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Charities and volunteer groups to bid for crime commissioner support

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is inviting bids from charities, third sector and voluntary organisations to deliver four specialist support services for victims of some of the most damaging crimes.

Jane Kennedy is encouraging organisations to apply for the grants provided as part of the Victim Care Merseyside service which will support victims of hate crime, harmful practices and families affected by homicide, including families of crime-related road traffic collisions

The announcement comes after the Commissioner revealed her plans to further improve the Victim Care Merseyside service from 2018 onwards by expanding some of the existing support services and commissioning a number of new services aimed at plugging the gaps created by new and emerging crimes.

The Commissioner is inviting bids for the grants to deliver four key services with the aim of providing the best possible care to help victims cope and recover. The services are:

The Victim Care Merseyside hate crime support service (race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, transgender identity) for £80,000

The Victim Care Merseyside support service for those subject to harmful practices (female genital mutilation/cutting, forced marriage, honour-based violence, modern slavery, emerging harmful practices) for £22,000

The Victim Care Merseyside support service for families affected by homicide, including families of crime-related road traffic collisions for £24,000.

A dedicated third-party reporting service for victims of hate crime (£25,000)

All four contracts can be viewed and the documents to apply can be found here

Year of the Coast thanks!

Sefton Council want to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to the thousands of residents, volunteers, tourists and staff who have helped make 2017 a fantastic Year of the Coast.

In January 2017, Sefton Council launched its Year Of The Coast celebrations to highlight the beautiful 22 miles of vibrant coastal land within our beautiful borough.

The Sefton coast forms the largest dune system in England and is home to thousands of different species of flora and fauna, internationally renowned artwork, golden sands, picture perfect landscapes and much more!

Throughout the 12 month long celebrations, Sefton celebrated fifty years of the National Trust in Formby, witnessed land in Formby being transferred to the National Trust, welcomed people from all over the world for the Open Golf Championships at Royal Birkdale and launched the Sefton Coast Plan for 2030 and beyond.

The Year Of The Coast culminated with the unveiling of the #SeftonSelfie collage featuring hundreds of selfies, snaps and stunning photos taken along the coast throughout 2017. The collage is now on display for all to see at the Eco Centre, Southport.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and sponsor for the Year of Sefton’s Coast, said:

“I feel very proud that Sefton has such a unique coastline that spreads over 22 miles ,

“Around 3 million people live within an hour’s drive from the Sefton coast and thousands upon thousands of people regularly visit our amazing coast.

“Throughout 2017 the Friends of the Sefton Coast helped organise and facilitate about 148 events on our coast with in excess of 2,319 hours of volunteer time given.

“2017 also marked 50 years since the National Trust first set up in Formby. This celebration also enabled us to successfully transfer further land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

“The Sefton coast was also put in the global shop window as record crowds witnessed an amazing Open golf Championship played out at Royal Birkdale.

“To sum it up it has been an amazing year and thanks to everyone here today who worked extremely hard to make it happen. Thank you very much.”

Following the culmination of the Year of the Coast, Sefton Council can reveal that 2018 has been officially dedicated as the Year of the Volunteer.

More details on the Year of the Volunteer will be revealed in due course.

Southport Pier temporary closure

A section of Southport Pier will be temporarily closed from January 3, 2018 to allow contractors to begin the second phase of its £2.9m improvement works.

The landward section of the pier, between Ocean Plaza and the Marine Lake cafe, will be closed off to the public until approximately March, 2018. This is to allow contractors to continue with a huge improvement project to create additional jobs, increase visitor numbers and secure Southport Pier as a valued asset for many years to come.

The seaward end of the Pier will remain fully open during the works, including the Pavilion.

Access to the Pier will be from the steps and ramp at Ocean Plaza, while signage and directional routes will be installed to help guide visitors and residents.

We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

Other works on and around the Pier include:
• The creation of new retail and food units
• New extension to the Pier pavilion
• New steps linking the Pier deck with the beach below
• Improvements to railings around Marine Lake

Formby Library play host to Lord Street history talk

The history of Lord Street, Southport will be the topic for the latest monthly talk taking place at Formby Library on Tuesday January 9.

The mile long Victorian thoroughfare, said to have been the inspiration for the tree lined boulevards of Paris, has been a favourite shopping destination for over a century and has many fascinating stories to tell.

The guest speaker is local historian Hilary Ambrose.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday January 9 and places are free but booking is advised. To secure a place please phone Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email Formby.Library@sefton.gov.uk.

For more information about Sefton Libraries, log onto www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries

Next of kin appeal to find family of Southport man

Sefton Coroner’s office is appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of a man who died in hospital in Southport.

Jakub Stopyra, 42, who previously lived on Bath Street in Southport, died on Sunday 17th December in Southport Hospital. There are no suspicious circumstance surrounding his death.

Anyone who has any information about Mr Stopyra’s next of kin is asked to contact Sefton Coroner’s officer Stephen Craig on 0151 777 3422 or email  sefton.coroners.office@Merseyside.pnn.police.uk

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