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.

Police put Additional Feet on the Beat for the First Time in Nine Years

Merseyside Police will be recruiting an additional 80 new police officers and 14 police staff and will be able to stem the loss of approximately 40 officer posts to invest in more police on the streets of Merseyside over the next year.

This means that the force will be able to invest in the creation of a new team to target wanted fugitives and the introduction of a new Cyber Investigations Unit.

The force budget was announced last week at a special public meeting held by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy and Chief Constable Andy Cooke.

Funding for 40 of the new officer posts has been generated from the increase of the police precept on council tax, following a public consultation held by the Commissioner. Savings that the force has identified throughout the last year, have also generated funding for a further 40 officers and will save approximately 40 police officer posts that were due to be lost.

The force will also bring in an extra 14 police staff in 2019/20.

The new and saved posts will increase capacity on the front line and create dedicated teams of officers and staff to target those who cause the most harm to the communities of Merseyside.

In the last year Merseyside has seen an increase in knife crime, violence and robbery, and the force is still managing the threat that serious organised crime, which includes gun and drug related crime, brings to communities. We want to ensure that we have the capacity to respond to these incidents and put those involved in this type of criminality on the back foot.

To do that we are now in the position to create a Priority Crime Team within Matrix disruption. The sole aim of that team will be to transfer the fear of crime back on to the criminal through targeted, proactive policing.

A centralised Fugitive Team will also be set up to track and arrest wanted criminals and bring them to justice. The team will find those wanted on arrest warrants and who have breached licences and will support the force’s local policing and targeted teams to locate suspects who commit crime in our communities.

Police and Crime Panel Seeking Co-opted Independent Member

The Merseyside Police and Crime Panel is seeking a committed and enthusiastic person from the Merseyside area to serve as a co-opted independent member on the panel from July 2019 for a term to end in May 2023.

This role is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the arrangements for police governance and accountability, which would involve scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced significant changes in police governance and accountability; in particular, replacing Police Authorities by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) from November 2012.

In summary, the public accountability for the delivery and performance of the police service within each force is now placed into the hands of the PCC on behalf of their electorate. The PCC draws on this electoral mandate to set and shape the strategic objectives of their force area in consultation with the Chief Constable. The PCC is accountable both to the electorate and the Police and Crime Panel; the Chief Constable is directly accountable to the PCC.

Each force area has a Police and Crime Panel to offer both support and challenge in relation to the PCC’s decision-making and actions. The PCC is required to consult with the Panel on the strategic plan for local policing, as well as the level of council tax needed to support the local policing budget, and the appointment of a Chief Constable. Independent members, through their knowledge and experience, are expected to enhance the Panel’s ability to play its role effectively.

The panel is made up of 10 local councillors in total from the five local authorities in the force area, plus two independent co-opted members.

The role of a panel member is an important and demanding one. The typical commitment required from a member of the panel is expected to average one day a month, including preparation time.

Applicants must live or work within the Merseyside area (Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral). Experience in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues would be helpful, but is not essential. There is no salary for the role, but reasonable travel expenses can be reclaimed.

Panel Meetings are generally held in the daytime with meetings ordinarily being held in Huyton, Knowsley. All panel members receive induction and other appropriate training.

Please telephone 0151-443-3367 to request a copy of the application pack.

Sefton Awarded £500k to help Bolster Prevention of Youth Crime

Sefton Council has been awarded half a million pounds for its early intervention programme and ongoing work to prevent youth crime in the borough.

The £500,000 from the government’s Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund with help the local authority to continue in-depth work with parents, carers and professionals around the dangers of children being exposed to gang culture.

The Supporting Families Against Youth Crime fund enables keyworkers, community groups, teachers and other professionals working with children and young people at risk, to intervene early on and help stop them from becoming drawn into gang crime, serious violence and the youth justice system.

Sefton Council will now use the £500,000 funding to continue with a range of initiatives, which will see teams work closely with young children who may be directly impacted by crime from an early age.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve been given this grant. This much-needed vital funding will allow us to continue to help families in need to resolve problems that affect them and their community.

“We recognise that investing in people at an early stage, before problems become too serious, will help our families across the borough so they can make positive changes to their lives that will keep them safe and healthy and away from youth or gang crime. This funding will help us support initiatives that focus on early intervention and scaling up whole family working before problems escalate into something much more serious that could have consequences later in life.”

“However, the funding is only short-term and doesn’t substitute for a much needed sustainable approach to local government funding to tackle issues like this in our community.”

The grant is the latest recognition for Sefton Council’s Localities team after their partnership work around gang awareness was praised as an example of best practice by the government’s Victim’s Commissioner, Baroness Newlove.

For more information about Sefton Council’s Localities team and their work around early intervention and prevention, where they offer support at Family Wellbeing Centres, Libraries, Leisure Centres or community bases, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/localities

Sefton O.P.E.R.A. Needs Your Tesco Tokens!

Sefton OPERA have been informed that during March and April 2019 they will be one of the Charities chosen for The Bags of Help scheme. They are looking for funding to support our “Volunteering for the Future” project, which is encouraging old and young alike to come and join them as volunteers.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store (see below) of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token

The stores where you can drop you token in are:

L21 8NZ – Litherland (S)
L22 4QH – Crosby Road, Liverpool
L23 5RQ –  Crosby Coronation Road
L10 2JA – Liverpool Old Roan
L23 4TE – Thornton

To check the location of any of the above stores, please go to the Tesco website here: http://www.tesco.com/store-locator/uk/

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.

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 acting 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 it is important that as many people as possible give their views to 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.

‘Like Glue’; An Upcoming Theatre & Training Event – Monday 25th February 2019

“Like Glue” is an upcoming theatre & training event. It explores the diversity of teenage relationships, healthy and unhealthy behaviour and the impact that intimate partner violence has on young people. Attending the training also gives delegates access to an educational toolkit that can be used to support further work.

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This project has been funded by Merseyside PCC via Sefton council and is free for any professional working in Sefton to access. We would therefore like to invite you to book onto the event. Spaces are limited so please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity.

To book a place please contact access27theatre@outlook.com

 

Alzheimer’s Society Upcoming February Events

The Alzheimer’s Society is holding two events in the North and South of the borough during February.

The first is a Side by Side volunteer recruitment event taking place at the Lord Street Hotel in Southport on Thursday 21 February. They have a number of people living with dementia in the Southport area who are waiting to be matched with potential volunteers.

Alzheimers Society Side by Side

Download the flyer here



The second is a ‘Pop-up’ Memory Café taking place at Lydiate Village Centre on Friday 22 February. It’s a chance for people living with dementia and their carers to get together in an informal, relaxed setting. They can meet others in a similar situation and receive vital support and information. No need to book, just come along on the day.

Alzheimers Society Pop Up Memory Cafe

Download the flyer here

Healthwatch Sefton Opens Doors

Parents, people with a disability and older people are now finding it easier to get in to Maghull Health Centre after automatic doors have been fitted.

Local patient consumer champion, Healthwatch Sefton, has worked in partnership with the NHS to resolve the daily problem of accessing the centre after it was raised as an issue by patients during engagement work.

“Through a series of Enter & View visits to the health centre we listened to what people thought of the community services and, among other things, it kept coming up that they had difficulty using the double sets of doors to enter the building,” explained Wendy Andersen, Engagement Manager with Healthwatch Sefton.

Following their feedback reports, Healthwatch Sefton was in dialogue with the various NHS agencies over remedies to the situation and it was finally resolved in January when the automatic doors were installed.

The news has gone down a treat with local patient and wheelchair user, Jonathan Desmond, who also brought the issue to Maurice Byrne, Healthwatch Sefton locality representative for Maghull early on. He said: “The automatic doors are great and mean it is easier to use the centre.”

It is not only patients feeling the benefit because Gaynor Ferguson, receptionist at the centre, explained: “From a staff point of view it has made our jobs better because we no longer have to hold doors open for people which means we can get around quicker.

“I think it makes the centre feel more modern and that’s given us a nice boost. But it’s also better from a hygiene perspective.”

Wendy commented: “Thanks go to all those who spoke to us about this and other community services issues. And thanks also to the various NHS agencies we spoke to and helped to resolve the situation.”

To view the full Maghull Health Centre reports visit: www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk and to contact Healthwatch Sefton ring 0800 206 1304.

Help Us Help You by Choosing Pharmacy First

Sefton residents are being reminded they can get expert advice about any minor health concerns they may have from their local pharmacy, saving them a trip to their doctor’s surgery.

That’s the message from health commissioners in the borough as part of the latest phase of the national ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign, focusing on the range of services and support available from pharmacies.

Pharmacy teams offer a fast and convenient clinical service for minor health concerns with no appointment needed and use of a private consultation room should it be required.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “I urge everyone to make full use of their local pharmacist all year round; they use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to give you the best advice.

“Health services can often become really busy and overstretched over winter. By visiting your local pharmacy with any minor health concerns, you will avoid waiting for an appointment.

“Our pharmacists can advise you on what over the counter medicines you may need in this cold weather and let you know about any side effects of medication so it is beneficial to ask their advice.”

According to NHS England 27 per cent of GP appointments in England could potentially be treated elsewhere. You can simply walk into your pharmacy, without an appointment and they will be able to offer you advice.

Help us, help you, before it gets worse. Visit www.nhs.uk/pharmacyadvice for more information.

Learn more about where you live through a Community Chat

Local residents are being encouraged to learn more about their communities through the new Community Chat events.

Residents can now engage even further with Sefton Council and its many different partners through the Community Chat events that replace the Constituency Forums.

Led by Sefton Council, the Community Chats are a more relaxed way for residents to talk to community groups, agencies, councillors and Council departments about any issues they have.

They will be held in each of the respective Parliamentary Constituencies within Sefton; Bootle, Central Sefton and Southport.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Corporate Services, said: “The Community Chat events are designed as an opportunity for local residents to really learn more about their communities.

“The format will be a market-place style at which there will be a number of tables for community groups, partners, ward Councillors and internal Sefton departments to attend.

“People can move around from table to table depending on their particular needs and learn more about things that affect their community.

“We really hope that this format will benefit our valued local communities so that they can attend in a more relaxed way at which they feel that the Council and its partners are more accessible and friendly.

“Dates for the Constituency Chats have been announced and I really hope people take the time to attend them.”

The planned dates for the Community Chats across Sefton are:

• Southport – Wednesday, February 13 at 6pm in The Atkinson Studio Room
• Bootle – Wednesday, February 27 at 6pm at Bootle Town Hall
• Sefton Central – Thursday, March 7 at 6pm at Formby PDC

Each forum is expected to finish around 8pm.

Another Chance to Visit a fascinating Exhibition with Artefacts from Bootle’s History

A special exhibition displaying artefacts from Bootle’s illustrious history is being brought back this February, due to popular demand.

The exhibition was first unveiled as part of a week long celebration of the town’s 150th Birthday, in October 2018.

Due to its success, Sefton Council is delighted to be bringing it back to Bootle Town Hall for another week.

It will be held in the Assembly Hall from 10am – 5pm on Monday – Friday (February 18 – Friday 22)

There will also be Bootle history talks by Hugh Hollinghurst on Thursday, February 21, at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Visitors to the history talk are asked to pay £2 at the door.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “It’s great news that this exhibition is returning to the Town Hall. I am also excited to be conducting some of the tours myself.

“We had such a great response during the ‘150 Years of Bootle’ celebration, that we knew we had to bring it back to give even more people the chance to see these fascinating artefacts.”

For more information or to book tickets for the Mayors tour’s, please call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme funds notice boards in Rimrose Valley

A community funding scheme run by Tesco in Litherland has enabled Rimrose Valley Friends to deliver four, hand-carved notice boards at entrances around the much-loved Country Park.

The initiative required members of the public to vote for their favourite cause using counters given to them in store.  Originally intended to improve just one entrance, the fund awarded stretched to notice boards being delivered to four entrances around the valley.  Beach Road and Gorsey Lane are already in place, with two more due to be installed soon at the Derwent Road and Brindley Close entrances.

Roy Bouffler, who designed and made the notice boards said: “It was a pleasure to create something for a place that holds special memories for me, as a child and then with my own children.  It’s a place of peace and tranquillity, which I have felt the benefit of.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Rimrose Valley is a great asset in the borough and The Green Sefton – and Natural Alternatives – team were happy to help, putting up Roy’s marvellous notice boards. They look great in situ, are a fine example of local craftsmanship and I’m sure will be well appreciated by our communities.”

Linda Gaskell of Rimrose Valley Friends added: “We’re delighted to be able to deliver the notice boards and to enhance several of the busiest entrances to the park.  The notice boards will contain a mixture of charity, campaign and other community notices, aimed at helping to bring the various communities which surround Rimrose Valley closer together.

“Work like this demonstrates that Rimrose Valley Friends as a charity is planning for the future of the Country Park and we are not put off by the threat of Highways England’s proposed road.

“Space is obviously limited, but any community groups or charities interested in submitting a notice should email enquiries@rimrosevalleyfriends.org 

Please note that advertisements will not be accepted.”

New Southport Mental Health Hospital Named as Hartley Hospital

The countdown is on for Southport’s new £20 million state of the art mental health facility to be named Hartley Hospital and fully operational in a year’s time.

The name recognises the historic origins of its location on the former Southport General Infirmary site next to what used to be the Christiana Hartley Maternity Hospital. The late Christiana Hartley CBE, one of the famous Hartley jam-making family, went on to become Southport’s first woman Mayor in 1921 and was an advocate for better health services, education, women’s equality and champion for children and the poor.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust chose the name Hartley Hospital after consultation with its staff, service users and carers and the wider community. The hospital’s internal areas will reflect names that connect it to the Sefton coastline, including Dunes Ward, Marsh Ward, Mere Suite and Marine Suite.

Chief Executive of Mersey Care, Joe Rafferty, said: “Hartley Hospital will provide the best standards of accommodation and therapeutic environments within our resources – it is a statement of our commitment to deliver on promises for better mental health services in Sefton.

“We are delighted to announce the name a full 12 months ahead of its completion. The local community embraced helping us name the building and its patient and visitor areas – we are grateful to everyone who came to roadshows or sent in some of the hundreds of suggestions. Co-production with the people who use our services and their carers is at the heart of what we do.”

Construction on the site, situated off Scarisbrick New Road, Southport, started just over a year ago. Phase One of Hartley Hospital is due to open this autumn to enable the existing Boothroyd older people’s service to move in, before demolition work of the remaining old buildings. Final completion will be by January 2020, when services will start to relocate from the nearby Hesketh Centre.

Names for the new hospital and its wards came from visitors to roadshows in The Atkinson, Life Rooms Southport, Hesketh Centre, Boothroyd Unit, Trust’s Members’ Meeting at Aintree Racecourse, as well as Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group’s Big Chat at the Royal Clifton Hotel. Hundreds of suggestions including on-line and face-to-face questionnaires were whittled down by a group made up of staff, service users, carers and local volunteers before the Project Board, led by Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel, made a final decision.

Job Vacancies: Help to Claim Adviser (x 2) with Citizens Advice Sefton (closing 5pm, 21st February 2019)

Citizens Advice is set to deliver a new service called “Universal Support: Help to Claim” which offers end-to-end support to help people make a new Universal Credit claim and be ready for when their first payment arrives.

More ‘Social Prescribers’ to Ease Pressure on GPs

The number of workers trained to prescribe social activities, like exercise groups and art classes, to GP patients who don’t need pills, is set to rise, under NHS England plans.

The aim is that “link workers” will support GPs and reduce their workload. A link worker’s role is to help patients find suitable community activities to improve their health and wellbeing.

Sefton Schools Championing Mental Health sought for New Award

The prestigious Educate Awards are returning for 2019 with a new category for mental health and wellbeing.

Founded by Kim O’Brien in 2012, the awards are the largest education awards in the North West and are an opportunity for schools to showcase their credentials across a number of categories.

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Award is open to both primary and secondary schools across the region and recognises schools that are effectively tackling mental health issues among pupils and staff.

The award will focus on the long-term culture of a school and those with an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.

According to recent figures, mental health problems affect 1 in 8 children and young people (NHS Digital). This new award hopes to shine a spotlight on the support schools have in place to promote good mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Entries must show provision and interventions available for pupils and staff, a commitment to promoting mental health as part of school life and can include views from parents, pupils and teachers.

This follows a pledge by the government to roll out mental health lessons to all schools from September 2020 as part of a redesigned national curriculum.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Awards, says: “As children and young people continue to face many pressures, raising awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing is so important.

“Schools play a vital role in this support and we are looking for strong examples of how schools are creating an environment where children can thrive with good mental health.

“The mental health of teachers and staff is just as important and entries can reflect various school initiatives which tackle mental health issues among pupils and staff.”

Alongside this new category, 20 others are returning for 2019, focused on everything from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths), arts, careers, sport to individual awards for school support stars and teachers.

Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards has grown rapidly and now recognises schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Kim adds: “We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2019 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West.”

Entries are now open and the deadline is midnight on Sunday 23rd June 2019. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 15th November at Liverpool Cathedral.

For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit www.educateawards.co.uk.

Metro Mayor Launches Consultation on Charter to Improve Working Conditions

A bid to improve working conditions for thousands of working people across the Liverpool City Region began today, as Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram launched a consultation on a Fair Employment Charter.

The survey focusses on what people would like to see in a Liverpool City Region Fair Employment Charter that would support employers in delivering improved working conditions as they grow and create jobs.

Trustee Positions with Swan Women’s Centre

An exciting opportunity has arisen at SWAN Women’s Centre.

Swan Women’s Centre is looking for a number of Trustees and we welcome both men and women from under represented sections of the community who have the skills that we require. Trustees do not receive remuneration, but reasonable out-of-pocket expenses are payable. They would particularly welcome those who have lived experience of mental illness.

The centre is a mental health and wellbeing charity that has been providing a wide range of services for young women and adult women since 1989. They have a team of 8 paid members of staff and over 50 volunteers who contribute towards the work that the charity delivers. This year over 1000 women used the centre.

Applicants will have the ability to contribute significantly to strategic planning and governance of the charity and have skills and experience in one or more of the following fields: General business/management; Strategic planning; HR and training; Finance and accountancy; Health and Social Care/Mental Health; Property; Marketing and Fundraising.

You can learn more about what they do by visiting our website: www.swanwomenscentre.org or please visit the Charity Commission https://www.gov.uk/guidance/trustee-board-people-and-skills for further information regarding the role of a Trustee.

If you would like to apply for the role of Trustee then you can either download the application form from their website under Join us or ring or email us and an application form will be sent to you.

If you would like to know more about the role then please feel free to contact Karen Christie, Chief Executive ceo@swanwomenscentre.org 07804894241 or Rosemary Gordon Chair of Trustees rosemarygordon18@gmail.com 07796140063

Start Your Career on the Beach as an RNLI Lifeguard

The RNLI is in search of new recruits to spend the summer working on some of Sefton’s most popular beaches, with applications now open for 2019’s beach lifeguards.

Lifeguards on our beaches are essential in supporting the RNLI to reduce the number of people who drown at the coast, and to help keep people safe by providing essential local safety advice to the thousands of visitors who make their way to Sefton’s coast each summer.

RNLI lifeguards patrol over 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands, including Crosby and Ainsdale. At the forefront of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, they responded to over 15,500 incidents and helped over 24,000 people in 2017. Successful applicants receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, good rates of pay and the chance to develop valuable skills for a future career.

Find out more about how you can make a difference and apply to be part of this amazing lifesaving teams at https://rnli.org/lifeguardjobs2019

Sefton’s Public Engagement Panel has Reached it’s 10-year Milestone

Sefton Council is delighted to be celebrating Sefton’s Public Engagement and  Consultation Panel’s 10th Anniversary.

The Council and several partners developed the panel to ensure they collectively listen to residents and give them the opportunity to have a say in the services that are delivered.

One of the ways this is done is by going out into our communities to carry out engagement and consultation activities. It is the panel’s responsibility to ensure these consultations are delivered effectively.

The panel includes representatives from Sefton Council, South Sefton and Southport Clinical Commissioning Group, Sefton CVS, Sefton Young Advisors, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and Mersey Travel.

To find out more about how you can get involved follow this link; http://ow.ly/gEU130noiwn

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services and Chair of the Public Engagement and Consultation Panel, said:

“We are all extremely happy that after 10 years this panel is still going strong and long may it continue. Working together and sharing the panel’s expertise has enabled us to successfully advise on 168 consultation and engagement activities, meaning we have listened to the views of thousands of residents from across the borough.

“I am also very proud that this panel has been held up as an example of extremely good practice in relation to how we engage with the public and with our partners.

“We are committed to delivering quality services which work in the best interest of residents, workers or visitors to Sefton. To do this, we recognise that we must engage with the public when making decisions and we encourage as many people as possible to give us their views.”

Sefton Council launches Sefton’s Year of Friendship 2019

Sefton Council is delighted to celebrate the official launch of Sefton’s Year of Friendship 2019.

A launch event held last Thursday, January 24th, at Waterloo Community Centre highlighted the positive impact friendships have on people’s lives.

Over recent years there has been an increase in loneliness within certain groups across Sefton, which has a detrimental impact on health and well-being.

According to national research, the effect of loneliness and isolation can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is more damaging than obesity. It is closely associated with depression, suicide risk, impact on quality of life and can result in more visits to GPs and admissions to hospital.

The Year of Friendship will showcase the many different forms of friendships, and help to signpost people to groups and activities to help them build new networks – helping those who could benefit from friendship the most.

Throughout the year, work will be aimed at reaching out to those people who need it most and will be themed around many key areas, including diversity, older people, specialist groups and younger people to open conversations about loneliness, how people are affected and where to get help.

Having 2019 dedicated to the Year of Friendship will build on the Council’s Core Purpose of facilitating confident and resilient communities to help achieve the ambitions of its Vision 2030, contributing to the themes ‘A Borough for Everyone’ and ‘Together we are Stronger’.

There will also be an opportunity for community groups to get involved in a project to create friendship bracelets that will be used at the end of the year to create a lasting representation of Friendship. Any groups interested in getting involved can email communications@sefton.gov.uk to request materials and further information.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance and sponsor for the Year of Friendship, said: “Friendships touch people’s lives in so many positive ways, providing comfort and support, fostering community development, and improving health and wellbeing.

“I am delighted to be the sponsor for 2019 Sefton’s Year of Friendship. We now have the opportunity to work alongside groups and organisations across the borough to highlight and celebrate the wonderful work that’s helping to bring people together. It’s something we are really looking forward to celebrate by bringing our inclusive communities even closer together.”

The Year of Friendship follows on from the success of the Year of the Volunteer 2018 that culminated in a huge increase of the numbers of volunteers in Sefton who delivered 118,689 hours of service in 2018.

To find out more about the Year of Friendship and how you can get involved visit www.sefton.gov.uk/friendship

Popular Cycle Event ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ Returns for February Half Term

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, February 19th between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, February 21st from 9am to 12pm.

To register, please call on 0345 140 0845.