An appeal has been launched across Sefton to help families from Afghanistan who may find themselves resettling in the Borough in the coming weeks and months.
Sefton Council, Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) and Sefton 4 Good are working in partnership to coordinate a Borough-wide response.
This will be similar to those taking place throughout the UK, to help Afghan people starting a new life in the North West.
All funds raised through the Sefton Afghan Appeal will be used to purchase bespoke items including appropriate clothing, toys and household items such as kitchen utensils.
Donations of newly-bought goods, sealed clothing, children’s shoes and toiletries are also being gratefully received and will form a ‘welcome pack’ to be distributed to families.
Due to COVID-19 control measures, organisers are unable to accept donations of second-hand goods or un-sealed items.
The Borough-wide appeal will see eight locations across Sefton set up as donation drop-off points, while a dedicated fundraising platform has been created where kind-hearted residents can contribute.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are all too aware of the devastation and conflict taking place right now in Afghanistan and, like many others across the UK, we are doing all we can in Sefton to help support displaced families who have been forced to flee their homeland.
“The Council and its partners at Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good have immediately sprung into action and launched a dedicated fundraising platform to help in these coming weeks and months.
“We know the people of Sefton is a welcoming Borough that cares for their fellow humans in need and I am confident that our communities will give as much as they possibly can do the Sefton Afghan Appeal, whether that be via a financial contribution or via a donation of much needed goods and clothing.
“Sefton Council have offered eight of its buildings to act as donation points for the appeal and we continue to work closely with partners to ensure we are doing everything in our power to help.
“Please, if you can, give generously to this appeal and lend your support to these families many of whom have arrived with very few belongings but the clothes they are wearing.”
Angela White OBE, Chief Executive at Sefton CVS, said: “Following the devastating situation in Afghanistan, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council and other voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations to coordinate and provide welcome to Afghan families resettling in Sefton over the coming weeks.
“The Sefton Afghan Appeal will enable us to provide bespoke items to directly support families when they arrive in Sefton. We are also encouraging local residents to donate newly-bought sealed items such as clothing and toiletries which can be dropped off at a number of designated donation points across the borough. We know how generous and welcoming our local residents and businesses are, and your vital support will make such a difference in resettling Afghan families into our communities.”
Better Bid Writing: Practical Tips Towards Successful Funding Applications
Our session will consider funder objectives and programme outcomes. We’ll help you to identify potential evidence of need and beneficiaries to strengthen bids, with advice on how to develop viable proposals, presented coherently through effective communication. Our session will include guidance and recommendations to help participants understand what makes a successful application.
Job Title: Healthwatch Sefton – Digital Communications Officer Salary: £27,090 pro rata (£13,545.11 actual salary) Hours: 17.5 hour per week (flexibly as agreed with Line Manager) Location: Burlington House, Waterloo/Home working. Accountable to: Healthwatch Sefton Manager
To develop and deliver appropriate, comprehensive and accessible communication and marketing support for Healthwatch Sefton.
Raise community awareness of Healthwatch Sefton branding, role and work projects.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for the organisations digital plan in line with their wider communications and engagement objectives (including a refresh of the wider Healthwatch Sefton Communications strategy).
Responsible for systems and processes to ensure the delivery of high-quality digital communications/campaigns that are timely, responsive and integrated with other team activities.
Day to day content production and management of Healthwatch Sefton’s digital platforms and tools including websites, social media, and e-bulletins.
Lead on the development of the quarterly newsletter to the Healthwatch Sefton membership.
Creating innovative and engaging graphic, audio and video elements to support work plans and campaigns.
Carrying out ongoing monitoring, evaluation and review of the effectiveness of digital communications using recognised analytics tools.
Supporting team members and others in the effective use of digital media.
Support the Healthwatch Sefton Manager and Chair to respond to reactive media enquiries in a timely and effective manner.
Help to research and disseminate appropriate information to the membership of Healthwatch Sefton and support in drafting press releases when required.
The closing date for completed applications is 5pm, Monday 13 September 2021. Interviews will take place Thursday 16 September 2021. All completed applicationsand any enquiries to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Funder: Together for Our Planet Fund (National Lottery Community Fund) Date: Thursday 9 September 2021 Time: 10.00 -11.00am
Info: With similar conditions to the popular ‘Awards for All funding, the Together for Our Planet Fund is designed for groups to create a legacy after the COP26 Climate Summit meeting. The fund opens on 1 September until 18 November and is particularly aimed to support small groups to consider climate issues and plan projects to meet local community needs and priorities.
Foundation Years Trust (www.foundationyearstrust.org.uk) have asked partners from VS6, a partnership of VCFSE infrastructure organisations working with the VCFSE sector across the City Region, to support a new cross-LCR Early Years Initiative.
Foundation Year’s Trust’s ambition is to create a network of VCF providers cross the LCR to highlight the critical importance of early years for children with families/carers and professional stakeholders.
While recognising that there are different configurations of provision in each Borough, the evidence suggests that there are huge inequalities in the outcomes for our most disadvantaged children across the region, which ultimately manifest in poor outcomes and life chances.
The first five years is an incredibly important time to ensure the long-term outcomes for each child. Pre-Covid, across the City Region, we saw similar levels of children falling behind by age five, particularly those from more disadvantaged families.
Following lockdown there are widespread concerns that limited access to external support will result in many children falling even further behind in their development. As we head towards the new cohort of children entering nursery in September, it is an ideal time to get key messages out there to parents with useful tips, fun ideas and accessible information.
WHAT CAN A NETWORK ACHIEVE?
What is the first step?
We are seeking representation from each of the 6 areas to participate in a steering group. The steering group would create the backbone to the network, initiating ideas and seeking feedback and participation from their respective areas.
FYT’s initial idea is two events which could be achieved in collaboration with an Early Years network:
Developing a week long early years campaign using common branding and shared across social media platforms and, in each area, a range of fun events for families that promote early development and help parents to understand how they can support their children’s early development.
Working with VS6, hosting an Assembly for the wider VCFSE sector engaged with the early years to share ideas on an LCR Early Years Approach.
We would like to explore these ideas with the steering group before we approach the wider sector to gauge their interest in participating.
Would you like to take part in an early years network?
Tell us a bit about your organisation, the early years work that you do, and your interest in the early years so that we can gauge interest in the idea of a network and to explore whether the LCR VCFSE sector believes there is value in joining together on the short term aims identified.
Please complete the survey below by 3rd September 2021:
Sefton Council’s Fostering Services is delighted that local foster carers Sue and Derek will be attending its next virtual information session between 6 and 7pm on Tuesday 17 August.
Charlotte, now 17, who has lived with Sue and Derek for six years said the couple changed her life.
Charlotte said: “Living with Sue and Derek changed my life. They treat me really well, look out for me, do what’s best for me and it’s like being in a proper family.
“They’ve taught me to believe in myself so much that I am now working with the ‘Learning Foundry’ on a business idea I have for a youth bus which will help children meet friends and get advice and help.
“I don’t know where I would be without Sue and Derek’s love and support”
Aimed at anyone who has even thought about fostering, the online sessions are a chance for them to find out more about this rewarding role. At the next event Sue, who has been fostering for 18 years, and Derek, who has just been approved and is now fostering with Sue, will be talking about their own experiences and answering questions.
Speaking about life as a foster carer, Sue said: “Being a foster carer can be one of the best things you can do. I have seen children unsure about their future, turning their lives around.”
Sue has created such a bond with the children she has looked after, that she has gone onto foster some young people, long term.
Sefton Council needs more foster carers and is inviting anyone who thinks they can give a loving and stable home to children across the Borough to attend the introductory session.
Maria Spatuzzi, Sefton’s Fostering Support Team Manager said:
“Fostering a child is an opportunity to change their life and help them to achieve their full potential.
“We hope anyone that has given fostering any consideration will join us for the online session on Tuesday 17th August to hear what Sue and Derek have to say about what is an extremely beneficial and rewarding the role.”
To join the session people should click on the link to the Teams meeting at 6pm on Tuesday 17th August.
As well as getting vaccinated and continuing to practice Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air , getting regularly tested, and self-isolating when needed, are the best ways to help control the spread of COVID-19 and new variants of the virus. If you or a member of your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or if your Lateral Flow test has a positive result, it’s crucial that you ALL self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test. This should be taken within 2 days of a positive result.
If the result of your PCR test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days. NHS Test and Trace will support you to understand your isolation end date.
If the result of your PCR test is negative, you no longer need to self-isolate.
For the latest up to date information on COVID-19 Testing in Sefton visit:
They are also available, free from Sefton pharmacies.
They can also be collected between 2.30pm – 8pm, seven days a week, from walk-through Local Test Centres in Sefton. No appointments are needed. Walk-through test centres are located at:
Opposite Bootle Town Hall
Crosby Library Car Park
Netherton Activity Centre
Southport Town Hall.
Rapid testing for people without symptoms is also available at Southport’s Splash World, from 8am – 6pm, seven days a week, or from Bootle Strand (the former H Samuel unit) from 8am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10am – 4pm on Sundays.
People can also choose to have assisted testing at one of Sefton’s SMART test sites, which are also open 8am to 8pm seven days a week and located at Bootle Leisure Centre and at Splash World in Southport.
Help with self-isolating
We are all legally required to self-isolate for 10 days if we test positive for coronavirus or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. We could be fined up to £10,000 if we do not self-isolate.
But isolating doesn’t mean you should be isolated.
Sefton’s self-isolation support service is available on 0345 140 0845. Once through choose OPTION 3 to make sure you speak to a member of the team as quickly as possible.
The service can help you with:
accessing food, whether through priority delivery slots for your grocery shopping or access to your local foodbank
help with mental health as you deal with loneliness and boredom
your caring responsibilities
financial support if you are on low income and unable to work from home (Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme)
If you are working on a low-income and are required to self-isolate, you could be eligible for a £500 payment. The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme has been extended to 30 September 2021. The scheme includes parents or guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate if they need to take time off work to care for a child or young person who is self- isolating and the match all the relevant criteria.
Claims must be made up to 28 days after the first day of an individual’s period of self-isolation. Your claim will not be accepted if you make an application at a later date.
For more information and to apply to the scheme go to:
Fully vaccinated critical workers Fully vaccinated critical workers are to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances under new plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services. This is a short-term measure before the exemption for fully vaccinated contacts is introduced on 16 August. For more details go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance
Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID with symptoms. Vaccinated people are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it and vaccinated people are less likely to pass the virus to others.
All adults aged 18 and over will be offered a first dose by 19 July, 2 weeks earlier than planned.
By Monday 19 July, all those aged over 50 and the clinically extremely vulnerable will have been offered their second dose.
If you or your child is within this group of people, you will be contacted soon. In addition the national booking system is being updated to accept those within this group.
Where can I get a vaccination locally?
Seaforth Village Surgery has opened as a walk-in vaccination centre for anyone needing a first or second dose. The centre will be open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 6.30pm until the end of August. You can also book an appointment by calling 07979 938 229 or book via your own GP practice if you’re registered with a GP in south Sefton. Walk-in and grab a jab
There are walk-in vaccination sites in Sefton and across Merseyside although it is still advisable to book a time via the national booking service. As these venues / times do change we are asking you to check the CCG websites:
In addition to Seaforth Village Surgery, several pharmacies are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Sefton. These are based in Ainsdale, Bootle, Formby, Litherland, Seaforth, Southport and Waterloo. You can book these online through the national booking centre at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 anytime between 7am -11pm, seven days a week (free of charge).
Even if you have been fully vaccinated, you could still get COVID-19 and get sick – a recent Public Health England report shows that around 1 in 5 people who are double-vaccinated are still vulnerable to getting infected with the Delta variant and showing symptoms. You can also still spread COVID-19 to others.
We all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to protect others and to reduce the risk of new variants developing and spreading.
About the Vaccine
Research has shown the vaccines help:
reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
protect against COVID-19 variants
The 1st dose should give you some protection from 3 or 4 weeks after you’ve had it. But you need 2 doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.
There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it’s important to continue to follow all social distancing guidance.
Watch this NHS video explaining what’s in the COVID-19 vaccines and how they work:
The COVID-19 vaccines that have currently been approved for use have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
This means the COVID-19 vaccines have gone through all the clinical trials and safety checks that all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
Vaccines can cause some side effects, but not everyone gets them. Any side effects are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:
a sore arm from the injection
feeling or being sick
More serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or blood clotting, are very rare.
COVID-19 vaccine ingredients
The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain egg or animal products.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine contains a tiny amount of alcohol, but this is less than in some everyday foods like bread.
The vaccines are suitable for people of all faiths.
Concerns over the AstraZeneca jab and travel to the EU
All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and the government is confident travel to EU countries will not be affected.
Fertility and COVID-19 vaccination
There’s no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant. There’s no need to avoid getting pregnant after being vaccinated.
If you’re pregnant, you can still get the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.
It’s preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine because they’ve been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues. There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.
You can also have the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re planning pregnancy, are in the immediate postpartum, or are breastfeeding. Speak to a healthcare professional before you have the vaccination. They will discuss the benefits and risks with you.
If you have already had a first dose of the AZ vaccine without any serious side effects, then you should have it again for your second dose.
Dr Alice Bird, a Consultant Obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, talks about the Covid-19 vaccine and pregnancy in this short video: https://youtu.be/1G9wTksLu8U.
Why you should get vaccinated
Covid vaccines have prevented 7.m infections and 27,000 deaths in England alone, according to new Public Health England analysis (28.06.2021).
New analysis by Public Health England shows that two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant:
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 96% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is 92% effective against hospitalisation after 2 doses.
These are similar to vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation from the Alpha (Kent) variant.
Information in different languages and formats
You can access COVID-19 vaccination information, updates and guides in different languages and formats, including videos provided by Liverpool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust about the general role and importance of all vaccines in protecting health in other languages (Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Nigerian (Yoruba), Polish, Romanian, Pashto, Farsi/Dari), on the Sefton CCG websites here:
Meet the Funder: Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund Date: Thursday 26 August 2021 Time: 10.00am – 11.00am
Info: The Community Fund invites applications from organisations and community groups for community and environmental projects, including those providing essential support and services to communities in their efforts to recover from COVID-19. Funding from £500 up to £20K is available, the next funding round closes on 22 September. Note: geographical eligibility issues apply (click here).
A Sefton charity has been paying tribute to volunteers who have continued to serve their local communities in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.
Waterloo-based Sefton CVS has produced special glass awards which it is distributing to volunteers with organisations across the borough who have maintained their frontline support to Sefton residents over the last 15 months.
One of the latest presentation ceremonies involving volunteers from South Sefton Foodbank was held at Waterloo Town Hall where the VIP guest was Bootle MP Peter Dowd.
Mr Dowd praised the small group of recipients who attended the socially distanced event to represent the foodbank’s ‘army’ of more than 50 volunteers who support the organisation on a regular basis.
Peter Dowd MP said: “It was great to have the opportunity to visit South Sefton Foodbank to hand out awards, recognising and thanking volunteers for all they do in the community. During an incredibly difficult year, people from all walks of life from every corner of the constituency have volunteered and made a huge difference in our communities and it is right that we thank them.”
Sefton CVS Chief Executive, Angela White OBE, commented: “Many Sefton charities, community groups and voluntary organisations have only been able to continue operating during Covid-19 because of the hard work and commitment of their volunteers.
“These include community shopping projects, befriending services and of course vital organisations like South Sefton Foodbank.
“That’s why we’ve produced these special one-off awards to recognise the invaluable contribution that volunteers have made during this unprecedented time.
“We hope these small glass awards will be a valuable keepsake for those people who have continued to volunteer their time to support their fellow Sefton residents, despite the real difficulties and risks they have faced during the pandemic,” added Angela.
Sefton CVS still has a supply of PPE equipment available to support Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) organisations based in Sefton delivering services to local residents.
PPE equipment currently available includes; – Face shields – Face masks – Hand sanitiser – Medical gloves – Hand wash – Biohazrard waste bags
As changes to Government COVID-19 guidelines are implemented over the upcoming weeks, PPE equipment will still be available for those wanting to continue with infection control measures.
PPE items can be collected from our office at Burlington House on Wednesday’s between 9am – 5pm.
If your group or organisation are in need of PPE items please email email@example.com. We will respond to requests as soon as possible. Please include contact information and details of any specific items you require, as well as approximate pick up time.
Please note the distribution of PPE equipment will be on a first come, first serve basis whilst stocks last.
As with previous years, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council to coordinate 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.
The Access To Food initiative is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this offer will complement the service being provided by Sefton Council’s Family Wellbeing Centres in the South, Central and North localities.
Weeks commencing 2nd / 9th / 16th / 23rd August 2021 Tuesdays 2pm – 9pm Wednesdays 4pm – 9pm PLEASE NOTE: Packed lunches also available for collection 9am-5pm Monday – Friday
Alchemy Youth Bus at Devonshire Park Devonshire Road High Park, Southport, PR9 7BZ
Thursdays 1pm – 4.30pm
Compassion Acts Join Compassion Acts for two weeks of FREE FUN this summer at the Summer Fest holiday club – for children aged 7-11 years. Lunch and a light snack will be provided each day, alongside activities including sports, arts, crafts, movies and Ice Cream Fridays!
Weeks commencing 16th / 23rd August 2021
Monday – Friday (Daily!) 10am-3pm
Locations The Community Church, Ash Street PR8 6JH Christ Church, Lord Street PR8 1AA The Salvation Army, Shakespeare Street PR8 5AJ Cornerstone Methodist Church, Marshside Road PR9 9TL
PH Holt Foundation has opened a new £250,000 Resilience Fund specifically for Merseyside charities aiming to address the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic upon vulnerable or disadvantaged communities across the region.
The Resilience Fund seeks to support activities that enable people to access opportunities which improve their well-being and connectivity. Charities should already be working with people in one of the following priority areas :
Children and young people
Mental health support
Victims of domestic abuse
This is a one-off grant fund available to small and medium sized charities with a track record of delivering successful and effective programmes reaching those most in need. Existing or previous grant holders, and new applicants can apply for grants starting at £5,000 and which in exceptional cases can rise above £10,000 to a maximum grant of £20,000. Applications can be made at any time with decisions expected within 4-6 weeks from submission.
The Resilience Fund is time limited and will close once the allocation of funds is exhausted.
Shaping Care Together is an engagement programme run by NHS leaders across West Lancashire, Formby and Southport, which seeks to ‘futureproof’ the NHS by looking at new ways of working and new ways of delivering services.
Shaping Care Together is about better care for patients and about using our money, staff, and buildings to maximum effect. It will prepare our local NHS to meet the challenges of the future – both those we know about and those that cannot be foreseen – delivering high-quality services that are affordable, efficient and, above all, safe.
How YOU can help
our views and opinions are a vital part of the programme, and we want you to feed in your ideas about how we can improve local health and care services. You can get involved straight away by submitting a survey response HERE or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All your thoughts are important to us, but we would particularly like to hear your thinking on what we could do to improve the care provided to patients in some key areas. It’s all explained on the Shaping Care Together engagement website.
From asking your opinion about online appointments, to the running of Accident and Emergency, our questionnaire gives you the opportunity to have your say on what matters.
Your group or organisation is invited to attend a focus group, which should consist of 6-10 people. They will each last for 60-75 minutes, they will consist of a short presentation, followed by a general discussion about health care locally. Online focus groups are scheduled to be held week commencing 5th July.
The aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities, enabling people to live longer and healthier lives. We want to do this by creating and delivering safe, integrated, and sustainable services. Many of our hospital services were designed decades ago to respond to the health needs of the population at that time but they are not quite right to meet today’s challenges and expectations.
The NHS is always evolving as we make use of the latest technologies and clinical developments. So, from time to time, we need to take a careful look at the services we provide and the resources we have and look for the best ways of delivering care in the future. That’s where Shaping Care Together comes in. It does what it says on the tin. We want to hear what people really value about the NHS and what they think we can do better. There is so much support for what we do, but we are always looking to make improvements.
Meet the Funder: WEA ESF Community Grants Fund Date: Tuesday 29 June 2021 Time: 2pm Via Zoom Video call
Info: The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people in the Liverpool City Region who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment.
Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across LCR to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector. Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience. Activities should develop progression routes into employment, Further Education and training for participants .
All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months. The funding can help ALL who are out of work or economically inactive but especially those that: – Have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions – Are from ethnic minorities – Are aged over 50
All eligible participants must be aged 19+ and live in the Merseyside or Halton area (this depends on which area the project is based).
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today launched a survey to find out about how we can make the streets of Merseyside feel safer for women and girls.
The public consultation has been announced by Emily Spurrell to better understand the concerns of women across the region. In our parks, on public transport, walking home from a night out in the city centre – the survey aims to gain a greater understanding of how safe women and girls feel when going about their daily lives across Merseyside, day and at night.
It asks if they have experienced sexual harassment and abuse, what makes them feel unsafe and what can be done to make them feel safer.
The lived experiences collected through the survey will be used to inform the activities and projects the Police Commissioner runs, including how she bids for cash from a number of Home Office funds, including Safer Streets 3 and a new pot focused on improving women’s safety in the night time economy. The findings will help to ensure the funding is targeted in the most effective way.
The consultation is the first stage in the Police Commissioner’s campaign to work with all community safety and criminal justice partners to eradicate Violence against Women and Girls.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “All women and girls should feel safe in their own neighbourhood, in their local park, on public transport and while enjoying our region’s nightlife.
“Sadly that still isn’t the case and there are still too many places and situations where women and girls feel uncomfortable, scared and vulnerable when out and about. This is not an isolated or personal issue. It is an issue for all of us.
“Tackling violence against women and girls is one of my priorities and one of the first steps in the process of eradicating it is to listen to women and girls in our community to better understand how and when they feel intimidated and frightened and what we can do to make public spaces safer for them.
“While this survey won’t provide all the answers or be a quick fix, it is the start of a much wider conversation with women about the work I will undertake with partners across the region to reduce the violence, abuse and harassment women and girls face day in and day out and bring about long-lasting change.”
Emily added: “The tragic case of Sarah Everard in London has highlighted the unacceptable level of intimidation, harassment and fear too many women still experience on our streets. This has to stop.
“I am determined to make real, tangible improvements to make our region safer and respond to the fears of women and girls. I want as many women as possible to take this opportunity to speak out and tell me about their personal experiences and give me any suggestions they have about how we could make changes that will make Merseyside’s streets feel safer for them.
“By doing so, they will help me to use the funds we can access from central government in the most targeted, effective way to have maximum impact. This may be practical fixes, such as better CCTV and street lighting or crime prevention initiatives, but it could also focus on cultural and attitudinal change through education.”
Merseyside Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley, said: “Merseyside Police is committed to working with our communities and partners to tackle violence against women and girls.
“On a daily basis we, continue to support women who are subjected to sexual harassment, or physical, or violent abuse, so we can identify offenders and make the streets safer for women who live and work in our communities.
“We as a society need to take a strong stance against such attacks and we completely understand the concerns of women who feel vulnerable. Women should be empowered to live their lives without fear of sexual objectification, harassment, or physical and mental abuse, but we can only achieve that by working together.
“If a woman does fall victim to sexual violence we and our partners will investigate and treat those who have been preyed upon with dignity and respect.
“We, and our partners, completely understand that recent events have brought the issue of serious violence against women and girls to the fore and we want to ensure women feel safe.
“We have a number of meetings throughout the year which look at the different aspects of violence against women and girls and this last week we brought those meetings together across one day to bring a real focus to the work we are doing; to examine the impact the ongoing work is having; and to identify where there is room for improvement and learning so together we can ensure we give confidence to the public and deliver an effective service for women, girls and men who are survivors of serious or sexual violence.
“I believe this survey by the Police Commissioner will help us to better understand where and when women are most vulnerable and how we and our partners, can reduce violence against women and girls.”
The findings will be used to inform the Police Commissioner’s bid into the Safer Streets 3 bid, which has to be submitted by 15th July and additional funds offering money to make public places safer. They will also be shared with community safety and criminal justice partners to inform work they are doing to make our region’s streets safer.
The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and is open until Friday 9th July 2021.
Health professionals in Sefton are supporting this Cervical Screening Awareness Week (14-20 June) by encouraging people to get screened when invited.
NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are encouraging those aged 25 to 64 to have cervical screening to reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer. The test detects human papillomavirus (HPV) and signs of early abnormal cells.
Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and primary care cancer lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Cervical cancer affects around 3,000 people in the UK every year.
“Being screened significantly reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer so it’s really important to make an appointment when invited.
“Spotting and treating signs of cervical cancer at an early stage is key to successful treatment, so being screened is not only very important, it saves lives.”
Dr Debbie Harvey, Macmillan GP at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Those aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every three years and 50 to 64-year-olds are every five years. When it’s time for your next screening, you should be sent a letter inviting you to make an appointment.
“It’s quick, simple and getting screened regularly helps find HPV early and abnormal cell changes before they become cancerous.
“Contact your GP if you think you may be overdue a test. Screening appointments can now be made with practice nurses and if it’s more convenient you can also book to have your screening with the 7 day GP service that operates evenings and weekends.
“These tests are one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the risk of cervical cancer.”
Five million are invited for cervical cancer screening each year in the UK but many do not attend.
The best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer is by attending cervical screening when invited.
People who are registered at a local GP practice will receive a screening invitation letter in the post with information about how to book their appointment.
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:
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!
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: email@example.com
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
Changes already in place from the 29th March
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.
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.
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.
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: 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 Merseyside. Grants are of varying sizes, usually for one year, and the majority fall under £10,000.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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 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.