The Great Get Together in Sefton! (22nd June)

The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed in 2016. The weekend aims to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us through a weekend of neighbourhood celebrations across the country from the 22nd – 24th June. It’s promising build on the success of last year with to be the biggest community celebrations this year!

In the words of The Great Get Together themselves; “We’re inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.”

What’s on in Sefton

If you would like to get involved there are several events happening on the 22nd throughout the borough.

North Sefton at Southport Community Centre

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For more information about Southport Community Centre – southportcommunitycentre.org.uk

Central Sefton at the Feelgood Factory

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For more information about about the Feelgood Factory – www.feelgoodfactory.org.uk

South Sefton at Strand By Me Shop

Will be holding a Get Together at their shop in the Strand Shopping Centre from mid-morning until the afternoon. Volunteers from the Strand will be leading the event, however members of the public are welcome to drop in throughout the day.

For more information about Strand By Me  – seftoncvs.org.uk/projects/strandbyme/

If you are inspired to hold your own Get Together further information of how to get involved throughout the weekend is available at – www.greatgettogether.org

 

 

Spotlight on Men’s Health!

Living Well Sefton partners are offering a host of activities to appeal to men during this week’s Men’s Health Week. This year’s event has a focus on men and diabetes and all the activities aim to encourage men to look at what they eat and how they keep active.

In the south, Netherton Feelgood Factory and May Logan Living Well Centre in Bootle, have a timetable with the following for men to choose from: walking groups, craft and arts groups, yoga, gardening clubs and an informal mental health drop-in.

On Thursday (14th) at the May Logan in Knowsley Road there is a men’s sports group. Drop in from 1.30pm to relive your favourite memories from the world of sport. While on Friday (15th) the Feelgood Factory has a man’s social club. For £1 you can enter the Man Cave from 1.30pm.

While in Southport, Brighter Living Partnership’s men’s group has lined up a week of taster sessions.

Group member, Andrew Lloyd, says: “Coming to the men’s group has made such a difference. Before I would have just sat at home but now I’m mixing with people from all kinds of background and I get so much out of it.”

Anne-Marie Morrison, Community Resilience Development Officer with Living Well Sefton, explains: “During Men’s Health Week we’re giving a real taste of what we hope to offer for the rest of the year and we want men to come along, try them out, and then tell us what they’d like to get involved with.”

Tuesday morning – drop in and try your hand at the games club from 10.30am and treat yourself at the community café
Tuesday afternoon – drop in from 1pm for Steps to Health and Making Every Contact Count training sessions
Wednesday – Dave, a personal trainer, will be putting on a circuit training session (11am-12noon) designed for all abilities and people are asked to sign up if interested
Thursday –  a popular fixture at the centre is the lunch club at 12.30pm but book in advance as places are limited
Friday – remember your pop corn for Film Club from 1pm

For those who try out the taster sessions and become a part of the men’s group there is also the chance to undertake training with the goal of becoming peer mentors.

More details from:
May Logan on 922 8588
Feelgood Factory on 291 8010
Brighter Living Partnership on 01704 517818
Living Well Sefton on 0300 323 0181

Volunteering Opportunities in the Spotlight for Volunteers Week 2018

Volunteer Centre Sefton will be holding a Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson on Lord Street in the town from 11am until 3pm on Tuesday 6th June, as part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer initiative.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Volunteer Fair, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Organisations attending the event will include the Friends of Kings Gardens, literacy charity Beanstalk, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Southport FC, the Orrell Trust and Sefton Community Learning Service.

Representatives will also be attending from Citizens Advice Sefton, Parenting 2000, Home-Start Southport and Formby and Merseyside Offender Mentoring.

Mike Howlett, Volunteer Centre Sefton’s Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer, said:  “At this event we’ll be looking for people to join our existing volunteers in the borough who do such a fantastic job in terms of helping to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

“As well as being a good way to meet new people, volunteering can be tailored to the lifestyle of each individual – what you do, where you do it and how much time you give is totally up to you.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson. Our message to everyone is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

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Anyone unable to attend the event who would like information about the opportunities on offer can get in touch with Volunteer Centre Sefton on 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

Job Vacancy; Women’s Mental Health Recovery Practitioner (Crosby Women’s Service) – Closing 8th June 2018

Job Role: Women’s Mental Health Recovery Practitioner (Crosby Women’s Service)
Salary: £16,781.74 p.a.
Hours: 37.5 hrs per week Shift pattern Days / Waking nights


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated person to join Imagines’ Specialist Service portfolio.

Working as part of a team supporting women who have been discharged from secure services and have severe and enduring mental health diagnoses; this position provides specialist input to empower women to continue on their journey to independence and support them to achieve their full potential. The service delivered is a psychologically informed and therapeutically driven environment that puts women at the heart of their own recovery.

The ideal candidate will have experience of women’s support, forensic or mental health services and a willingness to engage with the extensive training programme provided.

The successful candidate will be provided with a standard five-day induction course along with a comprehensive package of specialist training. The candidate will be trained to deliver a service based on the principals of Cognitive Analytical Therapy and supervised monthly by our psychotherapist to ensure a consistently high-level of informed practice.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a positive mindset to recovery and inclusion and is looking for an opportunity to part of a team committed to outstanding person centred delivery. In return Imagine offer development opportunities across the UK, exposure to well-coordinated multi-disciplinary team working (including our collaborative team approach with CPNs and Psychiatrists) and the opportunity to work in a well resourced, well respected supportive team environment.

These posts are open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine Occupational qualification under the Equality Act 2010.

To apply and for more information visit; www.imagineindependence.org.uk/vacancy/womens-mental-health-recovery-practitioner-crosbys-womens-service/

Closing date for applications:
08.06.18

Completed application forms are to be returned by no later than the closing date/time by email to ldanson@imaginementalhealth.org.uk

‘Examine Your Options’ this Bank Holiday

Local health commissioners are encouraging Sefton residents to examine their options if they become unwell over the bank holiday weekend.

Anyone who thinks they may need to access health services over the bank holiday is being urged to check opening times for walk in centres, GP practices and chemists and also think about ordering any repeat prescriptions they need before the long weekend begins.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The bank holiday weekend can be a good opportunity to relax and unwind but it’s important people know how to access health services, should they need to. Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday, so it’s particularly important for people to examine their options if they become poorly.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “There are a variety of services on offer to people such as the advice on the NHS choices website, and the NHS 111 telephone number. Pharmacists are also available to provide free, confidential advice about common health problems such as coughs, colds and sore throats.”

The local NHS in Sefton is also reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

 Pharmacy Services

Many pharmacies will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

In Sefton – whilst all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don’t routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor.

 NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

 NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

 Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

 GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

 Walk-in centres

Litherland Walk in Centre is open 8am – 8pm every day. in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.

No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in – there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life threatening illnesses or injuries.

West Lancashire Health Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week 

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

 Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

For information about services that can help in south Sefton over the bank holiday please visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks as part of GULP campaign!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives.

Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.

The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton.

“Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.

“This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

Sefton Health Commissioners Celebrate Nurses’ Day 2018

Choosing nursing as a career offers a world of opportunities and experiences that many people wouldn’t associate with the profession. That is the message from Sefton health commissioners ahead of International Nurses’ Day 2018 which celebrates the work of nurses in dedicating themselves to caring for others.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are marking International Nurses’ Day 2018 by highlighting the work of their quality team which is led by the CCGs chief nurse, Debbie Fagan. The quality team is made up of qualified nurses who have since moved into commissioning and together they are responsible for ensuring that health services in Sefton are safe for the people who use them.

A relatively new member of the team is Karen Garside, who is the CCGs designated nurse for safeguarding children. Speaking about Nurses’ Day 2018, and the experiences she has had in her career, Karen said: “I’ve been a nurse for over 27 years and I really value the fact that my work makes a difference to young people all over Sefton.

“I’ve done a variety of different roles including working in a hospital, working as a health visitor and then with children, young people and their families. It was when I was a health visitor that I realised how I could make a difference for children who were at risk of harm or abuse. I worked in a mixture of deprived and affluent areas and safeguarding was a key part of this work, supporting families and working with partners to ensure children and young people were safe from harm, including physical, sexual, emotional harm and neglect.

“Although I no longer have direct contact with children and young people at an operational level, I enjoy the fact that I can still make a difference through working at a strategic level in partnership with different agencies to ensure we have the overarching systems and processes in place continue to meet their needs and ensure they are protected from harm.

“My workload is very varied and can include supporting a serious case review, checking the quality of a local health service and developing policies to tackle issues such as child exploitation. In between formal meetings, advice and support may also be required for individual cases, therefore it is very unpredictable.”

The theme of Nurses’ Day 2018 is #ThisNurse. You can find out more about Nurses’ Day, including information about the range of career options for qualified nurses, by visiting the Royal College of Nursing website: https://www.rcn.org.uk/nurses-day

You can watch an interview with Karen talking about her job here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XibIyJMT7mM

Looking forward to Dementia Action Week

Alzheimer’s Society – Sefton, has organised two events to coincide with Dementia Action Week (formerly Dementia Awareness Week). The first is a pop-up Memory Café and Dementia Friends session at the:  Kindfulness Café, Knowsley Road in Bootle on May 22. Click here to see the poster for the session.

A second event is a Dementia awareness talk and services showcase at Lord Street West United Church in Southport on May 23.  Click here to see the poster for the event.

Alzheimer’s Society Sefton want people to become more dementia aware and find out about the services they provide in Sefton so, whether you currently live with dementia or want to find out more about this condition, these events are for you. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about dementia and it is often portrayed very negatively. Alzheimer’s Society Sefton can inform you of the facts rather than the fiction and explain that it is possible to live well with dementia.

Plaza Cinema; Next Dementia Friendly Film Screening – 24th May 2:00pm

On Thursday 24th May The Plaza will be featuring Elvis in ‘Blue Hawaii’, at the usual time of 2.00pm. Click here to see the poster for the event.

TITLE: Blue Hawaii (U)

LENGTH: 1 hour 42 mins.

CATEGORY: Comedy, musical

SCREEN PLAY: Alan Weiss, Hal Kanter

DIRECTOR: Norman Tuarog

STARRING: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury and more …

STORYLINE: Chad Gates has just left the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency.

 

PREVIEW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyIJ2vMIuDg

Six things you should expect from Social Care Support

According to Healthwatch England, people have told them they want to feel listened to and involved in decisions about their social care.

It says: “With more than a quarter of a million people living in care homes and 673,000 adults relying on social care support to live independently, it’s vital that people are able to get the best out of social care.

“The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed guidance to help make you and social care professionals understand what care people can expect and how to support you to make decisions about your own care.”

Healthwatch England list six things you should expect from care services, according to NICE guidelines.

  1. You should be able to live your life with dignity and independence.
  2. Your care should be planned flexibly around what you want and need.
  3. You should understand what types of care are available, and the minimum care you can expect to have.
  4. You should have control over how your care is provided and paid for.
  5. The staff providing care should develop good relationships with you.
  6. Providers of social care should ask you and your family for your views, and use these to train staff and improve services.

Healthwatch Sefton always welcomes feedback from people in Sefton. If you have an experience of social care then you can submit your feedback via our website using this link.

Healthwatch Sefton offers Independent Complaints Advocacy Service

Healthwatch Sefton now  offers an Independent Complaints Advocacy Service.

For anyone wanting to make a complaint about the care and/or treatment they have received from the NHS there are two options:

  • We have a pack of self-help materials which provides supportive information including the NHS complaints process and an example framework for a first letter of complaint
  • Or, if people prefer, there is a fully-trained advocate who can support people to make their complaint by providing free, confidential and independent help

More details of this service can be found on our website – https://healthwatchsefton.co.uk/independent-complaints-advocacy-service/

– along with a downloadable referral form and self-help pack.

If you want to discuss this service with the team then please contact Healthwatch Sefton on 0151 920 0726 ext 240.

Early Identification Key to Sepsis Treatment

Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis in its early stages. That is the message from local health commissioners who are backing a campaign to raise awareness of the illness.

Sepsis is a potentially life threatening condition which can lead to multiple organ failure and death if not identified and treated early. It is estimated that around 150,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with sepsis which can be treated with antibiotics if identified in its early stages.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are backing a campaign by Health Education England titled ‘Think Sepsis’ which is raising awareness of the illness. Local health commissioners are highlighting a different element of sepsis diagnosis and treatment every month between now and world sepsis day on September 13.

This month, the Sefton CCGs have focussed on medicines management and the role community pharmacists can play in offering support to anyone who may have concerns about the illness.

Speaking about the campaign, Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis, including community pharmacists. Although it would be very rare for someone to present themselves at a chemists with signs of sepsis, we need everyone to be vigilant and ensure they familiarise themselves with the symptoms and are able to respond accordingly.

“Official guidelines state that, within an hour of diagnosis of sepsis, broad-spectrum antibiotics should be administered, so getting people to hospital quickly is of paramount importance.”

People are advised to seek medical advice urgently if you’ve recently had an infection or injury and you have had possible early signs of sepsis. People should be aware of the following symptoms which may indicate a person has sepsis.

In children under five, you should go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • feels abnormally cold to touch
  • is breathing very fast
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • has a fit or convulsion

In older children and adults, early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

Anyone who would like to know more about sepsis, including further information on what symptoms to keep an eye out for, can visit the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis/treatment/

Couch to 5k launching in Southport with Active Sefton

Active Sefton has announced that its hugely successful Couch to 5k programme will be heading to Southport next week.

Taking place every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6-7pm, at Hesketh Park, the classes will run for 10 weeks from May 1st.

On street parking is available and classes will meet at the greenhouse near the lake.

The free sessions are perfect training for those looking to prepare for a summer running event and will help attendees slowly build up to running 5K at their own pace. Classes are drop in, drop out but it is recommended that runners take part in as many as possible.

At the end of the programme all runners will be invited to take part in the Southport Park Run on Saturday, July 7th.

Running has many health benefits, including improved heart and lungs; and when combined with a healthy diet can result in weight loss. A more active life style is also known to improve mental health and can act as a great stress reliever.

For more information about Couch to 5k, contact Active Sefton on 0151 934 2340 or email active.sports@sefton.gov.uk

Bowl for Health – See how playing Bowls can help your health & well being

Residents across Sefton are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a free beginners course in bowls. Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.

‘Bowl for Health’ is an eight week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match. Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, the programme is available in Waterloo, Formby and Southport.

The programme is being led by MSP and Active Sefton, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The idea was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby, and is now being rolled out by more clubs across the borough.

One participant – Gail, in her early sixties from Formby, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life, “I found that I became much stronger, more flexible and fitter since taking it up. The game itself is great fun and my fellow bowlers are very welcoming and friendly – I’m so glad that I decided to try bowling!”

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said, “Being active doesn’t need to mean joining a gym, it’s about finding an activity that you enjoy – people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment. Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with – it doesn’t matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is.”

Sessions are starting up in May and June in Waterloo (Brooke Hotel Bowling Club), Formby (Holy Trinity Bowling Club) and Southport (Victoria Park Bowling Club and Southport Bowling Club) – completely free for any Sefton residents who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided.

Helen Birrell from, Sefton Council, said, “Bowl for Health is great way to increase your activity levels and enjoy the outdoors. We are delighted to be able to support the project to enable Sefton residents to lead an active lifestyle”.

For further information about the programme or to book your free place then please visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth or call MSP on 0151 728 1811.

Sefton Health Commissioners recognised for Improving Patient Safety

NHS commissioners in Sefton have been shortlisted for a national award after setting up an innovative programme which aims to reduce the number of people being readmitted to hospital.

The medicines management team at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG) has been shortlisted for the ‘Improving Safety in Medicines Management’ category at the prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018. This is the second national award that the team have been shortlisted for in a month after being shortlisted for the HSJ Value Awards last month.

Approximately one-fifth of hospital readmissions are related to medication and up to half of these may be preventable. In order to address this, SSCCG and the Aintree University Hospital pharmacy team set up a service to review patient medicines in their own home, once they had been discharged from hospital.

The project used a pharmacist and pharmacy technician in SSCCGs medicines management team to undertake the review and advise patients in regard to lifestyle advice, their medical condition and disease management.

The results of the programme were very promising with an initial evaluation showing that 81% of patients reported that they were more likely to take their medicines correctly, as prescribed.

The winners of the HSJ Patient Safety Awards will be announced on 9 July at a ceremony in Manchester.

Speaking about the shortlisting, Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “This scheme was just one part of our innovative, system wide approach to medicines which has allowed us to deliver significant improvements to safety and patient care.”

Dave Thornton, Assistant Clinical Director of Pharmacy at Aintree University Hospital, said: “Being shortlisted for this award recognises the importance of the link between hospital and community care when it comes to ensuring medicines are used safely and effectively and the benefits that can be realised from a joint approach.”

The NHS South Sefton CCG website contains information about where you can find help and advice about your health. Visit http://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/ for more information.

Time to Get Together; Sefton Opera Social Afternoons – Starting 2nd May 2018

Sefton OPERA and The Royal Hotel in Waterloo have joined forces to beat loneliness.

On the first Wednesday of every month there will be a get together at the Waterloo hotel between 2.30pm and 4pm with free coffee and tea.

In addition to the refreshments people dropping in will be treated to different activities provided by Sefton Opera including massages, gentle chair exercises, talks, games, quizzes and more.

The first social afternoon starts Wednesday, 2nd May  with the other afternoons planned for June 6th, July 4th, August 1st and September 5th.

For more details contact 0151 330 0479.

Local Healthwatch to Revisit A&E

On Monday, 19 March staff and volunteers from local Healthwatch across Merseyside will be revisiting A&E departments in the region and talking to patients about the reasons for their visit.

A local Healthwatch spokesperson said: “We hope the simultaneous visits taking place from 9.30am to 12.30pm will provide a snapshot of why people use A&E and what people think about things like quality of care and waiting times.”

The first joint co-ordinated event took place last July when the majority of people said they had gone to A&E on the recommendation of a health professional. A follow up was due to take place in January but was postponed due to increased winter pressures and the flu outbreak.

A&E departments have been regularly in the headlines with usage rising, departments getting more pressured, waiting times growing and frontline staff working hard to give the care people need.

NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens, said earlier this month: “It is quite likely February will turn out to have been the most pressurised month the NHS has seen in its nearly 70 year history.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Local Healthwatch and A&E departments that will be involved are:

  • Healthwatch Liverpool – Royal Liverpool and Alder Hey
  • Healthwatch Sefton – Southport Hospital
  • Healthwatch Knowsley – Aintree Hospital
  • Healthwatch St Helens – Whiston Hospital

Maureen Kelly, Chair of Healthwatch Sefton, says: “It will be interesting to hear the variety of reasons why people attend A&E, especially as our fellow local Healthwatch are asking the same questions in different parts of Merseyside. And the information gathered will be fed back in to providers and decision makers to help get our care right.”

Healthwatch Sefton wants to hear from anyone else who has recently used Southport Hospital’s A&E department by completing a short online survey on our website. Visit www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk or call 0800 206 1304 for further information.

Become a Governor at Aintree University Hospital

The Council of Governors at Aintree ensures that the hospital listens to the views of patients, local residents, staff and other interested parties, so it can make improvements to services and the information that is available about them.

Being a Governor at Aintree provides an opportunity for you to play a pivotal role in influencing how decisions are made and how services are developed, to have your voice heard and to represent the views of others.

How to apply

If you are interested in standing for election, further information and a nomination form can be obtained as follows:

  • Online: ersvotes.com/aintree2018
  • Telephone: 0208 365 8909
  • Email: Enquiries@electoralreform.co.uk
  • Text: Text 2FT AN and your name and address to 88802
  • Post: The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road London N8 0NW.

The deadline for completed nomination forms is Tuesday 20 March at 5pm.

Friends of Moorside Park’s Weekly Run Club (every Tuesday, 6.30pm start)

Friends of Moorside Park have a weekly Run Club which meets every Tuesday at 6:15 (for a 6:30 start) in the pavilion (during the winter months) and from the outdoor gym equipment (in the summer).

The Run Club has 4 groups/distances to choose from – just turn up and go at your own pace with some like-minded friendly people.

There are no weekly fees, all that is required is that you are a member of the Friends of Moorside Park group.

The group isn’t just about running from point A to point B and covering certain distances. It’s about encouraging everyone to pop their running shoes on and just getting out and enjoying Crosby whilst working on health and well-being.

For more information, please click here 

A New Focus For Advocacy: Sefton Pensioner’s Advocacy Centre (SPAC) & Sefton Advocacy announce merger

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre and Sefton Advocacy are very pleased to announce that they are merging and that the new larger charity will be known as Sefton Advocacy.

Following a period of talks and consultation, the two charities decided that in order to keep providing high quality advocacy services to the people of Sefton it was in their best interests to merge and become a larger, single charity.

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre is currently a leading force in the field of older peoples’ advocacy projects, as one of the largest independent charities with an exceptional local and national reputation.  They have over 20 years’ experience of supporting the voice of older people with specific focus on people living with Dementia, Older people affected by Cancer, Housing & Care Projects and facilitating five older peoples’ forums across Sefton.   Sefton Advocacy’s expertise lies in the fact that it continues to be the only generic service within the Borough that offers one-to-one advocacy, help, information and advice. We have seen a growth of referrals with many more residents turning to our volunteer led service for support throughout the year.  As a charity, we offer a wide range of benefits to ‘Our Sefton Community’, ensuring that there is a long-established service for anyone with a problem to access.

The merger has come about in order to ensure that all residents of Sefton can continue to have the support of Advocacy.  In these times of austerity, the board’s of both organisations decided that to take advocacy forward in a sustainable way it was in everyone’s best interest to merge.  The new charity will be a single place of contact for Advocacy across Sefton and has the potential to develop new and innovative projects and areas of support.

Alison Ayres, Service Manager of Sefton Advocacy, says, “Providing the most vulnerable with an independent voice can have a transforming effect upon the individual and the wider community. A merging of these two organisations will strengthen this service and voice for Sefton residents. “

Andrew Booth, Director of Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre and the new CEO of Sefton Advocacy, said, “The support of Advocates and the strategic role for Advocacy Organisations are needed now more than ever. This merger will help us provide more one to one independent support for our communities, across all age groups and enable us to grow to meet the needs we, and our population, are identifying.” 

Sefton Advocacy, Unit 15 & 16 The Shakespeare Centre, 43-51 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AB.

Contact: 01704 500500.
Email info@seftonadvocacy.org

Sefton Health Experts offer Five Tips to help you avoid the Flu

Leading health figures from Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have joined together to offer expert advice to residents on how they can best avoid catching the flu this winter.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Flu can have really serious effects for many vulnerable people including the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those living with long term health conditions.

“For this reason the following advice also includes tips that will help residents to limit the spread of flu within their community and I strongly urge everybody to take the advice on board.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “People with chronic long term health conditions or reduced immunity should get vaccinated even if they have no symptoms. A bout of flu can greatly worsen any existing condition and increases the risk of complications like pneumonia.”

Dr Andy Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG added: “A flu vaccination is an important part of staying well over winter. If you have any questions about getting vaccinated, simply contact your GP practice and ask for advice, we’ll be happy to help.”

  1. Get the flu jab
    The best way to protect yourself and others from flu is by getting the flu vaccination. The vaccination is free for those aged over 65, pregnant women, people living with long term health conditions, young children aged 2 and 3 and to registered carers.If you’re not eligible for a free vaccination you can purchase it for as little as £10. Speak to your local pharmacist for find out more about this service.
  2. Know the symptoms
    It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of flu in order to help you to best treat its effects and avoid passing the illness on to others.Symptoms include a sudden fever, aching body, feeling tired or exhausted, chesty cough, sore throat, headache, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or tummy pain, nausea and being sick.
  3. Get the right advice
    If you think you may have the flu try to avoid visiting your GP or pharmacist to reduce the risk of spreading the illness. Instead call the free NHS helpline service 111 or visit the NHS Choices website.Be sure stock up on flu and cold remedies in advance so that if you become ill you have everything you need at home. Remember that antibiotics should not be used to treat flu and should only be used upon the advice of your GP.
  4. Wash your hands
    Washing your hands regularly using soap and warm water will help you to prevent the spread of germs that can cause flu. By washing your hands you will destroy bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles.Not only will this reduce the chances of you catching the flu yourself, but it will also help to limit the spread of flu across Sefton.
  5. Be mindful of others
    Try to avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.If you think you have symptoms of flu be mindful of the people around you. Catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately. Try to reschedule plans with friends or family to when you’re feeling better.Remember that while many people can recover from flu themselves within about a week, it can become extremely serious for more vulnerable residents.

 

 

To find out more about flu and the flu vaccination visit the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

2018 is the ‘Year of the Volunteer’ in Sefton!

Sefton Council, in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer!

Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers, who give an astonishing 116,000 hours of their time each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon – Dementia Friendly Film Screening

The film programme will include a mix of classic films and musicals to help trigger memories and enable conversations about shared experiences

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Christine Physick on 0151 928 1530/christine@plazacinema.org.uk

January Film:
Date: Thursday 18th January
Time: 2.00pm

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Opportunity to become a Public Governor

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is looking to recruit Public Governors to its Council of Governors.

A public governor is elected by the members in the constituency they are standing to be a governor within. Each of the trust’s public governors is appointed for a period of up to three years.

The public constituency is drawn from seven areas. These are made up of six boroughs where the trust delivers its services (Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington, Wigan and Sefton), plus the seventh constituency called ‘other’, which represents areas outside of these six boroughs.

The number of governor seats in each borough is currently based on population size. Staff and appointed members from the trust’s partner organisations also form an important part of the Council of Governors.

How do I become a public governor?
The Trust welcomes nominations from people of any age (16 and over), race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender, disability and those with caring responsibilities.

Please note that in order to be elected to our Council of Governors you will need to live in the constituency where you would like to be nominated.

The nomination period is open until 18 January 2018 and forms can be downloaded from the trust’s website:
http://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/council-of-governors-elections

Voluntary Organisations should consider publishing Gender Pay Gap data (NVCO)

Voluntary organisations should consider publishing information about the differences in pay between men and women even if they have less than 250 employees, an umbrella body has recommended.

New rules introduced in April 2017 mean that all private and voluntary-sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland with 250 or more employees are required to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women on an annual basis from 2017.

Although it employs only around 100 staff, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents more than 13,000 charities in England, has voluntarily published its own gender pay gap data in a bid to increase transparency and encourage other charities and social enterprises to do the same.

While paying men and women for the same work at different rates has been illegal for decades, the data required by the new rules also captures pay inequalities resulting from differences in the types of jobs performed by men and women.

The charity umbrella body recommends that organisations should consider collating and publishing the data regardless of size, as a way to reflect on any gender pay differences and to demonstrate a commitment to transparency and accountability.

Charities that have a small number of employees will have to decide whether publishing their data is meaningful, and strike a delicate balance between being transparent and protecting individuals’ data.

Susan Cordingley, director of planning and resources at NCVO, said:

The new rules on gender pay gap data are a good opportunity for organisations of all sizes to stop and think about any gender inequality that may be revealed by the data and if they are doing enough to address it.

This is not only the right thing to do and a valuable tool to think harder about how to maximise talent in the workplace, but it is also a way of moving towards increased transparency, which promotes public trust and confidence in charities.

Many voluntary organisations’ gender pay gap data will be characterised by their employing more women than men, and the same is true for NCVO. Our own data highlights that, while we pay men and women on the same grades identical salaries, there are proportionately more women than men in lower grades and in part-time roles.

Organisations can address this through a range of family-friendly and flexible working policies designed to support women who are still more likely to take time off work to care for children and family, which can hinder their career progress.

NCVO encourages remote working and provides enhanced maternity pay, flexible working hours and enhanced shared parental pay, and our staff survey shows that these are highly valued. But we are always looking for more ways to promote equality in the workplace and strongly encourage other organisations to do the same.

Help available to Loan Shark Victims who have been bitten over Festive period

January is traditionally known as the ‘blue month’ or the ‘money hangover’ as people are often strapped for cash after splurging big amounts on Christmas.

January is also the time of year where loan sharks start to bite and chase victims for the first repayment on a Christmas loan. Due to people being short of money, some borrowers might fail to meet the first settlement and receive threats from the lender. This is when a loan shark’s true colours and motive begin to show.

The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) – a national team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – are here to help victims who have fallen into deep waters with a loan shark during the festive season.

The team – who run a 24hour hotline all year round – are made up of Investigators and support officers who meet with victims on a daily basis and build up prosecution files to stop loan sharks in their deceiving tracks.

Victims who have been bitten over the festive period or who are currently being put through a miserable time because of a loan shark are being urged to contact the IMLT to report what’s happening.

The team will take information anonymously and in confidence; you don’t have to give your name and an officer will go through your options first before taking the report.

Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner, Cllr Emily Spurrell, said: “Christmas is an expensive time and it can be tempting to access cash quickly from a loan shark to purchase those all-important presents.

“But what starts out as a small loan can quickly escalate into something much more serious. January is a time when borrowers may find themselves trapped by spiralling debt and facing intimidation, threats and even violence.

“Loan sharks are unscrupulous criminals who prey on vulnerable victims, causing untold misery.

“But borrowers do not have to live in fear, there is help and support available. If you do find yourself a victim of a loan shark then do not suffer in silence – speak out by contacting Merseyside Police on 101 or, if it is an emergency, 999 or get in touch with the Illegal Money Lending team 24 hour hotline on 0300 555 2222.”

What is a loan shark?

A loan shark is someone who lends money without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It is a criminal offence to lend money without authorisation and can lead to a 2-year prison sentence and/or £5,000 fine.

How do I know if I’ve borrowed from a loan shark?

Loan sharks typically start off friendly and are often heard of through word of mouth. It could be a friend, colleague, neighbour or someone who is well known in the community for helping others out financially.

If you have had a cash loan and can answer yes to one or more of these questions, you might have borrowed from a loan shark:

  • Did they not give you paperwork?
  • Did they add huge amounts of interest or APR to your loan?
  • Have they threatened you?
  • Are you scared of people finding out?
  • Have they taken your bank card, benefit card, passport, watch or other valuables from you?

The IMLT will be with you every step of the way from the moment you make the call. You will receive one-to-one support; this might be help with housing, debt issues or referrals for health problems.

Tony Quigley, Head of the Illegal Money Lending Team, said: “January is a difficult month for some people. It can be even more of a glum time for loan shark victims as lenders start chasing them for the first repayment on their Christmas loan. We want to reassure victims that they have not broken the law and help and support is available. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a loan shark during the festive period, please call us on 0300 555 2222 or visit www.stoploansharks.uk.”

To check if a money lender is licensed, borrowers can also search the Financial Services Register: https://register.fca.org.uk/

SWACA Quiz Night – Friday 16th February 2018

SWACA’s popular annual quiz is just weeks away, so pick your team, buy your tickets and join us for a fun filled night!!

SWACA Quiz Night
February 16th 2018
Quiz starts at 7.30 pm, doors open 7 pm
Tickets – £5 per person

Venue: The Marine Football Club
College Road
Crosby, Sefton,
L23 3AS

To buy tickets, please contact Neil Frackelton at neil.frackelton@swaca.com or call 0151 922 8606 ext. 103.

Click here to download the SWACA Quiz Flyer 

 

Sefton CVS’s Health & Wellbeing Trainer Social Impact Report

The Health and Wellbeing Trainers Team was first formed in 2013 as a pilot project and soon became established as a key part of the Sefton CVS’s Reablement Service. This brand new Social Impact Report details the work of the team across South Sefton.

Pregnant women in Sefton urged to get their flu jab

Pregnant women across the borough are being urged by Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG to make sure they get the flu jab this winter.

Hospital Car Park Under Review

A review of a local hospital’s car park system has been welcomed by Healthwatch Sefton.

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is currently considering changes to the ways in which patients and visitors can pay for parking on site and is canvassing views through a survey. A Trust spokesperson explained: “To help us take account of as many views as possible, we hope people will complete this short survey, which will take less than two minutes.”