Come along to Sefton Community Learning Centre’s Summer Fair

Living Well Sefton is supporting Sefton Community Learning Service’s summer celebration this Saturday and will be there with our ever popular smoothie-making bike.

Its summer fair and car boot sale is taking place at the Sefton Community Learning Service hub at 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth from 12noon to 3pm and the event promises lots of fun for all the family with a variety of workshops and activities on offer.

Workshops include self-defence, Italian dessert-making, healthy pizza decorating, recycled jewellery making, self defence awareness and flower arranging.

Freshfield Animal Rescue will be running games and stalls to help support their charity while Merseyside Police is bringing along a ‘police media gaming van’ providing information on personal and home security (including bike marking).

Bluebell Stalls, which runs local gift, craft and produce fairs, will be offering plenty of craft products to buy.

The Canal & River Trust will also be attending the event, and there will be plenty of traditional stalls including ‘hook-a-duck’, ‘hoopla’ and balloon modelling.

To find out more about the event, book a place on one of the workshops or secure a pitch for the car boot sale, call 0151 934 4546. Admission is free and entry is £5 per car for the car boot sale.

Sefton Council clears the air on pollution initiatives

Today is National Clean Air Day and Sefton Council is reflecting on the work it has done to protect the borough’s air and help minimise the effects of air pollution on residents.

The Council continues to support and maintain a number of initiatives aimed at limiting the impact heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) using major port routes have on air quality. A port booking system was recently developed which means that all vehicles destined for the port in Bootle now have a specific arrival and departure time. This has reduced waiting times for HGVs waiting to enter and leave the port and therefore reduced pollutant emissions from the port estate.

The Council also continues to fund the ECOstars fleet recognition scheme which rewards operators for ensuring their fleets are energy efficient. There are now around 3,000 vehicles taking part in the scheme with 4 and 5 star ratings.

Improvements to traffic light systems continue to be made to ensure that Sefton’s infrastructure is optimised for maintaining vehicle flows and minimising congestion. This work includes the implementation of a Hurry Call System at Millers Bridge which prioritises green lights for approaching HGVs.

The council is also working closely with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to identify HGVs operating with emission controls systems deactivated. During the pilot of the project, 10% of vehicles stopped were fitted with cheat devices, this project is set to continue in the Summer of 2019.

But it’s not just HGVs that are air pollution culprits, the Council recently launched its anti-idling campaign to target buses, taxis and parents on the school run and encourage them to switch off their car engines when waiting for passengers.

Sefton Council continues to work closely with schools to ensure that its youngest residents are aware of both the causes and risks of air pollution and the steps they can take to avoid it. Southport Eco Centre is set to launch it’s ‘Clean Air Crew’ website today (Thursday) which is jam-packed with teaching resources and interactive learning opportunities and was developed through active engagement with schools.

Thanks to recent grant funding from DEFRA, the Council is preparing to introduce an intensive road cleaning project that will aim to reduce particulate levels in Sefton’s air pollution hotspots. This grant funding from DEFRA will also help to fund research into the use of solid fuels for domestic heating and help to develop a behaviour change project.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Air pollution isn’t something that the Council can tackle alone and while there are a number of schemes and programmes in place to approach the issue, we all need to do our bit to make a difference.

“This may be as little as turning off your car engine when you’re doing the school run or it could be making the decision to switch to alternative travel like walking, cycling or using public transport.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “Air pollution continues to pose a real threat to public health and we are dedicated to remaining transparent to our communities about the threat posed by air pollution and the steps residents can take to avoid exposure.

“You can check air quality readings online at breathingspace.sefton.gov.uk”

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health at Sefton Council, said: “Each year I develop a Public Health Annual Report to look closely at key issues that affect the health and wellbeing of residents. This year the report focuses on air quality in further detail.

“For National Clean Air Day, I’ve decided to release a short excerpt of the report ahead of its official release. You can view the clip by visiting www.sefton.gov.uk/PHAR.”

Diane Blair, Manager at Healthwatch Sefton, said: “Air quality is an issue which local residents have raised with us and we have this on our work plan to monitor.

“We will continue to work with Sefton Council to share local feedback we receive and gain assurances that air quality remains a priority area”.

Brendon Prescott, deputy chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Air quality can have a significant impact on health, particularly for children, older people, those with underlying conditions and those exposed to higher levels of pollution because of living or commuting in urban areas.

“That’s why together with Sefton Council we’re supporting clean air day and helping to raise awareness among residents of how their health can be affected by air pollution and of the actions they can take to reduce their exposure to harmful pollutants.”

For more on Clean Air Day visit the website.

Love your lungs in Sefton

In recognition of Love your Lungs week (June 17-23) local organisations are reminding residents of the support they have in Sefton to help with breathing conditions.

As part of the week, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Living Well Sefton and Sefton Council are all encouraging people to take the British Lung Foundation breath test and to seek help if they need it.

Dr Nigel Taylor, respiratory lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We are keen to raise awareness, not just this week but all year round, about the services that are available in Sefton for those who have lung related conditions.

“If you have a known lung condition and are feeling breathless you should follow your personal management plan. If you are not improving or you don’t have a plan and are worried then you should attend the walk in centre or contact your GP practice.”

Dr Kati Scholtz, respiratory lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “For simple problems such as a cough or a cold your local pharmacist can help, they can also help by giving additional advice regarding inhaler techniques and providing over the counter Nicotine Replacement Therapies if you are trying to stop smoking.”

The Breathe Easy group is a great support network to encourage people with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, to look after themselves and to share ways to do this.

The Sefton south group meets in the Strand By Me shop in Bootle every second Tuesday of the month at 1pm and the Sefton north group meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Doves Centre on Duke Street, Formby at 1pm.

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Walking football team from the Feelgood Factory

Living Well Sefton partners are also supporting Love Your Lungs Week by encouraging people to take advantage of the activities and classes that they offer.

Over at the Feelgood Factory in Netherton, Philomena Zilinski, says: “Our walking football and guided walks as well as our physical activity classes  all  improve cardiovascular  fitness leading to  improved lung function.”

Working outdoors in the garden is another great way to keep your lungs fit and both the Brighter Living Partnership in Southport and the May Logan Centre, Bootle, have gardening groups to join. People also have the option of joining in the weekly social walk from May Logan too.

And, with Smokefree Sefton’s support, your breathing and lung capacity will improve once you’ve quit smoking.

Click here for details on the Living Well Sefton support or call 0300 323 0181.

To watch a video on the Breathe Easy group and Smokefree Sefton click here: https://youtu.be/fzaFSIYif5U

You can find out about the Breathe Easy groups in your area here: www.blf.org.uk/support-in-your-area and you can take the British Lung Foundation breath test here: https://breathtest.blf.org.uk/

Get back in the saddle and rediscover your love of cycling in confidence

People who want to rediscover their love for cycling in Sefton after years of staying out of the saddle can now benefit from free refresher sessions.

To mark Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship, the local authority’s Highways Safety Team are holding bespoke ‘Back In The Saddle’ rides for those who want to rediscover their confidence on two wheels as part of a friendly group.

Those looking to get a handle on their cycling skills will join like-minded others at MeCycle cafe in Station Road, Ainsdale, every Friday before 10am to bike in confidence with the aim of improving overall skill and ability.

The sessions will run every week throughout the summer holidays.

John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 to have a wealth of help and support to find their way back into the saddle.

“The best thing about our courses is you won’t be alone and it’s great to be around like-minded others who share the same fears, abilities and difficulties but still want to learn and want to be able to ride.

“Sefton is a fantastic borough for cyclists and boasts an incredible cycle route that encompasses our coastline which will make a beautiful victory lap for our Back In The Saddle graduates.Back in the Saddle

“This is a wonderful initiative which ties in perfectly with our ongoing Year Of Friendship campaign to bring people together throughout our borough.”

No booking is required for the Back In The Saddle events, simply turn up with your own equipment.

If you need to borrow a bike or helmet, please contact MeCycle Ainsdale ahead of time via 01704 579353.

For further information please email road.safety@sefton.gov.uk

Diabetes programmes in Sefton gains accreditation

Programmes in Sefton that support people living with diabetes are the first in Merseyside to be recognised by a nationally respected institute in time for Diabetes Week 2019.

The two patient education programmes offered by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are Diabetes and You, which helps educate people that have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and Diabetes and More, which focuses on supporting those who have been living with diabetes for more than twelve months.

Dr Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Our diabetes programmes consist of two, two and a half hour sessions, and are run by a team of diabetes specialties nurses, dieticians and paediatricians.

“Both of these diabetes programmes are incredibly valuable to the people of Sefton. Not only do they support people living with Type 2 diabetes, these programmes also support their carers and family members.”

Following a review by the Quality Institute for Self Management Education & Training (QISMET), the Diabetes and You and Diabetes and More programmes have gained accreditation for their high quality service and effectiveness. QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.

Residents who have attended past programmes have found them highly beneficial, as this person explains: “I found the sessions very informative and will take on board the advice I have been given.”

Another former attendee said: “I was in a bit of denial because of the health diet and exercise elements but this has given me insight and really improved my knowledge.”

Dr Doug Callow, diabetes lead for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to learn how to manage your diabetes but of course we promote this all year round. These sessions will teach you about healthy eating, your medication, lifestyle advice and more. I would encourage anyone who has Type 2 diabetes to attend.”

The education sessions are held at a variety of locations and times across Sefton. If you would like to attend, you can request a referral from your GP or practice nurse.

Diabetes Week takes place from 10 June – 16 June 2019. For more information visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week

For more information on QISMET visit their website

Join centre staff during Carer’s Week

Sefton Carers Centre staff are at libraries across the borough this Carers Week to support carers and provide information about the Reading Well Books on Prescription service – available at all Sefton libraries.

Carers Week is a national awareness campaign to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers. In Sefton, more than 34,000 residents provide support to a family member or friend who could not manage without this help.

Sefton Carers Centre staff will be available on the following days and times at libraries across the borough:

Tuesday 11th June – Formby, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 12th June – Crosby, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday 13th June – Southport, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Friday 14th June – Bootle, 10.30am – 12.30pm

At these events Sefton Carers Centre staff will be able to give information about the free services available at the centre including: Carers Assessments, Young Carers Service, Direct Payments, Welfare Benefits Advice, Training, Activities and Health and Wellbeing.carers week logo

There will be also be information available from Sefton Advocacy, Living Well Sefton and Co-op Estates (Wills, Trusts and Power of Attorney).

If you are unable to attend any of these events but would like more information about the free services we provide then please contact our Carer Support Officer on 0151 288 6060 or email: help@carers.sefton.gov.uk

Know your numbers

The focus for this year’s Men’s Health Week (June 10-17) will be men’s health by numbers.

Men’s Health Forum, which co-ordinates the health awareness event, is raising awareness of the importance of looking at the key numbers that men need to know about their own health.

The week will also highlight the statistics that policy-makers need to know including the impact of inequality and deprivation on men’s health.

Key numbers for men:

  • 37 – a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Learn more.
  • 150 – men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Learn more.
  • 14 – maximum 14 units of alcohol a week. Learn more. 

Key numbers for policy-makers and service providers:

  • 1 man in 5 dies before the age of 65
  • 2 men in 5 die before the age of 75
  • 3 out of 4 suicides are by men

“At the Men’s Health Forum, men of all ages, policy-makers and service-providers alike all ask what they can do to improve men’s health. Knowing a few simple numbers can make all the difference.

“To take it further, our new interactive manual ‘Man MOT- DIY checks and challenges’ helps men put those numbers to work monitoring their own health and living healthier lives,” says Martin Tod, Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum.

Living Well Sefton partners can support men in Sefton to know their numbers and improve their health by offering a variety of groups, courses, activities and free health checks.

To find out more, give the team a ring on 0300 323 0181.

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Macmillan to hold family fun day

Southport and Formby Macmillan Cancer Information Centre is doing something a bit different this summer to support children and young people whose lives are affected by cancer, with a free family fun event on Saturday 22 June.

Taking place from 1pm to 4pm at The Salvation Army, Shakespeare Street, in Southport, local residents from north Sefton are invited to come along.

As well as some entertaining and free activities, the event is a chance for the team from the Macmillan Centre to raise awareness of the support available to children, whether they have a close relative who has had cancer, is undergoing treatment, or has passed away.

The afternoon will give children, parents and carers the opportunity to speak to relevant professionals such as Child Bereavement UK, Access Sefton, Parenting 2000, Sefton Carers and Queenscourt Hospice.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Information and Support Centre manager at the centre, said: “We wanted to do something specifically for children so that they can have access to the help that they might need whether they have lost someone to cancer or have a relative who has cancer. There will be  craft activities, a dance workshop, mindfulness and yoga for all the family to relax and enjoy.  The event will be opened at 1pm by a special guest from Starkidz.

“We’ve also been given a signed football from Everton Football Club which will be up for a prize in our free raffle draw on the day. Myself and colleagues from the centre will also be available on the day to talk to adults about the practical and emotional support we can offer.”

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The Macmillan Team

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “It’s so important that families and carers are aware of the help they can access for their children which is the main reason for planning this event. We hope everyone who attends has an enjoyable day and that the information and resources provided will be useful, either now or in the future.

“We are hoping that as well as giving children and their families the chance to see how they can get support it will also raise awareness of the centre in Southport for those affected by cancer.”

Refreshments will be provided for adults and there will be party food for children on the day. Parents / guardians are asked to stay with the children during the afternoon. Booking is essential, to book your place please call the centre on 01704 533024 or email sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

Set up by Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and St Marks Medical Centre, Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre is located on 20 Stanley Street. Those affected by cancer, whether it be them directly or a friend or family member are invited to pop in anytime for a chat or you can visit: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

Invite to Sefton governing body meetings

Anyone who is interested in staying up to date with healthcare and services in Sefton is invited to attend forthcoming governing body meetings for local clinical commissioning groups (CCG).

NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public so that people can listen to the discussions and decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “We want to ensure members of the public know what is going on in Sefton and can see how decisions about local health services are made. I’d encourage anyone who wants to stay up to date with our work to attend.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Attending these public meetings is a great way to stay up to date with the work we have been undertaking in Sefton. At these meetings the governing body will discuss and agree to work on behalf of all member GP practices.”

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Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG

It will be Craig’s first governing body meeting in his new substantive role of chair for NHS South Sefton CCG. He has been acting chair for the past year and takes over the full role from Dr Andrew Mimnagh following CCG elections amongst member GP practices.

He commented: “I am delighted to take on the role of chair and hope I can bring some continued direction to the CCG in our work to shape health services for residents in south Sefton that are fit for the future.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity on behalf of my fellow governing body colleagues to thank Dr Andrew Mimnagh for his significant commitment and work with the CCG since it was founded in 2013.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Wednesday, 5 June at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.

NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Thursday 6 June at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.

Attendees have the chance to ask questions shortly before the meeting formally starts. To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456.

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