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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.

Volunteers needed to bring junior parkrun to Bootle and Formby

Parkrun UK wants Sefton’s most enthusiastic volunteers to lend a helping hand to help bring the junior parkrun to Bootle and Formby.

The junior parkrun is a series of 2km events aimed at young people aged 4-14. These runs are held in open space and are free, safe and easy to take part in.

If you’re interested in sports or youth volunteering this could be a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference in your local area.

If you’re interested in becoming a parkrun volunteer or would like more information, get in touch with lesley.neary@parkrun.com

To find out more about parkrun UK visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

 

Be Active is back for May half term

Be Active is preparing to keep Sefton’s youngest residents entertained this May half term with a fun-filled line-up of activities set to take place from Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, June 1.

 A huge range of activities will take place at leisure centres across the borough including Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Dunes Splash World, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre.

 The hugely successful Wave Rave pool parties are set to make a return along with a wide array of pool-based activities including swim and splash sessions, inflatable parties and the preschool swim crash course. Those looking to try something new can make the most of the water sports on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre during its Lakeside Adventure sessions.

 For those looking to stay dry over half term, Be Active’s May-hem days will include obstacle courses, adventure games, tournaments, dodgeball and maybe even a bouncy castle!

 The ever popular Everton Soccer School will return to Netherton Activity Centre and Football Camp will launch at Dunes Splash World in Southport. Sefton’s sportiest youngsters can also try their hand at gymnastics, fencing and archery thanks to Be Active’s Come and Try classes.

 Fans of The Greatest Showman will love the dance workshops that are lined up with the opportunity to learn new, choreographed dance routines from the hit musical.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“There is such an array of activities happening across Sefton that our youngest residents will be spoilt for choice this half term.

“I’m delighted that we have such a diverse sporting offer that will help keep children active and entertained while they’re enjoying a break from school.”

 For the full line up of activities head to www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive. Places are limited and advanced booking is required so call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799 to secure a place.

 

 

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