National Youth Agency (NYA) Advice & Guidance – Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19

The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.

This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and your existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to.

Everyone should read the guidance document below and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England. (Version 2)

** Despite the recent change to social gathering restrictions (9th September 2020), we can confirm that as an essential service, youth sector activity can continue unchanged where COVID secure to NYA guidance standards **

Additional tools and resources to support this guidance can be found here

National associations for specific types of organisations (uniformed, etc.) and activities may have additional advice and guidance to safeguard young people and in related areas of sports, culture and the arts, which are included in or make use of facilities for youth activities.The NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this guidance and approved of its release. NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this advice and guidance. Our thanks to:

  • Minister for Civil Society
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Youth and Loneliness Team)
  • Department for Education
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Girl Guides
  • Local Government Association
  • Onside
  • Princes Trust
  • Regional Youth Work Unit’s Network
  • Scouts
  • UK Youth
  • Unison
  • Unite the Union
  • Youth United Foundation members

If you have any feedback for us, please email guidance@nya.org.uk

Please read our legal statement on the above guidance

Upcoming FREE online training – Make Every Contact Count for COVID Recovery (16th + 24th September)

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is a national program which provides advice and support for healthy chats to address behaviour change, so that people can have better health and live longer, healthier lives. The aim of the training is to maximise the opportunities participants have to increase the number of healthy chats in Sefton.

This special edition of MECC will address the specific issues related to COVID-19, lockdown and recovery, such as poor mental wellbeing, limited access to exercise, unhealthy eating and drinking habits and loss of confidence and mobility; also tips and hints for remote or telephone conversations.

These 1.5 hour sessions are being offered:

Wednesday 16th September 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Thursday 24th September 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Please click here to book on using Eventbrite, or alternatively please call us directly if you have any questions on 0300 323 0181

Latest mobile coronavirus test sites confirmed for Sefton (10th – 19th August 2020)

Mobile coronavirus testing units are scheduled to be at locations across Sefton nearly very day in August.

Over 7,000 tests to tell people whether they have the Covid-19 virus have already been carried out at drive-through sites in Bootle, Crosby, Litherland, Maghull and Southport.

Confirmation of August dates for the sites, which are supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, follows on from a timetable that saw units deployed across Sefton Borough every day in July.

Tests at mobile centres are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.

Latest August Mobile Testing Unit sites confirmed so far are:

Monday 10  Crosby
Tuesday 11   Crosby
Weds 12        No mobile testing*
Thursday 13 No mobile testing*
Friday 14      Southport
Saturday 15  Southport
Sunday 16    Southport
Monday 17   Crosby
Tuesday 18   Crosby
Weds 19        Crosby

Sefton residents reassured that breastfeeding support is available (World Breastfeeding Week 1-7th August)

This World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), health organisations in Sefton are reassuring new parents that there is still infant feeding support available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Breastfeeding is scientifically proven to have several benefits to both mother and baby. Studies show that breastfeeding can:

  • help babies fight infections and illnesses
  • help strengthen the bond between mother and baby
  • lower the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, and breast cancer
  • burn up to 300 calories a day.

More than 81% of women in the UK start breastfeeding, and 17% of babies are still exclusively breastfed at 3 months.

Sefton Gets First COVID-19 Local Testing Sites

The first ever dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing sites in Cheshire and Merseyside are to be deployed in Sefton.

The semi-permanent sites, known as Local Testing Sites (LTS), are being created in both Bootle and Southport, with the first of these set to go live this Friday 31st July in Bootle.

LTS are designed to supplement existing testing routes such as Regional and Mobile Testing Units.

They are the first to offer bespoke walk-through appointments; to improve access for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.

Unlike Mobile Testing Units, which are often deployed for around four days, the LTS will be open for several months to ensure that accessible testing is continually available to people within their communities.

Each LTS will have between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour.

The sites are being set-up at Bootle Town Hall and Southport Town Hall , and users will be asked to self-swab when attending. The LTS will operate by appointment only which can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Please note:

  • Book via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
  • Sites are wheelchair accessible
  • They are self-test sites
  • All people attending must wear a face-mask, except children under the age of 3 years
  • Must arrive on foot/cycle/motorbike
  • Need booking confirmation or QR code and/or valid form of ID
  • Attendees need to keep to a 2m social distance rule
  • There can be segregation for religious/cultural reasons.

Coronavirus Mobile Testing at Bootle Town Hall (21st-23rd July)

From today (Tuesday 21 July),  the coronavirus mobile testing unit will be at Bootle Town Hall for three consecutive days.

Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG are supporting the Mobile Test Sites, which provide clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

Key NHS staff can attend regional testing sites at Liverpool John Lennon Airport as well as Haydock and Manchester Airport without the need for an appointment.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enables key workers who test negative to return to that work. Approaching 6,000 people have already been tested so far at Sefton’s Mobile Test Sites, which have been supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG.

Following news of an increase in confirmed cases of young people with coronavirus in south Liverpool, Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health has joined Liverpool health bosses in reminding people in that age group that they are susceptible to infection by COVID-19.

Over the past fortnight, around half of the 30 cases confirmed in the south Liverpool area have been people aged 15-24. This has led health official in the city to issue a reminder that the illness can infect anyone, regardless of age.

Young people reminded coronavirus symptoms may be mild but you’re still infectious to friends & loved ones.

Through the Government’s NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. It is important to follow the NHS guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton.

Sefton Council leader calls on Government for funding needed for Covid-19 response

Sefton Council bosses have called on the Government to urgently give local authorities the funding they need to respond to Covid-19, and to continue to support vulnerable people and plan for a sustainable future.

At a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet this week, where a minute’s silence was marked for the 278 Sefton residents who sadly have died from Covid-19, Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson presented an update on the Council’s response to Covid-19, raising concerns about the economic impact of the pandemic.

LCR Listens – Liverpool City Region ‘Bring Back Better’ Recovery Survey

Liverpool City Region

Liverpool City Region is developing an economic recovery plan which sets out how we will respond to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are keen to get your feedback on our recovery plan, which we have been developing to help the City Region ‘Build Back Better’.

The plan is based around 6 themes:

  1. Opportunities to Build Back Better
  2. Business Ecosystems
  3. People
  4. Place
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Green Recovery

Please be assured that any information you provide will be confidential and used for research purposes only. We’ll process your data, in line with our Fair Processing notice, with any personal data such as age and ethnic origin used to assess whether we are receiving feedback from a representative cross-section of society. Please read the ‘Fair Processing Notice’ for more detailed information on how we will process your data.

Click here to have your say in the LCR Listens Recovery Survey

COVID-19 Community Research: Understanding Unmet Need survey (closing 24th July 2020)

We are supporting researchers from the Public Health Institute, LJMU, to carry out a survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector organisations across our local region. This research will provide evidence about:

  • The needs of voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector organisations and the support required to support infrastructure and sustainability in the short and longer-term; and,
  • Whether there are specific groups within communities who are vulnerable and for whom there are specific concerns, and where an appropriate response is required to ‘reach out’ to provide immediate support.

Coronavirus Mobile Testing in Sefton (Maghull 7th-9th July + Litherland 10th-12th July)

A Coronavirus Mobile Test Site returns to Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre for three days from today, 7 July. 

Supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, Mobile Test Sites are providing clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus. Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

After Maghull, the next scheduled Coronavirus Mobile Test Site visit will be back to Litherland Sports Park, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July.

Please note that we do not know when the local sites will become an option on the booking system.

Sight loss charity Galloway’s thank volunteers who have ‘rallied around the community’

Chiefs at a sight loss charity have thanked their volunteers who have ‘continued to provide support to blind and visually impaired people across Lancashire and Sefton’ during the pandemic.

Sight loss charity Galloway’s revealed that their volunteers have been rallying around the community even while face-to-face activity has temporarily been suspended.

Safeguarding Adults on Merseyside during the COVID-19 crisis

Issued on behalf of Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board 

During the COVID-19 crisis, it is particularly important to safeguard adults with care and support needs. They may be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect as others may seek to exploit disadvantages due to age, disability, mental or physical impairment or illness.

These groups may be targeted because of a number of factors. Generally speaking they may need assistance with some tasks, be less up to speed with technology, more welcoming of new contacts, more trusting and – for many older people – wealthier. There is evidence that social isolation increases the likelihood of abuse. Many older and disabled people spend long periods at home alone, and now as the whole nation is being asked to stay at home the same groups are more likely to be alone rather than in a family group.

Merseyside Police issue Stay Safe At Home guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Merseyside Police have produced a short Stay Safe At Home guide for local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please click here to download the guide 

About the guide

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented public health emergency and the  ongoing requirement to stay at home is an essential part of the national effort to fight the virus.

Being at home should be the safest place for us to be and for the vast majority of people, this is true. Sadly though, Merseyside Police is aware that spending more time at home means some people in our communities may become more vulnerable to certain types of crime.

Sefton Family Wellbeing Centres during COVID-19

Issued on behalf of Sefton Council

Some of our Family Wellbeing Centres may be closed* but you can still keep in touch via our Facebook page @SeftonFamilyWellbeing.

During the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever to keep in touch and look out for one another.

Like or follow our Facebook page for information and links to resources for parents, carers, children, young people and their families. We also share ideas for activities for all the family to try at home.

*Three Family Wellbeing Centres remain open for emergencies only:

  • Talbot Street, Southport – 01704 534975
  • Netherton – 0151 282 1405
  • Marie Clarke, Bootle – 0151 330 5260

If you are self-isolating or require additional community support please call the Sefton Council COVID-19 helpline on 0345 140 0845.

RNIB: Advice for blind and partially sighted people during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Issued on behalf of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

We appreciate that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may be causing you many additional challenges so we’ve brought together some key contact numbers and advice on how to get support in your local community below. You’ll also find answers to the questions we’re being asked the most, but please don’t hesitate to call if you need help.

Domestic Abuse Charities can apply for Vital Funds

Charities can bid for a share of £10 million funding to support victims of domestic abuse.

Details on how domestic abuse charities can access the vital funds they need to support vulnerable groups over the coming months have today (7 May 2020) been set out by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Last week, it was confirmed that there would be an additional £10 million for domestic abuse accommodation services over the coming months.

This is part of a £76 million package of government support for the most vulnerable in society, including those affected by domestic abuse.

This funding will support domestic abuse safe accommodation services who not only provide beds, but also offer the critical help victims and their children need.

The support can be used to ensure existing services remain open as well as to create additional capacity and support during these unprecedented times.

The fund will be open for domestic abuse charities in England, including refuges, to bid for a share. Charities providing Domestic Abuse Safe accommodation (including refuges) in England can apply for this funding.

In order to ensure the funding can be shared as quickly as possible, the bidding process has been streamlined meaning people can access the help they need as soon as possible.

Further information on funding streams for charities providing other domestic abuse services will be made available in due course.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said:

Domestic abuse leaves vulnerable people, including children, living in fear in the very place where they should feel most safe and secure – inside their own home.

Protecting victims is an absolute priority and the funding charities can now apply for from today will help them meeting the challenges and support those that need it the most.

As well as this emergency funding, the government has also set out plans to support survivors of domestic abuse in the long-term by giving them better access to local housing services.

Government will bring forward legislation to give domestic abuse victims ‘priority need’ access to settled housing, ensuring they can find a home which is safe, secure and away from the threat of abuse.

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge says:

Refuge welcomes the government’s promise of extra funding for domestic abuse services. Over the last few weeks, calls to Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline have risen by around 50%, showing the sheer numbers of women needing support.

This extra funding will help ensure those providing specialist domestic abuse services can give abused women and children life-saving refuge accommodation. No woman or child seeking sanctuary and support should ever be turned away.

Linked to this, an additional £6 million will be made available for frontline homeless charities. This funding will be shared amongst organisations who are on frontline, keeping vulnerable people without a home safe and giving them the help they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This follows the appointment of Dame Louise Casey to spearhead a new government taskforce on the response to rough sleeping during the coronavirus pandemic.

The taskforce will work hand-in-hand with councils and agencies across the country on plans to ensure rough sleepers can move into long-term, safe accommodation once the immediate crisis is over – ensuring as few people as possible return to life on the streets.

For more information visit; www.gov.uk/government/news/domestic-abuse-charities-can-apply-for-vital-funds

What to do if you have a dental problem during COVID-19 pandemic

If you have a dental issue during lockdown, it is important that you know how to access help when you need it.

All high street dental and orthodontic practices can give advice, guidance and prescriptions, which you can collect from your local pharmacy.

If you are in pain or in need of support and need help or advice, please telephone your dental practice in the usual way.

If you are not registered with a dentist you can go to https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentistor call the Cheshire and Merseyside: dental helpline on 0161 476 9651

This may be because you have severe toothache or a dental infection, or you have noticed other changes inside your mouth such as a white orred patch, a lump or an ulcer that won’t heal.

You will be assessed and given advice over the phone, which may result in a remote consultation with a dentist.

In addition, the Liverpool University Dental Hospital is also operating an Emergency Dental Care service for patients registered in Cheshire and Merseyside.

To access this service, please call the Dental Emergency Helpline (Monday to Friday 8.30am –4.30pm, Saturday 8.30am-12noon)

  • 0151 706 5307
  • 0151 706 5309

To support NHS services, it is important that you do not visit hospitals or doctors’ surgeries with dental problems.

Where to get Medical Advice over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend

Health leaders from NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) want to reassure residents that the NHS is here for them if they need it this bank holiday weekend.

For those who need to see their GP, the majority of local practices will be open on bank holiday Friday (8 May) – practices can be contacted online or by phone. People are advised to refer to their GP practice website for opening hour details.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “Most community pharmacies in the area will be open 2-5 pm on bank holiday Friday – people can check their local pharmacy’s website for more details.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG said: “If you have any health concerns, I urge you to not delay seeking advice and help during this period. GP practices and pharmacies will be available over the bank holiday to make it as easy as possible for people to get the help they need.

“However, it is important, that people do not go to their GP practice unless they have been specifically advised to do so by a member of the practice staff.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Remember, if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, you should seek help and advice first using NHS111online services at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 – and only call NHS111 if you cannot get help online.”

For the latest on Coronavirus visit: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The NHS App is a great way to access medical advice and means that you can do so while staying home, allowing you to protect yourself and those around you. Some features of this free app allow you to:

  • Check symptoms
  • Find out when you need help urgently
  • Book/manage GP appointments
  • Order repeat prescriptions.

Visit this NHS 111 website and the NHS App website for further details.

COVID-19 Sefton VCF Sector Survey for groups and organisations (closing date Wednesday 20th May)

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service recognises the amazing work you are doing in the VCF sector during this very difficult and testing time and we are committed to supporting you not only to carry on now, but also to continue past the COVID 19 pandemic and to look at the future recovery phase.

To understand the impact on our local VCF sector, we are undertaking this local survey, which is being done by each CVS in the City Region, to enable us to have a clear picture of what you are doing, the pressures you are facing as a result and what you think would help your organisation. This isn’t just about this moment in time, we are also looking at how we can future proof the VCF sector so that afterwards the sector is as resilient as possible as we consider the recovery phase.  This information can then be fed into Sefton Council, the CCG’s, the Liverpool City Region structures and grant makers, to aid their planning and implementation in response to and following the COVID 19 crisis and have a clearer understanding of the issues facing our VCF sector and those that we support.

We have developed a short questionnaire for you to complete which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7J6F3Z9

The deadline for completion of the survey is 12noon on Wednesday 20th May. We will be assembling the responses and intend to hold an online seminar once the survey results have been analysed. ​

Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to complete this questionnaire.

COVID-19 Funding – VINCI UK Foundation announce €400k fund to help UK Charities

Following the message from VINCI announcing an extraordinary €10m of funds made available to help charities in the fight against COVID-19. We are extremely pleased to announce that €400k of these funds have been allocated to the VINCI UK Foundation.

We are therefore actively looking to make this fund work quickly to support charities assisting in the fight against COVID-19.

Sefton Council and local NHS helping people to be Kind to Your Mind during the Coronavirus outbreak

A new campaign ‘Kind to Your Mind’, to help lift people’s people spirits during the Coronavirus outbreak, has been launched in Sefton.

Designed to support mental wellbeing of people living and working in Merseyside and Cheshire, ‘Kind to your mind’ links to the new ALMA wellbeing website, an online portal with a suite of mental and physical wellbeing resources.

When they visit ALMA, people can access a range of online therapy courses, developed by medical professionals, to help them work on their mental wellbeing. The site also includes a knowledge base of free health and wellbeing apps that have been evaluated by a medical professional for their clinical effectiveness.

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

 

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