Sefton Shining Stars 2018 – Nomination deadline extended! Closing 5pm, Friday 16th November 2018

The Sefton Shining Stars Awards organised by Sefton CVS recognise and celebrate the achievements of Sefton’s children and young people aged up to the age of 18.

The emphasis of the awards is on achievements outside the normal school curriculum areas, and rewarding children and young people who may not normally gain recognition.

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Categories include:

  • Achieving and Caring
  • Volunteering and Community Spirit
  • The Mary Roberson Award for Inspiring Change
  • Achiever of the Year Award
  • Fundraising
  • Changing Attitudes
  • The Catherine Strickland Award for Bravery
  • Personality of the Year Award
  • Participation Award

The 2018 Awards are now open for nominations!

If you know of a young person who deserves to be recognised, then complete a nomination form- either online or by downloading a form using the link below.

Deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 16th November 2018. If you experience any problems completing the form below, or have any questions or queries, please email shiningstars@seftoncvs.org.uk

Nomination Form

 

 

Cash boost for community Halloween projects in Sefton

Community groups in Sefton which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the ninth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices.

A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 14th September. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

Summer Holidays don’t have to spell Unhealthy Habits

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The school summer holidays are a chance to relax, sleep in, and enjoy a break from homework, but it’s best to maintain some routines to stay healthy and avoid a ‘shock to the system’ come September.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Routines such as regular bedtimes and mealtimes are important for keeping your children on the right learning path.

“Studies show that memory, learning, attention, mood, behaviour and physical health are all improved through sleep.”

Here are some top tips for healthy eating and drinking during the summer holidays:

There’s room for occasional treats during the holidays but it can get expensive to keep buying a round of ice creams for the whole family – try to plan ahead and take some healthier snacks with you on a day out.

Change 4 Life have some great ideas for healthier lunchbox and picnic swaps that are easy to prepare and fun for the whole family: www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes.

It can be difficult to keep food cool on hot days, so follow this advice from NHS Choices on how to prepare and cook food safely, including on barbeques: www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-prepare-and-cook-food-safely.

Try to limit your intake of sugary drinks – even fruit juices contain sugar. Water is the healthiest option and the best for rehydration on a hot day. You can make the drinks more appealing to kids by adding novelty ice cubes or chopped fruit and cucumber.

Debbie added: “Eating healthily, regular exercise and good sleep all go hand-in-hand and will make the summer holidays more enjoyable and stress-free for the whole family.”

Help to Make a Difference to Lives of Children with Disabilities in Sefton

Do you have some spare time on your hands during the school holidays or any evenings or weekends free? Would you be interested in helping disabled youngsters have fun in inclusive settings across Sefton?

If so you could really make a difference to peoples’ lives. As part of Sefton Council’s Year of the Volunteer campaign, we are encouraging residents to consider volunteering for Aiming High. This is a very important service which gives support to children and young people with disabilities and their families.

All year round the dedicated team provide specially tailored sessions which young people can access. This includes sport activities, outside play, music, dance and so much more!

As we approach the school summer holidays, Aiming High are looking for more volunteer helpers for their summer programme which is packed full of fun and engaging things to do.

This will be a great experience for anyone who wants to join in and have some fun with  amazing young people and staff.

It’s also an excellent opportunity for school leavers or students who want to work in a similar field such as social care, teaching or as a sports instructor.

Don’t worry about your experience as full training is given. If you’re interested and want further information contact the Aiming High team on 0151 288 6816

Check out our featured video below with the Aiming High team. We caught up with Laura Cunningham who has been one of our amazing volunteers. She helps out twice a week in our after school club for children with severe learning difficulties. She has now gained employment with Aiming High for the summer programme.

Sefton’s Public Health Annual Report Now Available!

Sefton’s Director of Public Health, Matthew Ashton, is delighted to release this year’s Public Health Annual Report (PHAR) which focus’s on children and young people growing up healthy and happy.

Presented for the first time in video format, the report explores how children and young people from across the borough approach mental health and wellbeing. Using real-life stories, the film looks at how young people deal with issues such as exams stress, anxiety, worry and looks at the support available throughout Sefton.

In addition to the video, please click here to download the report (PDF) and please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/PHAR for more information.

Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People NOW AVAILABLE

Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton 4 Good have teamed up to produce a brand new Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People – packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!  

Park Nights return for May Half Term

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

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

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

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

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

Activities include:

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

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

 

Be Active is back for May half term!

Be Active is preparing to keep Sefton’s youngest residents entertained this May half term with a fun-filled line-up of activities set to take place from Tuesday, May 29th to Friday, June 1st.

A huge range of activities will take place at leisure centres across the borough including Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Dunes Splash World, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre.

The hugely successful Wave Rave pool parties are set to make a return along with a wide array of pool-based activities including swim and splash sessions, inflatable parties and the preschool swim crash course. Those looking to try something new can make the most of the water sports on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre during its Lakeside Adventure sessions.

For those looking to stay dry over half term, Be Active’s May-hem days will include obstacle courses, adventure games, tournaments, dodgeball and maybe even a bouncy castle!

The ever popular Everton Soccer School will return to Netherton Activity Centre and Football Camp will launch at Dunes Splash World in Southport. Sefton’s sportiest youngsters can also try their hand at gymnastics, fencing and archery thanks to Be Active’s Come and Try classes.

Fans of The Greatest Showman will love the dance workshops that are lined up with the opportunity to learn new, choreographed dance routines from the hit musical.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“There is such an array of activities happening across Sefton that our youngest residents will be spoilt for choice this half term.

“I’m delighted that we have such a diverse sporting offer that will help keep children active and entertained while they’re enjoying a break from school.”

For the full line up of activities head to www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive. Places are limited and advanced booking is required so call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799 to secure a place.

D.ofE. Expeditions: Volunteering / Casual Work Opportunities

The Youth and Community Partnership (YCP) are currently seeking to recruit volunteers and experienced youth workers / D.ofE. workers to support young people through the EXPEDITION section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Silver level.

Having a D1 Driving License and experience of driving a 17-seater minibus would be an advantage. We offer competitive rates of pay for casual, experienced workers and generous expenses for experienced volunteers.

If interested – email ycp@live.co.uk to arrange an informal meeting prior to applying to join our expedition team.

For more information – www.the-ycp.co.uk/

Aim for greater impact with new adoption support service

Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) recently commissioned After Adoption to deliver adoption support services across the region. 

Recognising the impact adoption has, After Adoption, with over 28 years’ experience of supporting to all parties affected by adoption, will offer a proactive and flexible service.

This will include support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families, including search services and counselling, and counselling for adopted adults seeking to access their records post adoption.

It will also provide information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their child adopted – helping them navigate the complexities of the adoption process through a combination of information and advice and face-to-face counselling. This approach aims to help them deal with grief and loss, explore their own life story as part of this, and negotiate and maintain appropriate levels of post adoption contact. For birth parents and relatives who want to reconnect with adopted children who have reached adulthood, there will also be the ability to access search and intermediary services.

Iain Moore, Head of Business Development at After Adoption, commented: “We are passionate about ensuring everyone affected by adoption can access the support they need, so are delighted to have won this contract. We are confident that our expertise in this area will ensure we deliver a high quality service and make a real difference.”

The full list of services to be offered on behalf of the Adoption in Merseyside includes:

  • Support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families
  • Information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their children adopted
  • Counselling for those seeking intermediary services
  • Counselling for those seeking to access their records post adoption
  • An intermediary service for birth relatives
  • Access to Letterbox to maintain contact agreements (delivered on behalf of Liverpool by After Adoption and internally for other local authorities).

The service will be available in the geographical area covered by the newly formed Adoption in Merseyside (AiM), a regional adoption agency covering Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral.

Jenny Ness, Head of Service for AiM commented: “We are delighted that AiM will be working in partnership with After Adoption. This is a new contract covering the city region and will ensure adopted adult’s, birth parents and birth relatives will receive the advice and support needed with a prompt and empathic approach.”

To find out more or make a referral, call the After Adoption action line on 0800 056 8578 or email actionline@afteradoption.org.uk

Job Vacancies; Venus are Recruiting for a number of posts – 14th May

Temporary Family Support Worker (maternity cover)
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

Temporary Family Support Worker (1 year)
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

Due to the nature of these roles we can only accept female applicants

The closing date is Monday 14th May 2018
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018

For an application pack email recruitment@venuscharity.org from 30th April 2018.
For more information call Venus on 0151 474 4744



Key Worker
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

To work alongside women in Sefton whose children have been removed into care. Step Together will support women to address their needs and challenges to hopefully reduce ongoing incidences of repeat proceedings.

Due to the nature of this role we can only accept female applicants

The closing date is Monday 14th May 2018
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018

For an application pack email recruitment@venuscharity.org from 30th April 2018.
For more information call Venus on 0151 474 4744

 

The Prince’s Trust Programme returns to Southport

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is coming back to Southport. Team Programme is 12 weeks long with an additional 3-week work placement at the end. It focuses on promoting community engagement, employment skills and teamwork. Team is for those between 16 and 25 years old, who are NEET or working under 16 hours. We have two modules called Community Project and Supporting Others in the Community aimed at engagement and giving back to the local area.

If you know of any young people suitable for team, or a project and you need volunteers for in the Sefton area, please refer them to our phone numbers on the Prince’s Trust Leaflet attached or contact us directly for a chat.

We are based in the building behind Parenting 2000 on Mornington Road, Southport. Feel Free to pop in Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Our next team start date is 22/01/2018.

For more information contact the Southport team on mobile;
07849 069 574 or 07860 839 294
Or download the informational flyer here;
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme 2018

Good News for Adults as Youth Club taking on New Members

Sometimes for parents or carers of 11-17 year olds is having them out of your hair for a few hours, even more so if you know they are enjoying fun, educational activities and making new friends.

The Alchemy Youth Club in Crosby is accepting new members and takes place every Monday and Wednesday, 6pm – 9pm.

For the small price of £1 subs, young people can chill out, spend time with their friends in a safe managed space, while also taking part in a wide range of fun activities including sports, arts and crafts.

They can also gain advice and support from qualified youth workers.

Learn more at the Parenting 2000 website.

Be Active Launch’s February Half Term Programme

Sefton’s youngest residents are in for a half-term filled with fun and games as the ever popular Be Active programme returns in February.

With activities catering for children from reception age to 12-years-old, Be Active’s programme is available at leisure centres across the borough.

February Fun Day’s will see children take part in a number of enjoyable and challenging activities including obstacle courses, adventure games and dodgeball.

School of Rock dance mash-up workshops will give Sefton’s young performers the chance to learn new choreographed dance routines inspired by their favourite films and songs. There will also be the opportunity to take part in singing and enjoy dance and drama based games.

Be Active will also be taking advantage of the new and improved swimming facilities across the borough with a range of pool-based activities on the cards including a Wave Rave pool party complete with disco lights, music and pool dye.

Sefton’s youngsters can also take a break from dry land and enjoy the perks that come with living on the coast at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre where they can have a go at water sports including bell-boating, raft building and climbing.

The ever popular Everton Soccer School will also be returning to the sports-filled line-up catering for future sports stars of all abilities.

In a bid to get more young people into different sports, Sefton Council is running a number of ‘Come and Try Sessions’. The classes cover a range of activities, including archery, gymnastics and fencing.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“I’m delighted to see the latest half term line-up from Be Active.

“It is wonderful to see so many activities on offer across Sefton that are not only fun, but also provide fantastic opportunities for Sefton’s young residents to try out new things and learn exciting new skills.

“I look forward to seeing another packed half term of activities across Sefton!”

For more information or to book your place please call Be Active on 0151 288 6286 or visit www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive

Sefton Care Leavers Centre take on John O’Groats to Lands End Static Bike Challenge!

The Challenge, along with partners, colleagues and service users, is to cycle 874 Miles on a static bike over the course of one week. The total miles equates to a cycle route from John O’Groats to Lands end.

They will be carrying out the Challenge all this week from Monday 11th December until 17th December 2017.

You can donate via https://mydonate.bt.com/events/seftoncareleavers/451247. All donations received will help raise vital funds to continue the positive work we are providing to Care Leavers.

Our Place, Sefton Care Leavers Centre, is a project managed by Venus to provide a range of support to looked after children and care leavers as they undertake the difficult transition from care to independence.  They offer independence building activities such as parenting skills for young care leavers who are parents or pregnant, tenancy support and pre-tenancy training, confidence building, one to one and group counselling and emotional health and wellbeing support.  As well as providing advocacy and just a welcoming, inclusive place to be.

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Active Sefton launches ‘Spooktacular’ half term line-up!

Active Sefton has released its exciting line up of activities taking place over the October half term (October 23-28).

The ‘Spooky Spectacular’ timetable includes lots of fun activities available for 2-16 year olds to keep them entertained during the school break.

Sessions include themed workshops, Everton Soccer School, archery, Born to Move music classes and the ever popular ‘Spooky Spectacular’ days are set to make a grand return.

Share your views on Children’s Centres

Sefton Council is looking at new ways in how people access information, advice, activities and receive support for children and their families.

An 8-week consultation, which launched this week (25 September) looks at merging Children’s Centres and Family Centres across the borough.

Cyberbullying

YoungMinds and The Children’s Society have released findings from an online survey of children and young people aged 11-25 looking at their views and experiences of using social media and cyberbullying. The survey of 1, 089 children and young people young people found that: 14% of respondents said they had experienced online bullying in the last month; and 83% think that social media companies should do more to tackle cyberbullying on their platforms. Findings from the survey will feed in to a joint inquiry looking at the impact of cyberbullying on young people’s mental health, being led by MP Alex Chalk.

Source: Young Minds  Date: 05 September 2017

Further information: Inquiry into the impact of cyberbullying on social media on children and young peoples mental health: summary of findings (PDF)

Sexual Health Week starts Today! 11th – 17th September 2017

Let’s talk about porn

For Sexual Health Week this year, we’re talking about porn.

The aim, to support people to have more open discussions about subjects related to porn, such as body image, consent, communication, safer sex…and the difference between fantasy and reality. The FPA work with parents, teachers and young people to have open-minded, positive and non-judgemental discussions.

FPA Sexual Health Week - questions poster

FPA Sexual Health Week - porn poster

For more information on how the FPA can support you or how to get involved fpa.org.uk/LetsTalkPorn

 

Alchemy Crosby needs your vote for a chance to bag £4000!

Alchemy Crosby, Youth & Community Centre is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative!

This cash award will allow Alchemy to bring the whole community together to celebrate 50 years as a youth centre. The centre now host’s a number of different community groups. This has lead to the renaming of Crosby Youth Centre to ‘Alchemy Crosby, Youth and Community Centre’. We will not only be celebrating the last 50 years but also looking ahead to the future as a Youth and Community Centre. The celebration events will take place in 2018

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout September and October. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

The following stores will be taking part in the project:

  • LITHERLAND, Superstore, L21 8NZ
  • CROSBY RD LPOOL EXP, Express, L22 4QH
  • LIVERPOOL OLD ROAN EXP, Express, L10 2JA
  • CROSBY CORONATION RD EXP, Express, L23 5RQ
  • THORNTON EXP,  Express, L23 4TE

For more information about the Tesco Bags for Help initiative Click Here!

https://www.facebook.com/AlchemyYouth/

NCS to include mental health awareness course

Theresa May has announced that a mental health awareness course will be developed with mental health experts and NCS graduates and be delivered as part of the organisation’s programme to prepare young people for the challenges of adult life and work. Set to benefit ‘thousands of teenagers’, measures will include:

  • a dedicated mental health awareness course for teenagers talking part in NCS
  • new mental health training for more than 10,000 frontline NCS staff to improve support to young people
  • a new network of young NCS graduates to champion mental health awareness

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/young-people-to-benefit-from-new-mental-health-awareness-course

 

Childhood obesity plan – next stage announced

Public Health England has announced that the next stage of its plan to address childhood obesity will include considering evidence on children’s calorie consumption and setting an ambition to reduce calories in popular children’s foods, including pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy has become law and will come into effect in April 2018 and PHE has formulated a comprehensive sugar reduction programme with the aim of a 20% reduction in sugar in key foods by 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/next-stage-of-world-leading-childhood-obesity-plan-announced

Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation: strategic commissioning of children’s services.

Format: Online report

Summary: Brings together key messages from research on child sexual exploitation (CSE) with implications for commissioning of children’s services. Key messages include: assessment of scale and need should be based on local analysis of both victimisation and perpetration; ensuring regular learning and ongoing professional development for professionals and involving practitioners in the design of services are ways to cascade strategic approaches on sexual exploitation to frontline services.

Publication details: [London]: Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
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Revolving door: part 1: are vulnerable children being overlooked?

Authors: Action for Children
Format: Online report

Summary: Investigates whether children who are vulnerable but do not meet the criteria for statutory support are directed to early help services. Uses data from a Freedom of Information request to all local authorities in England, interviews with early help staff from six local authorities and with Action for Children staff. Findings include: over 180,000 children were referred to social services but did not meet the threshold for statutory support; children were likely to be living with issues such as domestic violence or substance misuse; 1 in 4 four were referred to services to help them deal with these problems, but 3 in 4 (140,000) received no such signposting. Concludes with a number of recommendations for government and local authorities.

Publication details: London: Action for Children, 2017
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Young leaders are Champions of mental health!

Young people from Sefton and Liverpool are leading the way towards better mental health for them and their peers.

Those age 13-18 years make up the Neurochampions – a group who recently delivered an eight week mental health workshop to their peers with support from leading scientists, youth workers and researchers.

The workshops covered the full spectrum of well being and mental health support, taking a closer look at young people’s brains, emotions, wellness and behaviours.

The group gained new experiences and skills in digital and traditional media, along the way learning practical production and digital skills to create their own videos, animations and more!

Each session drew on their own personal experiences and developed their confidence and leadership skills.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“The Neurochampions have helped young people from lots of different backgrounds to learn something about themselves. 

“The variety of those taking part reflects the way that mental health can affect us all. Working with experts and developing digital skills for their future has clearly given these young people aspirations, which I hope will lead to further success” 

Neurochampions is a programme that equips young people with the knowledge and skills  to become effective leaders in mental health.

To find out more about the work of the Neurochampions, visit their website here.

To find out more about services to support young people age 11-21 years in Sefton, visit the Sefton Youth website

Fitness group take on 10,000 mile challenge for Bootle girl Holly

Bootle girl Holly Kitchen who suffers from a rare illness has inspired a fitness group to take on a gruelling 10,000 mile running challenge.

Ten members of British Military Fitness will take part in the run, which is roughly the distance between London and Adelaide in Australia, across a period of 12 weeks.

It means that over the course of three months, the ten of them must each complete 1,000 miles in order to hit the 10,000 target.

The hope is to raise £10,000 for five-year-old Holly, who has Trisomy 9 Mosaicism (T9M), a serious chromosomal disorder that only affects ten people in the UK and 93 worldwide.

Unfortunately there is no cure for the illness, which can lead to a whole host of unpredictable and serious medical problems.

The money will be used to buy Holly a new wheelchair and also adjust the garden to make it safer for the youngster to enjoy.

Kevin Thompson, an instructor at the Liverpool-based British Military Fitness, is behind the fundraising campaign having spoken to Holly’s dad, Barry.

Barry, who is a member of the British Military Fitness, told the Champion: “Kevin wants to raise as much funds as possible for Holly so we can get a new wheel chair and low level our existing back garden so it’s safe for her to use.

“He has put to ten of his British Military Fitness clients to run over a period of 12 weeks 10,000 miles between them, an equivalent of 1,000 miles each.

“Other members, including me, will also participate as much as we can to eventually dwindle down the 10,000 miles target.

“What a challenge but hopefully we can raise as much money as possible.”

To donate to the cause, visit the website: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Holly-Kitchen-BMF-Challange

Merseyside PCC releases £45,000 to help young people make right choices

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has confirmed that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eighth time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £288,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 12,000 young people were able to join organised activities run through 22 different initiatives funded through the PPA over the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 21st August. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

The 5th ADHD Foundation National Annual Symposium presents: “ADHA in the Twenty First Century” – 9th & 10th November 2017

The 5th ADHD Foundation National Annual Symposium
“ADHA in the Twenty First Century”
9th and 10th November 2017
The Rum Warehouse Conference Centre, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool


A two day conference exploring new ideas, approaches and best practice in Health, Social Care and Education for children, young people and adults with ADHD, ASC and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE: The crisis in transition from paediatric to adult services, Medication: new applications, ADHD and Early Years, ADHD and challenging behaviour in schools, Improving accuracy in ADHD screening, ADHD and Literacy, ADHD and Attachment, ADHD and Gene􀆟cs, ADHD and Parenting, Well Being Tool Kits for schools, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Nurse led ADHD Services and others to be confirmed.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Rory Bremner (Patron of the ADHD Foundation), Simon Weston OBE, Bill Colley, Professor Edmund Barke, Professor Phil Asherson, Dr Jeremy Fellick, Dr Ruairi Gallagher, Dr Peter Mason, Professor Susan Young, Fintan O’Regan, Dr Melanie Gill, Elly Wright, Dr Madeleine Portwood, Dr Astrid Janssens, Tamsin Ford, Teresa Jennings, Professor Philip Calder, Dr Madeline Marczak, Emily Le Proust, Professor Anita Tharpar, Dr Joe Johnson.

PRICES:
One day: £140
Two days: £260
Bursary places available at £90 per day

To book a place, go to www.adhdfoundation.org.uk and
click “Book Now” on the Homepage.

Click Here for the 2017 Conference Two Day Programme.

For more information:
Colin.Foley@adhdfoundation.org.uk
Call: 0151 237 2661
www.adhdfoundation.org.uk

Children England – Sector News and Publications

120,540 children in temporary accommodation
The Local Government Association says 120,540 children are now living with their families in temporary accommodation provided by their council. This is an increase of 37% over the last three years, and the LGA says the situation for councils is unsustainable. To support councils to build ‘genuinely affordable homes’ the government should

  • Let councils borrow to build
  • Allow councils to keep 100% of the profit on the sale of homes to reinvest in housing
  • Change welfare provision so that housing is affordable to families on low incomes

Rise in cost of holiday childcare
Annual research by the Family and Childcare Trust shows that the cost of childcare in the holidays has risen by 4% since 2016, and is now an average of £124 a week. The cost varies from region to region, and in the North East is 10% higher than the North West of England. The report also shows that local authorities are struggling even more than last year to provide enough places, with 29% saying they have sufficient places compared to 33% last year.

Half of excluded children have mental health problems
Research by the think tank IPPR shows that mental health issues are far higher amongst children who have been excluded from school than amongst school pupils in general:

  • At least one in two pupils permanently excluded from schools have a mental health issue
  • Government data shows only one in a hundred children who have been permanently excluded from mainstream schools go on to receive five good GCSE grades
  • IPPR plans to publish “a new pathway into teaching which includes a Masters degree in mental health and education, to address the crisis” in September

Latest food bank use statistics
The Trussell Trust has published statistics for April 2016 – March 2017 showing that its foodbank network distributed 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis compared to 1,109,309 in 2015-16. Of this number, 436,938 went to children. The most common reasons for referral to a food bank were:

  • Low income
  • Benefit delays
  • Benefit changes

Free resources for Road Safety Week and campaign for drivers to Speed Down Save Lives
Families and community groups can now register for Road Safety Week 2017 (20-26 November), the UK’s biggest road safety event. Road safety charity Brake, which coordinates the event, is encouraging parents and community leaders to register for a free action pack to help them raise awareness and campaign for safer local roads. Parents and community road safety champions can access free electronic resources and guidance to help them get involved. A free online action pack  is available from September. This includes downloadable, interactive resources for both children and adults, advice on how to campaign for slower speed limits, and case studies of what others have done in previous years.
For this year’s Road Safety Week, we have chosen to focus on the important message of Speed Down Save Lives.

Children England – Parliamentary News and Publications

School exclusions increase – (Click for more info)
Government statistics show that both temporary and permanent exclusions of children from school have increased between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

  • The number of permanent exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools has increased from 5,795 in 2014/15 to 6,685 in 2015/16. This corresponds to around 35.2 permanent exclusions per day2 in 2015/16, up from an average of 30.5 per day in 2014/15.
  • The rate of permanent exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools has also increased slightly from 0.07 per cent to 0.08 per cent of pupil enrolments, which is equivalent to 8 pupils per 10,000
  • Boys were over three times more likely to receive a permanent exclusion and almost three times more likely to receive a fixed period exclusion than girls.
  • Pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals were around four times more likely to receive a permanent or fixed period exclusion than those who are not eligible.

Cross party MPs support Dubs continuation – (Click for more info)
MPs from several parties have written to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, encouraging her to re-open the Dubs Scheme and take in more unaccompanied refugee children from Europe. With only 480 children having been offered sanctuary under the scheme so far, and no children taken in this year, MPs Yvette Cooper, Tim Farron, Joanne Cherry and Heidi Allen have joined Lord Dubs in saying “Can we urge the Government not to cap the Dubs scheme at 480 and to keep it open so long as Local Authorities have places to offer?”

Community Life survey results  – (Click for more info)
The Government’s annual survey of community engagement and cohesion has been published for the year 2016-17, showing that:

  • Around a fifth (22%) of adults said they had taken part in formal volunteering at least once a month. When looking at all volunteering (formal and informal), nearly two thirds of adults (63%) had engaged at least once a year.
  • Three quarters (75%) of adults said they had given to charity in the four weeks prior to completing the survey. The average amount given was £22.
  • 85% of respondents felt that they belonged very or fairly strongly to Britain compared to 62% who felt they belonged to their neighbourhood.

Levels of community cohesion remained consistent with previous years, with four out of five respondents (81%) agreeing that their local area is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together.