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Awareness of Dyslexia
A dyslexia awareness training course was held at Service Headquarters for Service staff.
It was delivered to managers, trainers from the Training and Development Academy, Prince’s Trust team leaders and staff from People and Organisational Development.
The course was led by Dee Caunt, Chief Executive of the Dyslexia Association.
It was to give staff a better understanding of what dyslexia is, the signs to look for and the difficulties people with dyslexia may face.
The course also highlighted coping strategies, what can be done to help people with dyslexia and the range of assistive technologies available to people.
A Dyslexia Guide for Staff and Managers has been produced by the Diversity Team. This will be available shortly on the Resources section of the Equality and Diversity Portal page.
The guide also contains a check list for those with dyslexia, which can give them a better understanding and guide them towards future assessment needs.
For more information about dyslexia, visit: .
Dyslexia Awareness Week (DAW) 2015 will also be held from October 5 to October 11. This will highlight the impact that the right support and interventions can have on the future of people with dyslexia.
Anyone interested in dyslexia awareness training is asked to email Vicky Campbell or Wendy Kenyon in the Diversity Team.
Out in Force
Hundreds of homes in Everton were targeted in a reassurance campaign after the body of a woman was discovered following a serious house fire.
Our firefighters and staff visited homes across Everton carrying out Home Fire Safety Checks and offering
fire safety advice, particularly around smoking.
It follows a serious house fire that happened in Calmet Close, near St Domingo Road, in Everton on Tuesday, August 18.
Our Service was called to the property at 4.22pm. The fire involved the ground floor lounge of the house and three fire appliances were sent to the scene.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, however the body of a woman was found by firefighters inside the house.
Following an investigation, it is suspected that the fire was accidentally started by a discarded cigarette.
A reassurance campaign was held in the roads surrounding the property where firefighters as well as prevention staff gave fire safety advice around smoking and urged people to look out for their neighbours.
During the campaign home fire safety leaflets were delivered to 385 properties. Our firefighters, prevention staff and prevention apprentices carried out 81 Home Fire Safety Checks, fitted smoke alarms and highlighted the importance of having smoke alarms on each level of a property.
Our Home Safety vehicle was also set up in the community, to offer advice and information for residents.
Group Manager Gary Oakford said: “There was a large presence in the area from firefighters and prevention staff during the campaign.
“Our staff were particularly highlighting fire safety around smoking. They were also asking people to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted on each level of their home and that they test them every week.
“It is extremely sad that there has been a fatality following a house fire in the community. We would urge people to follow our safety advice and help prevent further fires in homes.”
MF&RS apprentice Jessica Lewis giving fire safety advice to resident Roman Lakatos during the reassurance campaign in Everton. Photo by Lyndsay Young.
MF&RS Prevention staff and apprentices next to the Home Safety vehicle during the reassurance campaign. Photo by Lyndsay Young.

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