Talking about Weight with Children, Young People and Families in Sefton (23rd / 26th November or 5th December 2018)

In April this year, Public Health commissioned Food Active to assist in the development of obesity training to equip education, health and social care professionals, with the skills and confidence to inform and support families about healthy weight and wellbeing.

Local insight work has taken place over the summer to inform the development of the training, with a range of staff groups (NHS, Council, VCF) taking part in focus groups and consultation.

“Like Glue” Preview: Exploring the impact of relationship abuse in teenage relationships (9.30-10.45am, Monday 10th December)

On Monday 10th December, Sefton Council are hosting a special theatre performance at Bootle Town Hall exploring the impact of relationship abuse on young people. This performance is commissioned by the Office of the Merseyside PCC and Sefton Council’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team and is free to attend. 

Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People NOW AVAILABLE

Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton 4 Good have teamed up to produce a brand new Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People – packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!  

Maghull Town Council Youth Survey (Closing Date: Friday 8th June)

Maghull Town Council are currently conducting a survey to find out what the young people of Maghull are looking for in regards to services and activities.

Maghull Town Council are actively looking to expand what is available within the town and hopefully create new opportunities.

The survey is open to all young people aged 11 to 21 years old. It will take no more than three minutes. Please share your views with us!

Click here to complete the survey

 

Budding biologists from Southport’s KGV hailed in prestigious competition

Budding biologists from Southport’s King George V College have been awarded prizes in a prestigious biology competition.

A handful of talented Biology A level students from KGV took part in the event, organised by Edge Hill University.

The ‘Biology Olympiad’ saw KGV students undertaking intricate activities such as DNA extraction, insect identification, thermal imaging processes and a demanding quiz.

Two teams of KGV students competed against 17 teams from all over the North West, including Manchester, Wigan, Wirral, Cheshire and Liverpool.

Sophie Feeney, Course Leader for A level Biology at KGV, said: “We were delighted to have this amazing opportunity to take part in this fascinating event.

“This event really showcased the practical and manipulation skills needed for Biology A level, and was a really interesting opportunity for KGV students to see biology in action at university level.  Our students also got to meet students from other colleges and it was lovely event.”

A level Biology has a long standing record of academic success at King George V College, with more than three quarters of KGV A level Biology students achieving high grades as part of KGV’s best ever A level results last summer.

UK Safer Internet Centre – Using anonymous online platforms

The UK Safer Internet Centre shares tips for professionals on talking to young people about anonymous online platforms. These are messaging apps which allow anyone to leave anonymous feedback about you upon request. Advice professionals may want to give includes: think about your audience and how the people reading your content will feel before you send it; make sure you understand who can see what you post and learn how you can change this should you want to make amends at a later date; if you have seen or received something that has upset you or made you feel uncomfortable, then speak to someone you trust.

For more information;  UK Safer Internet Centre  

 

Birkdale pensioner smashes fundraising target for Southport Gymnastics Club

A pensioner from Southport who walked 75 miles on his 75th birthday for charity has thanked Champion readers for helping him smash his fundraising target.

David Spratt, from Birkdale, walked all the way from Bootle to Burnley in eight days, and managed to raise more than £3,000 for Southport Gymnastics Club.

However after his story featured on the front page of the Champion earlier this month, David was delighted to find his total had shot up to well over £5,000!

David said: “It’s made my 75th birthday a very memorable and happy occasion and I’m pleased to hear that the future of the club is looking positive once again.

“Everyone that I have met has been really supportive of the gymnastics club and wishes to see it continue to provide its wonderful services to young people.

“There really is a great need for clubs like this and it needs our support at this critical time.

“I’m delighted that my sponsorship target of £5,000 in aid of Southport Gymnastics Club has been reached in the last few days!

“My front page picture and the article in the Southport Champion certainly helped boost donations!

“The support of so many people, clubs and organisations has been overwhelming with over 200 sponsorship donations.

“I wish to express my enormous thanks to staff or members at the following organisations who have given donations or expressed their support.

“All the funds raised will help to firmly establish a successful gymnastics club for children in the north Sefton area. Healthy exercise and sports are essential for all children but, today, there are few indoor, all-year round facilities available to them at an affordable price.

“As a result of Southport YMCA’s decision to dispose of its successful Gymnastics Club, a group of parents set up a new Gymnastics Club charity which took over from the YMCA in September 2016.

“The new club had no start-up funds and many of the facilities are over 25 years old. It needs our help!

“The club provides classes for 1,300 children per week and it is one of the important ‘social glues’ that help to hold the community together.

“It also provides healthy exercise, fun and social activities for the community and is a place where children of all abilities develop their confidence and create their cherished memories of childhood.

“Many older and wiser people have helped me in the past. It is now my turn to help today’s children in these challenging times of change for all communities.”

The Diana Award for young people is seeking nominations (closing date 17th March)

The Diana Award is presented to young people who are going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change. They can be nominated for a variety of activities not limited to: campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, tackling bullying, overcoming extreme life challenges.

As well as the Award, the 20 recipients will also be given access to a unique Development Programme, providing them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four key areas; leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good. In order to be eligible for The Diana Award or Legacy Award nominees must be aged 9-18 and have been carrying out their activities for a minimum of 12 months.

Click here for more information

 

Young people design pioneering safeguarding service in Sefton

A young woman from Southport was recently rewarded for her role in giving a makeover to a pioneering new service for young people in Sefton.

Winning a competition to design the logo and branding for Sefton Council’s Community Adolescent Service (CAS), Emma Currie, who is 14 years old, beat stiff competition with her logo design, which focused on togetherness, community cohesion and young people – three key aspects of the project and design brief. Not only was Emma awarded prize vouchers, she was also invited to spend an afternoon with Nonconform, a design agency in Liverpool’s creative and cultural quarter, to work on her designs and bring the identity of the service to life.

Created by Sefton Council with the help of innovation funding from the Department of Education and Central Government, the CAS is a new way of working to support young people age 12-25 to deal with issues that may lead them to crime or entering the care of the Local Authority.

Under the banner of ‘One Family, One Worker, One Plan’, the Community Adolescent Service (CAS) works with young people and their families to help them deal with risk in their lives, including child sexual exploitation, alcohol and drug abuse in their family or with friends, truancy, running away from home and peer pressure to take part in gang related crime.

Aiming to have one worker and one plan for young people referred to the service (young people can also self-refer), the CAS team only works with young people want them to and is made up of social workers, youth offending support workers, Police, mental health, substance misuse and family support services.

Backing for the service from Central Government, was secured following a successful bid from Sefton Council to obtain funding for projects that work creatively with young people to reduce the need for care and youth detention. CAS is one of only two projects to have won this support in the North West.

John-Joseph Kelly, a local councillor and Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, is a keen supporter of the new service,

“It was a pleasure to be part of the judging panel for the CAS logo competition and hand the winning certificate and prize to Emma, who was a worthy winner.

I am very much aware that the competition was a fun element to what is a service with a very serious purpose: to ensure young people at risk of sexual exploitation, substance misuse and criminal activity are reached before those risks increase or they come under the care of Sefton Council.
It is in the interests of Sefton’s young people, the Local Authority and Sefton’s communities that the CAS is successful and leads the way to a new approach to supporting young people.”

Andrew Weatherstone, Director at Nonconform, said:

“The team and I were very impressed with Emma’s ideas and her clear vision for the branding of the service, which made working on the project both a fun and smooth process. We are proud to have won the opportunity to be involved in such an interesting and innovative service.”

You can learn more about the Community Adolescent Service by visiting www.sefton.gov.uk/cas or by using #speaktoCAS on Facebook and Twitter.

Free training courses for people with a learning disability (People First Merseyside)

People First Merseyside are offering FREE ‘Road Ahead’ Training Courses in Sefton, for People with a Learning Disability aged 18-30.

The first Course this year is Friday 15th April 2016, with a venue in Sefton to be confirmed.

Each course has 8 sessions and all the training is delivered by other young people with a learning disability. Places are limited to 12 people for each course and it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Please phone 0151 707 6751 to book a place or to find out any further information about the training courses.

Some of the things young people with disabilities said about last years courses:

  • “I stood up in front of everyone and talked.”
  • “It was great fun I loved the giant Jenga game.”
  • “I’ve made lots of new friends.”
  • “I am going to be a trainer on the next course.” 

The trainers said:

  • “I feel really proud of myself I’ve done a really good job.”
  • “I want to do it again it has been amazing.”
  • “I love telling people about my life and where I live.”

The aims of the course are to:

  • Improve people’s confidence and self esteem.
  • To help people be more involved in the community and being less isolated.
  • To help people have happier and healthier lives.

Click here to download a flyer from People First Merseyside. (pdf.)