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Save the Children Christmas Jumper day

Christmas jumper 16bOnce again everyone at North Ainley have sported their most festive knits to raise money for the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day.

Millions of people up and down the country will be joining in and donating £2 to wear their Christmas sweaters for the day.  Yet amidst the glitter, baubles and wacky jumpers there’s a serious side to all the silliness – the money raised will help to save children’s lives.

It can help to bring the bare essentials like food, healthcare, education and protection to millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support.

This year we have raised a fantastic £72.00 which staff have generously donated towards this wonderful cause.

For further information on Save the Children, the amazing work they do and how you can help click on the link below.

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Mission Christmas 2016

Mission Christmas16North Ainley believes that Christmas is a time for giving, helping those less fortunate and contributing towards the community.

Once again our staff have shown immense generosity in supporting Key 103’s Mission Christmas by donating a variety of toys and gifts for the children of Manchester.

Last year Cash for Kids Mission Christmas raised over £13 million in gifts and donations which were distributed to more than 300,000 disadvantaged kids across the UK.   Of this Key 103 raised over £2 million in gifts and cash and supported over 51,500 local children.

1 in 3 children are living in poverty this December and for many families Christmas is a struggle.

Please join in by buying an extra gift or donating cash to help make a child’s Christmas a happy one.  For further details click on the link below to visit the Key 103 Mission Christmas website.

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Christmas – A time for putting the children first

broken bauble turquoiseWhilst Christmas is usually the most exciting and magical time of the year for children, for parents who have recently separated, it can be a difficult and challenging time with the arrangements for the children being an additional source of stress and anxiety.  Although for most parents Christmas is about making sure the children have a wonderful time, separated parents can unconsciously allow their own feelings to cloud their judgment about what is best for the children.

Sadly, Christmas can become an opportunity to use contact as a weapon to hurt or punish a parent who has left. One parent may feel strongly that they have earned the right to have the children with them at Christmas after working hard to provide for them throughout the year.  The existence of a new partner can also add fuel to the fire. These issues and many more can lead to parents being unreasonable about the arrangements.

Although an unreasonable stance will undoubtedly hurt the other parent, it will also hurt the children who are caught in the middle.

In most situations, whatever the circumstances for the breakdown of the relationship, children will continue to love both parents unconditionally.  Many children harbour secret hopes that their parents will get back together, probably more so at Christmas than any other time particularly with the emphasis on families spending time together during the festive season.  Imagine the sadness and distress children will therefore feel if they are aware of the conflict about the arrangements or if they are prevented from seeing one of their parents over the Christmas period.

For children whose parents cannot be together, it is hugely important that they feel loved by both parents and that they can feel safe and secure in the knowledge that they will be spending time with all of the family with their parent’s blessing and agreement.

If the Christmas arrangements have not yet been made, now is the time to do so.  Here are some tips to help:-

  1. Be fair in your approach and be prepared to agree to an alternate year arrangement, so that both parents have the chance to experience the excitement of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.
  2. Be creative about the arrangements and consider whether the children should effectively have two Christmases, spending Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with one parent and Boxing Day and 27 December with the other, with this arrangement alternating in the following years.
  3. Be child focused and make sure that the children will be happy with the arrangements, and that they will have time to play with their presents and see extended family members.
  4. Be prepared to talk and listen to each other. You continue to have a relationship as parents and therefore a continuing responsibility to make joint decisions for the benefit of your children.
  5. Avoid asking the children to decide the arrangements but instead tell them about the arrangements (together if possible) once they have been agreed. This way the children have certainty and can look forward to spending Christmas with both their parents without worrying that either parent may be upset.
  6. Avoid gift competitions by sharing the children’s wish list and agreeing who will get what.  You could even consider giving the main present as a joint gift from you both.

It is better for children and better for parents if all arrangements, following separation, can be agreed without costly and stressful Court proceedings but sometimes this is not always possible.  We offer an initial free consultation at which we will discuss the various options to help you move forward and resolve any issues with the least amount of upset as possible.  If you need advice or help in this regard contact Alison Winterbottom who heads our Family department.

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Oldham Food Bank

foodbank Dec16Throughout November we have been collecting items to fill a hamper for donation to the Oldham Food Bank.

Oldham Food Bank provides emergency food to people in crisis in the Oldham area.  This community run group offers a lifeline to local families who will be finding this time of year very difficult.

For further information about the Food Bank and how to offer support visit –

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Join us for cake – Friday 30 September 2016

MACMILLAN COFFEE 2 16 We are holding a coffee morning once again this year to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Last year’s event was a great success and we hope you will join us to help to make this year’s event even better!

Our staff have their aprons at the ready and look forward to sharing their bakes on

Friday 30 September 2016 between 10.00am – 2.00pm.

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Lights…Camera…Oldham – Did you find us?

legally blondWe have been delighted to take part in the recent Movie Trail running through the town organised by the Oldham Town Centre Partnership to mark the forthcoming opening of the Odeon cinema in the old Town Hall.

Working closely with Saddleworth artist Claire Louise Mather, we proudly displayed Claire’s bespoke installations in our windows which used her trademark mixed media textile interpretation of a movie poster from a famous film.

bruiserOur film was appropriately ‘Legally Blonde’ and used locally produced materials with a multi layered and machine drawn stitched imagery.  We couldn’t have been happier with the artwork and the interest it created within the community.

The competition ran from Saturday 16 July 2016 to Saturday 13 August 2016 with one winner due to be selected at random from the successful entries who will win a family ticket for four to a screening of their choice when the cinema opens later this year.

Good luck to all who entered!

 

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Oldham Hulme GS -v- Marylebone Cricket Club

cricket mcc hulme 010716North Ainley are happy to sponsor the annual cricket match between Hulme Grammar 1st 11 and the MCC once again this year.

Always keen to put something back into the community by supporting local sport, the MCC match with Hulme Grammar has been a fixture we’ve supported for over 15 years at Werneth Cricket Club.

Each year the MCC takes part in over 500 matches around the world of which no less than 280 of these games are against schools from both the public and independent sectors.

The aim of MCC is to give talented young cricketers the chance to receive top-level coaching and playing opportunities whilst furthering their education by providing schools with quality experienced opposition who can act as role models and as ambassadors for the great game and the ‘Spirit of Cricket’.

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Thames House Summer Fair

thames house 120616The staff at North Ainley have been busy baking again but this time it was to help raise funds for Thames House in Rochdale.

Thames House is a 20 bedded care home that provides specialised nursing care for adults with complex physical and neurological conditions.  Particular specialisms include Huntington’s disease and acquired brain injury.  Huntington’s disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disease which is hereditary and life expectancy varies between 10 and 20 years.  Thames House is only one of two specialist homes in Greater Manchester.

We was delighted to support their Summer Fair which received a great turnout despite the rain and raised much appreciated funds for the home and the associated charities.

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No change after Brexit vote to Landlords’ right to rent obligations

to letIt is likely that following the referendum decision to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 much of our Employment and Immigration law will be under scrutiny, including the Immigration Act 2014.  But there will be no immediate change, and this does mean that Landlords should continue to make the checks on prospective tenants laid down by the Act.  Since the 1 February 2016, all landlords in England and Wales have been required to check that prospective tenants have a legal right to be in the UK or face a fine of up to £3,000 per tenant.

What this means for Landlords

Landlords should not rent accommodation to anyone who is not a relevant national, or who doesn’t have a right to rent in this country.  A relevant national is either a British, EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss Citizen. People within these groups can rent accommodation here, but should be asked to provide evidence of their citizenship before doing so.

Individuals who are not relevant nationals may still be able to rent property if they have permission from the Home Office.  Evidence of this permission should be provided to a Landlord, who should always keep a copy.

Landlords should take the following steps prior to letting out the Property:

  •  Identify the adults who will occupy the premises as their only or main residence.
  •  Obtain originals of one or more of acceptable ID documents for the adult.
  •  Check the original documents in the presence of the holder (certify the ID).
  •  Retain copies with a record of the date on which the checks were made.

All copies of documents taken should be kept for the duration of the tenancy agreement and for a least one year thereafter.

The Act applies to:

  •  landlords who let accommodation with a lease or tenancy agreement to one or more adults (over the age of 18) as their only or main residence;
  •  occupiers who sub-let their accommodation;
  •  landlords or occupiers who take in lodgers and share their accommodation.

The tenancy must be in exchange for payment of rent, (it does not apply to non-rent paying guests) and if you have an existing agreement which was entered into prior to 1 February 2016, there is no obligation to carry out the checks. There are certain types of accommodation that the rules do not apply to, including:

  • mobile homes
  • refuges and homeless hostels managed by voluntary organisations
  • long leases
  • care homes
  • some student accommodation

but the situation is not always clear, and it is safer to avoid the possibility of a fine by carrying out the simple checks.  North Ainley Solicitors appreciate the administrative burden and red tape involved for Landlords of residential property. We can offer advice on how to meet the requirements and provide tenancy agreements that comply with all current regulations.

If you would like to discuss the right to rent requirements and how they may affect you now, and in the future, please contact a member of the Property Team.

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Dementia Awareness Week

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It’s Dementia Awareness Week this week so why not join us and become a Dementia Friend?

If you are worried about dementia, confront your concerns and talk to the Alzheimer’s Society.  One way that people can confront dementia is by becoming a Dementia Friend.

By becoming a Dementia Friend you can learn more about dementia and how to turn that understanding into action to help support people affected by dementia.

It’s really easy to do – just watch the online video or join a face-to-face Information Session.

Find out more at www.dementiafriends.org.uk

 

dementia friends logoA study carried out by Alzheimer’s Society has found that over half (56%) of people are putting off seeking a dementia diagnosis for up to a year or more. Dementia is the most feared health condition in the UK, perhaps explaining also why almost two-thirds of people surveyed (62%) felt a diagnosis would mean their life was over.

225,000 people will develop dementia this year – that’s one person every three minutes. The leading dementia charity is warning that a lack of diagnosis is denying many of these people the chance of getting the best possible treatment, information and/or support – evidence shows the earlier on you receive these, the better your chance of living well for longer. It also means that thousands of people are not being enabled to plan for the future while they still have capacity to make important decisions.

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