The Sovini Group is first housing group awarded Gold for supporting the Armed Forces

Sefton-based Sovini Group the Gold Award, their highest honour, in recognition for the Group’s outstanding support of the Armed Forces community.

The Sovini Group is the first housing group in the country to be awarded Gold since the scheme’s inception in 2014. The accolade follows their Bronze Award win in 2016 and the Silver Award in 2017.

The ERS recognises employers who actively support Reservists, Service leavers, wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, the Cadet organisations and service families, as well as inspire other organisations to follow their lead.

The property management and development group has long standing relationships with the Armed Forces community. They work in close partnership with Army Reserve unit 156 Regiment RLC and local organisations, Liverpool’s Veterans HQ and Veterans in Sefton, providing ex-service personnel with housing, training and employment opportunities.

A recent initiative between The Sovini Group with Veterans HQ has led to six local veteran families being rehomed and saved from homelessness since the start of 2018.

The company offers a volunteer placement programme, which supports veterans with their transition from the Armed Forces into employment within civilian life. Some of those who took part in the programme have gone on to get jobs within the Group, such as at Sovini Trade Supplies in Aintree.

The Sovini Group also employ a number of Reservists and provides tailored support including an additional 10 days leave for training and unlimited unpaid leave if they are mobilised.

Dr Roy Williams, CEO of The Sovini Group said:

“It’s an honour to be the first housing group to achieve the Gold Award. By adopting the Armed Forces Covenant we help to make sure the people who make huge sacrifices on our behalf receive the recognition and support they deserve in the workplace and the wider community”

Private Tracy Newman, Customer Empowerment Officer, The Sovini Group said:

“The Sovini Group has been fantastic from the very beginning supporting me in my Army Reserves journey. The flexibility they have given me has been invaluable. When I talk to other Sovini staff during Armed Forces partnership events I see real interest from colleagues and going forward I hope to encourage more staff to get involved.”

Tobias Ellwood, The Minister for Defence People and Veterans said:

“The breadth and diversity of this year’s winners shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to flourish. Their commitment is a testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation. We all have a role to play in ensuring that the Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and each of these employers is a setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting the nation.”

For more information about The Sovini Group, visit sovini.co.uk

The Sovini Group raises over £10,000 for local charities at third annual Golf Day

The third annual Sovini Group Golf Day, sponsored by Premier Cleaning and Transport Services, raised over £10,000 for Sovini Charities and the Big Help Project.

Over 80 golfers from the housing and commercial sector gathered at West Derby Golf Course to compete in the sold out golfing event which was hosted by local comedian, Willie Miller. Sovini Golf 1

During the day golfers had the opportunity to win a variety of prizes donated by local companies and were also able to bid on auction items including signed LFC and EFC memorabilia, electronics, a new bathroom suite and more. Attendees raised over an amazing £10,000 for Sovini Charities and the Big Help Project.

The Big Help Project offers practical assistance to help people in Merseyside successfully break free from poverty and Sovini Charities support charitable causes including the Pride of Sefton which provides narrow boat journeys to underprivileged people in the local community.

Chair of the Big Help Project Peter Williams said: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen again to receive this very generous donation from The Sovini Group. This donation will enable us to continue our services to support people across the city region.”

 The Sovini Group CEO Dr. Roy Williams said: “Our annual Golf Day is becoming one of our favourite events of the year. It’s such a great opportunity to raise valuable funds for some very worthy local causes. I would like to thank our principle sponsors, Premier Cleaning and Transport Services, along with everyone else who helped to make this event such a success.”

The Sovini Group help local Merseyside family with autism-friendly garden

Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group have been working together in collaboration with Cobalt Housing Association to create an autism-friendly garden for a local Merseyside family. Cash for Kids has facilitated the project, whilst The Sovini Group have delivered the works.

The Sovini Group which incorporates One Vision Housing, Pine Court Housing Association, Sovini Property Services, Sovini Trade Supplies and Carroll Group is a property management and development group based in Merseyside operating throughout the UK.

Cash for Kids mission is to respond to the needs of children in their communities, they aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential. They support children ages 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect. In 2017 they raised over £23 million and supported more than 709,000.

The family were in need of some outdoor space for their two children, George and Jack Knowles who suffer from autism. After approaching The Steve Morgan Foundation for sensory toys the family realised their garden wasn’t autism-friendly or suitable for the sensory toys, for example the fences could be easily climbed on, and they needed artificial turf as the little ones often enjoyed playing in the mud and putting bits of plastic from the ground in their mouths. The children couldn’t play in the garden without constant supervision.

Soon after discovering the garden wasn’t suitable, the family began to search for the costs involved in transforming it into an autism-friendly escape for the kids. They quickly realised the costs involved would be completely unaffordable at around £6,000, this was when they were put in contact with Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group.

A sensory garden stimulates all senses in a non-overwhelming way; sight, touch, taste, and sound, through the use of different artificial plants, materials and toys.

Mersey Community Groups Funded to the tune of £115,000

Fourteen community groups from Merseyside and Halton have received funding to help boost recycling, re-use and waste prevention in the region.

£115,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006. The financial support will help the selected groups to reduce waste, encourage recycling and materials re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • The reduction of food waste through cookery clubs and growing local produce
  • Re-using and upcycling unwanted furniture
  • Creative sewing classes to encourage textiles re-use
  • Creating a school garden green space with used plastic bottles
  • A pop-up re-use shop selling donated goods
  • Refurbishing and redistributing furniture, clothes and tools

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said:

“Giving local groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“These projects can have a significant impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“The successful applications made it clear that they understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

This year projects must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled.

The impact of the 2017/18 Fund saw 12 projects deliver 28 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 479 volunteers, 29,178 people directly engaged and 1024 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill.

Projects have until March 2019 to deliver their schemes.

Trustee Position; PH Holt Foundation (closing date 9am, Friday 15th June 2018)

Salary: Unpaid voluntary post
Start Date: September 2018
Commitment: Board meetings 4 times a year held in Liverpool during business hours plus participation on one or more of our sub-committees (Grants, Investments, Finance, Risk Management) and occasional visits to Merseyside charities.


Due to the retirement of longstanding trustees, the PH Holt Foundation is looking to recruit three new trustees to its board and welcomes applications from individuals who share our values and commitment to making a positive difference in communities across Merseyside. We are particularly keen to strengthen our board’s expertise and skill base with professionals from the private, public and charity worlds with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Financial management and accountancy
  • Governance and risk management
  • Legal expertise in relation to the voluntary sector
  • Investment management
  • Marketing and digital communications
  • Experience and knowledge from working in the field of education, the arts or community programmes

If you would like to apply, please send the following information:

  • A brief covering letter outlining why you would like to be a PH Holt Foundation Board Member and the skills you would bring to the role [maximum two sides of A4].
  • A current CV providing details of two referees who could be contacted following interview

Your application should be returned for the attention of Ian Bakewell, Chair and emailed to: chair@phholtfoundation.org.uk

Deadline: 9am on Friday 15th June 2018.

Interviews will be held during weeks commencing 2nd and 9th July 2018 for a start date in September 2018

Downloads:

Role Description and Person Specification
PH Holt Leaflet (PDF)

phholtfoundation.org.uk/

PCC urges Community Groups to Work Together to Prevent Crime

Organisations which are working to prevent crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping to build stronger, safer communities.

This is the fourth year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund, which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will run over the next 12 months. This year the Commissioner is encouraging organisations to work together to submit bids for between £5,000 and £25,000 from the grant and she is specifically inviting applications for projects which focus on tackling serious and organised crime.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people, their greatest concern. It blights our communities, bringing misery and harm and causing decent, ordinary people to live in fear.

“Many organisations and community groups are already working with Merseyside Police and my office in tackling this issue, and I want to encourage and maximise this collaborative approach by encouraging organisations to join forces to bid for funding from the Crime Prevention Fund.

“Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area.  We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved in crime. By pooling resources and working even closer together we can all do more to make a difference for communities across Merseyside.

“I’ve met hundreds of people across Merseyside who are really proud and passionate about the places they live in and are committed to keeping them safe and I’m excited to see their proposals for how this funding can be best spent.”

Last year, 13 grassroots organisations were chosen from among more than 70 applications to receive a share of the Fund to help make communities across Merseyside safer. Successful organisations included the Royal Court Trust, which was awarded £25,000 to continue to run the hard-hitting drama Terriers, and the educational charity Ariel Trust who received £15,000 to deliver preventative education to young people on a range of issues, including domestic and homophobic abuse, child sexual exploitation and grooming.

A £10,000 grant was also given to Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council (BNEC) to help them deliver their Making Waves project which delivers both outreach and centre-based services for young people living in areas of high deprivation to divert them away from crime.

Jane said: “Over the last year, this funding has helped to deliver some really important projects which have made a profound difference in the lives of the people they support. Even a small cash boost can be of huge benefit to many of these grassroots projects and I look forward to seeing what more we can deliver together over the next 12 months.

Any organisation wishing to apply for funding will need to show how their project works to tackle one of the following four priorities set out by the Commissioner; preventing crime and anti-social behaviour; tackling serious and organised crime; supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety; or improving road safety.

Applications will also need to show how the initiatives will deter individuals from committing crime, reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, or lower reoffending. They will also be assessed to see how well they will protect vulnerable communities.

The fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM), an independent charity which assists grant-making and charitable giving. Local groups who would benefit from the funding can find more details on its website here http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk//funds/crime-prevention-fund

CFM is also available to help any organisation looking to make a bid.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 11th June 2018.

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.

Formby Library echoes with Whaling Stories

Visitors to Formby Library will have a whale of a time next month with a special talk by lecturer Simon Hill.

The Liverpool John Moores academic will visit the Duke Street library on Tuesday 13th March from 2pm to talk about Liverpool’s involvement in the 18th century Whaling trade.

A spokesman for Formby Library said: “In the words of one author, Georgian ‘Liverpool’s whaling trade has received little attention from historians’.

“This stands in sharp contrast to the port’s association with trans-Atlantic slavery. So, it is not surprising that we should want to learn more about Liverpool’s association with whaling during that period.

“The presentation begins in 1750, when the first Liverpool whaling vessel sailed to Greenland, and concludes when the trade effectively ended in 1823.

“Among the issues that shall be discussed are the financing of Liverpool’s whaling industry, patterns of trade and life on board a Liverpool whaling vessel.

“Guests will also be given a fascinating insight into what impact the whaling industry had across Liverpool and Merseyside.”

The talk is free but places are limited and booking is essential. To book or for more information call 01704 874177 or email Formby.library@sefton.gov.uk.

Panel endorses Police precept proposal

A proposal to increase the precept payable for policing in Merseyside was “reluctantly” endorsed by the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel at their meeting on Tuesday 6th February.

The panel, which is made up of councillors from all Merseyside local authorities, has a statutory obligation to review the Commissioner’s Police Precept Proposal each year.

Having considered the evidence presented by the Commissioner, the Deputy Chief Constable and their support staff, the panel reluctantly agreed unanimously to endorse the Commissioner’s proposal for a 7.23% increase in the precept. However, in doing so, the panel asked that a number of recommendations/ comments be placed on record and brought to the Commissioner’s attention.

Cllr Carla Thomas, Chairperson of the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel, said:

“We endorsed this rise extremely reluctantly, because we recognise that the only alternative would be for resources within Merseyside Police to be reduced even further . This would have an extremely detrimental impact on the level of service being provided to the community.

“The panel very much felt that the Commissioner was left with no alternative but to request this increase, due to the woeful shortfalls in Government funding for the police.

“However we were also in unanimous agreement that, whilst this rise does represent the only option currently available to prevent further reduction in officer numbers, it highlights how inequitable the current system is. By relying on council tax precepts to plug gaps in funding for policing, those who struggle already with their monthly outgoings – of which their Council Tax bill is a significant part – are hit the hardest.

“In reluctantly endorsing this increase we’d also urge the Government to urgently reconsider their approach to police funding and how shortfalls are impacting on both service provision and on the wallets of those least able to afford to pay.”

 You can read the Police and Crime Panel’s formal response here.

The £115,000 Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund for 2018/19 has launched! Deadline 28th February 2018

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions.

The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

What are we looking for?

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens
– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes
– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton
– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton
– sewing classes in Knowsley
– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool
– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

What should I do next?

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA.

If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry.

Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June 2018.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (pdf)
– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (Word)
– Download the Guidance (pdf)
– Download the Terms and Conditions (pdf)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: 28th February 2018

Contact the Authority by:

Email: communityfund2018-19@merseysidewda.gov.uk
Telephone: 0151 255 1444

‘Faith In Action’ event – Tuesday 30th January 2018, 10am-2pm at Linacre Mission

Faith In Action
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 10am-2pm
Linacre Methodist Mission
123-129 Linacre Rd,
Bootle,
Liverpool
L21 8NS

On behalf of Sefton Faith Forum 

The Steering Group of the Sefton Faith Forum have planned this event because we believe that the faith communities make a big difference across the borough. We are inviting the Sefton Council Chief Executive Margaret Carney and other officers so they can hear about some of our work and can explore with us how we can all work better together.

Have you been affected by crime?

A message from Jane Kennedy, Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner

“Being a victim of crime can be an extremely upsetting and distressing experience and I understand how important it is that, in their moment of need, a victim gets the help and support they need to cope, and eventually recover.”

“Since 2015 I have been responsible for commissioning some of the support services that are on offer to victims of crime here on Merseyside. This includes support for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – survivors of sexual offences, child sexual exploitation, domestic violence and hate crime. I am now at the early stage of planning the services that I will commission for 2018-2021 and I want to make sure I am providing the right support, at the right time, for the people who need it most.”

“That’s why I am urging anyone who has been affected by crime (or has decided to seek support for an historic offence) in the last three years to share their experience of the support they received with me to help ensure I commission the right services for victims in the future.”

“I don’t want to second guess the needs of victims and that’s why your views are so important. By listening to your feedback and experiences I can get put the right services in place to help those who are most in need.”

“It is only takes 10 minutes to share your views through a short, anonymous, online survey. By taking part, you will be playing a vital role in ensuring even better care and support for victims in the future.”

“Your help is really appreciated.”

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/merseysidevictimexperiencesurvey

The deadline for taking part is Saturday 16th September.

 

High ratings for south Sefton GPs in latest patient survey

A Litherland GP practice has been ranked the 5th best in Merseyside and most other south Sefton surgeries are performing as well as others across the country in the latest independent patient experience survey.

The GP Patient Survey carried out by Ipsos MORI is sent to over a million people across the UK annually, and the results show how people feel about their GP practice.

It assesses patients’ experience of healthcare services provided by GP surgeries, including their access to practices, making appointments, the quality of care received from doctors and practice nurses, satisfaction with opening hours, in addition to NHS out-of-hours and dental services.

Key local findings in this year’s survey include:

  • 87% said that the helpfulness of receptionists at GP surgeries was helpful compared to national average of 87%
  • 81% of patients said they were able to get an appointment the last time they tried, and of those, 93% said their appointment was fairly or very convenient compared to national results of 84% and 92% respectively
  • 58% said that they didn’t wait too long to be seen at the GP practice, the same as the national result of 58%
  • 96% said that they had confidence and trust in the GP they saw compared to an average of 95%

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “It is good to see that we are ranked alongside the national average for all of these indicators with some being above average. We are really proud of what the GP services have achieved despite the well-recognised national challenges that we face, such as the financial difficulties with our funding allocation for GP services being in the bottom 5% of the national average for our population.

“We strive to keep our patients happy and it is important to us that they have a positive experience from booking an appointment through to waiting times and confidence in the GP that they see.

“A huge thank you goes to all of the staff at the individual practices who work extremely hard to keep up these high standards. They are the ones at the forefront speaking and helping on a daily basis to ensure that our patients get the right care.

“A special mention has to go to 15 Sefton Rd GP practice in Litherland who were ranked 5th best GP practice overall in Merseyside. This is fantastic and it is great to see them ranked so highly across each and every category.”

More information on the GP Patient Survey data publications can be found on NHS England’s website.

New road safety strategy for the Liverpool City Region given the green light

The Liverpool City Region’s Road Safety Strategy 2017-2020 was approved at today’s Liverpool City Region Combined Authority meeting.  This three year strategy aims to reduce the number of those killed and seriously injured on Merseyside’s roads.

The plan outlines the methods and measures that will be used by partners who make up the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership – Merseyside District Councils, Merseytravel, Merseyside Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service, Highways England, and the health sector.  This has also been shared with the Cheshire Road Safety Partnership covering the Halton borough, who will be adopting a similar approach.

The measures and methods used to help achieve safer roads include education (promoting road safety messages through targeted campaigns and training), enforcement (ensuring road users adhere to safety measures that have been implemented, particularly driving at a safe speed) and engineering (identifying and introducing remedial measures to improve road safety and ensuring new highway projects operate safely).

Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport portfolio lead for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said “We all have a role to play to ensure our roads are safer and the number of accidents and injuries on our roads are reduced.  We can play our part, but we also need our residents and road users to play their part too by listening to and taking on board the information around road safety awareness and adhering to road safety law, particularly around speed limits and to not be distracted whilst driving, for example, by using your mobile phone.”

The strategy also includes targeted action plans to keep cyclists, motorcycle users, senior road users and pedestrians safe on and around Merseyside’s roads.

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram added “I want the Liverpool City Region to be safe for all road users, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians alike and through collaborative working, we can achieve more by pooling our resources and expertise.  Through this strategy, all agencies and road users have shared goals to work towards reducing the number of casualties and fatalities on our roads.”

Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, said “Every death or serious injury on the roads of Merseyside is one too many. By working together to manage education, enforcement and engineering, we hope that Merseyside’s roads will be safer.

“From an enforcement perspective, Merseyside Police will play its part by ensuring those disregarding road safety are robustly dealt with through the appropriate penalties, but we can reduce the need for enforcement action through better education, awareness and understanding the consequences if people continue to flout the law.”

Take a look at the full strategy here.

Voluntary sector will play leading role in Cheshire and Merseyside STP

VSNW convened a roundtable last week with the head of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan, Louise Shepherd, and VCSE sector representatives from across the region. The STP is the strategic plan for health and social care across the whole of Merseyside, Cheshire and Warrington from 2017 to 2021, building on NHS England’s Five Year Forward View. The plan aims to develop out of hospital care and improve prevention, increase the quality of hospital care, reduce costs and improve partnership working to deliver transformation.

It was clear at the roundtable that there are several ways that the sector can offer answers to improving health and wellbeing, including leadership and co-design opportunities, educating people about the depth and breadth of VCFSE expertise, effecting cultural change, and supporting sector involvement in the Integrated Care Partnership. Warren Escadale attended the inaugural meeting of the System Leadership Board.

“Closer engagement with the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector is positive in itself and could have broader benefits. This is an opportunity for the VCFSE sector and the local health and social care system to develop answers that improve outcomes.

If we’re going to transform our health system, we need a new working relationship with communities and residents and the sector offers an important means to make this happen.“

— Louise Shepherd, Head of Cheshire and Merseyside STP

For more information on the Strategic Plan for Health and Social Care Click Here.

‘Is it worth it?’ – anti-scrambler project

Merseyside Police and Police Commissioner are delighted to be working with Amelix Youth Projects in their Merseyside school tour ‘Is It Worth It?’, which will aim to raise awareness about the dangers of off-road motorbikes.

The tour is visiting schools across Merseyside in the lead-up to the summer holiday period, during which incidents of anti-social behaviour involving scrambler and other motorbikes are known to increase.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:

“I hear repeatedly from people across Merseyside about the heightened anxiety and fear that the illegal use of scrambler and off-road bikes causes in our communities.

“Such bikes are noisy and dangerous, as recent incidents have shown. They are a nuisance to decent, hard-working people, they endanger the safety of innocent road users and pedestrians and they are being used to carry out serious crime.

“That is why it is so important we engage with young people and make them aware of the consequences of getting involved with the anti-social use of bikes. This production is portraying this important message to hundreds of teenagers across Merseyside at a critical time, before they leave school for the summer holidays. I hope it will prompt any young person thinking of using a scrambler bike to ask ‘Is it worth it?’”

Chief Inspector Gary O’Rourke leads Merseyside Police’s Operation Brookdale campaign, which tackles the illegal and nuisance use of off-road motorbikes:

We know that off-road bikes can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to members of our communities and we are committing to taking all possible measures to eradicate the problem, short and long term. We need to work together to discourage young people from reckless behaviour on our roads, which endangers other road users, pedestrians and the riders themselves.

“A key part of this is education and engagement, working closely with schools and our other partners. Projects like ‘Is It Worth It?’ are about helping to steer young people away from getting involved in such dangerous behaviour, as we see the massive harm that this behaviour can cause, from nuisance through to serious injuries and deaths on the roads.

“The school tours are designed to be fun, interactive and memorable for the pupils so that the messages about the consequences for them and the community they are part of really stick. Peer pressure can work both ways – we want them to avoid the temptation to get onto that scrambler bike but also persuade their friends not to as well.”

“I am sure the hundreds of young people who see this show on Merseyside will learn a great deal, and share this learning within their families, friends and the wider community.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“We’re really pleased to see this fantastic Merseyside-wide initiative being launched in Sefton, as we know that our local communities tell us that this is a problem for them.

“The idea of using innovative and interactive school workshops will bring the issue to life ensuring that the important messages, about the risks and dangers of using scrambler bikes, is easily understood and remembered by the young people.”

Dogs Trust Merseyside Foster Scheme – Could You Help?

Dogs Trust Merseyside are looking for safe, loving foster homes who can help care for some of their dogs.

Not all dogs thrive that well in a kennel environment, and the Huyton-based charity would love to see them in foster homes while they await their forever homes.

The Dogs Trust will provide food, toys and bedding, and all veterinary care and expenses will be covered along with training advice and support.

If you would like more information, please contact the Dogs Trust on 0151 480 0660 or email alexandria.bickerstaff@dogstrust.org.uk.

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