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Sefton appoints Agilisys to drive digital transformation

Sefton Council has awarded a five year contract to Agilisys to support their digital transformation

Agilisys, the leading cloud and digital transformation specialist for the public sector, has been selected by Sefton Council to deliver a new managed IT services model, which includes the introduction of an innovative, cloud-based platform that will enable the Council’s employees to work even more efficiently, effectively and collaboratively.

The contract award, which follows a competitive procurement process, will see Agilisys take on the existing ICT service from Arvato, who has provided the service to the Council for the last 10 years. Agilisys will work with the Council to build on the existing solid foundations and take Sefton forward on the next stage of its exciting digital transformation journey.

This new partnership with Agilisys will support the Council’s values and ambitions to get the most from new technology by providing digital tools, which support more flexible and collaborative working.

In addition to the enhanced organisational improvements the technology is seeking to enable, Sefton Council is set to gain additional benefits through the partnership.

This includes support and capacity from Agilisys to help the Council modernise working practices, to better meet the needs of citizens and deliver great customer experiences.

Councillor Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources at Sefton Council said:

“Digital innovation has become very important to our workforce and our residents and we have to keep up with the pace of change if we are to remain relevant to those we’re here to serve.

“We realise that in today’s world, people want to work where they get access to information, such as data. The cloud is absolutely the key to unlocking the staggering volumes of data across the council to better understand and meet the needs of our citizens.

“Building on the great work we’ve done in recent years with Arvato, Agilisys’ cloud enabled digital transformation expertise makes them the right partner to help us harness the benefits of new technologies and take us on the next stage of our transformation journey.”

Andrew Mindenhall, chief executive at Agilisys, added: “We are delighted to be working with Sefton Council to help transform the way services are delivered across the region. For nearly 20 years, Agilisys has been helping public sector organisations to adopt new technologies and we are looking forward to developing a long term partnership with the Council.

“By working closely with the team at Sefton, we will draw on our cloud migration and digital transformation expertise to create a secure, reliable, and flexible modern infrastructure that enables new ways of working to benefit both the council and its citizens.”

The 10 year partnership between Arvato and Sefton Council has been successful in delivering a wide range of service improvements for the citizens of Sefton and comes to its agreed end in September 2018. Agilisys will take over from Arvato in the provision of ICT services from 1 October 2018 for an initial period of five years. Colleagues from Arvato will TUPE across to Agilisys in line with this timeframe.

Sefton gives food for thought with annual Access to Food scheme

Sefton Council and Sefton CVS have once again given food for thought at its annual Children’s Access to Food Programme, supplying over four thousand hot meals to those in need.

The scheme, which is in its third year, helps to support families across Sefton who are most in need of help and hot meals, allowing them to end a reliance on school meals to help nourish their children.

Such a scheme would not have been possible without the support and hard work of front line local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups who were vital in making the programme come together.

A total of 4,350 meals were served across Sefton during the six week period over the summer holidays.

In addition to Sefton Council’s children’s centre and school provision, Sefton CVS coordinated a network of local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector organisations including The Orrell Trust, Waterloo Community Association, Parenting 2000 and The Inclusion Network to offer additional access to food during the holidays.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “All of our families were so incredibly grateful for the food and it is difficult to see how they would have managed without it.

“Throughout the scheme we also saw a definite reduction in families requesting food vouchers for the food bank, simply because they were able to access free meals.

“There is a need for schemes such as the Access To Food Programme and we are delighted that we have been able to help and support those families that are most in need within our communities.”

Important transport information ahead of the Giant Spectacular

Check timetables and plan your journeys a few days before the event – don’t leave it until the last minute.

These are important messages from transport leaders as the Liverpool City Region gears up to welcome back the Giants for Liverpool’s Dream – their third and final visit to the streets of Liverpool and, for the first time, Wirral.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join the event, taking place between 4th and 7th October, placing a significant increase in demand on public transport services during the four days – as well as closing many major road routes.

City Region transport providers have worked together to put plans in place to help keep people moving and there will be changes to some services and timetables as a result of the event.

Whether they travel by rail, bus, ferry or car, anyone travelling to, from and around the city region during this time to either enjoy the events or for other purposes is strongly advised to check timetables, plan their journeys and allow extra travelling time to avoid disappointment.

For the latest information about services, customers should check with the relevant transport operator in the run up to and on their day of travel. Information will also be available online and via social media.

There will be extra staff from a variety of transport providers deployed at key locations during the four days to provide information and support people with their journeys.

Thursday 4th Oct – Normal Thursday timetables apply – there will be no additional late night services so please check last train and bus times

Friday 5th Oct – Commuters are advised to check for any changes to their usual timetable and need to be prepared to make changes to their journey.

Sunday 7th Oct – Fans travelling to and from Anfield for the Liverpool FC vs Manchester City game which kicks off at 16:30 are advised to allow extra travelling time and be aware of these key changes to our services – especially in and around Liverpool City Centre.

Key information

Merseyrail

Thursday services will run as normal, passengers are advised to check their last train times before they travel.

There will be changes to services on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th Oct.

A special events timetable will run and passengers are encouraged to visit the Merseyrail website or pick up a leaflet from any staffed station.

The following applies to all three days:
•Trains will not stop at all stations to allow for additional and more frequent services.
•James Street and Lime Street lower level (underground) will be closed to aid crowd control and movement
•Wirral line services will start and end at Liverpool Central station and will not be stopping at Moorfields.
•Northern line passengers travelling to the city centre should use Moorfields as trains will not be stopping at Liverpool Central.

British Musical Fireworks returns with a bang: All you need to know!

The British Musical Fireworks Championship returns this month and thousands of people are expected to flock to the town for the annual three day spectacular

A staple of the annual Southport events calendar, the British Musical Fireworks Championship in Victoria Park is a huge crowd pleaser following the Southport Air Show and the Southport Flower Show.

As with other fantastic events, Southport is expected to be increasingly busy between September 28 and September 30 and we are encouraging residents and visitors alike to plan their journeys in advance.

Traffic & Travel

Visitors to the Fireworks are advised to take advantage of public transport in and out of the town centre. 

Road closures include:

Rotten Row (Beach Road to Duke Street) 4pm – midnight

The Roundabout Junctions of Marine Drive/Esplanade/Victoria Way 6pm- midnight

Marine Drive (Ocean Plaza to Weld Road) 7:45pm – midnight

Residents who are not attending the British Musical Fireworks are advised to plan ahead and travel via alternate routes around Southport. 

Signage will be in place to minimise as much disruption as possible.

Parking

A main public parking area will be made available for a rate of £5 per at Princes Park, which is within a short walking distance of Victoria Park.

Esplanade Car Park is part of the event and as such will be closed on all three days from 7pm.

Shopping

A visit to the Fireworks is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the town. 

Before taking in the show each night, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Southport has to offer? Lord Street is only a few minutes walk away from Victoria Park.

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street to the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street’s high street giants, Southport has it all. The town’s Northern Quarter comes alive after dark with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while the town centre is renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars 

For additional ideas on what to do during your stay, check out VisitSouthport.

Rubbish

Southport is one of many beautiful places across Sefton and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner. 

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

Youngsters make waves at anti-scrambler fun day

Pupils from schools across South Sefton have once again been shown how to have fun without dangerous scrambler bikes, thanks to Sefton Council and its partners.

Schoolchildren from Hatton Hill, The Grange, St Oswalds and Lander Road donned their all-weather gear and took part in an exhilarating inter-school sports day at Crosby Lakeside recently.

This is the third activity day by Sefton Council, Merseyside Fire & Rescue and Merseyside Police which is designed to highlight the effects scrambler bikes have on local communities and how children can have tons of fun away from the dangerous bikes.

As well as learning about the vehicles, children took part in a host of activities including raft building, sailing, fencing, teamwork, and problem solving.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This was a fantastic day out for all involved despite the weather!

“Around 150 schoolchildren took part in the day and our partnership with both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue continues to work extremely well to highlight the dangers associated with scrambler bikes and how they can affect local communities.

“By getting involved in the campaign we hope all the young people have learned some valuable lessons and they have now been rewarded with a great day out using our amazing facilities at Crosby Lakeside.”

Next the schoolchilden will be playing the role of emergency services in a live re-enactment of a scrambler bike crash later this month.

During this re-enactment they will come face to face with the dangers of becoming involved in scrambler bike activity.

Sefton Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: “Education and engagement is such an important part of the work we do alongside Sefton Council and our other partners.

“This inter-schools activity day is a brilliant way for children to channel their energy and creativity in a positive way.

“During our yearly scrambler bike initiative, we not only want to show young people the serious dangers and nuisance that scrambler bikes cause across the community, but also encourage them to learn different activities, skills and pursuits.

“The enthusiasm we saw from everyone was great, and this autumn term will see them get involved in all sorts of competitions and activities.”

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