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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ‘Big Chat’ events will take place on:

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

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

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

For more information on the events visit the CCG websites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate the NHS with Tea and Cake

Health professionals in Sefton came together on Monday 8th July to hold a ‘Big Tea’ and cake bake event to raise money for a local NHS charity.

‘Big Tea’ events are being held across the country raising money for NHS Charities Together on and around the 71st birthday of the National Health Service. These donations will be distributed to a number of NHS charities throughout the UK to help further support and benefit local patients.

As NHS charities make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families and the wonderful staff who care for them, members of staff from NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG decided to bake cakes and raise money for The Walton Centre Charity, one of the many NHS charities that will benefit from the ‘Big Tea’ events.

Located in Liverpool, The Walton Centre is a specialist hospital trust dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “It was great to take a break and celebrate another fantastic year of the NHS. Thank you to everyone at the CCGs who participated in the bake sale by baking or buying some of the delicious treats here today. All the money raised will go to our local Walton Centre Charity, which helps so many people in our area.”

“I would also like to take this time to thank all of our staff, who work tirelessly to support people in our community. Last year was a big birthday for the NHS but it’s still nice to mark the occasion by doing something like this for charity this year. “

The CCGs are now encouraging others to hold their own ‘Big Tea’ celebrations in appreciation of the NHS. You can hold a tea party with friends or organise your own charity bake sale.

Further information, resources and a Plan a Party guide are available at www.nhsbigtea.co.uk

‘Food with Friends’ Grant; Living Well Sefton Community Resilience Grant re-opens!

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

This is the sixth round of the popular Community Resilience Grant and groups can apply for grants up to £2,000 for projects that focus on healthy eating which help to bring people together.

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

The grant offer also coincides with the relaunch of Living Well Sefton itself. At a celebration event attended by Matt Ashton, the Director of Public Health for Sefton, partners and stakeholders heard how the service has made a positive difference to hundreds of people’s lives and the ways this is going to be built on in the next few years.

“We are delighted to carry on supporting people throughout Sefton to make healthy lifestyle choices and the ‘Food With Friends’ grant means that more people will be able to benefit too,” said Karen Nolan, manager of Living Well Sefton.

Living Well Sefton has another reason to celebrate after recently winning the Health Partners category at the first NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) Awards as well as being shortlisted for a prestigious LGC (Local Government Chronicle) award in the Best Service Delivery Model category.

Anyone interested in applying or wanting more information about the Community Resilience Grant should visit www.livingwellsefton.org.uk email LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk or ring 0300 323 0181.

Foster for Sefton and Change a Child’s Life Forever

Fostering children is probably the most rewarding thing you will ever do, changing a child’s life forever by giving them love, security and the confidence to prosper.

If you are considering fostering, Sefton Fostering Service’s information evenings are a great way to learn more from people with the inside track, whether experienced carers or our social workers. The next session takes place Tuesday, July 16, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

Find out more at the Sefton Fostering Service website

Sefton’s School Uniform Bank Needs Your Help!

Sefton Council are appealing for kind hearted residents to consider donating to the local authority’s annual school uniform bank.

The council’s Schools & Families teams are preparing their seventeenth annual school uniform bank but are desperately short of vital good quality blazers for those pupils most in need.

Swops, Sefton’s school uniform bank scheme, has been running since 2002 and continues to go from strength to strength thanks to donations from people across the borough.

Clothing items both old and new are accepted at Sefton run libraries and Town Halls throughout the year and are then distributed to families and children in need.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In a perfect world we would not need food banks or school uniform banks but, sadly, they are a necessity.

“Last academic year we helped over four hundred schoolchildren and their families get access to much needed uniforms, from shoes to summer dresses and shorts.

“This year will be no different and we are appealing for our kind hearted communities to come together and help those families who are most in need. We really need good quality school blazers.

“Through the contribution of our residents we have been able to help those most in need and will continue to do so for as long as possible.”

To donate to Sefton’s uniform bank please visit one of the local authority’s library buildings or a Sefton Town Hall.

To access the scheme or for more information about uniform banks in Sefton please call 07837863075.

Trans Service in Sefton Wins National Award

Trans Health Sefton has been named as a winner in this year’s Healthcare Transformation Awards 2019, which recognise the very best in innovation and improvement across the NHS.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG were jointly nominated in the Innovation in Primary Care category for their trans service in Sefton, which launched in November 2017.

Across the country, trans people generally experience poorer health care than the wider population, which can mean significant risks to their health and wellbeing. Many health professionals don’t have the relevant skills or understanding to achieve the best access and outcomes for transgender patients.

To address this, the CCGs in Sefton worked with patients and health professionals to design an innovative primary care based service. The service now provides timely and holistic support for transgender patients and their families to improve their experience and health outcomes.

Now in its second year, the ‘Trans Health Sefton – a unified approach to gender care’ service has gone from strength to strength. The clinic is the first of its kind and a true grass roots initiative. Patients say it is better and have reported higher levels of wellbeing.

A thank you card from a mum of a young patient reads: “Thank you so much for our meeting a few weeks ago. It means so much to know that someone in your position cares and has so much knowledge and understanding.”

In other areas of Merseyside patients are waiting for a service based far away with a long wait. To address this a new collaborative called ‘Cheshire and Merseyside Area Gender Identity Collaborative’ (CMAGIC) has been created with representatives from neighbouring CCGs including Wirral, Halton, St Helens, Liverpool and Knowsley, providers, a local endocrinologist, GPs and patient representatives to roll the service out in the region. As the service has been so successful in Sefton, CMAGIC have applied for funding to roll this out across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Anthony Griffin, chair of In-Trust Merseyside, who played a key role in the design of the service, said: “As chair of the local Sefton group In-Trust Merseyside I know that the trans community will be looked after by clinical staff who truly understand the barriers that trans people face when they engage with the NHS.”

Speaking about winning the award, Jenny Owen, commissioning manager at the Sefton CCGs, said: “Winning such a prestigious award is testament to the hard work of everyone in the team who care deeply about delivering the very best health service possible for people in Sefton.

“Whether you are questioning your gender identity and would like more information, if you’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or if you’ve had medical and/or surgical treatment before or not, the team at Trans Health Sefton would be happy to see you.”

Trans Health Sefton is available for anyone registered with a GP in Sefton and patients can be referred by a healthcare professional such as their GP, or can refer themselves to the service.

Dr Anna Ferguson, who runs the service at the Strand Medical Centre in Bootle, said: “I have seen people aged nine – mid 70’s at every step of their journey as patients.  It’s been an amazing, rewarding and at times heart breaking job to do. Rarely have I seen a group of patients who are more eager to engage and grateful for everything that has been done for them than the patients I have encountered through this service.

“Their individual stories are absolutely remarkable in terms of the adversity many have come through and their bravery in facing their futures.  It is a credit to the Sefton CCGs that they have funded my time to do this work and allowed me the luxury of spending more than the GP standard 10 minute appointment slot for these most complex of consultations. I am so pleased that the service has been recognised by the healthcare transformation awards.”

The Healthcare Transformation Awards were hosted by NHS Clinical Commissioners and Health + Care on 26 June at the ExCel in London. The full shortlist can be seen here: www.healthcareshow.co.uk/2019-healthcare-transformation-awards

For more information on the service please visit: www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/how-we-use-your-views

Enjoy a picnic with friends in Sefton this World Friendship Day!

Sefton Council wants its residents to celebrate World Friendship Day (Tuesday, 30th July) in style this year by bringing a picnic to their local park, beach or open space.

This is an opportunity during Sefton’s Year of Friendship for residents to enjoy one of the boroughs stunning green spaces with friends, neighbours or family.

World Friendship Day has been celebrated since 1930 and is all about bringing people together both to celebrate old friendships and create new ones. While World Friendship Day is mainly celebrated in Asia, the Council wants to bring it to Sefton this year and start a new tradition for residents.

Throughout its Year of Friendship, the Council is actively promoting ways residents can help make new friends and tackle social isolation. This picnic is an opportunity for people to check in on friends, family or neighbours who may live alone and invite them along to enjoy a bite to eat.

Sefton Council is also supporting the Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment and for this reason is encouraging anyone taking part in the picnic to think twice before using single use plastics.

Please make sure to tidy up after yourself by using public litter bins or taking your rubbish home with you if the bins are full and remember that BBQs are not permitted at the beach.

The Council is also encouraging local businesses, care homes, nurseries and hospices to hold their own picnics and give staff and residents the opportunity to get to know each other more.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance and Sponsor of the Year of Friendship, said: “I think it’s important for us to celebrate our friendships in the same we celebrate our significant other each year on Valentine’s Day.

“World Friendship Day is a chance for Sefton residents to pack a picnic and head outdoors with their friends and family and also opens up an opportunity for people to get in touch with people who may be socially isolated and invite them along for a day out.”

Anyone out enjoying a picnic is encouraged to share their photos with @SeftonCouncil on twitter using the hashtags #YearofFriendship and #SeftonsBigPicnic

To find out more about your local park or green space please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/greensefton

To keep up to date with Sefton’s Year of Friendship visit www.mysefton.co.uk

Reminder to Have Your Say on Sefton Health Policies Review

Sefton residents have a month left to share their views on a number of local health policies that aim to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments for patients.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs to review a group of policies for procedures and treatments that are known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT).  These are routine procedures that are known to have medical benefit only in very specific situations, or for a small number of people.

This is the third phase of the review, which aims to keep NHS care up to date with the latest national clinical guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also making the best use of NHS resources.

The policies that Sefton residents are being asked to provide views on in this latest phase are:

  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems
  • Cough assist devices
  • Insulin pumps
  • Secondary care administered peripheral joint injections
  • Surgery for prostatism or lower urinary tract infections
  • Transanal irrigation

At the same time, the CCGs are letting people know about updates to their policy for Botulinum toxin treatments, bringing it in line with national guidance from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is right that we regularly review the services we commission to ensure that we’re providing the most effective treatments that make the best use of our limited NHS resources.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “This review of policies is about looking at the latest guidelines, treatments, methods and technologies and where there is very little or no evidence of effectiveness, there is no benefit in offering them to patients.

Craig added: “Any procedure comes with risk, so it’s important patients are offered those with the maximum clinical or functional benefit, not for cosmetic or psychological reasons. As clinicians we will explore other, more suitable treatments for patients with these types of needs.”

The information gathered will be used to help develop new or revised polices.

No final decisions have been made at this stage and we are asking as many people as possible to share their views by completing a survey before 7 July. This feedback is really important and will help shape local NHS policies for the future.  Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an Individual Funding Request (IFR) where appropriate.

More details on proposed changes to the policies being reviewed along with a survey, open until 7 July 2019, can be found on each CCG’s website www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk or www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or by emailing mlcsu.involvement@nhs.net or calling 01782 872 506.

The Bootle Music Festival Returns for 2019! Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July

The Bootle Music Festival is back! After last year’s great success, the team at SAFE Regeneration and Community Pub the Lock & Quay, has pulled together the BMF2019 – a weekend of amazing music, family activities, food, fun and canoes! And under 10s go FREE!

The line-up is a special one – including the lovely Tommy Scott, back to headline Saturday with his full band SPACE; The FARM are our Sunday headliners and we are delighted to welcome guitar legends Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) and Nick Harper as well as Dodgy – celebrating 25 years of their Britpop classic album ‘Homegrown’; Bootle’s own The Real People are back playing to the home crowd, Brazilian legends Adillia’s Place will get everyone on their feet; incredible Soul, Blues & Jazz from Xander & the Peace Pirates and The Deportees and throw into the mix Mercury – an amazing Queen tribute band and Bootle – we will most definitely Rock You!

Our family zone has some very cool stuff like canoeing, climbing walls, yoga, alternative therapies, meditation, visual art ‘zendoodling’ workshops, yoga, meditation and much more. There will also be lots of lovely people from the local community giving advice and information on local health & environmental issues.

The full line up can be seen below and tickets for the event start from £15.

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For more information and to purchase your ticket please visit; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bootle-music-festival-tickets-59898205144

ENSOU Expressive Arts Therapy Workshops at Woodvale Community Centre (May-November 2019)

Expressive Arts Therapy Workshops for counsellors in training and practice. Personal development in a uniquely connective space. Immerse, explore and express yourself using a variety of media – learning through creative connection, regardless of artistic ability.

PLEASE NOTE: Costs apply – £65 including certificate of attendance for 5 hours continued personal development.

All workshops will be held 10am-4pm at Woodvale Community Centre, Ainsdale, PR8 3RS.

Click here to download the information poster and full programmes schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

How People in Sefton can Access Medical Help during Bank Holidays

With Easter fast approaching, Sefton health professionals are reminding people to ensure they use the right NHS service for them, should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend and also during the first May bank holiday.

GP practices will be closed from Good Friday (19 April) to Easter Monday (22 April) and the early May bank holiday (6 May) but there are several other ways for Sefton residents to access medical help during this time, if they need it.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Pharmacists are a great resource. We recommend taking advantage of all the services available at your local pharmacy for any minor health-related concerns and if you need a GP appointment to think about using the extended access service.

“Pharmacists are highly trained and are able to offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to manage a range of minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more.

Most pharmacies will have private consultation rooms where they can advise you on self-care treatments and give you advice on your medication.”

If you do need an appointment there are now extended GP appointments of an evening or weekend across Sefton. These appointments can be booked in advance via the GP practice you are registered with or by calling 111.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, (pictured right) said: “The extended access GP service launched last October in Sefton and has been popular ever since. Open 365 days a year the service is really useful over bank holiday weekends like Easter. If you do become unwell and your GP practice is closed you can call 111 to book an appointment with your nearest service as long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.”

Pharmacy opening times will differ over the bank holidays. There will be normal opening times on Saturday (20 April), but a reduced service on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Monday 6 May. You can view the Easter opening times here: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/ or www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/

“If you’re unsure which service is right for you, ring NHS 111 to speak to a highly trained adviser who will assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.”

You can also visit 111.nhs.uk to get medical advice on where and when to get help.

Local dental providers offer NHS Urgent Dental Clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with urgent appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services.

If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call the Helpline 0161 476 9651 which is available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

Easter Sale to Support Sefton Homelessness Charity

Homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside is holding a 5-day Easter sale and golden egg hunt across their three charity stores.

The ‘Emmaus Easter Sale’ will take place between Wednesday 17th April and Monday 22nd April at the Emmaus Merseyside Charity Superstore in Seaforth and their two Charity Re-Use Shops in Bootle and Liverpool. The sale will include huge reductions off items including furniture, electrical appliances, clothes, books and vinyl. Furniture at the Emmaus Merseyside Charity Superstore.JPG

Kevin, one of the people supported at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We have all worked hard to offer our customers some Easter bargains as well as some Easter fun and wish all our customers past and present a Happy Easter, we look forward to seeing you.”

For the Emmaus Easter Sale, formerly homeless people who are supported by Emmaus Merseyside have hidden golden eggs within each of the charity’s stores. Prizes will be awarded to everyone who discovers one of the golden eggs.

Honora Crisp, Business Manager at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “Following a spring clean we’ve been sorting through some great items and for a short period, we’ll be offering these at reduced prices for our loyal Emmaus Merseyside supporters. We want everyone who visits our charity stores to find some treasure and hopefully our golden Easter egg hunt will keep all ages entertained over the Easter break.”

Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity runs a social enterprise selling donated furniture, clothes, books, bikes, household goods and upcycled products, from three retail outlets.

The Emmaus Merseyside Charity Superstore in Seaforth and two Charity Re-Use Shops at Household Waste Recycling Centres in Bootle and Liverpool will be open as usual on Good Friday and Saturday, closed Easter Sunday and open on Bank Holiday Monday, 10am-4pm.

To find out more about Emmaus Merseyside visit www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. For more information, to make a donation or get involved call 0151 928 1588 or visit Emmaus Merseyside at; 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Bootle, Merseyside L21 3TW.

Living Well Sefton; ‘Grow For It’ Grants

To coincide with the Year of Green Action, Living Well Sefton is launching its Grow For It Grant.

The £500 grants are for community-based organisations using gardening as a way of improving people’s wellbeing.

Living Well Sefton is supporting the government’s Year of Green Action initiative which aims to encourage more people in activities to improve the natural world.

And linking in with Happy Plants, from local gardening supplier Porters Fuchsias, means that the grants have the potential of receiving match funding.

In order to eligible for a grant, groups and organisations need:

  • To be from the voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector
  • Agree to provide feedback and photographs on the Grow For It project
  • To have spent the grant by the end of May 2019

Anyone interested in applying for one of the £500 Grow For It grants can complete a Grow For It application form and email it back to Anne-Marie Morrison via anne-marie.morrison@seftoncvs.org.uk or LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk

The deadline for completed application forms is Friday, April 26th.

If you have a query about the grants please ring 0300 323 0181.

Liverpool City Region: ESF Community Grants 2019 – 2021

ESF Community Grant

A £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those with:

  • disabilities and long term health conditions
  • single parents
  • women
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people over 50
  • those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence

Round 1 of ESF Community Grants will open on Wednesday 24th April 2019 – please check back here on this date for further information and how to apply.

For information on application scoring criteria and decision making please click here.

For any other queries please call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 243 5356 or email ESFgrantslcr@wea.org.uk.

 

Local Parkrun Events Promote Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Ahead of Diabetes Prevention Week (1 – 7 April 2019) a GP from Sefton joined Crosby parkrun alongside representatives from Diabetes UK, to give people the opportunity to determine their own risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Nigel Taylor spoke to runners at the weekly run and even took part in the run himself, where Diabetes UK hosted a stall which offered people the chance to understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and what action they can take to reduce it.

Dr Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Park run is a great way to get people together to promote a healthy lifestyle which is important factor in preventing Type 2 diabetes. I spoke to many people about how getting regular exercise, by taking part in activities such as this run, to help maintain a healthy weight will significantly reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes which is often linked with obesity.”

“The condition is often preventable and can develop as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle.  Millions of people in England are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, with approximately 12 percent of people in Sefton having been identified as ‘at risk’ of Type 2 diabetes. The condition can have a huge impact on everyday life; you will need change your diet, have regular check-ups and you may have to take medications or tablets.  If you do not manage it well you may develop serious complications.”

 

People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly. Around 90 per cent of the 3.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2. There are almost 1 million more people living with Type 2 diabetes, who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed. While other factors like age and ethnicity affect a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, being overweight is the most significant risk factor that can be changed.

Dr Doug Callow, clinical lead for service quality and diabetes for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Make sure you get a good amount of exercise; aim for 2.5 hours week. This can include time at the gym, a brisk walk or climbing the stairs.

“It is also important that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Try to limit the amount of high fat and high sugar foods that you eat, and replace them with healthier snacks. Reducing your alcohol intake, if you drink over the current recommendation of 14 units a week, can also reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.” 

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, ‘Healthier You’, is a free local service for those who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the disease through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions. These include education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and bespoke physical activity programmes. 

 

There is also support available for people who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Contact your GP for more information. 

Clare Howarth, head of the north of England at Diabetes UK, said: “It’s important that people understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and are given the knowledge and resources necessary to help them reduce their risk by eating healthily, moving more and losing weight if necessary.

“Thousands of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented if we help people understand their risk and how to reduce it.”

During Diabetes Prevention Week, Diabetes UK will be in attendance at a second parkrun event taking place on Saturday, 6 April starting at Hesketh Park in Southport at 9am. They will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have and share advice on diabetes prevention.

To find out more about diabetes you can visit the Diabetes UK website at www.diabetes.org.uk. To find out more about the ‘Healthier You’ diabetes prevention programme being delivered in Sefton visit: www.ingeus.com/nhs-diabetes-prevention-programme.

To sign up to your nearest parkrun please visit: www.parkrun.org.uk

Job Vacancies; Housing First Recruitment

Housing First Team Recruitment

Date posted: 26/03/2019
Closing date: 15 April, 2019 4:00 pm
Hours per week: 35.00
Salary: Various
Location: No.1 Mann Island, L3 1BP
Employment type: Full Time
Contract type: Fixed Term for 18 Months


On behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; 

Job Description:

HOUSING FIRST TEAMS
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Homelessness Strategy Team

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is pulling together a team of exceptional individuals with the passion to deliver on our vision of supporting people out of Homelessness by developing a Housing First service across the city region.

Central government has allocated £7.7million to the Liverpool City Region to help tackle homelessness. The Housing First pilot will be delivered in conjunction with existing programmes throughout the city region and will help complement steps already being taken by councils and their partners. It will allow the testing of the Housing First models at a scale that could make a significant difference in providing support to homeless people.

Housing First is an internationally evidence-based approach, which uses independent, stable housing as a platform to enable individuals to begin recovery and move away from homelessness.

Through the provision of intensive, flexible and person-centred support, people are supported to maintain their home. Unlike other supported housing models, individuals do not need to prove they are ready for independent housing, or progress through a series of accommodation and treatment services. There are no conditions placed on them, other than a willingness to maintain a tenancy agreement, and Housing First is designed to provide long-term, open-ended support for their on-going needs.

We are now looking for outstanding people to form the first Housing First support teams in the Liverpool City Region to deliver this vital piece of work. The positions available are:

Housing First Operational Manager – £35,964 – £39,303 (On-call allowance £1300)

Housing First Senior Support Worker x 3 posts – £28,977 – £34,918 (On-call allowance £1700)

Housing First Support Workers x 12 posts – £26105 – £27,865 (Shift allowance £3263 plus weekend allowance)

We want people who are passionate and committed to ending homelessness across the Liverpool City Region. The success of this ambitious programme of delivery and system change will rely on us building a team of knowledgeable, skilled and driven people to deliver this work. The Homelessness Strategy Team is committed to ensuring that people with lived experience are at the heart of everything we do. We recognise that people who have overcome difficulties in their lives may have gaps in their employment history, periods of homelessness and involvement with the criminal justice system. We will adopt an understanding approach to the circumstances of applicant’s past lives in order to ensure that a troubled past does not become an unnecessary barrier to employment within Housing First services.

All posts will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

There will be an information evening on Monday 8th April for interested candidates. If you wish to find our more information on the above roles please join us from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm on a drop in basis at our offices at No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP.

The roles will initially be for 18 months on a fixed term contract. We however we envisage that the successful candidates will champion the development of the model into the longer term commissions and there is the possibility that staff could be part of a planned transition to commissioned providers.

Interviews will be held between 22nd April – 30th April 2019

For full details please visit;
https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/governance/vacancies/

Completed application forms should be sent to;
recruitment@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

Closing date: 15th April 2019


Documents:
This information can be provided in alternative formats on request

Job Vacancies at Sefton Carers Centre

Sefton Carers Centre have a number of exciting new opportunities to join them and provide valuable services. They are also seeking to recruit a new Trustee to Sefton Carers Centre Board.

Completed Applications and Monitoring Forms can then be emailed to
rachel.fripp@carers.sefton.gov.uk by the relevant closing date, or return via post to:

Rachel Fripp, Head of Performance & HR
Sefton Carers Centre, 27-37 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE



Parent Carer Development Worker

Salary: £12,444 per annum
Terms: 0.6 FTE, 21 hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 12th April 2019

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Living Well Sefton – Support Worker
Salary: £12,444 per annum
Terms: 0.6 FTE, 21hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 15th April 2019

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Living Well Sefton – Support Worker & Frontline
Salary: £16,593 per annum
Terms: 0.8 FTE, 28hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 15th April 2019

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Welfare Benefits Advisor
Salary: £10,370 per annum
Terms: 0.5 FTE, 17.5hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Tuesday 16th April 2019

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Personal Health Budget – Lead
Salary: £32,096 per annum
Terms: Fulltime post, 35 hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 22nd April 2019

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Personal Health Budget – Advisor
Salary: £22,890 per annum
Terms: Fulltime post, 35 hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 22nd April 2019

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Personal Health Budget – Payroll & Monitoring Worker
Salary: £18,311 per annum
Terms: part-time post 28 hrs/week
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 22nd April 2019

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Personal Health Budget Advocate – Two posts (employed by Sefton Advocacy)
Salary & Terms: 1 x Fulltime £24,072 per annum
1 x 17.5 hrs/week £12,036 per annum
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 22nd April 2019

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Trustee (Volunteer)

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Former Midwife Urges People to Have Their Say about NHS Change

Healthcare in Sefton will only work if people get to have their say – urges former midwife, Anne Major.

Anne, from Southport, who also used to be a neonatal nurse, is encouraging others to speak out as part of the national ‘What Would You Do?’ campaign, led by independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Sefton.

The campaign aims to encourage people in Sefton to share their views about how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.

The Government is investing £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Local organisations are now being asked to explore how services should change locally to make the NHS work better for people.

Anne, who is also Healthwatch Sefton locality representative for Central Southport, said: “When I have been at listening events at Southport and Formby hospital with Healthwatch Sefton we get fantastic comments and feedback about health services through talking with and listening to people.

“Patients are the experts. Each and every one of them has a story to share – whether that’s good or bad. I would encourage others to take part in the campaign and make sure their voice is heard.”

Anne has had plenty of first-hand experience with health and care services in the borough, having worked as a midwife and neonatal nurse for more than 30 years. She has personal experience of the NHS due to her husband having had a quadruple heart by-pass and is passionate about ensuring that the care of her family and community is the best the NHS can provide.

Maureen Kelly, Chair of Healthwatch Sefton, added: “The NHS only works when the voices of the people who use it are heard. This is a once-in-a-generation chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in Sefton.

“We want to hear from as many people as possible about what works, what doesn’t and how they think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”

People can share their views via this online survey.

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Coordinator receives national commendation from Princess Royal

Adam Connolly, Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Co-ordinator is celebrating being presented with a prestigious Butler Trust commendation by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal at St James’s Palace in London, on 21st March.

Adam Connolly received the commendation from the Butler Trust, which has The Princess Royal as its patron; his commendation was one of just 20 granted from over 400 nominations across Britain.

Freshfields Animal Rescue host pub quiz double-header to celebrate 40th birthday

Freshfields Animal Rescue is continuing its mammoth 40th birthday celebrations with two charity pub quizzes in April.

As part of the yearlong commemoration of the much loved animal rescue shelter, Freshfields have teamed up with a Southport pub quiz host for a double header of trivia and game nights in April.

Have your say on Sefton health policies review

Sefton residents are being asked for views about a number of local health policies, being reviewed to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments.

NHS South Sefton (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs to review a group of policies for procedures and treatments that are known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT).  These are routine procedures that are known to have medical benefit only in very specific situations, or for a small number of people.

Life After Stroke – Help for residents recovering from a stroke who feel isolated

Throughout Sefton’s Year of Friendship, Sefton Council is dedicated to reducing loneliness by making residents aware of the many groups and activities on offer throughout the borough.

The Council would like to highlight the Stroke Association’s work to tackle isolation for Sefton residents who are recovering from a stroke.

Deputy PCC marks The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade with a programme of events to tackle modern slavery

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Cllr Emily Spurrell in partnership with Merseyside Police and the International Slavery Museum are to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade by providing a programme of events to raise awareness of Modern Slavery.

On the 29th March local businesses and partner agencies will have the opportunity to learn about Modern Slavery, how to spot the signs and how to report their concerns.

Sefton Launches Major Bid for Future High Street Funding

Sefton Council is bidding for a slice of the £675m Future High Street Fund with bids planned for both Southport and Crosby.

The Future High Street Fund was announced in last November’s budget and aims to support and fund local areas’ plans to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future.

In this first round, Sefton will include bids for both Crosby village and Southport town centre and builds upon the Council’s ambitions for its town centres encapsulated within its agreed regeneration frameworks and 2030 Vision.

The Future High Street Fund aims to help Councils, their communities and the private sector work in partnership to develop and sustain town centres to enhance their vitality and viability.  The fund also includes the opportunity to bid for part of a £55m Heritage High Street Fund.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration, said: “Building on Sefton’s ambitions for its town centres, we are aiming to submit two bids to the Future High Street Fund for both Southport town centre and Crosby Village to help sustain them for the future. The bids will also support Sefton’s and the City Region’s ambitions for future growth.


“For Southport this will build upon Sefton’s success in securing around £10m of Heritage Lottery and Coastal Communities Funding for King’s Gardens, Southport Pier and the recently announced Townscape Heritage Scheme.

“For Crosby this will build on the significant private sector funding by St Modwen into the village centre. If successful, Sefton Council will continue to work in an inclusive way with private sector and community sector partners.”

Formal stage 1 bids for both projects will be made in the coming months with further details issued in due course.

Friends Of… Groups Help make Borough Sparkle during Year Of Friendship

Friends Of groups have united in a shared love of making sure Sefton stays clean, green and beautiful.

Throughout the Year Of Friendship, Sefton Council and its partners are celebrating groups, individuals and organisations who make a difference and help foster friendship throughout the borough.

For February, Sefton Council has been celebrating the continued hard work of the many ‘Friends Of…’ groups who turn out week in, week out in parks, greenspaces and the 22 miles of Sefton’s coastline to remove litter and make the environment a better place.

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of greenspace and coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

The Green Sefton coast and countryside division are supported by hundreds of volunteers, who come under the umbrella group, the ‘Friends of Sefton Coast.’

Between them they give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

Last year alone an incredible 2,300 people volunteered 5,200 hours of their time over 76 clean-up events that saw thousands of bags of rubbish cleared from our coastline and this continues well into our Year Of Friendship campaign.

Inland too volunteer groups remain hard at work helping perfect our parks and greenspaces such as the Friends of Derby Park, while volunteer gardeners like the Lord Street Volunteers give up their time to help  make sure floral planters are constantly blooming.

There’s always plenty to get your teeth into on both our coastline and in our parks and greenspaces and Green Sefton are always looking for more people to get involved.

To register your interest in forming or joining a Sefton ‘Friends Of…’ group click here.

To find out more about the Year Of Friendship visit www.sefton.gov.uk/friendship.