in categories including:

Active Family of the Year – A family that has shown immense dedication to remaining healthy and active together within the past 12 months.

Rising Swim Star, for ages 4-8 years, 9-15 years – A swimmer participating in the Everybody Swim programme who always listens to instructions, is enthusiastic to achieve and gifted in the water. They also support other learners in the group and the swimming teacher too.

Sports Personality of the Year, for ages 5-8 years, 9-11 years and 12-15 years – Individuals who have competed and achieving at local, regional or national level in a sport or several sports, shown an ability to lead by example and support others.

Everybody Junior Member of the Year – An Everybody member who has shown great dedication to keeping healthy and active.

Unsung Junior Hero Award – Someone who has given their time to a local sports club or community group, ensuring that they can provide their services to as many people as possible.

Previous winners include skilled Football Players, Karate stars, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts and many more!

Kerry Shea, Director of Health & Communities at Everybody Health and Leisure shared:

We are very excited to welcome back the Everybody Junior Awards for 2024 in celebration of our 10th birthday. They are one of our favourite awards of the year and we love hearing the fantastic stories of our young local athletes. We can’t wait to read all your nominations and we are sure there will be some difficult decisions when it comes to picking the winners, so please get your nominations in today!”

After the success of last year, presenting the Junior Awards within local clubs and school assemblies, Everybody are delighted to be doing the same this year and cannot wait to celebrate with the nominee’s family, friends, teachers and club representatives.

Nominations for the Everybody Junior Awards 2024 will close on 14th July 2024. Find out more information and how to nominate here https://everybody.org.uk/about/everybody-junior-awards-2024/

Choppy times for firms must end, says British Chamber of Commerce

Choppy times for firms must end, says British Chamber of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), which represents over 19,000 companies and 18 million employees, said businesses are “not getting used to” post-Brexit trading rules.

The BCC published its manifesto as the election campaign entered its second week with the economy set as a key battle ground in the race for 10 Downing Street.

Overnight, the Conservatives and Labour clashed over VAT. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt claimed Sir Keir Starmer wanted to raise it, which Labour said was “absolute nonsense”.

BCC president Baroness Lane Fox said the next government – whichever party wins – needs to “hit the ground running with meaningful action” to help business.

Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Shevaun Haviland, director general of the BCC said “the last few years have been choppy times for business”, referring to Covid, inflation and high interest rates.

She added that the group wants to see less friction with the EU on trading goods and movement of people as businesses are “not getting used to” the increased paperwork since Brexit.

With trade agreements up for review in a year’s time, she called for any new deal to make the import and export of food and freedom of movement for workers “simpler”.

The BCC reiterated its call for business rates – which are a tax on a commercial properties such as shops – to be reformed to “encourage growth and investment”.

It also said that artificial intelligence, or AI, could be ” a real gamechanger for businesses”.

But Ms Haviland said “small businesses are concerned about being left behind” and the next government needs to appoint an AI champion to bridge the gap between larger and smaller firms on use of the technology.

The document has been published as political parties spar over VAT.

Mr Hunt pledged in an article for the Daily Telegraph that the Conservatives would not raise the main rate of the sales tax during the next Parliament, and suggested Labour would.

However, shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves ruled out a VAT hike, and strongly refuted Mr Hunt suggestion. The Liberal Democrats also pledged not to raise VAT.

Labour and the Conservatives have also said they will not lift income tax or National Insurance.

But Paul Johnson, director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, the independent think tank, said: “It is worth saying that it is not quite clear what they mean by not increasing things like income tax.

“We know it is baked into the numbers that income tax increases are happening over the next three years because thresholds and allowances are being frozen and that is a significant tax rise over the next few years so you can find ways of getting more money out of these taxes without raising the rates.”

Article: courtesy of – https://www.bbc.co.uk/

Image: Getty

David Lewis Receives Prestigious Chief Nurse Adult Social Care – Team Award

David Lewis Receives Prestigious Chief Nurse Adult Social Care – Team Award

On the 23rd of May, David Lewis, a leading charity dedicated to providing outstanding support for individuals with complex needs, was awarded the highly prestigious ‘Chief Nurse Adult Social Care – Team Award’.

The nursing team plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of 230 individuals with diverse health requirements, from 16 to 80 years of age. Providing 24/7 365 days of safe care services, including School, College, Day Opportunities and Residential services.

The Chief Nurse Adult Social Care Awards have been developed to acknowledge and reward the significant and outstanding contribution made by nurses in social care in England. They celebrate nurses who go above and beyond their everyday roles to provide excellent care, leadership, and inspiration to their colleagues.

John Heritage, Chief Executive of David Lewis, commented “I am so proud of our team for winning this award. Following a recent inspection by the CQC, the David Lewis Centre retained a GOOD rating and was acknowledged for outstanding practice in the nursing service. The positive feedback from residents, families, and external stakeholders highlights the nursing team’s exceptional care and commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the people we support.

Awards like these highlight the industry’s recognition of the excellence we strive for in providing compassionate care to individuals with complex needs.”

The award winning nursing team significantly reduce or prevent unnecessary hospital admissions for individuals with various needs. Their expertise includes assessing and managing risks, overseeing physical health, and managing complex health conditions and epilepsy care. Additionally, they offer ongoing clinical guidance and training to staff.

Victoria Entwistle, Director of Clinical Services, Quality & Compliance of David Lewis commented “I want to take this opportunity to personally thank every one of you for the tireless work you do day in and day out. Without your dedication, we would not be able to achieve the level of care and support that we do. I am extremely proud of the team and this award recognises their contribution.

David Lewis remains committed to ensuring exceptional care and support across all of our services. The nursing team’s loyalty and dedication are evidenced by some members working at our clinical services for over two decades, accumulating 140 years of total length of service. They excel in establishing rapport with residents and families, leading to holistic and individualised care.”

The team holds various qualifications, including RGN, RNLD, RNMH, and dual qualifications.

If you are interested in looking at any of their services please visit their website on www.davidlewis.org.uk

Everybody Health & Leisure is Seriously Social

Everybody Health & Leisure is Seriously Social

We’re serious about doing social good and adding social value to people’s lives here at Everybody Health & Leisure.

That’s why we will be marking the first ever Seriously Social Week in May as part of a national campaign that showcases how the work of charities, like ours, are putting people above profit, connecting communities and helping people to become healthier, happier and more creative, regardless of age or ability.

Seriously Social has been organized by national body Community Leisure UK (CLUK). Starting Monday 27 – each day of the week will focus on a theme to show how companies like ours help create social impact and create happier, healthier communities. Themes include Health & Wellbeing, Environment, Inclusion, Community and Employment & Skills.

Kirsty Cumming, CEO of Community Leisure UK, said: “Our members don’t just deliver public leisure and cultural services, they support social change for the better every day of the week, 365 days a year.

“As social enterprises and charities, they put people above profit. They are run by local people and have everyone’s best interests at heart. This week is about showcasing how they go above and beyond supporting individuals and communities. This is a selfless sector, quietly going about supporting people and communities every day. Not because it makes them money, but because it’s the right thing to do. And we thought it was high time more people know about the great work they do and the difference they make.”

More than 110 Charitable Trusts and Social Enterprises deliver public leisure and culture in Scotland, Wales and Ireland as part of the Community Leisure UK network. Together in 2023 they:

National statistics

Welcomed more than 209 million visits

Worked with 170+ Local Authorities

Collaborated with 100,000+ Community Groups

Reduced carbon emissions by 73%

63% provided warm spaces for the community

75% provided holiday food and activity programmes

Saved the state and NHS £893million through their work getting people more active and healthier

Thomas Barton, CEO of Everybody Health & Leisure, said: “We are proud to be part of a network of charities operating with a social conscience, delivering social good when providing public leisure and culture services. Our core business isn’t about making profit, it is about purpose – helping people first. Supporting society to get healthier and happier, employing local people, creating safe spaces for everybody, connecting communities, working towards net zero and supporting people with quality health and wellbeing services for everybody regardless of age or ability.

“Seriously Social is a brilliant way to showcase not only the difference we make but also why we do what we do.”

Discover Everybody Health & Leisure’s contribution to the national picture in 2023-24, by visiting www.everybody.org.uk/everybody-stats-2023-24/

*Social Value Figure produced by 4Global using data from Moving Communities and DataHub. Full stats can be found at seriouslysocial.org.uk

AstraZeneca Macclesfield Awarded Prestigious Blue Plaque by the Royal Society of Chemistry

AstraZeneca Macclesfield Awarded Prestigious Blue Plaque by the Royal Society of Chemistry


AstraZeneca’s Macclesfield Campus has been awarded a prestigious Blue Plaque by the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of a contribution of almost sixty years to science and medicine.

Sarah Dayre, Macclesfield Campus Lead, said: “ We are so proud to receive this award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. It is a true recognition of the incredible work of the thousands of dedicated people who have passed through our Campus working in the service of science and patients across the world – and the 5,000 employees who still do.” “It’s fantastic that we have received this honour in the year we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the merger of the then Zeneca with the Swedish company Astra, to form AstraZeneca.”

Helen Pain, CEO of the Royal Society of Chemistry said: “ It’s a great pleasure to share in this celebration of the enormous achievements of chemical scientists at the AstraZeneca Macclesfield Campus. Events like this one are a rare chance to pause and reflect on our shared history, celebrating the vital contributions that chemical scientists have made to our society.”

The Blue Plaque was awarded to AZ in a ceremony held last week. Former AZ employees as well as current graduates and apprentices and RSC-affiliated colleagues from across the Campus were joined by local dignitaries, and representatives from AZ’s local charity partners – the East Cheshire Hospice and the Silklife foodbank.

The event also looked forward to the future, with pupils from Hurdsfield Primary School attending. Also present were pupil’s representing a group of nine schools who AZ partner with to further the awareness of STEM careers in the North West.

Chamberlink Magazine – Spring 2024

Chamberlink Magazine – Spring 2024

What’s been happening around North Cheshire?

Lots! From community events to a new Managing Directors; award triumphs to rebrands, our members have been as busy as ever.  And there are lots of events coming up for you to take part in, whether it’s for charity, for fun or for business networking, we’ve got you covered.

Read all about it and lots more in Issue 22 of Chamberlink, the magazine of North Cheshire Chamber of Commerce.