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Seaforth School Achieves Special ADHD Award

A Sefton school has become the first mainstream setting in the country to achieve an ADHD Friendly School quality mark.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Seaforth is dedicated to meeting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and has spent the last two years training staff and working closely with the ADHD foundation.

Based on feedback from families, the school also introduced a parent’s skills group so that a number of tools and best practice methods to positively support learners could be replicated at home.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s, Schools & Safeguarding, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school to be recognised as the first mainstream school in the UK to receive this award.

“All pupils deserve the chance to achieve their potential regardless of the barriers they have to learning and I hope it inspires other schools to go the extra mile to make every pupil’s experience of school the best it can be.”

Head Teacher of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Joan Jenkins, added: “I am extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the staff at the school who have been recognised for their hard work with children who face additional challenges in the school environment.

“We’ve worked hard to make the school fully inclusive, but it has only been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the staff and parents and teachers all supported by the ADHD Foundation.

“A special mention should also go to our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler, for being a huge driving force in making changes to our everyday practices.”

Pictured is Rory Bremner presenting the award to Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler during the fifth annual ADHD conference.

Free Support Workshop for Local Businesses

Every year businesses can face difficulties due to unforeseen factors such as fire, flood, unprotected IT systems, or the loss of a key member of staff.

If you own a business and have ever worried about the effect a significant business disruption could have on your customers, staff and your budget, then this workshop is for you.

 
Having an effective Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery plan tailored to your business needs can make all the difference in getting you back on your feet and reducing down time. 

Come along to the InvestSefton event on Tuesday, December 5 at Southport Town Hall to find out how you can protect your business. You will:

  • Hear about best practice business continuity principles and methods
  • Learn how to apply the principles and practices in your organisation
  • Have access to a free risk assessment tool to use in your own business

Contact InvestSefton for more details or to book a place on 0151 934 3452 or email  info@investsefton.com

Tips for dining out with a person living with dementia

     Caring for somebody who is living with dementia can mean some planning and adjustments to things we often take for granted. One of those things is eating out, sometimes it can be difficult so Alzheimer’s Society in Southport, have some hints and tips from service users and carers from across Sefton to help you on your next outing.

  • I find people are very kind and helpful when I am out with mum. Mum struggles to pick up a cup without spilling her favourite cappuccino or hot chocolate – I have started getting her a straw which helps enormously, she enjoys it!
  • Child or smaller portions are about the right size and usually easier to eat.
  • I often take mum to the garden centre for lunch – soup and a roll, cappuccino and a cake!  We go early to avoid the queues.  I sit mum at a table then go and get the food.
  • We try to book a restaurant when its open, then we can choose a secluded place to sit to avoid too much noise and distractions. We can order quickly so there is not too much time to wait. We often decide what we are going to eat beforehand so there is even less delay. We tend to have a main meal and dessert, and then home for coffee.
  • I take Mum for a coffee and cake rather than a big meal as she gets agitated after a few minutes and it’s easier to drink up and go if we need to. 
  • With family meals, we tend to get takeaway fish and chips at home so that if dad doesn’t feel up to participating, it’s no big deal.
  • Visit places at quieter times of the day and avoid weekends.
  • Choose places with good lighting, not too loud background noise and, if possible an establishment where staff are Dementia Friends. 
  • Using the same establishment to provide familiarity and also the staff/management can identify your needs. (Lots of napkins, quiet table, close to toilets). Dependant on ability pre-order a selection of finger foods to be placed on the table, avoids any issues with cutlery, everybody can eat the same food. As a past restaurant manager, I would be happy to provide a regular order for my guests. 
  • Having the appropriate drinking vessel for the person with dementia, (if they require a beaker bring one). As a dementia champion i have not encountered many restaurants that have dementia friends training for all staff so please ask for what you need.
  • When my step mum went into a Care Home and found going out difficult, we used to take a picnic into the Home, and eat it in the garden. Her favourite smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches and cakes. We would talk about places we had been out for picnics in the past and it brought back happy memories. We had some lovely afternoons without the stress all round if she had difficulties when we were out in a restaurant or cafe.
  • My wife has an eating disorder and can’t manage a regular meal.   As a result I order a main and an extra plate. Initially it was worried it might be a bit embarrassing but nobody batted an eyelid.

     These helpful tips are from people caring for others living with dementia and how they have been able to find workarounds whilst out and about. Most cafes and restaurants are more than happy to help, so always ask if there is something you need or if you have any specific requirements. Living with dementia means just that – living.

     Cllr Cummins Cabinet member for Adult social care said ‘We hope to encourage more businesses in Sefton to become ‘Dementia Friendly’ for carers and people living with dementia alike. These tips for eating out are brilliant because they come directly from those dealing with dementia. We hope to make everyday outings as enjoyable as we can for everybody in Sefton’

     Linda Lawson, Information Worker for the Society said ‘Eating out when you have dementia can be a challenging experience for both the person with this condition and those who care for them. The best suggestions to make this experience more relaxing and pleasurable come directly from those living with dementia as we know they really do work. We want to encourage more cafes and restaurants to become ‘dementia friendly’, small changes such as clear signage, good lighting and staff receiving free Dementia Friends training can make a huge difference to a person living with dementia.’

     If you would like any further information about Alzheimer’s Society and dementia support in Sefton please contact 01704 539 967 or E-mail southport@alzheimers.org.uk or you can visit their website for more information Website www.alzheimers.org.uk or visit the Sefton Dementia Action alliance website to see what’s going on around Sefton http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/3794_sefton_daa

#CleanerSeas for Sefton

 Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.

   

  For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

     The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here: www.environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

     A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!

• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.

• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.

• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.

• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full. 

Sharing Advice During #FraudWeek

Sefton Council is helping to raise awareness of the impact of crimes and how people can protect themselves during International Fraud week, 12-18 November. 

 It is estimated that fraud costs UK citizens £10 billion per year however only around 5% of crimes are reported due to a sense of embarrassment by the victms.

 Trading Standards regularly receive complaints about scams across the borough, ranging from rogue traders carrying out unnecessary, expensive and substandard building work, to individuals receiving phone calls and letters designed to trick them into providing bank details. 

 Fraud is often seen as a cold crime against organisations, however there are real people who suffer due to the actions of fraudsters. 

 It’s not just consumers that can become the victim of a scam. Businesses might receive invoices for adverts they claim they never agreed to, and others report companies offering their services work on their behalf submitting an appeal to gain a reduction in their business rates, when they know there is little chance of an appeal being successful. 

 Therefore, during International Fraud Week, Sefton Council are urging residents and local businesses to play their part and come forward with any concerns.  

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “Fraud and theft can have a huge impact on the amount of resources available to the community and we are determined to do all that we can to stop it.

 “If you see anything suspicious, please report it on the Fraud hotline 08000 567 000 or via the Sefton Council website sefton.gov.uk/fraud.

 “We take all reports of fraud very seriously and the information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence before any necessary action is taken.”

 Join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #FraudWeek.

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