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

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.

What’s On at Strand By Me Community & Health Service Shop (15th-28th Feb)

This week:

3TC
Thursday 18th – Friday 19th February

Promotion of free computer courses to eligible Sefton residents. 

SEFTON COUNCIL
Saturday 20th February

Bootle Town Centre Investment Strategy Consultation – come and have your say!

Next week:

LOCAL SOLUTIONS
Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th February

Promotion, advice & guidance on a range of services including: Supported lodgings, Bullybusters, Oakmere Community College project, Fuel water debt, Homelessness, Homecare, Carers, Liverpool Watersports Centre project.

We also offer DROP IN SERVICES from the shop: 

*Please note Mental Health Mondays no longer run from the shop*

HEALTH & WELLBEING TRAINER
May Logan Centre
Every Friday 10am – 1pm
Blood pressure checks, BMI (body mass index) measurements, mental wellbeing support.

For more information please email StrandByMe@seftoncvs.org.uk

Move More Southport and Formby

Move More Southport and Formby is a partnership between Active Lifestyles, Macmillan Cancer Support and Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group.

The programme aims to support anyone living with cancer to become more active. Offering its own physical and wellness activities, such as a gentle circuit class and relaxation session, a low impact chair class, yoga, as well as use of facilities at Dunes Leisure centre in Southport and Formby Pool at subsidised rate. As well as support in helping cancer patients in becoming more aware, it will facilitate their participation in physical activity sessions that are readily available locally within the community, targeted to specific needs and interests.

Research is providing a growing body of evidence that being physically active during and after cancer treatment helps to provide a variety of health and well-being benefits. Notable among these is a significant reduction in the risk of cancer recurrence for some patients.

Being active can help benefit cancer patients in a number of ways:
• Reduce tiredness and some treatment side effects
• Reduce anxiety and depression
• Improve your mood and quality of life
• Strengthen your muscles, joints and bones
• Look after your heart and reduce the risk of other health problems

Those referred to the programme will attend an initial appointment for a lifestyle review, and jointly agree with their coordinator an individualised physical activity and wellness plan. After 12 weeks of activity there will be another appointment to discuss on going activity and review of the programme. Physical activity prescription is adjusted according to treatment and health status. Our coordinators will monitor each person providing motivational support throughout the 12 week period and also up to a year post referral to help ensure their continuation of a healthy lifestyle.

Those Suitable for the Move More Programme Include:
Those who have had a cancer diagnosis- post surgery, and post treatment.
Plus any of the following will also be suitable for referral:

• Obesity (BMI 30-39)
•  Morbid obesity (BMI >39)
•  Hypertension (>180/100)
•  Mental health problems (medicated and stable)
•  IGR
•  Diabetes Type I and II
•  Stable treated angina
•  Heart Failure (not acute or unstable, via phase III only)
•  Post MI or re-vascular surgery AND: Completed Cardiac Rehabilitation with an ETT and clinically stable, awaiting no further investigations.

Referral to the programme can be made by your Cancer clinical nurse specialist, GP or practice nurse.

If you would like more information about the programme please contact Lucy Holmes or Tess Harrison (Macmillan Physical activity and Wellness coordinators) on 0151 934 2352 or email on active.lifestyles@sefton.gov.uk .

Breathe Easy group supports Self-Care Week!

South Sefton patients who have set up a new support group for residents with breathing illnesses are inviting people to come along to an event they are holding during Self Care Week (16-22 November) to find out about how they can better manage their own wellbeing. 

On Wednesday 18 November Breathe Easy South Sefton is held a coffee day in the Strand By Me shop in Bootle Strand, where residents can find out more about the group and the range of support available locally for people with breathing conditions. 

After attending a respiratory and self-management training course organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS), the patients decided to launch their new Breathe Easy group. The group launched in June 2015 and they come together once a month with local residents in south Sefton to share their knowledge.

As well as being part of Self Care Week, the group’s event on Wednesday also marks World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) day. Group members will be on hand to discuss self-management of respiratory conditions and they will be joined by NHS stop smoking services, offering advice on how to quit. 

Mick Maher, chair of the Breathe Easy group, said: “I wanted to go on the self-management course originally as I was diagnosed with a lung condition myself and had no idea what it was or how to deal with it. Then I thought, along with others on the course, that people in the community would really benefit from having that knowledge whether it’s for them or for someone they know, so we set up the group and decided to put an event on during Self Care Week.” 

Jenny Kristiansen, respiratory lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), explains: “Our six week course was launched back in January this year as patients were telling us they’d like more support to help them better manage conditions like COPD or asthma. It is proving really popular with patients and the fact that this course has led to the Breathe Easy group being established in south Sefton is fantastic – I can’t recommend their events highly enough and think the day at Strand By Me will be really beneficial to those with similar conditions.” 

The Breathe Easy group meets monthly in south Sefton and organises talks from a wide range of other local services, like Healthwatch Sefton giving patients the chance to hear about the support available to them in the area. 

One person out of seven in the UK is affected by a lung condition and the British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy group, NHS South Sefton CCG and Sefton CVS want those people to know support is available for every one of them.  

This year the theme for Self Care Week is ‘Self Care for Life’ and the aim is to raise awareness of how to support people to be healthy throughout their life. Whether it is about preventing ill health by choosing healthy options that will impact positively on their physical health and mental wellbeing, taking care of their own minor ailments at home or understanding how to manage more serious conditions. For more information please click here.

For more information on ‘Breathe Easy Sefton South’ or to become a member, please visit: https://www.blf.org.uk/BreatheEasy/Detail/Sefton-South 

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers in Southport!

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers to befriend children and young people who are looked after (in care) with Cardiff Local Authority in the Southport area. These are often children and young people who have little or no contact with their own family and who would really benefit from a long term relationship with a trusted adult.

We ask our volunteers to spare 2-4 hours once a month to visit the young person they are matched up with to undertake a joint activity together. Independent Visitors may become a significant person to a child. NYAS Independent Visitors help them to have fun, feel valued, feel listened to and help to increase their self-esteem. NYAS Independent Visitors can make a real difference in a child’s life by acting as role models and helping them to make the most of themselves, from simply listening , to helping with school work or getting them involved in activities in their communities they would never had experienced otherwise.

We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 years and that you are age 18 +. We do not ask for any specific qualifications or experience, just an ability to relate well to children and young people. NYAS provide comprehensive training, great support from experienced staff and the opportunity to meet up with other volunteers at regular intervals.

The role is hugely rewarding and really is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to a child or young person’s life. Here’s what one of our volunteers has said about the role:

I love seeing the world through the eyes of the little girl with whom I’m matched, talking to her, sharing my insight and experiences and doing activities together. Just by being there for her every month I hope that she’s starting to know that in the chaos of her life I’m a quieter, calmer little oasis for her! The hug she gives me when I drop her off after we’ve been out on a visit makes me realise that she’s starting to see that I’m someone that she can trust. She can and that feels good!”

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for us, then please get in touch with Elly Jones or Sylvia Lucano at our local office in Cathays, Cardiff on 02920668956, or email elly.jones@nyas.net , sylvia.lucano@nyas.net