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Sefton launches 2018 Children’s Access To Food scheme

Sefton Council is pleased again to launch the annual Children’s Access to Food Programme, supplying nearly four thousand hot meals to those in need.

The scheme, which is now in its third year, helps to support families across Sefton who are most in need of help and hot meals, allowing them to end a reliance on school meals to help nourish their children.

Last year 3,981 meals were served in community centres across the borough during a six week period between July and August.

In addition to children’s centres, Sefton Council is working in partnership with Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to co-ordinate additional access to food with local Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector organisations across the borough.

Sefton CVS have also published a crowdfunding initiative aimed at raising valuable funds to support the scheme, and are also asking for volunteers to offer their services throughout the period.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “This is a very important service to provide and year on year, we help people who would otherwise struggle to put hot food on the table.

“Following last year’s scheme we had feedback from one mum who said that without this service, she would have had to miss paying bills to accommodate the extra cost of feeding her children during those six weeks.

“During the scheme we often see a clear reduction in families requesting food vouchers, because they were able to access free meals.

“The huge increase on last year shows that there is a need for schemes such as the Access To Food Programme and we are delighted that we are once again able to help and support those families that are most in need within our communities.”

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said: “We understand that the summer holidays can be an extremely challenging time for some families.

“We are pleased to be working alongside Sefton Council to offer a coordinated response to meet the needs of our local communities.”

Those eligible for the scheme will be contacted shortly to inform them of their nearest children’s centre.

To volunteer call 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

Don’t score an own goal this week – stay cool in the hot weather

With weather forecasters predicting a hot, sunny week ahead, and the bonus of another England football match, health leaders in Sefton are encouraging people to stay cool. 

If you’re combining the footie with a few beers and a BBQ afterwards, remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration. Don’t score an own goal; take care to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.  

With temperatures predicted soar again on Merseyside, sun worshippers are being urged to take it easy in the heat by following this simple advice:

  • Drink cold drinks and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol which can dehydrate you
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, make sure that it is still in date, follow the pack instructions and apply at regular intervals – otherwise it is ineffective
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to protect your skin from burning – never use sunscreen as a reason to stay longer in direct sunlight
  • Make sure you have water with you
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and friends who may find the heat too much. The heat can be dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Most of us will be making the most of the warm weather we’re currently enjoying, but it’s important we don’t end up regretting it either.

“Sunscreen, shade and plenty of water, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol, are the three main things you should be doing to keep yourself healthy.

“If you feel unwell after being in the sun for some time, it’s a good idea to go somewhere cool to rest and have a cool shower or bath.  If you are breathless, or are confused or dizzy, call NHS 111 straight away, they’ll be able to give you more advice.”

Your local pharmacy can also help provide over the counter remedies during the summer.   The NHS Choices website is also full of help and advice www.nhs.uk.

Go for gold at St Joseph’s Olympics sport’s day!

Active Sefton is working with St Joseph’s in Formby to launch this year’s Team GB Olympic Sports Day.

The sports day will take place at Fernley Resource Centre, St Josephs, Blundell Avenue in Formby on Friday July 20, 10am-4pm.

The event is open to all adults with disabilities, anybody aged over 50 living with dementia and their carers.

A huge range of sporting events are set to take place including wheels for all music to movement, seated volleyball, javelin, archery, tug of war and lots more!

All the activities are fully inclusive and the day is non-competitive with a huge focus on fun and engagement.

Activities, a BBQ lunch, certificates and a medal are all included in the £7 entry fee which can be paid on the day, however places must be booked in advance.

Places are limited so to register a place contact Julie or Paula on 01704 835 702 or email julie.jones@psmgs.org.uk

Get ready for Summer with Be Active!

Sefton’s most anticipated activity days are returning this Summer as Be Active announce its revitalised line-up.

 Running throughout the summer holidays, Be Active has got fun-filled camp days planned from July 26 to August 31.

 Brand new for this summer, LFC Foundation and Active Sefton will be delivering a 3-day summer camp at Bootle Leisure Centre and Netherton Activity Centre. Open to all abilities aged 5-12 years, the days will consist of sports drills, challenges and small-sided games with prizes to be won each day.

 Keen footballers will also be impressed by the return of Everton Soccer School and the Football Academy.

 Sefton’s youngest sports stars may also be interested in Netball Camp, Acrobatic Arts and the array of swimming sessions on offer.

 Budding adventurers will be keen to try Active Explorers or Active Adventurers Minis where they will have the chance to experience the outdoors through exciting fun and games.

 Once again the ever-popular Dance Mash-ups will return with sessions themed around The Greatest Showman, Moana, Coco, Strictly Come Dancing and Grease.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Be Active line-up just keeps getting better and better with a huge range of activities targeting a variety of abilities and age groups.

“The camp days are fun and affordable and provide a brilliant way to keep children active while they’re not in school.”

To see the full list of activities visit www.sefton.gov.uk/BeActive and to book a place call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799.

Sefton’s Lost Castle set to rise again…out of cardboard

A long lost castle which took pride of place along the Sefton Coast is set to rise again – except this time the building materials are a little different.

Six extraordinary structures made of cardboard, tape and community spirit will be created across the Liverpool City Region this summer in what is a cultural first for Sefton and the combined authority.

Lost Castles will see hundreds of volunteers work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures, some of which will be based on actual medieval forts or historic structures which were in the region at one time.

In Sefton, the long lost Miller’s Castle, built in the 19th Century in Bootle, will be reconstructed and put on display in North Park as part of a series of family-fun activities, coinciding with Bootle’s 150th Birthday on August 11.

Members of the public – individuals and community groups – are being urged to get involved in the event which is set to take place from July 31 to August 9.

Anyone who signs up can help create these magical structures and then join in the fun of toppling them at the end of the weekend.

The concept is the brainchild of French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and is the first creative project to take place across the entire city region.

 Olivier and members of his team will work with people across Merseyside at a number of free workshops which will take place in July and August – these are drop in sessions and people can get involved as much or as little as they like. Find out more by visiting www.lostcastles.co.uk.

The project has been made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England and is supported by the City Region Combined Authority, and the Global Streets Strategic Touring Programme which aims to bring the very best international outdoor art to towns and cities.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Lost Castles project across Merseyside and to see Miller’s Castle recreated will be an incredible sight.

“Not many people are aware that Bootle had its very own castle of course.

“In 1824 an enterprising businessman called William Miller was able to build a huge castle on the shoreline, aptly named Miller’s Castle. The castle was demolished in the 1860s to make room for the ever expanding Bootle docks and a nearby road, Miller’s Bridge, was named in his honour.

“Now Miller’s Castle is set to awe and impress residents and visitors once more when it is recreated in cardboard form at North Park. It will be a magical venue for a series of community events and performances.

“Once it’s all over, Miller’s Castle will be responsibly recycled, making it artwork that’s also environmentally-friendly.”

For more information or to get involved in the Sefton Lost Castles project, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/lostcastles.

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