Strong support for smokefree family events in Sefton

Demand for smokefree events and spaces with children present is high in Sefton, according to a new survey.

The survey, commissioned by Tobacco Free Futures, found 93% of people in Sefton questioned were supportive of smokefree outdoor events for children and families, with only 5% of people unsupportive.

The survey results have been released as a new campaign, Smokefree Spring, launches in Sefton this week (March 27). The campaign is a new initiative running across Sefton which will see a series of family-friendly events become smokefree to increase the number of healthy family events, and family-friendly public places.

Event organisers across Sefton are being encouraged to join the campaign by making their event smokefree to create a healthy, family friendly space and help children understand that smoking isn’t a normal activity. Event organisers joining the campaign will have access to a wealth of smokefree spring resources including posters, stickers and balloons.

Aleks Fitzpatrick, 24, Southport who supports smokefree events, with her daughter Ellie Fitzpatrick, 18 months

Aleks Fitzpatrick, 24, from Southport who supports smokefree events said: “I don’t smoke, I feel like it sets a bad example for my children to see smoking. It’s bad for their health and I would hate for them to smoke when they get older. People choosing to do so should have designated areas where they can.

“I would love to see smoking restrictions put in place in all areas where children visit, town centres, parks, play areas. I would definitely take my daughter to smokefree events, as I find it most annoying having people smoking by me but especially when I’m with my child.”

Karen Reid, 34, from Bootle who supports smokefree spring said: “I feel more positive going forward into smokefree spaces for my family. Children don’t understand the dangers of smoking, if you smoke they smoke. I don’t like my child seeing me smoking, so I don’t do it in front of him.

“I would rather go to a smokefree event. I would rather spend time with my child than concerning myself on where I can smoke, spending more time with Michael is what the most important thing to me is.”

Matthew Ashton, Sefton Council’s shared Director of Public Health said: “We recognise that there is a high level of support and demand for more smokefree events and spaces in Sefton. We are committed to tackling the harms caused by tobacco in our communities, especially to children, and want to see more healthy, smokefree family-friendly events in our area that everyone can enjoy. We have this campaign to help increase the number of events we see promoting a smokefree policy and hope that more local organisers change their policies to protect children.”

Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Tobacco Free Futures added: “Young people consistently overestimate the prevalence of smoking, with 60% thinking it’s the ‘norm’, when in reality four out of five people don’t smoke in Sefton.

“Smokefree Spring has been created to increase the amount of clean and healthy environments that children and families play in. This isn’t about protecting children from second-hand smoke in outdoor spaces, rather its promoting being healthy to children. The more events that become smokefree, the less likely children are to take up smoking – preventing them from entering into a deadly addiction that kills one in two long-term smokers.”

Smokefree Spring has been co-ordinated by Sefton Council and local social enterprise Tobacco Free Futures. If you want your event to be part of smokefree spring email info@tobaccofreefutures.org.

If you are thinking about quitting smoking you can contact your local stop smoking service for free help and support by calling Sefton Support on 0300 100 1000.

Huge success for Southport Macmillan Cancer Centre’s Health and wellbeing event

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched its new Cancer Recovery Programme at the sixth successful ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ on March 17 at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Almost 200 people attended the event and benefitted from the chance to chat to nurse specialists and people from key organisations at the various market stalls. Visitors also listened to talks, took part in activity sessions, had hand massages and watched a healthy food demonstration. Guests were also told about different support groups, such as the new Macmillan gardening group which starts in April.

The regular event, run in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, aims to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

Feedback on the day was excellent with comments such as: “All fantastic and uplifting for mind, body and soul” and “Thank you for having these magnificent events that can really change people’s lives.”

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Development Manager, Cheshire West and Merseyside, said: “The event was a real success and the convention centre had a real buzz about it as people walked around the stalls. It is so important for people to come together to find out about the help and advice that is on offer to them so I am glad we had such a good turn out.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “We are proud to support the Macmillan Centre in Southport. A lot of people don’t realise what is available to them on their doorstep so I’m hoping that people went away from the event with a better understanding and that they go on to use the support available to them.”

Jackie Brunton, cancer services manager at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I speak to so many people who really benefit from the advice given at the regular health and wellbeing events and also from meeting likeminded people too, which is great to hear.

“Physical activity is a key element in the Cancer Recovery Programme, it can really lift people’s mood as well as keeping them fit and well so I would certainly recommend it. Please do sign up sign up to the next event if you have not been before.”

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is situated within the Living Well Centre on Scarisbrick Avenue and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (not bank holidays). No appointment is necessary and anyone affected by cancer is more than welcome to drop in for a coffee and a chat; they also have a wide range of Macmillan literature available, along with walking, craft and singing groups to join – and new for 2016 is a new gardening group.

The next Health & Wellbeing Event will be held on Thursday June 30 from 1pm – 3.30pm at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, this event is free and anyone wishing to book a place should call 0151 288 6893 or email sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net

Safe Sleep Edition of the Merseyside CDOP Newsletter

Through this newsletter, Merseyside CDOP aim to raise awareness amongst frontline professionals, parents/carers and families of some of the risks to children that have been identified through the CDOP work.

Click here to download the newsletter

Safer Sleep for Baby Poster 

Click here to download the Safer Sleep for Baby Information Poster

7 Minute Briefings 

Please see below for the latest 7-minute briefings.

 

No 3 Safer Sleep – 7 min Briefing (Sefton)

7 minute briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI. It is based on research, which suggests that seven minutes is an ideal time span to concentrate and learn. Learning for seven minutes is manageable in most services, and learning is more memorable as it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures.

People First Merseyside FREE Training Course for Young People with Learning Disabilities (starting 15th April)

People First Merseyside have funding from the Big Lottery to run FREE training courses and support young People with Learning Disabilities aged 18-30 in Sefton.

Please see below for full details of the course:

“Our Project is called Road Ahead Training and Skills for Life. We run 2 training courses each year which are developed and delivered by other young people with learning disabilities. We have 12 Places available on each course. 

Once people have attended the training they then have an opportunity to join our group and become a trainer themselves As well as doing training other young people on the project attend meetings, speak up for themselves, work in our office on the computers, do presentations, journals, plan events and outings for all the group. We have a really great time supporting and learning from each other “

Please see attached leaflet for further information about The Road Ahead Training and Skills for Life Course

The 8 week training course will take place in

Community Learning Centre
Cambridge Road
Seaforth
Sefton
L21 1EZ

Starting on Friday 15th April and finishing on  Friday 3rd June 2016

The aims of our project are to:

  • Improve their self esteem and self confidence
  • Do more things in the community
  • Be happier and healthier in their life

Some of the things that the people said about the last course were:

  • “I stood up in front of everyone and talked.”
  • “It was great fun.  I loved the giant Jenga game.”
  • “We made a great animation about our future – it was boss.”
  • “I’ve made lots of new friends.”
  • “I am going to be a trainer on the next course.”

For more information, please contact Jeanette McHugh, Road Ahead Development Worker on 0151 329 2137 or email Jeanettem@peoplefirst.uk.com

Sefton MBC & Historic England: Waterloo & Southport Heritage Trails

heritage logos

Background

Historic England together with Sefton Council are working on a new series of new Heritage Trails for Waterloo and Southport.  As part of this we intend to use pictures of the Conservation Area and of selected sites within the Area, to go onto the final product.  Most importantly we wish the images selected to come from the community rather than commissioning from a professional photographer.

Three trails will be produced;

  • Waterloo (Covering Christ Church and Waterloo Park conservation areas)
  • Southport Historic Parks
  • Lord Street

The final trails will be 2 sided, be both paper (50,000 copies) and digital hosted on the Visit Southport website (and hopefully interactive as part of an app in the future).  The first side will be a general history of the area, and include general scenes and hopefully some older images.  The other side will include a map with a selection of highlight sites – each to have some text and an image.

How can you help ?

  1. Find one of the key views in the Conservation Area and take a photo of it and send it in
  2. Have a look for any old images that you might have – perhaps from the 1960s ? 1930s etc. (convert to digital format) and send them in
  3. Look at the list of highlight sites (overleaf) and take an interesting photo of one or some of these and send it in
  4. All images should have a file name in the following format – name of site, name of photographer, date taken

Where to send them …

Please upload your photos to the Visit Southport flickr page at

https://www.flickr.com/groups/heritagetrails/ Please upload all phots by Friday 22 April 2016

What happens next …

  1. A working group chaired by Historic England will select the most suitable images to populate the trail.
  2. A selection of the images will be printed and on display at the Atkinson Gallery as part of their exhibition on Southport
  3. The images sent in will be used as part of a rolling presentation at The Atkinson

Image Issues

All images need to be digital

The selected images would be credited to the photographers on the trail, but by sending them in you would be relinquishing the copyright and agreeing to the reproduction and use of these on the trails.

Photos should be of a reasonably high quality/size (a very general rule of thumb would be that the higher the MB the higher the image size, or the higher the DPI (dots per inch) the higher the image size)

Waterloo

General Views to include

Marine Terrace Waterloo Road (around Christ Church)
Adelaide Terrace St Mary’s Terrace
Beach Lawn South View
Wellington Street Walmer Road
The 4 seafront gardens Waterloo Park

Highlight Sites 

The Royal Hotel The Old Bank Pub, South Road
No 2 Marine Terrace Liver Hotel, South Road
No 17 Marine Crescent Former Conservative HQ, South Road/Curzon Road junction
No 13 Beach Lawn St John’s Church, St John’s Place
12 Wellington Street Cinema, Crosby Road North
9 Wellington Street Bank, Crosby Road North/St John’s Road
Schoolhouse on Wellington Street St Faith’s Church, Crosby Road North
Welsh Presbyterian Church, Crosby Road North Potter’s Barn, Crosby Road South/Cambridge Road
Waterloo Town Hall Victoria Hotel
Christ Church National School The Cenotaph, Great George’s Road
St Mary’s Church, Waterloo Park Christ Church, Waterloo Road
Ennis Cottage, Waterloo Road The Volunteer Canteen, East Street

Southport Classic Parks

General Views to include

Hesketh Park Southport Flower Festival
The Botanic Gardens Marine Lake
Victoria Park  
Princes Park  
Kings Gardens  

 Hesketh Park

Conservatory Lake (Fountain Feature)
Observatory The Floral Clock Garden

Botanic Gardens

Lake Fernery
Bridges Entrance gates
Aviary  

 Victoria Park

Bandstand Victoria Park General

Kings Gardens

Information Centre/Tea Rooms (Former Ladies toilets) Lifeboat Memorial
Arts & Craft Shelter Venetian Bridge
Shelters Fountain & Community Garden

 Lord Street Gardens

General Views Mermaid Fountain

Rotten Row

Rotten Row General  (Flower displays)  

Lord Street

Grand Casino 180 Lord Street 253 Lord St currently Pizza Express
The War Memorial incl. obeslisk and colonnades National Westminster Bank
Waterstones Post Office
Canopies No156 Lord Street, The Cottage
 No158 Lord Street The Bold Hotel
Jaegar Building 357-355 Lord Street
Albany Buildings HSBC Bank
325-319 Lord Street Wayfarers Arcade
Scarisbrick Hotel The Town Hall
The Atkinson Civic Garden
215-219 Lord Street (opposite Starbucks) Bandstand
Pavilion (former Tourist Office) Town Gardens Cafe (pavilion)
Prince of Wales Hotel 37 Lord Street (Royal Building)
Wellington Terrace Morrison’s roundabout – Inscription

 More Information

For more information please visit http://www.visitsouthport.com/things-to-do/heritage-trails or email heritagetrails@visitsouthport.com

The Stroke Association: Take a Moment… Know Your Blood Pressure Campaign

Through March and April 2016, the Stroke Association are raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

On 1 March the Stroke Association launched the Take a Moment campaign. They will be asking people to take a moment to order a free blood pressure information pack – by downloading the pack they will be taking the first step in preventing stroke. 

The pack provides information about the link between high blood pressure and stroke, details about where to get a blood pressure check and tips on how to maintain good blood pressure control.

High blood pressure can affect anyone of any age and often has no symptoms. The only way to find out if you have hypertension is to get your blood pressure tested.

Take a moment to get your blood pressure tested in order to enjoy more moments doing what you love, with the people you love.

Blood pressure testing is quick, easy and painless and you don’t need to book an appointment with your GP to get yours tested.

The free information pack is available to download from their website at www.stroke.org.uk/moments.

Success for Sefton’s Summit on Early Intervention and Prevention

Partners across Sefton are embarking on an exciting journey promoting further resilience in people and places across the borough.

More than 38 CEOs and directors from across the area along with 12 national experts including the Early Intervention Foundation, Lord Andrew Mawson, Lord Paul Scriven, Ralph Broad and Anne Hayward all attended the Sefton Summit on Early Intervention and Prevention.

The purpose of the summit was to unite thinking and determine some joint action – to make prevention plans real and bring new solutions to the table.

The day was split into sections with debates looking at what resilience is and what good practice looks like, discussions looking at joint leadership and group work focused on delivering action and impact.

With the support and backing of partners from across Sefton, the exciting event was co-ordinated by Charlotte Bailey, Executive Director at Sefton Council. She said: “The summit was a real success and I have had so much positive feedback from the local executives and directors.

“Many people said it was a real start of a journey and the action that came out of it gave us an opportunity to work in less traditional ways. The engagement of business and the role of economic growth on social mobility was seen as an area of added value in the conversation.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are committed to working with others to try new ways of working and this event has opened the doors for us to be even more creative and forward thinking.

“The response to austerity and its impact on communities, businesses and public services could be a story of doom and gloom if we let it.

“However in Sefton we are rising to the challenge like never before and using innovation and partnership work to build resilience right across the borough.”

There were some core themes that emerged from the summit including an agreement to look at social entrepreneurship from the community, how to establish the right partnerships at the right time and how to work as a collaborative to jointly own the agenda.

Guests heard from national speakers about how the digital revolution is providing a modern day platform to build resilience; how communities’ personal skills and talents create resilience; how social entrepreneurship can take small ideas and grow them into large positive changes; how strategy does not create change but action does; how schools can act as hubs of activity and how investment in vital infrastructure can mobilise a community.

Charlotte Bailey added: “With regards to action that came out of the day, I was impressed with what emerged. We have a commitment to Bootle place shaping and a two-day workshop.

“We had commitment from a multi-agency group to trial a new prototype for working together at Litherland, developing a community-service-business model and an interesting idea at Seaforth about how four houses can enable regeneration around the Port through social entrepreneurship.

“There is a commitment to look at a pilot around asset based development and enhance what we do together around increasing digital skills.”

Angela White, CEO of Sefton CVS, said: “In Sefton we never sit still and wait for problems to happen. Instead we work hard to get ahead of the game and take proactive action.

“The Sefton Summit is a real example of this and a commitment from key leaders across the area to invest time and energy into promoting a resilient borough. These piece of action will help us learn across Sefton about how we grow the prevention and early intervention agenda. This really is an exciting time for us all.”

Chris Burgess, Regional Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, added: “This has been a great opportunity to pick up a joint conversation, to share skills and work together.”

Young people design pioneering safeguarding service in Sefton

A young woman from Southport was recently rewarded for her role in giving a makeover to a pioneering new service for young people in Sefton.

Winning a competition to design the logo and branding for Sefton Council’s Community Adolescent Service (CAS), Emma Currie, who is 14 years old, beat stiff competition with her logo design, which focused on togetherness, community cohesion and young people – three key aspects of the project and design brief. Not only was Emma awarded prize vouchers, she was also invited to spend an afternoon with Nonconform, a design agency in Liverpool’s creative and cultural quarter, to work on her designs and bring the identity of the service to life.

Created by Sefton Council with the help of innovation funding from the Department of Education and Central Government, the CAS is a new way of working to support young people age 12-25 to deal with issues that may lead them to crime or entering the care of the Local Authority.

Under the banner of ‘One Family, One Worker, One Plan’, the Community Adolescent Service (CAS) works with young people and their families to help them deal with risk in their lives, including child sexual exploitation, alcohol and drug abuse in their family or with friends, truancy, running away from home and peer pressure to take part in gang related crime.

Aiming to have one worker and one plan for young people referred to the service (young people can also self-refer), the CAS team only works with young people want them to and is made up of social workers, youth offending support workers, Police, mental health, substance misuse and family support services.

Backing for the service from Central Government, was secured following a successful bid from Sefton Council to obtain funding for projects that work creatively with young people to reduce the need for care and youth detention. CAS is one of only two projects to have won this support in the North West.

John-Joseph Kelly, a local councillor and Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, is a keen supporter of the new service,

“It was a pleasure to be part of the judging panel for the CAS logo competition and hand the winning certificate and prize to Emma, who was a worthy winner.

I am very much aware that the competition was a fun element to what is a service with a very serious purpose: to ensure young people at risk of sexual exploitation, substance misuse and criminal activity are reached before those risks increase or they come under the care of Sefton Council.
It is in the interests of Sefton’s young people, the Local Authority and Sefton’s communities that the CAS is successful and leads the way to a new approach to supporting young people.”

Andrew Weatherstone, Director at Nonconform, said:

“The team and I were very impressed with Emma’s ideas and her clear vision for the branding of the service, which made working on the project both a fun and smooth process. We are proud to have won the opportunity to be involved in such an interesting and innovative service.”

You can learn more about the Community Adolescent Service by visiting www.sefton.gov.uk/cas or by using #speaktoCAS on Facebook and Twitter.

Hear more about your local NHS (CCG Governing Body Meeting – 30-31st March)

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton have announced the dates of their next governing body meetings and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

The CCGs’ hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway.”

Andy Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 March at The Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southportformbyccg.org.uk/?page_id=343.

The NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 31 March at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southseftonccg.org.uk/?page_id=212.

Anyone who is interest in attending is asked to

Sefton CCGs shortlisted for prestigious student nursing award

A joint scheme between NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG has been shortlisted in the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards 2016.

The CCGs have made it into the final round of the ‘Student Placement of the Year – Community’ category, after becoming the first accredited hub in the country to offer bespoke placement opportunities to student nurses.

Through the scheme the CCGs provide students with a structured learning environment, offering them the support and experience they need for their future careers.

The placements that the CCGs offer introduce pre-registration student nurses, student quality ambassadors (SQAs) and care makers into a commissioning setting in order to improve quality of care.

The collaborative work the CCGs have been doing with Edge Hill University and the North West Placement Development Network (NWPDN) means that students are mentored by the quality team at the CCGs with the opportunity to interact with board level professionals and attend high level strategic meetings. They are also given the opportunity to input into the development of the CCGs’ strategic plans and commissioning priorities to ensure that quality of care of patients remain at the centre of what they do in a complex commissioning environment.

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse for both CCGs, said: “We are so pleased to be shortlisted in the Student Nursing Times Awards. We have worked extremely hard to put the student placements together working with Edge Hill University and NWPDN, so it means a lot that this has been recognised.

“The feedback that we get from our students is that there is nothing better than getting that hands on understanding of becoming a nurse and here at the CCGs they have the best of both worlds. They can see how it works from the CCGs’ offices and attending high level meetings then they can go into practices to get the wider experience of a nurse’s role. It is invaluable experience for them.”

These awards are the only one of its kind to celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education. They pay tribute to student nurses who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses.

The awards ceremony will take place on 28 April 2016 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Visit the awards website (www.studentawards.nursingtimes.net) for more information.

Sefton Veterans Project helps Seaforth hero receive his father’s lost medals

A WAR hero from Seaforth has been formally presented with the medals of his father who served in the First World War.

Henry Edward Whetnall, 89, was joined by other veterans at the Bowersdale Centre where they were given medals in a touching ceremony attended by the Mayor of Sefton and MP Peter Dowd.

Henry, who served for his country during the 1939-45 period in a bomb disposal team in Palestine, has social media to thank for helping to reunite him with his father’s medals.

The Champion reported in February 2015 how the ex-serviceman was given his own medals which he had lost after getting help from Sefton Veteran’s Project.

The group then shared the story on social media and Henry’s distant cousin, Rita, who lives in America, spotted it while researching her own family tree and decided to get in touch.

She helped Henry locate his father’s medals and a presentation was held on Wednesday, March 2.

David Smith of Expect Ltd and Project Manager of the Sefton Veterans Project, said: “It was an incredible story last year. When Henry told us about his missing medals, we worked hard to track them down from the Ministry of Defence, and it was a very moving presentation.

“As soon as Rita got in touch, we knew we had to present Henry with his father’s original medals to give the honour and respect both men deserved.”

Sefton Veterans Project is delivered by the charity Expect Ltd, a charity providing services to people living with learning disability and mental health problems.

The project’s primary focus is the mental wellbeing of ex-service personnel and their families, and part of its work is to track down and reunite veterans with their missing medals.

Two other local veterans, Tess Cameron and Colin Johnson, joined Henry last week as they also received lost medals.

Tess, who served in the Royal Navy from 1943-46, was reunited with her Second World War General Service Medal and Colin, who served in the Royal Green Jackets, received the Long Service and Good Conduct medal, awarded after 18 years of service.

David added: “Reuniting veterans with lost medals is just one aspect of our work.

“We believe it’s incredibly important to formally acknowledge these military honours.

“It’s bringing back pride, recognising those who risked their lives, and not forgetting theirs and their fallen comrades’ sacrifices.”

The medals were presented by Commodore Gary Doyle, a senior Royal Navy officer and the new regional commander for Northern England and the Isle of Man.

Sefton OPERA’s ‘In Stitches’ events (Wednesdays, 10am-12noon at St Matthews Church)

Are you interested in meeting likeminded people who love to knit/crochet and have a cuppa?

Held on Wednesday 10.00 a.m till 12.00 a.m at St Matthews Church, Stanley Road, Bootle.  If you would like to come along please ring us on the number or just come along and have some fun.

Please contact on 0151 330 0479 or admin@seftonopera.co.uk

Sefton O.P.E.R.A
St Matthews Church
410 Stanley Road
Bootle
L20 5AE

The Northern Club and Sefton Council Hope to Inspire a New Generation of Olympians

Sefton Council has teamed up with Northern Hockey Club in a bid to try and encourage more young people to take up the sport ahead of this year’s Olympics in Rio.

The two satellite clubs, aimed at young people aged 7-18 years old, are run by qualified and DBS checked coaches and will take place at the recently renovated astro turf pitch in Crosby.

Sessions are £2 per person or free for members and will take place Sundays, 10.30-12pm.

Northern has recently benefited from the installation of flood lights as a result of a successful funding application to Sport England Inspire facilities.  This has made hockey and other sports more accessible throughout the year with coaching and games now taking place day and night 7 days a week.

For more information contact Craig Moran either by phone 07902828617 or via email. Alternatively visit the Northern Club website

Schoolchildren Support Police Campaign To Clampdown On Scrambler Bikes

Schoolchildren in Sefton have given their support to Merseyside Police’s campaign to stamp out the antisocial use of off-road and scrambler bikes.

Primary schools in the Bootle, Seaforth and Litherland areas were selected to take part in workshops jointly run by neighbourhood police officers, anti-social behaviour unit staff from Sefton Council and Alder Hey hospital staff.

At the completion of the workshops Year 6 pupils were asked to design a poster on the theme of ‘anti scrambler bike use’.

The best ten posters were chosen by a panel of judges.

Funding for the project was obtained through the Chief Constable priority fund, community engagement fund and Sefton Council.

The 10 winners of the competition – who are from Bedford Primary School and Lander Road Primary School, both Bootle, and Rimrose Hope CE Primary school In Seaforth – will attend a presentation at Bootle Town Hall on Thursday 25 February – which will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, local councillors, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, former Everton FC players and representatives from Merseyside Police.

The prize for each of the 10 winners will be a PGL adventure weekend at Winmerleigh Hall in the forest of Bowland.

Neighbourhood inspector Ian Jones said: “The issue of scrambler bikes is one that that Merseyside Police takes very seriously and we will do everything we can to take them off the streets and find the people responsible for using them in an illegal, dangerous or antisocial way.

“Many riders don’t give a moment’s thought to the consequences of their actions and the misery they bring to decent law-abiding members of the community.

“We felt it was important that we engage with schoolchildren at a younger age to make them aware of the dangers of using off road bikes and the associated links with gangs.

“The posters they submitted for the competition are evidence that they feel very strongly about the issue.

“By involving partner agencies and the community we hope that we can get the message across and combat this problem.”

Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “We were delighted to work in partnership with our many different agencies to tackle the problem which scrambling and anti-social behaviour can cause.

“This initiative enabled us to engage with young people before they could get involved with such anti-social behaviour and it got them thinking about the issues surrounding this.

“Congratulations to everyone involved as the project enabled many young people to use their time in a positive way.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Sue Murphy said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to present the awards to the winners of this competition and meet the young people who have been involved with Merseyside Police’s campaign.

“The Commissioner and I have heard repeatedly from people across Merseyside about the suffering and misery that the dangerous and illegal use of these bikes causes in our communities. That is why it is so important we engage with our young people from an early age and make them aware of the potential dangers and consequences of getting involved with anti-social use of bikes.

“It’s clear from the posters that the youngsters have created that they have really understood these messages and are keen to show their support. I congratulate the winners and all the young people who have taken part, as well as the officers and staff who have worked on this effective campaign.”

 

Nominations for the Sefton Sports Awards 2016 Now Open

There is set to be some very special sporting moments in 2016, the Rio Olympics, the Paralympics, the World Track Cycling Championship in London, Euro 2016 and of course, the return of the Sefton Sports Awards.

Taking place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 13, the annual awards ceremony recognises and rewards the outstanding talent and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools.

The event, organised by Active Sefton which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, is in its 15th year and online nominations can now be made to recognise those who have made a real difference to grassroots sport across the borough.

Nominations can be made in the following groups:

• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Sefton Sports Awards is one of my favourite events of the year and a fantastic opportunity for those involved with sports across the borough to be recognised for their efforts.

“I look forward to seeing another strong list of nominations this year.”

Tina Pilkington, Development Manager at Sefton Council, said: “Do you know a volunteer who has given up their time to support others or a sports club which has been really successful?

“If so, we want to hear from you so they can rightfully be recognised at the prestigious Sefton Sports Awards.

“Last year’s awards night was a fantastic occasion and it was great to have local Olympian Daniel Purvis in attendance and while we can’t announce this year’s Guest of Honour just yet, I can promise it will be another night to remember.”

Winners in selected categories of the Sefton Sports Awards go on to be nominated at the Merseyside Sporting Champions Dinner. In 2015, Holly Hibbert and Dominic Batty took home the Sefton and Merseyside double, being crowned Young Sports Person of the Year and Volunteer of the Year respectively.

Nominations can be made at sefton.gov.uk/seftonsportsawards. The deadline for entries is June 6, 2016.

Ace Fund Grant For Friends of waterloo Seafront Gardens Project

An ambitious project to create a major new flower bed in a disused pond in Waterloo is the latest recipient of funding from a south Sefton environmental grant scheme.

The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens have received £700 from the Regenerus Ace Fund to transform the ornamental pond in Crescent Garden with a mix of shrubs, plants and herbs.

The pond was the spectacular centrepiece of the garden when it was created in the 1930s, but in recent years it has become difficult to maintain and an eyesore.

Now the Friends, working with Sefton Council Parks and Green Spaces Department, are giving it an exciting new look with almost 200 new plants, chosen to ensure that the new bed is interesting throughout the year.

Karen Abram, who is co-ordinating the project for the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens, commented: “We’re very grateful to Regenerus for this funding which will help to make a big difference to an area of the gardens that had become rather run down.

“Our aim has been to create an attractive, easy to maintain new feature that will benefit both the local community and the many visitors who come to our area to see Sir Antony Gormley’s Another Place sculptures.”

Regenerus Ace Fund Co-ordinator, Eve Money, said: “We’re delighted to be able to fund this project which is exactly the type of scheme that our fund was set up to support.

“The volunteers from the Friends have done a great job in coming up with a sustainable new use for an old, disused feature and I very much look forward to seeing the full results of their efforts later in the year.”

Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Ian Moncur, added: “I am delighted that this new flower bed will bring back to life what once a fantastic feature of the gardens.

“I would like to express my thanks to Regenerus for funding the project and also the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens for their continuing hard work to ensure our parks are beautiful places to visit.”

The Regenerus Ace Fund provides a grant of up to £700 each month to a project that will help to improve life in the organisation’s core south Sefton operating area.

Applications from established community and voluntary organisations are welcome, but the Ace Fund is also open to informal groups of local residents joining forces to work on a one-off project.

For more information about future Ace Fund grant opportunities and an application form visit www.regenerus.org.uk or ring Regenerus on 0151-934 2637.

For more information about the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens visit www.fowsg.co.uk.

Sefton supports campaign against domestic violence – ‘Be A Lover, Not A Fighter’

Representatives from Sefton Council and the wider community showed their support this week for a new anti-domestic abuse campaign taking place across parts of the North West.

‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ is running across areas in Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire in a bid to encourage people to talk about the problem and know what they should do to help if someone is experiencing domestic abuse. It is asking people to wear the ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ badge and offer another to a friend or family member.


 

Click here to download information about local services across Sefton 

Click here to download a selection of campaign posters

You can also click here follow the campaign on Twitter (@ilovernofighter)

You can also click here to follow the campaign on Facebook 


 

This year, the second year that the campaign has taken place, the initiative is focusing on children as a staggering 90% of domestic abuse is witnessed by children.

The face to face engagement event on March 1 at The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, was part of 12 public engagement events taking place as part of the campaign.

Run by public health partners, ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ will be seen across seven local authorities in Cheshire and Merseyside areas and across Lancashire, building on the work first delivered by the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative (Champs).

 

Matthew Ashton, the public health lead for the campaign said:

“Domestic abuse is never acceptable. This campaign aims to highlight the issue of domestic abuse, particularly the impact on children, and stop domestic abuse being a hidden issue in our communities. Domestic abuse is about more than physical violence. The short and long term impacts on children are huge, on behaviour and educational achievement as well as physical and mental health, including increasing the risk of suicide and self-harm. Creating the environment where domestic abuse is understood better and accepted less will help support our local work and we want to encourage people to pledge their support.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing said:

“Domestic abuse has significant psychological consequences for everyone involved especially children in this case. More needs to be achieved and we at Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board are working in partnership to respond. We welcome anything that raises awareness about what domestic abuse is so people can understand the issue and we can help more people.”

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered domestic abuse with two women killed every week and two men killed every month in the UK by their partners. About half of violent relationships involve violence by both partners.

Celebrities including DIY SOS and National Lottery presenter Nick Knowles, Superbike World Champion Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty,  ‘Shameless’ and ‘Cuffs’ star Karen Bryson, Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston, ‘Benidorm’s’ Crissy Rock, Hannah Hobley and Philip Olivier and singer Russell Watson have all offered support for the campaign.

For more information, where the engagement events are being held or to find out how you can pledge your support go to www.lovernotfighter.org.uk.

Get Involved Group – People First Merseyside

The Get Involved Group, from People First Merseyside, have announced dates and venues for their meetings this year.

Please find attached papers for the Get Involved Group, please note I have attached the Dates for 2016 again as we have had to change the venue for some of the meeting due to the closure of Duningsbridge centre.

Following the closure of the Dunningsbridge Centre, some meetings will now be held in the Community Learning Centre on Cambridge Road.

The next meeting is on Friday 11th  March and as always, is a great chance for attendees to have a say and make a difference.

If you need any more information, please contact Joanne English on 0151 329 2137.    
Click below to download the following:

Get Involved Group Meeting Flyer

Times & Venues for 2016 Meetings.

Where is the meeting?

 

 

 

Free training courses for people with a learning disability (People First Merseyside)

People First Merseyside are offering FREE ‘Road Ahead’ Training Courses in Sefton, for People with a Learning Disability aged 18-30.

The first Course this year is Friday 15th April 2016, with a venue in Sefton to be confirmed.

Each course has 8 sessions and all the training is delivered by other young people with a learning disability. Places are limited to 12 people for each course and it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Please phone 0151 707 6751 to book a place or to find out any further information about the training courses.

Some of the things young people with disabilities said about last years courses:

  • “I stood up in front of everyone and talked.”
  • “It was great fun I loved the giant Jenga game.”
  • “I’ve made lots of new friends.”
  • “I am going to be a trainer on the next course.” 

The trainers said:

  • “I feel really proud of myself I’ve done a really good job.”
  • “I want to do it again it has been amazing.”
  • “I love telling people about my life and where I live.”

The aims of the course are to:

  • Improve people’s confidence and self esteem.
  • To help people be more involved in the community and being less isolated.
  • To help people have happier and healthier lives.

Click here to download a flyer from People First Merseyside. (pdf.)

No Smoking Day 2016

Smokers in Sefton are being encouraged to kick their habit for this years ‘No Smoking Day’, Wednesday 9 March.

Sefton SUPPORT, the local NHS Stop Smoking Service, is supporting the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to help smokers quit by creating a supportive environment and highlighting the help that is available.

Smoking increases the risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions such as cancer, heart disease and strokes; and is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK. Since it’s inception in 2001, Sefton SUPPORT have helped thousands of local residents to quit smoking and live longer, healthier lives.

No Smoking Day in Sefton is aiming to inspire smokers to set their quit date, stub out their last cigarette and access the available across the borough. According to Public Health England smokers are four times more likely to quit for good with the advice, support and medication on offer at NHS Stop Smoking Services.

Sefton SUPPORT offer drop-in sessions across the borough, six days a week. No appointment is needed and clients can receive free one to one support from one of the team’s expert advisers and nurses.

Smokers are asked to call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 to get started and to find out the times and venues of their local stop smoking clinic.

The team will also be on hand at the May Logan Health Centre in Bootle, on No Smoking Day, between 9am and 12pm. So why not make 9th March 2016 the day you kick the habit for good!

Click here to download your NSD2016 Poster

For more information or support to quit smoking contact Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 or visit www.healthysefton.nhs.uk. You can also follow @SeftonSupport and #NoSmokingDay on Twitter to keep up with the action.

Have Your Say on Sefton MBC’s Draft Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy (closing Friday 22nd April)

Sefton Council would like to notify residents that it is consulting on the Draft Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy. The Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy is a strategy that assesses the demand and supply of playing pitches and what the key issues are in relation to playing pitches in Sefton. The strategy also comes up with key recommendations on how to improve the quality of playing pitches in Sefton.

The Strategy covers the following sports:

  • Football pitches
  • Cricket pitches
  • Rugby union pitches
  • Artificial grass pitches (AGPs) (Hockey)
  • Bowling greens
  • Tennis courts
The council is keen to hear from any groups or individuals who are involved in sports or have an interest in sports provision in Sefton.

The draft documents are available at the following address: www.sefton.gov.uk/pitchstrategy

Paper copies are also available at the Planning Service offices, at Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ and also at local libraries throughout Sefton.

We would like comments on the draft documents to be submitted in writing by Friday 22nd April 2016. Comments should be made via email to local.plan@sefton.gov.uk or alternatively in writing to the Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ.

Have your say on the future of Area Committees in Sefton

A public consultation into the future of the three Area Committees in Southport, Bootle and Sefton Central started on 1st February 2016 and will run for 7 weeks, ending on 21st March 2016.

The aim of the consultation is to establish whether Area Committees are the most effective way of talking with members of the public for Council business.

Sefton is also looking to modernise the ways that it engages with members of the public and stakeholders to reflect the new digital society.

As part of the consultation the following areas will be considered:

  • What is the current awareness of Area Committees and should they be retained as a way for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors
  • Functions of the Area Committees
  • What are the current and new avenues of communication for members of the public to engage with the Council and Councillors
  • What are the barriers that people experience in engaging with the Council
  • Any suggestions for improvement

The Council is always looking at the most effective ways for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors and through this process we want to positively look at optimising more modern ways of reaching our wider communities.  The consultation will give all residents the opportunity to have their say on the future of the Area Committees.

All comments received will be included in a consultation report which will then form part of a Cabinet report on the future of Area Committees in Sefton.

A number of events are taking place across the borough which give everyone the opportunity to have their say. These are taking place at:

  • March 7 – Southport Town Hall – 10am, 11am, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 15 – Bootle Town Hall – 2pm, 3pm, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 16 – Maghull Town Hall – 10am or 11am
  • March 16 – Formby Gild Hall – 2pm or 3pm
  • March 16 – St Luke’s Church, Crosby – 5.30pm or 6.30pm

You can register to attend one of the events by emailing yourseftonyoursay@sefton.gov.uk or by calling 0151 934 4604.  The deadline to register is March 3rd for the Southport event and March 11 for all other sessions.

If you are unable to attend one of the consultation sessions, you can make your comments in writing toyourseftonyoursay@sefton.gov.uk or you can post them to Area Committee Consultation, Strategic Support Team, 7thFloor, Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 7UU.  Alternatively an on-line response form is available for you to complete at https://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton/default.aspx.

The following questions will be considered as part of the consultation sessions and you might find it useful to use them as the basis for your response:-

1.    Are you aware of Area Committees?

2.    If you have have you ever attended one or raised an issue?

3.    Which Area Committee have you attended?

Southport

South Sefton

Central Sefton

4.    Should the Council keep Area Committees as a way for members of the public to raise issues with and talk to the Council and Councillors?

5.    What would be your preferred way of raising issues with and talking to the Council and Councillors if Area Committees did not exist?

6.    What do you see as the key barriers to raising issues and talking to the Council and Councillors?

7.    Do you have any other views or comments?

Please feel free to forward details of this consultation to anybody who you feel may wish to be involved.

Bishop launches online safeguarding training course for all parishes

As part of our commitment to safeguarding, Bishop Paul has recorded a video to urge church members to complete the new online safeguarding training resource.

The web-based courses, which provide basic awareness for protecting children and vulnerable adults, makes it easier for church members to access training, and you can now register yourself online.

Church of England guidance requires that all those working with children and/or vulnerable adults are trained appropriately – this course fulfils the first level of this requirement.

The Bishops and Archdeacons have mandated that both courses must be completed by all clergy members, all churchwardens and all parish safeguarding representatives in every parish, as well as other members of the church workforce according to their role.

There are two courses, one in Child Protection, one in Adult Safeguarding.

Each course should take less than an hour to complete, though you do not need to finish them in one visit. You can work your way through each course and save your progress, picking up where you left off each time you log in.

The Diocese of Chelmsford has developed the training in partnership with five other dioceses, including the Diocese of Liverpool.

Do the training now

Click here to download instructions on how to register for the online safeguarding training.

Click here to check your unique Parish Code which you will need to register.

Click here to log in and complete the training. – due to an unforeseen technical error this link is currently out of action, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and endeavour to get it fixed as soon as possible.

For more information about the training please contact Deborah Doran at St James’s House.

Diocese of Liverpool Statement on the LGBTI Mission

The following is taken from the Diocesan Bishop, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes:

“We are in the middle of a conversation in the Church of England about the best way to express the freely-given grace and love of God to all, and in particular at this time to discern what that means for members of the LGBTI community, including those who wish to express their own love in marriage, as it is their perfect legal right in England to do.

This is an important conversation and one that arouses passion, pain, sensitivity and hurt. I am very grateful for the contribution of the LGBTI Mission document to this conversation.

The document speaks strongly and clearly and I believe we all need to hear its voice. There is nothing to fear in doing so. Over and over again the Church has insisted on the need to listen to the experiences of the LGBTI community. For myself I have sought to do so for at least the last thirty years, and I believe that have learned a great deal about God’s love, patience and grace as I have listened to LGBTI people inside and outside the Church. Theirs is a strong and necessary voice, though of course it is not the only voice.

Within the Church at the moment we are engaged in listening to all voices through our Shared Conversations. I am glad to be taking part in these conversations. I remain committed to the process of listening that the Conversations are holding, and of course this process has not yet ended. In July the General Synod in its turn will engage in these conversations and I look forward to being part of that.

In all this I am seeking to listen most of all to the voice of the Spirit, expressed through Scripture and through the many and diverse voices of the Church. I remain convinced that this process of patient listening, slow and frustrating as it may seem to some, is the best way to discern the will of God for us all.”

Sefton LSCB – 7 minutes briefings on Child Sexual Exploitation & Missing Children

Please see below for details of Sefton LSCB’s 7 Minute Briefings on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Missing Children. 

The LSCB will be regularly producing these briefings on a variety of safeguarding children topics and you are requested to disseminate these within your service/agency and utilise within Team Meetings etc.

Copies will also be maintained within the LSCB’s website www.seftonlscb.co.uk (latest news). 

Sefton LSCB hopes you find these useful and informative.

 

 

 

 

Standing against Female Genital Mutilation

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner and Merseyside Police have joined forces to pledge their support ahead of International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation this weekend.

The UN marks the international awareness-raising day every on February 6th with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of this harmful practice which affects millions of women and girls worldwide.

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM, as it is commonly known, refers to all procedures which involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  It is recognised as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and is also sometimes referred to as female circumcision or cutting.

Globally, it is estimated that between 100 million to 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of genital mutilation. A further three million girls are thought to be at risk of mutilation each year. If current trends continue, 15 million additional girls between the ages of 15 and 19 will be subjected to it by 2030.

In the UK, it is estimated that 137,000 women have been affected by genital mutilation however, the true extent is unknown, due to the hidden nature of the crime.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: ““Female genital mutilation is a barbaric practice that has no place in today’s society.

“Raising awareness of the risks and signs of FGM within our communities and among key agencies and professionals is vital if we are to protect women and girls from harm.

“FGM is not only illegal, it is life-threatening, and it can leave its young victims in real agony with long-term physical and psychological problems.

“While FGM is a deeply sensitive subject, there are no cultural, religious or medical reasons that can ever justify a practice that causes so much suffering. We need everyone to understand FGM is child abuse, it’s illegal and it will not be tolerated.

“I would urge anyone who has been affected by FGM or knows someone who has to come forward confident in the knowledge they will be helped and supported.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Kameen from Merseyside Police’s specialist Protecting Vulnerable People Team said: “We are proud to be among many police forces throughout the UK that are supporting International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. This practice is largely perpetuated against children in secret and often without anaesthetic leaving the poor victim in absolute agony and is nothing short of child abuse.

“It is a global problem but one that also exists here in Merseyside, although the true scale is not yet known.

“It is important that we all start talking about FGM as an issue so that it is no longer a taboo amongst communities themselves or the agencies and charities that are there to help them. Frontline police officers and health professionals are now getting the training they need to recognise the signs of FGM taking place and what to do if someone reports it having happened to them or a friend.

“By understanding better what has happened to the victims of this terrible crime, we will be able to gather the evidence we need to bring to justice the people who carry it out.

“The force has officers who are specially trained to investigate offences robustly but also with sensitivity and I would encourage anyone who is a victim or has information to find the courage to come forward and speak to us.  People can call officers on 0151 777 4088 or the non-emergency 101 number.”

If you’re worried about FGM or have concerns about a child being or becoming a victim, you can also call the free 24-hour advice and support line run by the NSPCC on 0800 028 3550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

Listen to a survivor’s story here.

Find out more about FGM on the NSPCC website and the NHS Choices website

PCC visits custody suites to see first-hand the work of volunteers

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner joined the chair of her Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) scheme as he carried out a night-time visit to two police stations to check on the welfare of detainees this weekend.

Jane Kennedy accompanied volunteer ICV Advisor Reverend Peter Beaman as he carried out unannounced visits to the custody suites at St Anne Street and Birkenhead police stations on Friday night.

This was the second time the Commissioner has joined the ICVs to witness their work and meet the staff in the custody suites.

The Commissioner is responsible for the ICV scheme, which see volunteers make random visits to custody suites across Merseyside every week to check on the conditions and make sure those who are being kept in the cells are being treated with dignity and respect.

There are currently 33 dedicated volunteers on Merseyside’s ICV scheme and last year they carried out a total of 290 visits speaking to more than 1,850 detainees. Rev. Beaman has been involved in the scheme since 1985 and he invited the Commissioner to join him as he carried out the Friday night visit.

Jane said: “Our Independent Custody Visitors give up their free time to visit police stations at all times of the night and day so they can go and check on the welfare on those who are being kept in the cells.

“They carry out an important public duty which provides reassurance to those detainees, who are potentially vulnerable, as well as to the public, the police and to me.

“I was delighted to accompany Rev. Beaman, who has given more than 30 years dedicated service to this scheme, as he carried out one of his regular visits to both St Anne Street and Birkenhead custody suites during what is a peak time for the police.

“It was really interesting to see for myself the essential work our volunteers do and the interaction they have with both the custody sergeants and officers and those who are being kept in the cells.

“Knowing that Rev. Beaman and the other dedicated volunteers are carrying out these visits on a weekly basis gives me peace of mind and helps the public to know that those who are being detained are kept in safe and appropriate conditions and receiving care of the highest standard.”

The ICV scheme was established following the recommendations of Lord Scarman in 1981 after his investigation into the Brixton riots and first began to operate in Merseyside in April 1984, with 20 members of the public being trained as visitors.

Find out more about the scheme here.

Vote for Southport Community Centre’s Garden with Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative!

Brighter Living Partnership (BLP) has been successfully shortlisted to receive funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.  Visit your local store to vote for the Garden at Southport Community Centre.

bags of help

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England
and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of
£12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the
£12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards

For more information please visit  http://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Sefton Council Launch Disabled Children’s Database

Sefton Council has launched the Disabled Children’s Database to help parents of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities access support and advice from across the borough.

The Sefton Disabled Children’s Database, supported by the Aiming High Team, will host information on a range of organisations that can provide services, help and advice to support parent and child, including respite, short breaks, health, education, childcare, training, travel and more.

Parents who are registered with the database will also receive a copy of the highlyinformative Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter 3 times per year.

The database is voluntary and completely secure.

For more information, visit the Disabled Children’s Database page.