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Our Christmas Greeting Card Competition is back – and we need your help!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


Last year’s competition was very successful. We had some fantastic entries from all of our categories, making it very difficult to choose a winner!

This Christmas, we need your help again, so that we can send all of our customers, supporters, colleagues and friends a unique Greenbank e-Card. What better way than by asking our local community to design one? That’s where you come in.

We want you to design a Christmas card which is A4 in size. You can produce your design in any way you wish – it could be a drawing, painting, collage or a photograph. You can be as creative as you want!

So roll up your sleeves and stock up on felt tips, crayons, paint, paper and anything else you want to get creative with!

Entries will be split into three categories:

4 to 10 years

11 to 18 years

19 and over


The winner from each category will win a £20 Liverpool One voucher, together with a pack of ten cards with your design.

How to enter

You can send your design by email or post. Please include your name, address and age with your entry (whether sent by post or email).

By email:

Send your entry to

We will accept the following file types: PDF, JPEG, TIFF, and EPS. Please ensure that it is high resolution (300dpi) at A4 size to ensure good quality print.

By post to:

Christmas Greeting Competition, Greenbank, Greenbank Lane, Liverpool L17 1AG.

The closing date for entries is Monday 16th November, 5pm.

Competition Rules

1. Entry to this competition will be accepted via by email and post.
2. The prize for the winner in each age category is a £20 Liverpool One voucher and a pack of 10 cards with their design. There is no cash alternative.
3. By entering the competition, the prize winner gives their agreement to publicity about their win (or if under 16 this is needs to be given by parent / guardian).
4. Participants must be based in the UK. Prizes will only be sent to a UK mainland address.
5. One entry per person.
6. By entering the competition, entrants are giving Greenbank the right to use their design, copyright free.
7. The winner(s) will be chosen by a judging panel (3 people) as the best entry per age category.
8. The Judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
9. Winners will be contacted via email or post. The winners’ names will be displayed on our website and on e-greetings incorporating their design.
10. The closing date for entries is Monday 16th November at 5pm.
11. Greenbank is compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will not pass entrants’ details to a third party.
12. Promoter: Elizabeth Brocklehurst, Greenbank, Greenbank Lane, Liverpool. L17 1AG

Thanks to Santander Staff

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015


Staff from Santander’s Bootle based call centre have swapped their headsets for paint brushes us by painting two rooms in Greenbank College and one in Greenbank Sports Academy.

The project is part of Santander’s Community Days programme, which enables staff to take part in volunteering days within their local area. As well as volunteer time, the organisation also provides a £250 donation towards materials and equipment.

Team Leader Craig Jones commented

“It’s a win, win – staff in our team get time out from their hectic working environment and have an opportunity to work with their colleagues in a completely different way,  whilst helping a local organisation to improve their building.”

Greenbank’s Marketing Manager Elizabeth Brocklehurst added:

“The Community Days programme is really helpful and enables us to get work done to improve facilities for everyone who uses our service. Thanks to all those involved with the project.”

Thanks to our Gardening Team

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Gardening tutor Lyndsey Kinsella with some of the students

Gardening tutor Lyndsey Kinsella with some of the students

A big thank you to all of those involved with improving the grounds of Greenbank College and Sports Academy; in particular Lindsey Kinsella and her team of students; John, Mel, Michael, Graeme and Kieran who are currently working on a number of projects to make the site better for everyone.
Lindsey said:
“The team is doing a great job – it’s a lot of work to keep everything maintained and we couldn’t do it without the help of the students and my colleagues, Colin and Mike.
Spring is really busy time and in a few months time everything should be looking fabulous.”

We are currently looking for donations of established shade loving plants for the area bordering the College and Academy – contact Lindsey if you can help.

Local organisations help Greenbank College support National Careers Week

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
LtoR Ashley McCoy, Kathy Churchill and Malcolm Mitchell from Home Instead

LtoR Ashley McCoy, Kathy Churchill and Malcolm Mitchell from Home Instead

It’s National Careers Week from 2 to 6 March and Greenbank College has got involved by organising a full programme of employment themed workshops for students.

Thanks to Addaction, the National Health Service, Santander, Sainsbury’s, Home Instead, Springboard, DaDaFest, Citizens Advice Bureau, Compass Corporate Events and Everton in the Community for agreeing to help out by leading sessions.

Employability Tutor Jane Bentley said;

“The week is really important as it gives us a focus to get across to our students the skills employers expect job seekers to have and how to make their CV stand out from the rest.

We really appreciate the time that all of our speakers are giving to share this important information with our students.”

Ashley McCoy Digital Marketing Specialist for Home Instead commented;

“It’s a great opportunity to get out into the community and share useful information about what you need to know to get into work.”

It’s great to have such loyal staff

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
Kathy Crute, Jim Murray and Alison Stoddart

Kathy Crute, Jim Murray and Alison Stoddart

The great work that Greenbank does is made possible by the hard work and commitment of our staff.

We employ 25 people who have more than 10 years’ service; adding up to almost 400 years between them!

Kathy Crute, MI Administration Officer, who has been at Greenbank since 1989 said of her time here;

“I’ve grown up with Greenbank and the organisation has been flexible and supportive as I’ve experienced major life events.

It’s also about the people that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years.”

Alison Stoddart Guidance and Recruitment Co-ordinator commented;

“I love the wide range of people that I come into contact with through my role. It’s really satisfying seeing people progress and move on as a result of the training they have received here.”

Jim Murray, Tutor added;

“My colleagues are great; always helpful and supportive and it’s good to make a difference to people’s lives by providing them with the skills to reach their potential.”

We have now introduced a scheme recognising the commitment of staff to the organisation. Staff are presented with a certificate and gift voucher, following 10 years at Greenbank and then every 5 years after that.

Power Hockey extends its reach from Liverpool to London

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Thanks to funding from City Bridge Trust and the Bulldog Trust through Panathlon, we were able to supply power hockey chairs for a Powerchair Athlete Day held in Islington on 10 February.

The unique power hockey chairs, complete with a push button firing mechanism, have been developed in Liverpool by Greenbank working in partnership with North West Training Council and Jaguar Land Rover apprentices.

After initial coaching, 9 children from Richard Cloudesley School, Hasmonean Primary School and Frank Barnes School had great fun playing power hockey, football and completing a slalom.

Pete Wyman, who is leading the development of power hockey from Greenbank Sports Academy commented:

“We developed this chair to enable the most disabled children to experience a fast moving sport and be able to compete equally with their friends.

The challenge now is to make the chairs available to children across the country and eventually internationally. Each chair cost £3000 to produce and we need support to make more, so that every child who uses a power chair can have the experience.”

Power hockey is played at Greenbank Sports Academy every Wednesday from 5 – 6pm.

New players welcome.

Santander staff give a helping hand

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015


A huge thanks to the team of 12 Santander staff who swapped their phones for paint brushes and painted Greenbank College’s reception area and kitchen.

The project was organised through Santander’s Community Days scheme which encourages staff to take a day out of the office to volunteer with a local cause.

Team leader Gavin Quarton said;

“It’s great to be able to work with my team, away from our usual environment and help Greenbank at the same time. We are fully supportive of the work that Greenbank does in the local community and it’s good to be able to help out however we can.”

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
Greenbank President Lady Angela Morgan, Centre, pictured with Sandra Hulme and Alan Irving

Greenbank President Lady Angela Morgan, Centre, pictured with Sandra Hulme (Vice Chairman) and Alan Irving (Chairman)

We were delighted to welcome our President; Lady Angela Morgan to our AGM on 9 February. The main business of the meeting was to report our financial results and key activities for the period 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014.

Following an independent audit by accountants Mitchell Charlesworth, we can report back that the charity made a surplus of £46,353 during the year. Many positive achievements in the classroom and in the wider community from services provided by both Greenbank College and Greenbank Sports Academy were also highlighted during the meeting.

As Greenbank’s Chairman Dr Alan Irving closed the event he congratulated all who had contributed to the charity stating;

“The local community is fortunate to have an organisation as unique and adventurous as Greenbank, always wanting the best for its students and service users and always trying to help people fulfil their dreams.

It is encouraging that the organisation’s financial position has improved from 2012/13 and I am very proud to be the chair of this wonderful organisation. Thanks to staff, volunteers and supporters for making these results possible.”

The meeting also appointed a new member to Greenbank’s Council of Management; Bill Shorthall and accepted the resignation of Dave Roberts. Thanks to Dave for his unstinting efforts on our behalf.

Peel Port 500 support makes a real difference to our students

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Catering student with mixing machine in kitchen

A huge thanks to Peel Port 500 for donating £500, which allowed us to purchase a Kitchen Aid Mixer, crockery and cutlery for Greenbank College’s catering department.

Catering student Michael Langley aged 16, pictured with the Kitchen Aid mixer said “The mixer makes working in the kitchen a lot easier. I make bread, pizza dough and cakes with it and it is really helping me on my course (Level 1 Food Preparation and Cooking). I am also doing a work placement at Cleo’s Café to help me get experience, to get a job in the future”.

Tutor Rob Swinden added “The Kitchen Aid Mixer is invaluable; students at all levels (about 50 per week) are able to use the mixer to make bread, pizza dough, pastry and cakes. This is great for them and helps students to achieve qualifications. It is great for the department too in terms of the quality of products that we are making. Without the support of Peel Port 500 we wouldn’t have been able to afford this equipment.”

St James’s Place Foundation give their continued support throughout 2015

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Paralympians Abdi Jama (centre) and Roy Turnham (2nd right) support the Choices Programme

Paralympians Abdi Jama (centre) and Roy Turnham (2nd right) support the Choices Programme

We are delighted to have secured the continued support of St James’s Place Foundation throughout 2015. Their £50,000 grant provides us with the funds to continue to offer 16 sports activity sessions per week at Greenbank Sports Academy, including boccia, wheelchair handball and basketball, cycling, table tennis and multi-sports, for disabled people aged 8 and above.

Sport Development Manager Mark Palmer said “The St James’s Place Foundation started to fund the ‘Choices for Disability Sport’ programme at the Academy in 2012, when we were selected nationally as one of their seven ‘Sport for Good’ projects. The security of this core funding has made such a difference to the range and variety of sports and activities that we can offer. We are extremely grateful to The St James’s Place Foundation for continuing to support us in this way and allowing us to offer sporting opportunity for local people. I would encourage disabled people to make the most of what’s on offer and get involved in an activity of their choice, visit for more information and contacts”.

The St. James’s Place Foundation Manager Mark Longbottom added: ‘We are thrilled to continue to support the fantastic work of Greenbank’s. Choices programme which offers tremendous sporting opportunity to disabled young people in Liverpool and the surrounding area and we are proud to be able to extend this partnership.’

From 2012 to September 2014 the Choices Programme achieved its four aims:

  • Giving disabled people the right to choose which sports they play – 10 disability sports are now offered via clubs and sessions at the Academy
  • Organising a regional multi-sport event – Choices NW Regional Games held in 2013 and 2014, with more than 180 disabled participants
  • Offering training for coaches and teachers of disability sport – 190 people have received training through the programme
  • Providing a first class facility for disability sport

This work can now continue throughout 2015 thanks to The St James’s Place Foundation.