Macmillan Event to Focus on Wellbeing (Thursday 1st November)

People affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of support available to them on Thursday 1st November. The regular event in Southport takes a slightly different focus this time with the emphasis being on wellbeing and feeling better about yourself despite everything that you are going through.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

Cancer can cause changes to people’s appearance that can be hard to cope with affecting how they see themselves and how they feel about their body. The centre has asked some of its service users to demonstrate some examples of how people can dress to feel more confident about how they look.

For this event only, they have also invited companies that sell organic cosmetics and wigs to give people an idea of the products that are available. To make the afternoon even more enjoyable there will be a caricaturist and a table magician.

On the day, as always, there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and you will have the chance to speak with cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. Volunteers from Sefton OPERA have also been welcomed back to offer complimentary therapies.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Community Navigator Manager at Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre said: “Following feedback from previous events we wanted to try something a little bit different this time.

“From our experience of some of the things we do at the centre like our Boots No7 Pamper sessions, yoga and support groups, people appreciate finding ways to feel good about themselves even when they are going through difficult times.  We wanted to try and translate this into a Health & Wellbeing Event that appeals to all ages.”

Sarah McGrath, planned care lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “This regular event aims to help people affected by cancer as well as their friends and families. We think it’s important to show them the different types of support on hand. This time is slightly different with the focus on wellbeing and appearance to boost confidence and I do hope that it helps those who need that help and support.”

The first 100 people to register before the event will get a goody bag on the day containing some lovely products donated to the centre around the theme of wellbeing.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event. It is free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk.

Derek Departs on 250 mile Fundraising Walk for Homeless Charities

A man, who ten years ago lost the ability to walk, has set off from Southport on a 250 mile fundraising walk in aid of five Emmaus communities including Emmaus Merseyside.

On Sunday 7 October, Derek Cash departed on a charity walk along the Trans-Pennine Trail, from Southport in the west to Hornsea beyond Hull in the east. Derek, a board member of North West based Your housing Group, is raising funds for five Emmaus communities that support formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.

A decade ago, Derek went from being a reasonably fit and able 53-year-old, doing a job he loved, to someone who simply could not function to achieve many of the basic everyday things that we take for granted. Following extensive tests, scans and consultations, Derek was diagnosed with acute peripheral neuropathy and had to teach himself to walk again.

Derek added: “At the lowest points I thought I would never walk or work again and long-held retirement dreams of cruising our wonderful inland waterways system instantly evaporated.

Six months on – and with the terrific support of my wife and employers – I was back functioning relatively normally and could once again look over the horizon with optimism.

“It taught me that well-worn lesson of making the most of better health to do the things we want to and enjoy while we can, as we never know when it might come to a crashing halt! A decade on I decided to embark on a personal challenge in a bid to help other people have that second chance of opportunity they may have thought lost.”

Derek was waved off at the start of his walk by members of the Emmaus Merseyside community. The charity, based in Sefton, supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

Angela Quinn, Business Manager at Emmaus Merseyside, commented: “It was great meet Derek and learn more about his personal challenges and how he has overcome them. We are extremely grateful for Derek’s support and our send-off in Southport will hopefully give him lots of motivation for the rest of his trip.”

Emmaus Merseyside is one of five charities benefiting from Derek’s walk, along with Emmaus Gloucestershire, Emmaus Hull, Emmaus Leeds and Emmaus Oxford. To support Derek’s fundraising appeal visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/derek-cash

To find out more or support Emmaus Merseyside, head to www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. If you would like to get involved or donate an item call 0151 928 1588 or visit the visit the Emmaus charity reuse shops or superstore at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.

Job Vacancy; Home-Start Knowsley – Scheme Organiser, Closing 14th November 2018

Job role: Scheme Organiser
Hours: 37 hours – 2 years fixed term in the first instance
Salary: £21,074 – £24,657 NJC SCP 22-27
Job Share considered for candidates with the right skills


Home-Start Knowsley is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes. We also deliver a range of targeted courses and interventions to improve family health and wellbeing.

We are delighted to advertise for a Scheme Organiser to develop and deliver evidenced based and innovative programmes of support for children, young people and families.  The person we are looking for will:

  • Be responsible to the Scheme Manager and be a pro-active member of the experienced and effective staff team.
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate evidence based and innovative training programmes to address the needs of children, young people and families, and volunteers.
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and hold a case load.

Essential to this role is:

  • Experience in leading projects, including funding management and financial systems, evaluating and reporting.
  • An outstanding track record of working to address the needs of vulnerable children, young people and families, especially if there is low level mental ill health.
  • Knowledge of legislation and policy relating to children and families.
  • Knowledge of the voluntary sector.
  • Ability to work in partnership and develop networks.

Download an application pack at www.homestartknowsley.org.uk

For more information ring 0151 480 3910 or email info@homestartknowsley.org.uk

Closing date: 12 noon on 14th November 2018   

Proposed Interview date: Week commencing 26th November 2018

Home-Start Knowsley, 55 Rupert Road, Huyton, L36 9TB

It’s Time to Stoptober!

Smokers in Sefton are being urged to tackle the Stoptober challenge by quitting smoking for 28 days.

Colette Kearney, Team Lead for Smokefree Sefton, one of Living Well Sefton’s partners, said: “Evidence shows that if people are smoke free for 28 days they are five times more likely to quit for good. If you’re thinking of stopping smoking then boost your chances of quitting successfully by using the support of our Personal Quit Plan which is tailored just for you.”

Their clients know first hand how Smokefree Sefton can help and comment: “I want to thank the team because after an injury I became inactive and started to smoke more than 40 cigarettes a day. After reading I was four times more likely to quit with the team’s support, I went to one of their clinics and my advisor helped me every step of the way. Now I enjoy having more money and I’ve even taken up sport again.”

The Smokefree Sefton team is working in partnership with Sefton Council and Health and Safety Executive to give staff help and support to stop smoking during October.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Stoptober presents a great opportunity for people who have been thinking about giving up smoking to take on the challenge and start living a healthier lifestyle.

“I’m delighted that Smokefree Sefton will be offering its services to businesses throughout Sefton this month, including supporting staff at Sefton Council who are ready to make a positive lifestyle change.”

To make it easier for people get free support during the month, the team’s Wellness on Wheels (WOW) bus is driving out to various locations including Bootle Strand, Marion Square Netherton and the foodbanks in Bootle, Waterloo and Southport.  Awareness events are taking place in Asda Bootle throughout the month.

For more information on how the Smokefree Sefton team can help you quit smoking visit their website: www.smokefreesefton.co.uk

Or call 0300 100 1000 to find your nearest stop smoking clinic.

Free Guides available to Support the Health and Wellbeing of Older people and Carers

Healthwatch Sefton is highlighting to local residents the availability of free guides that provide older people with practical advice to support healthy ageing and caring.

Co-produced by NHS England, The Healthy Ageing and Healthy Caring guides provide information to older people and carers about  staying healthy, fit and independent during the winter months, identifies the support that’s available to help maintain their heath and wellbeing, and can help ease some of the winter pressures on the NHS systems.

The guides have been co-produced with AGE UK, Fire Rescue Service, Carers UK, Carers Trust, Public Heath England, carers networks  and people with lived experience including older people. In additon to CCGs, GP Practice’s, Pharmacists, they will be of particular interest to community health networks and older people and carers living in the community. They are part of NHS England’s long-term ambition to support older people and carers to look after their own health.

Both these free guides are A4 magazine-style publications that can be ordered in any quantity and delivered for free, through Prolog, by calling 0300 123 1002, quoting reference HC2, for the healthy caring, or HA2 for the healthy living guide, or online at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk

Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2018 “Give A Little, Change A Lot”

Sefton CVS are pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Conference,“Give A Little, Change A Lot: Innovation & Good Practice in Volunteering” will be held on Tuesday 30th October at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 1RR (click here for map).
To book your place, please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk.  
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Confirmed guest speakers:
  • Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy and Volunteering, NCVO
  • Margaret Carney, Chief Executive, Sefton Council
  • Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, Sefton Council
Interactive, good-practice workshops from regional and national guests including:
  • Measuring the economic value & impact of volunteering (Social Value UK)
  • Innovation and creativity in volunteering (British Red Cross) 
  • Diversity in Volunteering
More information including full programme and workshops will be available shortly, and if you would like to book your place please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726.

Sefton CVS & NCVO present “Leadership Links – The Strategy: from the vision to implementation” (Tuesday 20th November, 9.30am-4pm – £70)

The Strategy – from the vision to implementation. This course is suitable for chairs, trustees, chief executives and senior managers.

Thinking and acting more strategically is important for everyone these days. Suitable for anyone facing a strategic challenge, this course will help you get started by giving you some useful concepts, frameworks and tools you can use right away to improve your products, services and plans.

There will be a focus on understanding where you are now, creating a clear vision of where you want to get to, what you have to do to get there, and thinking about impact.

This one-day, practical course will give you an introduction to strategy and help you and your organisation achieves results and impact. The course will cover:

  • What is a “strategy”? It’s what you achieve, not just what you do
  • Why it matters
  • How do I get one? Some tools, processes and techniques to get you going
  • Who does it? Good question – who do you think?
  • How will I know if I have been successful? Thinking about impact.

Click here to download background information for the session

Sefton CVS & NCVO present “Leadership Links – The Strategy: from the vision to implementation” Tuesday 20th November, 9.30am-4pm
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC) 
Cambridge Road, Waterloo, L22 1RR

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE USING EVENTBRITE

ABOUT LEADERSHIP LINKS

Leadership Links Programme is a Programme of one-day national leadership courses delivered locally by Howard Exton-Smith NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations)

Who is it for?
The Programme is especially designed for Leaders, Managers and Trustees and is delivered locally at a lower cost to be affordable and accessible. The Programme is designed to help you perform better to meet operational challenges today and enable change for tomorrow whilst offering support and learning to build personal resilience, confidence and capabilities.

Benefits
Become an influential leader who can positively impact both organisational culture and enhance your ability to respond to rapid shifts in the environment. You will understand how to manage change and respond to resistance.

Costs
The cost for each of the one-day courses is £75 per person. Book the full programme of 4 courses and receive a reduction 10%.

ABOUT HOWARD EXTON-SMITH, NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations)

Following a general management career in the private sector, Howard has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, trainer and coach specialising in personal and organisational development, strategy and governance, and the management of change.

He works at the intersection of the private, public and third sectors to build capacity by strengthening individuals and organisations. Client-centred and flexible, he employs a collaborative style to solve problems and participatory techniques to foster learning and ownership.

From a background in psychology, marketing and professional services, Howard has extensive experience of delivering successful learning, development and capacity-building programmes with a range of audiences. Howard leads NCVO’s open-programme finance, risk and change courses and is also responsible for creating bespoke, in-company, courses when required.

Howard has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and North America and has been a Trustee and Chair of a UK charity. He holds an MSc in Management.

Sefton Council demands a ‘grown-up conversation’ on the future of Adult Social Care

Sefton Council has responded to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) consultation on Adult Social Care and raised serious concerns about the future of the service.

Without a grown up, cross party conversation about a sustainable way forward, the Council strongly believes the most vulnerable people in our communities will not receive the care and support that they need.

‘The Lives We Want to Lead’ green paper was produced to challenge central governments lack of action in the face of a social care crisis and invited responses to help shape a proposed solution for the future.

The Council calls for immediate action and money, placing emphasis on the importance of investing more in developing early intervention and protection models.

The local authority believes this will help to reduce future demand on services, develop the social care market, demonstrate how much the care and support workforce is valued and most importantly support those in need of care and their carers.

To do this, the Council estimates that it will require an immediate funding injection of £25 million over the next three years to ensure that people in need of care are supported in a way that is right for them.

Sefton Council also highlights the need to keep decision making local where there is proven track record of working with communities and partners to build resilience and safeguard the most vulnerable.

It also stresses the importance of national investment to wider wellbeing services that work towards reducing the health and social inequalities in their communities and calls for this matter to be looked at holistically as Children’s Social Care is also under great pressure.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Social Care is in crisis and a grown-up conversation needs to happen now nationally.

“We desperately need more money to meet the needs of our most vulnerable people to ensure that we do not fail them when they need us the most. We must ensure that people in need of care and support are able to continue to live the lives that they want to live.

“The government must put this matter at the very heart of its thinking now, this cannot be kicked into the long grass or we will fail the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Margaret Carney, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, added: “When I grow old, I want to live in my community, with my family, being as happy and healthy as I can for as long as I can. I have that hope for all of our communities. Without the help of Adult Social Care, that probably isn’t going to happen for a lot of people.

“It is a false economy to under invest in Adult Social Care. It will lead to a greater and more complex demand in the future including an added burden on the National Health Service and significant inequalities between those who can afford to pay for care and those who can’t.

“This is unfair and unjust and the government must act now.”

Sefton named Global Age Friendly Community

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed Sefton into its Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

This milestone has been achieved thanks to the collaborative work of Sefton Council and Sefton’s Older Persons’ Forums.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide.

Sefton’s admission into the network is a result of its dedication to promoting healthy and active ageing and a good quality of life for its older residents.

As a member, the borough will be part of a growing global movement of communities, cities and other sub-national levels of government that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents.

By joining the Network, Sefton commits to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the WHO Age-friendly approach, implementing the four steps to create age-friendly local environments, and actively participating in the Network including the sharing of experiences with other members.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Earlier this year, Sefton joined the UK Age Friendly Network and I am now delighted to also join a global network of cities and communities that are dedicated to creating environments that support our older residents.

“In Sefton, 27% of our residents are aged over 60 so it is extremely important that we continue to support our aging population with initiatives that help them to live the lives that they want to live.”

Birkdale Group Host Station Master’s House Fundraisers

Supporters and friends of the Birkdale Station Master’s House are invited to a host of fundraising events to help open a community hub and library.

Two events are taking place over October and November to raise funds towards converting the Birkdale Station Master’s House on Liverpool Road into a community library.

The first event takes place on Friday October 19 with popular local historian Keith Hick.

Keith will be giving a talk on how Art Deco shaped both Southport’s architectural gems and the 20th Century.

The talk will be held at Birkdale Conservative Club starting at 7pm. Tickets are £5 per person and are available to buy on the door.

The second event is a charity quiz night on November 16 from 7.30pm. The third in a series of quiz nights, the light hearted competition is always well attended and tickets include entry to the quiz and food.

Birkdale Conservative Club will host the quiz and tickets, priced at £8, are available on the door.

For more information visit www.thestationmastershouse.co.uk/

Free Event to Show Residents how to Keep Warm and Well this Winter – 1st October 10:30am to 4pm

Sefton continues to help vulnerable people get through winter by hosting a Keep Warm, Keep Well event next month.

The Local Authority, alongside Sefton OPERA are holding a free event at Bootle Cricket Club, Monday October 1, 10.30am-4pm.

Information stands will be open between 11am and 12.30pm including blood pressure checks, chair based exercises, and massage.

A free tea dance will take place from 1.30pm including live music from Memory Lane, Bootle Bells, Ernie and our very own Elvis!

Over a million families won’t be able to meet basic costs of living this winter, facing an income shortfall of up to £9,331 per year.  Many vulnerable people will be hit hard, including older people and those in ill-health, living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.

Please contact on 0151 330 0479 or 07452 867 648 admin@seftonopera.org.uk for further details

Do you know the signs of a ‘hypo’?

NHS Southport and Formby Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking if we know how to spot the signs of a ‘hypo’ and how to treat it.

A ‘hypo’ is hypoglycaemia, this is where the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood drops too low and mainly affects people with diabetes, especially if you take insulin, or tablets from the families of tablets called sulfonylureas (such as gliclazide, glimepiride, glipizide) or glinides (such as Repaglinide or Nateglinide).

There are a number of signs to show your blood sugars may be too low:

–       feeling hungry

–       sweating

–       tingling lips

–       feeling shaky or trembling

–       dizziness

–       feeling tired

–       a fast or pounding heartbeat (palpitations)

–       becoming easily irritated, tearful, stroppy or moody

–       turning pale

You can reduce the chance of having hypos by eating regularly and if you drink alcohol to follow advice about sensible drinking.

Dr Douglas Callow, clinical lead for diabetes at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Many people with diabetes will recognise the signs to show that their blood sugars are dropping – their mood will drop, they’ll feel hungry and shaky.

“Someone who knows they’re at risk should carry dextrose tablets or a small carton of smooth orange juice – you want something that works quickly, and that probably isn’t a chocolate bar.”

If not treated, you may then get other symptoms, such as:

–       weakness

–       blurred vision

–       difficulty concentrating

–       confusion

–       unusual behaviour, slurred speech or clumsiness (like being drunk)

–       feeling sleepy

–       seizures (fits)

–       collapsing or passing out

You may need to eat more carbohydrates both before and after physical exercise.

With the risks of passing-out, it’s important for those injecting insulin or taking diabetes tablets to check their blood glucose level before driving. They should not set off on their journey if their blood glucose level is less than 5mmol/L.

Dr Callow added: “It would also be sensible to keep glucose treatments in the car at all times and if they have a hypo whilst driving to stop the car as soon as possible.

“Take the keys out and, if it’s safe to do so, move into the passenger seat before treating the hypo.  Don’t ignore the symptoms.”

You can find out more about diabetes and hypoglycaemia on the NHS website:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes

www.nhs.uk/conditions/low-blood-sugar-hypoglycaemia

Ditch Those Stabilisers back by popular demand!

Back by popular demand during the October half term school holidays, Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in both Litherland and Southport.

The events, which take place a number of times throughout the year, always have a very high success rate, as staff from the Council’s highway safety team offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, October 23 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, October 25 from 9am to 12pm.

To register, please call on 0345 140 0845.

Living Well Sefton Announce New ‘Workplace Wellbeing’ Grant Scheme

Living Well Sefton, in partnership with Sefton Public Health, is offering to boost the wellbeing of workers by awarding Sefton businesses a Workplace Wellbeing Grant of £500.

Karen Nolan, Living Well Sefton co-ordinator, explains: “Looking after the wellbeing of employees will make for a stronger organisation with a happier, healthier workforce. Improving workplace wellbeing can also contribute to reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and support staff to improve their lifestyles.”

The launch of the grants coincides with a new joint project introduced by the Duke of Cambridge and mental health charity Mind to support workplaces in improving staff wellbeing.

A study into workplace wellbeing by Mind highlighted poor mental health at work as being widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem, such as anxiety or stress, in their current job.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Feeling happy and healthy within the workplace is so important. As we continue to promote positive mental wellbeing across the borough as part of 30 Days of Sefton in Mind, I hope that employers across Sefton make the most of this grant to help turn their workplace into a happier place to be.”

The grant money can go towards: staff costs, covering sessional work such as yoga; volunteer costs; equipment such as bike racks to encourage active travel to work; training courses with a wellbeing focus and events to support the wellbeing of staff.

It can also be used to refurbish facilities which contribute to the health and wellbeing of staff, for example decorating a break room or buying a table and chairs to encourage people to eat lunch away from their desks.

The £500 grants are open to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Sefton that have fewer than 250 employees (60% of which have to be Sefton residents) and priority will be given to those businesses which employ routine and manual workers.

For an application form or to find out more information, contact Living Well Sefton on 0300 323 0181 or email: workplacegrants@seftoncvs.org.uk

Local NHS Trust Produces Stoptober Animation to Help People Quit for Good

STOPTOBER has driven over one million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It’s based on research that shows if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

To help people prepare and remain smokefree during Stoptober, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has produced a short animation, packed with useful tips and advice.

Stoptober offers a range of support to help people on their quitting journey, including an app, daily emails, e-cigarettes and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community.

In your adult years the lifestyle choices you make can dramatically increase your chances of becoming ill. Smoking is still the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England, accounting for more than 80,000 deaths each year.

Alison Foster, Smokefree Lead for the Trust said: “Making changes can improve your health right away and considerably increase your chances of staying healthy.

“Some of the benefits to your health include: carbon monoxide levels, blood pressure and pulse returning to normal, breathing becoming easier and energy levels increasing.”

For further information on the benefits of quitting smoking, visit: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/Stop-smoking

For Stoptober resources and support, visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/be-healthier/quit-smoking/stoptober/

Calling all Coast-Lovers! Get involved this Autumn

The Friends of Sefton Coast are inviting keen environmentalists to get involved in a number of activities this Autumn.

Sefton Wood Allotment Group, is holding an open day on Sunday 23rd September to those interested in cutting their own firewood from sustainable sources. This is a great opportunity for anybody interested in improving their local environment and biodiversity while enjoying the outdoors.

The event will take place from 11am at Ainsdale Discovery Centre.

Keen volunteers are invited to assist the Hightown Beach Clean group with its next clean-up on Friday November 2. The group will meet at Altcar Rifle Range to begin the clean up which will help tidy up a beautiful part of Sefton’s coastline. Those interested should book ahead by contacting Tom through the group’s Facebook page.

The Friends of Sefton Coast have a number of volunteering opportunities available, if you’re interested in getting involved in a number of activities across the coat visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/around-sefton/coast-countryside/get-involved.aspx

L30 Community Centre Family Art and Tea Sessions every Wednesday!

The L30 Community Centre in Netherton is hosting its regular creative family art and tea sessions every Wednesday, from 3pm-4.30pm. The next session will be on September 26.

The After 3 and Tea club is a great chance for all members of the family to come together and be creative in a friendly, supportive environment, all with the aid of a hot cuppa!

The L30 Community Centre delivers a wide range of activities, including job clubs, knitting clubs, photography club and much more besides.

Find out more at the L30 Community Centre website

Sefton Launches Gumbelievable Campaign

Sefton Council is giving residents and visitors to the borough something to chew on as the Local Authority launches its ‘Gumbelievable’ campaign.

Working with The Chewing Gum Action Group, Sefton Council and its partners will be taking to various hotspots around the borough in the coming weeks to hand out special packs to gum lovers, in a bid to combat the amount of gum which is dropped on the street.

The packs include pocket-sized containers full of disposable wrappers for people to use when they want to responsibly dispose of their used chewing gum.

Beer mats will be handed out in pubs and bars across the borough while huge banners warning people not to risk hefty fines will be placed outside Sefton run leisure centres.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Dropping gum, like any form of litter, is a disgusting and unsightly thing to do and you can be fined for it.

“We are doing all we can to raise awareness of this issue and by giving out these packs, putting up posters and spreading the message far and wide, nobody can have an excuse to drop gum.”

Sefton officers will be on Chapel Street, Southport on Saturday September 29 in the build up to the British Musical Fireworks Championship which is expected to bring thousands of people to the borough.

They can be found handing out ‘gumbelievable’ packs near to Southport Train Station from 2pm.

‘Big Chat’ about Health in South Sefton – Thursday 27th September 2018

Health commissioners are inviting south Sefton residents to come to their ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Thursday 27th September 2018.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is combining its annual review meeting with a ‘Big Chat’ style event, and this year will also be celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

So, as well as finding out about the CCG’s performance and achievements over the past 12 months, the event is a chance for residents to give their views about the organisation’s latest work to shape services.

This year, the event will include a marketplace with a range of health and wellbeing related stalls that people can browse ahead of the start of the main programme, which will combine a mix of presentations and interactive, table based discussions.

Dr Craig Gillespie, acting chair for the CCG, said: “This will be our 10th ‘Big Chat’ event in South Sefton. We really value the feedback and suggestions we gather from all those who come along to the events, so we hope to welcome many local people to our annual review.”

He added: “We are also hosting a marketplace, where colleagues and partners from neighbouring health organisations will have information stalls promoting a range of local health services.”

Copies of the CCG’s annual report and accounts for 2017-2018 will also be available for people to take away.

The event begins at 1pm with a marketplace and refreshments, with the main agenda taking place from 2pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, Bootle, L20 2DD. The marketplace and refreshments will be available from 1pm.

Anyone who would like to come along is asked to confirm their attendance, along with any special requirements they may have, by calling 0151 317 8456 or emailing: southsefton.ccg@nhs.net

Take a positive step towards feeling better – Access Sefton

Local NHS leaders are reminding Sefton residents that there is a free, confidential service to support people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health conditions.

Sefton Council’s ‘Sefton in Mind’ campaign launched on Monday 10 September, covering the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day (10 October). The campaign aims to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Geraldine O’Carroll is the Senior Manager for Commissioning and Redesign at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG. She said: “Everyone goes through difficult times, but sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we may feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you’re not alone.

“I recommend contacting Access Sefton for confidential advice and treatment. They can offer appointments at a variety of locations including GP surgeries across Sefton; and can also offer telephone-based or computer-based therapy where appropriate. They will work with you to find an option that’s best for you.”

Access Sefton is available to anyone aged 16+ and registered with a Sefton GP. You can self-refer via the website www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton, by phone 0300 303 2708 or email CWP.AdminAccessSefton@nhs.net. You can also ask your GP to make a referral for you.

Ryan Forrest, Deputy Operations Manager at Access Sefton, added: “As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic.”

As part of the Sefton in Mind campaign, Sefton Council wants to know which parts of Sefton have a positive influence on your mental health. The aim is to create a positive mental health map of Sefton, showing the places where people go to feel better and in turn help reduce the social isolation that can often be a symptom of depression.

To get involved and help create the map, tell us about your favourite place and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil or alternatively email to communications@sefton.gov.uk.

Sefton Shining Stars 2018 – Nominations Now Open! (closing 5pm on Friday 9th November)

The Sefton Shining Stars Awards organised by Sefton CVS recognise and celebrate the achievements of Sefton’s children and young people aged up to the age of 18.

The emphasis of the awards is on achievements outside the normal school curriculum areas, and rewarding children and young people who may not normally gain recognition.

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Categories include:

  • Achieving and Caring
  • Volunteering and Community Spirit
  • The Mary Roberson Award for Inspiring Change
  • Achiever of the Year Award
  • Fundraising
  • Changing Attitudes
  • The Catherine Strickland Award for Bravery
  • Personality of the Year Award
  • Participation Award

The 2018 Awards are now open for nominations!

If you know of a young person who deserves to be recognised, then complete a nomination form- either online or by downloading a form using the link below.

Deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 9th November 2018. If you experience any problems completing the form below, or have any questions or queries, please email shiningstars@seftoncvs.org.uk

Nomination Form

 

 

Volunteers Conquer Cathedral Abseil for Local Charity Sefton4Good

Intrepid Sefton volunteers with a head for heights have been raising funds for a leading borough charity.

A team of 16 brave volunteers – including the Mayor of Sefton – abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in support of Sefton 4 Good.

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As well as Cllr Dave Robinson and his son David, team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop over the main entrance to the iconic building included staff from Sefton Council, Sefton CVS, Sefton Carers Centre and the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).

Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 and provides grants to local voluntary community and faith groups across the borough, especially small groups or collaborative projects that include small organisations.

This year Sefton 4 Good has already awarded almost £15,000 in grants to 25 groups, with a particular focus on projects involving volunteers.

Sefton 4 Good staff say they are delighted at the response to this high-level fundraiser so far, but stress that people can still donate to the charity abseil by Clicking Here.

Mike Howlett, Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer with Sefton CVS, commented: “This was a very exciting event and we’re delighted that so many people supported our team and their fundraising efforts.

“And of course we’re especially grateful to Cllr Robinson and his fellow intrepid volunteers who actually took on this daunting challenge and completed the abseil.

“This project was an excellent example of people coming together to support groups that make a real difference to life in their local community, and often support some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough,” added Mr Howlett.

For more information visit; www.sefton4good.org.uk

Bullybusters’ Top Tips for Returning to School

It’s September and it’s back to school!  Here’s Bullybusters’ top tips for returning to school – whether you’re starting a  new school or going into a new year.  It’s great advice too for parents too who are looking for the best way to support  their children.

Get to know the staff at your school

It’s important to know who your learning mentor, pastoral support and head  of year are when returning to school. Getting to know the staff will make things much easier if you ever need to speak to them for any help or guidance throughout the school year.

Remember your “Safe hands”

Bullybusters are very passionate about talking about the idea of “Safe Hands”. These are the 5 people you can count off on one hand that you can trust and speak to when you’re in need of help.  Ideally at least 3 of them should be adults over 18.  For example you could have 3 teachers at school to choose from so there is always someone you could speak to.  The other 2 could be a friend, a sibling or even a pet. You can also use your “Safe Hands” at home when considering who to go to for help.

Don’t be a Bystander

The Bullybusters team often hear how no one wants to be a “snitch”. However, there’s a difference between being a ‘snitch’ and telling an adult what you have seen so that person can be helped. If you’re snitching on someone it’s to get them in trouble. Even if you feel as though you can’t tell the teacher, go and ask that person if they are okay and see if there is anything you can do. Encourage them to ask for some help.

Use the 4 W’s

If you witness bullying in the classroom or the playground, use the 4 W’s to tell an adult about it:

Who was it? What happened? Where did it happen? When did it happen?

Don’t blame yourself, it’s never your fault  – Always look to seek help and support if you are being bullied or having a hard time for whatever reason. Talking to someone about what is happening is the best way to resolve the issue.

Use Bullybusters’ Website and Helpline

The Bullybusters’ Website tells you all about the support available from Bullybusters as well as helpful and practical tips.

The Bullybuster’s helpline is open from 3 – 6pm Monday to Friday for children and young people, parents and teachers – 08001696928.

Bullybusters is an anti-bullying initiative funded by Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley Council to deliver lessons,   assemblies and an anti-bullying helpline. It is operated by the charity, Local Solutions.

Lost Castles Project Nominated for Top Community Award

Sefton’s incredible Lost Castle project which saw Miller’s Castle rise above the Bootle skyline once more has now been nominated for a leading regional community accolade.

The Lost Castles project, part of a collaborative effort between all local authorities in the Liverpool City Region and the Arts Council, saw hundreds of volunteers rebuild Miller’s Castle in North Park using only cardboard and sticky tape. Lostcastles Award

The end result saw a stunning cardboard castle take pride of place in the park before it was knocked down and recycled following a special family fun day for the community.

Now the Lost Castles Project has been finalised for the Liverpool Echo Awards ‘Community Event of the Year.’

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been finalised for this award and it emphasises just how good a job our volunteers, staff and communities did in building this massive structure.

“Hundreds of people came to help recreate Miller’s Castle, using tons of cardboard, countless rolls of sticky tape and one or two plasters for paper cuts!

“It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the Lost Castles project that it has been shortlisted and we look forward to the finals.”

The winner of the award will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced at the awards ceremony on Friday September 14 at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool.

Help save a life with free Suicide Prevention training for #30daysofSeftonInMind

Sefton residents are being urged to give up just 20 minutes of their time to take free suicide prevention training and help save a life.

Across the UK around 6,000 people die by suicide each year and every one has a huge impact on the people impacted by it and the emotional and social effects are enormous.

Sefton Council is now urging businesses to roll out training developed by the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA).

It coincides with World Suicide Prevention day (10 September) and comes from the Cheshire and Merseyside NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board (a collaboration of partners working to prevent suicide) and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – a member of the ZSA.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The NO MORE Suicide Partnership Board has a vision for Cheshire and Merseyside where suicide is eliminated and people are supported at a time of crisis.

“We aim to be a Suicide Safer Community accredited region and the more people who take this training, the more support we will have in ensuring that our vision becomes a reality.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “This is a life-saving initiative and we want to see as many people as possible complete this training over the next few months and come together on World Mental Health Day (10 October) to celebrate our success.

“The training is simple and effective and can be done anywhere, anytime, on any device, by simply logging on to the website.”

The ZSA, has developed a free, online suicide prevention course by using expertise from clinicians and those with personal experience to offer advice and provide real life scenarios to illustrate how best to approach a difficult conversation with someone who is struggling.

You can access the training here: www.zerosuicidealliance.com

World Suicide Prevention day marks the beginning of 30 Days of Sefton in Mind. The campaign aims to keep a conversation about mental health at the forefront in the 30 Days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day (October 10). Follow the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind to get involved.

‘Working Together To Support Our Communities’ Workshops (Wednesday 3rd & 10th October)

Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sefton Council and NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport & Formby CCG to host two upcoming workshops looking at a community-based model of services in Sefton.

These workshops will give you and your organisation the opportunity to both hear in more detail about these ideas but also to shape the way you or your organisation wants to be involved.

Click here to download the event invitation 

Click here to download the booking form (Word / PDF

The two workshops planned in Sefton are:

Wednesday 3rd  October, 9.30am-2pm – Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 1RR (click here for map)

Wednesday 10th October, 9.30am-2pm – Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport, PR8 1RY  (click here for map)

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

To book your place, please complete and return the attached booking form to events@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. Alternatively, please return the booking form to the address below:

Freepost RTCG-HGXH-LHRS
Sefton Council For Voluntary Service
3rd Floor, North Wing, Suite 3b, Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
LIVERPOOL,
L22 0LG

Please include details of any dietary or accessibility requirements. Bookings are available on a first come first served basis.

Treasure Sefton supports 30 Days of Sefton In Mind (10th September – 10th October)

Treasure Sefton – the local network for better mental health – is supporting the 30 days of Sefton In Mind campaign which runs from Monday 10th September to Wednesday 10th October.

The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign covers the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10). The campaign aims to use this 30 period to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Let’s Change Lives Together: Macmillan Coffee Mornings across Sefton this September

The South Sefton Macmillan Community Navigators service have teamed up with Sefton CVS’s Community Connectors project to host a series of Macmillan Coffee Mornings across Sefton this September.

Click here to download the event flyer 

Everyone is welcome to join us, and please see below for details of each event:

MAGHULL
Wednesday 19th September, 10am – 12pm
Maghull Town Hall,
Hall Lane, Maghull, L31 7BB

BOOTLE
Wednesday 19th September, 10am – 12pm
Strand By Me Shop, Lower Level,
Strand Shopping Centre, L20 4SZ

SOUTHPORT
Friday 21st September, 10am – 1pm
Southport Community Centre,
Norwood Road, Southport, PR8 6HQ

For more information about any of the Coffee Morning events,  or to confirm your place, please email navigators@seftoncvs.org.uk or call Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 to speak to the Macmillan Community Navigator team.