Volunteering 4 Good Grants – Donate Now to support Sefton’s Year Of The Volunteer 2018

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

Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

Sefton 4 Good have launched an online crowdfunding appeal to raise funds for a dedicated grants initiative called Volunteering 4 Good. The initiative has been given a kickstart from Sefton 4 Good funds and Sefton MBC’s Transition Fund, and the more money we raise through crowdfunding means that more groups and organisations will benefit for this year-long initiative.

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The Volunteering 4 Good grants will be open to groups later this year with the aim of developing local volunteer-involving projects, and we hope to raise funds to increase the amount of money available to Sefton groups.

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To donate to the Volunteering 4 Good crowdfunding initiative, please visit www.sefton4good.org.uk/donate and for more information please call 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk  

Ability Plus; A new Forum for those with Disabilities in Sefton

Ability Plus is a new forum which aims to provide a voice to people living with a disability in the borough of Sefton. The aims of Ability Plus will combine the purposes of previous groups Sefton Access Form and The Ability Network to become a vehicle for anyone wanting to consult or engage with Sefton’s disabled community to get a better understanding of the needs of disabled people and the experiences they have of services. Members will also have the chance to share their experiences with other members of Ability Plus.

Ability Plus is a pan disability network, meaning it is open and represents people of all disabilities. Members of Ability Plus are all experts by experience, and  will act as a critical friends to services across the borough giving feedback on their services and the experiences disabled people have.

 The overall aim of Ability Plus is to make Sefton accessible, safe and welcoming to any disabled people living, working or visiting Sefton. Ability Plus is supported by Sefton Council and Sefton CVS.

 You are invited to the first meeting of Ability Plus which will take place at Bootle Town Hall on Monday 19th February at 1.30pm. At the meeting, we will discuss the terms of reference for the group and agree the scope of future meetings – we hope to see you there.

 If you have any queries about Ability Plus, or would like to attend the meeting, please contact Paul McCann on 0151 934 3202 or Paul.McCann@sefton.gov.uk

Minibus Opportunity from Sefton Council – submit your proposal by Friday 16th February

Sefton Council have a minibus that needs a new home! The vehicle is a 17-seat Ford Transit with a gross weight of 4600 kg and was first registered in July 2015.

There has been a lot of interest locally, however Sefton Council are aware that an asset like this would help many local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups and organisations across the borough.

To ensure all Sefton-based groups have a chance to ask for the minibus, Cabinet Members has asked that any group or organisation interested in taking ownership submits a short proposal of how you will use the bus, and importantly, how you will support other groups who may also like to use the bus.

Your proposal should include:

  • How do you propose to use the minibus and how this will benefit wider community in Sefton?
  • How you will enable the minibus to be used by other organisations who may want to hire the minibus?  

Please submit your brief proposal – no more than one single-side page of A4 – by email to Garry.McCartney@sefton.gov.uk by no later than Friday 16th February 2018.

Be Active Launch’s February Half Term Programme

Sefton’s youngest residents are in for a half-term filled with fun and games as the ever popular Be Active programme returns in February.

With activities catering for children from reception age to 12-years-old, Be Active’s programme is available at leisure centres across the borough.

February Fun Day’s will see children take part in a number of enjoyable and challenging activities including obstacle courses, adventure games and dodgeball.

School of Rock dance mash-up workshops will give Sefton’s young performers the chance to learn new choreographed dance routines inspired by their favourite films and songs. There will also be the opportunity to take part in singing and enjoy dance and drama based games.

Be Active will also be taking advantage of the new and improved swimming facilities across the borough with a range of pool-based activities on the cards including a Wave Rave pool party complete with disco lights, music and pool dye.

Sefton’s youngsters can also take a break from dry land and enjoy the perks that come with living on the coast at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre where they can have a go at water sports including bell-boating, raft building and climbing.

The ever popular Everton Soccer School will also be returning to the sports-filled line-up catering for future sports stars of all abilities.

In a bid to get more young people into different sports, Sefton Council is running a number of ‘Come and Try Sessions’. The classes cover a range of activities, including archery, gymnastics and fencing.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“I’m delighted to see the latest half term line-up from Be Active.

“It is wonderful to see so many activities on offer across Sefton that are not only fun, but also provide fantastic opportunities for Sefton’s young residents to try out new things and learn exciting new skills.

“I look forward to seeing another packed half term of activities across Sefton!”

For more information or to book your place please call Be Active on 0151 288 6286 or visit www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive

Entries now open for Sefton’s Community Triathlon

Entries are now open for the Sefton Community Triathlon which will take place on April 29th 2018.

Sefton Council is working with Epic Events to launch the event which, as well as the triathlon, will also include music, entertainment, stalls and other activities for the family.

Open to both children (aged 8+) and adults, it’s the perfect opportunity for novices to experience their first ever triathlon. The distance for the adult event will be a 200m swim in Crosby pool, a 6km cycle on grass and a 2400m run along the prom. Distances are shorter for children.

Active Sefton has put together a timetable of swim, cycle and run activities taking place throughout the borough to help those who need some extra training support.

The swim section of the event will be held at Crosby Leisure Centre’s swimming pool before athletes complete the cycle course on grass followed by the running element of the race which will take place along the prom.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s great to see that sporting events like a triathlon are on offer in Sefton.

“The Sefton Community Triathlon will offer beginners the chance to try their hand at an incredible sporting feat and where better to do it than on our wonderful coast.

“Good luck to all those taking part and most importantly, have fun!”

For more information about the race and to find out how to sign up, visit http://www.epicevents.co.uk/triathlons/sefton-community-triathlon.html

Sefton Health Experts offer Five Tips to help you avoid the Flu

Leading health figures from Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have joined together to offer expert advice to residents on how they can best avoid catching the flu this winter.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Flu can have really serious effects for many vulnerable people including the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those living with long term health conditions.

“For this reason the following advice also includes tips that will help residents to limit the spread of flu within their community and I strongly urge everybody to take the advice on board.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “People with chronic long term health conditions or reduced immunity should get vaccinated even if they have no symptoms. A bout of flu can greatly worsen any existing condition and increases the risk of complications like pneumonia.”

Dr Andy Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG added: “A flu vaccination is an important part of staying well over winter. If you have any questions about getting vaccinated, simply contact your GP practice and ask for advice, we’ll be happy to help.”

  1. Get the flu jab
    The best way to protect yourself and others from flu is by getting the flu vaccination. The vaccination is free for those aged over 65, pregnant women, people living with long term health conditions, young children aged 2 and 3 and to registered carers.If you’re not eligible for a free vaccination you can purchase it for as little as £10. Speak to your local pharmacist for find out more about this service.
  2. Know the symptoms
    It’s important to be aware of the symptoms of flu in order to help you to best treat its effects and avoid passing the illness on to others.Symptoms include a sudden fever, aching body, feeling tired or exhausted, chesty cough, sore throat, headache, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or tummy pain, nausea and being sick.
  3. Get the right advice
    If you think you may have the flu try to avoid visiting your GP or pharmacist to reduce the risk of spreading the illness. Instead call the free NHS helpline service 111 or visit the NHS Choices website.Be sure stock up on flu and cold remedies in advance so that if you become ill you have everything you need at home. Remember that antibiotics should not be used to treat flu and should only be used upon the advice of your GP.
  4. Wash your hands
    Washing your hands regularly using soap and warm water will help you to prevent the spread of germs that can cause flu. By washing your hands you will destroy bugs that you may have picked up from touching surfaces used by other people, such as light switches and door handles.Not only will this reduce the chances of you catching the flu yourself, but it will also help to limit the spread of flu across Sefton.
  5. Be mindful of others
    Try to avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.If you think you have symptoms of flu be mindful of the people around you. Catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately. Try to reschedule plans with friends or family to when you’re feeling better.Remember that while many people can recover from flu themselves within about a week, it can become extremely serious for more vulnerable residents.

 

 

To find out more about flu and the flu vaccination visit the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

Appeal for Volunteers at Merseyside Homelessness Charity

Homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside is on the hunt for local volunteers to support its community and charity shops in Sefton and Liverpool.

The charity has a number of roles available covering retail, admin, social media, upcycling, furniture repair, gardening and van driving. Emmaus is looking for individuals with suitable skills and experience, as well as a commitment to volunteer at least one day per week.

Emily Oldnall, aged 23 and from Crosby, is a volunteer admin assistant helping at Emmaus Merseyside’s community building and has been giving her time to the charity for the past 18 months. Volunteer Emily Oldnall at Emmaus Merseyside

Emily said: “The Emmaus Merseyside community is only down the road from where I live so I thought I’d get in touch and see what the role was about. I come each week doing research, sourcing products, keeping records updated and any other admin duties I can help with. I like being part of the Emmaus community and feel like I’m giving something back to charity.”

Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity runs three social enterprises in Merseyside, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac and vintage pieces.

Angela Quinn, Business Manager at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “Our local volunteers are a much valued part of the Emmaus Merseyside team. We’re keen to expand the range of roles we offer and hopefully there are opportunities that will appeal to all ages, skills and interests. If you would like to get involved then get in touch or visit us to see first-hand what we’re all about.”

Emmaus Merseyside offers all volunteers an opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience for a worthwhile cause. Training is offered where possible and all volunteers receive dinner and travel expenses on the days that they volunteer.

To find out more about the roles on offer at Emmaus Merseyside visit the ‘Get involved’ section at www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, please call 0151 928 1588 or visit the visit the Emmaus Charity Superstore at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.

Emmaus Merseyside's Charity Superstore and workshops

2018 is the ‘Year of the Volunteer’ in Sefton!

Sefton Council, in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer!

Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers, who give an astonishing 116,000 hours of their time each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

Sefton Council reviews Family Centres proposal after community feedback

Sefton Council has listened to its communities and is recommending not to create three Family Wellbeing Centres at this time following overwhelming public feedback.

The Council had been consulting on proposals to have three integrated family and children centre bases for children and young people from 0 to 19 and their families.

More than 1,600 people gave their views during the consultation and the Council held 15 public engagement events. While the majority were in favour of a more joined up approach for a new service through a whole family approach to cover ages from pre-birth to 19 year olds in order, they were not in favour of having three main centres.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to every person who has taken time to respond to this consultation.

“We have taken great care in listening to our communities and all along we have been clear that we would listen to people’s views. As a result of this valuable feedback, we will consider changing our plans and are recommending that all the existing children and family centres remain open, but will cover support for 0-19 year olds, expand outreach and provide early help services. This will allow us to be more joined up and still make the most of the money that we have available to ensure support for those most in need. It will complement the work we’re doing to transform the way we provide early intervention and prevention services.”

However, due to significant reductions in Government funding over the last few years, the Council has had to make some tough decisions. In order to retain the centres within their current bases and to keep within the available budget, the Council acknowledges it will not be possible to provide the same level of activity within the centres.

In a report going to Cabinet on December 7, the Council is highlighting this issue and is recommending to change the way it provides funding to the children’s and family centres going forward.

This proposal would mean that the allocated monies will be prioritised on providing services that support parents, carers and all children regardless of age.

If the recommendations are approved, the Council will work closely with schools on the impact of the funding changes, as there would also be likely implications for employees of both the Council and those employed by schools.

Read about Sefton Council’s decision in full at the Agenda for Cabinet on 7 December.

Capital Schools Mental Health

More than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests.  Just one in 10 “strongly agreed” with the statement that they felt they had the necessary training to feel confident about what action to take when a child was experiencing a mental health problem, compared with 54% who disagreed.

Mental Resilience in Schools

Mental Resilience is not something that people either have or do not – resilience is learnable and teachable and as we learn we increase the range of strategies available to us when things get difficult.  Sefton Council is working with the charity YoungMinds to improve mental resilience in schools.  28 schools have joined a training session to support schools to improve the mental resilience of pupils, staff and parents.

Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide is a major public health issue for Sefton and a leading cause of years of life lost.  In 2015, there were 25 deaths due to suicide or undetermined injury in Sefton.

It’s Time to Change our views about men’s mental health

The men of Sefton are being encouraged to step in if they think their friend is acting differently than usual.

This comes as research released by Time to Change, the campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, shows that most men would be comfortable supporting a friend with a mental health problem – but there are still barriers for some.

Roadshows Reveal New Hospital

Southport residents, local organisations and health service users are welcome to drop-in see the latest design visuals for the town’s new mental health hospital prior to construction starting here this autumn.

Think Differently, Cope Differently

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

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

Access Sefton

Find your balance with Access Sefton this World Mental Health Day 2017 (October 10).

Held at Hugh Baird College’s L20 Centre, the free event will feature stands from a range of local wellbeing organisations, along with activities and workshops people can get involved with, including crafts, mindfulness, hand and shoulder massage, and more.

Health and wellbeing organisations will be at hand to offer information and advice to anybody who needs it.

There will also be lots of opportunities to win great prizes in a free-to-enter wellbeing treasure hunt, including EFC tickets, signed LFC memorabilia and vouchers for local stores and restaurants.

The event will take place October 10. 10am-3pm.

Access Sefton is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

For more information follow @AccessSefton on Twitter.

Sefton Council celebrates ‘Allotment Fortnight’ – Put your mental health in bloom

Get your green fingers at the ready and go outside to do some gardening to mark allotment fortnight and support the 30 days of Sefton in Mind Campaign.

The benefits of gardening are endless, not only does it get you outside and moving but it also helps make your surroundings a lovely place to be in.

Getting involved with community gardening projects like can also help you to connect with others and keep active together.

Feelgood Factory – Bereavement Support

The Feelgood Factory offers group and individual one to one bereavement support. The support is delivered from a suitable venue within Sefton.

Bereavement may be one of the most difficult feelings we ever have to face. For many, cultural changes have resulted in death becoming a ‘taboo’ subject, no longer talked about, so when the inevitable happens we are often not equipped to deal with either our own or other people’s reaction.

May Logan Health Walks

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

Venus

The Venus Centre in Bootle invites the women of Sefton to join them at its coffee mornings.

The coffee mornings are held every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at Venus’ Linacre Road based centre.  This is the perfect opportunity for women to get together to talk, make friends and support on another.

Age Concern

As part of the Befriending and Re-ablement Service Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton hold free bi-weekly Companion sessions throughout Sefton. The Companion groups are held in Southport, Bootle, Seaforth and Maghull.

  • Southport – Atkinson – bi weekly – Thursday afternoons
  • Bootle – May Logan – bi weekly – Thursday afternoons
  • Maghull – The Methodist Church – bi weekly Tuesday mornings
  • Seaforth – Sing – bi weekly – Tuesday morning

St. Joseph’s Hospice

St. Joseph’s Hospice provides a Family Support and Bereavement Counselling Service at the hospice for patients and their families.

The hospice’s family support and bereavement counselling service helps patients and their family members to talk about their feelings, fears and practical matters with someone outside of their family. It’s important for families both before and after the death of their loved one and is available to families for as long as they need it.

Share your views on Children’s Centres

Sefton Council is looking at new ways in how people access information, advice, activities and receive support for children and their families.

An 8-week consultation, which launched this week (25 September) looks at merging Children’s Centres and Family Centres across the borough.

Sefton’s ‘Stop Loan Leeches’ Information Videos

Short information film warning that illegal lenders (loan sharks – known as ‘loan leeches’ in different cultures) target migrant workers.

Made for Sefton Council and the England Illegal Money Lending Team. Created and produced in close collaboration with the Migrant Workers Sefton Community charity.

Available in English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Russian language versions.

English:            https://vimeo.com/161895506

Latvian:             https://vimeo.com/161907310

Russian:           https://vimeo.com/161915005

Polish:              https://vimeo.com/161986280

Romanian:        https://vimeo.com/162492897

Lithuanian:        https://vimeo.com/162492896

 

 

Sefton’s Hole In One – amazing golf-themed art structure at The Atkinson, Southport

An amazing golf-themed art structure will dominate the Southport skyline ahead of the 146th Open Golf Championship. 

With the Championship soon to tee off, Sefton Council has come up with a fitting way to engage with the local community and the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to the borough for the event.

The art structure, based at The Atkinson in Southport town centre, will stand over 10 metres tall and five metres wide – covering the entire height of the Atkinson façade – and is inspired by every golfer’s dream; a hole in one. 

Four giant golf clubs replicating the motion of a swing are placed at the top of the building, with 20 golf balls depicting the trajectory of the ball into a hole at ground level.  It’s hoped the piece of art will be a talking point and will prove a popular spot for selfies and snapshots by visitors and local residents. 

The artwork, commissioned by Wild Creations, is just one of many activities in Southport to herald the staging of The 146th Open on England’s Golf Coast having worked hand in hand with golf’s governing body, The R&A. 

During the week of the Open Championship, Southport will be running the fantastic FREE ‘Summer of Golf’ event. With interactive golf activities, golf exhibitions and lots more it will be a great place to spend some time, whether you’re a seasoned golfer or new to the game. It will centre around the Town Hall Gardens and The Atkinson, right in the heart of the town. This runs from July 15-23. 

From July 20-23, Rick Shiels and Peter Finch, golf bloggers and reviewers, will be there to give their thoughts on the day’s play. There is also a chance to win one of four lessons with them through visitsouthport social media. 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“The hole in one artwork is a great spectacle and a great way to mark the onset of the prestigious Championship. 

“We are expecting hundreds of thousands of visitors to Sefton along with millions watching on TV for the Championship and the hole in one artwork is one of many initiatives planned to ensure everyone leaves our amazing borough with a great memory of The 146th Open. 

“Please get behind the Championship and really put Sefton in the global spotlight.” 

Johnnie Cole Hamilton, Executive Director of Championships at The R&A, said:

“We are delighted that Sefton Council have commemorated the return of The Open to Royal Birkdale with such an awe-inspiring mural in the iconic Town Hall Gardens. The Open is the one they all want to win and we are delighted that golf fans and local residents alike can celebrate the Championship coming back to Southport. 

“We have no doubt it will prove a popular tourist attraction throughout The Open for people of all ages and with The R&A offering free tickets to Royal Birkdale for all children under-16, we are confident watching the world’s top golfers can leave a lasting legacy in the area.” 

Matt Wild, Wild Creations Director, said:

“It was an honour to be invited to work with Sefton Council to create a build for The Open. 

“We knew that for such a prestigious event we would have to go big and so jointly we came up with the design of a supersize structure that couldn’t fail to catch the eye. 

“Our main goal was to create a static structure that had a sense of movement and for us the key really was in the detail so over a period of weeks every dimple of every golf ball was hand crafted with the finishing touch of the Sefton Council logo really bringing the sculpture to life.” 

Adult and Youth (16-24) season tickets are available to purchase for the 146th Open. Visit TheOpen.com/tickets for full details. 

During the Championship please follow us on twitter @seftoncouncil @visitsouthport @TheOpen and follow #TheOpen, #OpenTravel #Southporttime for advice, information and travel tips.

Sefton to Love Parks for national celebration this week (14th-23rd July)

Sefton Council is asking local residents join the rest of the UK and be part of 100 million visits to UK parks during Love Parks Week.

Love Parks Week takes place 14-23 July and is now in its eleventh year. It is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. The local authority is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to share why they love their local park.

Using #LoveParks, Sefton residents are being encouraged to take photos, videos or simply describe what they love about their parks while tagging the local authority on social media as they visit their parks.

Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future generations to enjoy.

In Sefton, the following parks and organisations will be taking part:

Southport: Botanic Gardens Community Association; Lord Street IN Bloom Volunteers; Friends of Rotten Row and Friends of King’s Gardens (all Southport).

Crosby and Waterloo: Friends of Moorside Park, Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens.

Bootle: North Park, Friends of Derby Park and Orrell Mount

Cllr. Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Well Being said:

“In Sefton we have some of the best parks in the UK and we should rightly be proud of them. Unfortunately, we can take them for granted and not fully appreciate the fantastic resource we have that makes leisure time affordable for all of our residents whatever their background. It is great to see Love Parks Week come round again to urge us to celebrate and enjoy what we have.

“While it feels timely to celebrate our parks during the summer, I would urge local residents to beat a path to their local park throughout the year – they will be surprised at the sheer variety of activities they can enjoy, from park runs to open air cinemas and everything in-between.” 

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award manager said,

“We believe that everybody, wherever they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations.”

To find out where your local park is in Sefton, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/parks 

To tag Sefton Council in your #LoveParks posts use: @seftoncouncil (Twitter) / SeftonParks (Facebook) and @parksinsefton (Instagram)

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 www.alzheimers.org.uk/personalbudgetscharter