A community festival showing residents standing together against crime

Sefton Council and residents from Thornton and Netherton are bringing communities together at a special music festival to show how they want to make positive changes in their area and stand together in the fight against crime.

In light of recent incidents in the area, Thornton Family Wellbeing Centre wanted to show all the positive activities happening locally and has joined forces with the community, volunteers and partner agencies to start up the Sefton Families Fighting Against Crime group.

As music is a great way to bring communities together, the group decided to organise their very first festival on August 30.

During the event, which takes place from 12noon to 5pm at the centre on Stannyfield Drive, there will be stalls, entertainment and a music stage that will host local talent and performers.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This event is a great way to bring residents together and to reaffirm that strong sense of community which runs throughout the borough.

“We know the majority of residents living in Sefton are proud of where they live and won’t stand for serious crime on their doorstep.

“The council is committed to ensuring residents feel safe and I believe that uniting together will help us build a positive future for our thriving communities.”

Jess Hankin, 27, who lives in Thornton with her two children, said: “Crime is impacting on our community but I do think our young people are negatively stereotyped because of a small number of gangs. This event is so important because it will bring our community together and make positive things happen. We need more events like this that bring us together.”

Mother-of-four Tracy Howard, 50, added: “People need to feel safe and we have lots of vulnerable people who live in our communities. The event will raise awareness of the impact crime is having on us and that as a community we will not take this and we will do something about it.”

For additional information or if you would like to get involved email event organisers  Leeann.doolin@sefton.gov.ukMichelle.joyce-gillespie@sefton.gov.uk or Angela.Robinson@sefton.gov.uk. Alternatively call Thornton Family Wellbeing Centre on 0151 934 4991.

South Park set for action packed family fun day

Preparations are well underway for the annual South Park Family Fun Day in Bootle.

Each year Sefton Council and its partners host the South Park Family Fun Day, and this year it takes place on Thursday August 22 from 12pm until 4pm.

The day will include a live DJ, inflatable games, bike marking, face painting, go karts, horse rides, bouncy castles and much more.

The family fun day is a popular event in the local calendar and attracts hundreds of families each year to the beautiful park on Balliol Road.

The event is free to attend with activities starting from 12pm.

Be sure to bring a picnic and make it an afternoon of fun.

Macmillan to hold event for people affected by cancer

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be holding its second ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ of the year on Thursday 12th September at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport and anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether directly or through supporting someone is invited to come along.

The centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding the event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel from 2pm – 4.30pm.

On the day there will be around 40 local organisations, clinical nurse specialists and representatives from local support groups – all available to offer their expertise and help.

Volunteers from Sefton OPERA will be offering free complementary therapy tasters. Entertainment will be provided by the Macmillan singing group who will be inviting visitors to join in and learn for themselves just how therapeutic singing can be.

There will be a focus on the financial impact of having cancer with two breakout sessions hosted by staff from the Department of Work & Pensions and the Southport Money Advisory Group to discuss returning to work, benefits and debt management advice.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “These events are ideal for people to come along and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”

Macmillan Team August 2019
Southport Macmillan team 

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside, said: “We saw over 100 people at the last event in March and we hope to see even more this time, they are always a great success and the more people we can support the better.

“The feedback we get is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or someone from a support group. Many people who come to the centre or one of our events have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.”

Elaine Deeming, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said: “We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics. The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally in one venue, making it easier for our attendees.”

The Health and Wellbeing Events aim to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups.

You can watch a video from a previous event here: https://youtu.be/jr4d9S3xRy4

The health and wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

Share your stories to promote positive mental health

Sefton Council is preparing to launch this year’s 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign and is calling upon community groups, individuals and organisations in Sefton to get in touch and share stories about where and when they spend their time to find friendship and support.

Now in its third year, 30 Days of Sefton in Mind uses the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Day (10 October) to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Sefton’s Year of Friendship will link in closely with this year’s theme for 30 Days of Sefton in Mind which will look to promote supportive communities and help people make new friends.Sefton in Mind

This could be a 5-a-side football team, an LGBT support group or a gardening club. The council wants to hear about any sports teams, coffee mornings, support groups and other activities that help bring people in Sefton together.

To get involved in this year’s campaign tell the council about your experience or groups and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil using the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind or alternatively email communications@sefton.gov.uk by Friday, 30 August.  Tell us about the group/activity, where and when it happens, how it helps and how to access it.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign continues to go from strength to strength and is an invaluable way for us to promote positive mental health in Sefton.

“Loneliness and social isolation is known to have a detrimental effect on mental health so by promoting groups and activities that bring Sefton residents together we hope that we can help people make new friends and feel less lonely especially during the Year of Friendship.”

Last year, the campaign celebrated the places in Sefton people went to promote their mental health. Submissions from residents were used to create Sefton’s Positive Mental Health Map that can be viewed online at www.mysefton.co.uk/PositiveMentalHealthMap

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.

CCGs back Red Box Project

Over the past few months, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been busy collecting sanitary product donations for women who struggle to access them as part of the Red Box Project – Sefton.

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing local schools with red boxes filled with free period products.

It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who became aware of ‘period poverty’ through news reports. They were angered that some young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

Mandy Smith, Sefton coordinator at Red Box Project – Sefton, set up the service in Sefton. The initiative then sent the department the materials needed to set up a donation point in the kitchen at the Sefton CCG building.Red box project donation

Mandy said: “This is a great initiative to support our community – it felt like an opportunity not to be missed. We have collected a box full of period product donations for local schools and are proud to be supporting young people throughout their periods.

“No child should miss out on their education because they cannot afford period products.”

Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, added: “This is a fantastic initiative and I want to thank Mandy for getting us all involved.

“We are keen to help tackle health inequalities and to create a progressive, supportive environment which is why we got involved with the project, we hope it helps.”

To find out more about the Red Box Project and get involved, visit: www.redboxproject.org

Summer fun in the park

The High Park Think Family, Think Community project – part of Brighter Living Partnership – have been holding a summer programme of activities in Devonshire Road park, High Park in Southport.

There was a good turn out this week when the Big Blue Parenting 2000 bus arrived and local children and families were able to play sport, take part in craft activities and play instruments.

The sun came out for a free training session with Southport F.C.& their FA qualified coaches.in the park

They are back next Monday (12th August) with Team Elite Southport providing Bootcamp exercises, and Southport F.C. return on Wednesdays between 2pm and 4pm.

More Devonshire Road park activities dates below, each with the Big Blue Play bus.

For FREE tickets click here as soon as possible!

• Mon 12th Aug – Team Elite Family Fitness

• Wed 14th Aug – Southport FC

• Mon 19th Aug – Team Elite Family Fitness

• Wed 21st Aug – Southport FC

A little chat goes a long way

The aim of the free Making Every Contact Count (MECC) training Living Well Sefton provides is to make the most of opportunities front line workers have to start a healthy chat.

Anyone attending will be given advice and support to provide a brief intervention so other people can think about making positive behaviour changes in order to  live longer, healthier lives.

AMM at Bootle Leisure Centre Dec 15
Bootle Leisure Centre staff deep in conversations during MECC training

Already, hundreds of people have attended our popular Making Every Contact Count training and there are new courses coming up later this month and in September that you may want to book onto.

Through the Level 1 training, attendees will gain:
an overview of the health and wellbeing of Sefton’s population;
an increased knowledge about the key health messages;
an awareness of what support services are available and what they provide;
the skills to have a healthy chat;
a recognitition of the opportunities to have a healthy chat;
an ability to use the 3As to deliver a health chat in Sefton.

Through the Level 2 training, attendees will further build on the skills learned in Level 1.

Living Well Sefton now has several dates for delivering MECC training: book on through the Eventbrite page.

 

Your chance to have a ‘Big Chat’ with local health commissioners

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are inviting local people to attend their combined ‘Big Chat’ and annual review events in September.

The events are an opportunity for residents to find out about the work that their local CCG has carried out in the past year. Attendees are also invited to share their experiences of local health services and give their views about the CCGs’ latest and forthcoming programmes and plans for the next 12 months.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “These events give people the chance to have a chat with their local health commissioners and share their feedback about our plans. We will also combine these events with our Annual General Meeting (AGM), so people can find out about how well we have performed during the past year.”Big chat 10

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “There will also be a ‘marketplace’ of information stalls promoting local health, care and support services. Some of the services attending the events will include Macmillan, Healthwatch Sefton and a 7-day GP extended access.

“The feedback we receive during these kinds of events is really useful. I encourage anyone that is interested in finding out more about local health services and commissioning, and who is interested in sharing their views on these topics, to attend one of our ‘Big Chat’ events.”

The ‘Big Chat’ events will take place on:

  • NHS Southport and Formby CCG: Tuesday 10 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at The Bliss Hotel (formerly the Ramada Hotel) adjacent to Floral Hall on the waterfront in Southport, PR9 0DZ.
  • NHS South Sefton CCG: Thursday 12 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, L20 2DD.

Residents are encouraged to attend the event for their local CCG in order to get the most relevant information.

People are asked to register in advance by emailing southportandformby.ccg@nhs.net for the event on 10 September, or southsefton.ccg@nhs.net for the event on 12 September. You can also register by calling 0151 317 8456.

For more information on the events visit the CCG websites:

https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/our-chat-events

https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/our-chat-events/

Sefton children enjoy nature in their local library

Back by popular demand, the Zooman is bringing an array of unusual animals to Sefton’s libraries throughout next week. Children can expect to get up close to owls, lizards, exotic spiders and much more besides.

Starting at Formby Library on Tuesday, August 6, young ones can then catch him at Crosby Library (August 8) then Meadows Library (Maghull, August 9) and Southport Library (August 9). All sessions start at 10.30am except Meadows, which starts at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £2.50 per child, and are available at participating libraries.

Find out more about your local library at the Sefton Council website

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