Small Charity Week 2021; 14 – 17 June 2021

Small Charity Week is a campaign to celebrate and raise the profile of the small charity sector.
The campaign is delivered by The FSI, NCVO, NAVCA, Local Giving and Small Charities Coalition, all passionate about the work of the Small Charity Sector.

The week is organised as a series of activities and initiatives to support and raise awareness of the hundreds and thousands of small charities that, every day, make a huge difference to vulnerable communities right across the UK and the rest of the world.

For Small Charity Week 2021 the daily themes are as follows:

With a number of webinars, events and activities, for all the information about what is happening nationally throughout the week please visit: www.smallcharityweek.com

Get involved across Social media too each day using the hashtags #SmallCharityWeek and #SmallButMighty
and don’t forget to tag @SCWeek2021 in your posts!

Supporting Small Charity Week in Sefton

Here in Sefton we will be running a Twitter campaign for #SmallCharityWeek and we want YOUR involvement too!
Share your own stories and content throughout the week and we’ll be retweeting and sharing information from your small charity on @SeftonCVS and use the hashtag #SeftonSmallCharities for local tweets!

Monday 14 June – #ILoveSmallCharities Day

NAVCA’s #ILoveSmallCharities Day is a chance to raise the profile of small charities by telling not just Sefton, but the world why they are so vital to our communities!

Take a photo or video holding one of NAVCA’s signs, telling us why you love small charities and then tweet it with us at 9:30am on Monday 14 June!

For more information and to download a sign to get involved visit: navca.org.uk/small-charities-week

Click the image above for more information about how to get involved and to download your NAVCA sign!

Tuesday 15 June – Big Advice Day

We will be sharing more information about upcoming Meet the Funder events being announced on Tuesday so be sure to check back then for more!

In the meantime our Group Development Team is always there to help with advice around your charities sustainability and funding. For more information and to speak to the team please email: groupdevelopment@seftoncvs.org.uk

Thursday 17 June – Fundraising Day

Are you a small charity in Sefton? We want to hear all about your upcoming fundraising events!

Thursday will be dedicated to sharing information and promotion upcoming fundraising events for small charities across Sefton. We will be sharing information throughout the day on our Twitter (@SeftonCVS) and here on our website too. If you’re sharing your own tweets be sure to tag us and use #SeftonSmallCharities.

If you have an upcoming fundraising event you’d like us to promote please email your info to: communications@seftoncvs.org.uk

Friday 18 June – Small Charity Big Impact Day!

During Big Impact Day we’ll be sharing insight into the impact Sefton CVS has had over the last year, particularly with partnership work. We also encourage all Sefton small charities to shout about their impact over the last 12 months too, we’ll be keeping track of social media and sharing all your stories of the vital work you do!

Volunteers Recognition Event – Volunteers Week 2021

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service and Volunteer Centre Sefton hosted an online event ‘A Time To Say Thanks’, in partnership with Sefton Council, to recognise the invaluable contribution volunteers across Sefton have made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as part of Volunteers Weeks 2021.

The event was a chance to hear from local Voluntary, Community & Faith groups and volunteers who stepped up to support their communities when they were most needed!

We were joined by a number of groups and volunteers, who shared their insight into the response and mobilisation of volunteers from across the borough;

– NHS South Sefton CCG, Vaccination Volunteers
– Netherton Feelgood Factory, Befriending Volunteers
– South Sefton Foodbank, Foodbank Volunteering
– Formby AFC, Jab Cabs & Mobilisation in Formby & Ainsdale
– Brighter Living Partnership, Shopping Project in Southport

We also heard from volunteers working across Sefton, who shared their experiences volunteering over this past year and some of the positive impacts their work has had on not only the individuals they’ve supported but personally too.

A special thanks to the The High Sheriff of Merseyside Nigel Lanceley DL FCA and The Worshipful The Mayor of Sefton Cllr Clare Louise Carragher for attending to share their own thank you to volunteers. Thanks also to Sefton Council Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson for attending the event.

You can hear more from guest speaker Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, about the impact of volunteers on our communities in Sefton.




Job Vacancy: Strand by Me Community Wellbeing Coordinator – Closing 12noon, Friday 18 June 2021

Job Title: Strand by Me Community Wellbeing Coordinator
Grade: £24-26k (Dependent on Experience)
Hours: 35 hours per week (Full time)
Location: Bootle Strand Shopping Precinct, Bootle
Accountable to: Chief Executive of Sefton CVS.

Job Purpose:
To provide overall day to day management of a friendly, inclusive and accessible community health and wellbeing information shop delivered from Strand by Me based in the Strand Shopping precinct, Bootle. The project will enable local residents to gain access to information, be signposted to and referred into local health and wellbeing services.

Downloads:

Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)
Application Form (Word / PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 12noon, Friday 18 June 2021.
Interviews will take place Friday 25 June 2021.
All completed applications and any enquiries to be sent to recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk

The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership

The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership is a collective of over 230 local and national organisations with the shared aim to improve the timeliness, quality and relevance of support to those who most need it in an emergency.  The partnership connects 30 national organisations and over 200 local organisations in this shared endeavour enabled by a small national and regional secretariat.  At a local level, if an organisation, statutory agency, or community is having trouble meeting a need then the local partner is able to connect to regional and national colleagues to try to source the help – during the Covid-19 pandemic this has ranged from sourcing PPE, technology and food parcels to building volunteer capacity.  To find out more: https://vcsep.org.uk/about-us.

The Partnership is now looking at ways to learn from the pandemic and make recommendations at local, regional and national levels.  As part of this we are looking at the experiences of equality, diversity and inclusion across marginalised communities in order to learn from these, build better representation into future work and make recommendations to partners. We would be grateful if you would be prepared to spend 15-20 minutes taking part in a short interview to tell us about your organisation and community/ies and your experiences over the last 12-18 months.  For every interview we will be looking to make a contribution of a £100 to your organisation  to cover or your time and involvement.

To book your interview please call:  Lancashire BME Network on 01254 392974 or email Raeesah.patel@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk

NHS 111 is here for you this bank holiday weekend

GPs in Sefton are encouraging residents to contact NHS 111 first if they need urgent medical advice and support over the May bank holiday weekend (29-31 May).

People who need urgent health care across Sefton are being asked to contact NHS 111, which is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians, who will direct people to the most appropriate health service.

Use NHS 111 either online by visiting www.111.nhs.uk or by calling 111 if you do not have access to the internet. It is fast and simple and the easiest way to be sign posted to the right service that you or a loved one needs. This could be a local pharmacy, GP or a walk-in centre. In an emergency, you should call 999.

Dr Rob Caudwell, GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “NHS 111 is there any time to advise you how to safely manage your condition at home, or direct you to the right health service for your needs, which may include a local walk-in centre, GP, pharmacy or hospital.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair at NHS Southport and Formby CCG

“If you are assessed as needing to attend a hospital, you will get a timed appointment at a hospital emergency department. Remember, in a life-threatening medical emergency such as loss of consciousness, stroke or serious injury, you should always call 999 straight away.”

Dr Craig Blakey, GP and urgent care lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “The NHS is coming under immense pressure as restrictions are eased and residents need to access health care. 

“We are still here for you and 111 is vital in ensuring that you are guided to the right service you need whilst helping to ease pressure on our vital health services.“

You can use NHS 111 either by visiting the website 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111.

You can also find trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions on NHS.uk and the NHS app which provides secure access to a range of NHS services.

For anyone experiencing life-threatening illnesses or injuries like stroke, heart attack or loss of consciousness, continue to dial 999 right away. 

For detailed information on health services including pharmacy times over the weekend please visit the CCG websites: southseftonccg.nhs.uk  / southportformbyccg.nhs.uk

You can also check @NHSSSCCG or @NHSSFCCG on Twitter, or ring NHS 111.

Eligible Sefton residents urged to get COVID vaccine as soon as possible

Health professionals are working with Sefton Council to encourage residents to book their vaccinations as soon as they are eligible to help protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. 

After some recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the area, local GPs are advising that vaccination is the most important step we can take to protect ourselves and our communities. Their message to residents who are eligible is to ‘get vaccinated to protect their community’.

As well as previously eligible groups, those who are aged 34 and over before 1 July are now able to book their vaccinations by calling 119 or visiting the national booking service website.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The best action we can take in the fight against COVID-19, and any of the variants of the disease, is to get those people who are eligible vaccinated quickly and safely.”

“If you haven’t yet booked your vaccination, even if you are in any of the earlier cohorts, it’s not too late to get in touch and get booked in. Call 119 or visit the national booking service online.”

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “As well as encouraging people to get vaccinated when they are eligible, we can also fight the spread of the virus by getting tested regularly.”

“Everyone regardless of vaccination status should continue to practice social distancing measures as lockdown restrictions ease to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Sefton.”

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “Vaccination is the best protection we have against COVID-19 and new variants. I would urge everyone who is offered a jab to get vaccinated and then to make sure they go along for their second follow-up appointment to ensure they gain maximum immunity from the virus.”

Anyone eligible can book their vaccination by calling 119 or visiting the national booking service website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19. There are a number of vaccination centres across Merseyside that anyone eligible can make appointments with, including nine pharmacies in Sefton based in Ainsdale, Bootle, Formby, Litherland, Seaforth, Southport and Waterloo.

Residents are also being reminded to keep practicing ‘Hand. Face. Space. Fresh air’ as well as getting tested regularly to help limit the spread of the virus. 

New mobile drive-through test centres have also been set up locally around the Formby area, where cases of the Indian variant of the virus have been recorded. 

Anyone aged over 16 who lives, works or studies in Formby, or who has recently visited Formby in the last two weeks is encouraged to attend one of these test centres with no appointment needed. They are located at Deansgate Park in Formby, Ainsdale Hope Centre for Learning on Sandringham Road, and there will be a walk-through test centre at Sefton Professional Development Centre (PDC) on Park Lane.

There are also pop up sites at Formby and Freshfields rail stations until Friday 21 May open between 9am and 4pm and offering PCR tests to people without COVID-19 symptoms.

Sefton also has two SMART test sites for people without symptoms, at Bootle Leisure Centre and at Splash World in Southport. Rapid home test kits can be collected from all of Sefton’s pharmacies, from Bootle Town Hall and Splash World in Southport, with no appointments needed.

Kits can also be collected from walk-through local test centres opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Crosby Library Car Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall with no appointments needed.

Keep up to date with COVID-19 testing in Sefton, on the Sefton Council website at www.sefton.gov.uk/covid-19-in-sefton/covid-19-testing/coronavirus-testing 

Rapid test kits can be ordered online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests. If you have COVID-19 related symptoms you will need a PCR test rather than a lateral flow test and you can organise this at: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

Follow the CCG twitter accounts for regular updates @NHSSSCCG @NHSSFCCG 

Government Covid-19 Roadmap – Latest Changes 17th May 2021

Roadmap out of lockdown

From 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step Roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.

Step 3 – not before 17 May

Social contact

As part of Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.

This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply – we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.

As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, we will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

Business and activities

Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen – and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

Events

Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Review of social distancing

Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.


Changes already in place from the 12th April

Business and activities

Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Events

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

COVID-19 RESPONSE − SPRING 2021

Changes already in place from the 29th March

Social contact

The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Business and activities

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Travel

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.

For further information visit; www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

Update from Green Sefton regarding 29th March changes; mysefton.co.uk/2021/03/25/green-sefton-outdoor-spaces-changes-from-monday-29th-march-2021-in-line-with-government-roadmap/


Changes already in place from 8th March

Education

In Step 1, our priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March. Childcare and children’s supervised activities can also resume where necessary to enable parents to work or engage in similar activities. We are introducing twice-weekly rapid testing for secondary and college pupils – in addition to regular testing for all teachers – to reduce the chance of the virus spreading in schools.

Higher Education students at English universities on practical courses can also return from 8 March.

Social contact

People will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household. Care home residents will also be allowed one regular visitor.

Meet the Funder Session with P.H. Holt Foundation – 26th May 2021

Meet the Funder: P.H. Holt Foundation
Date: Wednesday 26th May 2021
Time: 10.00am
Via Zoom Video call

Info: The PH Holt Foundation, incorporating the Holt Education Trust, is an independent grant-maker supporting local communities, education, the arts, heritage and environment on Merseyside. The Foundation provides grants to small and medium sized registered charities and CIOs which have the capacity to change lives and to develop flourishing communities across MerseysideGrants are of varying sizes, usually for one year, and the majority fall under £10,000.

More details at: https://phholtfoundation.org.uk/

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 – ‘Walking for Good Mental Health’

Treasure Sefton

Sefton In Mind is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, 10th May to 16th May 2021.
Please support us by going for a walk this week!


Walk by yourself or with friends, family or colleagues. Checkout our daily fact about why walking is good for your mental health. We will share one fact a day using our social media platforms. While you are out walking take time to look at what you can see. Sefton has many amazing places, and even in the most mundane of locations you can see beauty.

This image was taken by a botanist tin London who is photographing plants growing on the streets,through cracks in the pavement, or along walls. While you are out walking, take a moment to notice what intrigues you, what makes you smile.

This image was taken by a botanist in London who is photographing plants growing on the streets, through cracks in the pavement, or along walls.

While you are out walking, take a moment to notice what intrigues you, what makes you smile.

Walking is good for your health in so many different ways it:

  • Burns calories
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Can help lower your blood sugar
  • Eases joint pain
  • Boosts immune function
  • Boosts your energy
  • Improves your mood
  • Helps you think creatively.

Share your pictures of places or things you have seen in Sefton that makes you smile. We hope to use the images you send to us in an exhibition later in the year. Send you photos to treasuresefton@seftoncvs.org.uk or post them on social media tagging @SeftonHSCForum

Please share and encourage your colleges to take a Treasure Sefton Walk during Mental Health Awareness Week!

Get involved on social media using #SeftonInMind & #MHAW2021 or tag us @SeftonCVS & @LWSefton

Perinatal Groups in Sefton

Sefton now has a network of five Perinatal Support Groups as part of Improving Me – the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership.

The groups are based at Parenting 2000, Home Start Southport and Formby, SWAN Centre, the Feelgood Factory and Venus Centre and offer a variety of wellbeing support to mums and families.

The perinatal period means throughout pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday.

See below for more information on what is available at each group and click here to download the information.

GPs encourage people to take up their second Covid-19 vaccine

Health professionals at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are urging people to attend their appointments for the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In Sefton over 154,000 people have had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and those expecting their second dose are being asked to take up the offer as soon as they are invited at the same place they had their first. 

As we move into phase two of the vaccination programme Sefton’s GP-led vaccination services, run by groups of practices known as primary care networks, are concentrating on going back to those people they have vaccinated to offer second doses at local sites.

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “If you had your first dose at one of our GP vaccination sites and haven’t had your appointment for your follow up, don’t worry – we will contact you when it is time for your second.

“It is important to get both doses as the first dose of the vaccine offers good levels of protection but to get maximum protection everyone will need a second dose.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “If you had your first jab at a GP-led vaccination service, you will be contacted before the 12 weeks, we haven’t forgotten you.

“If you booked your vaccine via the national booking service and made your first and second dose appointments at the same time, please remember to check when your second dose appointment is and make sure you attend.”

They are also reminding people who have been vaccinated to ensure that they continue to keep following the rules around social-distancing and mixing with others. People, no matter what their vaccine status, are also urged to continue getting tested as restrictions are eased, to protect themselves and their loved ones. You can collect home test kits or book a test for COVID-19 at a local testing centre by visiting the Sefton Council website or calling 119.

The focus now for the GP led sites in Sefton is ensuring second doses of the vaccine are delivered and that no one is left behind.

It is therefore even more important that people aged 50 and above, health and care workers, people with an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk and anyone called for a second dose take up the offer now.

Those in the priority groups in phase two, which are the 18-49 year olds will be invited via the national booking service. When you are invited you can book online at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119. If you are over 42 and haven’t received a letter you can make an appointment via these channels without one. Otherwise please wait until you are contacted.

The NHS has been inviting those eligible for a jab by letter and text with GPs also calling some patients.

Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and letters include a web link to click and reserve an appointment at a regional vaccine centre or a community pharmacy nearby.  

TravelSafe Partnership Survey: Safe Woman Project

The Travelsafe partnership are developing a ‘Safe Woman model’ for the public transport network in the City Region.

The TravelSafe Partnership is asking for people in the region to share their thoughts and complete a short survey below as part of the Partnership’s ‘Safe Women model’ for the Liverpool City Region public transport network.

The survey is completely anonymous and will help the TravelSafe Partnership to understand the social and economic impact of sexual harassment in the city region.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; Youth Unemployment Survey

The House of Lords are holding an inquiry into youth unemployment and has invited the Metro Mayor and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to submit evidence.

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority would like the young people of the Liverpool City Region to have their say so that you can influence and shape what we tell the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee.

It is important that the feedback to the House of Lords committee is informed by the views and perceptions of the young people of our area.  They have developed  a short survey for young people to fill in, closing on Friday 30th April. 

The is also a focus group event on 29th April from 5pm to 6:30pm where young people will have the chance to share what they think.  Follow the link to register your place here. The event would be most suitable from young people from 14 to 19, extending up 25 for those with special educational needs and or disabilities. 

VS6 Partnerships – Liverpool City Region’s VCFSE Sector Metro Mayoral Hustings 2021

The VS6 Partnership will be hosting a VCFSE Mayoral Hustings event with the main party candidates on Tuesday 20th April 2021, 2pm – 4pm, ahead of the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor election on the 6th May 2021.

In partnership with the sector, we have produced a VCFSE sector manifesto that will be circulated ahead of the hustings, next week. The manifesto is based on a series of thematic assembly events held during 2020 and following consultation events that took place earlier this month on a draft manifesto. 

The Hustings is a chance for VCFSE organisations across the Liverpool City Region to ask questions to the candidates, and discuss what is important, not only to your organisation, but also the sector as a whole. This election is of particular importance as the need for a strong leader is of paramount importance as we face a difficult and uncertain future following the pandemic. The sector has shown great strength and resilience throughout the last year. However, going forward we need political support if we are to continue to protect the vulnerable and help our communities.

The Hustings will follow a question-and-answer style structure, with candidates also given the chance to address the sector during their opening statement. In order to organise a broad spectrum of question topics, we ask attendees to please submit potential questions and whether they would be happy to ask them during the event when registering. A selection of questions on the most common question themes will be selected and put to the candidates. We will contact you directly pre-event if your question has been chosen.
*Please note the ability to submit a question upon registering will close end of the day Wednesday, therefore if you’d like to submit a question please ensure you have registered by then*

We are pleased to announce that Sally Yeoman, Chief Executive of Halton and St Helens VCA, Vice-Chair of VS6 (and also a NAVCA award-winning Chief Exec of the year 2020) will be chairing the event.

We will be joined by the following party candidates:
– Steve Rotheram (Labour)
– David Newman (Liberal Democrats)
– Gary Cargill (Green)
– Katie Burgess* (Conservative) representing Jade Marsden

*Katie Burgess – Liverpool City Mayor Conservative Candidate, representing Jade Marsden – LCR Metro Mayor Conservative Candidate.

Guidance for the Period of National Mourning

In response to the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday, the government has announced a period of national mourning up to and including 17 April when his funeral will be held. The impact of this on the public, industry and organisations is outlined in this guidance. It includes:

– Holding a one minute’s silence at 15:00 on 17 April
– Guidance on flying flags at half mast
– Laying flowers or other memorial items
– Donating to His Royal Highness’ patronages here
– Signing the online Book of Condolence here

Finally it states that all public services and any services involved in the government response to Covid-19 will continue as usual throughout the mourning period.

Government Covid-19 Roadmap – Latest Changes 12th April 2021

Roadmap out of lockdown

From 8 March, people in England will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap offer a route back to a more normal life.

Step 2 – not before 12 April

Business and activities

Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Events

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

COVID-19 RESPONSE − SPRING 2021

Changes already in place from the 29th March

Social contact

The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Business and activities

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Travel

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.

For further information visit; www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary

Update from Green Sefton regarding 29th March changes; mysefton.co.uk/2021/03/25/green-sefton-outdoor-spaces-changes-from-monday-29th-march-2021-in-line-with-government-roadmap/


Changes already in place from 8th March

Education

In Step 1, our priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March. Childcare and children’s supervised activities can also resume where necessary to enable parents to work or engage in similar activities. We are introducing twice-weekly rapid testing for secondary and college pupils – in addition to regular testing for all teachers – to reduce the chance of the virus spreading in schools.

Higher Education students at English universities on practical courses can also return from 8 March.

Social contact

People will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household. Care home residents will also be allowed one regular visitor.

Job Vacancy: Healthwatch Sefton – Signposting, Information and Administration Officer (closing 5pm, Monday 26th April 2021)

Job Title: Healthwatch Sefton Signposting, Information and Administration Officer
Grade: £17,072
Location: Burlington House, Waterloo, Sefton.
Hours: 35 hours per week
Accountable to: Manager, Healthwatch Sefton.

Job Purpose:
To be the main point of contact for members of the public who want to access the Healthwatch Sefton Signposting & Information Service and Independent Complaints Advocacy.

To provide Healthwatch Sefton with up to date intelligence on key trends from the Healthwatch Sefton Feedback centre.

Downloads:

Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)
Application Form (Word / PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm, Monday 26th April 2021.
All completed applications and any enquiries to be sent to recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk

The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is now open for applications! Closing Wed, 30th June 2021

Community organisations, charities and groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) for projects to help tackle loan sharks. Collaborative bids between multiple agencies are also welcome.

The funding comes from money seized from convicted loan sharks under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

Projects must raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks, reduce crime and disorder and have a positive impact on communities.

Read the full story and learn how to apply on our website at www.stoploansharks.co.uk/groups-urged-to-bid-for-share-of-loan-sharks-confiscated-cash/

For information on expenditure we will and will not fund and to see a list of previous successful applicants, please visit www.stoploansharks.co.uk/poca-funding/

The deadline for POCA applications is Wednesday, 30th June 2021.

Please note paper applications are not accepted this year. You will need to download and complete an application form from the Stop Loan Sharks website.

If you have any questions or would like further support with completing your application, please feel free to contact us at partner@stoploansharks.gov.uk or speak to your local LIAISE officer.

Formby Food Pantry – Your views

Formby Food Pantry Consultation

A food pantry is a club run by members to reduce the cost of food shopping through subsidised groceries. Unlike a food bank the food pantry club are members for a longer period, contribute to the cost of the food and have choice of the food they receive.

With affordable food and financial advice food pantries have proved very popular throughout the UK and Churches Together in Formby have been asked to consider whether there would be interest locally in having a food pantry in Formby.

Complete the survey here

Job Vacancies with Christ Church Youth & Community Centre; Youth Manager & Two Youth Support Workers (Closing Fri, 23rd April 2021)

Job Role:  Youth Manager
Hours: 25 Hours
Location: Firwood Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, Bootle, L20 2DF
Grade/Salary: £24,375 pro rata (£16,250)
Responsible To: The CEO and Board of Trustees

Job Purpose:
To operationally manage, develop and deliver a Youth Work programme across the Bootle, Derby Ward.

Downloads:
Youth Manager Job Description & Person Specification
Application Form


Job Role: Two Youth Support Workers
Location: Firwood Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, Bootle, L20 2DF
Grade: JNC Point 7 – £10.54 ph
Responsible To: Youth Manager, CEO and Board of Trustee

Job Purpose:
To deliver youth support programmes to young people throughout Bootle, Derby Ward.

Downloads:
Youth Support Worker Job Description & Person Specification
Application Form


Application deadline: Friday 23rd April 2021.

Please send all applications to e.robinson@ccycc.org – Eloise Robinson, CCYCC

Home COVID-19 testing kits available for collection at two Sefton sites

COVID-19 home testing kits are now available for collection from Bootle Town Hall and Splash World in Southport.

Packs are for households with school and nursery pupils, members of support bubbles, people working in childcare and other caring occupations. The packs, which contain seven lateral flow tests that provide results in under an hour, are also available for people like frontline staff, people who are self-employed and sole traders who require regular testing.

People can collect two packs from the centres which are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. No appointments are necessary but those collecting packs must be aged 18 or over.

The packs have full instructions on how to take the test and register results.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: 
“With school pupils and staff, people providing care and those in a range of frontline roles needing to take these lateral flow COVID tests regularly, we want to make it easier for people across Sefton to be able to get hold of them more easily.

“Once they have collected their packs, providing them with up to 14 tests, they can use them as regularly as they want to or need to.”

Anyone showing any of the coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough, a fever or a loss or change in their sense of smell or taste should get a coronavirus test straight away.

They can do this by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or phoning 119.

Find out more about testing in Sefton.

Sefton businesses can register for free coronavirus tests for their employees with government scheme

The government has announced that, from Tuesday 6th April, the workplace testing programme will supply home test kits to companies with over ten workers where it is not possible to set up testing on-site. This could be due to a lack of space or because a company operates across multiple sites.

Over 60,000 businesses across the country have already registered their interest to provide rapid tests to key workers.

Businesses are encouraged to register before Monday 12th April in order to access free tests until the end of June, even if they’re not yet open or are not able to start using the tests straight away.

Any Sefton businesses looking to take part in this scheme can find out more and how to apply on the gov.uk website.

Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership urge cautious return to Sefton’s beaches as outdoor restrictions ease

As national restrictions on the numbers of people allowed to meet up outdoors are eased, the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership is urging anyone planning a visit to take a cautious and considerate approach.

Partnership members, which include Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Transport Police, National Trust Formby, Natural England, the RNLI and others want to ensure the safety of visitors and residents. As school holidays begin and we head towards the Easter weekend, they are asking people to ‘stay local’.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, said:

“These are the very early steps out of lockdown but the message for all of us is still clear.

“While the relaxation of measures allows us to enjoy some outdoor socialising, it’s not an open invitation for us all to return to the coast, particularly if we don’t live locally. Travel must still be minimised, and people are being advised not to travel at busy times, so for some a trip to the coast may need to wait for the further easing of restrictions.

“It’s vital that we all continue do everything we can to allow the gradual lifting of restrictions to continue.

“That means getting vaccinated when we’re offered it, getting tested if we have symptoms and self-isolating when needed. Sticking to the basics of hands, face and space – even when meeting with others in outdoor spaces – remain vital. Social distancing and advice to minimise travel are there to protect ourselves, or families and our friends.

“We all want to be able to enjoy being outdoors again, but we are asking people to be considerate to local residents and to each other.”

Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Service Manager, said:

“The continued restrictions around Coronavirus have amplified the issues our Borough often experiences at coastal locations on busy weekends and Bank Holidays. We are welcoming people back cautiously, with the Green Sefton team ready for the spring and summer season, but we are still relying on people taking personal responsibility when they spend time at the coast.

“There is no single solution to many of the issues we face but we’re joining forces with our partners once more to implement measures to deal with issues such as littering and irresponsible parking. But we also need people to think sensibly about whether they need to come to the coast yet while restrictions gradually ease through the Government’s roadmap.

“What’s more, the Sefton coast is an internationally protected beautiful nature reserve and we would ask that people treat it with the respect it deserves.”

Last year, Sefton Council drew up a Coastal Visitor Action Plan, which will be reinstated again this year. The plan is there to ensure Sefton’s coastline is safe for residents, visitors and the Council’s own staff. Another planned measure is the continuation and extension of Beachsafe.

For more information, read more…

‘Meet The Funder’ with Canal River Trust – Thursday 15th April

Canal & River Trust warmly invites community group leaders and not-for-profit organisations along to our next ‘Meet the Funder’ session taking place on Thursday 15th April 2021, 2-3 pm.

The Canal & River Trust received a grant from Sport England to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and the widening of the inequalities in sport and physical activity for the communities of Sefton.

Funding is aimed at community groups working with Sport England priority audiences which research suggests are suffering more from the impact of the disease than is the case with the wider population. These groups are people from Lower Socio-Economic Groups, Black Asian or Minority Ethnic Communities, Disabled People and People with Long-Term Health Conditions (LTC).  This fund is designed to deal with ‘here and now’ issues that our sector organisations are facing as a result of the impact of COVID-19. It is about supporting organisations in the community now so that they have a future to plan for and minimising the impact of COVID-19 on activity levels in underrepresented groups. Projects should include delivery on your local Canal & River Trust  waterways, be located in Sefton and aim to reach Sport England target audiences.

Grant Request: The minimum grant request is £500, and the maximum is £5,000. Your project should be deliverable within a 6-month timescale (from the date you receive funding) and completed no later than 31 March 2022. 

Job Vacancy: Mentoring Project Worker with Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project

Job Title: Mentoring Project Worker
Grade: £22,402
Location: Sefton CVS Office, Prison & Community based

Hours: Full time 35 hours per week
Accountable to: Project Co-ordinator

Job Purpose:        

The Mentoring Project Worker will work on many aspects of the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project. This post will be supporting offenders of all ages or those at risk of offending, both in custody and in the community. This post is funded by Merseyside Police Violence Reduction Partnership.

This varied and exciting role will see the post holder undertaking face to face assessments with prospective mentees, source suitable volunteer mentors and oversee and support the matching process. This post will see the job holder attending regular stakeholder meetings with statutory partners and supporting the volunteer recruitment and training process.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of providing information, advice and guidance to ex-offenders or working with young people in a similar role. They must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers faced by ex-offenders of all ages when resettling into the community, and possess excellent planning and organisational skills.

The preferred candidates will also have experience of working with volunteers.

DBS check and full Prison MOJ security clearance will be required for this post.

Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)
Application Form (Word / PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm, Monday 12th April 2021.
All completed applications and any enquiries to be sent to recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk

Tell Healthwatch Your Care Home Story

Healthwatch Sefton, the local independent champion for health and care, wants to hear people’s experience of what it’s been like being in a care home during the past 12 months.

Diane Blair, Manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explained: “During this pandemic, we have not been able to plan our Enter and View visits into care homes and, as a result, have not been able to talk to residents, their relatives, or staff about how care is provided within care homes.

“Visiting is a central part of care home life. It is crucially important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents. Visiting is also vital for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones and contribute to their support and care.”

To gather people’s stories, Healthwatch this week launched the campaign Care Homes: Your Story. Your Say!

Diane added: “By asking people to share their stories with us we can then get a picture of the impact the pandemic has had on people who have been living in care homes. We are also welcoming feedback from relatives and friends who may not live local but have someone they care for in one of our Sefton-based homes.”

All feedback shared is anonymous. To share your story go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Care-Homes-Your-Story-Your-Say

If you don’t want to fill in this form and would prefer to speak to someone about your experiences, give the team a call on 0800 206 1304.

More information on the campaign can be found on the Healthwatch Sefton website: https://healthwatchsefton.co.uk/news/care-homes-your-story-your-say/

Job Vacancy; Healthwatch Sefton – Signposting, Information and Administration Officer

Job Title: Healthwatch Sefton Signposting, Information and Administration Officer
Grade: £17,072
Location: Burlington House, Waterloo, Sefton.
Hours: 35 hours per week
Accountable to: Manager, Healthwatch Sefton.

Job Purpose:
To be the main point of contact for members of the public who want to access the Healthwatch Sefton Signposting & Information Service and Independent Complaints Advocacy.

To provide Healthwatch Sefton with up to date intelligence on key trends from the Healthwatch Sefton Feedback centre.

Downloads:

Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)
Application Form (Word / PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm, Monday 5th April 2021.
All completed applications and any enquiries to be sent to recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk 

VS6 Assembly part 2 of 2 – Sector Consultation on Draft VCFSE Manifesto

The VS6 Partnership would like to invite you to our Liverpool City Region VCFSE Draft Manifesto 2021-2024 Consultation assemblies taking place on Monday 22nd March 2021.

The purpose of this event is to share with you our 2021 – 2024 VCFSE manifesto for the City Region and to gather your views and feedback on the manifesto in advance of the upcoming LCR Metro Mayoral elections in May. The manifesto has been developed following VS6’s sector engagement over the past few years, drawing out key areas and recommendations for action from publications developed following various events held with the sector to ensure that the manifesto is produced in collaboration with those it represents.

The VCFSE manifesto is split into three headline areas which focus on developing a healthy and sustainable VCFSE ecosystem, driving inclusive economy principles for the sector and championing our communities. The items within each section signify our ambitions for the sector and our asks of the Combined Authority to work with us to help realise our aspirations for the city region.

Download the VCFSE Draft Manifesto 2021-2024

For more information and to register your place see below

Job Vacancies with Sefton CVS – Crisis Cafe Project

Sefton CVS are seeking applicants to join us in establishing a new out of hours service for people looking for support having experienced, or are experiencing, a mental health crisis. 

This new team will establish an out of hours café covering the evenings of Friday, Saturday and Sunday to offer individual and group support to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing. The Southport Crisis Cafe will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5pm to 11pm. Find out more about the project – Crisis Cafe Project Outline

Applications are now being invited for a part time Crisis and Recovery Senior Support Worker, 21 hours per week, £12,396 (£20,661 pro rata)


Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)
Application Form (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday 10th May 2021 
Interviews: 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.
Please note all roles are subject to a DBS check.