New Combined Authority website packed with the latest City Region news

You can now keep up-to-date with the latest investments, news and proposals for the Liverpool City Region on a new website launched last week.

The website – www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk – contains everything you need to know about the work the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is doing on your behalf.

Established in April 2014, but re-constituted as a Mayoral Combined Authority in May of this year, the Combined Authority is chaired by the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.  It includes representatives from all six local authority areas making up the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral – as well as the Local Enterprise Partnership, Merseytravel and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Since coming into post on 8 May 2017, the Metro Mayor has assigned a range of portfolios that will drive forward the City Region’s Devolution Agreement (and allocate over £900m of funding over the next 30 years), accelerate economic growth and improve the local area for residents, businesses, investors and visitors alike.

At www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk, you’ll find out who the Combined Authority is, what it does, access to all of the previous meeting papers, as well as the forthcoming meeting dates, frequently asked questions, how to contact the Combined Authority and the latest job opportunities.  Plus, you can keep up-to-date on what’s happening across the Liverpool City Region with the Metro Mayor’s blog.

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said

“It’s great to launch our new website today, which is the ‘go to’ place for information about the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.  There is so much going on in the City Region as we progress our Devolution Agreement with Government meaning that funding and decisions are being made locally about a number of key priority issues including transport, employment and skills and economic development. It’s vitally important that we are as transparent and accessible as possible. We want to engage and include communities in every part of the City Region, so I want to encourage people to visit the site, find out what’s going on and save www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk in your favourites!”

You can keep updated on the latest news from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority by following @LiverpoolCRCA on Twitter.

CROWDFUNDING APPEAL: Let’s Help Feed Sefton’s Children Over The Summer Holidays

 

Many families are telling us that they find the school holidays particularly difficult because they rely on the Free Meals they are able to get during term time.

Sefton CVS is coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations that will be able to offer Children and Young People between the ages of 5 to 18 free meals during the Summer Holidays.

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF SOUTH SEFTON SERVICES

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF SOUTHPORT SERVICES

Please note: Information is subject to change, and please call 0151 920 0726 for more information. 

CROWDFUNDING

Sefton 4 Good have launched a dedicated BT MyDonate page which we hope to use to crowdfund to support this initiative. Click here to donate

Individuals can also donate by phone by texting SEFT44 followed by the ammount (e.g. £5, £10, £20) to 70070. 

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Funds raised will help our local groups to provide food & drink supplies

Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good are encouraging local individuals, businesses and organisation to give what they can.

If any local business or individuals would like to donate food supplies, equipment  to support this initiative, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk.  

Volunteers Needed!

To support the initiative, Sefton CVS and the Volunteer Centre Sefton are appealing for volunteers to help our network of local organisations in providing free meals to Sefton’s schoolchildren.

Volunteers are needed to help cook and prepare meals and assist with activities at the various centres across the borough. The Volunteer Centre Sefton can also offer any training or support to volunteers as required.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the short Expression of Interest form below, and please included contact details to receive more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£1m EU funding to tackle unemployment in Liverpool City Region

A £1m programme to tackle unemployment has been launched today with backing from the European Social Fund. The funds have been granted by the government’s Skills Funding Agency in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion. Over the next two years, the charity will help hundreds of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

Although much improved, Liverpool City Region continues to be below the national average, with 6% less people being economically active and nearly 3% more people having no qualifications.
Asif Hamid, Liverpool City Region LEP Interim Chair and Co-chair of the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) committee said: “Despite improvements we are still lagging behind national averages and thereby disadvantaging our communities in basic skills needed for the world of work. These grants will give much needed support, advice and guidance to assist the long term unemployed to gain access to work and in turn increase economic growth across our City Region.”

Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council and Co-chair of the ESIF committee said: “The award of this funding is excellent news for unemployed adults across Liverpool City Region. This £1million programme fits with our aims for the City Region to create job prospects for all.”

The WEA will distribute small grants of between £10,000 – £35,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between September 2016 and December 2017. Funded activities will target those aged 15 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work, but especially people with disabilities and long-term health conditions; single parents; women, people from ethnic minorities, people over 50 and those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence.

The last programme of this kind supported 91 local community projects in Merseyside and Halton between 2012-15, to a total value of £1.093m and 2050 people taking part. Evaluation of the last contract showed 49% of participants went on to engage in voluntary work, 29% into further learning, 26% into employment and 21% into self-employment.

Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the WEA, says: “The skills gaps in Liverpool city region are more pronounced than in other parts of the country, restricting opportunities for both local residents and businesses. The funding announced today will provide a lifeline to those struggling to gain employment by equipping them with the tools that employers need.

“Our programme will benefit hundreds of individuals from some of the most marginalised groups in society but it goes beyond that. Improving skills and job prospects will help strengthen families and communities, which are part and parcel of our everyday lives. There is no greater poverty than to be without the means to look after yourself and your family.”

Eligible organisations, based in Merseyside or Halton, are invited to apply for a community grant through the WEA website – http://nw.weanorthwest.webfactional.com/ESFgateway or call 0151 243 5340 for further information.