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New technology to make a splash in Sefton’s pools

Sefton Council’s new swimming programme has launched brand new technology that will allow swimmers to keep on top of their swimming progress.

 Swimmers in Bootle Leisure Centre, Dunes Splash World and Meadows Maghull can now use SWIMTAG to help monitor their swims.

 SWIMTAG allows users to keep a record of their swimming progress, helping them to keep a tab on their training progress with a single click.

 A small device that can be worn on the wrist or ankle will record swim performance and feed back to an online system where users can access their results including swim distance, pace and length count.

 All of this comes as part of Sefton’s new revamped swimming offer, made possible by grant funding from Sport England.

 The installation of high tech sound systems and lighting at the three centres has opened up a world of opportunities for the kind of pool sessions that can be offered in Sefton and now SWIMTAG is set to add even more to the growing offer.

 The SWIMTAG is free to those with a swim membership, or an extra £1 for casual swimmers.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The swimming offer in Sefton just keeps getting better. We want to show that we truly listened to the feedback we received from over 3,000 residents and are working hard to make swimming a sport that everyone can enjoy.

 “Swimming is a great way to keep fit and healthy and the new SWIMTAG technology will help swimmers improve their ability, train for an event or just meet personal goals. It’s wonderful to see this kind of thing available in Sefton!”

 For more information on SWIMTAG visit www.sefton.gov.uk/swimsessions

Sefton champions local carers for national celebration

Sefton Council is joining organisations across the UK to celebrate the amazing contribution of carers to their families and communities.

Carers Week 2o18 takes place 11-17 June, raising awareness of the roles of unpaid carers, the difference they make and the challenges they face.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who would not manage their daily lives or would see a decline in their health without them. A carer can be almost any age, with children and young people also taking up caring roles.

People often do not identify themselves as being carers, just seeing their actions as something they expect to do for their loved ones.

In Sefton there are strong support networks and a wealth of information available from Sefton Carers Centre, or via Sefton’s Adult Services Directory

As part of Carers Week, Sefton Carers Centre is hosting Get Connected, an event to highlight the free support and services available to carers in the borough and beyond. At the event carers will receive specialist guidance from the centre’s Welfare Benefits Advisors and Parent Carers Team. Sefton Young Carers Service will be available to meet families of children with caring roles, as well as helping professionals such as teachers and social workers to identify young carers. ‘Get Connected’ takes place June 13, 11am-2pm at Sefton Carers Centre, South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council said:

“Sefton is a borough for everyone, no less so our fantastic and selfless carers, who carry out their caring roles in addition to the everyday pressures we all face.

“While Carers Week is an opportunity to shine a light on our selfless carers, it is also important that we reach people who may not yet realise that they are carers themselves.

“Having see first hand the vital support offered by Sefton Carers Centre, I advise any carers in Sefton to drop in to Get Connected, or make contact with the centre to see how they can help you.”

Sefton Carers Centre can be contacted on 0151 288 6060 or by completing the online form

 

 

Campaign highlights parent victims of loan sharks

Sefton Council is backing a campaign by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) which aims to bring awareness to the issue of how parents are affected by loan sharks.

The campaign is designed to shows the devastating effect illegal money lending  has on residents in the borough and beyond, in a bid to raise awareness of the rights of victims, and the help available to them.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The Council is fully committed to highlighting the issue of loan sharks so that we can tackle those responsible.

“By working with a number of other organisations, we can make sure that our resources are more effectively targeted to help victims or anyone affected by this illegal activity.”

Tony Quigley, head of service for the Illegal Money Lending Team added; “There are many misconceptions surrounding illegal money lending, in particular the ‘sort’ of people targeted and exploited by loan sharks.

 “We hope this new video will help to dispel some of those myths and encourage anyone affected by illegal money lending to get in touch, so we can help.

“We have secured more than 380 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 329 years’ worth of custodial sentences. We have written off £73.7 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 28,000 people.

“The message is clear; you are not in trouble if you have borrowed cash or have been paying back a loan from an illegal money lender, the loan shark is. They are the people committing a crime, not you.”

To report a loan shark call the 24/7 confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222 or text a report to 078600 22116.

Hundreds of volunteers help launch Green Sefton

Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help celebrate the launch of Green Sefton on World Oceans Day (June 8).

Litter picks and waterside clean-ups were held across the borough ahead of a special launch event at Crosby Coastal Park to welcome the formation of Green Sefton, a brand new team to help keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful.

Clean-ups were held at Southport’s Marine Lake, Ainsdale Beach and the Brewery Lane stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

Residents had the chance to meet the Green Sefton team who explained the work they will do, from land management and community engagement to vital work surveying the changing shape of Sefton’s coast and what this means to residents and visitors.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want to to say a massive thank you to all the community groups, volunteers and green-fingered helpers who came out to help on World Oceans Day.

“Sefton is a clean, green and beautiful borough that is internationally recognised for its natural beauty and we will build on this through the work of Green Sefton and working closely with our volunteers.

“Green Sefton has been created to make sure we continue our focus on a collaborative approach to the management, development and oversight of our beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces.

“We believe this will also encourage more community cohesion, more involvement with our volunteers and residents, as well as eco organisations.”

For updates on Green Sefton events, activities and partnership opportunities, check out Sefton Council’s social media channels.

Hundreds Help To Beat Cancer At Southport Race for Life

Just under 1000 women united against cancer on Sunday 3rd June by taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Princes Park, Southport.

Over 900 women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes showed their incredible commitment to the cause as they took their place at the start line to help beat cancer sooner.

Now organisers of the Race for Life events are sending a heart-felt message of thanks to everyone who took part and all their supporters.

And they’re asking them to make every step count by paying in their sponsorship money as soon as possible so that it can be used to fund life-saving research.

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Half Marathon and Hiking events which raises millions of pounds every year to find new ways to tackle cancer.

 

Sarah Hunter, Cancer Research UK’s Southport Events Manager, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to people like the women of Southport who join the fight at Race for Life.

“By taking part and raising money, our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into new, better treatments for patients in Southport and across the UK and we’d like to thank everyone who took part in the event on Sunday.

“The atmosphere on the day was hugely moving – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as people came together to remember loved ones lost to cancer or celebrate the lives of those dear to them who have survived. Race for Life offers a unique opportunity for like-minded ladies to unite against a disease that affects us all in some way.

“Now we’re asking everyone who took part, and all the friends, family and colleagues who pledged to sponsor them, to return the money they’ve raised as soon as possible. Money raised – whether it’s £10 or £100 – will help Cancer Research UK scientists find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease, helping save more lives.”

 

One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.

Dr Áine McCarthy, Cancer Research UK’s Senior Science Communications Officer, said: “There are over 200 types of cancer and we need continued investment in research to help us find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat them all. That’s why we need everyone who took part in Race for Life in Southport to take the vital last step by returning their sponsorship money so that our scientists, doctors and nurses can continue to make vital strides forward in research.”

Sponsorship money can be paid online, by phone, by cheque or in person at a Cancer Research UK shop.

For information on returning sponsorship money, or to make a donation, visit raceforlife.org

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