Sefton residents reassured that breastfeeding support is available (World Breastfeeding Week 1-7th August)

This World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), health organisations in Sefton are reassuring new parents that there is still infant feeding support available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Breastfeeding is scientifically proven to have several benefits to both mother and baby. Studies show that breastfeeding can:

  • help babies fight infections and illnesses
  • help strengthen the bond between mother and baby
  • lower the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, and breast cancer
  • burn up to 300 calories a day.

More than 81% of women in the UK start breastfeeding, and 17% of babies are still exclusively breastfed at 3 months.

Sefton Gets First COVID-19 Local Testing Sites

The first ever dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing sites in Cheshire and Merseyside are to be deployed in Sefton.

The semi-permanent sites, known as Local Testing Sites (LTS), are being created in both Bootle and Southport, with the first of these set to go live this Friday 31st July in Bootle.

LTS are designed to supplement existing testing routes such as Regional and Mobile Testing Units.

They are the first to offer bespoke walk-through appointments; to improve access for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.

Unlike Mobile Testing Units, which are often deployed for around four days, the LTS will be open for several months to ensure that accessible testing is continually available to people within their communities.

Each LTS will have between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour.

The sites are being set-up at Bootle Town Hall and Southport Town Hall , and users will be asked to self-swab when attending. The LTS will operate by appointment only which can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Please note:

  • Book via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
  • Sites are wheelchair accessible
  • They are self-test sites
  • All people attending must wear a face-mask, except children under the age of 3 years
  • Must arrive on foot/cycle/motorbike
  • Need booking confirmation or QR code and/or valid form of ID
  • Attendees need to keep to a 2m social distance rule
  • There can be segregation for religious/cultural reasons.

Information about access to food during the summer holidays (Summer 2020)

As with previous years, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council to coordinate a network of community venues and local organisations to offer children, young people and families access to food during the school holidays – especially those who would normally be in receipt of free school meals during term time.

The Access To Food initiative is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this offer will complement the service being provided by Sefton Council’s Family Wellbeing Centres in the South, Central and North localities.

All voluntary sector locations will be offering packed lunches to children and young people during the times provided and social distancing measures must be maintained at all times.

Please click here to download the information leaflet (PDF format). Alternatively, please see below for the image of the information flyer

New urgent eye care service launches in Sefton

A new service offering telephone and video consultations is now providing urgent eye care for people across Sefton.

The urgent eyecare service (CUES) has been put in place to ensure borough residents have quick and easy access to optical care during the pandemic through the use of online and remote technology.

To coincide with the launch of the service, people across Sefton are being urged not to ignore eye problems, with the number of patients across the area seeking care for urgent eye conditions having dropped during the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional Government funding, ‘remains significantly lower than what is needed’ warns Council Leader.

Responding to an announcement that that Sefton Council will receive an additional £2,569,782 from the government to help pay for its response to the coronavirus, the Council’s leader Ian Maher said today: “We welcome the Government announcement of additional funding for the Council, however, although we have been clear with government like all authorities have, on the level of support that is required, the funding allocated remains significantly lower than what is needed.

“Sefton Council continues to face financial pressures on services for our vulnerable children, families, disabled people and communities, and for all our income losses.

“The Council now needs to take steps to tackle the in-year shortfall and the impact this loss of funding will have on the budget next financial year, and beyond, meaning our communities are again being asked to compensate for a lack of government support.”

Sefton Council issues important message about face coverings in shops from Friday 24th July

Face coverings will become mandatory in shops from Friday 24th July and Sefton Council is urging people to fully comply with the rules and keep each other as safe as we can on our high streets.

With shops now open and people encouraged to get back out onto our high streets, it is important that we do everything we can to protect our community and continue to reduce the level of transmission.

Face coverings protect others from droplets from your nose and mouth if you are asymptomatic. If we all wear one, we can reduce transmission between households

Many people may be confused by the new guidance or unsure how to use a face covering properly.

BBC Children In Need & Youth Futures Foundation – The Inspiring Futures programme (closing 11:30am, Friday 31 July 2020)

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

There are concerns that the impact of lockdown and prolonged social distancing post-lockdown will have a particularly detrimental effect on those who are already struggling to gain employment, and it will also reduce the opportunity for others to learn the skills and gain experiences that would help them gain employment when they are older.

The ambition behind this fund is to transform young lives by unlocking potential and addressing the root causes of youth unemployment.

Eligible organisations can apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020.

Funding will be for project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future, and will support:

  • Between 12 and 18 months of delivery
  • Working with children and young people aged:
    10 to 24 in England
    10 to 18 In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Apply to Inspiring Futures via the BBC Children in Need website

Coronavirus Mobile Testing at Bootle Town Hall (21st-23rd July)

From today (Tuesday 21 July),  the coronavirus mobile testing unit will be at Bootle Town Hall for three consecutive days.

Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG are supporting the Mobile Test Sites, which provide clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

Key NHS staff can attend regional testing sites at Liverpool John Lennon Airport as well as Haydock and Manchester Airport without the need for an appointment.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enables key workers who test negative to return to that work. Approaching 6,000 people have already been tested so far at Sefton’s Mobile Test Sites, which have been supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG.

Following news of an increase in confirmed cases of young people with coronavirus in south Liverpool, Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health has joined Liverpool health bosses in reminding people in that age group that they are susceptible to infection by COVID-19.

Over the past fortnight, around half of the 30 cases confirmed in the south Liverpool area have been people aged 15-24. This has led health official in the city to issue a reminder that the illness can infect anyone, regardless of age.

Young people reminded coronavirus symptoms may be mild but you’re still infectious to friends & loved ones.

Through the Government’s NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. It is important to follow the NHS guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton.

Sefton Sexual Health – Scoping Exercise for VCF sector organisations (deadline Mon 3rd August)

Sefton Sexual Health is open and is still operating and continuing to offer an appointment only service.

The service will continue using the telephone triage system in order to book appointments, which are currently being offered in our Southport and Bootle clinics only. This number is 01695 656550. Please call this number for all sexual health enquiries. In addition, there is useful Self-Help information on our website www.seftonsexualhealth.co.uk

New telephone booking line introduced at Litherland Walk-in Centre

To support and maintain the safe and effective delivery of care for our patients and staff, Litherland Walk-in Centre operates a telephone triage and appointment system with no opportunity for patients to ‘walk-in’.
As of Monday 13 July, patients will be able to book an appointment by contacting Litherland Walk-in Centre direct on a new number which is: 0151 475 4667.

Maghull & Southport next venues for mobile coronavirus testing

There will be one day of coronavirus mobile testing at Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre on Thursday 16 July followed by four days at Southport Eco Centre, from Friday 17 to Monday 20 July.

Mobile Test Sites are supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG. They provide clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Young people reminded coronavirus symptoms may be mild but you’re still infectious to friends & loved ones.

Following news of an increase in confirmed cases of young people with coronavirus in south Liverpool, Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health has joined Liverpool health bosses in reminding people in that age group that they are susceptible to infection by COVID-19.

Over the past fortnight, around half of the 30 cases confirmed in the south Liverpool area have been people aged 15-24. This has led health official in the city to issue a reminder that the illness can infect anyone, regardless of age.

Job Vacancy: Living Well Sefton Programme Manager (closing 12noon, Wednesday 5th August 2020)

Sefton CVS are seeking to appoint a dynamic, motivated individual to lead our successful Living Well Sefton programme across Sefton.

The role includes engaging with communities, partners and contract performance management.

If you feel you have the right experience and skills, and are looking for a new and exciting challenge, then we would like to hear from you!

Salary: £42,840 per annum
Hours: 35 hours per week
Location: Waterloo, Merseyside
Responsible to: The Deputy Chief Executive

Job Purpose:

  • To lead the delivery of the Living Well Sefton Programme (LWS), its engagement with local communities, partners and to be responsible for contract and performance management.
  • To have operational oversight of key health and wellbeing delivery programmes within CVS including NHS funded Social Prescribing Link Workers, as part of the LWS Team, which have key connectivity to the Living Well Programme to ensure an integrated and strategic approach.

Downloads

Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF

Application Form (Word / PDF
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

Closing date: 12noon on Wednesday 5th August 2020
Interviews scheduled for: Tuesday 18th August 2020

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Tenth round of funding sees Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund pass £1million milestone

  • Ørsted fund has now paid out £1.1million to local community projects
  • A total of 126 projects have now been awarded funding

Ten organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of the milestone tenth round of funding from Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The latest awards take the total number of projects supported to 126, with total funds awarded now standing at over £1.1million since the Fund launched in May 2015.

The tenth round of funding marks a major anniversary in the life of the Fund which is now five years old. The awards coincided with Ørsted announcing temporary changes to the funding criteria in response to the current global Covid-19 emergency. For the next two funding rounds, applications are being encouraged to support communities through the crisis and road to recovery.

Sefton organisations who have been awarded grants are: 

  • Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, Bootle – £11,200
  • Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens – £2,500
  • Pinto Community Art CIC, Community Art Group Workshops, Bootle – £2,010
  • The Gateway Collective, North Park Community Garden, Bootle – £11,475

LCR Pride Foundation Community Fund (closing Monday 3rd August 2020)

LCR Pride Foundation has opened applications to a £20,000 fund, for projects that support the LGBT+ community in the Liverpool City Region.

The first tranche of funding, supported by Barclays, comes from reserves initially allocated to deliver the city region’s Pride weekend celebrations. The funding is available as part of three separate pots, a General Fund, Film Fund and an Inclusive Physical Activity and Sport Fund.

All funds in this first round will close to applications at Midnight on the 3rd August 2020.

Young people in Sefton tell decision makers about their lives during COVID-19

Young people from Sefton came together with key decision makers in the first ever virtual SYMBOL meeting which involved 50 participants.

Being a member of SYMBOL (Sefton Youth Making Better Opportunities with Leaders) means a young person plays an active role in their community, with a direct line of communication with leaders such as councillors and senior managers at Sefton Council, and also with partners including representatives from Public Health.

Sefton Council leader calls on Government for funding needed for Covid-19 response

Sefton Council bosses have called on the Government to urgently give local authorities the funding they need to respond to Covid-19, and to continue to support vulnerable people and plan for a sustainable future.

At a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet this week, where a minute’s silence was marked for the 278 Sefton residents who sadly have died from Covid-19, Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson presented an update on the Council’s response to Covid-19, raising concerns about the economic impact of the pandemic.

Liverpool City Region ESF ‘Re-connect’ Community Grants (closing 12noon, Wednesday 29th July 2020)

The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people in the Liverpool City Region who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment. Whilst the formal bidding rounds are currently closed, the Programme is launching a targeted Grant Programme in response to COVID 19.

This round is called Re-connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.

Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across the Liverpool City Region to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector.

Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience.
All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities.The funding can help ALL who are out of work or economically inactive but especially those that:

•    Have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions
•    Are from ethnic minorities
•    Are aged over 50
•    Are lone parents

All eligible participants must live in the Liverpool City Region.

The deadline for applications is NOON, Wednesday 29th July 2020.

Click here to find out if you are eligible and to apply.

For any queries please email email ESFgrantslcr@wea.org.uk.

LCR Listens – Liverpool City Region ‘Bring Back Better’ Recovery Survey

Liverpool City Region

Liverpool City Region is developing an economic recovery plan which sets out how we will respond to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are keen to get your feedback on our recovery plan, which we have been developing to help the City Region ‘Build Back Better’.

The plan is based around 6 themes:

  1. Opportunities to Build Back Better
  2. Business Ecosystems
  3. People
  4. Place
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Green Recovery

Please be assured that any information you provide will be confidential and used for research purposes only. We’ll process your data, in line with our Fair Processing notice, with any personal data such as age and ethnic origin used to assess whether we are receiving feedback from a representative cross-section of society. Please read the ‘Fair Processing Notice’ for more detailed information on how we will process your data.

Click here to have your say in the LCR Listens Recovery Survey

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board Newsletter (July 2020)

The latest newsletter from Sefton LSCB is now available at the link below. This month’s issue of the newsletter includes:

  • Introduction from Paula St Aubyn, Sefton LSCB Independent Chair
  • The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (CSPRP)
  • Information for educational settings
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE) Guidance
  • Children in Need and Children in Care: Educational Attainment and Progress
  • Guidance from the UK Safer Internet Centre
  • & more information and resources.

The newsletter also includes details of the latest training opportunities from Sefton LSCB

Click here to download the Sefton LSCB July Newsletter 

COVID-19 Community Research: Understanding Unmet Need survey (closing 24th July 2020)

We are supporting researchers from the Public Health Institute, LJMU, to carry out a survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector organisations across our local region. This research will provide evidence about:

  • The needs of voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector organisations and the support required to support infrastructure and sustainability in the short and longer-term; and,
  • Whether there are specific groups within communities who are vulnerable and for whom there are specific concerns, and where an appropriate response is required to ‘reach out’ to provide immediate support.

Coronavirus Mobile Testing in Sefton (Maghull 7th-9th July + Litherland 10th-12th July)

A Coronavirus Mobile Test Site returns to Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre for three days from today, 7 July. 

Supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, Mobile Test Sites are providing clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus. Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

After Maghull, the next scheduled Coronavirus Mobile Test Site visit will be back to Litherland Sports Park, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July.

Please note that we do not know when the local sites will become an option on the booking system.

VS6’s Children and Young People VCFSE Sector Assembly – Build Back Better: Recommendations for a Six Point C&YP Recovery Plan

The VS6 Children and Young People’s VCFSE Assembly was held via Zoom on 27th May 2020, and the key findings and recommendations have now been published into a report (download here). Gill  Bainbridge, MYA, chaired the event and 44 participants from 39 organisations attended.

Help Sefton build Liveable Streets for a Borough on the move (closing 31st August 2020)

Sefton Council wants your views on upgrading and developing cycling and walking provision in the borough following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local authority aims to increase support and facilities for people to walk and cycle across Sefton, which allow for social distancing and provide direct safe routes to key locations, and ultimately improve the air quality in the borough.

Hot weather warning issued to people shielding and more vulnerable groups

People shielding indoors from COVID-19, older people, those with underlying health conditions and very young children are all more vulnerable from the higher temperatures.

Emer O’Connell, Consultant in Public Health at Public Health England, said:

Most of us look forward to the warmer weather, but some people may find it more difficult to cope with these higher temperatures. Older people, those with underlying health conditions and very young children are more at risk in hot weather.

This summer, many of us are spending more time at home due to COVID-19, especially those shielding, as they are at high risk of developing severe infection. A lot of homes can overheat, so it’s important we continue to check up on older people and those with underlying health conditions, particularly if they’re living alone and may be socially isolated.

You will need to do things differently this year, for example, keeping in touch by phone. If you need to provide direct care to someone at risk from hot weather, follow government guidance on how to do this safely. The most important advice is to ensure they stay hydrated, keep cool and know how to keep their homes cool.

Jo Churchill, Health Minister, said:

With plenty of sunshine and soaring temperatures expected over the coming days, many of us across the UK will be outside making the most of the fantastic weather while following the social distancing rules.

It’s important, however, to make sure you stay safe in the sun: apply sunscreen regularly, stay hydrated and protect your head from the sun. Look out for those who are vulnerable in the heat and provide support where needed, continuing to follow social distancing guidance.

To enjoy the sun while staying safe:

  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol. Everyone is at risk of dehydration in hot temperatures, but babies, children and older people are particularly vulnerable
  • stay cool indoors: open windows when the air feels cooler outside than inside; shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight; move to a cooler part of the house, especially for sleeping
  • slow down when it’s hot: exertion heats up our bodies so plan any strenuous activities (such as exercise and gardening) outside the hottest time of the day, typically 11am to 3pm
  • cool your skin with water. You could use a cool wet sponge or flannel, cool water spray, cold packs around the neck and armpits, or a cool, wet sheet
  • stay connected and listen to the weather forecast. Knowing the forecast can help you plan ahead and adapt what you’re doing
  • dress appropriately for the weather. Protect yourself against the sun’s radiation and keep yourself cool by wearing thin cotton clothes
  • eat smaller meals, more often. Cold salads and fruit are the perfect summer foods

For more information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, visit NHS.UK.

Read our COVID-19 and summer temperatures blog for more advice on how to stay well in hot weather.

Would you like to volunteer at a community hub in Birkdale?

Work started five years ago on a project to transform the former Station Masters House at Birkdale Railway Station into a multi-function community hub – and the projects is now ‘just a few months away from opening!’

Members of the Birkdale Community Hub and Library group plan to transform the building into a small library and community hub with meeting rooms, plus computer and media facilities. They will use the venue to provide access to computers and the internet within the newly-renovated building as well as running classes in computing and other computer based activities.

The team at St. Joseph’s Hospice have thanked their ‘incredible team’ ahead of Volunteers Week

The team at St. Joseph’s Hospice have thanked their ‘incredible team’ ahead of Volunteers Week.

Chiefs at the Thornton hospice have sent a special thank you card to all of its volunteers, many of whom are staying safely at home and are really missing their roles at the hospice.

This week, the hospice has also sent long service badges to those volunteers who have reached key milestones. The badges would usually be awarded in person at the hospice’s annual Volunteers’ Evening in July but, sadly, this year’s event has had to be cancelled to protect volunteers and comply with social distancing.

Sight loss charity Galloway’s thank volunteers who have ‘rallied around the community’

Chiefs at a sight loss charity have thanked their volunteers who have ‘continued to provide support to blind and visually impaired people across Lancashire and Sefton’ during the pandemic.

Sight loss charity Galloway’s revealed that their volunteers have been rallying around the community even while face-to-face activity has temporarily been suspended.

Volunteers Week 2020 (1st-7th June) – Share Your Volunteer Stories!

Volunteers’ Week (1st-7th June 2020) is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to recognising and celebrating volunteers across Sefton as part of Volunteers Week 2020. 

Share your volunteering stories 

We are inviting local voluntary groups and organisations to share their volunteering videos, photos and stories with us as part of Volunteers Week, and this is an opportunity to recognise the valuable work of volunteers who make a difference in our communities. We’ll also be highlighting the work of Sefton’s volunteers through our regional and national partners – so please let us know if you and your volunteers would like to be featured as part of Volunteers Week 2020.

There’s a few ways for your group or organisation to share your volunteering stories with us, including by email and social media using the details below.

Email: info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk
Twitter: @VCSefton or @SeftonCVS
Facebook: facebook.com/VCSefton 

We’re keen to hear from volunteers themselves about the fantastic work they’ve been doing for your group or organisation, including information about their role, why they decided to volunteer, and what their experiences have been like – whether that’s before or during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’d also like to hear from YOU about how volunteers have supported your group, so please get in touch to share your stories ahead of Volunteers Week 2020!