DEADLINE EXTENSION – Provision of a Social Prescribing Service to Primary Care Networks (Expression of Interest closing 5pm on Monday 12th August 2019)

Sefton CVS are seeking expressions of interest from Sefton based VCF sector organisations to contribute to the delivery of a social prescribing service within  Primary Care Networks, working in partnership collaboration with the Living Well Sefton model.

Primary Care Networks are an integral part of the recently published NHS Long-Term Plan which introduces this new role of ‘social prescribing link workers’ into their multi-disciplinary teams as part of the expansion to the primary care workforce.  This is an opportunity to work collaboratively with  developing PCNs to establish this new role and shape the development of a model of excellence in social prescribing in Sefton.

Successful organisations will employ and manage a ‘Social Prescribing Link Worker’ who will form part of a multidisciplinary team focused on improving personalised care for patients within a specified Primary Care Network. Link Workers from all areas will function as one team and work closely with all Living Well Sefton partners.

Click here to download the Expression of Interest form  (Word / PDF

Completed expressions of interest should be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 12th August 2019 by email to socialprescribing@seftoncvs.org.uk. Incomplete submissions or those received after the deadline will not be considered.

Any queries should be submitted by email to socialprescribing@seftoncvs.org.uk.

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 4 Good’ Grant Funding – DEADLINE EXTENDED! (closing 5pm, 1st June 2018)

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Sefton 4 Good  is pleased to announce that our latest round of grant funding, ‘Volunteering 4 Good’, is still open!

As part of the Year of the Volunteer 2018 campaign, Sefton Council, Sefton CVS and Living Well Sefton have teamed up with Sefton 4 Good to launch a special grant initiative specifically aimed at groups and organisations who work with volunteers.

Well Sefton Aims to Spread the Love on Pay It Forward Day

Well Sefton, the project dedicated to creating a brighter Bootle, has prepared a raft of activities aimed at spreading the love this Pay It Forward Day.

Pay It Forward Day is a worldwide movement that promotes random acts of kindness with the idea that those who experience an act of kindness pass it on to others.

Well Sefton has planned a series of activities that will embrace the power of giving and hopes to encourage the people of Bootle to spread the love among the community that will take place from Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, April 28.

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.

Staff work on their Wellbeing

Paying attention to wellbeing was the aim of Living Well Sefton’s recent staff development day.

The focus of National Work Life Week is wellbeing at work and the partners of Sefton’s wellbeing collaborative came together for an afternoon of activities and work updates.

Living Well Sefton supports World Mental Health Day (10th Oct)

To coincide with its first anniversary, Living Well Sefton – the local wellbeing organisation – is supporting a World Mental Health Day event at Hugh Baird College.

On Tuesday, 10 October Living Well Sefton and the Feelgood Factory – one of its partners – will be at the Bootle-based college to raise awareness of how paying attention to your mental wellbeing is an important part to feeling good.

Think Differently, Cope Differently

‘Think Differently, Cope Differently’ is a 5 week mental health and wellbeing programme led by Living Well Sefton.

The programme comprehensively covers the important areas associated with positive mental wellbeing i.e. Stress Management; Challenging negative thinking; encouraging healthier lifestyles and affective goal planning.

May Logan Health Walks

Living Well Sefton is a free service available to people in Sefton.  As one of the main partners – The May Logan Health Walks are a great opportunity to build some social and physical activity into people’s week and ties in with the Public Health England One You campaign, which encourages regular walking.

Living Well Sefton announce second round of community resilience grants (launching Thurs 4th May)

Living Well Sefton has announced it is launching the second round of its Community Resilience Grant to support local community groups and individuals in delivering health and wellbeing projects.

The grants have already benefited many communities when the first round of funding was distributed at the beginning of the year. Applications for the second round will be opened at a networking event in Waterside Lodge, Southport on Thursday, May 4 from 2pm.

As in the previous grant round, groups can apply to receive up to £2,500, with individuals being able to apply for smaller grants of up to £500 providing they are supported by a community partner.

A spokesperson for Living Well Sefton said: “Living Well Sefton expects the grants to be used on projects looking to actively engage local people in making positive changes to their health and wellbeing.

“Everyone is invited to come along to the networking and grant launch event to link in with other health and wellbeing providers, meet grant recipients, discuss the grant process with Anne-Marie Morrison, Living Well’s Community Resilience officer, and also discover more about Living Well Sefton.”

To book a place visit Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk).

Refreshments will be provided and booking early is recommended.

Smokefree Sefton – Your new stop smoking service

Solutions 4 Health has been appointed by the Local Authority to provide stop smoking services across the city for the next 3 years, starting on April 1st 2017. The new service will be called Smokefree Sefton.

Solutions 4 Health is a leading national provider of smoking cessation, already operating stop smoking services for some thirty councils, including Berkshire, County Durham, North Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Blackpool and North Yorkshire with recent awards including Liverpool and Devon, and helps over 30,000 smokers to quit each year.

The successful model to be deployed in Sefton is based upon a combination of outreach to priority groups in their community and workplace with partnership working within the health economy, so a full range of services are made available, making it as easy to quit as to smoke.

Leena Sankla, Public Health and Lifestyle Services Director for Solutions 4 Health adds: “We take a very positive approach and are all about reducing health inequalities through supporting and empowering people to improve their health and wellbeing. After all, smokers are four times more likely to quit successfully when they have professional support.”

Both the Local Authority and Solutions 4 Health believe that smoking cessation is everyone’s business and see this development as a major step in the goal of making Sefton ‘smokefree’. Solutions 4 Health will be working closely with all of you to ensure that staff receive relevant training and that there are seamless referral processes in place so that smokers can rapidly receive our help and support.

Councillor Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Sefton Council said “The new Specialist Stop Smoking service will help residents in Sefton achieve a smoke free life. The service will encourage individuals to change their behaviour and attitudes toward smoking, making quitting for good more achievable.”