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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.  

#SeftonInMind: Accessing Mental Health Support

Good mental health is really important and there are many things you can do to improve it.

So, from World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) to World Mental Health Day (October 10) Sefton Council are spreading the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton as part of our ‘30 Days of #SeftonInMind’ Campaign.

Access Sefton provides NHS talking therapies services to people experiencing a wide range of common mild-to-moderate mental health conditions. The services are free to people who live in Sefton, and are available from a range of accessible locations across the borough.

In addition to face-to-face therapy, we also run group workshops in Bootle and Southport which can help people develop techniques to better manage anxiety and depression. As many as one in four of us will experience some kind of condition related to our mental wellbeing at any one time.

As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are clinically proven to be an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobia and panic.

Someone who recently received help through Access Sefton commented:

“My experience with Access Sefton has been a really positive one.

“I’ve learned how to keep my anxiety under control and make it much more manageable – I never imagined I’d get to the point I’m at now. Thank you.”

You can find more details at www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton or by calling 0300 303 2708.
Access Sefton 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.

Council to tackle problem parking outside schools

Sefton Council are tackling inconsiderate and dangerous parking outside a number of schools during drop-off and pick-up times.

Following the start of the school year, the council has acted upon concerns by residents, teachers and parents who are worried about inconsiderate and often dangerous parking on restricted areas near 26 schools across Sefton.

As a result, the five minute observation period, which is usually afforded to cars parked on single or double yellow lines at schools, has been removed.

Civil enforcement officers will now immediately issue a penalty charge notice to any vehicle found parked in an area where restrictions are in place in the vicinity of one of the schools identified.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“This means that when an officer is patrolling in the vicinity and they see a vehicle parked on a yellow line between 08.15 and 09.15 or between 14.45 and 15.45, they will immediately serve a penalty charge notice.

“We hope that this will make the roads around schools a far safer and more pleasant environment for pupils, parents, teachers, and residents alike.

“While this initiative is targeted at 26 schools in Sefton where drivers repeatedly flout the regulations, if other hotspots are identified, they will be considered for inclusion in the scheme.”

The full list of schools are as follows:

Birkdale Primary, Birkdale
Churchtown Primary
English Martyrs Catholic Primary, Litherland
Forefield Infant and Juniors, Crosby
Great Crosby Catholic Primary
Holy Rosary Catholic Primary, Aintree
Kew Woods, Kew
Kings meadow Primary, Ainsdale
Lydiate Primary, Lydiate
Northway Primary, Maghull
Norwood Primary, Southport
Our Lady of Lourdes, Southport
St Gregorys Catholic Primary, Lydiate
St Johns CE Primary, Waterloo
Ursuline Catholic Primary, Crosby
Waterloo Primary, Waterloo
St Edmunds and St Thomas Catholic Primary, Waterloo
St Nicholas CE Primary, Crosby
St Marys Prep, Crosby
St Monicas Catholic Primary, Bootle
Christ Church CE Primary, Bootle
Lander Road Primary, Litherland
St Elizabeths Catholic primary, Litherland
St Patricks Catholic Primary, Southport
St Theresas Catholic Infants, Southport
Farnborough Road Infant and Junior, Southport

 

New Sefton scheme to improve private landlord standards

Standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector in parts of Sefton are set to improve with the introduction of new Selective Licensing and Additional (HMO) licensing schemes.

Earlier this year Sefton Council consulted with residents, private landlords, businesses and other stakeholders for proposed new licensing schemes, which would affect private rented homes in designated areas.

The successful consultation looked at proposals to introduce Selective Licensing across Bootle and Additional (HMO) Licensing across parts of Seaforth/Waterloo/Brighton-le-Sands and central Southport.

Results showed that more than 85% of respondents were in favour of the selective licensing designation and 84% in favour of the two additional licensing areas.

Both the Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing schemes were approved today (September 7) at Cabinet and should start in March, 2018.

Many local authorities already operate similar licensing schemes which aim to a improve standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector, which should benefit tenants and improve the communities affected.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said:

“Over the past number of years we have seen a significant increase in the size of the private rented sector – especially in the areas considered for the licensing schemes.

“Across the borough we recognise the crucial role the private rented sector plays in creating a strong and sustainable housing market and in meeting the housing needs of many households now and for the future.

“Through the engagement process we consulted with landlords and our communities and the majority of respondents felt the schemes would have a positive impact in Sefton.

“We will now work on developing both schemes with the view of making these areas safe and attractive places to live in with the full co-operation of landlords and their tenants.”

Full details of the results of the consultation are available on sefton.gov.uk. If you would like to keep updated on our housing licensing schemes please send your details to landlord.licensing@sefton.gov.uk.

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