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26 TRANSPORT well connected Making it easy to make a difference in your workplace What employer wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to support their staff to choose healthier lifestyles, reduce their travel costs and make a positive difference to their local community? Merseycare Julie Ann (MCJA) have done just that through the introduction of a pool bike scheme for their team. MCJA, a large domiciliary care agency providing care to over 500 people in the Liverpool city region, have been working with Liverpool & Sefton Chambers to identify ways in which they can support staff by offering an alternative to regular car use, particularly for shorter journeys, as well as helping to reduce the burden of travel costs and provide flexibility and reduce travel times for staff providing care in the local community. They successfully applied for funding under the Combined Authority’s sustainable transport programme (STEP) to provide 14 pool bikes. The scheme has only been in operation for three weeks but already they are noticing the difference. Rosie Robinson, Registered Manager of MCJA, has been delighted at the impact the scheme has had so far, “We all know about the health benefits of cycling but there are so many more reasons why investing in a scheme like this one can benefit not only our carers, but also the community they care for. We have one member of the team who feels fitter and healthier and is now saving her bus fares to pay for a holiday! Another carer feels much safer now she can cycle rather than walk as the nights get darker and as we deliver care from 7.00am to 10.00pm this is an important issue for us.” Over 30 organisations across the Liverpool City Region, have benefited from this funding with the majority of applications focussing on pool bike schemes to support staff. To find out about any future funding schemes and other support available, employers can sign up to the Employers Network to receive information direct. Please contact the Chamber’s Sustainable Business Advisor, michelle.cameron@ liverpoolchamber.org.uk for more information. SNOWFLAKE TRANSFORMATION FOR LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE From 1 December – 3 January Liverpool city centre will be transformed into a festive spectacle by the return of the Snowflake Trail, the city’s very own winter festival that will capture the imagination of young and old alike. Read the specially written story by Lisa Bower and follow the trail through city centre streets to see local landmarks transformed with dazzling lights, swirling soundscapes and interactive illustrations, and discover giant sculptural snowflakes decorated by twelve of the region’s most exciting visual artists. Make the story come alive on the street with interactive illustrations across city centre shop fronts and the giant book in Williamson Square; simply download the augmented reality app Aspect AR for free from your Apple or Android device from 1 December. Win spectacular prizes by solving the clue hidden within the story – pick up your own copy including a trail map from 1 December at participating retailers around the city centre. Play the Illumaphonium in the Bluecoat courtyard, a dynamic and interactive music-making sculpture – the first of its kind. Created by musician and inventor Michael Davis, the multiplayer musical sculpture stands over 3.5 metres tall and consists of more than two hundred illuminated chime bars. Each bar responds to touch, with ever-changing patterns of light and sound spreading out like waves over the surface; bringing people together into a fun and spontaneous-music making experience. Take over the big light window on the front of FACT with six different snowflake designs that have been specially created for you to choose from. Simply Tweet #SnowflakeTrail followed by the snowflake of your choice numbered from 1- 6 and your favourite colour from the list to see your giant snowflake appear. To view the six snowflake images, visit FACT or thisliverpool. com/Christmas. Marvel at the Church Street Christmas Tree, a beautiful natural Sitka Spruce standing over 17 metres tall, decorated by hundreds of school children from 24 local schools. Working with artist Simon Armstrong and lead school Broughton Hall Catholic High School, each child has designed and decorated their own link in a giant illuminated paper chain that will adorn the tree throughout the festivities. The Snowflake Trail is brought to you by Liverpool BID Company and produced by Open Culture on behalf of businesses in the city centre. For more information visit www.thisliverpool.com/Christmas The Snowflake Trail is part of One Magical City, an enchanting programme of festive events taking place across Liverpool, from its waterfront to the retail heart and historic areas. Discover more on onemagicalcity.com #SnowflakeTrail


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