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Ovington Drive Play Area

Money has been made available through Sefton Council’s Capital Programme for new play equipment at a site in Southport.

 A sum of £30K has been agreed with Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, for new playground equipment at Ovington Drive, Kew.

 In August, following some safety concerns, Sefton Council reluctantly took the decision to close the facility and decommission the old equipment, which was done with Cabinet Member approval and ward councillors notified.

 Money has been made available and designs are being drawn up involving the local community to replace the outdated equipment which had rapidly deteriorated and been removed. Once finalised, it is hoped the new play area will open in spring, 2018.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Earlier this year we made the difficult decision to decommission the play area on safety grounds.

 “As a result of community reaction to the closure and representations made to the Leader of the Council and myself, I rapidly exercised my discretion to identify funding from within the existing parks budget to prevent the closure.

 “We are currently working with the local community on designs for the play area, and once complete and agreed, we will start work on the site.

 “Discussions are ongoing on a similar scheme relating to Smithy Green in Formby and as soon as we have further details about this, we will highlight them through our many communication channels.”

Carnegie Library

Sefton Council is advertising for rental offers for a leasehold interest in Carnegie Library, Crosby.

 Sefton recognises the importance of the Grade II listed building and is advertising it again to try and identify the right opportunity that benefits the community and local residents.

 Regenerus had previously expressed an interest in operating the College Road building, but earlier this year they informed Sefton Council and withdrew their offer after being unsuccessful in a Heritage Lottery bid.

 The building is now being advertised by way of informal tender with a closing date for receipt of tenders of January 19, 2018. Any offers for the building will be evaluated and then reported to Cabinet Member to approve any preferred bidder.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “This is a valued asset for both the Council and the local community and its heritage status is widely recognised.

 “As a result, we are endeavouring to identify the most appropriate long term use for the building and hope community groups and enterprises really consider this.

 “We believe a renewed tender process will offer the Council exposure to a greater range of options to consider for the benefit of the wider community.”

 Tender details are available from Sefton Council’s Property and Facilities Management Team, Third Floor, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, by calling 0151 934 3254 or by emailing mark.litherland@sefton.gov.uk.

Tips for dining out with a person living with dementia

     Caring for somebody who is living with dementia can mean some planning and adjustments to things we often take for granted. One of those things is eating out, sometimes it can be difficult so Alzheimer’s Society in Southport, have some hints and tips from service users and carers from across Sefton to help you on your next outing.

  • I find people are very kind and helpful when I am out with mum. Mum struggles to pick up a cup without spilling her favourite cappuccino or hot chocolate – I have started getting her a straw which helps enormously, she enjoys it!
  • Child or smaller portions are about the right size and usually easier to eat.
  • I often take mum to the garden centre for lunch – soup and a roll, cappuccino and a cake!  We go early to avoid the queues.  I sit mum at a table then go and get the food.
  • We try to book a restaurant when its open, then we can choose a secluded place to sit to avoid too much noise and distractions. We can order quickly so there is not too much time to wait. We often decide what we are going to eat beforehand so there is even less delay. We tend to have a main meal and dessert, and then home for coffee.
  • I take Mum for a coffee and cake rather than a big meal as she gets agitated after a few minutes and it’s easier to drink up and go if we need to. 
  • With family meals, we tend to get takeaway fish and chips at home so that if dad doesn’t feel up to participating, it’s no big deal.
  • Visit places at quieter times of the day and avoid weekends.
  • Choose places with good lighting, not too loud background noise and, if possible an establishment where staff are Dementia Friends. 
  • Using the same establishment to provide familiarity and also the staff/management can identify your needs. (Lots of napkins, quiet table, close to toilets). Dependant on ability pre-order a selection of finger foods to be placed on the table, avoids any issues with cutlery, everybody can eat the same food. As a past restaurant manager, I would be happy to provide a regular order for my guests. 
  • Having the appropriate drinking vessel for the person with dementia, (if they require a beaker bring one). As a dementia champion i have not encountered many restaurants that have dementia friends training for all staff so please ask for what you need.
  • When my step mum went into a Care Home and found going out difficult, we used to take a picnic into the Home, and eat it in the garden. Her favourite smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches and cakes. We would talk about places we had been out for picnics in the past and it brought back happy memories. We had some lovely afternoons without the stress all round if she had difficulties when we were out in a restaurant or cafe.
  • My wife has an eating disorder and can’t manage a regular meal.   As a result I order a main and an extra plate. Initially it was worried it might be a bit embarrassing but nobody batted an eyelid.

     These helpful tips are from people caring for others living with dementia and how they have been able to find workarounds whilst out and about. Most cafes and restaurants are more than happy to help, so always ask if there is something you need or if you have any specific requirements. Living with dementia means just that – living.

     Cllr Cummins Cabinet member for Adult social care said ‘We hope to encourage more businesses in Sefton to become ‘Dementia Friendly’ for carers and people living with dementia alike. These tips for eating out are brilliant because they come directly from those dealing with dementia. We hope to make everyday outings as enjoyable as we can for everybody in Sefton’

     Linda Lawson, Information Worker for the Society said ‘Eating out when you have dementia can be a challenging experience for both the person with this condition and those who care for them. The best suggestions to make this experience more relaxing and pleasurable come directly from those living with dementia as we know they really do work. We want to encourage more cafes and restaurants to become ‘dementia friendly’, small changes such as clear signage, good lighting and staff receiving free Dementia Friends training can make a huge difference to a person living with dementia.’

     If you would like any further information about Alzheimer’s Society and dementia support in Sefton please contact 01704 539 967 or E-mail southport@alzheimers.org.uk or you can visit their website for more information Website www.alzheimers.org.uk or visit the Sefton Dementia Action alliance website to see what’s going on around Sefton http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/3794_sefton_daa

Black Friday advice for Businesses and Security staff

Black Friday has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when retailers reduce prices across their stock to kick-start the Christmas gift-buying season.
 
The National Business Crime Centre are advising retail stores to review their security and ensure they have adequate resources in place to respond to the increased demand. Retailers should provide their own security arrangements during the sales, and consider police assistance only as a ‘last resort’.
 
 
Last year, there were incidents of overcrowding and arrests were made as shoppers clashed over bargains. Think about how you can improve on what you did last year.
Things you can do:
  • Have sufficient staff to cope with the increased demand
  • Security officers should have a visible presence, clearly display ID badges and be briefed, crowded places can lead to more opportunities for pickpockets
  • Ensure staff are fully briefed to positively engage with customers
  • Remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security or police
  • Review and communicate any emergency/evacuation procedures to staff, ensure all necessary equipment, including first aid supplies, are readily available
  • Have the ability to control access points in to your premises
  • If you have access to a ‘ShopWatch’ radio, ensure it is utilised
  • Check CCTV is fully operational and that you have available staff members who are trained to operate it
  • Contact your local police or Business Partnership if you have specific events which you feel they should be aware of
In the event of an emergency, always call 999.

Well Sefton lights up Oriel Road’s underpass

The Oriel Road rail underpass, in Bootle, has undergone a major transformation thanks to the collaborative work of Sefton Council, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Safe Regeneration.

 Forming part of the Well Sefton project, which aims to create a better Bootle, the regeneration aimed to breathe new life into the underpass which had fallen into a state of disrepair.

 Well Sefton is a collaborative programme that is working to improve the health and wellbeing of the people living and working in Bootle by creating a vibrant and connected community, living in a more pleasant environment.

 The collaboration is made up of Sefton Council, Safe Regeneration, Regenerus, YKids, Sefton CVS and the South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group.

 Volunteers from Safe Regeneration joined forces with service users from Mersey Care’s substance misuse service, Ambition Sefton, to revamp the public walkway between Oriel Road and Canal Street.

 The volunteer team cleaned and stripped graffiti from the tunnel walls before repainting and decorating with unique designs under the expert direction of Stella Lang, creative artist at Safe Regeneration.

 Each piece of artwork tells a story and shares an experience of the volunteers and artists involved in the project.

 Sefton Council’s highways maintenance department ensured that repairs were made to lighting and drainage systems.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“The work to transform the underpass is truly outstanding and it will certainly help to create a safer community, especially for those who use the walkway.

 “I would like to thank the council’s highways maintenance team for ensuring all repairs were made and of course all of the wonderful volunteers from Safe Regeneration and Mersey Care for their fantastic work.”

 Joe Rafferty, chief executive at Mersey Care, added:

“This project is a terrific example of small scale inter-agency activity that makes an immediate difference.

“Local artists have smarted up and created stunning designs in what was, to be fair, a dark and intimidating railway underpass. 

“The underpass provides a much needed route to Ambition Sefton on Canal Street and thanks to the transformation, service users now have a safer path into treatment.” 

 Brian Dawe, CEO at Safe Regeneration, said:

“SAFE Regeneration has been delighted to work in partnership with Sefton Council and Mersey Care to transform a dark, threatening area into a light, welcoming walkway.

“The spectacular result is a true work of art and a real tribute to all those involved, showing what we can all do together to make a positive improvement to our community!” 

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