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Sefton’s Community Learning Service celebrate learners and staff!

Sefton’s Community Learning Service held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday (August 7) to celebrate the hard work and dedication of both its learners and staff.

Now in its 15th year, the awards are seeing an increase in the number of participants achieving qualifications. This year 40 residents achieved a recognised qualification this year with over 400 qualifications between them.

The awards also present an opportunity for staff to be recognised for their hard work and this year tutors Carol Ann Duffy, Alyson Davies, Jayne Moss, Maureen Cant and Karon McGeer were all awarded for their services.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said:

“Congratulations to all of the learners this year who have managed to achieve over 400 qualifications between them. This is a huge accomplishment and fits in with our 2030 vision of building resilient communities by supporting residents gain skills and qualifications.

“The awards are also a great way to celebrate the tutors who continue to dedicate time and support to help Sefton residents gain new skills and recognised qualifications that can help to improve their employment prospects in the future.”

 To find out more about Sefton’s Community Learning Service visit www.sefton.gov.uk/communitylearning

 

Patients and families praise ‘invaluable’ Southport cancer event

Over 100 people whose lives have been affected by cancer have been learning about the local support available to them at an ‘invaluable’ event in Southport.

The health and wellbeing event was organised by the Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre in conjunction with NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, held at the Royal Clifton Hotel and provided an afternoon of information for local people.

Hannah Bland from Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) was a guest speaker talking about the role of ‘community connectors’. These volunteers work to reduce social isolation by supporting people to access local groups and organisations and help them to become more involved in their local community.

Those attending the health and wellbeing event said they benefited from hearing from other people affected by cancer and sharing ideas, as well as the two breakout sessions on ‘the fear of recurrence’ and ‘the importance of self-management’, which were led by local healthcare professionals.

The range of support available locally for people was displayed on more than 30 market place stalls that people were invited to browse. Stallholders ranged from the clinical nurse specialists from Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and Aintree Hospital NHS Trust, to support groups, voluntary organisations and other services that can help people live with and beyond cancer.   

Going beyond physical health, visitors were treated to a mini-makeover provided by Boots No7 or a hand massage courtesy of Sefton OPERA. Taking time to care for your mental wellbeing is just as important as physical treatment. 

One of those patients who attended the event said: “Whether it’s your first time of going or your third, you always get to hear new information and help which can only be a good thing.

“These events are invaluable as you can speak to specialists and ask questions which you may have forgotten to ask a doctor or consultant.

“It’s good that friends, family and carers can go to these events as they too can get help and advice and without these events where could they turn to.”

Graeme Allan, primary care cancer lead and Macmillan GP at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It’s great to see so many people coming to find out about the local services available to them.

“Cancer touches so many people’s lives and it’s important that we support people as they go through treatment, or are caring for someone else who is.

“I want to thank The Southport Macmillan Centre staff and volunteers, Sefton CVS, our local Trust and everyone else who helped bring this day together.”

The next health and wellbeing event promises to be even better as the focus of the afternoon will be all about living life and having fun. The staff at the centre will be combining this event with the Christmas fair so there will be plenty to see and do. More details will be released later in the year.

‘Big Chat’ about health in south Sefton

Health commissioners are inviting south Sefton residents to come to their ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Thursday 27 September 2018. 

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is combining its annual review meeting with a ‘Big Chat’ style event, and this year will also be celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

So, as well as finding out about the CCG’s performance and achievements over the past 12 months, the event is a chance for residents to give their views about the organisation’s latest work to shape services.

This year, the event will include a marketplace with a range of health and wellbeing related stalls that people can browse ahead of the start of the main programme, which will combine a mix of presentations and interactive, table based discussions.

Dr Craig Gillespie, acting chair for the CCG, said:

“This will be our 10th ‘Big Chat’ event in South Sefton. We really value the feedback and suggestions we gather from all those who come along to the events, so we hope to welcome many local people to our annual review.”

He added:

“We are also hosting a marketplace, where colleagues and partners from neighbouring health organisations will have information stalls promoting a range of local health services.”

Copies of the CCG’s annual report and accounts for 2017-2018 will also be available for people to take away.

The event begins at 1pm with a marketplace and refreshments, with the main agenda taking place from 2pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, Bootle, L20 2DD. The marketplace and refreshments will be available from 1pm.

Anyone who would like to come along is asked to confirm their attendance, along with any special requirements they may have, by calling 0151 317 8456 or emailing: southsefton.ccg@nhs.net

Help name Southport’s new mental health hospital

As work progresses on a £20 million new mental health hospital in Southport Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is keen to hear from members of the local community their ideas to help name it.

Currently being built off Scarisbrick New Road and due to open in early 2020, its project team will be sharing latest images and designs at local roadshows and asking for views on a name for the facility and its wards.

Drop into see them at The Atkinson in Lord Street, Southport, on Thursday 16 August (10am to 1pm) in ground floor Gallery 8; or on Monday September 3 (10am to 12.30pm) in The Atkinson’s foyer or The Life Rooms in Scarisbrick Avenue off Lord Street (1pm to 4pm).

Naming suggestion forms can also be picked up and left at The Life Rooms Southport, or you can email your ideas before the closing date of 10 September to Southport.Project@merseycare.nhs.uk

Mersey Care’s Chief Executive Joe Rafferty said:

“People in our care deserve the best standards of accommodation and therapeutic environments within the resources we have.”

The new hospital will combine local mental health inpatient care and some related community services on the historic former Southport General Infirmary site, close to the former Christiana Hartley Maternity Unit and continues a long tradition of health services there. The new-build is to the rear of the existing mental health facility the Boothroyd Unit, which it will replace along with the nearby Hesketh Centre.

All of the new hospital’s bedrooms will be single with en-suite bathrooms and inpatients will have access to safe inner garden courtyards, therapy and activity areas including a gym. There will be an on-site café, a family visiting room, sacred space, suite of offices and outpatient services.

Summer holidays don’t have to spell unhealthy habits

The school summer holidays are a chance to relax, sleep in, and enjoy a break from homework, but it’s best to maintain some routines to stay healthy and avoid a ‘shock to the system’ come September.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Routines such as regular bedtimes and mealtimes are important for keeping your children on the right learning path.

“Studies show that memory, learning, attention, mood, behaviour and physical health are all improved through sleep.”

Here are some top tips for healthy eating and drinking during the summer holidays:

There’s room for occasional treats during the holidays but it can get expensive to keep buying a round of ice creams for the whole family – try to plan ahead and take some healthier snacks with you on a day out.

Change 4 Life have some great ideas for healthier lunchbox and picnic swaps that are easy to prepare and fun for the whole family: www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes.

It can be difficult to keep food cool on hot days, so follow this advice from NHS Choices on how to prepare and cook food safely, including on barbeques: www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-prepare-and-cook-food-safely

Try to limit your intake of sugary drinks – even fruit juices contain sugar. Water is the healthiest option and the best for rehydration on a hot day. You can make the drinks more appealing to kids by adding novelty ice cubes or chopped fruit and cucumber.

Debbie added: “Eating healthily, regular exercise and good sleep all go hand-in-hand and will make the summer holidays more enjoyable and stress-free for the whole family.”

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