Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Families Matter

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Family Division, warned in his first ‘View from the President’s Chambers’, that he was concerned for the welfare of all those working in the family courts who are under “remorseless and relentless” pressure and who are “conscientiously continuing to deliver a professional service in a timely manner despite the increase in workload”.

From social workers and guardians to solicitors and judges, all those working in the family courts are painfully aware of the “adverse impact of the high volume of cases”. Sir Andrew outlined that there was little he could do to relieve the current pressures, but he specified that it would be unsustainable for professionals to endeavour to undertake “business as usual”.

He encouraged professionals and local judiciary to establish a dialogue to develop the guidelines and parameters of sensible and acceptable working practices. He suggested agreements could be made in relation to:

  • The earliest and latest court sitting times;
  • The earliest and latest it is acceptable to send an email to another lawyer or the court;
  • Reducing components expected in a ‘position statement’ to only one side of A4 using bullet points.

He acknowledged that, whilst professionals will always go the “extra mile” for the sake of the child, he hopes that they will find new ways to work together to cope with the continued increase of care cases issued at court.

Should you need any advice in relation to divorce or relationship breakdown, or any matters arising from those,  please do not hesitate to contact our expert Care Team on  0161 330 6821 or email:

 

Olivia Bell – obell@bromleys.co.uk

Lauren Mayer – lmayer@bromleys.co.uk

Kate Allsop – kallsop@bromleys.co.uk

Anthony Theakston – atheakston@bromleys.co.uk

Daniela Maggioni – dmaggioni@bromleys.co.uk

Keith Platts – kplatts@bromleys.co.uk

 

Civic, Political, Faith and Community Leaders from across Greater Manchester have gathered in Manchester Cathedral to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, at the first city-region wide event of its kind.

The first Greater Manchester Holocaust Memorial Day event, hosted by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Canon Dr David Holgate, Sub-Dean of Manchester Cathedral, took place on the morning of the 24th January.  The event comes just days before the official Holocaust Memorial Day on 27th January.

Holocaust survivor Ruth Lachs, who lives in Bury, spoke about her experiences to those present at the event.  Attendees also heard musical performances from Royal Northern College of Music musicians and Spirit & Soul Choir.

TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins read the moving poem ‘First They Came’ by Pastor Martin Niemoller and the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, delivered the Prayer for the Genocide in Rwanda

The event was supported by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the Association of Jewish Refugees and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “It is right that Greater Manchester is holding its first city-region wide Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration event.

“By coming together in this way, we can send the loudest of messages, that this is a place which rejects hate in all its forms and has an enduring belief in the innate equality of all people.

“As fewer and fewer survivors of the Holocaust remain with us, it is more vital than ever that we ensure the next generation learn the lessons of that terrible atrocity and the other tragic genocides that have taken place around the world. Events like these remind us of our collective duty to challenge hatred wherever we see it, or face the consequences of our collective silence.

“I’m grateful to all those who spoke, The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Association of Jewish Refugees for their support and to the Cathedral for agreeing to host this event.”

Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said: “As people come together across the UK to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, we are pleased to see the Mayor and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority making a strong commitment to remembering all those murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed, including in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

“The event at Manchester Cathedral will be one of more than 11,000 taking place across the country – in schools, workplaces, local authorities, libraries and many more varied settings.

“At the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust we are pleased to see people learning lessons from genocide, for a better future – particularly at a time when rising anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hate and other forms of prejudice are causing real damage across society.”

David Holgate, Sub-Dean of Manchester Cathedral said “Our Cathedral is actively committed to challenging all forms of hate crime, and so we are very glad to be hosting this important Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.  We hope the event will help us all with the process of our own inner change.  As Etty Hillesum wrote before she was killed in Auschwitz in 1943, “I no longer believe we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves.”

The Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester has welcomed today’s announcement to strengthen tools and powers to help break the cycle of domestic abuse and better protect victims and survivors.

Speaking as the Government published the draft Domestic Abuse Bill, which includes stronger powers to tackle coercive control and economic abuse, the introduction of new Domestic Abuse Protection Notices and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders, and a ban on the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in family court, Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes said:

“Today’s announcement is a positive step forward in better protection and support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, who all too often feel let down by the criminal justice system. The powers and tools outlined in the draft Domestic Abuse Bill will help us strengthen our response to domestic abuse in Greater Manchester, and give more people the confidence to speak out and seek help.

“Crucially, the draft Bill sets out a definition of domestic abuse which recognises the impact of coercive, controlling and economic abuse, which is just as devastating as physical abuse. However, this definition alone is not enough. For example, it must be backed up with sustainable funding and a robust framework and guidance for local areas to help commission support services, deliver minimum standards of training and support organisations in recognising the signs of economic and controlling behaviour.

“The issue of abusers being allowed to cross-examine their victims in family court has been a cause for concern for some time. It’s unacceptable that this practice, which effectively enables abuse to continue, has been allowed to go on so I’m pleased that the Government has finally taken action to protect victims and survivors from unnecessary distress.”

The draft Bill also strengthens Clare’s Law, making it a duty for the police to disclose information on an individual when requested, where there is a concern that the individual may be abusive towards their partner.

Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes added: “Greater Manchester has led the way in implementing Clare’s Law, an empowering tool that has saved hundreds of residents from a potential lifeline of abuse. That this power is being bolstered sends a strong message to anyone who is worried about their own or a loved one’s relationship that there is somewhere to turn to. Work is ongoing across Greater Manchester to raise awareness of this scheme and the help and support which is available to people who need it.”

HYDE UNITED FC will be hosting MARINE FC on Saturday 26th January 2019 and for the second week running are inviting all young primary school children to watch the game FREE of charge.

Hyde United FC is a long established football club built on uniquely strong local community bonds, which has, since it became community owned, introduced many excellent family friendly and local school sports initiatives as well as delivering educational opportunities via their academy system.

Kicking off at 3.00pm this Saturday, the Tigers will play Marine FC in what promises to be a really close game of football, and once again, in an effort to introduce the game and show the clubs development to a local audience, the Directors of the club are pleased to announce that Admission for kids will once again be free, when accompanied by an adult!

Schools can download the poster by clicking on: SATURDAY 26th INVITE

Please come along and enjoy a day of live football at Ewen Fields.

KIDS : FREE

PARENTS attending with KIDS : £5.00

Come along to the concessions turnstile; give your name and the school your child attends.

 

Two friends from Ashton are running marathons, navigating freezing canals in a canoe and even climbing Mount Everest (albeit virtually) in a bid to raise £10,000 for disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester.

Ian French, 42, and Steve Reid, 39, have been balancing their busy lives by training tirelessly at the weekend, currently clocking 40 miles by canoe through Ashton canal in preparation for their challenge.

From the 27th of January they will be paddling day and night to cover the 167-mile route from Leeds to Manchester, hoping to cut through Liverpool starting on the 27th January.

Armed with an arctic tent and support vehicle, Ian and Steve have given themselves plenty of options to get to their destination on the 2nd of February – just in case the canals freeze over.

Ian, who last year also ran the Stockport and Manchester Half Marathons with his mate, said the charity is incredibly close to their hearts, being fathers themselves.

He said: “I have a little girl and Steve has sons, we’re both family men and luckily our children have all the support and finances to help them.

“Unfortunately some of these children in Manchester have no families or come from struggling backgrounds, so we wanted to do our little bit to help local kids.

The money stays in this area and will be to donated to children in our community who are dealing with issues such as poverty, abuse, neglect and short life expectancy, aiming to give them great experiences in life.”

The duo are also set to take on an 11 hour virtual climb of Mount Everest in March which will be followed by two full marathons in Manchester and Milton Keynes in April and May.

They already have had some support from businesses, such as Senior Aerospace in Poynton, who’ve paid the entry fee for all marathons, and from branded gear from Totally T Shirts in Stockport – but are appealing for further sponsorship to help them achieve their goal.

Ian added: “Whether you’re a big business who would like to sponsor us or simply a Joe Bloggs on the street who could spare £5, every little bit helps our cause.”

So far the pair have raised £2,081, but are still seeking donations.

If you’d like to help, you can give directly at: https://tinyurl.com/y6umeo3u or give Ian a call on: 07872418548

 

MONDAY 21 January, also known as Blue Monday is officially the most depressing day of the year – the dark days and cold temperatures are enough to make anyone feel down.

But rather than keep your feelings bottled up, Specsavers in Hyde is urging residents not to hold back their tears on Blue Monday, as not only does a good cry offer a relief of emotion, but it can do wonders for your eye health too.

Specsavers clinical spokesperson Dr Nigel Best says: ‘When we don’t have enough tears to lubricate our eyes they can become dry and irritated and we can even start to get slightly blurred vision.’

This dryness which occurs when we do not have enough lubrication in our eyes is often referred to as dry eye syndrome, and can be extremely uncomfortable.

Dr Best says: ‘When an individual has a dry eye the surface of the eye becomes inflamed. This inflammation further damages the cells which are responsible for tear production, resulting in a vicious circle of increasing inflammation and dryness.’

However not only do our tears help with this lubrication but they can help keep our eyes clean too. Dr Best adds: ‘Tears are so important as they can wash away foreign matter that might come into contact with your eye and they also help reduce the risk of eye infections.’

 

Dr Best has some additional tips for general eye health this New Year:

Something fishy

Dry eye syndrome occurs when we do not have enough lubrication in our eyes. However, eating fish high in omega 3 fatty acids can help.

Dr Best says: ‘When an individual has a dry eye the surface of the eye becomes inflamed. This inflammation further damages the cells which are responsible for tear production, resulting in a vicious circle of increasing inflammation and dryness.

‘It is well documented that omega 3 essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory effects and therefore may offer some degree of protection against dry eye. A large epidemiological study in the USA found that women who consumed five servings of tuna per week were at a 68% reduced risk of suffering from dry eyes.’

Get some sleep

Do you ever feel your eyes twitching from time to time? These spasms are known as myokymia and can often be uncomfortable and distracting, and they are often caused by a lack of sleep.

Dr Best says: ‘It’s essential that we all get enough sleep as it give our bodies an opportunity to rest – including our eye muscles, which will help to stop them from twitching.’

Have an avocado

The wondrous super food has been a breakfast staple for millennials everywhere. But rather than just being a tasty way to start the day – and of course providing countless photo opportunities for the ‘gram – the trusty avocado is actually great for your eyes.

Dr Best says: ‘Avocados are a huge food trend, which is great news for our eyes. Not only are avocados rich in zinc and vitamin B which help stave off cataracts, but they also have a high amount of lutein.

‘Research suggests lutein is a carotenoid which helps filter our blue light, helping to prevent age-related macular degeneration.’

Go for a walk

Not only is exercising good for your overall health but it’s good for your eyes too. Dr Best says: ‘Studies have shown that regular exercise, such as walking, can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70% and it can also decrease the risk of age-related cataracts too.’

To book your next appointment at Specsavers Hyde visit www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/Hyde

 

Hyde United FC is a long established football club built on uniquely strong local community bonds, which has, since it became community owned, introduced many excellent family friendly and local school sports initiatives as well as delivering educational opportunities via their academy system.

Kicking off at 3.00pm this Saturday, (20th January 2019) Hyde United FC will be home to Witton Albion FC in what promises to be a really close game of football, the Directors of the club are pleased to announce that Admission for kids will once again be free, when accompanied by an adult!

Please come along and enjoy a day of live football at Ewen Fields.

KIDS : FREE

PARENTS attending with KIDS : £5.00

Come along to the concessions turnstile, give your name and the school your child attends.