Job Vacancy: Head of Performance and HR with Sefton Carers Centre (closing 5pm, Tuesday 27th November)

Sefton Carers Centre is a dynamic, local charity providing an extensive range of services to unpaid carers in Sefton. We also provide support services to Direct Payment clients in Sefton. Our vision is a world in which the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and valued and where they have access to support and services of the quality that they need to live their own lives.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our Senior Management Team and help drive the quality and impact of the services we provide to unpaid carers and direct payment clients in Sefton. The role is offered on a permanent basis.

Job Vacancy: Administration and Data Support Officer (Part-time, 17.5 hours per week) (closing 5pm, Monday 17th September)

Sefton CVS in partnership with South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG will deliver a pilot project working directly with Sefton residents who are using urgent care services inappropriately.

Salary: £19,430 pro rata (actual salary £9,715)
Location: Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House however the post is borough wide and will require some travel. 
Responsible to: High Intensity User and Reablement Co-ordinator

This role is fixed term for 18 months. 

Job Purpose: 

A team of ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ will work with ‘high intensity users’ to reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions. The ‘Outreach and Intervention Worker’ will focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to inappropriate care seeking behaviours.

The Administration and data support officer will provide administrative and data management support to the project coordinator and the workers.

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word PDF)

Application Form (Word PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 17th September 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018. Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: 3 x Outreach and Intervention Worker, Full-time (closing 5pm, Monday 17th September)

Sefton CVS in partnership with South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG will deliver a pilot project working directly with Sefton residents who are using urgent care services inappropriately.

Salary: £22,443
Location:  Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House however the post is borough wide and will require some travel

Responsible to: High Intensity User and Reablement Co-ordinator

This role is fixed term for 18 months. 

Job Purpose: 

A team of ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ will work with ‘high intensity users’ to reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions. The ‘Outreach and Intervention Worker’ will focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to inappropriate care seeking behaviours.

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word PDF)

Application Form (Word PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 17th September 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018. Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: High Intensity User and Reablement Co-ordinator, Full-time (closing 5pm, Monday 17th September)

Sefton CVS in partnership with South Sefton CCG and Southport and Formby CCG will deliver a pilot project working directly with Sefton residents who are using urgent care services inappropriately.

Salary: £28,485
Location: Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House however the post is borough wide and will require some travel
Responsible to: Deputy Chief Executive, Sefton CVS

This role is fixed term for 18 months.

Job Purpose: 

The post holder will manage a team of ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ who will work with ‘high intensity users’ to reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions. The ‘Outreach and Intervention Workers’ will focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to residents utilising care services inappropriately.

The post holder will also manage a team of ‘Reablement Health and Wellbeing Trainers’ working as part of the ‘Virtual Ward’..  The focus of reablement is on helping older people “to do for themselves” in their own home rather than “doing it for” them.  Reablement is about supporting adults to achieve maximum independence and regain the skills and confidence they may have lost as a result of poor health or as a consequence of having spent a period of time in hospital.

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)

Application Form (Word PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 17th September 2018.

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th September 2018. Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Cash boost for community Halloween projects in Sefton

Community groups in Sefton which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the ninth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices.

A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 14th September. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

Help to Make a Difference to Lives of Children with Disabilities in Sefton

Do you have some spare time on your hands during the school holidays or any evenings or weekends free? Would you be interested in helping disabled youngsters have fun in inclusive settings across Sefton?

If so you could really make a difference to peoples’ lives. As part of Sefton Council’s Year of the Volunteer campaign, we are encouraging residents to consider volunteering for Aiming High. This is a very important service which gives support to children and young people with disabilities and their families.

All year round the dedicated team provide specially tailored sessions which young people can access. This includes sport activities, outside play, music, dance and so much more!

As we approach the school summer holidays, Aiming High are looking for more volunteer helpers for their summer programme which is packed full of fun and engaging things to do.

This will be a great experience for anyone who wants to join in and have some fun with  amazing young people and staff.

It’s also an excellent opportunity for school leavers or students who want to work in a similar field such as social care, teaching or as a sports instructor.

Don’t worry about your experience as full training is given. If you’re interested and want further information contact the Aiming High team on 0151 288 6816

Check out our featured video below with the Aiming High team. We caught up with Laura Cunningham who has been one of our amazing volunteers. She helps out twice a week in our after school club for children with severe learning difficulties. She has now gained employment with Aiming High for the summer programme.

Sefton’s Public Health Annual Report Now Available!

Sefton’s Director of Public Health, Matthew Ashton, is delighted to release this year’s Public Health Annual Report (PHAR) which focus’s on children and young people growing up healthy and happy.

Presented for the first time in video format, the report explores how children and young people from across the borough approach mental health and wellbeing. Using real-life stories, the film looks at how young people deal with issues such as exams stress, anxiety, worry and looks at the support available throughout Sefton.

In addition to the video, please click here to download the report (PDF) and please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/PHAR for more information.

Threshold Festival Comes to Southport this Weekend! Saturday 28th July

Southport is set to host the latest in a series of small outdoor culture festivals appearing across the Liverpool City Region. 

Grass-roots, multi-arts festival Threshold have teamed up with Independents Biennial and The Atkinson, Southport to deliver a free, family friendly outdoor mini-festival on Saturday 28th July, coinciding with the launch of Sefton Open 2018.

Location: The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB.

Time: 11am-3pm

Entry: FREE

The event is one of the Independents Biennial’s five special commissions taking place during the visual arts festival, which runs until October 28 in Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens. The sister festival to Liverpool Biennial, it champions and supports emerging and grassroots art and artists on Merseyside.

The day of events by Threshold, including a mix of visual arts, performance, storytelling and music, will take place at the renowned Atkinson arts centre from 11am – 3pm.

The line-up of offerings, open to all, includes the following:

Interactive performance and theatre shows from ‘Funny Looking Kids: Comedy Club’ and Storytelling from the magically talented Gav Cross.

A visual arts programme including interactive live sculptural and drawing workshops, using live performances on the day for inspiration from: Pamela Sullivan (creator of detailed and fascinating installations); and Jazamin Sinclair (creator of satirical acerbic storyboard illustration series Illustrated Prosody).

Music entertainment will come from: ‘Operation Lightfoot’, a music and arts collaboration directed by composer Luke Moore; stand-out, powerful country rock & roll from Amber Stone; and folk-punk sounds with biting lyrics & harmonies from Jazamin Sinclair.

“Threshold has grown up in the creative boom of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle as a multi-arts festival, which is fiercely independent and inclusive-roots. We deliver quality above all from grass-roots, brilliantly talented artists.” Chris Herstad Carney, Threshold Festival Director.

“Working with Independents Biennial and The Atkinson is really close to our hearts. The main focus of the day, as with all Threshold events is to enrich people through art and music, but most importantly for it to be a fun experience for all!”
 Jazamin Sinclair, Threshold Festival Visual Arts Curator.

For more information: 

Threshold Festival: http://thresholdfestival.co.uk

The Atkinson: www.theatkinson.co.uk

Sefton Open 2018: www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/sefton-open-2018

Independents Biennial: www.artinliverpool.com/independentsbiennial2018

Bootle Residents Sketch in the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re a novice or a veritable Vincent van Gogh, sketching outdoors is a fun, relaxing way to spend time with others.

The North End Sketch club in Liverpool’s Stanley Park is branching out from its artistic roots and going on tour, as organiser and artist Jayne Lawless teams up with the Human Library in Bootle to take participants to parks and green spaces across Bootle.

The North End Sketch Club takes place every Friday, 11am until August 10. Everyone and anyone is welcome, just turn up to Bootle Library on the day. 

Find out more about the Human Library Facebook page. 

Public Invited to Governing Body Meetings

Members of the public who’re interested in learning more about health commissioning across Sefton can attend the latest governing body meetings.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are holding their next meetings in July, with doctors, nurses and other health professionals discussing the performance of local health services, such as hospitals and community care.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG will hold its meeting on Wednesday 4 July with NHS South Sefton CCG’s meeting taking place the following day on Thursday 5 July.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG interim chair, said: “For the governing body it’s important that the public are always part of the decisions we make, this is why it’s great to see local people in attendance.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “I’d welcome members of the public who wants to know more about health services in our area to come and hear the discussions that take place.”

A local GP is returning to the NHS Southport and Formby CCG governing body for her meeting as the new clinical lead for planned care.  Formby GP Dr Emily Ball has lived in the town since 2004, after growing up in Crosby and training in Nottingham.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 July at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 5 July at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand: www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

Attendees may also be able to ask questions before the meeting formally starts.   To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456

NHS Commissioners ‘Proud’ to have been Shortlisted in Prestigious National Awards

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG say they’re proud to have been finalists in the prestigious HSJ Value Awards 2018, recognising the best efficiency and improvement across the NHS.

Together, the CCGs were awarded the title of highly commended in the communications category for their work associated with communicating their Repeat Prescription Ordering Scheme (RPOS) at the national ceremony in Manchester.

RPOS was designed to significantly improve medicines safety for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents, by reducing the amount of wasted and unused drugs stored, without supervision, in their homes. At the same time, the scheme aimed to reduce the high cost of these wasted medicines, achieving at least £500,000 savings in its first year of operation.

The CCGs worked one-to-one with vulnerable patients, created short videos and also toured Sefton to help explain the scheme by explaining the risks caused by stockpiling drugs at home, and helping patients to have medications reviewed regularly to fit their needs.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “It was a real honour to be at the awards ceremony and to be judged the only highly commended scheme in the communications category. We’re really proud of the work we have done to be shortlisted.

“We identified early that close collaboration with our communications and engagement team would be central to the success of RPOS.”

Lyn Cooke, head of communications and engagement at the CCGs, added: “It was essential for the communications and engagement team to be involved from the inception of the pilot and its initial design, through to its evaluation and wider roll out to the rest of Sefton.

“Through working closely with the medicines management team, we maximised on their expertise as pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to speak to people about their medicines and to ensure that the repeat prescription ordering scheme would work for them.

“To be shortlisted in the HSJ awards has been a real honour and recognition for all the hard work carried out by our colleagues in medicines management supported by our communications and engagement team.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said “In July the prime minister has promised to reveal a historic funding settlement for the NHS. However, this welcome and long overdue boost will not remove the need for the NHS to deliver high quality healthcare which is also value for the money spent on it. Indeed, the extra money is likely to come with even greater scrutiny on NHS efficiency.

“The finalists and winning entrants of the HSJ Value Awards all demonstrate that the NHS is constantly seeking ways in which to enhance both the quality of care while making every penny count.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG were one of nine organisations shortlisted in the communications category of the HSJ Value Awards 2018, with local specialist mental health, addiction, learning disability and community health services provider Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 closing 31st July

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 at 10am and close on 31st July at midnight.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups in England the support to start setting up their community business. Groups accepted onto the programme will receive one to one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant to fund development and start-up costs, such as feasibility studies, legal and other fees connected with developing governance, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement, business planning and more.

The programme is run by Locality and offers:

  • Specialist support with creating a development plan for your community business
  • Mentoring and visits to inspire you and enable you to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events to learn from experts in the field
  • The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000

Interested community groups can already read the guidance and register for the ‘Is Bright Ideas right for you?’ webinar on 18 June.

Volunteer Opportunity; Treasurer for The Atkinson Development Trust (closing 1pm, Monday 2nd July 2018)

Role: Treasurer
Location: The Atkinson, Southport
Hours: We hold monthly meetings for two hours at 5-7 pm
Accountable to: The Atkinson Development
Closing date: 1pm, Monday 2nd July 2018


The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity run by a small, committed group of skilled volunteers who have a shared love of Sefton and The Atkinson. Established in 2015, we’re still growing and developing.

Our aim, in short, is to raise money. What interests us is what we can do with the funds we raise. We all believe in the transformative power of art. And we believe that communities thrive best when they have civic pride and a sense of place.  So, the Trust was established to work in partnership with The Atkinson to use its collections to make a positive impact on local people’s lives.

The Treasurer’s role is to:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation, ensuring they are legal and constitutional
  • Ensure that proper records are kept and effective financial procedures are in place
  • Oversee the production and adoption of annual budgets, financial reports/returns, accounts and audits
  • Appraise the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies
  • Liaise with Trustees making them aware of their financial obligations and ensuring the financial viability of the organisation
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner
  • Contribute to the pool of expertise and advice i.e. making advice and expertise available to the Board, staff and volunteers
  • Make an active contribution in organising fundraising on behalf of The Atkinson Development Trust
  • Govern i.e directing and controlling the organisation through collective decision-making.  This is a mandatory requirement of every Trustee.

Please see the attached for more information about the role:

Treasurer recruitment -supporting info

Treasurer job description

If you have any questions please email us at: atkinsontrustees@sefton.gov.uk

The Atkinson website is: https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/

Spotlight on Men’s Health!

Living Well Sefton partners are offering a host of activities to appeal to men during this week’s Men’s Health Week. This year’s event has a focus on men and diabetes and all the activities aim to encourage men to look at what they eat and how they keep active.

In the south, Netherton Feelgood Factory and May Logan Living Well Centre in Bootle, have a timetable with the following for men to choose from: walking groups, craft and arts groups, yoga, gardening clubs and an informal mental health drop-in.

On Thursday (14th) at the May Logan in Knowsley Road there is a men’s sports group. Drop in from 1.30pm to relive your favourite memories from the world of sport. While on Friday (15th) the Feelgood Factory has a man’s social club. For £1 you can enter the Man Cave from 1.30pm.

While in Southport, Brighter Living Partnership’s men’s group has lined up a week of taster sessions.

Group member, Andrew Lloyd, says: “Coming to the men’s group has made such a difference. Before I would have just sat at home but now I’m mixing with people from all kinds of background and I get so much out of it.”

Anne-Marie Morrison, Community Resilience Development Officer with Living Well Sefton, explains: “During Men’s Health Week we’re giving a real taste of what we hope to offer for the rest of the year and we want men to come along, try them out, and then tell us what they’d like to get involved with.”

Tuesday morning – drop in and try your hand at the games club from 10.30am and treat yourself at the community café
Tuesday afternoon – drop in from 1pm for Steps to Health and Making Every Contact Count training sessions
Wednesday – Dave, a personal trainer, will be putting on a circuit training session (11am-12noon) designed for all abilities and people are asked to sign up if interested
Thursday –  a popular fixture at the centre is the lunch club at 12.30pm but book in advance as places are limited
Friday – remember your pop corn for Film Club from 1pm

For those who try out the taster sessions and become a part of the men’s group there is also the chance to undertake training with the goal of becoming peer mentors.

More details from:
May Logan on 922 8588
Feelgood Factory on 291 8010
Brighter Living Partnership on 01704 517818
Living Well Sefton on 0300 323 0181

Sefton Council’s Southport Heritage project wins National Lottery support

Sefton Council has received initial National Lottery support for the Southport Townscape Heritage Project.

The Council managed to beat off fierce competition from 23 other submitted bids nationally to be one of only 5 areas within the UK awarded the grant.

The grant (which is made possible by National Lottery players), will fund a project which aims to:

• Enhance the quality and strength of the linkages between the town centre and the Seafront so that the two become better integrated
• Increase the levels of economic activity within the target area to reduce the number of vacant and underused properties.

The project will focus on historic properties between Lord Street and the Promenade in order to complement the previously awarded Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of Kings Gardens and the recent £2m award from the Coastal Community funds for the pier.

Development funding of £70,100 has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help Sefton in partnership with Southport BID progress their plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant of £1.6m at a later date, which it is hoped will contribute to a combined funding pot of around £2.4m.

The project aims to carry out essential conservation work, involving structural and external repair of historic buildings; the reinstatement of authentic architectural features (e.g. traditional shopfronts, windows) and works to bring vacant floor space in historic buildings back into use.

The project will also bring community and educational benefits to the town and in conjunction with partners such as Southport Civic Society and education and training providers, will include a programme for promoting the heritage of the town including education, training and skills development for the repair and looking after historic buildings. It is hoped that this will bring about significant volunteer opportunities.

The target area for the project is located within Lord Street and the Promenade Conservation Areas which includes a rich and nationally significant collection of historic buildings, layout and landscaping. This heritage is important to residents, businesses and visitors alike, contributes to the economy of the town as well as giving a strong sense of identity, local pride and community value.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said: “Considering we were competing against other local authorities for this funding and how massively oversubscribed it is, the fact we are successful is a testament to the strength of our bid.

“This was a real team effort and involved a lot of hard work with our planning and conservation officers along with partners.

“The project will focus on the areas between Lord Street and the Promenade linking up the town centre with the seafront to build on the recent Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of King’s Gardens and the Coastal Communities Fund of £2m for Southport Pier.

“We strongly believe the money will enhance these links so that the two areas become more integrated while increasing economic activity with the aim of reducing the number of vacant, underused and poorly maintained properties.”

Rob Uffendell, Chair of Southport Business Improvement District, said: “This is a great example of an effective and strong public and private sector partnership working together to attract external funding to Southport.

“BIDs aren’t just about delivering events and organising marketing and promotional campaigns. There is increasing evidence that investors and funding bodies are becoming more attracted to areas where BIDs operate and that has to be good news for the future development of our town”.

Southport Townscape Heritage Project has initially been granted round one development funding of £70,100 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing it to progress with its plans. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second round, where a final decision is made on the full funding award of £1,625,000.

Southport Food & Drink Festival 2018 starts TODAY!

Thousands of culinary explorers are expected to attend the free, three day, annual Southport Food and Drink festival this weekend.

The superb setting of Victoria Park, Southport will host the Sefton Council run festival of fabulous fare and delicious drinks between Friday and Sunday (June 1st-3rd).

Street food stalls serving a variety of international flavours and healthy treats will be tantalising tastebuds throughout the three days.

Foods on offer include crepes, gourmet burgers, hot wings, churros, spiral potatoes, paella and curry, to name just a few of the culinary delights visitors can enjoy.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Southport Food & Drink Festival is a fabulous event for all the family, with plenty of entertainment taking place alongside a vast international array of food and drink.

“The festival gets bigger and better every year and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages to this superb free event.

“This is just the start of an extensive events programme taking place across our beautiful borough throughout the year which we are very proud of.”

A huge variety of food and drink producers from the region will also set up shop in Victoria Park, showcasing the very best creations imaginable; from Posh Pots to Retro Shots, herbs and spices, to pies and puddings.

The atmosphere is brought alive with live music throughout the day, including a children’s festival where circus workshops, food themed activities and more to keep little ones will be entertained all day long.

Southport Food and Drink Festival runs from 10am-6pm between Friday June 1st and Sunday June 3rd.

For further information and to plan your day visit www.VisitSouthport.com

Plaza Cinema to Hold Special Screening as part of its 20th Birthday Celebrations

Plaza Cinema has been showing a selection of specially chosen films this year to help celebrate its 20th birthday – but next month will be extra special as  the screenwriter of the chosen film will be one of the guests and will even hold a question and answer session afterwards!

The community venue turns 20 in July and manager Martin Fol is showing 20 films across 2017 to help celebrate.

On Sunday, June 11th, at 8pm, the Plaza will show 2004 comedy-drama film Millions, with screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce scheduled to attend and answer questions from fans.

The writer, who lives in Blundellsands, created the screenplay for the film while it was actually being made by adapting his previously published book of the same name.

The novel Millions was subsequently awarded the Carnegie Medal, which is a British literary award that annually recognises one outstanding new book for children or young adults.

The Plaza Cinema officially turns 20 on Tuesday, July 18th and more details on event plans will be revealed closer to the time.

Call to Support Local Fundraising for Life-Saving Cancer Research

A group of fundraisers led by a Formby cancer hero are looking for local people to pledge their support and help them raise money for life-saving cancer research.

Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer and one in three of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.

The Sefton-based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is now looking for volunteers to act as regional cancer heroes and raise money for cancer research.

Jim Brown, 72, from Formby,  set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer support group The Daisy Chain. Wanting to widen his support for cancer-based charities, he set up the fundraising group with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.

Jim who has lived in Formby all his life, was first inspired to work with local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

He said: “When we got Joan’s cancer diagnosis, it was a shock for us all. But thanks to treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she’s now doing much better.

“Watching her go through her treatment was hard, but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for them and their loved ones.

“Research is an incredibly important part of the cancer journey. It’s more than just finding a cure for cancer, but it’s also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer but are easier for patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side-effects that many treatments do today.

“I’ve been to the research labs at the North West Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already making.”

The group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise money for this life-saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help organise fundraising events in the local community.

Jim added: “You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any contribution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight against cancer.”

To find out more contact Jim on brownchest@yahoo.co.uk or call 01704 574787.

Formby Festival Returns this Summer

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Formby Festival.

Organisers of the three day event, which aims to celebrate the best in entertainment, food and drink say they are planning a festival which will be bigger and better than ever before.

Between July 20th and July 22nd, hundreds of people are expected to descend on Formby Village centre for the festival, with special tribute nights planned to honour both Robbie Williams and Cilla Black on the Friday evening (July 20th).

A spokesperson for the Formby Festival said: “With cuisines and delights from across the globe there’s something to satisfy each person’s taste.

“Are you an artisan enthusiast? With home-made gifts, specialist snacks and much more you won’t be disappointed!

“We have chef demos throughout the Saturday and Sunday with our resident celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year;  Aazam Ahmed with guest chefs as well. Our main stage is jam packed with the finest talent the UK has to offer.

“From Friday night right through to Sunday evening you’ll hear local bands, choral groups and even see performances from TV stars!

“Every year we aim to make Formby Festival even better than the last. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be having a tribute night on Friday.

“This will be a must-see, so make sure you’ve got your tickets.

“The World’s No. 1 Robbie Tribute and The Cilla Show: Step Inside Love, will both perform

“Our Saturday night musical firework and laser display has become a legendary feature of the weekend. You won’t want to miss it!”

For more info visit www.formbyfestival.co.uk.

Volunteering Opportunities in the Spotlight for Volunteers Week 2018

Volunteer Centre Sefton will be holding a Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson on Lord Street in the town from 11am until 3pm on Tuesday 6th June, as part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer initiative.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Volunteer Fair, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Organisations attending the event will include the Friends of Kings Gardens, literacy charity Beanstalk, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Southport FC, the Orrell Trust and Sefton Community Learning Service.

Representatives will also be attending from Citizens Advice Sefton, Parenting 2000, Home-Start Southport and Formby and Merseyside Offender Mentoring.

Mike Howlett, Volunteer Centre Sefton’s Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer, said:  “At this event we’ll be looking for people to join our existing volunteers in the borough who do such a fantastic job in terms of helping to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

“As well as being a good way to meet new people, volunteering can be tailored to the lifestyle of each individual – what you do, where you do it and how much time you give is totally up to you.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson. Our message to everyone is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

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Anyone unable to attend the event who would like information about the opportunities on offer can get in touch with Volunteer Centre Sefton on 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: 9am on Friday 15th June 2018.

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

Downloads:

Role Description and Person Specification
PH Holt Leaflet (PDF)

phholtfoundation.org.uk/

‘Examine Your Options’ this Bank Holiday

Local health commissioners are encouraging Sefton residents to examine their options if they become unwell over the bank holiday weekend.

Anyone who thinks they may need to access health services over the bank holiday is being urged to check opening times for walk in centres, GP practices and chemists and also think about ordering any repeat prescriptions they need before the long weekend begins.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The bank holiday weekend can be a good opportunity to relax and unwind but it’s important people know how to access health services, should they need to. Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday, so it’s particularly important for people to examine their options if they become poorly.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “There are a variety of services on offer to people such as the advice on the NHS choices website, and the NHS 111 telephone number. Pharmacists are also available to provide free, confidential advice about common health problems such as coughs, colds and sore throats.”

The local NHS in Sefton is also reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

 Pharmacy Services

Many pharmacies will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

In Sefton – whilst all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don’t routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor.

 NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

 NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

 Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

 GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

 Walk-in centres

Litherland Walk in Centre is open 8am – 8pm every day. in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.

No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in – there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life threatening illnesses or injuries.

West Lancashire Health Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week 

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre – 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

 Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

For information about services that can help in south Sefton over the bank holiday please visit our ‘Your Services Health page’.

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation (closing 29th June)

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via http://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202.

 

 

Green Sefton launches with massive borough-wide cleanup

Come along and meet Sefton Council’s newly formed ‘Green Sefton’ team who will be taking to the borough on June 8 to support World Oceans Day.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

Embrace Sefton’s monthly LGBT Social and Support Evening at Kindfulness Coffee Club – Thursday 31st May 2018

Join Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace at the next monthly social evening in Bootle on Thursday 31st May 2018.

The evening takes place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.

Sefton CVS recognised for contribution to the NHS

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) has been awarded the NHS 70 community partner of the year award, as voted for by staff of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

Be Active is back for May half term!

Be Active is preparing to keep Sefton’s youngest residents entertained this May half term with a fun-filled line-up of activities set to take place from Tuesday, May 29th to Friday, June 1st.

A huge range of activities will take place at leisure centres across the borough including Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Dunes Splash World, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre.

The hugely successful Wave Rave pool parties are set to make a return along with a wide array of pool-based activities including swim and splash sessions, inflatable parties and the preschool swim crash course. Those looking to try something new can make the most of the water sports on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre during its Lakeside Adventure sessions.

For those looking to stay dry over half term, Be Active’s May-hem days will include obstacle courses, adventure games, tournaments, dodgeball and maybe even a bouncy castle!

The ever popular Everton Soccer School will return to Netherton Activity Centre and Football Camp will launch at Dunes Splash World in Southport. Sefton’s sportiest youngsters can also try their hand at gymnastics, fencing and archery thanks to Be Active’s Come and Try classes.

Fans of The Greatest Showman will love the dance workshops that are lined up with the opportunity to learn new, choreographed dance routines from the hit musical.

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

“There is such an array of activities happening across Sefton that our youngest residents will be spoilt for choice this half term.

“I’m delighted that we have such a diverse sporting offer that will help keep children active and entertained while they’re enjoying a break from school.”

For the full line up of activities head to www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive. Places are limited and advanced booking is required so call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799 to secure a place.

Looking forward to Dementia Action Week

Alzheimer’s Society – Sefton, has organised two events to coincide with Dementia Action Week (formerly Dementia Awareness Week). The first is a pop-up Memory Café and Dementia Friends session at the:  Kindfulness Café, Knowsley Road in Bootle on May 22. Click here to see the poster for the session.

A second event is a Dementia awareness talk and services showcase at Lord Street West United Church in Southport on May 23.  Click here to see the poster for the event.

Alzheimer’s Society Sefton want people to become more dementia aware and find out about the services they provide in Sefton so, whether you currently live with dementia or want to find out more about this condition, these events are for you. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about dementia and it is often portrayed very negatively. Alzheimer’s Society Sefton can inform you of the facts rather than the fiction and explain that it is possible to live well with dementia.

Early Identification Key to Sepsis Treatment

Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis in its early stages. That is the message from local health commissioners who are backing a campaign to raise awareness of the illness.

Sepsis is a potentially life threatening condition which can lead to multiple organ failure and death if not identified and treated early. It is estimated that around 150,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with sepsis which can be treated with antibiotics if identified in its early stages.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are backing a campaign by Health Education England titled ‘Think Sepsis’ which is raising awareness of the illness. Local health commissioners are highlighting a different element of sepsis diagnosis and treatment every month between now and world sepsis day on September 13.

This month, the Sefton CCGs have focussed on medicines management and the role community pharmacists can play in offering support to anyone who may have concerns about the illness.

Speaking about the campaign, Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis, including community pharmacists. Although it would be very rare for someone to present themselves at a chemists with signs of sepsis, we need everyone to be vigilant and ensure they familiarise themselves with the symptoms and are able to respond accordingly.

“Official guidelines state that, within an hour of diagnosis of sepsis, broad-spectrum antibiotics should be administered, so getting people to hospital quickly is of paramount importance.”

People are advised to seek medical advice urgently if you’ve recently had an infection or injury and you have had possible early signs of sepsis. People should be aware of the following symptoms which may indicate a person has sepsis.

In children under five, you should go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • feels abnormally cold to touch
  • is breathing very fast
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • has a fit or convulsion

In older children and adults, early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

Anyone who would like to know more about sepsis, including further information on what symptoms to keep an eye out for, can visit the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis/treatment/

Bowl for Health – See how playing Bowls can help your health & well being

Residents across Sefton are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a free beginners course in bowls. Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.

‘Bowl for Health’ is an eight week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match. Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, the programme is available in Waterloo, Formby and Southport.

The programme is being led by MSP and Active Sefton, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The idea was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby, and is now being rolled out by more clubs across the borough.

One participant – Gail, in her early sixties from Formby, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life, “I found that I became much stronger, more flexible and fitter since taking it up. The game itself is great fun and my fellow bowlers are very welcoming and friendly – I’m so glad that I decided to try bowling!”

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said, “Being active doesn’t need to mean joining a gym, it’s about finding an activity that you enjoy – people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment. Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with – it doesn’t matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is.”

Sessions are starting up in May and June in Waterloo (Brooke Hotel Bowling Club), Formby (Holy Trinity Bowling Club) and Southport (Victoria Park Bowling Club and Southport Bowling Club) – completely free for any Sefton residents who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided.

Helen Birrell from, Sefton Council, said, “Bowl for Health is great way to increase your activity levels and enjoy the outdoors. We are delighted to be able to support the project to enable Sefton residents to lead an active lifestyle”.

For further information about the programme or to book your free place then please visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth or call MSP on 0151 728 1811.