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Sefton Libraries help champion Dementia Action Week

Sefton Libraries service are helping to champion Dementia Action Week (May 21-27) with a number of special events across the borough.

A number of events, including a Memory Walk at Formby Library and a Chit & Chat reminiscence session at Netherton Library, will help mark the week of action which calls on all residents to help improve the everyday lives of those affected by dementia.

Residents are being encouraged to join library staff at the library on Duke Street, Formby on Thursday May 24 from 1.30pm for a leisurely walk through Formby Village.

Taking around an hour, the Memory Walk is designed to raise awareness of Dementia and Alzheimer’s as part of Dementia Action Week between May 21 and May 27.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Dementia Action Week is so important, especially in Sefton as a dementia friendly borough.

“One person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many face it alone.

“This Dementia Action Week, we’re calling on everyone to take action to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.”

“I encourage everybody to try and take part in some form of action to help a family member, a friend, anyone who may be affected some way by this horrible disease.

“If you would like to take part in our Memory Walk, staff and guests will, under a leisurely pace, walk through Formby village which will take around 60 minutes.

“Please come prepared for all weathers! There will be tea and coffee on return to Formby Library.”

Anyone interested in joining the Memory Walk is asked to arrive at Formby Library from 1:15pm on Thursday May 24.

Over at Netherton library, residents are warmly welcomed to take part in a Chit and Chat reminiscence session on May 22 from 2.30pm.

All other Sefton libraries will have a specially selected display of ‘Book on Prescription’ which support people who are living with or affected by memory loss.

Sefton CVS recognised for contribution to the NHS

An organisation which works on behalf of the local community in Sefton has been formally recognised for its contribution to the NHS.

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) has been awarded the NHS 70 community partner of the year award, as voted for by staff of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

Sefton CVS is an independent charity which aims to ‘support independent, resilient and sustainable communities’ by promoting and assisting the work of voluntary, community and faith (VCF) groups. One of the charity’s objectives is to promote the advancement of health with Sefton. This has seen Sefton CVS link up with a variety of groups including the Alzheimer’s Society, Healthwatch Sefton, Sefton Council, as well as NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

Some of the highlights from the work Sefton CVS has done with the NHS in Sefton include the Strand by Me community signposting and health shop in the Strand, the creation of an online directory for over 3,500 services delivered by more than 1,000 VCF groups in Sefton and the Sefton Emotional Achievement Service which delivered self-harm prevention and support for 11-25 year olds.

It is the first time the CCGs have chosen to recognise a community partner of the year award and it was voted for by members of staff at the CCGs as part of their annual staff awards. The award is part of a year-long celebration of the NHS 70th anniversary which will include national celebrations at Westminster Abbey and York Minster on the 5th July.

Speaking about the award, chief executive of the CCGs, Fiona Taylor, said: “Sefton CVS is an incredibly important partner for us in terms of working with the local community. The NHS is increasingly looking to community groups to make sure the health services we commission are joined up with other services and deliver the most benefit for local people and the team at Sefton CVS is an invaluable part of that. I am delighted that our staff have chosen to formally recognise its work through this award.”

Sefton CVS chief executive, Angela White OBE, said: “We are delighted to be presented with this award, which is made all the more special because votes have come from staff and colleagues at NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport & Formby CCG”.

“This award is a testament to the strong local partnerships that exist within our borough and I would like to thank our colleagues at both CCGs for nominating Sefton CVS”.

The CCGs have also asked the three Sefton MPs to submit a formal nomination for Sefton CVS to the NHS 70 Parliamentary Awards. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony which takes place in Westminster on the 4th July.

Royal invite for Sefton foster carer couple

Two selfless foster carers from Sefton are on their way to Windsor as special guests of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Southport couple Dawn Butterworth and Louise Todd have been foster carers in Sefton for six years and in that time have worked tirelessly to care for 24 children across the borough.

It is their hard work, dedication and love of their role which has seen the duo nominated by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside to be special guests at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.

Partners Dawn and Louise will spend the day at Windsor Castle where they will be able to listen to a live broadcast of the ceremony and watch the departure of the Bride and Groom’s Carriage Procession.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet with Dawn and Louise ahead of their once in a lifetime experience!

“They have been foster carers for Sefton since 2012 and have cared for lots of children in that time – from babies to teenagers!

“The care Dawn and Louise have provided over the years has been exemplary to say the least and the impact they have had on positively shaping children’s futures is invaluable.

“Like all our foster carers Dawn and Louise are passionate about the children they care for and go above and beyond.

“To have been given this honour shows just how much Dawn and Louise have done for fostering in the borough.”

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, from 12pm on Saturday, May 19.

Celebrate fifty years of Bowie with brand new stage show

Absolute Bowie presents a brand new stage show at The Atkinson on Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm.

50 Years of Bowie” is a musical journey through the iconic singer’s ever changing personas this May at The Atkinson.

David Bowie’s evolving image has mesmerised fans since the early 70’s and for the first time ever Absolute Bowie takes the audience on a trip presenting all his best-loved personas in all their glory. 

Performed by a world class five-piece band (six with added saxophone!), this brand new and unique concert features three sets and more costume changes than any other show. A true extravaganza of the wonder that is Bowie’s work.

Absolutely wicked. As one who was there, watching AB put me back there again. For anyone who missed it or fans who want to relive it I definitely recommend it. As close to the real thing that you’ll get. Enjoy.” – Woody Woodmansey (Spiders from Mars).

All of the Starman’s greatest hits are performed plus the band perform tracks from the albums David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, Heroes, Aladdin Sane, Hunky Dory and Young Americans through to Heathen, Outside, Reality, Earthling and Blackstar.

Featuring the incredible vocals of John O’Neill as David Bowie, with Chris Buratti on guitar, Fabio Cashio on bass, Alex Paollilo on keyboards, Alessandro Ricardi on drums and Fiona Asbury on saxophone. The band have toured the UK and Europe for the past 9 years performing the hits of Bowie with their energetic (and theatrical!) stage show and look to take things to the highest level with this huge new show.

Prepare to be taken from A to Z (Absolute Beginners to Ziggy!) with Stations to Station in between.

Tickets are on sale now £18.50 / £22 doors and available online at https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/absolute-bowie/  via the Box Office on 01704 533333 and over the counter during opening hours.

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Metro Mayor marks first year in office by celebrating Auhority’s achievements

Steve Rotheram has marked the first anniversary of his election as the first Metro Mayor and the creation of a Mayoral Combined Authority by celebrating the achievements of the Combined Authority over the last year.

Elections for the new role were held on 4 May 2017, with Steve officially taking up the role on Monday 8 May, 2017.

The city region has had a Combined Authority since 2014, bringing together the political leaders of the six local authorities – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral – along with the Local Enterprise Partnership.

With the election of a Metro Mayor, that body became a Mayoral Combined Authority with additional powers over key priorities including employment and skills, strategic housing and planning, transport and highways, economic and business growth, energy and environment, culture, finance, European funding, information sharing, constitutional and governance issues.

Commenting on the one-year anniversary, Steve Rotheram said:

“This has been a very exciting first year as Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region and, working with the leaders of our six local authorities, we have already achieved so much.

“Devolution means that we can make our own decisions here, rather than having them taken for us in Whitehall.

“We’re using that power to deliver an investment programme of over £1bn in transport, skills, economic development and housing.

“Whilst transformational change will inevitably take time, today is an opportunity to assess our progress to date. Some of the key achievements over the last year include: our £5m Households into Work programme, helping 800 families into new jobs; building a new station at Maghull North; and securing £234m in additional government funding to modernise our transport network and connect the City Region to HS2.

“This is just the start. I stood as Metro Mayor because I believe that devolution can be a game changer for our region.

“One year on I’m more convinced than ever that we are making real progress towards a brighter future. “

The 15 Combined Authority achievements over the last year highlighted by the Metro Mayor are listed below:

1. Launched our pioneering Households into Work initiative to support 800 families with two or more people in long-term unemployment back into work

2. Secured £5m to support the growth of digital and creative businesses through the LCR Activate programme

3. Invested £3.4 million in Alstom, for a state-of-the-art train maintenance and repair facility, creating hundreds of local jobs and apprenticeships.

4. Started work on a city region full-fibre network, providing ultra-fast digital connectivity across the whole of the Liverpool City Region

5. Building a new £13m station for Maghull North and a £19m interchange scheme, new station building and park and ride facility at Newton-le-Willows

6. Constructing a new £19m railway line connecting our region to North Wales via the Halton Curve

7. Established a Mersey Tidal Power commission to harness the power of the River Mersey

8. Providing £12m funding for the Paddington Village development – an integral part of Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter

9. Providing cleaner public transport where low emission buses make up 70% of bus fleet, with one fifth of those powered by electricity

10. Introducing a “1% for culture” programme to support cultural activities across our region and naming St Helens as our inaugural “Borough of Culture”

11. Delivering £5m to support the Liverpool 2018 cultural programme– the celebration of the 10th anniversary since it was European Capital of Culture.

12. Investing in initiatives to support the creation of 5,000 local jobs, 2,000 apprenticeships and 25,000 new homes by 2020.

13. Securing £234m in additional government funding to modernise our transport network and connect the City Region to HS2.

14. Establishing FASJAB (the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board), the first of its kind in the country, to ensure fairness and social justice is at the heart of decision-making across the Liverpool City Region.

15. Securing a share of £28m from government to deliver a ‘Housing First’ approach to homelessness.

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