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Litherland Together Project helps unite community with vital info

Sefton Council are offering residents in Litherland and the surrounding areas vital information, advice and support to help make everyday life easier next week.

The project will see a number of advice and support sessions taking place at English Martyrs School from Monday November 20 to Friday November 24. 

Sessions include Universal Credit Support, Debt advice, Money Management and Education & Training Opportunities.

Litherland Together was created after a multi agency consultation exercise took place over the summer asking residents what support and advice they would benefit from.

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For CAB appointments or for more information please call 0151 934 3800 to book.

MySefton Showcase

MySefton ShowcaseThe very first edition of the MySefton newsletter is now available and showcases just some of the great things that are happening across our borough. It highlights the work that Sefton Council and partners are doing to make Sefton a great place to live, work and have fun. 

As the festive season approaches there’s plenty of activities happening across Sefton to get you in the festive spirit. From Christmas lights switch-on events and seasonal markets to volunteering activities – there’s something for everyone. 

Christmas isn’t a great time for everyone though. There are families who are struggling to make ends meet, so spare a thought and give to one of the vital foodbanks across Sefton. It’s not just about foodbanks, having a cup of tea with someone who is feeling a bit lonely may be their best Christmas present so please take the time to wish people well and let them know about the many exciting opportunities in this newsletter as they may wish to join in. 

Watch out for news on the Mayor’s Toy Appeal in the next few weeks. 

Do make sure you stay well this winter, follow advice from our public health and our NHS partners – and don’t forget to get your flu jab. 

You can keep up with all the latest community news here on the MySefton.com news channel. Sefton Council have also just launched an email community messaging system so you can receive all the latest events and the Council’s important news straight to your inbox –sign up via www.merseynowsefton.org.

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

#CleanerSeas for Sefton

 Whether you swim, paddle, or simply enjoy a stroll on one of the Sefton beaches, you can be assured, once again, that the quality of the water is cleaner than at any time in the last 30 years.

   

  For the second year in a row the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published statistics that reveal that all 31 of the North West’s bathing waters meet the government’s required standards for water quality.

     The 2017 classifications of bathing waters in Sefton are;

  • Formby beach has been rated Excellent – the highest, cleanest class;
  • Southport and Ainsdale have been rated Good – generally good water quality.

Full classifications can be found here: www.environment.data.gov.uk/bwq/profiles/

     A range of stakeholders have contributed to reducing pollution and improving the regions rivers, lakes and the sea, including the Environment Agency, United Utilities and the local community.

You can continue to help maintain, and improve, these standards by making small changes at home and at the beach:

• Only flush the 3P’s down the toilet – poo, pee and paper. Everything else goes in the bin!

• Pour cooled kitchen fats in the bin, not down the sink – it can cause blockages and sewage to overflow.

• Pick up after your dog and put it in the bin.

• Don’t feed birds at the beach and keep outdoor areas free of food waste.

• Always put litter in the bin or take it home if it’s full. 

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.

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