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#SeftonInMind: Take the best steps towards better support

A social group for people who have experienced disabilities or mental health issues meets every Tuesday at the Shakespeare Centre in Southport.

The group, led by charity Stepping Stones, offers Sefton residents the opportunity to meet new friends and take part in social activities.

The group meets every Tuesday 1-4pm and Thursday 2-4pm to watch films, take part in arts and crafts sessions and compete in darts, snooker and bowling.

There are also meetings held monthly where participants are invited to discuss ideas for future outings and projects.

Stepping Stones is part of Sefton advocacy, an independent charity offering adults in Sefton a free advocacy service to support them with their concerns.

To find out more about Stepping Stones call Mike on 07599 093460.

Stepping Stones is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

#SeftonInMind: Sefton Women and Children’s Aid

Sefton Women and Children’s Aid (SWACA) is dedicated to helping women, young people and children survive the impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse by giving free practical and emotional support.

Services are offered regardless of Age, Disability, Sexuality, Race or Religion.

Domestic abuse can have a profound effect on the well-being of women and children affected, in terms of both mental and physical health aspects, if resulting emotional and practical needs are not addressed.
Sefton Women and Children’s Aid Case Workers provide comprehensive and person-centred emotional and practical support to women and children affected by domestic abuse.

Effective case work support is often complex and time intensive, but can make a significant positive difference to the well-being of service users and their children.

Those seeking support can contact SWACA via phone on 0151 922 8606, text on 07779745594 or email via help@swaca.com .

To find out more about SWACA and the services offered visit http://www.swaca.com/
Sefton Women and Children’s Aid is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Councillor Pat Ball announces resignation from Dukes Ward seat

Councillor Pat Ball has resigned from her post as a ward member in Dukes, Southport.

At a full council meeting in Bootle Town Hall last night (Thursday, September 21) the council was informed of Cllr Ball’s resignation, before party leaders offered their heartfelt tributes to her.

Cllr Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton, said:

“On behalf of the Council I would like to extend our appreciation for all of Pat’s hard work as Ward Councillor and Member of Sefton Council.

“We wish her well for the future.”

Leader of Sefton Conservatives Cllr Denise Dutton led the tributes, highlighting her continued hard work and commitment for her residents.

She was joined in the tributes by the Leader of Sefton Council & the Labour Group, Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, Cllr Sue McGuire, Leader of the Independent Group, Cllr Maria Bennett and Cllr Ball’s Dukes Ward colleagues.

Plans for a Dukes ward by-election are now being looked at with further details released in due course.

Sefton groups benefit from Bonfire Night safety fund

More than 11,300 young people will benefit from projects which will keep them away from dangerous activities this Halloween and Bonfire Night, thanks to funding raised by the police from the sale of stolen goods.

Four projects to benefit are in Sefton, who will take a slice of £45,000 worth of funding designed to divert young people away from getting involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour during the autumn half term.

 

Jane Kennedy has awarded the grants from her Police Property Act (PPA) Fund, which puts money raised through the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police that cannot be returned to its owners into worthwhile causes.

This is the fourth year the Commissioner has focussed the funding on keeping communities safe during one of the busiest times of the year for the police. The successful organisations from this round of funding will run a host of projects during the school half-term holidays with the aim of keeping a total of 11,331 young people engaged in safe and supervised activities.

Jane said:

“Halloween and Bonfire Night are a time of great fun and enjoyment for many people across Merseyside.

“Sadly, though it is also a time when sometimes the fun can get out of hand and lead to young people getting involved in behaviour which can become intimidating, anti-social or even dangerous to other members of the community.

“Traditionally, this means it is often a very busy period for both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

“By funding these youth projects across Merseyside, my aim is to help thousands of young people enjoy the festivities in a safe and enjoyable way at organised and well managed events. This will help to ensure they don’t get involved in any activities that could either put them in danger or that they may regret in the future.

“This will also help to relieve the strain on our emergency services during this critical period, complementing the excellent diversionary work the police and fire service already carry out and making sure people can enjoy the celebrations during the holiday season.

“For this year’s successful organisations, even a small cash boost can make a huge difference and will enable them to run some fantastic grassroots projects which really engage with young people’s imaginations while keeping them safe.”

14 organisations in Liverpool and five initiatives on the Wirral have been awarded funding, with four initiatives in Sefton, two in Knowsley and one in St Helens all benefitting. Much of the funding was focused in ‘hotspot’ areas where communities have been identified as most susceptible to threat and risk.

 

#SeftonInMind: Support our Suicide Prevention campaign

On and around World Suicide Prevention Day (Sunday September 10) we are running a Thunderclap campaign that will help us raise awareness of suicide prevention and encourage our communities to reach out to people who may be struggling.

Click here to support it.

What is Thunderclap?

Thunderclap is a platform that allows many people and organisations to pledge a tweet or Facebook post to go live at the same time on the same day in order to achieve maximum effect and coverage. Think of it like an online Flashmob!.

You can choose to either ‘Support with Twitter’ or ‘Support with Facebook’- or both! T

hen you simply add your name to the Thunderclap and on 10th September at 12noon everyone who has signed up will see an auto post on Facebook and Twitter of the following message:

Take a minute: Check in with someone who may be struggling #takeaminutechangealife #nomoresuicide #WSPD

As well as supporting the Thunderclap yourself we ask that you share details of our Thunderclap campaign to your followers, colleagues, friends and family.

The wider the message goes the more impact we make. 

Supporting the Thunderclap is quick, simple and secure.

With your help we can work towards achieving zero suicide.

Sefton Council and its partners are supporting the ‘30 Days of #SeftonInMind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.  

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