Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 – Guidance & Information from Sefton Council

Many residents will be following the national advice around household isolation and social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This advice is in place to limit the spread of the virus and keep as many people as safe and well as possible.

We know that there are vulnerable people in our communities who will be more concerned than others about the prospect of staying at home for a number of reasons, including those who have been the victims of domestic abuse such as violence or coercive and controlling behaviour.

Sefton 4 Good launch fundraising appeal to support local initiatives in response to the Covid-19 outbreak

In response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, Sefton 4 Good have launched a trusted online fundraising appeal to support a range of local voluntary, community and faith sector organisations who are working tirelessly to help vulnerable residents across the borough.

COVID-19: Changes to DBS ID checking guidelines

Due to current measures that have been put in place as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we’re aware that organisations are having difficulty following the DBS ID checking guidance.

Currently, when validating ID documents, it is best practice to carry the examination out face-to-face with a live video link as an alternative method. Under the current guidance, the ID checker must be in physical possession of the original documents so they can be checked for indicators of fraud.

Coronavirus: Beware of the free school meals email scam

Sefton CVS and local partner agencies have been made aware of an email scam that states:
‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
Please do not respond to it, and delete immediately – and please help spread the word to those local families who may be targeted by this malicious scam. 
All legitimate information relating to free school meals can be found on the gov.uk website here

South Sefton Foodbank Opening Hours

Foodbank’s in South Sefton are currently running as near normal as possible but they are not able to offer any Wrap Around Services and clients will be handed pre-packed bags on receipt of a voucher.

*Please note the below list of centres may change in line with future Government guidance.

Monday
11 – 2 pm – L30 Centre 4 Stonyfield, Bootle, L30 0QS
1 – 3pm – Waterloo Town Hall, 26 Great Georges Rd, Waterloo, L22 1RD

Tuesday
10 – 12pm – Maghull Methodist, 180 Liverpool Road, K31 2HP
11 – 2pm – St. Leonard’s, 60 Peel Road, L20 4RW

Wednesday
11 – 2pm –  Litherland Boys, 41 Sefton Road, L21 9HD

Thursday
11 – 2pm – St. Oswald’s, Ronald Ross Avenue, L30 5RD

Friday
10.30 – 2.30pm – St. Leonard’s Youth & Centre, 60 Peel Road,  L20 4RW
11 – 2pm – Linacre Mission, 123 -29 Linacre Road Bootle, L21 8NS
1 – 3 pm – Waterloo Town Hall,  26 Great Georges Rd, Waterloo, L22 1RD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSE – The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund (Closing Wednesday 25th March 2020)

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by Martin Lewis to help those affected by the coronavirus. Small or local charities are able to apply to receive a grant of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects. As a guide – they consider small charities to be those with a turnover of £10 million or less. Though they will consider applications from subsidiaries of larger parent charities.

They’re especially interested in projects that directly help people affected by the effects of the virus, such as by giving access to food, toiletries, basic necessities, as well as community projects to help people in isolation.

They are looking for projects that can help people now, so will welcome applications for existing projects that could be scaled up with extra money or projects that are in the process of being set up.

Speed is of the essence so they encourage you to highlight your project’s objectives and outcomes concisely – consider using bullet points rather than lengthy answers. Data will only be used for the purpose of giving grants.

Click here to apply for the fund

Click here for more information and the full blog from Martin Lewis

Updated statement from The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19

he following statement was issued 17 March 2020. It has been replicated below from The National Lottery Community Fund website. Click here to view the original source.

We know that many charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19 and we want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.

Following the latest government guidance we have asked our staff to work from home and they are all equipped to do so. Our plan is to continue to deliver our services to applicants, grant holders and communities across the UK as normally as we can.

Residents asked to be on their guard for Covid-19 scammers

Sefton Council’s Trading Standards have received a number of reports of scams and profiteering on the coronavirus outbreak and are asking people to stay Safe and Savvy during this difficult time.

The reports range from inflated prices for hand sanitisers to emails claiming to be from organisations affiliated with the centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), designed to obtain personal and banking details.

Earlier in the the month Action Fraud reported receiving 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totaling over £800k, since February 2020.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “This type of behavior is both shocking and disgraceful and has an impact on vulnerable members of our communities.

“Of the 21 reports, ten were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers.

“One victim reported losing over £15k when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.

“Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world and we are encouraging residents to engage with Citizens Advice.

“They have launched advice on coronavirus scams and a scam checker, to check if something might be a scam

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute’s chief executive Leon Livermore said: “It is abhorrent that unscrupulous individuals are using this difficult time as an opportunity to immiserate others further.

“Consumers should now be extra vigilant, and aware of these new scams that take many forms.

“The general rule of scams applies – if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

“CTSI is monitoring these developments and will update the public as we receive further intelligence.

“In the meantime, the public should follow the official government advice, and take all necessary precautions.”

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

Charity Commission Update: Filing charity annual returns during the coronavirus pandemic

Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one.

During the coronavirus pandemic the charity sector will face challenges of looking after its staff, volunteers and trustees who may fall ill, have to self-isolate, or have to look after loved ones. The sector also has a vital role to play in looking after its beneficiaries, many of whom will be amongst the most vulnerable during this public health emergency.

Steve Morgan Foundation pledges £1million A Week To Charities Hit By Coronavirus

Philanthropist and businessman Steve Morgan is today pledging £1m a week to charities to help some of the most vulnerable sectors of society cope with coronavirus – and he’s called on other people to follow suit.

Morgan is the founder of housebuilder Redrow and former owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers. He founded the Steve Morgan Foundation  in 2001, to support charities that help children and families, people with physical or learning disabilities, the elderly, or those that are socially disadvantaged in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.

“Charity Workers are Key Workers” – Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision (published 19th March)

Source: www.gov.uk

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolationhousehold isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) Latest Newsletter now available

Click here to view the latest newsletter from Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB)

Topics in the latest newsletter include:
National Safeguarding Week activities; Hoarders Helping Hoarders Group; Update on our Safeguarding Voices Initiative; MSAB Peer Review; Spotlight on Local Excellence and Safeguarding Resources

To receive these newsletters directly, please click here to sign up 

Sefton LSCB FREE Briefing Session on Child Exploitation (Monday 30th March)

Click here to download the information flyer 

Multi-Agency Presentations by:
Sefton Council
Merseyside Police
Catch 22

The Session:
As practitioners, our work involves protecting and safeguarding children and young people.

This briefing will enable attendees to:
➢ Understand Child Exploitation
➢ Spot the Signs and Symptoms
➢ Identify Risk Factors (including risk factors outside the family environment)

The briefing will provide an overview of the recent work undertaken with agencies in Sefton in partnership with Research in Practice (RIP) and the Children’s Society. Pan Merseyside have agreed a Child Exploitation Assessment Tool (CE2) and this will be launched at the event. Attendees will learn more about the tool and how to use and access it.

Who should attend?
This free event is open to all people who work with children and young people in Sefton.

To book a place on one of the sessions click here or visit www.seftonlscb.org.uk / training calendar

Click here to download the information flyer 

Sefton LSCB: Guidance for joint targeted area inspections on the theme of child exploitation

Sefton LSCB have advised that Ofsted have recently published the new guidance for Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) Child Exploitation, focusing on CSE, CCE and County lines.

There has been a very important (and surprising) change in the published guidance; Annex A Lists 6 (CIN), 7 (CPP), and 8 (CLA) with CCE/CSE information will now be required by 5pm on the Monday, i.e. on the same day as notification. All other deadlines are therefore a day earlier. Attached is the full guidance, and the link is below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/joint-inspections-of-child-sexual-exploitation-and-missing-children

To download the guidance, please click here

“Understanding the assets in our Locality” Partnership Development Days (2nd, 10th & 30th March 2020)

Sefton Council in partnership with Sefton CVS would like to invite you to attend to one of three Partnership Development Days taking place next month across the borough. 

The sessions will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (2nd March), Bootle Town Hall (10th March) and The Atkinson in Southport (30th March) and will be an opportunity for local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups and organisations to work together with Sefton Council’s Locality Teams in identifying community assets in the three locality areas across Sefton. 

PLEASE NOTE: Each event is limited to 100 places which are available on a first come first served basis. Please use the links provided below to book your place at one of the events.

Please click here to view the agenda for the sessions (same format for each of the three events)

If your group/organisation works in a particular part of Sefton, then please book your place at the session in your area. If you’re not sure what area your organisation falls under, please click here to view the boundaries map for each of the three locality areas.

Central Sefton Locality Partnership Development Day
Monday 2nd March 2020 from 12:30 – 16:00
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (map)
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

South Sefton Locality Development Day
Tuesday 10th March 2020 from 09:00 – 12:30
Assembly Hall at Bootle Town Hall (map)
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

North Sefton Locality Partnership Development Day
Monday 30th March 2020 from 12:30 – 16:00
Studio at The Atkinson in Southport (map)
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

If you have any questions about the events or you’re not sure which session your group/organisation should book on to, please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk.

£165,000 Waste Prevention Fund for Liverpool City Region Community Groups – Closing 15th March 2020

A share of £165,000 is up for grabs to help make the Liverpool City region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2020/21, which has been running annually since 2006.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“We’ve seen that previous projects have continued to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and ongoing impact on behavioural change, and in many cases through new or continuing activities. We’re excited to see what projects come in.”

The impact of the 2018/19 Fund saw 12 projects divert 673 tonnes of material from disposal, 26,643 people directly engaged, participation by 50,533 volunteers, and a 1419 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.

Bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in the region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.

One organisation to benefit from the Community Fund is Kirkby-based charity Centre 63 who last year received £8000 for the ‘Remake Yourself Hub’. This project received donations of unwanted furniture from the local community which was then refurbished and donated to young people, who have experienced homelessness and are starting out in their tenancies for the first time. Reuse, Repair and Upcycling workshops have been delivered to help give young people in Kirkby the skills needed to upcycle unwanted furniture.

Cheryl Roach, Centre 63 Business Development Manager, said: “The funding was crucial in allowing us to run the Remake Yourself Hub and has ensured that the young people taking part have the knowledge and skills to refurbish and repair rather than having to buy new.”

Interested groups can download the application form from the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 15th March. If groups aren’t sure whether their project is appropriate for consideration then they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via email to MRWA by Monday 2nd March. However, an EOI isn’t mandatory.

Successful projects should receive the funding in May 2020 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the application form and guidance document at https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/2021-2/

– Contact the Authority: communityfund.2020-2021@merseysidewda.gov.uk  / Tel: 0151 255 1444

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: Sunday 15th March 2020, 11.59pm.

Volunteer as Healthwatch Sefton’s next Chairperson!

Healthwatch Sefton are the independent champion for people using local health and social care services. They are a statutory body which has a role to listen to what people like about services and what could be improved. They share their views with those with the power to make change happen.

Healthwatch Sefton is looking to recruit a chairperson to lead the organisation over the next three years. The current term of office has come to an end and they are now recruiting to the role. They are a company limited by guarantee and a subsidiary company of Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (Sefton CVS).

They are the local Healthwatch covering the borough of Sefton and are part of the national Healthwatch network which is chaired by Sir Robert Francis QC.

Healthwatch Sefton are looking for a skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individual to continue to lead Healthwatch Sefton. The role will require someone with knowledge, understanding and experience of governance at a senior or board level. The chairperson will Chair our Board, their steering group and be their representative on Sefton’s Health and Wellbeing board and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups Governing Body.

The role is a voluntary position and unpaid, however reasonable out of pocket expenses will be paid. The minimum commitment to the role will be 2 days per month (which can be covered over a number of days/hours).

Diane Blair, Manager explains: “This is an exciting time to join us as we are also recruiting to many other volunteer roles so this will be a fantastic opportunity to shape the future of our organisation moving forward.”

Testimonial from our chairperson;

“It has been a privilege to have been chair of Healthwatch Sefton for two terms of office. I have learnt a great deal about how health and social care services are provided locally and about what is important to the people of Sefton. “We have an excellent team of staff and volunteers and the new chair will be in a good position to move forward with the work that has been started and to really make a difference for the people of Sefton.”

DOWNLOADS

Chairperson recruitment pack (Word/PDF)

Application form (Word/PDF)

Diversity Monitoring form (Word/PDF)

Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word/PDF)

Closing date5pm on Monday 24th February 2020.

Interviews scheduled: Thursday 12th March 2020 (between 12 noon – 5pm)

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@healthwatchsefton.co.uk

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact:

Diane Blair, Manager. Healthwatch Sefton. Tel: 0151 920 0726 (ext 240)

Email: diane.blair@healthwatchsefton.co.uk

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Upcoming Training Opportunities (March-June 2020)

Please see below for training and development opportunities from Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). To book a place on Sefton LSCB Training Courses visit our website. www.seftonlscb.org.uk 

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

Members of the public interested in local health issues are invited to the forthcoming governing body meetings of their local health commissioners.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so that people can listen to the discussions and the decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums.

Get fit in February with fantastic BeActive Half Term fun!

oung sports fans will be delighted to hear that Active Sefton’s bumper BeActive programme is returning for the February half term.

Featuring a host of thrilling fun days, sports and splash sessions, schoolchildren across Sefton will be able to experience a week of none stop sporting entertainment between Monday February 17 and Friday February 21.

Grants to Encourage People to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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Community groups in Sefton are being invited to apply for a ‘Get Outside’ grant being offered by wellbeing organisation, Living Well Sefton.

This is the seventh round of the popular Community Resilience Grant and groups can apply for grants up to £2,000 for projects that focus on initiatives and activities which aim to encourage people to be more physically active outside such as joining in community gardens, forest schools and walking groups.

The last grant focused on bringing people together over healthy food. Bootle-based charity YKids received one of these grants and was able to offer Family Time which saw children learning life skills as they cooked food with help from their parents, ending with everyone sitting down to enjoy the meal.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind in Southport received a previous grant and ran tailored ‘Get Active with Art’ classes for visually-impaired people, One person who attended the sessions said: “Coming to do the crafts gives me something to get up for and I have made new friends.”

Individuals, with help from a Living Well partner, can apply for a £500 grant.

Anyone wanting to apply can download an application form off the Living Well Sefton website – www.livingwellsefton.co.uk

Or you can ring the team on 0300 323 0181 with any queries.

New sub-board members sought by Liverpool City Region LEP

Individuals are being sought for four city region sub-boards, namely:

  • Liverpool City Region Clean Growth
  • Liverpool City Region Built Environment
  • Liverpool City Region Digital & Creative
  • Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills

To stimulate and support regional economic growth, the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) supports a number of regional boards in the growth sectors and disciplines that are pivotal to delivering inclusive growth in the city region.

These boards, made up of people from the private and public sectors, provide strategic insight, intelligence and guidance to the LEP board and the Combined Authority in the fulfilment of their strategic activities for the city region.

Widening participation to less represented groups is something the Liverpool City Region LEP is committed to through the establishment of a Diversity and Inclusion Task Group with the aim of increasing diversity and inclusion on all LEP Boards. The LEP actively welcomes and supports applications from people in our community with the expertise and ambition who can provide valuable insight into the sector / focus of the board.

The LEP strongly welcomes new and fresh thinking from those who have not been actively represented before.

For more information on each of these boards please click here.

Upcoming Mindfulness Merseyside courses in Southport & Crosby (starting January 2020)

Find mindfulness courses in the Sefton area and book a place now on the next course near you.

Find out more about the courses or read what people are saying.

  • Mindfulness course in Southport
    Starts Monday 6th January7.00pm – 8.00pm
    Community Hall, 5 Lord Street West, Southport PR8 2BH

    £54.00 / £42.00 | DETAILS & BOOKING

  • Eight-week MBSR course in Crosby
    Starts Thursday 16th January6.30pm – 8.30pm
    Lakeside Adventure Centre, Cambridge Road, Crosby L22 1RR

    £249 / £195 | DETAILS & BOOKING

More information

If you want to find out more without committing to a course, check out our classes. Feel free to ask if you have any questions, we’re here to help.

For more information please visit http://mindfulnessmerseyside.co.uk/ or call Paul on 07867 974716

Mindfulness Merseyside is a trading name of Mind Body Matters CIC, a Community Interest Company (No 10163890)

Sefton Council Christmas Shutdown: All You Need to Know

Restricted services will be in place during Christmas and New Year as most Sefton Council staff are required to take unpaid leave.

Like previous years, residents can still access a range of information and transactions via the council website – sefton.gov.uk.

This includes checking bin collections, applying for licences, reporting environmental issues or paying Council Tax and business rates. Because of the unpaid leave to be taken on December 24, 27, 30 and 31, most council buildings will be closed.

Help support Sefton’s Foodbanks this Christmas

Local people in Sefton are encouraged to support Sefton’s Food banks this festive period and help to back the final theme for the Year of Friendship, ‘Giving’.

This year, Sefton Food banks have launched a Reverse Advent Calendar which encourages more people to give, rather than receive, this Christmas. The calendar gives a suggested donation for each day of the Advent and includes essential items like tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, instant mash and tinned fruit as well as toiletries and Christmas items like chocolate, nuts, stuffing and gravy.

Job Vacancies with Compassionate Acts, Southport – Logistics Co-ordinator / Community Fundraiser / CAP Debt Centre Manager

Want to make a difference? The charity which manages your local foodbank in Southport is recruiting! Be part of a small team that has a big impact in our community.

Please see below for details of current vacancies with Compassionate Acts, and for full details please visit www.compassionateacts.uk/jobs

Feeling under the weather this winter? Think NHS 111

Local residents with an urgent but non-life threatening medical concern this winter are being encouraged to use NHS 111 by health commissioners in south Sefton.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the national ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign, focussing on different services over winter, one of which being NHS 111.

NHS 111 is operated by fully trained advisers 24 hours a day, seven days a week who will listen to your medical concerns and, if necessary, arrange for you to speak to relevant healthcare professionals, such as a nurse, doctor or emergency dentist.

You can access the service by dialling 111 or online at www.111.nhs.uk.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “NHS 111 is a service that all local residents can benefit from if they need health advice. Using 111 can save time that would be spent in a GP practice or walk in centre.

“If you have any mobility issues or are having trouble leaving the house because of your illness, NHS 111 allows you to get help from the comfort of your own home. Staying at home will also limit the spread of germs to vulnerable people in the community.”

NHS 111 will advise you on whether you should book an appointment with your GP or extended GP access service, give self-care advice, or direct you to an appropriate, local service if needed.”

Whatever the need is, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible.

So if you think you need urgent medical help, call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk.

To find out what services are available in Sefton visit NHS South Sefton CCG’s website at: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/

Performers Network; Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 – Meeting 5:45pm, 26th November 2019

Performers Network
Date:
Tuesday 26th November 2019
Time: 5:45pm – 7.30pm
Location: In Another Place, Bootle Strand, L20 4SZ



The Performers Network is an opportunity for a wide range of groups from across the borough to share and learn from each other as part of the work towards Sefton BOC 2020. Informal membership includes; dancers, musicians, singers, threstre group, community choirs and many many more…

Plan for the evening

 Welcome and Introduction

Just a minute – Groups to update on their activities and plans

Coffee and biscuits

A 3-5 minute showcase

Carousel activity; Groups to contribute to each table and answers of the following and make recommendations

  • Sharing spaces and venues that are needed
  • Sharing equipment and costumes
  • Sharing skills – and skills that are needed
  • Sharing performers and information about performances
  • Anything else groups need help with

Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) funding for sports organisations (deadline: 10am, Monday 18th November)

The newly formed Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is currently considering bids for early intervention projects tackling violent crime. It has been recognised that the sports sector will play a vital role in implementing interventions to prevent young people from becoming involved in, or a victim of, crime.Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) funding for sports organisations (deadline: 10am, Monday 18th November)