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Park Nights return for May Half Term

Active Sefton’s successful Park Nights are set to return this May half term!

The free evening events are designed to give youngsters across the south of borough the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Hosted at various locations throughout South Sefton, the early evening events aims to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to take part in fun filled activities

Throughout the week (Tuesday May 29 – Friday June 1) youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including street golf, ultimate frisby, climbing walls and more!

Park Nights is organised by Active Sefton and funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.

Activities include:

  • Dodgeball and Games at Bowersdale Park (5-7pm) Tuesday May 29
  • Street Golf and Football at Kirkstone Park (6-8pm) on Tuesday May 29
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Games at Derby Park (5-7pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Climbing Wall at Netherton Activity Centre (6-8pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Street golf and Football at Crosby Coastal Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball at Kirkstone Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Street Golf and Football at North Park (5-7pm) on Friday June 1 

For more information contact the Active Sefton Team on 0151 288 6286.

Welfare support

Sefton Council is continuing to support some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents by earmarking more than half-a-million pounds to help them.

 Despite a continued reduction in support from the Government, the council has committed £500,000 to its welfare support scheme. The scheme was established to provide support for vulnerable, low-income families hit by unexpected financial crises, domestic emergencies and the impact of welfare reform.

 This funding will be monitored closely and may be re-evaluated if the demand for services exceeds the current budget. 

 The council has committed to continue to fund the administration of its local welfare services to ensure that those who need support are able to access it when support is needed. Financial resources will also be used to support Sefton’s helping hand service which manages the provision of essential household items.

 South Sefton and Southport foodbanks will also benefit from a tranche of the funding which will help the services to maintain the necessary levels of food and other items in response to referrals from the council’s local welfare scheme. In addition, a significant portion of the budget will help to support the provision of gas and electricity awards to applicants.

 Without this funding, many people across Sefton would not have access to vital hardship support, forcing them to go without or faced with no option but to take out high cost loans to pay for basics such as food, energy or furniture.
 
 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s telling that due to the Government’s austerity measures we are seeing an increase in residents who need additional welfare support. It is clear that food bank usage is growing and more and more people, including those who are in work, are finding it difficult to support themselves as a result of welfare reform.

“The Council has rightly set aside a significant budget to help keep essential welfare services running, but the hard truth is that even this extra financial support may not be enough for these vital services to meet the increased demand.”

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, added: “It is a shame that in 2018 we are still seeing so many Sefton residents who are finding themselves impacted by welfare reform and facing poverty.

 “Government cuts have meant that services that provide support to vulnerable people are finding themselves at breaking point and local charities are finding it increasingly difficult to cope and offer support.

 “It is so important for the council to ensure that its local communities are able to receive the support they need when they are experiencing severe financial hardship. We are doing all we can when sadly we know more needs to be done.”

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

 The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives. 

 Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.  

 Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

 This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

 Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.  

 The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton. 

 “Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

 Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.  

 “This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

Volunteers needed to bring junior parkrun to Bootle and Formby

Parkrun UK wants Sefton’s most enthusiastic volunteers to lend a helping hand to help bring the junior parkrun to Bootle and Formby.

The junior parkrun is a series of 2km events aimed at young people aged 4-14. These runs are held in open space and are free, safe and easy to take part in.

If you’re interested in sports or youth volunteering this could be a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in your local area.

If you’re interested in becoming a parkrun volunteer or would like more information, get in touch with lesley.neary@parkrun.com

To find out more about parkrun UK visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

 

Splash World washes away its carbon footprint

As Splash World, Southport reflects on the 10 years since it first opened its doors in 2008, the Sefton Council run centre has discovered that it has saved almost 3,000 tonnes of CO2.

 This massive saving would be enough to run nearly 800 homes for an entire year and is the equivalent to planting over 31,000 trees.

 The huge savings have been achieved through the use of an onsite Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) which has allowed the centre to generate its own electricity by using renewable energy from solar power.

 While new and more efficient technology has facilitated the savings, the indoor water park and leisure centre has worked closely with the council’s Energy and Environmental Management Section to make changes to how the site is run to ensure better energy efficiency. This includes the installation of pool covers, LED lighting, better controls to air conditioning and more up to date and energy efficient gym equipment.

 The centre also ensures that all of its staff are trained to ensure that energy saving is part of their everyday job.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is fantastic to see that energy saving has become such a huge priority in recent years.

 “To see the amount of CO2 emissions that have been avoided since Splash World first opened its doors 10 years ago really sets a precedent for local businesses to take action and undertake measures to use alternative energy sources.

 “I am delighted that such a great Sefton Council run facility has made an important and positive change and look forward to seeing how other businesses look to follow suit in the future.”

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