Citizens 4 Good Scheme Opens for Latest Round of Nominations (Closing Friday 29th June 2018)

Sefton 4 Good and the Mayor of Sefton’s Office are opening the latest round of Citizens 4 Good nominations.

Citizens 4 Good is a recognition scheme that wants to highlight the good deeds, kindness and support that local people provide to other members of their community.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local councillors.

“Since launching last August, Citizens 4 Good has recgonised 37 people for their kind acts and support of their communities,” says Mike Howlett, Senior Citizenship & Volunteering Officer for Sefton CVS “

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

“We are so pleased that Citizens 4 Good has been so well received,” commented Cllr Robinson “And look forward to recognising even more Sefton residents for their good deeds..”

The deadline for nominations is Friday 29th June, with the celebration event taking place on Thursday 12th July at a venue in Bootle from 5pm.

To nominate a Citizen 4 Good go to www.sefton4good.org.uk where you can complete an online nomination form, or alternative Download a copy here.

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

The Great Get Together in Sefton! (22nd June)

The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed in 2016. The weekend aims to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us through a weekend of neighbourhood celebrations across the country from the 22nd – 24th June. It’s promising build on the success of last year with to be the biggest community celebrations this year!

In the words of The Great Get Together themselves; “We’re inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.”

What’s on in Sefton

If you would like to get involved there are several events happening on the 22nd throughout the borough.

North Sefton at Southport Community Centre

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For more information about Southport Community Centre – southportcommunitycentre.org.uk

Central Sefton at the Feelgood Factory

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For more information about about the Feelgood Factory – www.feelgoodfactory.org.uk

South Sefton at Strand By Me Shop

Will be holding a Get Together at their shop in the Strand Shopping Centre from mid-morning until the afternoon. Volunteers from the Strand will be leading the event, however members of the public are welcome to drop in throughout the day.

For more information about Strand By Me  – seftoncvs.org.uk/projects/strandbyme/

If you are inspired to hold your own Get Together further information of how to get involved throughout the weekend is available at – www.greatgettogether.org

 

 

NHS Commissioners ‘Proud’ to have been Shortlisted in Prestigious National Awards

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG say they’re proud to have been finalists in the prestigious HSJ Value Awards 2018, recognising the best efficiency and improvement across the NHS.

Together, the CCGs were awarded the title of highly commended in the communications category for their work associated with communicating their Repeat Prescription Ordering Scheme (RPOS) at the national ceremony in Manchester.

RPOS was designed to significantly improve medicines safety for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents, by reducing the amount of wasted and unused drugs stored, without supervision, in their homes. At the same time, the scheme aimed to reduce the high cost of these wasted medicines, achieving at least £500,000 savings in its first year of operation.

The CCGs worked one-to-one with vulnerable patients, created short videos and also toured Sefton to help explain the scheme by explaining the risks caused by stockpiling drugs at home, and helping patients to have medications reviewed regularly to fit their needs.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “It was a real honour to be at the awards ceremony and to be judged the only highly commended scheme in the communications category. We’re really proud of the work we have done to be shortlisted.

“We identified early that close collaboration with our communications and engagement team would be central to the success of RPOS.”

Lyn Cooke, head of communications and engagement at the CCGs, added: “It was essential for the communications and engagement team to be involved from the inception of the pilot and its initial design, through to its evaluation and wider roll out to the rest of Sefton.

“Through working closely with the medicines management team, we maximised on their expertise as pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to speak to people about their medicines and to ensure that the repeat prescription ordering scheme would work for them.

“To be shortlisted in the HSJ awards has been a real honour and recognition for all the hard work carried out by our colleagues in medicines management supported by our communications and engagement team.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said “In July the prime minister has promised to reveal a historic funding settlement for the NHS. However, this welcome and long overdue boost will not remove the need for the NHS to deliver high quality healthcare which is also value for the money spent on it. Indeed, the extra money is likely to come with even greater scrutiny on NHS efficiency.

“The finalists and winning entrants of the HSJ Value Awards all demonstrate that the NHS is constantly seeking ways in which to enhance both the quality of care while making every penny count.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG were one of nine organisations shortlisted in the communications category of the HSJ Value Awards 2018, with local specialist mental health, addiction, learning disability and community health services provider Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 closing 31st July

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 at 10am and close on 31st July at midnight.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups in England the support to start setting up their community business. Groups accepted onto the programme will receive one to one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant to fund development and start-up costs, such as feasibility studies, legal and other fees connected with developing governance, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement, business planning and more.

The programme is run by Locality and offers:

  • Specialist support with creating a development plan for your community business
  • Mentoring and visits to inspire you and enable you to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events to learn from experts in the field
  • The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000

Interested community groups can already read the guidance and register for the ‘Is Bright Ideas right for you?’ webinar on 18 June.

Job Vacancy; Citizens Advice Sefton Money Adviser – Closing 27th June 2018

Citizens Advice Sefton

Role: Money Adviser – Money Advice Team
Location:  Sefton (based in Southport)
Salary:  £23,398 – £24,790
Hours:  35 hours per week
Pension: 7% Employer contribution
Annual leave: 28 days plus bank holidays


Sefton CAB are looking for an experienced Money Adviser to join our Money Advice team.  Ideally, you will be an approved Debt Relief Order Intermediary, and will be accredited with the Money Advice Service but if not then you should be willing to undertake the training required.

You will be someone who enjoys working within a busy environment and working holistically with colleagues to provide the support people need who are experiencing debt problems in Sefton.

For more information visit seftoncab.org.uk/jobs or email recruitment@seftoncab.org.uk or telephone 0151 282 5650 Ext 108

Closing date for applications: 27th June 2018 (5pm)

Interviews: 5th July 2018

Downloads

About Citizens Advice Sefton

Application Form – Money Advisor

Money Adviser Job Description

Guidance Notes

 

 

Volunteer Opportunity; Treasurer for The Atkinson Development Trust (closing 1pm, Monday 2nd July 2018)

Role: Treasurer
Location: The Atkinson, Southport
Hours: We hold monthly meetings for two hours at 5-7 pm
Accountable to: The Atkinson Development
Closing date: 1pm, Monday 2nd July 2018


The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity run by a small, committed group of skilled volunteers who have a shared love of Sefton and The Atkinson. Established in 2015, we’re still growing and developing.

Our aim, in short, is to raise money. What interests us is what we can do with the funds we raise. We all believe in the transformative power of art. And we believe that communities thrive best when they have civic pride and a sense of place.  So, the Trust was established to work in partnership with The Atkinson to use its collections to make a positive impact on local people’s lives.

The Treasurer’s role is to:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation, ensuring they are legal and constitutional
  • Ensure that proper records are kept and effective financial procedures are in place
  • Oversee the production and adoption of annual budgets, financial reports/returns, accounts and audits
  • Appraise the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies
  • Liaise with Trustees making them aware of their financial obligations and ensuring the financial viability of the organisation
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner
  • Contribute to the pool of expertise and advice i.e. making advice and expertise available to the Board, staff and volunteers
  • Make an active contribution in organising fundraising on behalf of The Atkinson Development Trust
  • Govern i.e directing and controlling the organisation through collective decision-making.  This is a mandatory requirement of every Trustee.

Please see the attached for more information about the role:

Treasurer recruitment -supporting info

Treasurer job description

If you have any questions please email us at: atkinsontrustees@sefton.gov.uk

The Atkinson website is: https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/

Spotlight on Men’s Health!

Living Well Sefton partners are offering a host of activities to appeal to men during this week’s Men’s Health Week. This year’s event has a focus on men and diabetes and all the activities aim to encourage men to look at what they eat and how they keep active.

In the south, Netherton Feelgood Factory and May Logan Living Well Centre in Bootle, have a timetable with the following for men to choose from: walking groups, craft and arts groups, yoga, gardening clubs and an informal mental health drop-in.

On Thursday (14th) at the May Logan in Knowsley Road there is a men’s sports group. Drop in from 1.30pm to relive your favourite memories from the world of sport. While on Friday (15th) the Feelgood Factory has a man’s social club. For £1 you can enter the Man Cave from 1.30pm.

While in Southport, Brighter Living Partnership’s men’s group has lined up a week of taster sessions.

Group member, Andrew Lloyd, says: “Coming to the men’s group has made such a difference. Before I would have just sat at home but now I’m mixing with people from all kinds of background and I get so much out of it.”

Anne-Marie Morrison, Community Resilience Development Officer with Living Well Sefton, explains: “During Men’s Health Week we’re giving a real taste of what we hope to offer for the rest of the year and we want men to come along, try them out, and then tell us what they’d like to get involved with.”

Tuesday morning – drop in and try your hand at the games club from 10.30am and treat yourself at the community café
Tuesday afternoon – drop in from 1pm for Steps to Health and Making Every Contact Count training sessions
Wednesday – Dave, a personal trainer, will be putting on a circuit training session (11am-12noon) designed for all abilities and people are asked to sign up if interested
Thursday –  a popular fixture at the centre is the lunch club at 12.30pm but book in advance as places are limited
Friday – remember your pop corn for Film Club from 1pm

For those who try out the taster sessions and become a part of the men’s group there is also the chance to undertake training with the goal of becoming peer mentors.

More details from:
May Logan on 922 8588
Feelgood Factory on 291 8010
Brighter Living Partnership on 01704 517818
Living Well Sefton on 0300 323 0181

FREE Upcoming Training: Charity Legals with Brabners (Thursday 14th June)

In this FREE seminar, Brabners Charity Law solicitors will consider some of the latest and topical issues impacting on charities, their regulation and practice including:
  • The Law Commission’s review into technical issues in charity law
  • Issues for consideration arising from the recent Oxfam and Presidents Club revelations
  • Summary of Charity Commission regulatory cases
  • Hot off the press latest information
Time: 10am – 12 noon
Venue: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo, L22 0LG (map)

To book your place online, please click here. Alternatively, please email; training@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726

ADHD Foundation Conference; “ADHD in 2018, Neurodiversity and Mental Health.” – 8th/9th November

“ADHD in 2018, Neurodiversity and Mental Health.”

It is the largest ADHD themed conference in the UK- the focus of the conference on the 8th November is clinical and medical and the 9th November, education.

Bursary places available to all teachers,SENDCOs, School Leaders, doctors and nurses with an interest in ADHD for £120 per person per day.

Book early– sold out by mid- September in both 2016 and 2017.

The programme on the 8th November includes presentations on optimising treatmentfor ADHD,best practice models for nurse led ADHD clinics,the latest research into ADHD and Genetics, Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis in high functioning ADHD, Mental Health and Comorbidity.

Key speakers include:

Professor Anthoni Ramos Quriga, Head of Psychiatry at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona who will be delivering a keynote presentation on his groundbreaking research into the use of both mindfulness and virtual reality as a treatment for ADHD.

Professor Sandra Kooij, Head of the Dutch Expertise Centre for Adult ADHD and the Founder and Chair of the European Network for Adult ADHD, will be leading a session entitled, “ADHD, Sleep amd Mental Health.”

The programme on the 9th November includes presentations on supporting learners with ADHD, ASC , Tourette’s Syndrome and Pathological Demand Avoidance, addressing anxiety, supporting parenting, developing good sleep hygiene for SEND learners,active learning and using assistive technology effectively.

Key speakers include:  

Professor Barry Carpenter OBE.

Honorary Professor at the Universities of Worcester (UK), Limerick (Ireland) , Hamburg (Germany), Flinders, (Australia) and the Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford.

Professor Carpenter will be delivering a keynote presentation on “Creating Mental Wealth in children and young people with ADHD.” and a breakout session on his ground breaking work exploring the unique needs of Girls with Autism.

Dr Simon Bignall.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Derby, nominated for the Times Higher Education,‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ Award. Research interests include Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD, with a PHD in “ADHD and Children’s Language.”

Dr Bignall will be delivering a key note presentation on supporting learners with the overlapping symptomology of ADHD and ASC.

For booking information, go to www.adhdfoundation.org.uk and click on “Book Now” on the Home page and fill in the booking form.

For more information, contact colin.foley@adhdfoundation.org.uk

Download the 2018 ADHD Conference Programme Here

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Autism Friendly Film Screening at the Plaza Community Cinema – 18th June

The next Autism Friendly Film Screening at the Plaza Cinema will be on Monday 18th June, at 5.30pm. As usual low level lighting in the auditorium will be maintained and screen the film at a reduced volume.

Details below:

The Isle Of Dogs (PG)

1 hour 41 mins.
Animation, adventure, comedy
Frame stop animation
Director: Wes Anderson. Also director of Fantastic Mr. Fox.

STARRING:
Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand and Yoko Ono

STORYLINE:
Set 20 years into the future …. an outbreak of dog flu has spread through the city of Megasaki, Japan, and Mayor Kobayashi has demanded all dogs to be sent to Trash Island. On the island, a young boy named Atari sets out to find his lost dog, Spots, with the help of five other dogs… and many obstacles along the way.

PREVIEW:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5104604/videoplayer/vi2651502617?ref_=vi_nxt_ap

Sefton Council’s Southport Heritage project wins National Lottery support

Sefton Council has received initial National Lottery support for the Southport Townscape Heritage Project.

The Council managed to beat off fierce competition from 23 other submitted bids nationally to be one of only 5 areas within the UK awarded the grant.

The grant (which is made possible by National Lottery players), will fund a project which aims to:

• Enhance the quality and strength of the linkages between the town centre and the Seafront so that the two become better integrated
• Increase the levels of economic activity within the target area to reduce the number of vacant and underused properties.

The project will focus on historic properties between Lord Street and the Promenade in order to complement the previously awarded Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of Kings Gardens and the recent £2m award from the Coastal Community funds for the pier.

Development funding of £70,100 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help Sefton in partnership with Southport BID progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant of £1.6m at a later date, which it is hoped will contribute to a combined funding pot of around £2.4m.

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work, involving structural and external repair of historic buildings; the reinstatement of authentic architectural features (e.g. traditional shopfronts, windows) and works to bring vacant floor space in historic buildings back into use.

The project will also bring community and educational benefits to the town and in conjunction with partners such as Southport Civic Society and education and training providers, will include a programme for promoting the heritage of the town including education, training and skills development for the repair and looking after historic buildings. It is hoped that this will bring about significant volunteer opportunities.

The target area for the project is located within Lord Street and the Promenade Conservation Areas which includes a rich and nationally significant collection of historic buildings, layout and landscaping. This heritage is important to residents, businesses and visitors alike, contributes to the economy of the town as well as giving a strong sense of identity, local pride and community value.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “Considering we were competing against other local authorities for this funding and how massively oversubscribed it is, the fact we are successful is a testament to the strength of our bid.

“This was a real team effort and involved a lot of hard work with our planning and conservation officers along with partners.

“The project will focus on the areas between Lord Street and the Promenade linking up the town centre with the seafront to build on the recent Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of King’s Gardens and the Coastal Communities Fund of £2m for Southport Pier.

“We strongly believe the money will enhance these links so that the two areas become more integrated while increasing economic activity with the aim of reducing the number of vacant, underused and poorly maintained properties.”

Rob Uffendell, Chair of Southport Business Improvement District, said: “This is a great example of an effective and strong public and private sector partnership working together to attract external funding to Southport.

“BIDs aren’t just about delivering events and organising marketing and promotional campaigns. There is increasing evidence that investors and funding bodies are becoming more attracted to areas where BIDs operate and that has to be good news for the future development of our town”.

Southport Townscape Heritage Project has initially been granted round one development funding of £70,100 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £1,625,000.

The Sovini Group help local Merseyside family with autism-friendly garden

Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group have been working together in collaboration with Cobalt Housing Association to create an autism-friendly garden for a local Merseyside family. Cash for Kids has facilitated the project, whilst The Sovini Group have delivered the works.

The Sovini Group which incorporates One Vision Housing, Pine Court Housing Association, Sovini Property Services, Sovini Trade Supplies and Carroll Group is a property management and development group based in Merseyside operating throughout the UK.

Cash for Kids mission is to respond to the needs of children in their communities, they aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential. They support children ages 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect. In 2017 they raised over £23 million and supported more than 709,000.

The family were in need of some outdoor space for their two children, George and Jack Knowles who suffer from autism. After approaching The Steve Morgan Foundation for sensory toys the family realised their garden wasn’t autism-friendly or suitable for the sensory toys, for example the fences could be easily climbed on, and they needed artificial turf as the little ones often enjoyed playing in the mud and putting bits of plastic from the ground in their mouths. The children couldn’t play in the garden without constant supervision.

Soon after discovering the garden wasn’t suitable, the family began to search for the costs involved in transforming it into an autism-friendly escape for the kids. They quickly realised the costs involved would be completely unaffordable at around £6,000, this was when they were put in contact with Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group.

A sensory garden stimulates all senses in a non-overwhelming way; sight, touch, taste, and sound, through the use of different artificial plants, materials and toys.

Southport Food & Drink Festival 2018 starts TODAY!

Thousands of culinary explorers are expected to attend the free, three day, annual Southport Food and Drink festival this weekend.

The superb setting of Victoria Park, Southport will host the Sefton Council run festival of fabulous fare and delicious drinks between Friday and Sunday (June 1st-3rd).

Street food stalls serving a variety of international flavours and healthy treats will be tantalising tastebuds throughout the three days.

Foods on offer include crepes, gourmet burgers, hot wings, churros, spiral potatoes, paella and curry, to name just a few of the culinary delights visitors can enjoy.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Southport Food & Drink Festival is a fabulous event for all the family, with plenty of entertainment taking place alongside a vast international array of food and drink.

“The festival gets bigger and better every year and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages to this superb free event.

“This is just the start of an extensive events programme taking place across our beautiful borough throughout the year which we are very proud of.”

A huge variety of food and drink producers from the region will also set up shop in Victoria Park, showcasing the very best creations imaginable; from Posh Pots to Retro Shots, herbs and spices, to pies and puddings.

The atmosphere is brought alive with live music throughout the day, including a children’s festival where circus workshops, food themed activities and more to keep little ones will be entertained all day long.

Southport Food and Drink Festival runs from 10am-6pm between Friday June 1st and Sunday June 3rd.

For further information and to plan your day visit www.VisitSouthport.com

Plaza Cinema to Hold Special Screening as part of its 20th Birthday Celebrations

Plaza Cinema has been showing a selection of specially chosen films this year to help celebrate its 20th birthday – but next month will be extra special as  the screenwriter of the chosen film will be one of the guests and will even hold a question and answer session afterwards!

The community venue turns 20 in July and manager Martin Fol is showing 20 films across 2017 to help celebrate.

On Sunday, June 11th, at 8pm, the Plaza will show 2004 comedy-drama film Millions, with screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce scheduled to attend and answer questions from fans.

The writer, who lives in Blundellsands, created the screenplay for the film while it was actually being made by adapting his previously published book of the same name.

The novel Millions was subsequently awarded the Carnegie Medal, which is a British literary award that annually recognises one outstanding new book for children or young adults.

The Plaza Cinema officially turns 20 on Tuesday, July 18th and more details on event plans will be revealed closer to the time.

Call to Support Local Fundraising for Life-Saving Cancer Research

A group of fundraisers led by a Formby cancer hero are looking for local people to pledge their support and help them raise money for life-saving cancer research.

Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer and one in three of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.

The Sefton-based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is now looking for volunteers to act as regional cancer heroes and raise money for cancer research.

Jim Brown, 72, from Formby,  set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer support group The Daisy Chain. Wanting to widen his support for cancer-based charities, he set up the fundraising group with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.

Jim who has lived in Formby all his life, was first inspired to work with local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

He said: “When we got Joan’s cancer diagnosis, it was a shock for us all. But thanks to treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she’s now doing much better.

“Watching her go through her treatment was hard, but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for them and their loved ones.

“Research is an incredibly important part of the cancer journey. It’s more than just finding a cure for cancer, but it’s also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer but are easier for patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side-effects that many treatments do today.

“I’ve been to the research labs at the North West Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already making.”

The group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise money for this life-saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help organise fundraising events in the local community.

Jim added: “You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any contribution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight against cancer.”

To find out more contact Jim on brownchest@yahoo.co.uk or call 01704 574787.

Formby Festival Returns this Summer

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Formby Festival.

Organisers of the three day event, which aims to celebrate the best in entertainment, food and drink say they are planning a festival which will be bigger and better than ever before.

Between July 14th and July 16th. hundreds of people are expected to descend on Formby Village centre for the festival, with special tribute nights planned to honour both Robbie Williams and Cilla Black on the Friday evening (July 14th).

A spokesperson for the Formby Festival said: “With cuisines and delights from across the globe there’s something to satisfy each person’s taste.

“Are you an artisan enthusiast? With home-made gifts, specialist snacks and much more you won’t be disappointed!

“We have chef demos throughout the Saturday and Sunday with our resident celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year;  Aazam Ahmed with guest chefs as well. Our main stage is jam packed with the finest talent the UK has to offer.

“From Friday night right through to Sunday evening you’ll hear local bands, choral groups and even see performances from TV stars!

“Every year we aim to make Formby Festival even better than the last. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be having a tribute night on Friday.

“This will be a must-see, so make sure you’ve got your tickets.

“The World’s No. 1 Robbie Tribute and The Cilla Show: Step Inside Love, will both perform

“Our Saturday night musical firework and laser display has become a legendary feature of the weekend. You won’t want to miss it!”

For more info visit www.formbyfestival.co.uk.

Tom proud to be part of Royal Air Force team set to carry RAF 100 Baton across the UK

Tom, from Maghull, is among a team of mechanical engineers from the Royal Air Force who have been selected to carry the RAF 100 Baton across the country to celebrate the service’s centenary.

They will be taking the baton with them as they attempt to complete the ‘three peaks’ challenge in 24 hours for charity.

Tom Carr, 22, will be among a team of ten who will take on the challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon.

The specially designed baton set off on a journey around the UK and abroad on April 1 and will be carried by different volunteers that all have a connection to the RAF, and will visit 100 sites around the UK associated with the service.

The team will be raising money for the four main RAF charities, which are: The RAF Benevolent Fund; The Royal Air Forces Association; the RAF Museum; and RAF Charitable Trust.

The RAF 100 Baton will be delivered to The Queen in London on July 10 at Horse Guard’s Parade.

The group are all based at Number 4 School of Technical Training at MOD St Athan. The group are training to be general technicians.

Tom said: “We will be pushing ourselves to the extreme to climb the three highest mountains in the UK in under 24 hours.

“It will be tough, but being part of the RAF 100 Baton Relay and also raising money for the RAF 100 appeal is a great privilege for us all.”

The team will set off from MOD St Athan in Wales on June 15 and stay overnight at Lochaber Air Cadet Squadron.

They will then tackle Ben Nevis first, followed by Scafell Pike and then Snowdon.

Tom added: “I am doing this because it is important to remember and thank the veterans who fought and died for the sake of our country, and the Air Force.

“It is also important to thank the people serving today in uncertain times and also to inspire the next generation to ensure the Royal Air Force can last another century.”

Former pupil pays Merchant Taylors’ School a flying visit

A former pupil decided to drop in at his old school in Crosby to say hello – and arrived by helicopter!

Royal Navy Air Squadron, Lieutenant Commander AJ Thompson paid a visit to Merchant Taylors’ School on Friday, April 27th and arrived by a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter, much to the delight of current pupils and staff!

It turned out to be a family affair as AJ’s brother, William, attends the school and was part of a CCF Guard of Honour when he landed.

The brothers were then met at the school by their dad, Andrew.

The day was attended by 38 senior North West military professionals from the RAF, Army and the Royal Navy and consisted of a formal inspection of the Schools’ Guard of Honour, followed by a review of its cadet’s activities and performances.

Merchant Taylors’ Combined Cadet’s Force was founded in 1915, and is one of the largest contingents in the country.

Lt Cdr Thompson said “It’s been 20 years since I left Merchant Taylors’, so it was a real privilege to bring an aircraft back to the school, as I spent so many years being part of its Combined Cadet Force.

“I was especially proud to be able to share this moment with my younger brother, Will, and see him in the Guard of Honour. The connections to school are so important and I hope we can continue these links in the years to come.”

After its arrival, there was a host of activities for the cadets, including an assault course, section attacks and the chance to view the state of the art Wildcat helicopter.

This was followed by lunch at the Boys’ School and a review of the Schools’ CCF Guard of Honour, by Inspecting Officer, Group Captain John Lawlor, Chief of Staff for the RAF Air Cadets.

Commemorative plaque honours Litherland church volunteer Stan Martin

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at a Litherland church in memory of a popular community volunteer.

Stan Martin, who passed away in May last year at the age of 87, devoted 47 years to a Church Lads’ Brigade in Litherland and was a sides-person at St Philip’s Church for a remarkable 74 years.

To honour his legacy, a plaque was unveiled on Sunday, May 6th by Reverend Alan Finch and Stan’s wife Pat Martin.

During the service, Stan, known fondly as ‘Mr M’  was described as a “loving and caring person” who helped transform the church through his role on the building committee and the time he spent maintaining the grounds and woodland garden.

The service culminated with Rev Finch carrying out a dedication of a cross, which was placed in the church in memory of Pat and Stan’s daughter, Susan Tracey. As well as devoting nearly five decades to the Lads’ Brigade at St Philip’s Church, Stan was also the commanding officer for two decades and ran its 40-strong bugle band which had a superb reputation.

In 2013, Stan and Pat were given the Sefton CVS Community Award in recognition of their combined 130 years of community work.

Pat and Stan received the award from the former Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Maureen Fearn, at Sefton CVS’s annual general meeting and annual conference at Linacre Mission in Bootle.

Mersey Community Groups Funded to the tune of £115,000

Fourteen community groups from Merseyside and Halton have received funding to help boost recycling, re-use and waste prevention in the region.

£115,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006. The financial support will help the selected groups to reduce waste, encourage recycling and materials re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • The reduction of food waste through cookery clubs and growing local produce
  • Re-using and upcycling unwanted furniture
  • Creative sewing classes to encourage textiles re-use
  • Creating a school garden green space with used plastic bottles
  • A pop-up re-use shop selling donated goods
  • Refurbishing and redistributing furniture, clothes and tools

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said:

“Giving local groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“These projects can have a significant impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“The successful applications made it clear that they understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

This year projects must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled.

The impact of the 2017/18 Fund saw 12 projects deliver 28 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 479 volunteers, 29,178 people directly engaged and 1024 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill.

Projects have until March 2019 to deliver their schemes.

Park Nights return for May Half Term

Active Sefton’s successful Park Nights are set to return this May half term!

The free evening events are designed to give youngsters across the south of borough the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Hosted at various locations throughout South Sefton, the early evening events aims to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to take part in fun filled activities

Throughout the week (Tuesday May 29 – Friday June 1) youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including street golf, ultimate frisby, climbing walls and more!

Park Nights is organised by Active Sefton and funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.

Activities include:

  • Dodgeball and Games at Bowersdale Park (5-7pm) Tuesday May 29
  • Street Golf and Football at Kirkstone Park (6-8pm) on Tuesday May 29
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Games at Derby Park (5-7pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Climbing Wall at Netherton Activity Centre (6-8pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Street golf and Football at Crosby Coastal Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball at Kirkstone Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Street Golf and Football at North Park (5-7pm) on Friday June 1

For more information contact the Active Sefton Team on 0151 288 6286.

 

Volunteering Opportunities in the Spotlight for Volunteers Week 2018

Volunteer Centre Sefton will be holding a Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson on Lord Street in the town from 11am until 3pm on Tuesday 6th June, as part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer initiative.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Volunteer Fair, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Organisations attending the event will include the Friends of Kings Gardens, literacy charity Beanstalk, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Southport FC, the Orrell Trust and Sefton Community Learning Service.

Representatives will also be attending from Citizens Advice Sefton, Parenting 2000, Home-Start Southport and Formby and Merseyside Offender Mentoring.

Mike Howlett, Volunteer Centre Sefton’s Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer, said:  “At this event we’ll be looking for people to join our existing volunteers in the borough who do such a fantastic job in terms of helping to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

“As well as being a good way to meet new people, volunteering can be tailored to the lifestyle of each individual – what you do, where you do it and how much time you give is totally up to you.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson. Our message to everyone is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

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Anyone unable to attend the event who would like information about the opportunities on offer can get in touch with Volunteer Centre Sefton on 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

Job Vacancy; Women’s Mental Health Recovery Practitioner (Crosby Women’s Service) – Closing 8th June 2018

Job Role: Women’s Mental Health Recovery Practitioner (Crosby Women’s Service)
Salary: £16,781.74 p.a.
Hours: 37.5 hrs per week Shift pattern Days / Waking nights


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated person to join Imagines’ Specialist Service portfolio.

Working as part of a team supporting women who have been discharged from secure services and have severe and enduring mental health diagnoses; this position provides specialist input to empower women to continue on their journey to independence and support them to achieve their full potential. The service delivered is a psychologically informed and therapeutically driven environment that puts women at the heart of their own recovery.

The ideal candidate will have experience of women’s support, forensic or mental health services and a willingness to engage with the extensive training programme provided.

The successful candidate will be provided with a standard five-day induction course along with a comprehensive package of specialist training. The candidate will be trained to deliver a service based on the principals of Cognitive Analytical Therapy and supervised monthly by our psychotherapist to ensure a consistently high-level of informed practice.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a positive mindset to recovery and inclusion and is looking for an opportunity to part of a team committed to outstanding person centred delivery. In return Imagine offer development opportunities across the UK, exposure to well-coordinated multi-disciplinary team working (including our collaborative team approach with CPNs and Psychiatrists) and the opportunity to work in a well resourced, well respected supportive team environment.

These posts are open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine Occupational qualification under the Equality Act 2010.

To apply and for more information visit; www.imagineindependence.org.uk/vacancy/womens-mental-health-recovery-practitioner-crosbys-womens-service/

Closing date for applications:
08.06.18

Completed application forms are to be returned by no later than the closing date/time by email to ldanson@imaginementalhealth.org.uk

Trustee Position; PH Holt Foundation (closing date 9am, Friday 15th June 2018)

Salary: Unpaid voluntary post
Start Date: September 2018
Commitment: Board meetings 4 times a year held in Liverpool during business hours plus participation on one or more of our sub-committees (Grants, Investments, Finance, Risk Management) and occasional visits to Merseyside charities.


Due to the retirement of longstanding trustees, the PH Holt Foundation is looking to recruit three new trustees to its board and welcomes applications from individuals who share our values and commitment to making a positive difference in communities across Merseyside. We are particularly keen to strengthen our board’s expertise and skill base with professionals from the private, public and charity worlds with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Financial management and accountancy
  • Governance and risk management
  • Legal expertise in relation to the voluntary sector
  • Investment management
  • Marketing and digital communications
  • Experience and knowledge from working in the field of education, the arts or community programmes

If you would like to apply, please send the following information:

  • A brief covering letter outlining why you would like to be a PH Holt Foundation Board Member and the skills you would bring to the role [maximum two sides of A4].
  • A current CV providing details of two referees who could be contacted following interview

Your application should be returned for the attention of Ian Bakewell, Chair and emailed to: chair@phholtfoundation.org.uk

Deadline: 9am on Friday 15th June 2018.

Interviews will be held during weeks commencing 2nd and 9th July 2018 for a start date in September 2018

Downloads:

Role Description and Person Specification
PH Holt Leaflet (PDF)

phholtfoundation.org.uk/

‘Examine Your Options’ this Bank Holiday

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

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

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

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

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

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

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

 Pharmacy Services

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

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

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

 NHS.UK

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

 NHS 111

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

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

 Your Local GP

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

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

 GP Out of Hours Service

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

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

 Walk-in centres

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

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

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

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

 Patient Access

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Green Sefton launches with massive borough-wide cleanup

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

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

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

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

The evening takes place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.