Rotary club and Morrisons staff help raise 3500 for Sue Ryder charity

Morrissons Southport staff and members of the Southport Rotary Club have jointly presented over £500 to the Sue Ryder Charity.

Working in partnership with Morrison’s, and their “Community Champion” Anna Ingram, the Rotary Club of Southport has carried out a series of collections over the last year, on behalf of local charities.

The most recent collection in October was on behalf of “Sue Ryder” which, thanks to the generosity of Morrison’s customers in Southport, raised £588.58!

The cheque to the Charity was presented at the Formal Opening of the New Improved Morrison’s Store in Southport on Thursday, 10th November by Rotarian David Brayshaw, in the presence of the Store Manager, John Brooksbank, along with Rotary President David Slinger and Rotary’s Community Service Chairman, Ian Hitchcock.

Sue Ryder, which has a charity shop at 23 Lord Street, provides a wide range of care and support for people with life changing conditions, and is one of Morrison’s chosen Charities for 2016.

The Rotary Club of Southport has been supporting the local community for the last 94 years, and last year the club provided over £16,000 of donations and services to charities and good causes,

Rotary membership is open to men and women of all ages, who subscribe to the Rotary ethos of “Service above Self.”

Botanic Library In the Gardens group bid for Aviva funding

The library in the Gardens group are bidding for a slice of a community grant from Aviva.

Run by the North Meols Library Association, the group aim to bring back a full time library to the Churchtown area of Southport are asking people across the town to log on and get voting for them to hopefully receive up to £5,000.

If successful, the group will plan to set up a library in the former Bowling Green house in the Botanic Gardens.

North Meols Library Association (NMLA) was formed as a direct response to the closure of Churchtown Library in 2014. It was a well loved and well used resource for the community with over 4,000 people signing a petition to save the library. Many children from local schools used the library regularly and it was a lifeline for the elderly and for those who need to use the internet.

A spokesperson for the NMLA said: “There is an overwhelming desire to keep a library in the area. Following a public meeting NMLA set about planning a community library run by volunteers.

“We have identified the unused bowls pavilion in Botanic Gardens in Churchtown (hence “The Library in the Gardens”) as an ideal location being reasonably central to the areas we want to reach.

“Negotiations for the use of this building with Sefton Council are well advanced and we are about to submit a bid for funding to Big Lottery.

“In addition to a lending service for books and other resources, including internet access, we will offer various activities and courses. In a recent survey with the community the most popular responses were for yoga, learning a foreign language, IT courses, crochet/knitting, creative writing and sketching.

“A library will be core to our project and to this end Sefton Library Service gave us approximately 3,300 books of all genres to cover all ages, and includes talking books and large print books. The local community have donated 1,000 more. We are applying to Big Lottery for funding for the upgrade and renovation of the building, which will cost between £80,000 and £100,000, however we we need to purchase a library catalogue system now so we can assess the book stocks we have and identify duplications and gaps.

“We have done our research and found a suitable system provided by a company, Micro Librarian Systems, based in the North West of England, not too far from us.

“To supply the Standard Package including software, training, barcode labels, everything we need for our first year the cost is £4,995.00. Full details of the quotes can be provided.

“Negotiations with the local authority are well underway as regards the lease, planning permission and they have promised £25,000 towards the renovation of the building subject to match funding.”

Plans to turn Seaforth wastleland into community garden

PLANS have been revealed to transform a rundown patch of wasteland in Seaforth into a community garden.

Emmaus Merseyside is behind the proposal, but in order to give the School Lane site a much-needed revamp, they need public votes.

That’s because the homelessness charity has been shortlisted in the Aviva Community Fund, with the project which receives the most votes getting a grant.

The community garden, called the ‘Participation Garden’, will provide training and opportunities for volunteers, schoolchildren  and homeless people.

The aim is to integrate homeless people into the community, enabling them to make a positive contribution.

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We really need people from Seaforth, Bootle and the wider area of Merseyside to get behind us and vote for the project before the deadline of November 18.

“The Participation Garden will be developed as a pleasant public open space with areas for growing fruit vegetables flowers and lots more. The project will create an attractive useful space out of what is now an ugly and neglected area of waste land”.

Emmaus Merseyside provides a home, support, training and work for up to 28 people who have experienced homelessness, enabling them to rebuild their lives and move on to independent living.

Nigel added: “Horticultural therapy is one of the oldest of the healing therapies and uses the relationship between people and the natural environment to affect human wellness.

“The opportunity to get involved in gardening and growing produce through the Emmaus Merseyside Participation Garden will be really enjoyable for everyone involved.”

To vote for The Participation Garden visit: www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk

Sefton Veterans Project Unveils Development Plans

A Sefton project that supports military veterans, serving personnel and their families has unveiled plans to develop the scope of its operations.

Sefton Veterans Project has also changed its name to Veterans in Sefton as part of a drive to broaden its funding base and establish itself as an independent organisation.

Veterans in Sefton was set up in 2014, one of more than 50 local groups to receive funding from South Sefton and Southport & Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in recent years.

Until recently, it was based at the Bowersdale Resource Centre in Sefton, where its services and activities were co-ordinated by mental health charity Expect Ltd.

These included a drop-in information and advice service, mentor support and social events.

However, with the blessing of Expect Ltd and the CCGs, the project has been working with voluntary, community and faith sector support organisation Sefton CVS to establish itself as a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Amongst other benefits, this will allow the project to apply for funding from a wider range of sources and, over time, to expand its range of support services for former and current military personnel.

As part of this process, staff and volunteers – who are all ex-forces personnel – have moved to new premises at the Brunswick Youth Club on Marsh Lane in Bootle.

And with the help of funding from Sefton Council, the project has also been able to take on former Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Steve Calderbank as its Holistic Care Co-ordinator.

Steve – a trained psychotherapeutic counsellor – will act as a key link between veterans with mental health problems and the mainstream services that can provide the help they need.

According to Veterans in Sefton Project Manager, Dave Smith, this and the project’s other services are much in demand in the borough with current clients aged from 19 to 95.

According to NHS figures, there are an estimated 27,000 veterans under the age of 65 in Sefton, around 13 per cent of whom have complex issues that need to be addressed.

Dave Smith commented: “We are now embarking on a new and exciting phase in the development of our organisation, which provides a much-needed service to some of the brave men and women who have given so generously to this great nation of ours.

“On behalf of our staff and volunteers I would like to thank Expect Ltd, the CCGs, Sefton Council and Sefton CVS for all their advice and ongoing support.

“We are now looking forward to continuing our work supporting local armed forces communities, and to demonstrating how Sefton can take the lead in veteran care in the future.”

Southport Residents Invited to Have Their Say On Community Centre Mural Project

Southport residents are being invited to have their say on the progress of a project to give a well-known local community building an artistic new look.

Sefton CVS is holding a further consultation event on its plans to create a giant mural at its Southport Community Centre hub on Norwood Road at 5pm on Thursday 17th November.

CVS has submitted an application to the National Lottery’s Celebrate fund to pay for

the mural on the entrance wall of the building, and commissioned celebrated Southport street artists Neil Morris and Keith Lack to create the design on the basis of residents’ ideas.

Following an initial consultation event in August the artists have produced some visuals in line with local people’s suggestions, and these will be discussed at this week’s event at which other mural ideas will also be developed.

Eventually all the visuals will be submitted to the Parish Church Council of St Simons & St Judes, the custodians of the building, who will select a shortlist. Members of the public will then be able to vote and choose their favourite.

Southport Community Centre Manager, Philip Blocksidge, commented: “The aim of this project is to give our building its own individual identity and some real visual impact, and we wanted local people to play a big part in the creative process.

“Thanks to their input and imagination, we’ve already got some great ideas for the design, and no doubt even more good suggestions will come out of this week’s meeting.

“Then it will be a case of selecting the winning idea and progressing to the really exciting part of the project, which will be seeing our building transformed,” added Mr Blocksidge.

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For more details about the consultation ring Southport Community Centre on 01704 517 810. Anyone unable to attend can call into the centre at any time during office hours to see the mural ideas and complete a feedback form.

Southport Community Centre is located on Norwood Road, close to the junction with Sussex Road and Peel Street.

New Directions report successfull year at Annual Review event

Sefton’s leading adult social care provider reported a successful year despite challenging financial conditions at its annual review evening this week.

The New Directions event was held at The Atkinson in Southport and hosted by popular Granada TV journalist and broadcaster, Rob McLoughlin, who was brought up in Maghull.

Guests heard that, despite budget constraints over the last 12 months, the company’s team of around 400 staff had continued to provide a wide range of services across Sefton and beyond for people with disabilities or mental health support needs.

In total more than 150,000 hours of high-quality care was provided by the organisation, the first local authority social care trading company in the country when it was established by Sefton Council in 2007.

Chief Operating Officer Penny Fell told the audience that New Directions also established its groundbreaking Care Quality Forum in 2015/16, giving clients and their carers the opportunity to have their say on the future of the services they use.

And for the second year running, a show garden developed by staff and service users from the company’s creative workshops won a silver medal at the prestigious Southport Flower Show.

Elsewhere in the year the organisation completed a full overhaul of its staff communications and IT systems, as well as a full rebrand of its corporate identity and marketing strategy.

Meanwhile, looking to the future, New Directions successfully tendered to become a Liverpool City Council approved provider during the year.

The company was also selected as one of only six organisations to take part in a national pilot scheme linked to its Shared Lives service that provides an alternative option to traditional supported accommodation services for vulnerable adults.

Other speakers at the review evening included New Directions Board Member and Sefton Council Chief Executive, Margaret Carney, who praised New Directions for its achievements, and looked forward to the organisation’s tenth anniversary year in 2017.

Meanwhile, guests also heard from Emma Anderson, Director of The Atkinson, who spoke about the importance of inclusion and diversity in the arts.

Penny Fell commented: “2015/16 was a year in which we continued to provide much-needed, high-quality care services to our clients throughout the borough.

“At the same time, we laid firm foundations for further development of the company’s activities in 2017 and beyond.

“As well as thanking our funders and partners for their ongoing support over the last 12 months, I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment of our staff.

“They have continued to make such a positive difference to the quality of the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of the Sefton community.”

3tc’s ‘Technology 4 U’ courses help the digitally excluded

3tc, Merseyside Third Sector Technology Centre, is currently running its free ‘Technology 4 U’ course funded by the Big Lottery for people living in the Church, Derby, Ford, Linacre, Litherland, Netherton & Orrell and St. Oswald area in South Sefton. At just 3 hours per week these courses are ideal for people with little or no computer skills. Topics include:

  • PC & internet basics
  • How to complete online forms
  • Using web e-mail
  • Saving attachments to an online storage area
  • Using a free online word processor and Google search

‘Technology 4 U’ is especially useful for the unemployed as they will learn how to view their Universal Jobmatch account, do job searches, upload and download CV’s and create attractive cover letters etc.

Jackie Kemp, 3tc’s Chief Officer said “As more and more services become digital-by-default there is nothing worse than feeling anxious or nervous about having to use an online service. We want people to be confident using a computer. Perhaps even more importantly we want them to learn computer skills for themselves so they can take advantage of other online services that will save them money and make their lives considerably easier. We show people how they can access a lot of tools and resources for free, and they can continue to use these even after the course ends. Even if you do not own a computer you will still be able to use these tools and resources across a range of community venues that provide free access to the Internet”.

3tc is running its free ‘Technology 4 U’ courses from its base at 3tc House, 16 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 0NY. Anyone interested should ring Claire on 0151-285-4010 so she can check their eligibility

EIF’s Evidence Seminar Series (November – February)

Building on the huge success of the national launch of ‘Foundations for Life’, EIF’s important review of early years parent child interventions, we are delighted to announce a regional series of free half day Evidence Seminars to reach out to a wider audience of leaders, commissioners and others.

The goal of the evidence seminars is to engage early years stakeholders across education, health and social care with the latest evidence and support them to use this for local service redesign and commissioning.

Funded by Public Health England, each evidence seminar will hear from the review authors, and explore the implications for practice.  The programme of evidence seminars is as follows:

London

Coin Street conference centre

Wednesday 16th November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

Book your place here

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Leeds

Royal Armouries Museum

Wednesday 30th November 2016

09:00 – 13:00

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Bristol

Armada House Conference and Events

Thursday 8th December 2016

09:00 – 13:00

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Manchester

Friends Meeting House Manchester

Wednesday 18th January 2017

09:00 – 13:00

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London

Coin Street conference centre

Wednesday 8th February 2017

09:00 – 13:00

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Demand for places will be high so book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

For all enquiries please email info@eif.org.uk. Follow us on twitter here to keep updated with EIF’s work.

VCF Direct – Help us keep your details up-to-date!

Here at Sefton CVS we have developed an online directory of Voluntary, Community & Faith (VCF) sector services provided for Sefton residents. It includes the details of over 3,500 services delivered by more than 1,000 organisations in the voluntary, community and faith sector. These range from small lunch clubs / self-help groups / sports and hobby clubs / etc… to large commissioned providers of services (eg: Healthy Living Centres / CAB / Parenting 2000 / etc)… and literally everything in between!

Although we do make changes when we are made aware of them, because of the scale of the directory we do have to rely on organisations to keep their own records up to date and relevant. This is where you come in!

You can access VCF Direct in a number of ways:

  • Type vcfdirect.org.uk in your internet search bar.
  • Go to Google and search for VCF Direct. It will appear at the top of the list.
  • Click on the link on the Sefton CVS website.

On the homepage, add the name of one of your services or a keyword associated with your service. You should be able to find your service on the list of search results. You will need to log in to make changes. Please contact us if you have forgotten your login details or if you need a new login.

We are very happy to help you amend your organisation’s records – over the phone or, if you have lots of records, face to face (at CVS or your place). Please get in touch with Helen Hagan via 0151 920 0726 ext 241 or vcfdirect@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Jospice receive generous jewellery donation from former patient

Grateful relative of a former patient at St Joseph’s Hospice has donated a jewellery box packed full of necklaces and earrings that have never even been worn as a way of thanks for the care she received.

Alan Hepworth, from Litherland, donated his sister Winifred’s jewellery and lots of other household goods following her death.

Winifred passed away in June following three months at St Joseph’s Hospice in Thornton, and her jewellery will be sold to raise money for the Jospice.

Alan said: “Winifred was unsure about going to the hospice at first but, once she was there, she was very happy and delighted with the care she received.

“She was very independent and so she was worried that her freedom would be taken away but it wasn’t like that at all.

“By being at the hospice, it was a massive relief for all of us and we could enjoy spending quality time with Winifred without worrying about her care.

“Winifred always loved ordering nice things from TV shopping channels and kept everything in a near perfect, or even unused, condition.

“She just liked buying nice things and keeping them nice. The delivery drivers knew her so well; they even came to her funeral.”

As well as the jewellery being sold, her motor scooter will also be on sale in the hospice’s Kensington charity shop.

Jo Rigby-Clare, retail area manager at St Joseph’s Hospice, said: “We’re so very grateful to Alan and his family for donating so many wonderful treasures. The funds we raise in our shops go directly to caring for other patients and their families so every donation is very valuable.

“We are always on the lookout for a wide range of goods – from jewellery, clothes and toys to books and knick knacks. We also have a specialist furniture shop in Kensington and offer a furniture collection or house clearance service.

“We sell any valuable items through our eBay shop to make sure that we raise the appropriate amount of money for each item.”

Jamie Carragher and family chips in to revamp Crosby Coastal Park benches

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was never one to be sat on the bench during his playing career – but he’s been getting more familiar with the ones in Crosby after helping to get them refurbished!

The Bootle-born football pundit and his charity, the 23 Foundation, teamed up with Sefton Council to give memorial benches in Crosby Coastal Park a much-needed revamp.

Although work is still being done, the changes are already being noticed by passers-by.

One person who contacted the Champion said: “My husband walks along the promenade every day with the dog and I joined him last week and noticed the benches. They look a lot better and it’s great that a local lad like Jamie does so much for the area.

“I think whether you support Everton or Liverpool, you can appreciate what he’s done here!”

The work involves repairing, repainting and flagging underneath the benches in a scheme involving both Carragher’s charity and the council’s Natural Alternatives.

Natural Alternatives is a biodiversity and access programme managed by Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside team.

It provides work, training and outdoor education opportunities on the coast and in countryside areas across Sefton.
A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are delighted to work with the Jamie Carragher 23 Foundation for this worthwhile scheme.

“Natural Alternatives welcome individuals of varying needs who choose to become part of our team to learn skills in a dynamic working environment where participants improve their health, well-being and opportunities in life.

“The programme provides opportunities for some of the more vulnerable people including local disengaged young people as well as adults and young people with learning disabilities; in a safe, secure and challenging work environment.”

Some of the benches have already been unveiled, with Carragher’s dad Philly, along with wife Gery and daughter Dayana, joining members of the Natural Alternatives department.

Views sought as Sefton bus network review gets underway

Residents have the chance to give their views on bus services in Sefton as part of an on-going review of the whole Liverpool City Region bus network.

Working as part of the Bus Alliance, a formal partnership with operators Arriva and Stagecoach, Merseytravel is looking to create a simpler, clearer, and where possible, more direct network that can help encourage more people to take the bus.

Historically bus routes have been considered on a piecemeal basis and the idea is to consider the commercial network and the supported network – that which relies on public subsidy via Merseytravel – as a whole for the first time, to ensure it best reflects current working and living patterns and new developments and how they are served.

Part of the review has been looking at the current supported bus network and considering how increasingly limited public resources can be focused where there is most need.

As part of this review, we are looking for people to tell us how they use the bus network in the area, particularly any supported bus service.

A series of drop-in events are being held, starting next week, where members of the public will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from Merseytravel about bus services across the area. Previous events in Kirkby and St Helens provided useful feedback which helped to inform the changes to the bus network.

There will be six drop-in events taking place across the Sefton borough and in Liverpool over the next few weeks:

  • Monday 26 September, 10am – 3pm – Maghull Central Square
  • Tuesday 27 September, 10am – 3pm – Crosby Village
  • Thursday 29 September, 10am – 3pm – Marian Square, Netherton
  • Friday 30 September, 10am – 3pm – Chapel Street, Southport
  • Monday 3 October, 9am – 5pm – Bootle Strand
  • Wednesday 5 October, 9am – 5pm – Williamson Square, Liverpool

There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback on bus services in Sefton via an online survey on the bus review pages on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/busreview

With help from the feedback received from these events and via the Merseytravel website, proposed changes to the network will be drafted and an additional drop-in event and online consultation scheduled to give the public an opportunity to comment on them, details of which will be published on the Merseytravel website.

As in other areas where we’ve already undertaken these reviews, it is anticipated that we will work with the operators to extend or re-route some commercial services (i.e. those without public subsidy) to cover areas previously served by publicly supported services.

To make the network easier to understand we are also planning for services on the same routes to operate under the same number whatever the time of day where possible.
We will be working with all operators, to ensure that passengers will have alternative provision available within their area if a service is removed or changed. Any changes will come into effect in January 2017.

Further details of the bus network reviews can be found on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/busreview

Cllr Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel said:

“Sefton is the next area to be reviewed in a series of bus network reviews right across the City Region. Our aim is to create a simpler, clearer and easy to understand network as part of broader plans to encourage more people to take the bus.

“Through our close working with the bus operators as part of the Bus Alliance we are able to work innovatively at a time when budget pressures are causing other areas to significantly reduce or even remove all their supported bus services leaving some communities without services altogether.

“Speaking to bus users, both existing and potential, is important as it helps us to find out how we can meet their needs best within budget constraints – something not all areas do.”

The Bus Alliance is an agreement between Merseytravel, Arriva and Stagecoach to improve bus travel for people across the Liverpool City Region. In time, it is hoped that other bus operators will join the Alliance.

Key work areas will include:

  • A review of the City Region bus network;
  • Investment in new and greener vehicles;
  • On board Wi-Fi and at-seat USB charging points on all new vehicles;
  • Improved bus links to and from John Lennon Airport;
  • Streamlined service changes at set times of year;
  • Simpler ticketing and a review of zonal structures and pricing;
  • Review of all customer information including more Real Time Information;
  • Better integration of bus and rail services;
  • Improved Customer Service training for all bus drivers.

25th Anniversary of the Southport Air Show!

 

ORGANISERS of the 25th year anniversary of the Southport Air Show say they are delighted with how the event turned out.

Although the special Friday night flying spectacular had to be called off due to stormy weather, the annual show got underway as otherwise planned on Saturday, September 10 and Sunda,y September 11 with thousands of people turning up to see the various displays.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “Yet again the Southport Air Show was an amazing experience for everyone who attended.

“The weather was near perfect on Saturday as  huge crowds were wowed with some fantastic displays including the world famous Red Arrows. On Sunday another amazing line up was probably capped with the Lancaster Bomber, hurricane and Spitfire all taking to the skies at the same time.

”The feedback we have received so far has been very positive despite having to cancel the Friday night flying due to adverse weather conditions.

“Thousands of visitors attended the resort over the two days which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town.

“We are already looking forward to next year’s event which will take place from September 15-17, 2017.”

Suzanne Grant, who traveled with her family from Manchester to see the show on Sunday, said: “It was wonderful to see the Southport Air Show on Sunday as they had a really varied range of aircraft and it was a great attraction for the whole family.

“We saw aircraft from the 1950s onwards included a RAF search and rescue helicopter, a pair of de Havilland Vampires and a MiG, which was unbelievably fast!

“A parachute regiment from the RAF featured stunts and due to unexpected cloud cover they had to deploy their parachutes at only 4,000ft – which is very close to the ground!

“They did great stunts including creating patterns in the sky by creating white, blue and yellow smoke trails in the sky from canisters attached to their feet and unrolling flags.

“The Blades Aerobatic Display Team put on an astonishing display, which showed unbelievable nerve – including some very tight formations and stunts including drawing a heart in the sky using a white smoke trail and a ‘loop the loop’ formation where four of the aircraft flew in a ‘v’ formation creating smoke trails, which the fifth Blade looped’ around, which looked fantastic.

“They were every but as impressive as the Red Arrows, who we saw the previous year.”

Sovini supports #StartsAtHome campaign

The Sovini Group have given their backing to the National Housing Federation’s Starts at Home campaign.

The campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

The Government is currently reviewing how Supported Housing is funded, so Sovini are helping to raise awareness of the importance of these services.

Click here to read about some of the work the Independent Living Team do at Sovini Group partners One Vision Housing.

Join in the conversation today using #StartsAtHome on Twitter.

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.

Future of Parks and Greenspaces in Sefton

Sefton Council values all its parks and greenspaces across the borough and is planning a consultation on their future management.

A report titled ‘Better Places Greener Spaces – the Future of Parks and Greenspaces’ has just been published and outlines a planned consultation later in the year.

The report highlights all the hard work and links with community and Friends of groups along with other partners such as schools, colleges and businesses, and looks to develop this further in the future.

Some of the key points from the report include:

  • The level of volunteer input and support for parks and greenspaces has been massive in recent years, and Sefton Council want to continue to support and develop this over time
  • Parks and greenspaces will have to continue to change, but it is not proposed to close any parks or greenspaces
  •  Sefton Council can continue to deliver good quality parks and greenspaces that meet the needs of our community and reach national recognised standards for quality
  • All sites will be safe and useable but some smaller less used spaces will require some design changes
  • Sefton Council will continue to put the community at the heart of managing our parks and greenspaces
  • Sefton Council will continue to find new and creative ways to fund parks differently in the future 

Subject to the call in period, the report will then go to the Consultation Panel with a view of engaging with the public later in the year.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “We are extremely lucky in Sefton to have so many parks and greenspaces, many of which are recognised through the Green Flag award scheme, Britain in Bloom judging and other quality awards.

“In the last 5 years alone we have witnessed a significant amount of investment and development in them.

“This includes more than £8m of new capital investment in parks and greenspaces and £500k has been invested in providing parts and maintenance to our playgrounds alone. In real terms we now have 16% more play equipment in our parks than we did 5 years ago.

“Despite public parks having seen a reduction in budget, we have maintained a strong commitment to providing good opportunities for play and other uses of our parks and greenspaces.

“Through the recent Imagine Sefton 2030 engagement process, we know our parks and greenspaces mean so much to so many people in Sefton and beyond, and this report sets out a consultation looking at their future management.

“This will help us move forward in the way we run them in the face of major Government cuts.

“A formal consultation process is set to start in the autumn and we will be revealing further details in due course.”

Sefton Council is having to find a further £64m worth of savings between 2017/2020 and is looking at how it provides numerous services across the borough.

5 New Projects Awarded Funds by Sefton Council

Sefton Council has announced the latest projects to be approved as part of the Community Transition Fund.

The fund was established to assist community organisations in developing Sefton’s communities. In order to qualify for capital from the £1,000,000 pot, any schemes must be linked to the council’s priorities, in particular the support of Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.

The latest projects to be approved are:

 Migrant Workers Sefton Community

Set up in 2010 with the aim of supporting migrant workers and their families in the Southport Area, Migrant Workers Sefton Community offers advice and guidance to help integration into the borough.

In July 2015, the charity became a ‘third party hate crime reporting centre’ and worked with Sefton Council, the Illegal Money Lending Team and multimedia company, Handstand Films, to produce an information video publicising the issue of loan sharks across Sefton.

Migrant Workers Sefton Community has been awarded £4,680 to help expand their Bus Pass for Over 60s and Pre-Esol Community Language projects.

Waterloo Community Centre

Waterloo Community Association has been running the community centre for 10 years and was recently gifted the hall by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The building, which is Grade 2 listed, has been refurbished through funding and ongoing maintenance has been carried out by the trustees.

During recent routine maintenance a potentially dangerous fault was found which resulted in part of the building being closed off as a precaution.

The organisation has been awarded £9,620 from the Community Transition Fund to pay for urgent repair works to the building, which will allow the full reopening of the centre.

Sefton Veterans Project

The Sefton Veterans Project has been running for over 2 years and aims to improve the mental health and well being of veterans in Sefton. The project, funded by the CCG VCF Fund and managed by Expect LTD, has a trained psycho-therapeutic counselor who offers early intervention mentoring.

Through its work, Veterans in Sefton has found that many ex-service personnel are not ready to accept help for mental health issues. This often results in them hiding away from society and their families, and in many cases turning to addiction. Veterans that have been helped by the project believe it has saved them 4-6 weeks’ worth of therapy.

Veterans in Sefton has been awarded £13,767 split into two parts. The first £5,000 will be used to continue funding the psycho-therapeutic counselor on a session basis, for an interim period of three months.

The remaining £8,767 is earmarked as a contingency commitment to continue the project for a further four months beyond March 31, 2017. This will allow Veterans in Sefton to continue whilst seeking alternative funding. Should the project not need the remaining money it will be returned.

Heritage at Risk Officer

Sefton Council’s Heritage at Risk project enables the authority to prioritise heritage work, build community resilience and understanding as well as maximising opportunities for alternative sources of funding in the future.

Sefton Council has been awarded £35,000 from the Community Transition Fund to expand the project, including the Heritage Lottery bid to repair the town at Christ Church, Waterloo,  support for projects outlined in the Southport Development Strategy and large scale heritage at risk council owned buildings, such as Victoria Baths and Southport Pier.

Summer Holiday Food Provision Project

As part of Sefton Council’s welfare reform agenda, a range of partners came together to discuss the potential of providing free meals to children in need across the school summer holidays.

Following the discussions, it was agreed that Sefton Children Centres could expand the paid for service they already provide across the holidays to include an additional number of targeted families who could not afford to pay for this support.

Cabinet has approved the use of £5,040 from the Community Transition Fund towards to the delivery of this project.

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The Community Transition Fund is a fantastic way for community organisations to access much needed money to help kick start their work.

“Community organisations, volunteers and other groups are vital in creating resilient communities and it is important we do everything we can to help them.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support this latest group of projects and organisations.”

For more information visit sefton.gov.uk

 


£1 million saved for Merseyside through ‘The Merseyside Collective Switch’!

The Merseyside Collective Switch has saved local people in excess of £1million on their energy bills through switching to a cheaper energy tariff.

The next round launches today. Residents will need to register before midnight on the 16th October in order to access the exclusive collective switch offers tariffs.

Organised by local charity, Energy Projects Plus, in partnership with six Merseyside local authorities, the Merseyside Collective Switch was set up in 2013 to help local people to save money on their energy bills.

Collective switching works by asking people to register their interest then uses collective buying power to negotiate exclusive tariffs from energy suppliers.

To date, the scheme has delivered six rounds of collective switching. The last collective was the biggest yet, with over 7,000 people taking part and average savings of £311 a year.

Exclusive, market beating tariffs were negotiated for Merseyside residents including a fixed tariff from E.on, an offer for ‘payment on receipt of bill’ customers and a special deal for prepayment meter customers. Previous rounds of the switch have attracted exclusive offers from both the large and smaller suppliers, including British Gas, E.on, and Ovo.

In addition to the Collective Switch offer, participants are welcome to switch to any tariff on the market to find the deal that’s right for them, with tariffs shown against each other for comparison.

The scheme aims to make it easier and safer to switch supplier, and advisors are on hand to offer free and impartial help every step of the way.

It’s free to join, and there is no obligation to switch once the offers are released.

Michael Morris, aged 64, from Bootle saved £434 through the Merseyside Collective Switch. He said: “I was a first time switcher and was actually surprised at how much I saved, I would recommend people to just have a look at what’s out there.”

Mr David Bailey registered for the last round of the Collective Switch on behalf of his 87 year old Mother, Margaret, who saved £1,067 through switching.

He said “I’m thrilled with the big savings made for my mother and think it’s great we are coming together as a community to get a cheaper deal on our energy bills. It was so simple and quick to do, I would recommend it to anyone.’’

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “The Merseyside Collective Switch is a great scheme that is putting money back into the pockets of local people. We are thrilled to have reached this milestone figure of £1 million collectively saved so far. It demonstrates that by joining together, we can get a fairer deal from energy providers. I hope many more people join this round. If just 1 in 10 of you joined us we could have over £20m staying in local people’s pockets.”

In order to access the collective switch offers, residents must register before midnight on Sunday 16th October.

To join the Collective Switch visit www.LCRenergyswitch.co.uk or call the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where residents can also get free and impartial help and advice about saving energy at home.

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.

 

Healthwatch Sefton publish Annual Report 2015/2016:

Healthwatch Sefton have published their 2015/16 Annual Report.

The report details the impact and activities over the past year to place patients and the public at the heart of health and social care service improvement. It includes case studies, updates and information about our journey and achievements.

Click here to download a copy of the Annual Report.

Sahir House and Trans Health Merseyside are Recruiting New Volunteers

Below is information from Sahir House about their volunteer vacancies & recruitment process


Sahir House is the HIV support, information & training service in Merseyside.

We need your help with buddy support, raising HIV awareness across the public, World AIDS Day campaigns, reception and front of house as well as general support for the charity.

Trans Health Merseyside is the trans peer led wellbeing project.

We need Trans volunteer peer mentors to provide health information and peer mentoring by those, for those who identify as transsexual and transgender and gender non-conforming people to help alleviate isolation and related stress and promote empowerment.

To find out more about both projects:

New Volunteer Open Evening to find out more about all opportunities to volunteer: Thursday 22nd September, 6pm start at Sahir House

Informal interviews: week of 26th September, call 237 3989 for an appointment and ask for Cath Turner (appointments are about 20 mins)

Induction training course: Friday 7th Oct (eve) and day time of Sat 8th Oct, Sun 9th Oct, Sat 15th Oct and Sun 16th Oct. (mandatory training for both projects, required to attend all dates)

Volunteer training, induction, support and travel expenses provided. Induction training will be held in the city centre location.

Sahir House continually aims to address its skills shortage and under representation and welcomes interest from all sections of the community, especially people with some day time availability, those living with HIV, local BME communities, LGB and Trans people.

Trans Health Merseyside welcomes interest from trans people who ideally have some evening availability (Tuesdays) for when wellbeing sessions and support group activities take place.

For a Volunteer Info Pack & enquiries visit www.sahir.org.uk/volunteer or call 237 3989 and ask for:

Cath Turner, Development Manager or Kathy Charters, THM Project Worker

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

“Move More” wants more participants in West Lancashire.

A fitness programme and activity advice service, which helps people living with and beyond cancer become more active, is looking for new members from West Lancashire.

“Move More” helps people with a diagnosis of cancer to find effective ways to get and stay active, no matter where they are on their cancer journey, including those who have completed treatment.

Launched in Autumn 2015, it is a joint initiative between Macmillan Cancer Support, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

More than 60 people have used the service. The cancer specific classes take place on Mondays and Fridays 1.15-2.30pm and 2.30-3.45pm at Ormskirk Hospital.

One-to-one sessions also take place throughout the week.

Move More is run by Melanie Reardon, Macmillan physical activity manager, with Tim Horn, Macmillan physical activity physiotherapist and Ann Prescott, Macmillan physical activity assistant practitioner.

Melanie said: “We’ve had a really good response since launching Move More in September 2015. The service is designed to get people active to give them a better quality of life.

“Physical activity has lots of health benefits and also contributes to social and mental wellbeing. We’d love to see even more people at the sessions.

“We are also able to assess the needs of each individual and can often refer them to other services that could be of benefit.”

Pauline Egan, from Skelmersdale, has been attending the fitness sessions since February. She said: “Move More has been brilliant in increasing my fitness and in giving me more confidence. There is also the social side of things too. It’s great to meet people and we like to catch-up each week.”

If you live in West Lancashire, are affected by cancer, you can find out about “Move More” on 01695 656268 via email soh-tr.odgh-physio@nhs.net or contact your GP.

Stop smoking support for Sefton residents

Thinking about giving up smoking as part of this year’s Stoptober campaign, but not sure you can do it?

SUPPORT, Sefton’s NHS Stop Smoking Service is encouraging local residents to take part in Stoptober this October, and offering lots of extra support during September to help people prepare for it.

The team are offering anyone living or working in Sefton help, advice and nicotine replacement therapy to help them gradually reduce their smoking during September, in order to get ready to stop for good during Stoptober.

Each year thousands of people across the country take part in the Stoptober challenge and successfully stop smoking for the 28 days of October, and beyond.

Research has found that if a smoker can make it through 28 days smokefree, they are 5 times more likely to quit for good.

The SUPPORT team is made up of specialist nurses and advisors who can offer a wide range of free friendly, non judgemental advice and support, and have already helped thousands of Sefton residents to kick the habit and live longer healthier lives.

They can help you put together a personally tailored stop smoking plan and help you find the best way of stopping smoking for you. They can also provide treatments that will help keep your cravings at bay, and offer ongoing support and encouragement to keep you motivated about reaching your goal.

Colette Kearney, stop smoking coordinator for the Sefton SUPPORT team explains: “We find that many smokers are desperate to quit the habit, but it can be really hard to do, especially when you try to do it on your own.

“This Stoptober we want to give Sefton residents the best possible chance of succeeding at stopping smoking, and would urge anyone considering quitting to take full advantage of the extra support we are offering during September to help get them started.

“No one likes to take on a challenge if they think they might fail, but the good news is that by using an NHS Stop Smoking Service like ours, you’re 4 times more likely to successfully quit – and to stay smokefree for good, so please, please pick up the phone and get in touch with us on 0300 100 1000.”

To find out more about the Sefton SUPPORT team, or get an appointment at your nearest drop in clinic, call Healthy Sefton now on 0300 100 1000 or visit www.healthysefton.nhs.uk.

For more information on Stoptober or to sign up to take part in the challenge, visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree.