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Baroness Newlove to visit Sefton school for anti-gang initiative

A scheme which sees schoolchildren across Sefton receive vital advice and tips on staying safe from gangs and crime is being honoured by the government’s Victim’s Commissioner.

Baroness Helen Newlove will visit St Oswald’s Primary in Netherton later this month to observe the successful partnership between Sefton Council and the Get Away ‘N’ Get Safe (GANGS) initiative.

GANGS course leader James Riley, a former probation officer, works closely with Sefton Council’s Localities teams to deliver an intensive educational, preventative and diversionary programme to schools across the borough to warn young people on the dangers of gang lifestyle.

The work by GANGS and Sefton Council has now been recognised on a national level, with Baroness Newlove observing a session at St Oswald’s on January 25 as an example of best practice.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Through our Sefton Safer Communities Partnership we identified that there was a need for a project that could be implemented at an early stage to deter children from making bad life decisions.

“The impact that James’ sessions have had is incredible and we are always receiving feedback from schools and parents commending the work that GANGS have done

“We look forward to showing Baroness Newlove the incredible work we have done in our communities.”

James Riley, founder of GANGS, added: “The partnership between GetAwayNGetSafe and Sefton has developed incredibly well over the last few years.

“We want to use GANGS to inspire young children at an early age to make positive decisions about their lifestyles in the future.

“Through our early intervention work and by changing attitudes and behaviour, we will continue to make Sefton a safe and secure borough for all.”

Emma Murtagh, Head Teacher of St Oswald’s, said: “James has worked with a number of our pupils over the years and the partnership has been invaluable.

“The workshops are informative and provide an insight into the dangers of being in a gang, as well as how the law works.

“I hope that this work will continue to keep our younger generations from harm.”

For more information about the GANGS initiative please visit www.getaway-n-getsafe.co.uk/

Sefton reaffirms commitment to tackling homelessness with updated strategy

Sefton Council’s commitment to tackling homelessness has been reaffirmed with an updated Homelessness Strategy for 2018-23.

The Homelessness Act 2002, requires every local authority to carry out a homelessness review in its borough every 5 years and use the results of this to develop and publish a Homelessness Strategy.

This is Sefton’s fourth review and builds upon the work of the first three carried out in 2003, 2008 and 2013.

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A consultation was also carried out in 2018 including involvement with other statutory and voluntary organisations.

Today (January 10), Sefton Council’s Cabinet agreed to the Homelessness Strategy 2018-23 and will now develop an action plan with a number of key objectives.

This includes how Sefton Council will:
1. Monitor the current and future likely levels of homelessness
2. Resource a variety of activities to tackle homelessness
3. Do more to prevent homelessness
4. Secure accommodation for those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness
5. Support people who are, or have been, homeless

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “After several years of hardship to Sefton residents as a result of the Conservative austerity agenda, tackling homelessness is one of our key priorities and the updated Homelessness Strategy will go a long way in tackling this very emotive issue.

“A stark reality affecting our communities shows that just under a quarter of all children in Sefton are living in poverty.

“Similarly, just over a quarter of all people aged 16-64 years living in Sefton are economically inactive.

“What really concerns me is that future levels of homelessness are likely to increase due to wider social, economic and housing market factors. A particular concern is that many people will not be able to afford to buy a home, putting further pressure on an already limited supply of affordable housing.

“The Sefton Homelessness Review paints a picture on homelessness issues locally, and the Sefton Homelessness Strategy sets out how to address these issues.

“From this we will now work on and develop an action plan to tackle this very worrying matter.”

If you have nowhere to stay or if it is unsafe for you to return home, or you will be homeless within the next 56 days, you should contact Sefton Council’s Housing Options Team on 0151 934 3541.

The team will assess your case and will be able to provide housing options advice for you and your family.

For emergencies out of hours contact Sefton Council’s Emergency Duty Team on 0151 934 3555.

Sefton honours victims of Holocaust with special ceremony

Sefton will once again remember victims of the Holocaust during a special memorial ceremony open to everyone.

This years’ service will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson and takes place on Sunday, January 27, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm.

Partners including Sefton Council, the Association of Jewish Ex Service Men & Women, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Sefton Unison, students from local schools and colleges and Christ Church all help organise the annual service.

The service will be the 19th tribute paid in Sefton, with the ceremony held on Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Councillors and council officers will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as well as members of the public.

All will take part in a minute’s silence.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “”Each year we join others around the world to take a moment of reflection on Holocaust Memorial Day.

“It’s a time for us all to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides.

“At the annual service in Southport, we unite the many diverse strands of our communities and demonstrate how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today for a safer, better future.

“The service is an important event in our calendar and if you have the time, please join us to mark this day.”

The service in Southport is open to everyone, with refreshments served at the end.

For more information visit www.hmd.org.uk

Tickets go on sale for 2019 Mayor’s Charity Gala

Tickets have now gone on sale for the 2019 Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Gala Ball.

Taking place at the stunning Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Saturday April 27, all money raised from the evening of food and entertainment will go to the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund.

Funds are then annually dispersed throughout the borough to local charities and good causes.

Starting at 6pm with a drinks reception followed by a 3-course meal, entertainment is provided by the King of Swing Asa Murphy, Soulman Steve Charles and the sensational Victoria Jones.

Tickets, which cost £40, are on sale now subject to availability.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “The annual Mayor’s charity dinner is one of the major highlights in the calendar and I am very much looking forward to welcoming many guests on the evening.

“All the money raised throughout the evening goes towards the Mayor’s Charity Fund, which in turn, helps so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

For more information or to book your tickets call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Hundreds of businesses boosted thanks to Sefton Economic Forum

More than 100 business leaders from across the city region have attended the latest Sefton Economic Forum to find out how they can expand and plan for future successes.

Run by InvestSefton, the winter Sefton Economic Forum took place at Formby Hall Golf Resort on December 7, with more than 110 local businesses present to discuss the North West economy and Brexit.

Hosted by Karen Potter, local businesswoman and estate agent, the popular forum included guest presentations from Brian Sloan, Deputy Agent from the Bank of England; Dr Thomas Horsley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, who provided an update on Brexit; Natalie Atkinson, CEO at Southport Football Club, who shared the club’s ambitious plans and Alison Hadaway, Business Manager at Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa.

Following the informative talk, businesses networked at the Growth Hub Marketplace, discovering a wide variety of support for their enterprise, from investment opportunities to health and fitness in the workplace and more besides. Sefton Council’s Active Workforce team was also present.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “It is great to see the economic forums go from strength to strength, helping leaders to grow their businesses and create opportunities for the workforce across Sefton and the Liverpool City Region.

“All of our speakers gave great insights into the business climate, especially in light of Brexit and the challenges we need to meet in our local economy, something we can do more effectively as a business community coming together and working collaboratively.

“After the forum finished, businesses spent time in the Growth Hub Marketplace and met with representatives from over 20 different business support agencies who provided vital information on what help is available to boost business.

“InvestSefton consistently curate engaging forums and organise a vibrant marketplace showing the best of Sefton’s businesses – I’m looking forward to the next forum”

For more information about further Sefton Economic Forum events call 0151 934 3452 or email info@investsefton.com

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