Nominations are Open for Citizens 4 Good’s First Maghull Event – Closing Friday, 31st January

Citizens 4 Good is a joint initiative from Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and the Mayor of Sefton’s Office and recognises local people for good deeds, kindness and support that they provide to other members of the community.

However, for the first time Citizens 4 Good is holding an event in Maghull, in partnership with Maghull Town Council.

Anyone can make a nomination of someone they think deserves to be recognised.

People can nominate any Sefton resident who they think makes a difference the people around them. They may go that extra mile to be a great neighbour, help to organise a local community group, or something else that deserves recognition.

This round of Citizens 4 Good particularly welcomes nominations for people local to Maghull, Lydiate and neighbouring areas.

Mike Howlett, Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer for Sefton CVS commented: “Since launching the scheme in 2017, Citizens 4 Good has recognised over 80 people for their kind acts and support for their local communities.

“The quality of the nominations has been very high, and we’re expecting more of the same with the latest round of the scheme.”

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a celebration event where they will be presented with a certificate by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 31st January, with the celebration event taking place on Thursday 13th February at Maghull Town Hall.

To nominate a Citizen 4 Good go to www.sefton4good.org.uk/citizens to download a nomination form.

For further information about Citizens 4 Good call 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk.

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

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

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

Get fit in February with fantastic BeActive Half Term fun!

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

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

Job Vacancy: Making Places – Director (closing 10am, Thursday 30th January 2020)

JOB TITLE: Making Places – Director
SALARY: £35,000 basic plus performance related bonuses
HOURS: 35 hours per week
CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 months, with 3-year extension based upon performance and continued funding
LOCATION: St Mary’s Complex, Waverley Street, Bootle
RESPONSIBLE TO: SAFE CEO
REPORTING TO: Making places Steering Group

Job Vacancy: Sefton CVS Heritage Development Officer (closing 12noon, Thursday 6th February 2020)

 

 

 

Job Title: Heritage Development Officer
Salary: £24, 174 – Fixed Term (15 months)
Location: Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House, Waterloo L22 0LG

Job Purpose: 

“‘Community Within Communities – Our Voices to Be Heard”’ is a new Sefton CVS project to engage, involve and celebrate Sefton’s people and places funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project will use Sefton’s designation as ‘Borough of Culture 2020’ as the catalyst for a programme of activity designed to raise cultural heritage awareness and establish a platform for continued community development.

The Heritage Development Officer will drive voluntary, community and faith group participation and co-ordinate this project, including four core project areas:

  • Historic Townships: the research and preparation of displays for nine historic township areas, contributing to a borough-wide exhibition celebrating Sefton’s Cultural Heritage.
  • Community Grant Programme: promoting and delivering a new programme of small grants, including selection of, and support for, successful applicants.
  • Capacity Building Training: working within the Localities team to deliver a programme of workshops for volunteers and partner organisations to help develop new skills and establish a legacy of increased heritage awareness and knowledge within borough’s extensive network of voluntary, community and faith groups.
  • Heritage Resources: The preparation and presentation of materials to create a ‘Heritage Toolkit’, providing continued heritage support for Sefton’s groups and a legacy from ‘Borough of Culture 2020’.

Downloads

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: 12noon on Thursday 6th February 2020
Interviews scheduled for: Monday 17th February 2020

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Managed by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS). Registered Charity No. 1024546. Registered in England, Company Ltd. by Guarantee No. 2832920.

Grants to Encourage People to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New sub-board members sought by Liverpool City Region LEP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    £54.00 / £42.00 | DETAILS & BOOKING

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

    £249 / £195 | DETAILS & BOOKING

More information

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

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

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

Sefton Council Christmas Shutdown: All You Need to Know

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

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

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

Help support Sefton’s Foodbanks this Christmas

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

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

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

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

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

Feeling under the weather this winter? Think NHS 111

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Plan for the evening

 Welcome and Introduction

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

Coffee and biscuits

A 3-5 minute showcase

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

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

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

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

Sefton switches on to a very merry Christmas 2019 (22nd – 30th November)

Festive fun is just around the corner as town and village centres across Sefton get ready to switch on their 2019 Christmas lights.

Following the incredibly popular Constellations event in Crosby last week, Sefton will shine yet again with Christmas themed events taking place in numerous locations throughout the borough, with a range of festive fun for all the family.

The events, starting with the Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On on November 17,  are delivered through a number of different ways including partnership between business communities, local residents, voluntary and charity organisations, and Sefton Council.

Funding is secured through the private, voluntary and public sector to encourage people to shop local in the run up to Christmas.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Christmas lights switch-ons always prove to be popular events and are a great opportunity for local people and families to get into the festive spirit.

“We hope plenty of people will come out and support their local traders in the run up to Christmas and shop local, and we are very grateful for the hard work and community spirit which goes into these important events.”

Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Sunday November 17 from 1pm, with Lord Street boulevard and the Atkinson being lit up in a festive glow from 5.30pm.

Other locations include:

Crosby Village – November 22 (6pm)
Thornton – November 22 (6:45pm)
Bootle – November 23 (5pm)
Melling – November 25 (6:45pm)
Kirkstone Park – November 27 (5pm)
Marian Square – November 27 (6pm)
Hightown Village – November 27 (6.30pm)
South Park – November 29 (5pm)
Bowersdale Park – November 30 (5pm)

For more information about festive events and displays throughout the Christmas period, visit http://www.mysefton.co.uk.

Be diabetes aware and know the signs (World Diabetes Day – 14th November 2019)

On World Diabetes Day (14 November 2019), NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging local residents to become familiar with the warning signs of diabetes to try and spot the condition sooner.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) host powerful “Voice of the Child” event to learn from case reviews

Hundreds attended Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) latest ‘Voice of the Child’ event at Bootle Cricket Club.

Around 500 people from agencies across Sefton attended three ‘Learning from Serious Case Reviews’ sessions throughout the day.

Drama Training Company AFTA Thought delivered the sessions using actors, powerfully conveying four case reviews by “bringing the voice of the child into the room”.

An invitation to ‘Talking Health and Wellbeing’ in Sefton

Sefton Council invite you to ‘Talking Health and Wellbeing’ in Sefton. Come along and have your say on a new Health & Wellbeing Strategy – “Living Well in Sefton 2020-2025”.
We will tell you about the results of our consultation (survey) on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which took place over the summer. People have told us what they feel is important for people about:

• Starting and Growing Well in Sefton
• Living Well in Sefton
• Ageing Well in Sefton
• Things that affect everybody

We have used this feedback to develop our plans, but we want to check that you think they are the right priorities. We will ask you what you think of our ambitions and plans, if you agree with them and whether there is anything that you feel we have missed out that is important. There will be three ‘Talking Health and Wellbeing’ events held in November.

To take part you can attend any of the events below, but you only need to attend one event;

Maghull: Monday 11th November 10.00 – 12.30 pm St Andrews Church Hall
• Southport: Tuesday 12th November 10.00 -12.30 pm Southport Town Hall – Community Room
• Bootle: Wednesday 13th November 10.00 -12.30 pm Bootle Town Hall – Assembly Hall

Please email Sharon to confirm your attendance and state which event you wish to attend Sharon.eaton@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 3645

Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Please indicate when registering if you have any special requirements such as large print materials, a signer, a hearing loop, or mobility issues and if you are happy to be included on our new joint database, so we can let you know about future events you may be interested in.

 

Healthwatch looking to Recruit a Leader

Sefton’s local NHS health and care consumer champion is looking to recruit a chairperson and is asking: “Do you share our passion to ensure people’s voices are heard by health and social care service providers and commissioners? If you do, then we want to hear from you!”

 Healthwatch Sefton makes sure local people have a say in influencing the design and delivery of local health and care services for those who use them now and those who might need them in the future.

 Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explained: “There are changes happening within the NHS and these are having an impact locally. We are looking for a chairperson to lead us through these changes to ensure we carry out our aims for the benefit of Sefton residents.

 “Our chairperson will champion the patient’s interests as well as influence decision makers and ensure our organisation is effective.”

 The role requires knowledge of the health and social care system across Sefton and whoever is recruited will be expected to maintain strong working relationships with Sefton Council, NHS, the voluntary sector and will take a seat on the Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board.

 This is an unpaid role which runs for three years but out-of-pocket expenses will be covered. There will also be access to office accommodation (Burlington House) and administrative support.

 Maureen Kelly is the current chairperson and has served two terms in this role since Healthwatch Sefton was formed six years ago. During that time she has overseen its development including the launch of the two Community Champion Networks and Independent Complaints Advocacy service.

 Anyone interested in the post can visit www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk for more details. For an informal chat, call Diane on 0151 920 0726 ext 236 or email: diane.blair@healthwatchsefton.co.uk

Invitation to Safeguarding Adults Awareness Event – Thurs 21st November, 1:30pm-4pm

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Event
Date: Thursday 21st November 2019
Time: 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue: The Studio – The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB


National Safeguarding Adults Week – 18th – 22nd November 2019

As part of a national week of events to promote awareness of adult safeguarding, Sefton Council will be hosting an Safeguarding Adults Awareness event, 1:30pm – 4:00pm on Thursday 21st November 2019.

Key Theme: Scams

There will be a number of stands facilitated by partner agencies and providing opportunity to network and find out more about service sin Sefton to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect and safeguard adults at risk.

If you would like to attend this event please email: joan.coupe@sefton.gov.uk
You will receive confirmation of your place prior to 14th November 2019

For more information regarding National Safeguarding Adults Week go to: https://www.anncrafttrust.org/events/national-safeguarding-adults-week

Venus, on behalf of Sefton IAPT Partnership, is seeking to recruit a team of Trainee Evidence-Based Therapists

Sefton IAPT Partnership is seeking to recruit a team of professionally qualified practitioners who have experience of working with the mental health and emotional well-being difficulties of children and young people. This is an excellent 12 month professional development opportunity that will:

  1. Fund the academic training
  2. Fund the salary

Training Overview:
Post Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Evidence-based Psychological Approaches for Children and Young People, validated by the University of Manchester, part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and seeking validation by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

The posts available are:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence-based Practice working with 0-5s
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Parent Training for Conduct Disorders
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Disability & Autistic Spectrum Disorder (LD & ASD)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)

Course Entry Requirements:

Academic ·         Relevant Honours Degree graded at 2.2 or above OR;

·         Successful completion of pre-entry essay prior to acceptance on training programme.

Professional ·         Core profession as defined by BABCP. Please see https://www.babcp.com/Core-Profession for a list of core professions OR;

·         Completion of KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio. https://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/CBP/KSA.aspx

·         Access to appropriate cases during and after training.

NOTE: Students cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking studies elsewhere or registered with another university.

Location of Training: Psychological Therapies Training Centre, Greater Manchester West, Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – 2 days per week
Location of Placement: Sefton Partnership – 3 days per week (Venus, Parenting 2000, Sefton Council, Sefton CAMHS)

Post Trainee Mental Health Practitioner
Salary £23,023 – Equivalent to NHS Band 5
Contract Fixed term (1 year) – Secondments will be considered
Hours 35 hours per week
Closing Date 12noon 04/11/18
Shortlisting 05 & 06/11/18
Interviews TBC – November/December
Post Commences 06/01/20
Training Commences January 2020

For an application pack please email recruitment@venuscharity.org. When requesting an application pack, please clearly state which post/s you wish to apply for and note that a separate application will be required for each role applied for.

Sefton Council Proposes Council Tax Changes for Empty and Uninhabitable Homes

Sefton Council is proposing changes to Council Tax discount on empty and uninhabitable properties, with home owners in the borough currently receiving the most generous discounts in the Liverpool City Region.

The Council recently launched an online consultation to garner the views of local residents on the proposed changes, which could see properties vacant for less than one month have their discount reduced from 100% to 50%, while those houses that are uninhabitable will be liable for the full Council Tax amount.

Cllr. Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:

“In Sefton we have nearly 180 homes that are unfit to occupy, and a further 435 homes that are empty – all of these properties receive Council Tax discounts that are generous when compared with our Liverpool City Region neighbours.

“By reducing the relief that owners of these properties receive, we will incentivise them to ensure they are occupied or in the case of those not fit for purpose, take the necessary steps to improve them and make them suitable for human habitation.

“At a time when we are creating new homes to support families now and as demand increases, encouraging landlords to improve the quality and availability of existing priorities is a big priority for the council.”

This quick five minute survey is open until November 1. Take part by clicking the Your Sefton Your Say website

Celebrating Our Older Community – Older People’s Awards 2019

Following the success of the Liverpool Older People’s Awards, Torus are delighted to be extending the celebrations across Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Warrington and Wirral.

This is your opportunity to recognise outstanding older people (over 65) who go the extra mile in life or organisations and initiatives who support older people in your neighbourhood.

With a number of award categories to choose from, your nomination could win a cash prize for someone in your community.

Nominations are now open and close on Friday 27th September. Following the judging process, shortlisted nominees will be invited to a prestigious awards evening hosed by actor and comedian Ricky Tomlinson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AEJ9HBZhEg

To nominate visit; https://www.liverpoolmutualhomes.org/older-people-awards

 

“Going Forward Without Fear” Sefton LSCB Learning Event – Serious Case Reviews (Tuesday 12th November)

Due to the overwhelming success of the Learning Event (SCRs) held in June, Sefton LSCB will be hosting a further repeat event for the multi-agency workforce. The event is FREE to attend and we have again secured actors from AFTA Thought (Training Consultancy) to deliver the learning from Sefton Serious Case Reviews using the ‘voice of the child’.

All staff/volunteers working with children, young people and their families including: all practitioners, managers and senior leaders connected to the children’s workforce in Sefton.

Click here to download the event information, and to book your place please click here or follow the link in the information poster.

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Tips to Look After Yourself this Bank Holiday

Many of us may be making plans for the bank holiday on Monday 26 August. If you are unfortunate enough to have an illness or injury over the long weekend, this information could help you get back on your feet in no time.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG suggest you could be getting better sooner if you see your local pharmacist or contact NHS 111 (by phone or online.)

Some local pharmacies are open on bank holiday Monday and may be able to give you the advice and medication you need, without having to wait to see your GP. You can find your local pharmacy bank holiday opening times on the CCGs’ websites.

If you do need to see a doctor or nurse, there are now GP appointments at weekends and weekday evenings across Sefton. You can either book an appointment via your GP practice, or NHS 111 can book an appointment with your nearest service – so long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.

The NHS 111 freephone number is available any time day or night. Trained call handlers can give you the advice you need, or direct you to the service best suited for your need.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “At any time of year, it’s a good idea to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet to treat common illnesses or minor injuries. Paracetamol, bandages, plasters, painkillers, indigestion remedies and a thermometer would help most healthy adults deal with most minor illnesses and ailments.

She added: “If you need any further advice, I would recommend calling NHS 111, going to NHS 111 online or visiting your local pharmacy. These services are excellent options for dealing with any non-urgent medical concerns.”

You can find the pharmacy opening times for each CCG area here:

South Sefton: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/

Southport and Formby: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/

CCGs Back Red Box Project

Over the past few months, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been busy collecting sanitary product donations for women who struggle to access them as part of the Red Box Project – Sefton.

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing local schools with red boxes filled with free period products.

It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who became aware of ‘period poverty’ through news reports. They were angered that some young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

Mandy Smith, Sefton coordinator at Red Box Project – Sefton, set up the service in Sefton. The initiative then sent the department the materials needed to set up a donation point in the kitchen at the Sefton CCG building.

Mandy said: “This is a great initiative to support our community – it felt like an opportunity not to be missed. We have collected a box full of period product donations for local schools and are proud to be supporting young people throughout their periods.

“No child should miss out on their education because they cannot afford period products.”

Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, added: “This is a fantastic initiative and I want to thank Mandy for getting us all involved.

“We are keen to help tackle health inequalities and to create a progressive, supportive environment which is why we got involved with the project, we hope it helps.”

To find out more about the Red Box Project and get involved, visit: www.redboxproject.org

£45,000 Released to Keep Young People Safe over Autumn Half Term

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour during the busy autumn half-term are being invited to bid for a small cash boost, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she releasing a new round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the tenth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for grants of up to £5,000 for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £378,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives. Last year, funding was awarded to 23 community groups enabling more than 7,500 young people take part in fun, safe, organised activities over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Jane said: “I am pleased to once again be able to open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Halloween and Bonfire Night are a time of fun and excitement for many people across Merseyside, but sometimes the fun can get out of hand and sadly some communities still do experience a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during this holiday. Historically, it is a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service.

“Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future. Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. By using these grants to fund a wide range of fun, safe, organised activities I hope we can help to prevent young people from getting drawn into any activities which could become intimidating, anti-social or even dangerous to other members of the community.

“These projects will support the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4pm on 30th August 2019.

Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

 

Information about Sefton’s Access To Food initiative over the Summer Holidays 2019

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

Click here for details of the VCF sector provision during Summer 2019 (PDF)

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this will compliment the service being provided by Sefton Council from the Family Wellbeing Centres across the borough.

Click here to donate online and support this year’s Access To Food initiative 

Sefton 4 Good are hoping to raise valuable funds to support the access to food initiative, and are appealing to the general public, local businesses and organisations to donate what they can.

All funds raised will go to support local not-for-profit voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector organisations who are providing this service during the summer holidays.

 

Your Chance to Have a ‘Big Chat’ with Local Health Commissioners

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are inviting local people to attend their combined ‘Big Chat’ and annual review events in September.

The events are an opportunity for residents to find out about the work that their local CCG has carried out in the past year. Attendees are also invited to share their experiences of local health services and give their views about the CCGs’ latest and forthcoming programmes and plans for the next 12 months.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “These events give people the chance to have a chat with their local health commissioners and share their feedback about our plans. We will also combine these events with our Annual General Meeting (AGM), so people can find out about how well we have performed during the past year.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “There will also be a ‘marketplace’ of information stalls promoting local health, care and support services. Some of the services attending the events will include Macmillan, Healthwatch Sefton and a 7-day GP extended access.

“The feedback we receive during these kinds of events is really useful. I encourage anyone that is interested in finding out more about local health services and commissioning, and who is interested in sharing their views on these topics, to attend one of our ‘Big Chat’ events.”

The ‘Big Chat’ events will take place on:

  • NHS Southport and Formby CCG: Tuesday 10 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at The Bliss Hotel (formerly the Ramada Hotel) adjacent to Floral Hall on the waterfront in Southport, PR9 0DZ.
  • NHS South Sefton CCG: Thursday 12 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, L20 2DD.

Residents are encouraged to attend the event for their local CCG in order to get the most relevant information.

People are asked to register in advance by emailing southportandformby.ccg@nhs.net for the event on 10th September, or southsefton.ccg@nhs.net for the event on 12th September. You can also register by calling 0151 317 8456.

For more information on the events visit the CCG websites:

https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/our-chat-events

https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/our-chat-events/

Operation Beachsafe Aims to Keep Sefton’s Coastline Safe this Summer

Operation Beachsafe is being publicised this week to remind people to keep Sefton’s coastline safe for visitors and residents alike over the summer months.

Partner agencies continue to work together to prevent crime and disorder, and encourage people to enjoy the coastline and National Trust areas safely and think of the environment.

Sefton Council, the National Trust, the RNLI, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Police and British Transport Police are all working in partnership to raise awareness and reassure those affected by various issues, including anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and other issues affecting the communities of Sefton.

Operation Beachsafe aims to address problems that the emergency services and local authorities can face over the summer months, with advice being given including:

·       Park responsibly – don’t park in front of people’s driveways or block roads, use designated car parks instead

·       Take your rubbish home with you – recycle as much as you can!

·       Campfires and barbeques – these are banned due to wildfire risk

·       Drones – these are banned as much of the coastline is a designated Site of Special Scientific interest

·       Check the tides and lifeguard advices before going for a dip

Southport Community Inspector Graham Fisher said: “We continue to work closely alongside our partners to deal with all issues on Sefton’s beautiful coastlines, and this summer is no different. We want all visitors to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable time, and show consideration for those who live in these areas.

“Anyone acting antisocially should expect to be dealt with police in a robust manner, and we will also support other agencies in their work. Beachsafe leaflets and social media content will also give advice and how you can plan your trip to the area.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want people to enjoy our fantastic coastline this summer but everybody should treat it with respect and have consideration for other beach users.

“Our beautiful coast is home to an array of wildlife and scientific protections and we would encourage people to take home their rubbish, stay safe in the hot temperatures and behave responsibly during a day out to the beach.”

You can follow #MySefton and #Beachsafe on social media for more advice, news and videos, and via the following channels: @Sefton Council @MerseyFire @Merseytravel @nationaltrust @RNLI @BTP @NaturalEngland

View a video explaining Beachsafe here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yPU_h6lJqiEjH14YXJ4EayOfUmr8CsuY/view