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Seftons’ health experts urge residents to get flu jab- It’s free because you need it!

Leading health figures from Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are urging residents eligible for the flu jab to make sure they get protected.

Free flu vaccinations are available to those who are most seriously affected by the flu because they need it. This includes pregnant women, who can have the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, children aged 2 to 9, residents of all ages with a long-term health condition, everyone aged 65 and over, and people who are carers or work in health or social care roles.

While most people can expect to recover from flu in about a week, each winter, tens of thousands of people in England end up in hospital because of flu with thousands dying from complications of seasonal flu.

People who are eligible can get vaccinated at their local GP practice or pharmacy and parents with children in years 1-5 will be asked for permission for them to receive the nasal spray vaccination at school. Parents of pre-school children over two years old will be invited in by their GP practice and can book an appointment for their child to have the flu nasal spray.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I strongly recommend that all those who are eligible for a free vaccination make sure they get it to protect themselves from the adverse effects of flu.

“The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu and drastically reduces serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.”

Chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Dr Rob Caudwell, said: “Anyone of any age with an existing health condition, like asthma or diabetes should get vaccinated, even if they generally feel healthy and well. This is because a dose of flu can greatly worsen their condition and make complications like pneumonia more likely.”

Acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, Dr Craig Gillespie, said: “Carers are also eligible for a free flu jab as well as those they look after.

“If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, or if you have any questions about getting vaccinated, simply check the NHS website or contact your GP practice and ask for advice, we’ll be happy to help.”

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “As a member of front line staff working directly with patients, I am offered the flu jab and always have mine. It’s so important for those who are eligible so please take it up if you are.”

If you are eligible for the flu vaccine, get it now – it’s free because you need it. Contact your general practice or pharmacist to get it.

You can find a wide range of information about the annual flu immunisation campaign and see whether you are eligible at: www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine. If you have any further queries simply ask at your GP practice or pharmacist.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority formally adopts official definition of antisemitism

Following consultation with the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), and leading members of the Jewish community in the city region, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism in full.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s proposal to adopt the definition was unanimously agreed at the Combined Authority meeting on Friday 19 October. 

The definition, which was set out by the IHRA in Bucharest last year, will help to ensure there is clarity around what antisemitism is. This is a clear and practical working definition of antisemitism, and it is hoped that its adoption will create confidence within the Jewish community in the Liverpool City Region, and make it easy to recognise what is and is not antisemitic.

Marc Levy, North West regional manager at the JLC said: “The Merseyside Jewish community has always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.  This was further cemented in a recent meeting where Steve agreed to adopt the full IHRA definition on antisemitism.  The Jewish community strongly believe it is vital that there be a clear and practical definition that allows society to fight antisemitism in all its forms.

“I am delighted that this has been acted upon so swiftly and I would like to place on record my thanks to Steve for taking the concerns of the Jewish community so seriously.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Our city region has a strong record in standing against antisemitism and all other forms of hate crime. We cherish and celebrate the differences of all of our communities and traditions, but ultimately recognise that there is more that unites than divides us.

“As a Combined Authority we are here to serve all of our communities and that includes supporting the excellent work done by our constituent local authorities to build community cohesion.  Adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition should help to build on that work and send a strong message that we will not tolerate antisemitism or any other hate crime.”

Sefton Schools shortlisted in the Educate Awards

Five schools in Sefton have been shortlisted for a number of awards at this year’s Educate Awards.

  • Bishop David Sheppard CE Primary School in Southport is in the running for the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award.
  • Formby High School is shortlisted for Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider, whilst Hillside High School, Bootle, is nominated for the Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School Award.
  • Netherton Moss Primary School is hoping to bag the Outstanding Arts in a Primary School Award and Summerhill Primary School, Bootle, is looking to achieve the Most Inspirational Primary School accolade.
  • St Oswald’s CE Primary School, Bootle, is shortlisted for Spirit of Enterprise Award, whilst parent support advisor, Julie McNally, has been nominated for Support Star of the Year Award.

The Educate Awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its seventh year and is the largest education awards in the North West. From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognises the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards has grown rapidly, now recognising schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Commenting on the shortlist, Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “We are delighted to finally reveal the shortlist ahead of the awards ceremony in November. This year’s shortlist includes schools and colleges from all across the region.

“The awards recognise the arts, careers, sport, literacy, STEM and so much more – we believe it’s so important to celebrate all aspects of school life and champion the teachers and school support stars who bring learning to life!

“Many congratulations and good luck to all the shortlisted schools in Sefton.”

In total there are 21 award categories, from Teacher of the Year, Career Aspiration, School Support Star of the Year and Outstanding Commitment to Sport. The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

Associate sponsors include Winstanley College, All About STEM, Liverpool John Moores University, CER, Progress Schools, Liverpool Learning Partnership, School Improvement Liverpool, The Foundry Agency, LSSP, The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches and BMD Law.

Midge Ure brings his new tour to The Atkinson

Scottish music legend Midge Ure returns to the UK theatre circuit in early 2019 with a special concert experience – Midge will tour his Songs, Questions and Answers in the UK from March to May 2019.

25 years ago, Midge presented a theatre show with a Q&A element to it and in 2019 he will revisit that concept with an updated version entitled “Songs, Questions and Answers”. Each show will entail a Q&A element and a musical element.

Accompanying Midge are his multi instrumentalists Cole Stacey and Joe O’Keefe. Stacey and O’Keefe will also open the show playing their own original material as India Electric Company.

There is plenty to talk about too while covering a 40-year professional career from Ultravox, Midge’s solo work to Band Aid and his Orchestrated CD from 2017 as well as anything else the audience can think of to ask him.

Midge will perform songs from the Ultravox catalogue alongside his solo work. There will be an opportunity for suggestions from the crowd to pick a song for him to perform. The show will be a selection of material that will satisfy the fans and please the curious. It’s not often the audience gets to suggest the playlist.

The tour arrives at The Atkinson on Saturday 20 April and tickets are £20 and selling fast! To book please visit https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/midge-ure-2019/ or call Box Office on 01704 533333 (booking fees apply).

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Macmillan event to focus on wellbeing

People affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of support available to them on Thursday 1 November. The regular event in Southport takes a slightly different focus this time with the emphasis being on wellbeing and feeling better about yourself despite everything that you are going through.

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

Cancer can cause changes to people’s appearance that can be hard to cope with affecting how they see themselves and how they feel about their body. The centre has asked some of its service users to demonstrate some examples of how people can dress to feel more confident about how they look. 

For this event only, they have also invited companies that sell organic cosmetics and wigs to give people an idea of the products that are available. To make the afternoon even more enjoyable there will be a caricaturist and a table magician. 

On the day, as always, there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and you will have the chance to speak with cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. Volunteers from Sefton OPERA have also been welcomed back to offer complimentary therapies.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Community Navigator Manager at Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre said: “Following feedback from previous events we wanted to try something a little bit different this time.  

“From our experience of some of the things we do at the centre like our Boots No7 Pamper sessions, yoga and support groups, people appreciate finding ways to feel good about themselves even when they are going through difficult times.  We wanted to try and translate this into a Health & Wellbeing Event that appeals to all ages.”

Sarah McGrath, planned care lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “This regular event aims to help people affected by cancer as well as their friends and families. We think it’s important to show them the different types of support on hand. This time is slightly different with the focus on wellbeing and appearance to boost confidence and I do hope that it helps those who need that help and support.”  

The first 100 people to register before the event will get a goody bag on the day containing some lovely products donated to the centre around the theme of wellbeing.

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. It is 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.

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