Two additional sites for collecting community medical equipment from from today (Tuesday 21st April)

From Tuesday 21st April 2020, there are two additional Sefton sites where referrers and family members can pick up community medical equipment that has been ordered for people being discharged from hospital.

This is in response to Hospital Discharge Guidance from the Government on COVID 19.

Borough of Culture 2020 projects to go ahead digitally to help raise spirits in the face of Covid-19

Sefton Comedy HUB, detailed instructions of how to make an origami squirrel and Community by Nature play packs are among the re-profiled Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 projects going ahead in the face of Covid-19.

Members of Sefton Council’s Borough of Culture 2020 team worked swiftly with local arts, culture and community groups with successful grant applicants to adapt their projects for digital delivery. The aim is to enable people to enjoy and take part in the activities online or by post.

The Borough of Culture team awarded over £15,000 of one-off grants for cultural activities at the heart of its communities. The outbreak of the coronavirus meant successful bidders working closely with the council and its partners to change tack, while still creating fun, engaging things to do for residents everywhere.

Launched already via Facebook, Sefton Comedy Hub is a chance for local residents to submit clips of themselves telling their favourite joke, recalling amusing anecdotes and humorous stories and reciting funny poems and comedy impressions.

Hosted by local comedian Bren Riley, the project is for people of all ages and ‘clean’ clips should be submitted to the page. There will be weekly feedback on the clips and e-vouchers provided for the funniest clips.

People will also be able to register to play Bingo via Zoom through the Sefton Comedy Hub Facebook Page. Tickets for the six sessions will be emailed to local residents and e-vouchers will be given as prizes.

Find out more about the Sefton Comedy Hub.

Through Origami Pulse, people will be able to follow a detailed video showing them how to make their very own red squirrel from folded paper. People will be invited to share pictures their squirrels online and these pictures will be used to create a large artwork at the Atkinson later in the year.

In conjunction with Venus, Community by Nature will be working with three artists to develop three ‘Playing In’ packs for vulnerable families, least likely to have access to art-making materials at home during the Covid-19 restrictions. Provided with food parcels, the packs will provide free, fun ways for families to enjoy themselves at home and to keep children occupied.

Downloadable versions of artist-designed play activities will also be available for wider use by anyone across the Borough as well as video and online workshops introducing creative play ideas via Facebook and Instagram. People will also be able to submit memories of games they have played in the past and photographs showing people playing out.

Birkdale Community Hub and will be running a photography competition that will see residents invited to take photographs of their gardens or what they can see out of their windows while they spend this time at home. Participants will be able to submit their snaps via email and social media and there will be a future exhibition at the HUB.

Through SING Plus, older people in the community who do not have access to the internet or social media will be provided with materials and maps to chronicle their recollections of Sefton. The memory boxes they create will be used as part of the local archive held at Crosby library.

Also, SING Plus will see young people asked to keep a diary of their thoughts and daily life at the present time and the effect of the current situation is having on them and their families. Activity boxes and snacks will also be provided for the young people taking part.

After the Covid-19 crisis is over both groups, old and young, will meet up after the need for social distancing has ended, to share memories.

Words of Wisdom is an inspirational project that will see young people being encouraged to keep in touch with the elderly community around them, online and through social media, as well as using simple pen, paper and telephone.

With the help of their parents and carers, the young people will be asking their elderly neighbours, family and friends to share their words of wisdom based on a lifetime of stories and experience. The best 100 lines of wisdom on topics such as family, fun, friendship, finance, fears, fulfilment, farewells, fitness and the future will be captured in a book as part of the legacy of the Sefton Borough of Culture 2020. People can find out more about Words of Wisdom by contacting Peter Hawkins at The Windmills Foundation on 01704 874 903 or pete@windmillsonline.co.uk.

Through Aintree Racecourse Sefton’s Borough of Culture 2020 Grand Poetry Competition, budding young poets are being asked to get creative and tell us what they are missing.

Entries are being invited for the 4 to 8-year-old, 9 to 12-year-old and 13 years and above categories and winners will win family tickets to Aintree Racecourse’s Family Day in October and Liverpool’s Day or Grand National Day in 2021. This follows the recent unveiling of the spectacular Red Rum wall mural in Southport, commissioned by the Sefton Borough of Culture programme and painted by Paul Curtis, to celebrate the three-time winner in the town in which he lived and trained.

Poems’ subject should be about something or someone they love, miss or find amazing. Poems, with a maximum of 200 words, should be handwritten and decorated and sent to GrandPoetry@thejockeyclub.co.uk in an emailed which includes the child’s full name and age.

Cllr Trish Hardy Sefton Council’s main Borough of Culture sponsor said: “At this time when it’s so important that people maintain social distancing to beat Covid-19, I am delighted that our Borough of Culture 2020 team has been able to work with these arts, culture and community groups to develop projects that will help lift local people’s spirits and provide fun things for people of all ages to do.

“I look forward to seeing all the creativity contained in our local communities expressed and on display through this exciting range of projects.

“Taking culture to people’s homes, phones, laptops and tablets, they have created exciting activities that will keep people entertained and go a long way to helping them cope during periods of isolation, whether alone or as a family.”

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Newsletter – COVID-19 special edition

Sefton Local Safeguarding Chidren Board (LSCB) have published the latest edition of their newsletter which includes information and resources in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Click here to download the April 2020 Newsletter

For more information, including previous issues of the newsletter, please visit https://seftonlscb.org.uk/lscb/news/sefton-lscb-newsletters

 

Urgent request for PPE for Sefton’s frontline workers: COVID-19

An urgent call has gone out for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline key workers supporting the region’s most vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

Dedicated workers in Sefton are providing vital support to ensure people can continue to live independently in their homes or are providing more specialist care in care homes.

The equipment they need to protect not just themselves but the people they care for is running lower with each day and the health and social care sector in the borough is struggling to get essentials like masks, disposable gloves and aprons as quickly as it is needed due to the huge surge in demand.

Accessing Your Health Services over the Easter Holidays

This Easter, NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reassuring residents that they will still have access to medical advice and support over the bank holiday weekend.

Unlike previous years local GP surgeries will be operating regular weekday opening hours on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April) to help the NHS cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak GP practices have made some changes to the usual way that you access their services. This means in the first instance you should phone your practice or contact them online to get advice, rather than visiting your surgery in person.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It’s safe to say that none of us have ever experienced the changes in our society that we’re experiencing due to coronavirus but we are determined to provide our residents with the best healthcare possible over the Easter Bank Holiday and throughout this period for all their healthcare needs.

“To help stop the spread of coronavirus, if you do need to contact your GP it is important that you telephone first, rather that visit the practice.

“Our pharmacies will be open on both Good Friday and Easter Monday from 2-5pm and some will be open on Easter Sunday. Please be aware that beyond the bank holiday the opening times for pharmacies and the way that they operate has also altered due to coronavirus.

“All these measures are essential to protect all of our patients and staff and to provide you with continued advice about the usual range of ongoing and non-coronavirus illnesses.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Don’t forget that there’s support for you and advice on our websites and in this digital age you can download the NHS App for free, which allows you to order repeat prescriptions.

“Remember, if you can’t get out to pick up your medicines due to the current Government advice on coronavirus you can ask a trusted family member, friend or neighbour to collect your medicines once the prescription is ready for collection. If you have no one to help and are shielded or self-isolating then contact Sefton Council’s helpline for support – 0345 140 0845.

“Finally, I would urge you to follow the guidelines and advice about dealing with the coronavirus and above all – Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”

If you require urgent medical help you can call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; please remember that the service is experiencing a huge demand during this time, so your patience is appreciated.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service  www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19

Litherland Walk-in Centre is open 8am-8pm every day. However, all patients are now being asked to call 0300 100 1004 where they will be given advice on the call and where necessary, an appointment will be allocated at the walk-in centre.

The Urgent Treatment Centre in Ormskirk and the Walk-in Centre in Skelmersdale will be treating minor injuries only and have moved to booked appointments. Call 01695 402180 first.

In addition, local NHS Walk-in Centres across Liverpool will continue to operate daily between 8am–8pm, with the exception of the city centre one on Hanover Street. However, people need to call first on 0300 100 1004 to arrange an appointment.

The NHS App is available to download and has some really useful options that can help to support you and your family at home such as reordering prescriptions, and up to date

COVID-19 advice access 111 Online, for advice on self-care and whether urgent help is needed.

Pharmacies will be open on both Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April) from 2-5pm and some will be open on Easter Sunday (12 April). You should contact your local chemist directly for its exact hours of business on all of these days.

You can find a list of pharmacies open on Easter Sunday on your CCG website along with more information about current changes to the way you can access local services and how they are delivered www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk

Sefton’s Foodbanks Request for Provisions

Foodbanks across Sefton require a number of provisions to help them continue to provide support to those most in need in our communities during the COVID-19 crisis. 

South Sefton Foodbank, Trussell Trust
St Leonard’s Youth and Community Centre, 60 Peel Road, Bootle, L20 4RW

Drop off daily between 1pm and 3pm at St Leonard’s

  • Instant Mash
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned fruit
  • UHT milk
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Rice Pudding
  • Nappies
  • Coffee
  • Carrier bags

 

Christchurch Youth and Community Centre (CYCC)
8 Oxford Road, Bootle, L20 9HW

Drop off Wednesday 10am-1pm at CYCC

  • Baked Beans
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Long life Milk
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Rice
  • Dried pasta and sauce packs
  • Noodles
  • Tinned soup
  • Tinned chicken/steak and kidney pies (Frey Bentos)
  • Rice pudding
  • Cereal

 

Southport Food Bank, Trussell Trust
Lakeside Christian Centre, Promenade, PR9 0LA

Drop off at the following locations; One Stop Shop at Formby, Waitrose at Formby, Tesco Extra at Kew, Coop Ainsdale, Ainsdale Methodist Church – 9am to 3pm in their porch, ASDA at Central 12, Salvation Army on Shakespeare Street and Lakeside Church side door – 10.30am to 12.30pm weekdays (except Thursday)

  • Tinned meat
  • Fruit juice
  • UHT milk

 

Southport Sit Up
40-42 Leyland Road, Southport, Merseyside PR9 9JQ

Drop off at Southport Sit Up

  • Cereal
  • Butter
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Bread
  • Cordial
  • Face masks
  • Knickers
  • Socks
  • Underpants
  • Towels
  • Deodorants
  • Tooth brushes and Paste
  • Soap / Hand wash
  • Sponges/ Flannels

 

Shoreline Church Foodbank
9 Mornington Rd, Southport, PR9 0TS

Drop off locations include; Sainsbury’s Lord, Street, Sainsburys Bispham Road, Sainsburys Birkdale, One-Stop Belmont Street, and Lidl Virginia Street. For anyone with larger donations of food, then it can be dropped off at the Foodbank at around 4pm Monday to Friday.

You can also donate online at;  https://www.bankuet.co.uk/shoreline

  • Vegetables
  • Rice pudding/ custard
  • Biscuits
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Tea or coffee
  • UHT milk
  • Tinned meat

 

One Knowsley Urgent Recruitment – Social Prescribing Link Workers (closing Thursday16th April)

In conjunction with Primary Care Network Kirkby, One Knowsley are looking to recruit two Social Prescribing Link Workers.

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

PH Holt Foundation – COVID-19 Emergency Funding Now Open

We welcome applications from small and medium sized Merseyside charities operating in any Merseyside borough. Our funding can provide help as you deliver new programmes to reach people affected by the pandemic, or help keep your vital charity services running

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly.

If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Click here to apply and for more information

COVID-19 & Sefton: A letter from Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, Sefton MBC

Date: April 2, 2020

A letter from Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, Sefton MBC

Hello,

Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in Sefton working hard to ensure that we support local people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Throughout our incredible borough we have seen an amazing community response.

National Lottery Heritage COVID-19 Emergency Fund Announced

National Lottery Heritage Fund is making £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.

They will be investing the £50m where it is needed most, by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites they have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

BBC Radio Merseyside – Make a Difference Campaign

Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, all 39 BBC Local Radio Stations will be taking part in the ‘Make A Difference’ campaign and if you’re making a difference in your community BBC Radio Merseyside want to hear from you!

BBC Radio Merseyside Make a Difference

BBC Radio Merseyside will be providing on-air Make A Difference Updates at Quarter past and Quarter to each hour from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week.

It could be something you’re doing in your street or town or if your helping people via a community or voluntary group – please let us know via;

Phone: 0800 731 9333
Email: makeadifference.merseyside@bbc.co.uk

For more information visit BBC Radio Make a Difference

Click here to download a flyer to share the campaign on social media

LCRCares COVID-19 Community Support Fund

LCR Cares Fund Banner

LCRCares is a new crowdfunding campaign to raise £1million to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline of helping the city region’s communities cope with the impact of Coronavirus. Local people are volunteering their help in so many ways. They are our community heroes and they urgently need our support.

The money raised will be distributed to local organisations who are providing essential support to communities such as:

  • Foodbanks
  • Food/care package delivery to vulnerable people self-isolating
  • Delivery of services and projects supporting the most vulnerable, such older people e.g. a telephone support/friendship service or delivering online activities to help reduce isolation
  • Emotional and mental health support
  • Financial Inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice

The fund is being managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, a registered charity that has distributed in excess of £40m to grass root community groups and charities across the Liverpool City Region and a long held reputation for ensuring funding is provided to the most vulnerable.

Please give whatever you can to #LCRCares to help those most vulnerable in the Liverpool City Region as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Click here for more information and to donate

CAF CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY FUND

About this Fund

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

They anticipate high numbers of applicants and unfortunately it is likely that we will not be able to offer a grant to all eligible applicants.

Who can apply?

Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year.

This includes:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or as shown in the Charities Act 2010)
  • Organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, e.g Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.


How much can you apply for?

Organisations in the UK with charitable activities can apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or your Covid-19 emergency response activities.

It is possible that not all grants will be made at the full amount. Please apply for an amount that will make a suitable difference to the size and activities of your organisation.

What can you apply for?

You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.  You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community.

Please make only one application. Multiple applications will slow the process down and only one grant is possible for any organisation.

Please remember that this is intended as an emergency fund to enable your charitable activities to continue at the moment in whatever way is needed; it is not designed to replace other lost income in the longer term.


Click her for more information and to apply for the funding 

 

 

 

Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 – Guidance & Information from Sefton Council

Many residents will be following the national advice around household isolation and social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This advice is in place to limit the spread of the virus and keep as many people as safe and well as possible.

We know that there are vulnerable people in our communities who will be more concerned than others about the prospect of staying at home for a number of reasons, including those who have been the victims of domestic abuse such as violence or coercive and controlling behaviour.

Sefton 4 Good launch fundraising appeal to support local initiatives in response to the Covid-19 outbreak

In response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, Sefton 4 Good have launched a trusted online fundraising appeal to support a range of local voluntary, community and faith sector organisations who are working tirelessly to help vulnerable residents across the borough.

COVID-19: Changes to DBS ID checking guidelines

Due to current measures that have been put in place as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, we’re aware that organisations are having difficulty following the DBS ID checking guidance.

Currently, when validating ID documents, it is best practice to carry the examination out face-to-face with a live video link as an alternative method. Under the current guidance, the ID checker must be in physical possession of the original documents so they can be checked for indicators of fraud.

Coronavirus: Beware of the free school meals email scam

Sefton CVS and local partner agencies have been made aware of an email scam that states:
‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported’.
Please do not respond to it, and delete immediately – and please help spread the word to those local families who may be targeted by this malicious scam. 
All legitimate information relating to free school meals can be found on the gov.uk website here

South Sefton Foodbank Opening Hours

Foodbank’s in South Sefton are currently running as near normal as possible but they are not able to offer any Wrap Around Services and clients will be handed pre-packed bags on receipt of a voucher.

*Please note the below list of centres may change in line with future Government guidance.

Monday
11 – 2 pm – L30 Centre 4 Stonyfield, Bootle, L30 0QS
1 – 3pm – Waterloo Town Hall, 26 Great Georges Rd, Waterloo, L22 1RD

Tuesday
10 – 12pm – Maghull Methodist, 180 Liverpool Road, K31 2HP
11 – 2pm – St. Leonard’s, 60 Peel Road, L20 4RW

Wednesday
11 – 2pm –  Litherland Boys, 41 Sefton Road, L21 9HD

Thursday
11 – 2pm – St. Oswald’s, Ronald Ross Avenue, L30 5RD

Friday
10.30 – 2.30pm – St. Leonard’s Youth & Centre, 60 Peel Road,  L20 4RW
11 – 2pm – Linacre Mission, 123 -29 Linacre Road Bootle, L21 8NS
1 – 3 pm – Waterloo Town Hall,  26 Great Georges Rd, Waterloo, L22 1RD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSE – The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund (Closing Wednesday 25th March 2020)

The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund has been set up by Martin Lewis to help those affected by the coronavirus. Small or local charities are able to apply to receive a grant of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief projects. As a guide – they consider small charities to be those with a turnover of £10 million or less. Though they will consider applications from subsidiaries of larger parent charities.

They’re especially interested in projects that directly help people affected by the effects of the virus, such as by giving access to food, toiletries, basic necessities, as well as community projects to help people in isolation.

They are looking for projects that can help people now, so will welcome applications for existing projects that could be scaled up with extra money or projects that are in the process of being set up.

Speed is of the essence so they encourage you to highlight your project’s objectives and outcomes concisely – consider using bullet points rather than lengthy answers. Data will only be used for the purpose of giving grants.

Click here to apply for the fund

Click here for more information and the full blog from Martin Lewis

Updated statement from The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19

he following statement was issued 17 March 2020. It has been replicated below from The National Lottery Community Fund website. Click here to view the original source.

We know that many charities and community organisations across the UK are facing increasing challenges as a result of COVID-19 and we want to support those we fund as far as is possible at this difficult time.

Following the latest government guidance we have asked our staff to work from home and they are all equipped to do so. Our plan is to continue to deliver our services to applicants, grant holders and communities across the UK as normally as we can.

Residents asked to be on their guard for Covid-19 scammers

Sefton Council’s Trading Standards have received a number of reports of scams and profiteering on the coronavirus outbreak and are asking people to stay Safe and Savvy during this difficult time.

The reports range from inflated prices for hand sanitisers to emails claiming to be from organisations affiliated with the centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), designed to obtain personal and banking details.

Earlier in the the month Action Fraud reported receiving 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totaling over £800k, since February 2020.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “This type of behavior is both shocking and disgraceful and has an impact on vulnerable members of our communities.

“Of the 21 reports, ten were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers.

“One victim reported losing over £15k when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.

“Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world and we are encouraging residents to engage with Citizens Advice.

“They have launched advice on coronavirus scams and a scam checker, to check if something might be a scam

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute’s chief executive Leon Livermore said: “It is abhorrent that unscrupulous individuals are using this difficult time as an opportunity to immiserate others further.

“Consumers should now be extra vigilant, and aware of these new scams that take many forms.

“The general rule of scams applies – if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

“CTSI is monitoring these developments and will update the public as we receive further intelligence.

“In the meantime, the public should follow the official government advice, and take all necessary precautions.”

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

Charity Commission Update: Filing charity annual returns during the coronavirus pandemic

Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one.

During the coronavirus pandemic the charity sector will face challenges of looking after its staff, volunteers and trustees who may fall ill, have to self-isolate, or have to look after loved ones. The sector also has a vital role to play in looking after its beneficiaries, many of whom will be amongst the most vulnerable during this public health emergency.

Steve Morgan Foundation pledges £1million A Week To Charities Hit By Coronavirus

Philanthropist and businessman Steve Morgan is today pledging £1m a week to charities to help some of the most vulnerable sectors of society cope with coronavirus – and he’s called on other people to follow suit.

Morgan is the founder of housebuilder Redrow and former owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers. He founded the Steve Morgan Foundation  in 2001, to support charities that help children and families, people with physical or learning disabilities, the elderly, or those that are socially disadvantaged in Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales.

“Charity Workers are Key Workers” – Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision (published 19th March)

Source: www.gov.uk

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolationhousehold isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) Latest Newsletter now available

Click here to view the latest newsletter from Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB)

Topics in the latest newsletter include:
National Safeguarding Week activities; Hoarders Helping Hoarders Group; Update on our Safeguarding Voices Initiative; MSAB Peer Review; Spotlight on Local Excellence and Safeguarding Resources

To receive these newsletters directly, please click here to sign up 

Sefton LSCB FREE Briefing Session on Child Exploitation (Monday 30th March)

Click here to download the information flyer 

Multi-Agency Presentations by:
Sefton Council
Merseyside Police
Catch 22

The Session:
As practitioners, our work involves protecting and safeguarding children and young people.

This briefing will enable attendees to:
➢ Understand Child Exploitation
➢ Spot the Signs and Symptoms
➢ Identify Risk Factors (including risk factors outside the family environment)

The briefing will provide an overview of the recent work undertaken with agencies in Sefton in partnership with Research in Practice (RIP) and the Children’s Society. Pan Merseyside have agreed a Child Exploitation Assessment Tool (CE2) and this will be launched at the event. Attendees will learn more about the tool and how to use and access it.

Who should attend?
This free event is open to all people who work with children and young people in Sefton.

To book a place on one of the sessions click here or visit www.seftonlscb.org.uk / training calendar

Click here to download the information flyer 

Sefton LSCB: Guidance for joint targeted area inspections on the theme of child exploitation

Sefton LSCB have advised that Ofsted have recently published the new guidance for Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) Child Exploitation, focusing on CSE, CCE and County lines.

There has been a very important (and surprising) change in the published guidance; Annex A Lists 6 (CIN), 7 (CPP), and 8 (CLA) with CCE/CSE information will now be required by 5pm on the Monday, i.e. on the same day as notification. All other deadlines are therefore a day earlier. Attached is the full guidance, and the link is below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/joint-inspections-of-child-sexual-exploitation-and-missing-children

To download the guidance, please click here

“Understanding the assets in our Locality” Partnership Development Days (2nd, 10th & 30th March 2020)

Sefton Council in partnership with Sefton CVS would like to invite you to attend to one of three Partnership Development Days taking place next month across the borough. 

The sessions will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (2nd March), Bootle Town Hall (10th March) and The Atkinson in Southport (30th March) and will be an opportunity for local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups and organisations to work together with Sefton Council’s Locality Teams in identifying community assets in the three locality areas across Sefton. 

PLEASE NOTE: Each event is limited to 100 places which are available on a first come first served basis. Please use the links provided below to book your place at one of the events.

Please click here to view the agenda for the sessions (same format for each of the three events)

If your group/organisation works in a particular part of Sefton, then please book your place at the session in your area. If you’re not sure what area your organisation falls under, please click here to view the boundaries map for each of the three locality areas.

Central Sefton Locality Partnership Development Day
Monday 2nd March 2020 from 12:30 – 16:00
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (map)
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

South Sefton Locality Development Day
Tuesday 10th March 2020 from 09:00 – 12:30
Assembly Hall at Bootle Town Hall (map)
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

North Sefton Locality Partnership Development Day
Monday 30th March 2020 from 12:30 – 16:00
Studio at The Atkinson in Southport (map)
CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

If you have any questions about the events or you’re not sure which session your group/organisation should book on to, please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk.