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New Victoria Hospital gets “good” rating from CQC

hwa_nvh_nurses_final_rgb-2New Victoria Hospital was inspected by the Care Quality Commission on July 19th/20th this year and it has announced that recently it published its report which states that the overall rating for our hospital is “Good”.

In fact the hospital received a rating of “Good” for all 5 of the categories – Safe; Effective; Caring; Responsive and Well Led. Three core areas were subject to the inspection: Surgery, Outpatients and Diagnostic Imaging.

The inspectors identified one area of outstanding practice with one of our surgeons who uses the UroLift System – a ground-breaking prostate surgery. .

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Emmaus establish charity retail shop in Wallington

emmausEmmaus Lambeth took control of the former Missionary Mart charity retail unit on Stafford Road, Wallington on a full time basis in October 2016 and are continuing to use the premises as a charity retail shop to raise funds to support homeless people as part of the Emmaus ethos.

Although Emmaus Wallington is managed and run by Emmaus Lambeth, due to the location, the retail unit will operate under the name “Emmaus”

From this retail site we sell furniture, household goods, electrical items, clothing and bric-a-brac at bargain prices to members of the general public and members of the local community. For larger items we offer a free collection service within a designated catchment area as well as providing house clearances at competitive prices.

All money raised from the services we provide, as well as the selling of goods on offer, all goes towards running our charity.

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Richmond Theatre announces great range of shows for the Spring

Laura Whitmore (Not Dead Enough, by Peter James). Photo by Helen Maybanks
Laura Whitmore (Not Dead Enough, by Peter James). Photo by Helen Maybanks

Richmond Theatre has announced a great range of shows that will be taking place in  2017.
Let’s Twist Again
11 January
Wednesday 7.30pm

Now in its 6th Year with new songs for 2017. A full company of critically acclaimed artistes and musicians deliver a show that combines great music, fun and laughter with the greatest hits of Elvis, Dusty, Lulu, The Beatles, Sandie Shaw, The Drifters, Frankie Valli, Cilla and more. West End’s darling, Suzi Madin performers alongside some of the best vocalists in the business.
Join us in our American Diner to re-live the fabulous songs of a magical Rock ‘n’ Roll era. Together with your host with the most, ‘Big’ Tony Tremendo, our stunning live band The Twisters, and some of the highest rated performers in the land, you’ll be ready to TWIST AGAIN!

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
12 January
Thursday 7.30pm

Direct from its success in London’s West End, a sold out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50 Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

Barry Steele & Friends – The Roy Orbison Story
13 January
Friday 7.30pm

Barry Steele is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading vocalists playing homage to legend Roy Orbison. He has stunned audiences across the globe with his uncanny similarity and ability to authentically revive the exquisite toe-tapping sound of this music giant. Barry Steele is quite simply unmissable, as he takes you on this specially produced musical journey in time as he celebrates his own personal ten year anniversary on tour.
Featuring chart busting hits originally performed made famous by Jerry lee Lewis, The Shadows, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, and of course the Big O, and The Traveling Wilburys all backed by a big screen and phenomenally talented musicians resulting in an incredible fusion of ‘60s solid gold classics and ‘80s contemporary musical genius all on one stage. This production really is very special, so come along and celebrate our 10 year anniversary with us!

Back to Bacharach
14 January
Saturday 7.30pm

Back to Bacharach takes you on a journey through music, narration, and projected imagery of legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David. Together, they helped shape the path of modern music as we know it today.

This fantastic show features all of the hits, including Walk on By, The Look of Love, What’s New Pussycat, I Say a Little Prayer for You, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head and many more. With a full West End cast and 10-piece band, whose previous triumphs have included The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Miss Saigon and Jesus Christ Superstar, this new production is destined to take the UK theatre stage by storm.
£1 per ticket sold will be donated by Back to Bacharach to Breast Cancer Now.

Jimmy Carr – The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

15 January
Sunday 8pm

Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.
A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.
Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award.
Now all that experience is being put to good use – you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show – this is the very best of Jimmy Carr.

Ross Noble, Brain Dump
17 January
Tuesday 8pm

Everybody’s favourite randomist, Ross Noble, is back. As always Ross has lots of stuff backing up in his head and it’s time to let it all out. Famed for his super quick freewheeling style and highly imaginative flights of fancy, a Ross Noble show is always an unmissable event. Noble started in comedy 25 years ago, at the age of 15, and has established a loyal audience as one of the world’s best live stand-ups. Come and be part of this truly unique live experience. Join Ross as audience and performer come together for a massive Brain Dump.

Moscow City Ballet
18 – 22 January
Romeo and Juliet Wednesday & Thursday 7.30pm Swan Lake Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 3pm

For the ultimate dance experience, Moscow City Ballet is currently at its artistic best, with outstanding principals, stunning soloists and a sublime corps de ballet, all enhanced by the dynamic vitality of a live orchestra. Romeo and Juliet is the perfect marriage of a powerful dramatic musical score with a passionate love story – every dancer’s dream. The choreography, interpretation and outstandingly athletic virtuoso performances beautifully complement the world’s most famous tragic love story and iconic musical score. For many, the stirring sounds of Dance of the Knights, commonly known as Montagues and Capulets, will be recognizable as the theme tune to BBC TV’s The Apprentice. Swan Lake is a signature piece of the company’s entire repertoire, the tragic tale of Siegfried and his love for Odette, the Queen of the Swans. Moscow City Ballet’s interpretation of the world’s most romantic ballet is magnificently brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and instantly recognisable score.

A Judgement in Stone
23 – 28 January
Monday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the very reason for her awkwardness, long hidden and deeply buried, leads inexorably to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood – on Valentine’s Day. Ruth Rendell’s brilliant plot unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover-ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as murder itself. Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Theatre Company, which sold over two million tickets and continually played to packed houses around the UK, Bill Kenwright presents a new production adapted from one of the most celebrated works of the writer often hailed as the successor to Agatha Christie. Credited with revitalising the mystery genre, Ruth Rendell was first published in 1964. Widely considered to be one of her greatest works, A Judgement in Stone is loved for its brilliant rendering of character, plot and motive, and is undoubtedly the Queen of Psychological Crime at her thrilling best. With an all-star cast: Andrew Lancel, Sophie Ward , Mark Wynter, Deborah Grant, Shirley Anne Field, Antony Costa and Ben Nealon.

Nights on Broadway – The Bee Gees Story
29 January
Sunday 7.30pm

The Bee Gees were three brothers who, from singing close harmony as children, grew to become world superstars by their early twenties. They went on to be acknowledged as some of the greatest song writers in history.
The Bee Gees Story – Nights On Broadway present a tribute to the Bee Gees through a fantastic performance, featuring the Gibb brothers incredible songs from over four decades – from the 60s to the 90s. The show gives the audience the experience of being at a Bee Gees concert, with a unique blend of classic hits, acoustic medleys and dance floor favourites.
This is a totally live concert, with a six piece band from Ireland that pride themselves on musical authenticity, and in particular the accurate recreation of the vocal talents and harmonies of the Bee Gees, with costume changes complimenting the show to give a full Bee Gees Concert Experience.

February 2017
Macca – The Concert Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney
1 February
Wednesday 7.30pm

A brand new experience for 2017. Starring West End leading man Emanuele Angeletti (Let It Be) as Paul McCartney, this is a celebration of the life and music of a legend.
In the first concert of its kind to tour UK and Europe, Macca – The Concert Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney, featuring acclaimed West End performers and using state of the art visual media projection and lighting throughout, celebrates McCartney’s entire solo career from 1970 to 2016 including all his best loved hits, the acclaimed Wings Over The World 1975 – 76 Concert Tour along with a selection of Beatles favourites.
Experience the drama of Live and Let Die, the pathos of No More Lonely Nights and the nostalgia of Band on the Run alongside many, many more.

Someone Like You, The Adele Songbook
2 February
Thursday 7.30pm

An immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters including hits such as Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling In The Deep and Skyfall.

Round the Horne, the 50th Anniversary Tour
3 February
Friday 7.30pm

With its infamous movie spoofs and hilarious regular characters, Round the Horne was one of the best radio comedies of all time and still endures today, 50 years on. Take a step back to the BBC Paris Studios and experience this classic live.

The Matt Monro Story
4 February
Saturday 7.30pm

The Matt Monro Story is an inspired and unforgettable show, celebrating the life and music of the legendary Matt Monro, with narration and audio visual, presented by Matt Monro Jnr. Hear all the big hits and more.

Million Dollar Quartet
6 – 11 February
Monday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Following its success in the West End, Las Vegas and on Broadway, Million Dollar Quartet is coming to Richmond! This worldwide smash-hit musical is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four, star musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis, the studios of legendary record producer Sam Phillips (Jason Donovan), for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet, written by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls of Fire, Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Who Do You Love?, Matchbox, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more. Don’t miss your chance to discover the true story of one unforgettable night that made rock’n’roll history!

Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Let’s Go Backwards Together
12 February
Sunday 7.30pm

Publican. Politician. Other thing beginning with P. Philosopher, yeah, that. The nation’s critically acclaimed bar-based-braveheart embarks on a common sense campaign to re-Great Britain.

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures
13 – 15 February
Monday – Wednesday 7.30pm, Wednesday 2.30pm

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a programme of hit pieces that launched his career and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lex Brotherston, Early Adventures forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. Programme includes The Infernal Galop – A French dance with English subtitles. Town and Country – Lie back and think of England, Spitfire – An advertisement divertissement, Watch with Mother – Seen but not heard?

Mercury The Ultimate Queen Tribute 2017
16 February
Thursday 7.30pm

Watch fantastic performances of the most popular hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You
and many more, from one of the world’s most authentic tributes.

Rêverie The Life and Loves Of Claude Debussey
17 February
Friday 7.30pm

Rêverie evokes Debussy’s complex emotional life through a personal and revealing journal, illuminated by a sequence solo piano works.

Mr Bloom’s Nursery live!
18 February
Saturday 11am & 2pm

Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along to join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour! They’re getting the allotment ready for a special visit from a member of the Royal family. So pop along and say ‘ello’.

The Miser
21 – 25 February
Tuesday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Actor, writer, presenter, comedian and two-time Olivier award-winner Griff Rhys Jones returns to the stage in a hilarious new adaption by Sean Foley and Phil Porter of Moliere’s classic comedy, The Miser. Griff has previously been seen on stage as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver, Toad in the National Theatre’s The Wind in the Willows and in Feydeau’s An Absolute Turkey. Also starring in this production will be BAFTA award-winning comedian and writer Lee Mack, a regular on Have I Got News For You? and writer and star of BBC Sitcom Not Going Out, and Matthew Horne (Gavin and Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show, Bad Education). Fanatical about protecting his wealth, the paranoid Harpagon (Griff Rhys Jones) suspects all of trying to filch his fortune, and will go to any length to protect it. A matchmaker motivated only by money, he sets his sights on wealthy spouses for his children, so his riches are safe from their grubby hands. As true feelings and identities are revealed will Harpagon allow his children to follow their heart, or will his love of gold prove all-consuming? Passion and purse strings go head to head in this rip-roaring comedy, by France’s greatest dramatist. This major revival is directed by Sean Foley (The Painkiller, The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster). Book now to be among the very first to see this major revival before it hits the West End.

Menopause The Musical
26 February
Sunday 7.30pm

Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders) and Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing ‘The Change’ and their problems with forgetfulness.

La Strada
27 February – 4 March
Monday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

From the Olivier award-winning Producer of West End hits Top Hat, The Play That Goes Wrong and Hetty Feather. A young woman and a strong man drive through the Italian countryside performing a double-act for their keep. When the mismatched pair come across a travelling circus whose principal attraction is a daredevil tight-rope walker, the young woman finds herself caught between the two men. Frederico Fellini’s Oscar-winning La Strada is one of the all-time masterpieces of world cinema. This musical adaptation is directed by Olivier Award nominee, Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, National Theatre’s Peter Pan, West End’s Hetty Feather) and boasts a beautiful new score by Benji Bower with songs performed by an international cast of actor musicians. Moving between the dazzling lights of the circus and the bare landscapes of rural Italy, this production of La Strada promises to be a theatrical feast for all the senses. Prior to a London Season.

March 2017
The Carpenters Story
5 March
Sunday 7.30pm
Featuring the stunning vocals of Claire Furley as Karen Carpenter, and lavish arrangements of the classics from live musicians, including (They Long To Be) Close To You , We’ve Only Just Begun , Yesterday Once More , Top of the World , and many more!

Gaslight
6 – 11 March
Monday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

One of the greatest thrillers of all-time hits the UK stage starring the highly acclaimed stage and television actress Kara Tointon. While Jack Manningham (Rupert Young) is on the town each evening, his wife Bella (Kara Tointon) is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of the living room gaslight – is she losing her mind? Does the terror exist in her imagination or are dark secrets living in her home? The surprise arrival of a retired detective (Keith Allen) leads to a shocking discovery that will shake her respectable Victorian marriage to its core. In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie and Priestley, Gaslight is a genre-defining, sensationally suspenseful, all-round elegant masterpiece. This new production of Gaslight is the definitive seat-gripping drama not to be missed. A tense and hugely satisfying evening of great British theatre.

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers
12 March
Sunday 7.30pm

Bay City Rollers icon Les McKeown is at it again! What’s that you say? Les is back on tour, bringing his fantastic show to venues across the UK! Rollermania promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts.
Not Dead Enough
13 – 18 March
Monday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Following the huge sell-out success of The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple, the thrilling work of multi-million selling author Peter James comes to Richmond Theatre with the world premiere production of Not Dead Enough. On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed. At least that’s what he claims. But as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace continues to deal with the mysterious disappearance of his own wife, he starts to dig a little deeper into the chilling murder case and it soon becomes clear that love can be a dangerous thing… Starring award-winning actor Shane Ritchie (Eastenders), Laura Whitmore (Strictly Come Dancing 2016) and Stephen Billington (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street), Not Dead Enough is directed by Olivier Award-winner Ian Talbot and is the third play in Peter James’ box office smash hit and critically acclaimed stage franchise. Peter has been acclaimed as ‘ONE OF THE MOST FIENDISHLY CLEVER CRIME FICTION PLOTTERS’ – Daily Mail and his brilliant novels have sold over 17 million copies worldwide. He is the 2016 recipient of crime writing’s highest honour, the Diamond Dagger.

Count Arthur Strong
19 March
Sunday 8pm

Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient moments for your enjoyment. Plus, something else. Don’t miss this amazing event.

Shirley Valentine
20 – 25 March
Monday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

Shirley is a Liverpool housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for two weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently. Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. It was adapted into an Oscar nominated film. Now, on its 30th anniversary, Jodie Prenger stars in the first major revival of this national treasure.

Gabriel
28 March – 1 April
Tuesday – Saturday evenings 7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm

1943. Nazi occupied Guernsey. Widow and mother Jeanne does whatever it takes to keep her adolescent daughter Estelle and daughter-in-law Lily safe on an island filled with danger and fear. Her toughest test arrives in the terrifying Commander Von Pfunz, whose romantic advances may be the only way to keep her family alive. But tensions intensify when a mysterious young man is washed ashore with no memory of who he is. Fluent in German and the Queen’s English, is he an RAF pilot, an SS interrogator, a local boy with amnesia or a saviour sent from heaven? The stakes are high and getting it wrong, means certain death. Starring Paul McGann (Withnail and I, Doctor Who and The Monocled Mutineer) and written by Moira Buffini (Handbagged, Wonder.land), this electric drama with edge-of-your-seat suspense is directed by award-winning Kate McGregor and produced by Theatre6; producers of the award winning, West End smash hit The Scottsboro Boys. Gabriel also stars Robin Morrissey, Sarah Schoenbeck and Venice van Someren.

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Safeguarding event planned in January

8199221Safeguarding Listening Event for Voluntary and Community Organisations in Sutton
Date: 26th January 2016
Time: 2-5pm
Venue: Salvation Army, Sutton
Target Group: Staff and Volunteers working with children, young people or adults in Sutton.

This will be an interactive event hosted by Sutton Centre for Voluntary Services (SCVS) and overseen by our new Chief Executive, Alison Navarro.

The session will focus on case studies and thematic issues based on priorities across children and adult’s safeguarding in Sutton. The discussions will centre on the presentation of the issues within Sutton, current practice, identification of gaps impacting on the sector and what next steps are required to improve outcomes.

This exciting event is the first opportunity that voluntary and community sector partners have had to share their experience of both children and adult’s safeguarding issues that will be directly fedback to the SSAB & LSCB Chairs and Boards – so come, be heard and make a difference!

Learning Outcomes:

Voluntary and Community organisations can put forward their voices regarding safeguarding priorities in Sutton
Organisations to gain an improved understanding regarding the work of the LSCB and SSAB in Sutton
Voluntary and Community organisations have the opportunity to influence the future work of the LSCB & SSAB
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Send a special message to a loved one on hospital christmas tree

Chief-Nurse-Charlotte-Hall-and-Dr-Martine-Meyer-Consultant-in-Palliative-Medicine-switched-on-the-lights-at-Epsom-hospital
Chief-Nurse-Charlotte-Hall-and-Dr-Martine-Meyer-Consultant-in-Palliative-Medicine-switched-on-the-lights-at-Epsom-hospital

St Helier hospitals is giving people the chance to write a special message to loved ones on their Christmas memorial trees this year.

Anyone can dedicate a star to celebrate the life of a loved one, or write a personal thank you message to a friend, relative, member of staff or hospital team. The stars are available in the reception areas at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals.

The trees were unveiled at a special ‘switch on’ ceremony – at Epsom, Chief Nurse Charlotte Hall and Dr Martine Meyer, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, switched on the lights, while at St Helier Charlotte was joined by Fire Safety Manager Gary Milan. Patient First Administrator Sami Young, who organised the events, explained: “This time of year is one where our thoughts often turn to celebrations, remembering loved ones who are no longer with us and expressing thanks to the people who mean the most to us. That is why as a trust we are inviting visitors, patients and staff to make a special dedication on one of our Christmas memorial trees.

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MP welcomes “state of the art” facilities coming to Wallington church

tom-brakeTom Brake MP recently visited the site of the proposed new hall for St Patrick’s Church on Park Hill Rd, Wallington, to learn about the state-of-the-art facilities planned and how the ‘CentreForward’ plans are progressing for the Church.

Tom was joined by Councillor Steve Cook, and met with Harry Frost (Assistant Minister), Peter Main (Centreforward Project Manager), Tim Hyde (Hystar Construction Ltd), Peter Gardner (Architectural Design Consultant) and Stuart Littlemore (CentreForward Project Team).

The aim of the CentreForward project is to replace the aging hall at St Patrick’s Church, which has served for more than 50 years, as the main facility for the church. The decision was taken last year to replace the building, as opposed to repairing it.

The new building will also enable St Patrick’s to further their charity support work, providing sanitary public toilets to the community as well as supporting the Open Doors project by helping to distribute bibles and providing spaces to train Christian leaders. The new building will also provide spaces for people to come together and worship and will provide facilities specifically designed for young people.

 

To view the complete plans including a 3D flythrough of the new building, visit http://www.stpatscentreforward.com

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National award for hospital team

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Epsom-and-St-Heliers-award-winning-Ophthalmology-Team

A multi-disciplinary team of specialists from the eye units at Epsom and St Helier hospitals has been recognised with a national award for delivering “inspiring and remarkable care” to patients with glaucoma related eye conditions.

The consultant-led team were named as winners in the Best Ophthalmology Team category at the Bayer Ophthalmology Honours awards in recognition of their entry ‘Making a Difference for Glaucoma Patients: A ‘Can Do’ Approach’, which set out the work done to improve the experience of patients.

The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Paralympian and former world record holder in the 800m sprinting event Danny Crates at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

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SHP win prestigious health and safety award

sword-of-honourSutton Housing Partnership has won a prestigious Sword of Honour from the British Safety Council.
In a ceremony SHP was awarded the Sword of Honour from Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, at Drapers’ Hall on Friday 25th November 2016. SHP was one of 64 organisations worldwide that achieved a Sword of Honour, which is awarded to companies which have demonstrated excellence in the management of health and safety risks at work.

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Carshalton College’s Liam setting off on apprenticeship in plastering

liam-aydinLiam Aydin, joined Carshalton College in 2014 on the CSkills Level 1 Diploma in Plastering. Liam is now on the Level 3 Diploma in Plastering, mentors Level 1 students and is about to start an Apprenticeship with local plastering firm Renlon.

Liam was a student at Carew Manor but struggled to settle in. The school referred Liam to SILC (Skills & Integrated Learning Centre) an alternative provision based in Mitcham offering training in construction for pre-16 students.

On meeting Chaz Watson at the Centre, Chaz was direct in telling Liam to knuckle down, don’t go down the wrong road, you need to gain a qualification, turn up to college and you will succeed. SILC offer City & Guilds accreditation from Entry Level 3 Award to Level One Diplomas and allowed Liam to try different areas of construction with tiling, painting & decorating, brickwork, plumbing and plastering. Deciding that plastering might be a possible career option, Chaz brought Liam to Carshalton College for an interview.

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