The Future of Adult Social Care – LGA’s Green Paper & Consultation (closing 26th September)

The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a public consultation and accompanying Green Paper on the future of adult social care.

The consultation is seeking views on future funding options for adult care recipients and unpaid carers. The green paper is a really interesting read and highlights the important role that voluntary organisations play in adult social care. It’s also a good starting point for a conversation about more personalised, preventative and community based support and about new funding models.

You can read and download the green paper here: http://bit.ly/2M7o0l4 

Please take part in the consultation if you’re interested in sharing your views with the LGA. The consultation is open until Wednesday 26th September 2018. You can access it here: http://bit.ly/2AWSzp9

Information About the Access To Food During The Summer Holidays

This summer, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) are coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations to offer children, young people and families access to food during the school holidays—especially those who would normally be in receipt of free school meals during term time.

Click here to download the information flyer 

The groups and organisations involved in this year’s initiative will be providing open access during August on the days and times listed below.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE & TIMES

MONDAYS
12noon – 2pm           The Inclusion Network, Bootle
6pm—9pm                Parenting 2000 (Crosby)

TUESDAYS
12noon – 2pm           The Inclusion Network, Bootle
5.30pm – 8.30pm      Parenting 2000 (Southport)

WEDNESDAYS
12noon—1.30pm     Waterloo Community Association
5.30pm – 8.30pm      Parenting 2000 (Southport)

THURSDAYS
12noon—1.30pm     The Orrell Trust, Bootle
12noon—1.30pm     Waterloo Community Association
6pm—9pm                Parenting 2000 (Crosby)

Bootle Music Festival (26th & 27th August 2018)

Bootle Music Festival will celebrate original art through live music, visual artists and craftsmen as well as good food and real ale at realistic prices.

A Wellbeing Zone will include yoga, mindfulness, woodland crafts & much more with representatives from the local community giving advice and information on local health & environmental issues.

Organisers SAFE Regeneration are a not for profit organisation and all proceeds from this event will be re-invested back into community projects

Bootle Music Festival

Order your tickets now for the discounted online rate of just £10 per person for entry to the festival on both Saturday and Sunday!

Day Tickets are also available from the Lock & Quay, 2 Irlam Road, Bootle L20 4AH Daily from 12pm – 10pm for £6 per person per day.

Tickets are also available on the gate for £6 per person per day.

Under 10s are FREE!

Gates open at 1pm

Job Vacancies: Local Solutions are recruiting Care Support Workers

Local Solutions are looking for Care Support Workers in Maghull, Aintree, Orrell, Netherton, Waddicar, Sefton, Lunt and Lydiate.  

Are you:

Compassionate, Responsible, Committed, Enthusiastic, Respectful and Caring?

What Local Solutions offer

  • Competitive Pay £8.05 – £8.40 (£16,889.60 pro rata)
  • Enhanced Pay For Weekends
  • Full & Part Time Positions Available
  • Continuous Training & Development Opportunities
  • Career Progression & Professional Development
  • Smart Phone For Work Purposes
  • Pension Scheme

Please Apply

Call – 0800 988 2355
Website – www.localsolutions.org.uk 
Apply Online – www.cognitoforms.com/HumanResources5/ApplicationForm

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board Newsletter Now Available (Edition 1)

The latest newsletter from the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board is now available. Click here to download (PDF format).

Safeguarding agencies across Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral are working together to ensure that adults are able to live in safety and free from abuse and neglect.

From April 2017 the existing Safeguarding Adults Boards in these areas have formed the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board to work together to achieve more effective and personalised safeguarding. The new combined board has been running for twelve months and has built on the work of the previous Safeguarding Adults Boards and the valued contributions of partner agencies.

For more information about the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, please visit www.merseysidesafeguardingadultsboard.co.uk.

 

 

Fifth Annual North of England Inequalities Conference, Liverpool (1st – 2nd November)

The Fifth Annual North of England Inequalities Conference will be held in Liverpool on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November 2018.

What can devolution mean for the health and wellbeing of people and places across the North? This conference aims to bring together individuals from across the region to discuss, share and learn how we can all live long and prosper, closing the health gap between and within our communities.

Hear from elected mayors, voluntary sector organisations, local enterprise partnerships, transport specialists, World Health Organization leads on healthy cities, NHS organisations, public health experts and leading academics. Speakers include Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England and Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead, WH Duncan Chair of Public Health at the University of Liverpool.

Aims and objectives of the conference are to:
• bring individuals across the North together to discuss, share and learn how we can all live long and prosper, closing the health gap between and within our communities
• provide a multi-disciplinary platform for presentations and discussions on key themes relating to devolution, health, wellbeing and growth
• showcase examples of good practice across the region in keeping with themes and recommendations outlined in the Due North report
• build engagement with professionals from all sectors in action to tackle the determinants of health

Who should attend:
Those working to address economic development, inclusive growth, addressing health inequalities, and poverty reduction, those involved in promoting healthy development in early childhood and working in community development and engagement.

This will be of particular interest to leaders and chief executives of local authorities, portfolio holders for regeneration and economic growth, portfolio holders for health and wellbeing portfolio holders, directors of regeneration and economic growth, members of health and wellbeing boards, members of local enterprise partnerships, representatives of housing organisations, voluntary and community sector organisations, clinical commissioning groups and commissioners of NHS services, public health professionals and academics working in the field of public health, inclusive growth and community engagement.

‘Examine Your Options’ this Bank Holiday

Local health commissioners are encouraging Sefton residents to examine their options if they become unwell over the bank holiday weekend.

Anyone who thinks they may need to access health services over the bank holiday is being urged to check opening times for walk in centres, GP practices and chemists and also think about ordering any repeat prescriptions they need before the long weekend begins.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The bank holiday weekend can be a good opportunity to relax and unwind but it’s important people know how to access health services, should they need to. Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday, so it’s particularly important for people to examine their options if they become poorly.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “There are a variety of services on offer to people such as the advice on the NHS choices website, and the NHS 111 telephone number. Pharmacists are also available to provide free, confidential advice about common health problems such as coughs, colds and sore throats.”

The local NHS in Sefton is also reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

 Pharmacy Services

Many pharmacies will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

In Sefton – whilst all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don’t routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor.

 NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

 NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

 Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

 GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

 Walk-in centres

Litherland Walk in Centre is open 8am – 8pm every day. in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.

No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in – there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life threatening illnesses or injuries.

West Lancashire Health Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week 

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

 Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

For information about services that can help in south Sefton over the bank holiday please visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation (closing 29th June)

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via http://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202.

 

 

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks as part of GULP campaign!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives.

Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.

The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton.

“Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.

“This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

Green Sefton launches with massive borough-wide cleanup

Come along and meet Sefton Council’s newly formed ‘Green Sefton’ team who will be taking to the borough on June 8 to support World Oceans Day.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

Embrace Sefton’s monthly LGBT Social and Support Evening at Kindfulness Coffee Club – Thursday 31st May 2018

Join Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace at the next monthly social evening in Bootle on Thursday 31st May 2018.

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.

Maghull Town Council Youth Survey (Closing Date: Friday 8th June)

Maghull Town Council are currently conducting a survey to find out what the young people of Maghull are looking for in regards to services and activities.

Maghull Town Council are actively looking to expand what is available within the town and hopefully create new opportunities.

The survey is open to all young people aged 11 to 21 years old. It will take no more than three minutes. Please share your views with us!

Click here to complete the survey

 

“It’s good to talk in Sefton” – Access Sefton talking therapies

Sefton residents who are experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression have been urged to contact Access Sefton, a talking therapies service which provides help for thousands of people every year.

Last year, around 5,500 people got help from Access Sefton, which is a joint service by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG and run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with Insight Healthcare. It was established to improve access to psychological therapies, also known as talking therapies.

Hilal Mulla, clinical lead for mental health at Southport and Formby CCG, said: Unfortunately, some people are still reluctant to speak out when they are suffering and this can make the situation even worse. It is really important for people who are not feeling well to seek help as early as possible so that they give themselves the best possible chance of recovery”.

It is estimated that around 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health issues during their lifetime while, each week, 1 in 6 people in England report experiencing a common mental health problem. Common mental health problems include stress, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-natal depression and other conditions.

Sue Gough, clinical lead for mental health at South Sefton CCG, said: “We have come a long way in our understanding of mental health over the last few years but we still have a lot of work to do. One of the benefits of Access Sefton is that people can refer themselves so I would encourage anyone who is feeling unwell to seek help.”

The importance of talking therapies is outlined in an online animation recently produced by NHS England. ‘Bernie’s story’ shows how people affected by mental health problems can sometimes dismiss their symptoms as just a part of everyday life instead of seeking help.

Access Sefton can be contacted directly by telephoning 0300 303 2708 or by visiting www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton

 

Friends of Moorside Park’s Weekly Run Club (every Tuesday, 6.30pm start)

Friends of Moorside Park have a weekly Run Club which meets every Tuesday at 6:15 (for a 6:30 start) in the pavilion (during the winter months) and from the outdoor gym equipment (in the summer).

The Run Club has 4 groups/distances to choose from – just turn up and go at your own pace with some like-minded friendly people.

There are no weekly fees, all that is required is that you are a member of the Friends of Moorside Park group.

The group isn’t just about running from point A to point B and covering certain distances. It’s about encouraging everyone to pop their running shoes on and just getting out and enjoying Crosby whilst working on health and well-being.

For more information, please click here 

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

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/

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.