Wellbeing Boost for Communities – Living Well Sefton launch new round of Community Resilience Grants

Living Well Sefton, the local collaboration of wellbeing partners, is pleased to announce the fourth round of its Community Resilience Grant is now open.

Launched on national #TimetoTalk day, the theme for the grants is mental health. Community groups and community-minded individuals are being encouraged to apply for funding for projects designed to improve the mental wellbeing of their local communities.

The Community Resilience Grant has already supported local communities on a range of projects including enhancing wellbeing through gardening or craft workshops, tackling social isolation, providing cooking classes to improve healthy eating, and lots more.

Karen Nolan, co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, explains: “Many people in our communities have benefited through the projects we have already funded. We’d love to discuss your ideas on how to improve wellbeing in your neighbourhood. A small grant can make a big difference!”

Grants available include up to £2,500 for applications from organisations and £500 to individuals, who are supported by a organisational partner. Grants are subject to specific criteria being met and will be approved by a judging panel. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 3 April.

Anyone interested in applying can complete the online application form on the Living Well Sefton website: www.livingwellsefton.org.uk where there are also guidance notes on how to complete the form as well as the criteria for applying. Paper versions of the organisation and individual application forms can also be found on the website.

For further details of the grant call the team direct on 0300 323 0181 or email LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk

A New Focus For Advocacy: Sefton Pensioner’s Advocacy Centre (SPAC) & Sefton Advocacy announce merger

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre and Sefton Advocacy are very pleased to announce that they are merging and that the new larger charity will be known as Sefton Advocacy.

Following a period of talks and consultation, the two charities decided that in order to keep providing high quality advocacy services to the people of Sefton it was in their best interests to merge and become a larger, single charity.

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre is currently a leading force in the field of older peoples’ advocacy projects, as one of the largest independent charities with an exceptional local and national reputation.  They have over 20 years’ experience of supporting the voice of older people with specific focus on people living with Dementia, Older people affected by Cancer, Housing & Care Projects and facilitating five older peoples’ forums across Sefton.   Sefton Advocacy’s expertise lies in the fact that it continues to be the only generic service within the Borough that offers one-to-one advocacy, help, information and advice. We have seen a growth of referrals with many more residents turning to our volunteer led service for support throughout the year.  As a charity, we offer a wide range of benefits to ‘Our Sefton Community’, ensuring that there is a long-established service for anyone with a problem to access.

The merger has come about in order to ensure that all residents of Sefton can continue to have the support of Advocacy.  In these times of austerity, the board’s of both organisations decided that to take advocacy forward in a sustainable way it was in everyone’s best interest to merge.  The new charity will be a single place of contact for Advocacy across Sefton and has the potential to develop new and innovative projects and areas of support.

Alison Ayres, Service Manager of Sefton Advocacy, says, “Providing the most vulnerable with an independent voice can have a transforming effect upon the individual and the wider community. A merging of these two organisations will strengthen this service and voice for Sefton residents. “

Andrew Booth, Director of Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre and the new CEO of Sefton Advocacy, said, “The support of Advocates and the strategic role for Advocacy Organisations are needed now more than ever. This merger will help us provide more one to one independent support for our communities, across all age groups and enable us to grow to meet the needs we, and our population, are identifying.” 

Sefton Advocacy, Unit 15 & 16 The Shakespeare Centre, 43-51 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AB.

Contact: 01704 500500.
Email info@seftonadvocacy.org

Health and Wellbeing Event at St Nicholas Church – 8pm 26th February 2018

Well Being & Mental Illness Event
Monday 26th February
Time: 8:00pm
St Nicholas Church, Bridge Rd, Crosby, Liverpool L23 6SA


We are all aware of our physical well being, however, as a nation we tend not to think about our mental well being.  At St Nicholas Church we recognise the growing need to support both our congregation and the wider community with mental well being.

What do we mean by mental well being?  As with physical well being – we all have mental well being.  You may have fantastic mental well being, but the likelihood is that at some point in your life your mental well being will need some TLC too.  The spectrum to consider is wide, ranging from supporting people who may be feeling isolated or lonely, to guidance and support for individuals and families who may be dealing with difficult mental health diagnoses. Throughout life we will all experience periods of increased stress, unwelcome change and grief, all of which impact our mental well being and our ability to function at the level we are used to.  1 in 4 people will experience depression in their life.  Anxiety related conditions manifest in many ways and some of us will be diagnosed with more sever conditions such as bipolar, psychosis and schizophrenia and of course, as we age, dementia becomes a significant threat to us all.  In truth, if we don’t experience poor mental well being ourselves, there is a great likelihood that we will experience it second hand and be in a position where we need to support someone in pain.

At St Nicholas Church we want to support people facing a difficult time.  We have started by Kathryn Smith, Gill Bell and Keith Thornborough talking together about this, we have ideas including a ‘friendship café’, ‘craft & art group’ and ‘walking group’ to try to improve isolation and loneliness in the community and ‘mental health focus group’, ‘peer support groups’ and ‘buddying systems’ for individuals and families dealing with more demanding mental well being issues.  Other ideas may come to light as we gather a group together.

We would like to talk more about these ideas and to make sure we focus our energies in the correct place we’d like our community to guide us on what is needed.  We will be holding an open talk mental well being session on 26th February at 8pm in the church hall.  In this session we will have a ‘This is Me’ testimonial from Kathryn Smith discussing her experiences with mental illness.  We will hope to discuss what ‘Well Being and Mental Illness’ means to you, and we will seek input and suggestions to future initiatives to help support the community further.  This session is for anyone feeling isolated and lonely, with first or second hand experience of mental health issues and for anyone who has a general interest in mental well being within our communities.  Please come along to help start the conversations.

Sefton Health Experts offer Five Tips to help you avoid the Flu

Leading health figures from Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have joined together to offer expert advice to residents on how they can best avoid catching the flu this winter.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Flu can have really serious effects for many vulnerable people including the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those living with long term health conditions.

“For this reason the following advice also includes tips that will help residents to limit the spread of flu within their community and I strongly urge everybody to take the advice on board.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “People with chronic long term health conditions or reduced immunity should get vaccinated even if they have no symptoms. A bout of flu can greatly worsen any existing condition and increases the risk of complications like pneumonia.”

Dr Andy Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG added: “A flu vaccination is an important part of staying well over winter. If you have any questions about getting vaccinated, simply contact your GP practice and ask for advice, we’ll be happy to help.”

  1. Get the flu jab
    The best way to protect yourself and others from flu is by getting the flu vaccination. The vaccination is free for those aged over 65, pregnant women, people living with long term health conditions, young children aged 2 and 3 and to registered carers.If you’re not eligible for a free vaccination you can purchase it for as little as £10. Speak to your local pharmacist for find out more about this service.
  2. Know the symptoms
    It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of flu in order to help you to best treat its effects and avoid passing the illness on to others.Symptoms include a sudden fever, aching body, feeling tired or exhausted, chesty cough, sore throat, headache, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or tummy pain, nausea and being sick.
  3. Get the right advice
    If you think you may have the flu try to avoid visiting your GP or pharmacist to reduce the risk of spreading the illness. Instead call the free NHS helpline service 111 or visit the NHS Choices website.Be sure stock up on flu and cold remedies in advance so that if you become ill you have everything you need at home. Remember that antibiotics should not be used to treat flu and should only be used upon the advice of your GP.
  4. Wash your hands
    Washing your hands regularly using soap and warm water will help you to prevent the spread of germs that can cause flu. By washing your hands you will destroy bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles.Not only will this reduce the chances of you catching the flu yourself, but it will also help to limit the spread of flu across Sefton.
  5. Be mindful of others
    Try to avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.If you think you have symptoms of flu be mindful of the people around you. Catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately. Try to reschedule plans with friends or family to when you’re feeling better.Remember that while many people can recover from flu themselves within about a week, it can become extremely serious for more vulnerable residents.

 

 

To find out more about flu and the flu vaccination visit the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

Embrace Sefton Monthly LGBT Social and Support Evening at Kindfulness Coffee Club (Thurs 25th Jan & Thurs 22nd Feb)

Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace recently launched a new monthly social evening in Bootle.

The evening takes place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon – Dementia Friendly Film Screening

The film programme will include a mix of classic films and musicals to help trigger memories and enable conversations about shared experiences

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Christine Physick on 0151 928 1530/christine@plazacinema.org.uk

January Film:
Date: Thursday 18th January
Time: 2.00pm

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Sefton promises festive fun for all the family this Christmas period

A host of festive treats, fun filled activities and shopping bonanzas are in store this Christmas across our beautiful borough.

Sefton has already started to buzz with merriment as thousands of residents get into the Christmas spirits, whether it be sampling wonderful Christmas markets, donating to the Mayor’s Toy Appeal, enjoying a day out at Splashworld or taking advantage of late night local shopping!

We’ve put together all the info you need to know to make sure you have the most wonderful time of the year!

Shopping

Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of South Road, the bargains of Bootle Strand, the boutiques of Lord Street, Formby’s Chapel Lane or Central Square in Maghull, Sefton is a huge shopping spree waiting to happen all year round.

And it’s no different at Christmas! A number of retailers across the borough are taking part in Late Night Shopping hours on Thursday evenings in the run up to Santa’s arrival, while local businesses are well prepared for a surge in present buying, last minute scrambles and a flurry of winter buys.

A Christmas Market on Chapel Street, Southport runs until December 17 with festive tipples and yuletide treats galore!  The market will compliment Southport’s other vibrant shops, stunning Christmas lights and the arrival of the Southport BID supported ice rink which will be open from December 1-31.

In Formby Chapel Lane is already buzzing with festive shoppers while South Road, Waterloo is the perfect place for a mouth watering meal and a warming drink!

Toy Appeal

Christmas is a time for giving. And what better way than to donate to the Sefton Mayor’s Toy Appeal?

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, is asking as many people as possible across the borough to get behind this year’s Christmas gift appeal.

The annual request asks all residents in Sefton to try and provide presents for some of the borough’s most deserving children and make this Christmas extra special for them.

Gifts, for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library, leisure centre or Asda in Southport and Bootle by Wednesday, December 20.

Splash World

Dive right in and take full advantage of Splash World’s reduced prices this December with all adult and junior standard tickets reduced to £5 and all adult & junior gold tickets reduced to £7.50.

Splash World is open as usual every weekend on the run up to the festive period until December 17.

During Christmas, Splash World will have a temporary change to its opening times. It will be open:

December  23: 11am-3pm
December 29: 11am-3pm
December 30: 11am-3pm
January 2: 11am-3pm
January 3: 11am-3pm
January 4: 11am-3pm
January 5: 11am-3pm

Libraries 

Libraries across Sefton will come alive with Christmas cheer and fascinating workshops. Musician Tony Crotty will enchant library users with a magical music recital of Christmas songs.

Tony will play a series of historical Instruments and discuss their origins. The session are free but booking is advisable. He will perform at:

Crosby Library (December 13) at 2pm (0151 257 6401)
Bootle Library (December 14) at 2pm (0151 934 5781)
Formby Library (December 19) at 2pm (01704 874177)

All Sefton Libraries host Story and Rhyme times for young children and their carers. In the run up to Christmas the stories take on a festive theme, with snowmen, reindeer and a jolly man in a red coat featuring. More information on this is available via the Sefton Library Facebook page

Sefton Council reviews Family Centres proposal after community feedback

Sefton Council has listened to its communities and is recommending not to create three Family Wellbeing Centres at this time following overwhelming public feedback.

The Council had been consulting on proposals to have three integrated family and children centre bases for children and young people from 0 to 19 and their families.

More than 1,600 people gave their views during the consultation and the Council held 15 public engagement events. While the majority were in favour of a more joined up approach for a new service through a whole family approach to cover ages from pre-birth to 19 year olds in order, they were not in favour of having three main centres.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to every person who has taken time to respond to this consultation.

“We have taken great care in listening to our communities and all along we have been clear that we would listen to people’s views. As a result of this valuable feedback, we will consider changing our plans and are recommending that all the existing children and family centres remain open, but will cover support for 0-19 year olds, expand outreach and provide early help services. This will allow us to be more joined up and still make the most of the money that we have available to ensure support for those most in need. It will complement the work we’re doing to transform the way we provide early intervention and prevention services.”

However, due to significant reductions in Government funding over the last few years, the Council has had to make some tough decisions. In order to retain the centres within their current bases and to keep within the available budget, the Council acknowledges it will not be possible to provide the same level of activity within the centres.

In a report going to Cabinet on December 7, the Council is highlighting this issue and is recommending to change the way it provides funding to the children’s and family centres going forward.

This proposal would mean that the allocated monies will be prioritised on providing services that support parents, carers and all children regardless of age.

If the recommendations are approved, the Council will work closely with schools on the impact of the funding changes, as there would also be likely implications for employees of both the Council and those employed by schools.

Read about Sefton Council’s decision in full at the Agenda for Cabinet on 7 December.

Read all about Sefton’s Home Library Service!

Do you know somebody who could benefit from Sefton’s popular Home Library service?

Set up to help residents who can no longer get to their local library for health reasons, the Sefton Council Home Library Service is asking if more people want to sign up to the service.

Lesley Davies, Development Manager at Sefton Libraries Service, said: “Sefton’s Home Library Service is for less able members of the Sefton community, who may be unable to get to a local library due to age or ill health.

User Engagement in the Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton & Wirral (KLSW) Combined Adult Safeguarding Board

In April this year, four Merseyside Local authority areas established a Combined Adult Safeguarding Board. The authorities involved are Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

The newly established Board has the Voice of the Service User a priority.

In order that we can ensure that we have the widest possible reach across the area, we are to establishing a directory of service user groups and organisations.

A questionnaire has been developed to assist in this process, and we are looking to gather as many responses as possible.

Click here to download the questionnaire (Word / PDF

PLease return your questionnaire by email to klsw@seftoncvs.org.uk or by post to:

KLSW Questionnaire
Freepost RTCG-HGXH-LHRS
Suite 3B, 3rd Floor, North Wing,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
Waterloo
L22 0LG

If you would like to know more information regarding the Combined Board you can also contact David Grisenthwaite from the Boards Business Team whose e-mail is: davidgrisenthwaite@wirral.gov.uk.

 

Sefton CVS’s Health & Wellbeing Trainer Social Impact Report

The Health and Wellbeing Trainers Team was first formed in 2013 as a pilot project and soon became established as a key part of the Sefton CVS’s Reablement Service. This brand new Social Impact Report details the work of the team across South Sefton.

Pregnant women in Sefton urged to get their flu jab

Pregnant women across the borough are being urged by Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG to make sure they get the flu jab this winter.

Merseyside Police introduce ‘The Herbert Protocol’ for missing or vulnerable people.

Merseyside Police would like to introduce you to The Herbert Protocol – an initiative named after George Herbert – a War veteran of the Normandy landings – who lived with dementia.

‘We appreciate that caring for people with dementia is challenging – and that planning ahead and keeping safe is really important.  More than 60% of people living with dementia can at some point start to “walk about”.  Whilst this may only be into the garden or street and returning a short time later, people can get lost and go missing; leading to feelings of confusion, fear and vulnerability – particularly at night time or at times of extreme weather.

As part of making reasonable life adjustments, we want to help by putting a system in place that will help to give the emergency services the best possible information should there be a need for them to become involved in a search for someone with dementia.

One Vision Housing Start Universal Credit Help Hub

To help people to learn more about the introduction of Universal Credit, One Vision Housing have launched the OVH Help Hub.

Universal Credit (UC) is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work on low income. From this month (October), if you live in Sefton, are of working age and make a change to claiming one of the six legacy benefits, you will be ‘migrated’ to Universal Credit.

Don’t trick or mistreat during Halloween and Bonfire night!

Merseyside Police is encouraging young people, families and businesses to play their part in helping to keep their communities safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Officers will be patrolling local neighbourhoods to ensure people can enjoy the festivities in their area safely but Merseyside Police cannot do this alone.

Share your views on Children’s Centres

Sefton Council is looking at new ways in how people access information, advice, activities and receive support for children and their families.

An 8-week consultation, which launched this week (25 September) looks at merging Children’s Centres and Family Centres across the borough.

Sefton GPs asked to keep things simple when seeking patient feedback

As part of the #ItStartsWithYou campaign, Healthwatch Sefton and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are calling on GP practices in Sefton, as the front line of the health service, to send a strong cultural signal to patients that the NHS is open and interested in listening to their views.

Healthwatch Sefton and the CCGs are also encouraging GPs and other primary care staff to share their own stories to tell them how patient feedback has helped them to learn and improve the way they provide care.

NCS to include mental health awareness course

Theresa May has announced that a mental health awareness course will be developed with mental health experts and NCS graduates and be delivered as part of the organisation’s programme to prepare young people for the challenges of adult life and work. Set to benefit ‘thousands of teenagers’, measures will include:

  • a dedicated mental health awareness course for teenagers talking part in NCS
  • new mental health training for more than 10,000 frontline NCS staff to improve support to young people
  • a new network of young NCS graduates to champion mental health awareness

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/young-people-to-benefit-from-new-mental-health-awareness-course

 

Young leaders are Champions of mental health!

Young people from Sefton and Liverpool are leading the way towards better mental health for them and their peers.

Those age 13-18 years make up the Neurochampions – a group who recently delivered an eight week mental health workshop to their peers with support from leading scientists, youth workers and researchers.

The workshops covered the full spectrum of well being and mental health support, taking a closer look at young people’s brains, emotions, wellness and behaviours.

The group gained new experiences and skills in digital and traditional media, along the way learning practical production and digital skills to create their own videos, animations and more!

Each session drew on their own personal experiences and developed their confidence and leadership skills.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“The Neurochampions have helped young people from lots of different backgrounds to learn something about themselves. 

“The variety of those taking part reflects the way that mental health can affect us all. Working with experts and developing digital skills for their future has clearly given these young people aspirations, which I hope will lead to further success” 

Neurochampions is a programme that equips young people with the knowledge and skills  to become effective leaders in mental health.

To find out more about the work of the Neurochampions, visit their website here.

To find out more about services to support young people age 11-21 years in Sefton, visit the Sefton Youth website

Social Communication Coffee Events 2017-18

Sefton Inclusion Service are running a number of ‘Social Communication Coffee Events’ for those parents/carers of a child with a diagnosis of Autism or social communication difficulties, providing a listening ear or some professional advice and the chance to meet a network of other parents of children with ASD/ social communication needs

The events involve:

  • A brief talk from a professional on a topic ie: sleep/ behaviour/ visuals.
  • The opportunity to talk to other parents, share worries and ideas.

The opportunity to talk to professionals in the field ie: an Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Inclusion Consultant, Specialist Teacher, ASD Lead practitioner.

For further information or to book a place please contact:

Mike Hennessy, Sefton Inclusion Service:
Phone: 0151 934 2347
Email: Mike.Hennessy@sefton.gov.uk

Dates and times:

All sessions 10am-12.30pm
Thursday 28th Sept 2017
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Thursday 8th March 2018
Thursday 17th May 2018
Thursday 5th July 2018

Venue:

L30 Community Centre, Stonyfield, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 0QS.

Over forty mums and babies gather in Southport for the Global Big Latch On event!

Over forty mums and babies gathered in Southport for the Global Big Latch On event hosted by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust and Breastfeeding Support Sefton.

Each year the Global Big Latch On event brings together hundreds of thousands of mums and their babies together to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding as well as the services and support offered to help new mums across the borough.

The event, held at Lakeside Church, was part of World Breastfeeding Week which runs between 1 August  and 7 August.

Councillor Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “This is a fantastic annual event where we celebrate breastfeeding and the amazing benefits it has for babies.
“We welcomed a lot of mums and babies from across the area to the Lakeside and it was great to see so many people showing their support for breastfeeding and the Big Latch On campaign.
“It was a great opportunity for mums to come along and be part of something big – they all got to meet with other likeminded mums, speak with health care professionals from Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and access local breastfeeding support services.”

One mum who attended with her young boy said she was eager to tackle the stigma around breastfeeding in public.

She said: “I’m here today at the Big Latch on mainly to remove the stigma around breastfeeding. 

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“It really upsets me when mums struggle with the idea of going out for a first feed.
“I am really lucky because I have never had a negative experience but I know people who have and I just think that it’s the most natural thing in the world.

 

 

“Breast are made for feeding babies first and foremost so when people don’t agree with the feeding in public, that’s the sort of thing I want to get out of our culture because it’s natural and what we are designed to do.”

 

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF document Innocent Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.

UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, a worldwide children’s charity that address the needs of children around the world.

 

Sefton’s ‘Stop Loan Leeches’ Information Videos

Short information film warning that illegal lenders (loan sharks – known as ‘loan leeches’ in different cultures) target migrant workers.

Made for Sefton Council and the England Illegal Money Lending Team. Created and produced in close collaboration with the Migrant Workers Sefton Community charity.

Available in English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Russian language versions.

English:            https://vimeo.com/161895506

Latvian:             https://vimeo.com/161907310

Russian:           https://vimeo.com/161915005

Polish:              https://vimeo.com/161986280

Romanian:        https://vimeo.com/162492897

Lithuanian:        https://vimeo.com/162492896

 

 

CCG VCF Report – Working Together for a Healthier Community

The achievements of community groups within Sefton have come under the spotlight with the launch of a new report.

The Working Together For A Healthier Community report showcases the work of organisations and groups in the voluntary, community and faith sector after receiving grants from the CCG VCF Fund.

Over more than three years, the two NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in Sefton invested £2.5million into projects designed to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, says: “The main aim of the grants was to improve people’s sense of inclusion and involvement which, in turn, helps their health, wellbeing and independence.

“The grants, managed by Sefton CVS, have clearly highlighted the potential ‘reach’ of the funding – far beyond the direct beneficiaries – but deep into people’s families and communities.”

There were 52 different projects delivered throughout Sefton ranging from those looking to tackle childhood obesity, reduce social isolation for older people or help people improve their mental wellbeing.

More than 10,500 people engaged with the projects that delivered around 54,000 meals and more than 590 volunteers gave their time in supporting the projects.

Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chief Executive of Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), explains: “As a result of this vital investment we can say that more children are now confident to face the challenges of growing up, more adults are positively equipped with skills to deal with managing their wellbeing and more older people can lead an independent life where they don’t have to feel alone.”

Please see the report here.

For more information about the report and the projects visit www.seftoncvs.org.uk

Healthwatch England’s ‘It Starts With You’Campaign wants to hear from you

Healthwatch Sefton, the local health and social care consumer champion, has been supporting Healthwatch England’s It Starts With You campaign with a number of initiatives within the borough.

Today (Wednesday) the Healthwatch Sefton team is at Strand House in Bootle to engage with those within the 123 flats and to capture any feedback on the health services they use.

Over the last year, more than 3,000 local residents have shared their stories with Healthwatch Sefton to help identify where things weren’t working and let doctors, nurses and care workers know when they were getting it right. The aim is for Wednesday’s visit to add to this picture by listening to what the residents have to say with all responses being anonymous.

This follows a co-ordinated Listening Event earlier in July when eight local Healthwatch visited Accident & Emergency departments throughout Cheshire and Merseyside at the same time, on the same day, and asking people the same questions from a pre-arranged survey.

Two members of Healthwatch Sefton spent the afternoon at Southport and Formby District General Hospital A+E department where they captured feedback from 24 people.

This information will be included in a wider Healthwatch report intended to gain insight as to why people attend A+E and where pressures elsewhere in the system may affect demand on the emergency department. It is hoped a follow-up survey will also add to the picture of A+E demand.

In another initiative to coincide with the It Starts With You campaign, Betty Boner, Healthwatch Sefton Engagement and Participation Officer, linked in with Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust’s recent launch of their Experience of Care Strategy. Betty gathered people’s feedback at Southport Hospital on the different services provided at the site and shared comments such as: “I received fantastic aftercare” and “I meet up with other people who were (at the clinic) at the same time. We now support each other”.

The Healthwatch network exists to make it straightforward for people to give feedback about health and social care services. Healthwatch Sefton has made this easy by providing a specific Feedback Centre on its website (www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk) where people can also rate their GP practice, dental surgery or hospital clinic – all anonymously.

 

The 5th ADHD Foundation National Annual Symposium presents: “ADHA in the Twenty First Century” – 9th & 10th November 2017

The 5th ADHD Foundation National Annual Symposium
“ADHA in the Twenty First Century”
9th and 10th November 2017
The Rum Warehouse Conference Centre, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool


A two day conference exploring new ideas, approaches and best practice in Health, Social Care and Education for children, young people and adults with ADHD, ASC and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE: The crisis in transition from paediatric to adult services, Medication: new applications, ADHD and Early Years, ADHD and challenging behaviour in schools, Improving accuracy in ADHD screening, ADHD and Literacy, ADHD and Attachment, ADHD and Gene􀆟cs, ADHD and Parenting, Well Being Tool Kits for schools, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Nurse led ADHD Services and others to be confirmed.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Rory Bremner (Patron of the ADHD Foundation), Simon Weston OBE, Bill Colley, Professor Edmund Barke, Professor Phil Asherson, Dr Jeremy Fellick, Dr Ruairi Gallagher, Dr Peter Mason, Professor Susan Young, Fintan O’Regan, Dr Melanie Gill, Elly Wright, Dr Madeleine Portwood, Dr Astrid Janssens, Tamsin Ford, Teresa Jennings, Professor Philip Calder, Dr Madeline Marczak, Emily Le Proust, Professor Anita Tharpar, Dr Joe Johnson.

PRICES:
One day: £140
Two days: £260
Bursary places available at £90 per day

To book a place, go to www.adhdfoundation.org.uk and
click “Book Now” on the Homepage.

Click Here for the 2017 Conference Two Day Programme.

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Colin.Foley@adhdfoundation.org.uk
Call: 0151 237 2661
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Have your say about the review of Sefton health policies

People in Sefton are being asked for their views about a range of local health policies that are being updated to reflect the latest medical evidence.

The two NHS bodies responsible for the shaping and buying of health services in Sefton is reviewing more than 100 policies to ensure that resources are used on the treatments which work best for local people.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with their counterparts in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs on a project called ‘Reviewing local health policies’ to agree a number of clinical procedures based on certain criteria.

The review aims to ensure that patients receive the appropriate healthcare in the right place at the right time, that treatments with no or very little evidence of effectiveness are not used and procedures are carried out for maximum clinical or functional benefit, not for cosmetic of psychological reasons.  Clinicians will explore other, more suitable treatments for patients with these types of needs.

Another advantage is to ensure services are up to date with the latest national guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also offering value for money.  Where possible, another aim is to try and standardise the policies and treatments available across the seven CCG areas.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “The quality of care given to patients is the most important factor in developing these policies and by working together in this review we can make sure that NHS resources are being spent in the best way on the most effective treatments and procedures.”

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, added: “We are reviewing these polices against the latest medical evidence, advice and treatments, so we can be sure we get the best care and outcomes for our patients.

“Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an individual funding request (IFR) where appropriate.”

Treatments being reviewed over the next few months in this first phase of the programme include removal of piles, cataract surgery, laser tattoo removal and treatments for hairloss.

You can view all of the policies being reviewed and find out how to have your say on each Sefton CCG’s website www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk  – until the 18th September 2017.

‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event at Linacre Mission (1.30pm-5pm, Monday 24th July 2017)

Sefton CVS, Sefotn Council, One Vision Housing and Job Centre Plus invite you to next week’s ‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event at Linacre Methodist Mission, 1.30pm-5pm.

 ‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event

Monday 24th July 1.30pm-5pm 2017
Linacre Methodist Mission
119A Linacre Rd, Bootle, Liverpool L21 8NS

This will be an opportunity to listen to presentations and participate in a number of workshops around the changes to universal credit, and find out more about local partnership working on the Welfare Reform and Anti-Poverty (WRAP) agenda.

Click here to download the agenda for more infromation

Places are strictly limited and individuals must book in advance by emailing events@seftoncvs.org.uk. Alternatively, please complete the short form below:

 

 

New funding available from People’s Health Trust for local groups in Merseyside

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.

Using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.

We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.

PLEASE NOTE: Sefton CVS are supporting local groups to apply to the Active Communities Fund, so if you have questions or need some help or advice, please click here for more information

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 9 August 2017. To
apply for funding, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.