Sefton’s Social Investment Survey for local groups & organisations (closing Friday 30th November)

Sefton CVS, working in partnership with Sefton Council to explore the potential for social investment to finance solutions that address the challenges facing Sefton’s communities.

This survey is for Sefton’s VCFSE Sector to help us understand the current levels of local knowledge about social investment and the interest in finding out more about it. It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

If you experience any problems whilst trying to complete the survey, please email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. 

Grants to Help Reduce Social Isolation

Local groups have been given a boost now that wellbeing organisation Living Well Sefton has launched the fifth round of the Community Resilience Grant.

Community groups and community-minded individuals are being encouraged to apply for funding for projects designed to get more people out of their houses and linking in with their communities.

Michael Swift, who runs Southport’s Stepping Stones social group for those with health conditions, was successful in securing funding from a previous round and said: “We wouldn’t have been able to do the drama without the funding and it has helped give people confidence and bring them closer together.”

Karen Nolan, co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, explained: “The focus of our latest funding is about helping people get out and about so they feel less lonely. So we want to hear from community groups that have ideas on how to make this happen.”

The Community Resilience Grant has supported local communities with a range of projects from enhancing wellbeing through gardening or craft workshops to providing cooking classes that improve healthy eating.

There are grants of up to £2,000 for organisations and £500 to individuals, who are supported by a organisational partner. Grants are subject to specific criteria being met and will be approved by a judging panel. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 30.

Anyone interested in applying can complete the application form on the Living Well Sefton website where there are guidance notes on how to complete the form as well as the criteria for applying – www.livingwellsefton.org.uk

Paper versions of the application form can also be downloaded from the website.

Call the team direct on 0300 323 0181 or email LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk for further details.

Aldi’s Christmas Food Donation Campaign – Important information for local charities (applications close Sunday 18th November)

All Aldi stores will close from 6pm on Christmas Eve until Thursday 27th December 2018 to give  staff a well-earned break, and stores will be donating unsold fresh food to good causes in the local community.

Each of the UK stores will select one charity from their local area who may benefit from a donation. 

It’s time to take the signs of diabetes seriously this World Diabetes Day

People across Southport and Formby are being urged not to ignore signs and symptoms this World Diabetes Day (14 November 2018).

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes the blood sugar level to be too high.  Across Sefton, 6,500 are classed as being ‘at risk’ of developing type 2 diabetes – but it is preventable.

Dr Doug Callow, GP and diabetes lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It’s really important that diabetes is diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

“Making sure you know the symptoms means that you can work to make the changes you need to, to make sure it doesn’t get worse.”

The signs to look out for are:

  • feeling very thirsty
  • urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night
  • feeling very tired
  • weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
  • itching around the penis, or frequent episodes of thrush
  • cuts or wounds that heal slowly
  • blurred vision

Not being diagnosed or not managing diabetes properly once diagnosed can lead to serious health problems – heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, problems with your feet, blindness and problems with your kidneys.  In women, it can also contribute to miscarriage and stillbirth.

Dr Callow added: “Not managing diabetes properly can lead to serious complications, this is why there is lots of support for you, including our Diabetes Education Programme.”

Provided by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, ‘Diabetes and You’ is a programme for people who have been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  ‘Diabetes and More’ is for people who have been living with the condition for more than a year.

These sessions are free, informal and are a great way of meeting other people who are also keen to learn more about managing their condition and are designed to make living with diabetes as manageable for you as possible.

John Bennett, 65, who was diagnosed with diabetes several months ago said: “I’m retired and I was a driver in my last job.

“I went to the GP for a 65 MOT and that’s when I learned that I had diabetes. I don’t have any symptoms and I was referred to the service via my GP.

“When I visited the service, I found them very useful and helpful. I have no complaints whatsoever. They are very clear, they don’t patronise you and they tell you what is what when it comes to diabetes. The clarification is perfect.

“The service gives you a lot of confidence in dealing with diabetes and I would recommend other people with diabetes to visit the Diabetes Education Team and ensure they get help early on.”

Erin Foley from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Diabetes Education Team said: “Locally 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.

“With support to maintain a healthy diet, keep active and keep to a healthy weight, people with diabetes can stay well and reduce their risks of long-term health problems. Diabetes can have an impact on the health of the whole family. So, families have a key role to play in supporting lifestyle changes.

“Learning how to self-manage diabetes is a must for anyone who has the condition. People with diabetes are at risk of developing health problems that include renal disease, blindness, cardiovascular disease and lower limb amputations, and it is because of this that we hold regular diabetes sessions to help people with diabetes to understand their condition better and how to successfully manage it to keep themselves well.

“The sessions are free and extremely useful in learning how to live with diabetes.”

The courses are held in various venues across Southport and Formby and at various timings throughout the day, including evenings and weekends.  They’re designed to make living with diabetes as manageable for you as possible.

To find out more about these programmes or to book directly onto a course, contact the Diabetes Education Team on 01704 387271 or email lcn-tr.diabeteseducation@nhs.net

To find out more about diabetes, visit the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes

Job Vacancy: Head of Performance and HR with Sefton Carers Centre (closing 5pm, Tuesday 27th November)

Sefton Carers Centre is a dynamic, local charity providing an extensive range of services to unpaid carers in Sefton. We also provide support services to Direct Payment clients in Sefton. Our vision is a world in which the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and valued and where they have access to support and services of the quality that they need to live their own lives.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our Senior Management Team and help drive the quality and impact of the services we provide to unpaid carers and direct payment clients in Sefton. The role is offered on a permanent basis.

Age Concern Crosby; Flicks & Friends Film Screening at The Plaza Cinema – Tuesday 20th November 2018

In conjunction with Living Well Sefton and the Plaza Community Cinema, Age Concern Crosby are pleased to present the following film on Tuesday 20th November;

First Man
Tickets just £1.00 including Film, Tea/Coffee and Biscuits (pay on the door)
Doors open 12.30pm and film starts showing at 1.00pm.

Information about the film;
TITLE: First man: (12A)
GENRE: Biography, Drama, History
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 21 mins.
DIRECTOR: Damien Chazelle
SCREENPLAY: Josh Singer
STARRING: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke

SYNOPSIS:
Based on the book by James R Hansen
The film examines the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon on 20th July, 1969.

Flick & Friends November 2018

Charity Digital Code of Practice Launches in November

New code aims to answer calls among charities for more help to manage risk, persuade leaders of the importance of digital and to improve staff skills.

The first digital code of practice for charities is to launch next month to help the sector improve their tech skills and increase digital take up.

The Charity Digital Code of Practice is funded by Lloyds Banking Group and Co-op Foundation and is managed by a sector wide group led by independent digital expert Zoe Amar.

“Like Glue” Preview: Exploring the impact of relationship abuse in teenage relationships (9.30-10.45am, Monday 10th December)

On Monday 10th December, Sefton Council are hosting a special theatre performance at Bootle Town Hall exploring the impact of relationship abuse on young people. This performance is commissioned by the Office of the Merseyside PCC and Sefton Council’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team and is free to attend. 

Government launches new national hate crime awareness campaign

A new nationwide hate crime campaign aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of what constitutes a hate crime has been launched by the government.

The campaign has been developed in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime and other organisations, to help the public understand hate crime, particularly offences which often people do not recognise as criminal, such as some forms of online and verbal abuse.

Why not ask your pharmacist?

Health experts in Sefton are reminding residents to ask their pharmacist about the range of services available in local chemists during a week long campaign, running from the 5th to 11th November, and beyond.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG are supporting ‘Ask Your Pharmacist’ week, which highlights the range of services and support that is available to people from their local chemist with a focus this year on medicines safety.

Ask Your Pharmacist week complements ‘Stay Well this Winter’, which encourages people to look after themselves during the colder months, as part of the wider national campaign, ‘Help us Help You’. The campaign reminds people to see a pharmacist if they need advice on minor illnesses and / or medication; and for older people it is a reminder to keep warm during the winter months by putting on an extra layer or turning up their heat.

Often, people make unnecessary trips to the GP or even A&E, when their neighbourhood chemist could help instead. In recent years, pharmacists have expanded their role, and now provide a wide range of clinical and public health services, within easy reach of the people who need them most.

Graeme Batten, pharmacist and chairman of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) in Sefton, said: “We offer expert advice and support on a range of topics without an appointment; we can offer advice on the correct and safe use of medicines and devices as well as healthy living advice such as looking after yourself in the winter months. Many pharmacies also offer blood pressure checks and other services such as stopping smoking and providing emergency hormonal contraception.

“We specifically help patients manage their medicines with a medicine use review (MUR) consultation and support with new medicines in a private consultation room. This gives us the opportunity to discuss how to use medicines safely and the side effects and benefits of your medicines with you.

“My advice in Ask Your Pharmacy week and all year round would be to pop in to your local chemist and have a chat about how they can help you.”

Another way to make the most of your local chemist is by signing up to NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s Care at the Chemist scheme, which is aimed at more vulnerable residents who do not normally pay for their prescriptions. Care at the Chemist is available at a number of pharmacies across the borough and provides expert advice and medications for a wide range of conditions, without the need for a doctor’s appointment.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “If you are one of our more vulnerable residents and you do not normally pay for your prescription, then Care at the Chemist is a great way for you to be seen by a health professional, who can advise on treatment for a number of ailments and offer medication where appropriate.”

For a list of pharmacies signed up to the Care at the Chemist scheme and how to register, visit the NHS South Sefton CCG website at southseftonccg.nhs.uk and NHS Southport and Formby CCG website at southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk.

World War One Commemoration at St Nicholas Church Blundellsands (3rd, 4th & 10th November)

St Nicholas’ church will be marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 as part of its ongoing heritage programme. From Saturday 3rd November there will be a digital display about local soldiers who gave their lives in the conflict, plus an exhibition of photographs and archive material, live and recorded music of the time and children’s activities. Plus free refreshments – coffee, tea and cake for all visitors.

This is an opportunity to see how the war affected the church and local community. Also to share your own family’s story if you wish to – you are welcome to bring along any photos, letters or other artefacts that you have.

Opening times:

Saturday 3RD November: 10.30am –  12noon & 2pm – 4pm
Sunday 4TH November: 1.30pm  –  3pm
Saturday 10TH November: 10.30am  –  12noon & 2pm- 4PM

The church is also open for heritage as usual throughout November every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon  and the WW1 displays will remain in place until 22nd November.

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Seftons’ Health Experts urge Residents to get Flu Jab – It’s free because you need it!

Leading health figures from Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are urging residents eligible for the flu jab to make sure they get protected.

Free flu vaccinations are available to those who are most seriously affected by the flu because they need it. This includes pregnant women, who can have the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, children aged 2 to 9, residents of all ages with a long-term health condition, everyone aged 65 and over, and people who are carers or work in health or social care roles.

While most people can expect to recover from flu in about a week, each winter, tens of thousands of people in England end up in hospital because of flu with thousands dying from complications of seasonal flu.

People who are eligible can get vaccinated at their local GP practice or pharmacy and parents with children in years 1-5 will be asked for permission for them to receive the nasal spray vaccination at school. Parents of pre-school children over two years old will be invited in by their GP practice and can book an appointment for their child to have the flu nasal spray.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I strongly recommend that all those who are eligible for a free vaccination make sure they get it to protect themselves from the adverse effects of flu.

“The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu and drastically reduces serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.”

Chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Dr Rob Caudwell, said: “Anyone of any age with an existing health condition, like asthma or diabetes should get vaccinated, even if they generally feel healthy and well. This is because a dose of flu can greatly worsen their condition and make complications like pneumonia more likely.”

Acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, Dr Craig Gillespie, said: “Carers are also eligible for a free flu jab as well as those they look after.

“If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, or if you have any questions about getting vaccinated, simply check the NHS website or contact your GP practice and ask for advice, we’ll be happy to help.”

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “As a member of front line staff working directly with patients, I am offered the flu jab and always have mine. It’s so important for those who are eligible so please take it up if you are.”

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your general practice or pharmacist to get it.

You can find a wide range of information about the annual flu immunisation campaign and see whether you are eligible at: www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine. If you have any further queries simply ask at your GP practice or pharmacist.

Know your Care at the Chemist

In preparation for winter and the illnesses the cold weather can bring, Healthwatch Sefton and the two NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the borough are working in partnership to raise awareness of where local residents can get free, fast and expert advice from their local pharmacist.

All pharmacists offer expert advice on minor illnesses and ailments and should be your first port of call for conditions like coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as advising on healthy eating and stopping smoking.

They can recommend the best over-the-counter remedy to start treating your symptoms as soon as possible, without the need for an appointment. They can also signpost you to which local service can help you if they can’t.

In addition to the free advice already available from high street pharmacies, some also offer the Care at the Chemist scheme, which is available to all patients registered with a Sefton GP. It is intended to improve access for patients suffering from minor ailments to the medicines they need to treat the illness without the need to see your GP.

If you don’t pay for your prescriptions then you can ask to join the Care at the Chemist scheme to get free medicines for a range of everyday health ailments.

The range of common, everyday illnesses and ailments included in the scheme comprises: athlete’s foot, cold sores, conjunctivitis, constipation, cystitis, diarrhoea, fever, haemorrhoids (piles), heartburn and indigestion, infant colic, nasal congestion, sore throat, sprains and strains, toothache, thrush, and warts.

However, during engagement work with pharmacies, locality representatives from Healthwatch Sefton – the health and care consumer champion – highlighted the difficulty people may have in knowing which pharmacy was part of the scheme. HWS - Maurice head shot

Maurice Byrne, Healthwatch Sefton Locality Representative for Maghull, explained: “It is important for people to bear in mind the options available to them when it comes to seeking medical advice or information. But, if you don’t know which pharmacy is part of the Care at the Chemist scheme, then it can be difficult to make that choice.”

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:
“All pharmacists are highly trained experts who can give advice on common illnesses and ailments, advising on the best over-the-counter medicine to treat your need whether they offer Care at the Chemist or not.

“You also don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist. They have private consultation rooms so you can talk to them in confidence.

“If they are unable to treat your symptoms or have any concerns they will sign post you to the correct service.

“You can find out more about Care at the Chemist, including a full list of participating pharmacies from both CCG websites.”

The following pharmacies are currently part of the Care at the Chemist scheme:

Southport & Formby;
Bispham Road Pharmacy, Southport
Cambridge Road Pharmacy, Churchtown
Crossens Pharmacy, Rufford Road
Formby Health Rooms & Pharmacy, Liverpool Road
Fylde Road Pharmacy, Southport
Hesketh Park, Queens Road, Southport
Sedem Pharmacy, Churchtown
St Marks Pharmacy, Southport
Woolleys Internet Pharmacy, Bispham Road, Southport

South Sefton;

Crosby/Waterloo
Alexanders Pharmacy
Cohens Chemist
Higgins Pharmacy
Crosby Road Pharmacy

Netherton
Cohen’s Chemist
Netherton Pharmacy, Durham Avenue

Maghull
Meadows Pharmacy, Station Road Pharmacy.

Bootle
Knowsley Road Pharmacy
Superdrug Pharmacy, Bootle Strand.

Half Term Camps Return to Sefton

Be Active has prepared a ‘spooktacular’ line-up of activities for Sefton’s youngsters this October Half Term (October 22nd – 26th).

Registration is now open and parents across the city region are encouraged to sign their youngsters up before the places are filled.

Be Active offers half term camp days and activities at leisure centres across Sefton including Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure, Litherland Sports Park, Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre, Netherton Activity Centre and Dunes Splash World.

Designed with October Half Term in mind, Spooky Spectacular camp days will include obstacles courses, archery competitions, hand ball, sports tournaments and more. Children are invited to attend in Halloween fancy dress on Friday, October 26th.

The LFC Foundation will return with its popular sessions that include sports drills, challenges and small sided games with prizes to be won each day.

Dance Mash-ups will also return this October with sessions dedicated to The Greatest Showman and Disney villains.

Camp days are priced at £13 per day which is reduced if multiple days are booked. Discounted prices are also available to Active Choices card holders.

Be Active will also be launching a series of pool-based activities including Wave Rave pool parties, inflatable parties and a range of swimming sessions.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “As we approach the winter months it can become more difficult to find things to do with your children and keep them entertained and active.

“Be Active’s half term offers continue to grow and offer an exciting and affordable range activities to keep Sefton’s younger residents busy while they are not in school.”

As well as it’s half term camps, Active Sefton delivers a number of after-school and weekend activities throughout the year. Jump into Gymnastics classes for ages 2-8 are held weekly at Crosby Lakeside and Crosby Leisure Centre and Football for ages 2-10 is held on Saturdays at Dunes Splash World and Sundays at Netherton Activity Centre.

To book a place on any of the activities or to find out more information call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799.

To find out more about the activities on offer this half term visit www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive

Don’t suffer in silence – Victims of Disability Hate Crime urge others to speak out

People who have been affected by bullying, abuse and hate because of a disability are being urged to seek support in a powerful new video released to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Victims of disability-related hate crime and support workers have joined forces with Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy to produce the short film which encourages people to speak out and get help.

The four-minute video promotes the help, care and support offered by Daisy Inclusive UK who are working with the Commissioner to provide a dedicated support service for victims of disability hate crime across Merseyside as part of the Victim Care Merseyside service. It features testimony from two men who have been helped to rebuild their lives after being supported by Daisy Inclusive UK.

Will, who now volunteers for the charity after being supported by them, said: “Before I got in touch with Daisy, I was in isolation for seven years of my life. I didn’t want to leave my bedroom, let alone my house. Before going to Daisy, all my confidence levels just stooped to an all-time low… Coming to Daisy has made a massive difference to my life.”

Leon, who has Asperger syndrome and turned to Daisy Inclusive UK after suffering abuse from his neighbour, added: “I found out about the disability hate crime service at Daisy, when I asked if I could receive help with what I am going through at home, which is antisocial behaviour. The help I received was brilliant. I was expected to give evidence against what was going on, but Kate (my support worker) made them aware of my condition and how it can affect me. Thankfully it didn’t come to that and we were able to settle outside of court and thankfully it has all been dealt with since.”

 

Jane, who has commissioned the dedicated disability hate crime support service for the next three years, said: “National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an important opportunity to send out the message that hate crime will not be tolerated in Merseyside.  Subjecting somebody to abuse and hatred simply because they have a disability is abhorrent and reprehensible. Those who do so deserve to be brought to justice and those who have suffered at their hands deserve the best possible care and support.

“I am proud to be working with Daisy Inclusive UK to deliver this service. I hope this short video will help to show victims of this despicable crime just how seriously we treat their experiences and encourage anyone who out there who is suffering to come forward. They should not be afraid or scared to speak out, Daisy Inclusive UK is a fantastic organisation which is here to help.”

Daisy Inclusive UK’s hate crime officer Kate Gore said: “It makes a huge difference to victims, it’s a very much needed service. Often victims of disability-related hate crime don’t realise they are a victim of hate crime, they might not realise they are being targeted in their communities.

“If you are a target of disability hate crime, it may be that the following day you don’t come out of your house, you may be too fearful, so it’s really important that these crimes or incidents are reported to the police and actions taken against those perpetrators. Daisy Inclusive UK is a really welcome place – we are one big family. Everybody has various disabilities but everyone supports each other and looks after each other. Everybody is welcome here at Daisy Inclusive UK.”

Managing Director Dave Kelly said: “After I lost my sight, 25 years ago, I was isolated for three years, stuck in the house. I’d lost all hope. I had a bit of a dream and my dream was Daisy. I was appalled when I realised how many disabled people were victims of disability hate crime or incidents.”

Daisy Inclusive UK can offer support over the phone, at an individual’s home or at their centre at 2 Barnes Street in Everton. You can reach them on (0151) 261 0309.

If you, or someone you know has been affected by hate crime, report it to Mersey Police via their social media desk @MerPolCC or by calling 101. If you don’t wish to speak to the police, you can also report it to national charity Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625.

Macmillan Event to Focus on Wellbeing (Thursday 1st November)

People affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of support available to them on Thursday 1st November. The regular event in Southport takes a slightly different focus this time with the emphasis being on wellbeing and feeling better about yourself despite everything that you are going through.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

Cancer can cause changes to people’s appearance that can be hard to cope with affecting how they see themselves and how they feel about their body. The centre has asked some of its service users to demonstrate some examples of how people can dress to feel more confident about how they look.

For this event only, they have also invited companies that sell organic cosmetics and wigs to give people an idea of the products that are available. To make the afternoon even more enjoyable there will be a caricaturist and a table magician.

On the day, as always, there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and you will have the chance to speak with cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. Volunteers from Sefton OPERA have also been welcomed back to offer complimentary therapies.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Community Navigator Manager at Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre said: “Following feedback from previous events we wanted to try something a little bit different this time.

“From our experience of some of the things we do at the centre like our Boots No7 Pamper sessions, yoga and support groups, people appreciate finding ways to feel good about themselves even when they are going through difficult times.  We wanted to try and translate this into a Health & Wellbeing Event that appeals to all ages.”

Sarah McGrath, planned care lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “This regular event aims to help people affected by cancer as well as their friends and families. We think it’s important to show them the different types of support on hand. This time is slightly different with the focus on wellbeing and appearance to boost confidence and I do hope that it helps those who need that help and support.”

The first 100 people to register before the event will get a goody bag on the day containing some lovely products donated to the centre around the theme of wellbeing.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event. It is free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk.

Derek Departs on 250 mile Fundraising Walk for Homeless Charities

A man, who ten years ago lost the ability to walk, has set off from Southport on a 250 mile fundraising walk in aid of five Emmaus communities including Emmaus Merseyside.

On Sunday 7 October, Derek Cash departed on a charity walk along the Trans-Pennine Trail, from Southport in the west to Hornsea beyond Hull in the east. Derek, a board member of North West based Your housing Group, is raising funds for five Emmaus communities that support formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.

A decade ago, Derek went from being a reasonably fit and able 53-year-old, doing a job he loved, to someone who simply could not function to achieve many of the basic everyday things that we take for granted. Following extensive tests, scans and consultations, Derek was diagnosed with acute peripheral neuropathy and had to teach himself to walk again.

Derek added: “At the lowest points I thought I would never walk or work again and long-held retirement dreams of cruising our wonderful inland waterways system instantly evaporated.

Six months on – and with the terrific support of my wife and employers – I was back functioning relatively normally and could once again look over the horizon with optimism.

“It taught me that well-worn lesson of making the most of better health to do the things we want to and enjoy while we can, as we never know when it might come to a crashing halt! A decade on I decided to embark on a personal challenge in a bid to help other people have that second chance of opportunity they may have thought lost.”

Derek was waved off at the start of his walk by members of the Emmaus Merseyside community. The charity, based in Sefton, supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

Angela Quinn, Business Manager at Emmaus Merseyside, commented: “It was great meet Derek and learn more about his personal challenges and how he has overcome them. We are extremely grateful for Derek’s support and our send-off in Southport will hopefully give him lots of motivation for the rest of his trip.”

Emmaus Merseyside is one of five charities benefiting from Derek’s walk, along with Emmaus Gloucestershire, Emmaus Hull, Emmaus Leeds and Emmaus Oxford. To support Derek’s fundraising appeal visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/derek-cash

To find out more or support Emmaus Merseyside, head to www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. If you would like to get involved or donate an item call 0151 928 1588 or visit the visit the Emmaus charity reuse shops or superstore at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.

Job Vacancy; Home-Start Knowsley – Scheme Organiser, Closing 14th November 2018

Job role: Scheme Organiser
Hours: 37 hours – 2 years fixed term in the first instance
Salary: £21,074 – £24,657 NJC SCP 22-27
Job Share considered for candidates with the right skills


Home-Start Knowsley is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes. We also deliver a range of targeted courses and interventions to improve family health and wellbeing.

We are delighted to advertise for a Scheme Organiser to develop and deliver evidenced based and innovative programmes of support for children, young people and families.  The person we are looking for will:

  • Be responsible to the Scheme Manager and be a pro-active member of the experienced and effective staff team.
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate evidence based and innovative training programmes to address the needs of children, young people and families, and volunteers.
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and hold a case load.

Essential to this role is:

  • Experience in leading projects, including funding management and financial systems, evaluating and reporting.
  • An outstanding track record of working to address the needs of vulnerable children, young people and families, especially if there is low level mental ill health.
  • Knowledge of legislation and policy relating to children and families.
  • Knowledge of the voluntary sector.
  • Ability to work in partnership and develop networks.

Download an application pack at www.homestartknowsley.org.uk

For more information ring 0151 480 3910 or email info@homestartknowsley.org.uk

Closing date: 12 noon on 14th November 2018   

Proposed Interview date: Week commencing 26th November 2018

Home-Start Knowsley, 55 Rupert Road, Huyton, L36 9TB

It’s Time to Stoptober!

Smokers in Sefton are being urged to tackle the Stoptober challenge by quitting smoking for 28 days.

Colette Kearney, Team Lead for Smokefree Sefton, one of Living Well Sefton’s partners, said: “Evidence shows that if people are smoke free for 28 days they are five times more likely to quit for good. If you’re thinking of stopping smoking then boost your chances of quitting successfully by using the support of our Personal Quit Plan which is tailored just for you.”

Their clients know first hand how Smokefree Sefton can help and comment: “I want to thank the team because after an injury I became inactive and started to smoke more than 40 cigarettes a day. After reading I was four times more likely to quit with the team’s support, I went to one of their clinics and my advisor helped me every step of the way. Now I enjoy having more money and I’ve even taken up sport again.”

The Smokefree Sefton team is working in partnership with Sefton Council and Health and Safety Executive to give staff help and support to stop smoking during October.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Stoptober presents a great opportunity for people who have been thinking about giving up smoking to take on the challenge and start living a healthier lifestyle.

“I’m delighted that Smokefree Sefton will be offering its services to businesses throughout Sefton this month, including supporting staff at Sefton Council who are ready to make a positive lifestyle change.”

To make it easier for people get free support during the month, the team’s Wellness on Wheels (WOW) bus is driving out to various locations including Bootle Strand, Marion Square Netherton and the foodbanks in Bootle, Waterloo and Southport.  Awareness events are taking place in Asda Bootle throughout the month.

For more information on how the Smokefree Sefton team can help you quit smoking visit their website: www.smokefreesefton.co.uk

Or call 0300 100 1000 to find your nearest stop smoking clinic.

Free Guides available to Support the Health and Wellbeing of Older people and Carers

Healthwatch Sefton is highlighting to local residents the availability of free guides that provide older people with practical advice to support healthy ageing and caring.

Co-produced by NHS England, The Healthy Ageing and Healthy Caring guides provide information to older people and carers about  staying healthy, fit and independent during the winter months, identifies the support that’s available to help maintain their heath and wellbeing, and can help ease some of the winter pressures on the NHS systems.

The guides have been co-produced with AGE UK, Fire Rescue Service, Carers UK, Carers Trust, Public Heath England, carers networks  and people with lived experience including older people. In additon to CCGs, GP Practice’s, Pharmacists, they will be of particular interest to community health networks and older people and carers living in the community. They are part of NHS England’s long-term ambition to support older people and carers to look after their own health.

Both these free guides are A4 magazine-style publications that can be ordered in any quantity and delivered for free, through Prolog, by calling 0300 123 1002, quoting reference HC2, for the healthy caring, or HA2 for the healthy living guide, or online at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk

Sefton CVS & NCVO present “Leadership Links – The Strategy: from the vision to implementation” (Tuesday 20th November, 9.30am-4pm – £70)

The Strategy – from the vision to implementation. This course is suitable for chairs, trustees, chief executives and senior managers.

Thinking and acting more strategically is important for everyone these days. Suitable for anyone facing a strategic challenge, this course will help you get started by giving you some useful concepts, frameworks and tools you can use right away to improve your products, services and plans.

There will be a focus on understanding where you are now, creating a clear vision of where you want to get to, what you have to do to get there, and thinking about impact.

This one-day, practical course will give you an introduction to strategy and help you and your organisation achieves results and impact. The course will cover:

  • What is a “strategy”? It’s what you achieve, not just what you do
  • Why it matters
  • How do I get one? Some tools, processes and techniques to get you going
  • Who does it? Good question – who do you think?
  • How will I know if I have been successful? Thinking about impact.

Click here to download background information for the session

Sefton CVS & NCVO present “Leadership Links – The Strategy: from the vision to implementation” Tuesday 20th November, 9.30am-4pm
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC) 
Cambridge Road, Waterloo, L22 1RR

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ABOUT LEADERSHIP LINKS

Leadership Links Programme is a Programme of one-day national leadership courses delivered locally by Howard Exton-Smith NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations)

Who is it for?
The Programme is especially designed for Leaders, Managers and Trustees and is delivered locally at a lower cost to be affordable and accessible. The Programme is designed to help you perform better to meet operational challenges today and enable change for tomorrow whilst offering support and learning to build personal resilience, confidence and capabilities.

Benefits
Become an influential leader who can positively impact both organisational culture and enhance your ability to respond to rapid shifts in the environment. You will understand how to manage change and respond to resistance.

Costs
The cost for each of the one-day courses is £75 per person. Book the full programme of 4 courses and receive a reduction 10%.

ABOUT HOWARD EXTON-SMITH, NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations)

Following a general management career in the private sector, Howard has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, trainer and coach specialising in personal and organisational development, strategy and governance, and the management of change.

He works at the intersection of the private, public and third sectors to build capacity by strengthening individuals and organisations. Client-centred and flexible, he employs a collaborative style to solve problems and participatory techniques to foster learning and ownership.

From a background in psychology, marketing and professional services, Howard has extensive experience of delivering successful learning, development and capacity-building programmes with a range of audiences. Howard leads NCVO’s open-programme finance, risk and change courses and is also responsible for creating bespoke, in-company, courses when required.

Howard has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and North America and has been a Trustee and Chair of a UK charity. He holds an MSc in Management.

Sefton Council demands a ‘grown-up conversation’ on the future of Adult Social Care

Sefton Council has responded to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) consultation on Adult Social Care and raised serious concerns about the future of the service.

Without a grown up, cross party conversation about a sustainable way forward, the Council strongly believes the most vulnerable people in our communities will not receive the care and support that they need.

‘The Lives We Want to Lead’ green paper was produced to challenge central governments lack of action in the face of a social care crisis and invited responses to help shape a proposed solution for the future.

The Council calls for immediate action and money, placing emphasis on the importance of investing more in developing early intervention and protection models.

The local authority believes this will help to reduce future demand on services, develop the social care market, demonstrate how much the care and support workforce is valued and most importantly support those in need of care and their carers.

To do this, the Council estimates that it will require an immediate funding injection of £25 million over the next three years to ensure that people in need of care are supported in a way that is right for them.

Sefton Council also highlights the need to keep decision making local where there is proven track record of working with communities and partners to build resilience and safeguard the most vulnerable.

It also stresses the importance of national investment to wider wellbeing services that work towards reducing the health and social inequalities in their communities and calls for this matter to be looked at holistically as Children’s Social Care is also under great pressure.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Social Care is in crisis and a grown-up conversation needs to happen now nationally.

“We desperately need more money to meet the needs of our most vulnerable people to ensure that we do not fail them when they need us the most. We must ensure that people in need of care and support are able to continue to live the lives that they want to live.

“The government must put this matter at the very heart of its thinking now, this cannot be kicked into the long grass or we will fail the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Margaret Carney, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, added: “When I grow old, I want to live in my community, with my family, being as happy and healthy as I can for as long as I can. I have that hope for all of our communities. Without the help of Adult Social Care, that probably isn’t going to happen for a lot of people.

“It is a false economy to under invest in Adult Social Care. It will lead to a greater and more complex demand in the future including an added burden on the National Health Service and significant inequalities between those who can afford to pay for care and those who can’t.

“This is unfair and unjust and the government must act now.”

Sefton named Global Age Friendly Community

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed Sefton into its Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

This milestone has been achieved thanks to the collaborative work of Sefton Council and Sefton’s Older Persons’ Forums.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide.

Sefton’s admission into the network is a result of its dedication to promoting healthy and active ageing and a good quality of life for its older residents.

As a member, the borough will be part of a growing global movement of communities, cities and other sub-national levels of government that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents.

By joining the Network, Sefton commits to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the WHO Age-friendly approach, implementing the four steps to create age-friendly local environments, and actively participating in the Network including the sharing of experiences with other members.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Earlier this year, Sefton joined the UK Age Friendly Network and I am now delighted to also join a global network of cities and communities that are dedicated to creating environments that support our older residents.

“In Sefton, 27% of our residents are aged over 60 so it is extremely important that we continue to support our aging population with initiatives that help them to live the lives that they want to live.”

Birkdale Group Host Station Master’s House Fundraisers

Supporters and friends of the Birkdale Station Master’s House are invited to a host of fundraising events to help open a community hub and library.

Two events are taking place over October and November to raise funds towards converting the Birkdale Station Master’s House on Liverpool Road into a community library.

The first event takes place on Friday October 19 with popular local historian Keith Hick.

Keith will be giving a talk on how Art Deco shaped both Southport’s architectural gems and the 20th Century.

The talk will be held at Birkdale Conservative Club starting at 7pm. Tickets are £5 per person and are available to buy on the door.

The second event is a charity quiz night on November 16 from 7.30pm. The third in a series of quiz nights, the light hearted competition is always well attended and tickets include entry to the quiz and food.

Birkdale Conservative Club will host the quiz and tickets, priced at £8, are available on the door.

For more information visit www.thestationmastershouse.co.uk/

Free Event to Show Residents how to Keep Warm and Well this Winter – 1st October 10:30am to 4pm

Sefton continues to help vulnerable people get through winter by hosting a Keep Warm, Keep Well event next month.

The Local Authority, alongside Sefton OPERA are holding a free event at Bootle Cricket Club, Monday October 1, 10.30am-4pm.

Information stands will be open between 11am and 12.30pm including blood pressure checks, chair based exercises, and massage.

A free tea dance will take place from 1.30pm including live music from Memory Lane, Bootle Bells, Ernie and our very own Elvis!

Over a million families won’t be able to meet basic costs of living this winter, facing an income shortfall of up to £9,331 per year.  Many vulnerable people will be hit hard, including older people and those in ill-health, living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.

Please contact on 0151 330 0479 or 07452 867 648 admin@seftonopera.org.uk for further details

Do you know the signs of a ‘hypo’?

NHS Southport and Formby Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking if we know how to spot the signs of a ‘hypo’ and how to treat it.

A ‘hypo’ is hypoglycaemia, this is where the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood drops too low and mainly affects people with diabetes, especially if you take insulin, or tablets from the families of tablets called sulfonylureas (such as gliclazide, glimepiride, glipizide) or glinides (such as Repaglinide or Nateglinide).

There are a number of signs to show your blood sugars may be too low:

–       feeling hungry

–       sweating

–       tingling lips

–       feeling shaky or trembling

–       dizziness

–       feeling tired

–       a fast or pounding heartbeat (palpitations)

–       becoming easily irritated, tearful, stroppy or moody

–       turning pale

You can reduce the chance of having hypos by eating regularly and if you drink alcohol to follow advice about sensible drinking.

Dr Douglas Callow, clinical lead for diabetes at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Many people with diabetes will recognise the signs to show that their blood sugars are dropping – their mood will drop, they’ll feel hungry and shaky.

“Someone who knows they’re at risk should carry dextrose tablets or a small carton of smooth orange juice – you want something that works quickly, and that probably isn’t a chocolate bar.”

If not treated, you may then get other symptoms, such as:

–       weakness

–       blurred vision

–       difficulty concentrating

–       confusion

–       unusual behaviour, slurred speech or clumsiness (like being drunk)

–       feeling sleepy

–       seizures (fits)

–       collapsing or passing out

You may need to eat more carbohydrates both before and after physical exercise.

With the risks of passing-out, it’s important for those injecting insulin or taking diabetes tablets to check their blood glucose level before driving. They should not set off on their journey if their blood glucose level is less than 5mmol/L.

Dr Callow added: “It would also be sensible to keep glucose treatments in the car at all times and if they have a hypo whilst driving to stop the car as soon as possible.

“Take the keys out and, if it’s safe to do so, move into the passenger seat before treating the hypo.  Don’t ignore the symptoms.”

You can find out more about diabetes and hypoglycaemia on the NHS website:

www.nhs.uk/conditions/diabetes

www.nhs.uk/conditions/low-blood-sugar-hypoglycaemia

Ditch Those Stabilisers back by popular demand!

Back by popular demand during the October half term school holidays, Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in both Litherland and Southport.

The events, which take place a number of times throughout the year, always have a very high success rate, as staff from the Council’s highway safety team offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, October 23 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, October 25 from 9am to 12pm.

To register, please call on 0345 140 0845.

Living Well Sefton Announce New ‘Workplace Wellbeing’ Grant Scheme

Living Well Sefton, in partnership with Sefton Public Health, is offering to boost the wellbeing of workers by awarding Sefton businesses a Workplace Wellbeing Grant of £500.

Karen Nolan, Living Well Sefton co-ordinator, explains: “Looking after the wellbeing of employees will make for a stronger organisation with a happier, healthier workforce. Improving workplace wellbeing can also contribute to reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and support staff to improve their lifestyles.”

The launch of the grants coincides with a new joint project introduced by the Duke of Cambridge and mental health charity Mind to support workplaces in improving staff wellbeing.

A study into workplace wellbeing by Mind highlighted poor mental health at work as being widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem, such as anxiety or stress, in their current job.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Feeling happy and healthy within the workplace is so important. As we continue to promote positive mental wellbeing across the borough as part of 30 Days of Sefton in Mind, I hope that employers across Sefton make the most of this grant to help turn their workplace into a happier place to be.”

The grant money can go towards: staff costs, covering sessional work such as yoga; volunteer costs; equipment such as bike racks to encourage active travel to work; training courses with a wellbeing focus and events to support the wellbeing of staff.

It can also be used to refurbish facilities which contribute to the health and wellbeing of staff, for example decorating a break room or buying a table and chairs to encourage people to eat lunch away from their desks.

The £500 grants are open to small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Sefton that have fewer than 250 employees (60% of which have to be Sefton residents) and priority will be given to those businesses which employ routine and manual workers.

For an application form or to find out more information, contact Living Well Sefton on 0300 323 0181 or email: workplacegrants@seftoncvs.org.uk