Category Archives : Sue McDonald


Volunteers needed to work with young people in Plymouth

  Volunteers are needed to work with Plymouth City Council’s Youth Services. The Youth Services recently hit a target of 70 volunteers but more are always needed to support local community projects. Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People for Plymouth City Council, said: “Volunteers are an essential part of our Youth […]


Plymouth leisure sites now breastfeeding friendly

Plymouth is moving a step closer to being a Breastfeeding Friendly city after all of its Everyone Active leisure centres are now signed up to the Plymouth Breastfeeding Kite Mark Scheme. Now all Everyone Active sites in the city – including the iconic Plymouth Life Centre – are officially Breastfeeding Friendly. The Livewell Southwest initiative […]


Plymouth students build a better future at Skills Group UK

A group of 20 Plymouth students were given the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of construction skills at Skills Group UK this week. The students, who are all taking part in Skills Aid Plymouth (SAP) along with their learning mentors, were treated to an assortment of activities including bricklaying, tiling, woodwork and […]


Plymouth City Council supports LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week

Plymouth City Council is aiming to raise the need for more people to come forward and offer a vulnerable a child a loving home as part of national LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week. There are currently more than 403 children and young people in care and the City Council is supporting the awareness week from […]


Holy Cross School expansion completed

A school expansion project totalling £1.8m has just been completed at Holy Cross Primary School in St Judes. The City Council identified Holy Cross as an ideal candidate to receive government basic need funding in order for it to grow and provide needed much needed additional places to cope with an increase in demand. Holy […]


Council launches forum to help women return to work

A forum designed especially to help women return to work has been officially launched by the City Council. The forum was the Council’s pledge to make sure that women had access to all the advice and support they would need to help them return to work after maternity or child care leave. The support forum […]


Secondary school place allocations announced for September

The number of young people applying for a secondary school place has increased this year and thousands of primary pupils in Plymouth will today find out which school they will be going to this September. The Council have confirmed that 93.16 per cent of young people received their first choice of school, 5 per cent […]


Plymouth’s newly qualified social workers celebrated

The latest group of newly qualified social workers from Plymouth City Council Children’s Services, have been presented with certificates of completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony, at a special ceremony. The certificates mark the successful completion of the social workers’ assessed and supported first year in practice. Newly Qualified Social Workers have […]


New project launched in Plymouth to support young adult carers

A new project has been launched in Plymouth to provide support for young adult carers between the ages of 16 to 21. The City Council currently commission the Plymouth Guild’s Carers Hub to provide free support and guidance to carers over 18 years of age across the city and the new project, will be provided […]


Young people get on their bikes in the North of the city

Young people in the North of the city are being given a helping hand to get on their bikes, thanks to Plymouth City Councils Youth Services and local Neighbourhood Police Team. A pilot bike maintenance and recycle project was launched in Southway last July to try and support young people in achieving healthy lifestyles and […]


Six Plymouth schools receive letter from the government

The Education and Childcare Minister has written to six Plymouth schools who have raised aspirations and ensured disadvantaged pupils can fulfil their potential. To launch the Pupil Premium Awards, Sam Gyimah MP has written to all the schools to congratulate them on their efforts to boost achievement and raise aspirations among their disadvantaged pupils. The […]


Plymouth students take the plunge at the National Marine Aquarium

A group of 20 Plymouth students were thrown in at the deep end for a lesson at the National Marine Aquarium (NMA). The students, who are all taking part in Skills Aid Plymouth (SAP) along with their learning mentors, were treated to a tour of the aquarium followed by a lesson involving a fish dissection, […]


GCSE and Post 16 results

League tables published today show that the performance of Plymouth’s secondary schools and colleges indicate the achievement of students in GCSE’s has fallen slightly; however achievement at A levels has improved from previous years. GCSE results in 2015 show a decline when compared to the performance of our schools in 2014. The percentage of pupils […]


Plymouth’s young people talk about mental health

Young people from across the city have been helping to design a new emotional health and wellbeing service for Plymouth’s secondary and special schools. Over 60 young people from ten city schools, ranging from age 11-18 took part in a special workshop event organised by Sarah Staples and Josh Pope, Plymouth’s Member and Deputy Member […]


Love life at your library this January

Do you want to find out how you can improve your health and wellbeing? Plymouth City Council’s libraries are holding a month-long programme of free health and wellbeing activities to help you feel healthier and happier and make a great start to 2016. The events are being held in partnership with Livewell South West. The […]


Major expansion approved for Cann Bridge School

Work will get underway this year on two new classrooms at Cann Bridge School on the Tor Bridge Site in Estover, to help cope with the increased demand for school places with pupils with Autisim. The funding totalling £630,000 will come from the Council’s Capital Investment Programme. Cann Bridge school was originally built to accommodate […]


Council helps young people speak out

Plymouth City Council’s youth services team have been working with young people in Southway to produce a series of videos to showcase a number of exciting projects that they have been involved in.  One of the videos, produced in partnership with Foto Now, a Plymouth based company who specialise in photography and videography will now be […]


Council wants your views on school admission arrangements

Plymouth City Council is asking people what they think of its proposed admission arrangements for entry to schools in September 2017. Anyone with an interest in school admissions is invited to make a response to the consultation. Comments are needed on: admission numbers for all schools key dates in the admissions process admission arrangements for […]


Are you using the POD?

Plymouth City Council is reminding both young people and their parents and carers that a huge amount of advice and information is available at their fingertips. Plymouth’s Online Directory (POD) is funded by the City Council and aims to offer information advice, help and support services for children, young people and adults. For all parents […]


HIV Testing Week and Pledge to go red for World AIDS Day 2015

People across Plymouth are being urged to pledge to go red for HIV Testing Week (21-30 November 2015) and World AIDS Day (1 December 2015) The Eddystone Trust, the local HIV and sexual health charity, Plymouth City Council which is the strategic lead for Public Health in the city, and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which […]


Thrive Plymouth year 2 to launch with local schools

Schools from across Plymouth will be attending an event to officially launch the second year of a citywide drive to reduce health inequalities – Thrive Plymouth. Thrive Plymouth is a ten year framework that follows the simple 4-4-54 formula. This recognises the need to tackle the four lifestyle behaviours – smoking, excessive drinking, inactivity and […]


Alcohol Awareness Week 16-22 November 2015

Plymouth’s work to tackle problem drinking comes under the spotlight as we approach Alcohol Awareness Week (16-22 November 2015). Excessive drinking is one of four lifestyle behaviours, along with smoking, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, which contribute to four chronic health conditions which, in Plymouth, cause 54% of deaths. Thrive Plymouth, the city’s ten-year […]


Plymouth hosts the South-West Regional International School Awards

55 schools from across the South West were in Plymouth on Thursday 12 November for the South-West Regional International School Award presentations. The schools have all been awarded the British Council International School Award. The award encourages schools to make educational links with schools in other countries and help broaden the horizons of children and young […]


Award ceremony to celebrate newly qualified social workers

The latest group of six newly qualified social workers from Plymouth City Council Children’s Services, have been presented with their certificates of successful completion by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony, at a special ceremony. Newly Qualified Social Workers have made a significant contribution to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young […]


Two new ‘Our Plymouth’ volunteer schemes approved by Council

Two new volunteer schemes have been approved in Plymouth under the successful ‘Our Plymouth’ banner. On Tuesday 10 November, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet gave the go-ahead for the ‘Right to Read’ and ‘Pledge Plymouth’ schemes to be formally adopted as part of the local volunteer scheme. ‘Right to Read’ will involve people volunteering time in […]


Council approves radical 5 year one system one budget for health and care

The next step in Plymouth’s radical approach to health and care services has been given the greenlight by one of the main partners. Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet has agreed the Integrated Commissioning Strategies for the next five years, which join together the Council and NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG)’s […]


Plymouth’s young people set to ‘sparkle’

Young Plymouth learners who’ve gone the extra mile were celebrated at a special ceremony as part of the Plymouth’s Children’s University graduation celebration. Over 300 young people between the ages of five and 14 graduated with the Children’s University (CU) – a national organisation that recognises the efforts of young people who learn outside the […]