Senior Motorists invited to Highway Safety Event

Sefton Council’s Highway Safety team are to hold a senior’s road safety event in Crosby Village.

Road users over the age of 60 are invited to attend the event at St Helen’s Church, Alexandra Road, Crosby on Tuesday 27th March at 10am.

Sefton’s Highways Team are hoping to use this event to promote safer use of the highway.

This is the latest in a series of senior road user events which have been taking place across Sefton over the last three years.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Over the last few years there have been an increasing number of casualties involving the over 60s age group in collisions across Merseyside.

“That’s why our Highway Safety team at Sefton Council want to use these types of events to proactively promote safer use of the roads for both pedestrians and motorists.

“The aim is to highlight road safety issues that may affect road users over the age of 60 such as diminishing eyesight, medications and how their driving is affected.”

Guest speakers at the event will include representatives from Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire & Rescue Service, Specsavers and local health clinicians.

Lunch, as well as refreshments, will be provided free of charge for those attending, however places are limited and booking is essential.

To book your place contact the Highway Safety Team on 0151 934 4259.

Personal budgets to become dementia friendly as Sefton MBC sign charter

Sefton Council has pledged to sign up to the Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to help give people with dementia greater choice and control over their care and support.

The Care Act gives everyone who is receiving support from social services the legal right to a personal budget.

Alzheimer’s Society has produced a guide of easy and cost-effective actions councils can take to improve the personal budgets process for people with dementia and their careers. Sefton Council has signed up to the Dementia-Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to demonstrate its commitment to supporting people affected by dementia.

Councillor Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council, said:

“Personal budgets not only give people choice over the care they need, but also enable support to be delivered in innovative and cost-effective ways.

“Sefton Council is pleased to sign up to Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to show our commitment towards making personal budgets more accessible to our residents living with dementia.”

Ian McCreath, Personal Choice Manager at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“Personal budgets have the potential to give much needed choice and control to people with dementia. Our research has uncovered a worrying situation for people with dementia when trying to obtain a budget so it is really encouraging to see Sefton Council signing up to The Dementia-Friendly Personal Budgets Charter. Hopefully it will encourage other local authorities to follow suit and support more people with dementia to live better lives.”

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter enables local authorities to demonstrate their commitment to people with dementia. Pledges include:

  • Producing relevant and clear information on personal budgets for people with dementia that always explain all the available options and methods for receiving a personal budget
  • Training all staff involved in care and support planning in the personalisation agenda  to ensure accurate and appropriate information is provided at all times
  • Having a timely and transparent assessment process that clearly explains how they have decided on the amount of money a person will receive
  • Collecting robust data on the uptake and outcomes of personal budgets for people with dementia so that services are continuously improved

Alzheimer’s Society launched the Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets charter at the National Children’s and Adults’ Services Conference 2016 and is calling on local authorities to sign up at

Memory pods in Bootle take pensioners back to the good old days

A pop-up 1950s kitchen and 60s-inspired living room are taking Bootle pensioners back to the good old days – and also helping people with dementia.

The nostalgic ‘reminiscence pods’, which include everyday items to touch and smell, even feature a vintage-style television set with newsreels from a bygone era.

The pods are being used at Riverside’s Windsor Court Retirement Living complex to help older residents strike up conversation and reminisce – and to support people with dementia so they feel safe and secure.

Carbolic soap and reproduction packaging of vintage brands including Spam, Omo and Pilot Matches all feature in the so-called ‘rem pods.’

– Memories – 

Sisters Betty Hughes and Rita Connelly enjoyed stepping back in time and remembering their childhood years.

72-year-old Betty, who has lived at Windsor Court for 16 years, said: “The pods are very nostalgic. They take me back to just after the Second World War and all the things my mum and dad used to do, such as washing with carbolic soap.”

Among other items on display was a cast iron ‘shoe last’ used to repair footwear.

Rita 77, who has lived at Windsor Court for 12 years, added: “My dad would mend all our shoes on one of these, and with eight children it was well used!

“Seeing the ration book brings back memories too. During the war, my parents used to get the ration books renewed on Ludlow Street, along with the sweet coupons because sugar was scarce. In September my mum would save our coupons for Christmas so she had sweets to give us.

“We had an outside toilet and got washed in a tin bath or would go to the swimming baths. There was an outside tap and in winter it would freeze up so we would have to hold a candle to defrost the water in the pipes.”

The ‘rem pods’ also create therapeutic settings familiar to people with dementia, helping to improve their mental well-being.

Just looking through old photographs, smelling something they recognise, or listening to music can prompt conversation as well as ease distress and anxiety.

Catherine ‘Kitty’ McCornick, aged 87, has lived at the Riverside scheme in Bootle for 11 years and has had dementia for the past six years. Her daughter Betty Palin looked around the rem pods.

Betty said: “I remember having that wallpaper in my mum’s living room when we were growing up, and the smell of the carbolic soap takes me back.

“Dementia can be horrendous. Those who have it do things which are out of character, such as make a cup of tea although they have just made one, or leave the tap running. My mum can remember her nine children but not her 27 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. It is heart-breaking and upsetting for us, and she still thinks we are children.

“My mum loves every minute living here. It’s a safe environment and she has always felt safe.”

Sue Fairley, Riverside’s Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Merseyside, said: “The rem pods create a setting that is comfortable and familiar to people with dementia; they start conversations.

“The rooms help people with dementia because they create environments that they remember and are comfortable with. People can live well with dementia and Kitty is a good example.

“We hold various reminiscence activities throughout the year.”

Mill Spring Court Resident’s Association in Bootle secure computer course grant

Elderly residents from Bootle who say “I’m hopeless on computers” have no excuses any more after £10,000 was spent on a new course to teach them the basics!

Members of Mill Spring Court Resident’s Association successfully applied for a Big Lottery grant, with the money to help pay for a ‘digital inclusion course’.

This will be set-up next month at Mill Spring Court for anyone at the accommodation looking to touch up their computer skills.

Group member Alan Davis said: “This course is specifically for older people living in the accommodation who want to learn about using a computer for the likes of emails and the internet.

“The old saying is ‘I’m hopeless on computers’ and this was the reason for it. We have regular meetings and bingo and people are always saying how they wish they were better on computers.

“It was actually suggested to us by One Vision Housing who said we should apply for money to set up the course.”

Southport-based Home Instead Senior Care celebrate 10th birthday

A Southport private care company have this week celebrated their tenth birthday.

Home Instead Senior Care was delighted to welcome their caregivers, clients and family members to their ten year anniversary celebration at the Royal Clifton Hotel.

The event was well attended by Home Instead caregivers and staff along with over twenty of their clients who live in the local community. The guests were thoroughly spoiled with a buffet supper, entertainment, music and a delicious celebration cake.

Anthea Pilkington and Irene Hough, owners of the award winning at-home care company, have led the business to considerable success and popularity, creating a strong reputation for caring for older people across Southport.

Anthea said: “We would like to thank all the guests for attending and of course, our fantastic caregivers and staff, who continue to provide phenomenal support to all of our clients.

“It was one of our proudest moments seeing everyone celebrate what we have achieved over the last ten years.”

Home Instead now employs over 110 members of staff across the town.

Waterloo Park Day Centre mark ‘Dignity Action Day’

Staff and service users at a Waterloo day centre for older people put a local slant on a national celebration of dignity in care.

A range of special activities to mark Dignity Action Day 2017 were organised at Waterloo Park Day Centre, on Haigh Road, which is run by New Directions.

The day heralds the start of an annual month-long campaign to place dignity and compassion at the heart of care services, and of the communities they serve.

Activities at Waterloo Park on the day included the creation of a Digni-Tree, with service users adding leaves to the branches on which they had written their thoughts on what dignity means to them.

Clients involved included two of Waterloo Park’s oldest ‘regulars’, 97-year-old Zena Coffey who designed the tree, and her friend Joyce Lynes, aged 96.

Waterloo Park Senior Operations Manager, Roma Harvey, said: “We organise regular special days to support national initiatives, including fun activities like a bake-off and a Grandparents’ Day celebration, as well as more serious events like this one.

“Dignity Action Day helps us to highlight the central objective of our approach here which is to ensure that people who use our services are treated as individuals, and given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.”

Waterloo Park, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, was set up by Sefton Council but has been run by New Directions since 2007.

In its early years it was a traditional day and leisure activity centre for all local residents aged over 60.

However, in line with changes in social care in recent years, many of Waterloo Park’s 60 current clients have physical and mental disabilities, including early stage dementia in some cases.

Waterloo bakers rise to the challenge!

SERVICE users at a popular day centre for older people in Waterloo rose to the challenge when they took part in their own version of the Great British Bake Off.

Clients were given the chance to show their baking skills at Waterloo Park Day Centre, on Haigh Road.

Although the bake-off lacked the well-known names from the hit TV programme, staff were determined to give the event a flavour of the BBC show.

As a result, two staff members reinvented themselves for the day, with Melanie Evans becoming ‘Melly Berry’ and Diane Richardson taking on the role of ‘Digella Lawson’.

The two ‘hosts’ helped service users to create a table full of tasty treats including sponge cakes, cream horns and fruit flans – and all without a soggy bottom in sight!

Centre Manager, Roma Harvey, said: “We hold special events like this throughout the year and this one proved to be particularly good fun for staff and service users alike.

“And of course the great thing about a bake off is at the end of the event everyone at the centre was able to sit down and enjoy the all the goodies that the participants had prepared.”

Waterloo Park, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, was set up by Sefton Council but has been run by New Directions since 2007.

In its early years it was a traditional day and leisure activity centre for all local residents aged over 60.

Formby Hub Christmas Day Lunch

Formby Hub are once again providing a Community Christmas Lunch for the older residents of Formby, Hightown and Ince Blundell who may find themselves alone on Christmas Day.

Attendees will receive a traditional a Christmas lunch, provided by Tesco, good company and companionship.

Places are limited, and booking is essential, so call Jean on 01704 635129 or email by the 21st December to secure your place.

Transport is available if required. Please mention this when booking.

Successful Walking Football Session Celebrates Anniversary with Expansion

Sefton Council, in partnership with Active Soccer Maghull and the Friends of Groups Parks, is set to get even more over 50s back the hollowed turf with launch of two new walking football sessions as it celebrates a year since the launch of the event in Coronation Park.

Walking football, in a nutshell, is a slower version of the beautiful game. The rules are the same but all players walk and it is a non-contact sport, meaning no potential Terry Butcher bandage moments!

The event has been so successful in Coronation Park, Crosby that the team now has its own kit and is called Crosby Veterans Walking Football Club.

The new sessions will take place at Derby Park, Bootle on Tuesday, September 27, 1-2pm and Ainsdale Village Park, Ainsdale on Wednesday, September 28, 1-2pm.

Crosby Veterans Walking Football Club will meet on Friday, September 30, 1-2pm at Coronation Park, Crosby.

Walking Football is FREE and anyone over 50 is welcome, so if you see yourself as a Bob Latchford or a Jimmy Case and fancy getting back into the game you loved or even if you just want to get more active, come down and find out if Walking Football is for you!

Free refreshments will be provided after the session.

New dementia films help improve diagnosis and care for patients

New films by Health Education England aim to improve dementia diagnosis and care by raising awareness, particularly in African Caribbean communities. Finding Patience aims to improve early diagnosis and support by increasing awareness amongst both health and care professionals, and those within the community. Focusing on dementia in care homes, Finding Patience – The Later Years raises awareness of how dementia can affect people differently, and calls for person-centred care that focuses on the individual, not the condition.

Click on the above links to see the videos.


‘Dementia Citizens’ by NESTA.

Dementia Citizens is a new project to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets. If you’re affected by dementia, Dementia Citizens can help you:

  • find new activities that you can enjoy with family and friends, using your smartphone or tablet
  • take part in dementia research studies and help us understand more about dementia care
  • learn new ways of living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia

    For more information please visit:

Walk Back to Sport with Sefton Council

Sefton Council is launching two brand new sessions aimed at getting those over 50 playing the sports they love again.

Launching at Dunes Splash World on Thursday, April 28, Walking Football and Walking Netball are, in a nutshell, slower versions of the beautiful games everyone knows and loves.

The rules are the same but all players walk, meaning it is even easier on the muscles and knees.

The sessions, which are aimed at making sport more accessible to all, are followed by a post-game tea or coffee, meaning attendees can meet new friends as they start their new healthier, more active lifestyle.

So if you fancy dusting off your trainers, donning an old school bib and getting back into the game you loved, this could be the session for you!

Walking Netball will take place on Thursdays 11am-12pm and Walking Football will take place Fridays 11am-12pm, both sessions are £2 per session, post match refreshment included.

The two FREE launch events take place at Dunes Splash World on Thursday, April 28 from 11am for Walking Netball and Friday, April 29 from 11am for Walking Football.

Sefton CCGs to become ‘dementia friendly’

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have signed up to become ‘Dementia Friends’ and are well on their way to reaching their target after gaining some training from the top doctor who is leading this work.

Both CCGs are working towards being ‘dementia friendly’ with 100 reception staff at Sefton GP practices already having received the training. In addition, a group of staff at the CCGs’ offices received training from the National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England, Alistair Burns,

He said: “It was fantastic to be here and I was delighted to meet with so many people at the CCG. It was good to hear about the work they are already doing to improve dementia diagnosis rates in Sefton and the post diagnosis support that they are offering to patients.

“I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and energy in the room and thoroughly enjoyed the session which so many people attended. It is good news to hear that the CCG are amongst the few CCGs who have signed up to become dementia friendly. It is so important to raise as much awareness as we can and with their partners I’m sure the message will be spread far and wide.”

The CCGs’ have signed a pledge with Sefton Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), supporting the national movement to bring about a society wide response to dementia. The Sefton DAA is made up of organisations in the borough who aim to work together to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. Its official launch in Sefton is in Dementia Awareness Week on Wednesday 18th May.

Part of the CCGs’ action plan in the alliance is to raise awareness about dementia in the community and to encourage member practices and providers to become dementia friends, which they have both started working on.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at both CCGs, said: “Dementia is a priority area for both CCGs which is why the training was important to us. At the session when staff were asked if anyone in the room knew someone with dementia, of course, over half the room lifted their hands. We were asked to make a pledge and on behalf of the CCG I am keen to spread the word on dementia and whilst we’ve work to do to improve care and the diagnosis rate, I am really pleased that the CCGs are becoming dementia friendly and that we are part of the alliance, which is so important for Sefton.

“Dementia is of interest to everyone, not only on a personal level but on a professional one as well. It’s so important that people understand how someone with dementia may feel in certain situations. Thanks to Alistair for running the session for us, I’m sure we’ll all wear our badges proudly.

“Small changes to the way our society, communities, shops and businesses are run can make a huge difference to people with dementia. By improving awareness and having a greater understanding of dementia we can hopefully make a real difference to those living with dementia and their carers.”

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face to face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch their online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

For more information visit:

Alzheimer’s Society Activity Groups

Tea Dance

The dance is FREE to attend and a great opportunity to meet others, get moving and enjoy music and dancing for people living with dementia and their carers. It is facilitated by a Merseyside Dance Initiative (MDI) Dance Artists with support from Alzheimer’s Society staff.  We’re offering tea, coffee and cake to all who attend. Join us for fun, dancing, Rock and Roll, Jive and bit of Big Band and some surprises!

Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain uses the therapeutic benefits of music to help improve well-being and confidence.  The sessions will offer you the opportunity to socialise whilst engaging in stimulating group activity.

Maintaining Skills Groups

If you are living with dementia our maintaining skills workshop works with you to strengthen you personal skills to help you maintain you independence for as long as possible.  The group provides a supportive environment where you can chat, socialise and share information.

Click here to download a timetable for the activity groups.

If you wish to attend these groups then please contact the office:

By telephone on 0151 298 2444 or by email to

The Future for Dementia Care: Meeting the 2020 Challenge


The Government has recently published the Implementation Plan for the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020. Its commitments include personalised care plans, raising awareness and integrated health and social care provision. However, with budgets stretched and growing demand for support, how can your service integrate, innovative and improve to meet the challenges ahead?

Attend this Westminster Briefing event to learn about what the future holds for dementia care in the coming months and years. Engaging with our expert panel and your peers, you will explore the practical steps you can take to rise to the 2020 Challenge and provide personalised, quality support for people living with dementia and carers.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • What does the Implementation Plan mean for the future of dementia care?
  • Engaging with people living with dementia to improve your service
  • Providing personalised care plans for every person living with dementia
  • Driving integration between health, social care and third sector
  • Providing training and improving awareness across your workforce
  • Overcoming variations of diagnostic rates and support across areas
  • Building on the progress & momentum of Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Delivering better support for carers and families

The Event:

In the morning session you will explore the Government’s plans for supporting those living with dementia and the next steps for prevention, assessment and post-diagnostic care.

In the afternoon session you will learn from good practice case studies of supporting and engaging with people with dementia and their carers in personalised, community-based ways. The session will be highly interactive and provide practical guidance on how you can develop your local service

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in dementia, including but not limited to: local authorities, CCGs, health & social care commissioners, care home managers, primary care staff, carers, charities, workforce development & training teams and elected members.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Sefton OPERA’s ‘In Stitches’ events (Wednesdays, 10am-12noon at St Matthews Church)

Are you interested in meeting likeminded people who love to knit/crochet and have a cuppa?

Held on Wednesday 10.00 a.m till 12.00 a.m at St Matthews Church, Stanley Road, Bootle.  If you would like to come along please ring us on the number or just come along and have some fun.

Please contact on 0151 330 0479 or

Sefton O.P.E.R.A
St Matthews Church
410 Stanley Road
L20 5AE