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Freshfields Animal Rescue need your votes to help win national award!

A volunteer led animal rescue centre in Sefton has made it to the final of a top national competition, but needs your help to clinch the award.

The incredible volunteer supported team at Freshfields Animal Rescue have been chosen as one of two finalists in the Charity Today ‘Animal Welfare Charity of the Year’ Awards.

Each day dedicated staff and volunteers give up their time to help care for a menagerie of animals at the Ince Blundell based rescue centre.

They put their heart and soul into their work, giving unconditional love and compassion every day to abused, abandoned and unwanted animals.

Debbie Hughes, spokeswoman for Freshfields Animal Rescue, said: “Our team literally take their work home with them!

“Operations Manager Dawn has fostered hundreds of animals over the past 10 years. 

“It makes all the difference to dogs like Buddy (pictured) to snooze on a warm, comfy sofa in a real home, whilst they wait for their forever family to come along.

“Many animals come from traumatic situations of abuse and neglect, and this wonderful group of individuals transforms traumatic situations of abuse and neglect into new lives and loving new homes.

“We do this with the support of the local communities which we are proud to serve.

“We are up against a larger animal rescue centre, which is based in London. It would be a great result for a local rescue centre to scoop this prestigious award.”

The public vote is decided via social media site Twitter. To vote for Freshfield Animal Rescue follow these steps:

1. Follow @CharityAwards on Twitter
2. Retweet this post

Voting closes at 11am on Friday January 26.

 

New changes for Private Rented Landlords & Tenants

From March 1, 2018 landlords who privately rent out their properties will be required to obtain a new licence from Sefton Council if their properties are located within selected areas in the borough.

Sefton Council approved the implementation of two new housing licensing schemes in September, 2017 in separate areas of the borough. Both schemes will run until the end of February 2023.

Click here to find out more and apply

Sefton designated an area of Bootle as being subject to Selective licensing, (all privately rented properties) and has designated parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport as being subject to Additional licensing.

Additional licensing requires all houses defined as a house in multiple occupation (HMO) to apply for a housing licence.  Mandatory licensing for larger HMO properties is currently a national requirement.

A full list of all streets affected along with further details of the schemes, licensing conditions and fees are available on sefton.gov.uk.

Landlords will be required to meet a range of licence conditions, and show that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.

It is an offence, which can result in fines of any amount, if the landlord or person in control of the property:

•           fails to apply for a licence for a licensable property, or
•           allows a property to be occupied by more people than is permitted under the licence
•           breaches any of the licence conditions

If you are a landlord, a person managing a property within the areas of the designation you are advised to check whether your property will require a licence and ensure that you apply for one per property.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “We have areas where many properties currently fail to meet the required homes standard, which can have a terrible impact on the health and welfare of their tenants and their wider communities.

“The schemes we have introduced aim to reduce that by making sure private landlords meet satisfactory standards of tenancy and property management.

“But it is also about tenants behaving in a way that does not blight or impact on their community and shows respect for their neighbours.

“If you are a landlord renting a property in any of the designated areas, you must check whether your property will need a licence from March 1, 2018.”

Landlords can apply for a reduced fee for either applying within the first 3 months of the scheme, being accredited or when a Sefton accredited managing agent is appointed by the landlord to be the licence holder. Further details of the reduced fees are available on the Council’s website.

Further details of Sefton’s property (and managing agent) accreditation schemes are available on www.sefton.gov.uk/housing. Early application for property accreditation is encouraged.

Maghull residents warned of card skimming scam

Merseyside Police is warning the public in Maghull to be extra cautious when using ATM machines following claims that one in the area has been tampered with.

It has been reported that criminals are using skimming devices in the cash machines to steal people’s credit and debit cards.

The offenders have reportedly glued small devices into the card entry point which allows the card to be put into the machine and the transaction to appear to have been processed but when the user tries to get the card back, it gets caught by the device.

The criminals come back later on, remove the device and steal the card which is then used to make withdrawals at other machines.

Inspector Susan Stribling said: “We’re doing everything we can to spread this message and ensure that the public are protected against these crimes.

“We’d like to thank those who have already contacted us to report suspicious activity and similar crimes and advise anyone who thinks they may have also been a victim, to please get in touch.

“If you use a machine and it appears to have retained your card, you may have been a victim, so please urgently notify us and the branch.

“If you have any specific details or you’re simply worried then call us on 101 quoting crime ref: 0518208538. We’d much rather come out and investigate something that doesn’t seem right than not be told and see someone suffer the consequences. “

Anyone with information is encouraged to speak to officers in the area, call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Could you help someone with dementia keep doing the things they love?

Alzheimer’s Society will be holding a drop-in volunteer recruitment event to encourage people to sign up and help Sefton residents in need of support.

Side by Side is a new free service that links a volunteer to someone living with dementia to help them get out and about and continue enjoying the activities they love. From joining a local club, going to the football, or just going for a stroll in the park, Alzheimer’s Society wants people with dementia to live the lives they want and deserve, and Side by Side volunteers can help make this possible.

The drop in will be held at Linacre Bridge Community Hub on Tuesday January 30, 10am-12.30pm. 

Whether you’re a social butterfly, shopaholic or nature lover, Alzheimer’s Society needs volunteers like you to help people in Sefton who are living with dementia.

The information event is an informal drop-in opportunity for members of the public to come and find out about the different types of volunteering they can get involved in.

Both staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions that may help you to decide if volunteering is for you or not. 

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings and weekends at various times, either in person or over the phone- so it’s a flexible way to give your time and really make a huge difference to someones life.

For more information phone 0170 453 9967 or email sidebysidesefton@alzheimers.org.uk 

Sefton Mayor’s Charity Ball tickets go on sale

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2018 Mayor of Sefton’s charity dinner

Taking place at the stunning Floral Hall, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Saturday March 17, all money raised from the dinner will go to the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Fund.

This is later annually dispersed throughout the borough to local charities.

The evening starts at 6.00pm with a drinks reception followed by a 3-course meal, live auction and raffle

Special guest compere Tony Ravel will host proceedings with live music from Blackpool based band The Blackaways.

Tickets, which cost £35, are on sale now subject to availability.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said:

“The annual charity dinner is one of the major highlights in the Sefton Mayoral 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.

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