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Key travel & safety advice for Tall Ships Regatta

Visitors planning to watch the Tall Ships regatta from the Sefton coastline over the May bank holiday are being advised to stay safe at all times.

Anyone heading to Crosby beach on Monday, May 28 to watch the regatta is asked to stay within 50 metres from the promenade and watch for any tidal movement. Visitors to the coast are recommended not to go past Crosby Coastguard Station in a northerly direction.

On May 28, the seafront car parks will remain open but parking on nearby streets will be restricted (except for emergency vehicles).

The Waterloo Festival, being held at the bottom of South Road/Crosby Lakeside, and pop up village at Burbo Bank are also taking place during the bank holiday weekend (May 27/28) with extra people expected at Crosby seafront.

Anyone planning to travel to this area is asked to walk, cycle or use public transport as revised train and bus timetables will be in operation on the Bank Holiday (visit www.merseyrail.org or check with local bus operators).

Beach Safety is very important – please avoid muddy areas and listen to any warning messages for the RNLI lifeguards who will be present on the beach.

Visitors should be prepared for all weather conditions – including rain or sunshine. Concessions will be available and people visiting the area are asked to take their rubbish home with them or use the bins provided.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Safety is paramount on the Sefton coastline as this event takes place.

“If you’re local, consider staying local. Walking or cycling may be the quickest and easiest way for you to get to and from the event.

“The popular Waterloo Festival is also on during the bank holiday weekend with crowds expected to attend along with the pop up village at Burbo Bank. The Council has really supported both these events and it is set to be a really busy weekend benefiting the whole area with local businesses using our wonderful assets to the maximum.

“If you do watch the regatta pass from the Sefton coastline, please stay safe and leave the beach as you find it either by taking your rubbish home with you or using the bins provided. We also ask people to respect the local community as access to the beach is situated within a residential area.”

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202

Sefton flies the flag for LGBTQ awareness

Rainbow flags flew at both Bootle and Southport Town Halls on Thursday (May 17) to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. 

The day was made even more special by Sefton Council becoming the first local authority to receive the Merseyside and Cheshire Navajo Charter Mark, at the annual Navajo Awards. The Council was recognised for displaying good practice, commitment and knowledge of the specific needs and barriers faced by Sefton’s LGBT+ community.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates the anniversary of when the World Health Organisation finally removed homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders in 1990.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “It is incredibly important to show our continued support to IDAHOBIT and show that Sefton Council supports the LGBT community.

“The Rainbow Flag represents the diversity of the community, many of whom are residents across our beautiful borough.

“I am proud that the Rainbow flag will fly at our town halls on May 17, especially on the day that we have received the Navajo Charter Mark.”

Sue Logie, one of Sefton Council’s Youth Workers, said: “IDADHOBIT marks not only the historic moment the World Health Organisation declassified Homosexuality as a mental illness, but the fact that the world was attempting to be more inclusive and accepting.

“However this is not always the case and even in 2018 we are still a marginalised group.

“I am proud to be part of a team at Sefton Council who have worked hard to achieve the Navajo Charter Mark and will continue to improve the way we support our LGBT+ residents of all ages.

“As a community we stand shoulder to shoulder with each other and our straight allies to show that we are still continuing to support and fight against hate”

For more information about IDAHOBIT visit www.dayagainsthomophobia.org.

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.

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