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Archdiocese finalist 2018 Inspirational support staff of the Year Linda Farrelly

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ARCHDIOCESE AWARDS FINALIST 2018

INSPIRATIONAL SUPPORT STAR OF THE YEAR

LINDA FARRELLY

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN AND OUT OF EDUCATION

THE HEARTBEAT OF THE COMMUNITY AND A WOMAN OF HER WORD

The Academy community programme is outstanding and reflects it’s core moral purpose to not only teach in school hours but to reach out and support children, families, pensioners, families and those who depend on the care we provide. For others we provide company, life skills, and a friendly neighbour. The Academy community programme is led and driven by our children and families star, Linda Farrelly and her truly amazing colleague Brenda Thompson. The impact of her dedication can be measured by social change and by the unequivocally effective safeguarding she provides for children and their families.

Our children and families support star Linda Farrelly is truly a modern day Mother Teresa and works tirelessly to serve the children and families of the area and school. Neighbours day is her way of bringing the community together in a time of need and she has been organising this for the past 6 years.

Linda provides the bridge between the Academy, it’s families and the community. There is no one who knows the community like she does. Linda’s main role is to safeguard staff, children and their families and you are unlikely meet a person more dedicated to this than Linda. She has a sixth sense of need and each week, visits the food bank to supply food and clothes for families in need.

Linda ensures that the school accesses as many additional services to mentor children including CAHMs, counselling and spinning world. She organises our annual pensioner’s party for 100 and this year created a Christmas party for families in need on Christmas day. She encouraged sixth formers to serve food on 25th December and this proved particularly emotional and character building for them.

PRIMARY COMMUNITY PROMISE

During every holiday time she opens academy doors it’s opens its doors to as many children from our local primary schools and local families. Over 120 children from Speke, Garston and Dingle take part every day in all holiday camps. Linda recognises the need to create stability for families. In partnership with TESCO, food is provided for children each day and the experience is truly positive. Linda invites P.C Jimmy Hickey, our Safer School’s Officer, Community Support Officers, staff from Sports Alive and NHS food workers to work with the children in a warm and supportive way. Our trips to splash world and the beach, are for some, their first experience outside of Liverpool. The looks on their faces makes the long hours worthwhile

 

854 RESIDENTS: SAFER, STRONGER, HEALTHIER, HAPPIER

Linda is the mastermind behind neighbour’s day. This initiative with and her aim to create a ’Safer, Stronger, healthier Neighbourhood’ in particular addressing contextual issues within our community through a free fun family day. Students at the academy are from Speke, Garson and Dingle and both they and their parents get to benefit long term from our partnership offer of life skills for now and for the future.  Linda’s core moral purpose is to provide support to create opportunities for children and families to access social mobility and her duty of care is to make sure residents are aware of what is on offer to them and how they can access support. She simply does not stop!!!!

854 people attended the event last year. The range of community partners involved is vast to ensure that families and the wider community have access to agencies who support and share advice and guidance from 38 partner agencies.

Following this event a number of impacts could be measured;

  • The Fire Service received 30+ call outs to check smoke alarms
  • CAB had an increase on adults enquiring about benefit maximisation
  • Rowlands Chemists reported an increase in Health MOTs
  • Water babies’ healthy babies class numbers increased
  • Healthy families reported an increase in enquiries and attendance at classes
  • Improved communication between all the key partners and to work together to reduce crime and ASB
  • Increase Physical Activity and signpost to relevant agencies
  • To help create a cleaner safer environment where people want to live and work

 “There is a tangibly growing commitment to the common good.”

These were the words of the Archdiocese in their Section 48 report as they recognised how staff “Work together for the living of British Values within a Christian context that continually enriches the standing and status of ESLA in the local community.

There is nothing better than hearing how students and their families’ lives have improved as a result of key guidance and support from our very own Linda.

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Liverpool
L19 5NY
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