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Sefton residents urged to ‘keep warm, keep well’

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG have joined Sefton Council in encouraging people in Sefton to ‘keep warm, keep well’ over the next few days as severe low temperatures and a bitterly cold wind are forecast from now until the weekend.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across the North West and although Sefton isn’t currently expected to see any snow over the coming days, that doesn’t lower the risk from freezing cold temperatures.

People over the age of 65, pregnant women, people with a long-term health condition and very young children are amongst those who most at risk from the cold weather. The NHS offers advice on how to keep you and your family well at home including:

  • heating your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • get a flu jab, if you haven’t already had one
  • wear several layers of clothes to maintain body heat
  • have at least one hot meal a day and have hot drinks regularly
  • keep moving and active
  • seek advice from a pharmacist if you are feeling unwell, even if it’s just a cough or cold
  • check in on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe and well

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs, said: “This week looks like it could be one of the coldest we’ve had for some time so it is important for people to prepare. It can be difficult to stay warm in these kind of temperatures and if you know someone who needs help, please do take the time to look in on them over the next few days.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “With temperatures predicted to drop below zero this week, it’s important for residents to make sure that they are prepared for the cold.

“If you’re in good health and able to get about please check in on elderly relatives, neighbours or those who may be living with dementia to ensure they are warm enough and have everything they need at home.”

For more advice on how to ‘keep warm, keep well’, please visit the NHS Choices website:

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/KeepWarmKeepWell.aspx

Dive into a new era of swimming in Sefton

Sefton’s pools are set to launch brand new swimming timetables complete with a selection of new sessions on March 1 2018.

 Dunes Splash World in Southport, Bootle Leisure Centre and Meadows Leisure Centre in Maghull will be introducing a variety of new swim sessions that have been specifically designed to match the feedback residents gave in a consultation last year.

 This comes as part of Sefton Council’s measures to improve the swimming offer in the borough made possible by grant funding from Sport England.

 The installation of high tech sound systems and lighting at the three centres has opened up a world of opportunities for the kind of pool sessions that can be offered in Sefton.

 Calm Waters will make use of mood lighting and gentle music to create a relaxed pool environment, perfect for those recovering from ill health or anyone who wants to enjoy a swim in calmer waters.

 Swim and Splash on the other hand will be perfect for younger swimmers looking to have fun in the pool. These sessions will come complete with music, floats and monthly Wave Raves will even see the pool dyed different colours.

 Swimming is a great form of exercise and the new swim fit sessions will allow participants to train in a lane that is relevant to their ability. They will have to option to follow exercises led by an instructor or through poolside swim fit cards.

 As well as the new additions, popular sessions are set to return including £1 swims, swimming lessons and Get Healthy Get Active, a swimming confidence programme for adults with learning disabilities and over 65’s.

 Over 3,000 people took part in the consultation to tell the council what they thought about swimming and how it could be improved.

 As well as tailoring new timetables, the consultation also led to a full renovation of the changing facilities at Dunes Splash World and Bootle Leisure Centre. All three centres will also be fitted with poolside lockers that can be used to store items such as glasses, hearing aids and walking sticks while poolside hangers can be used to hang towels and robes.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into improving the swim offer in Sefton and it’s fantastic to see everything come together.

 “The new changing facilities at Dunes and in Bootle have made a huge difference to the pool environments and the introduction of the new timetables will truly open up a world of swimming opportunities for Sefton residents!”

 To see the full list of sessions heading to the centres visit www.sefton.gov.uk/swimsessions

Bootle-based YKids is on the look out for volunteers!

Are you over the age of 18? Would you like to to volunteer for a charity, working to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Bootle?

Join Ykids in their newly refurbished building- 98a Linacre Lane on Thursday February 8 at 6pm to find out about the range of opportunities available for volunteers.

Most roles are children & youth work focused and YKids is particularly looking for people who have time in the evenings- ideally at least one day per week. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has, or is looking to work in education to help our in its after schools program.

During this evening the team will let you know all about Ykids as an organisation, the work it does, and what roles are available. It will give both staff and volunteers a chance to get to know each other.

Please note, this is an information evening- all new volunteers will also have to complete an informal interview, induction process and DBS check (criminal record). If you have any questions about this please contact: alihorton@ykids.co.uk

There are also be opportunities to work within an office environment on tasks such as admin or fundraising- please contact YKids for further information about this sort of opportunity.

 

Calling all Sefton schools! The Educate Awards launches for 2018

Formby High-One of Sefton’s 2017 winners

 The Educate Awards is thrilled to announce entries are now open for 2018’s ceremony, in association with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors.

Many Sefton schools were celebrated at last years ceremony including Netherton Moss Primary School, Formby High, St Michael’s CofE High School and Bedford Primary. 

 The awards, founded by Kim O’Brien in 2012, is the largest education awards in the North West and celebrates every aspect of the school’s curriculum, teaching and staff.

 From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognise the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

 The awards are free to enter and open to all government funded and independent private educational establishments, including primary, secondary, further education providers and special needs schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire.

 Kim O’Brien says:

“The Educate Awards is an important platform to celebrate education and give those working in schools who transform learning, the credit they deserve.

 “We would love to hear about the teachers, support staff and exciting projects happening in schools right across the Liverpool city region!

 “We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2018 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West.”

 

A super choir featuring many Sefton schools performed at last years event

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.

 The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 24 June 2018. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit www.educateawards.co.uk 

 Award categories

  • The Communication Award
  • Eco School Project of the Year
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • SEND Provision Award
  • Innovative and Creative Literacy Award
  • STEM Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Arts in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School
  • Career Aspiration Award
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School
  • Community Partnership Award
  • Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills
  • Innovation in Education Award
  • School Support Star of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Leadership Team of the Year
  • Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider
  • Most Inspirational Secondary School
  • Most Inspirational Primary School
  • Wow Recognition Award

Could you help someone with dementia keep doing the things they love?

Alzheimer’s Society will be holding a drop-in volunteer recruitment event to encourage people to sign up and help Sefton residents in need of support.

Side by Side is a new free service that links a volunteer to someone living with dementia to help them get out and about and continue enjoying the activities they love. From joining a local club, going to the football, or just going for a stroll in the park, Alzheimer’s Society wants people with dementia to live the lives they want and deserve, and Side by Side volunteers can help make this possible.

The drop in will be held at Linacre Bridge Community Hub on Tuesday January 30, 10am-12.30pm. 

Whether you’re a social butterfly, shopaholic or nature lover, Alzheimer’s Society needs volunteers like you to help people in Sefton who are living with dementia.

The information event is an informal drop-in opportunity for members of the public to come and find out about the different types of volunteering they can get involved in.

Both staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions that may help you to decide if volunteering is for you or not. 

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings and weekends at various times, either in person or over the phone- so it’s a flexible way to give your time and really make a huge difference to someones life.

For more information phone 0170 453 9967 or email sidebysidesefton@alzheimers.org.uk 

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