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Dads the word for new community group in Southport

An innovative new network for men has launched in Southport.

Identity Dads brings together dads, grandads and male carers through a combination of local meetings, social media and blogs.

The group was founded by Richard Owens, a local dad of four who saw the need for a space where men could connect with one another and learn from each other.

Richard said: “The group seems to be meeting a need. I was so pleased with attendance for the first event and there were some great conversations between the Dads.”

“The vision is to run various activities to support dads in whatever situations they find themselves. We all know that it can be difficult to get out there and meet new people so Identity Dads is one way to help.”

Their first playgroup was a resounding success, bringing new Dads together to share parenting tips and make new friends which is very fitting to Sefton’s Year of Friendship. The next playgroup will be held at St Peter’s Centre in Birkdale on Saturday, 13 April at 9.30am.

In addition to Saturday morning playgroups, Identity Dads has also lined up a Curry Night and a picnic in April. Check Facebook to find out more about these events.

To find out more about Identity Dads and how you can get involved visit http://www.identitydads.org/ or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Would you benefit from a ‘Bootle Buddy’?

Throughout the Year of Friendship, Sefton Council are celebrating specialist groups who are tackling loneliness by promoting friendship throughout the borough.

The Orrell Trust is a small grass roots charity based in Orrell, Bootle and has been running since 2002. It is committed to supporting people who may be isolated or vulnerable living in our community. Several activities and projects are run from St John & St James Church and Community Centre as well as outreach work thus bringing the community together.

Their aim is to provide encourage community cohesion and bring benefits to individuals and the wider community.

Three main areas of focus are:

  • Developing work with Older people
  • Community cohesion
  • Developing work with children and families

The Orrell Trust is currently managed by a team of 8 Trustees who volunteer their time, skills and knowledge to support the charity. The trust also employs 5 members of staff who manage, develop and deliver projects with the vital support of team of 20 volunteers.

Bootle Buddies is one of The Orrell Trusts newest projects. It is a free befriending service that provides support to local people in their own homes, offering a friendly face and ear. The project where possible encourages participants to attend social activities, working to reduce barriers such as mobility, lack of family or friend support and lack of confidence or motivation. The project aims to improve physical and mental well-being and reduce loneliness and social isolation for some of our most vulnerable community members.

If you would like to know more about Bootle Buddies or any other projects at the Orrell Trust please get in touch with Tanya McGibbon – 0151 933 2116

Bootle Buddies are also looking for local people to become a volunteer befriender to socially isolated people living in the community. You don’t need any previous experience as full training will be provided. For more information please call Mary – 0151 933 2116

Grand National travel advice: What you need to know

Sefton is once again preparing to welcome thousands of visitors to the borough as part of the three day Aintree Grand National Festival, which starts next Thursday (April 4).

The local authority is one of the many agencies that will help thousands of festival goers get to and from Aintree Racecourse as smoothly as possible this week.

Working alongside Merseyside Police, Merseytravel and several other partners, the Council’s traffic management team helps coaches, cars, limousines and even horse boxes get to the right place at the right time.

They also help residents who aren’t attending the festival, and businesses who are potentially affected by it, to go about their daily business with as little disruption as possible.

A number of diversions and traffic management measures will be in place throughout the festival’s three days (Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6) including temporary closures.

Residents who are not attending the festival are advised to avoid the A59 Ormskirk Road from Switch Island through to the Black Bull junction.

Ormskirk Road, as well as Park Lane between Bridle Road and Ormskirk Road, will be closed between 4pm and 9pm on all three festival days. Heavy traffic is expected on the A59 from 10am – 2pm.

During the closure, traffic will be diverted via Switch Island, Dunningsbridge Road, Netherton Way and Southport Road.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Every year the Aintree Festival brings thousands of racegoers, tourists and visitors to our beautiful borough and once again all eyes will be on Sefton as the home of incredible international events.

“We are working closely with partners to help keep the borough moving during the festival and to keep disruption to a minimum.

“People wishing to attend the race meeting itself are encouraged to use the Merseyrail network and alight at Aintree station.

“After racing finishes on both Friday and Saturday buses will be operating from Park Lane into Liverpool City Centre and we would ask visitors who are in the region for a number of days to try and explore our wonderful borough even further.”

The festival has an excellent record of deterring crime and anti-social behaviour and the force has been working with the racecourse and the Jockey Club, local councils, Merseytravel and other partners to plan the event with public safety as a priority.

As a result, racegoers should expect to undergo a series of security checks, including bag and transport searches and badge checks. Only pre-booked vehicles will be allowed onto the Aintree site and there are restrictions on parking around the course which will be rigorously enforced.

Event Commander for Merseyside Police, Superintendent Louise Harrison said: “Year upon year, the Aintree festival is a fantastic occasion and a real opportunity to showcase everything great about Merseyside. It continually attracts hundreds of thousands of people- and TV viewers- from across the world and I have no doubt that this year’s festival will be no exception.

“We want people to have a safe and enjoyable time and make sure their day at the races is memorable for all the right reasons, so we are offering some tips and advice to ensure everybody’s day out runs smoothly.”

Appeal following burglary for superbikes in Southport

Police are issuing images of two bikes stolen in a burglary in Southport yesterday, Monday 25 March.

At some time between midnight and 6am, two off-road Supermoto bikes were stolen from the garage of a house in Marshside, Southport.

The bikes are both pictured, and enquiries are ongoing to establish their movements and where they are being stored.

Community Policing Inspector Graham Fisher said: “We believe that this was a targeted burglary for these high-powered bikes, which could now be used in crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities.

“Please help us find those responsible by coming forward with what you know, any sightings or dashcam and home CCTV which shows them in the area.

“We will act on all information provided to ensure that those involved are brought to justice and the streets made safer from the harm that the illegal use of off-road bikes causes.”

Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100133032 or contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111. Follow our local @SeftonPolice Facebook and @MerPolSouthport on Twitter for the latest appeals, updates and crime prevention advice in your area.

Appeal for witnesses following serious collision in Kenyons Lane, Maghull

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Maghull in the early hours of Saturday, March 23.

At around 01.50am, a grey coloured Honda CR-V was in collision with a 17-year-old male pedestrian in Kenyons Lane, near the junction with Dodds Lane. The pedestrian sustained serious head injuries and was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 50-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink driving. She has since been released under investigation.

Enquries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances and anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Inspector Phil McManus said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or may have seen the vehicle in the area prior to the collision occurring. We would urge anyone who lives in the area and has CCTV to check if it has captured footage of the vehicle or collision itself. Likewise, we would be grateful for anyone with dashcam footage to please get in touch.”

You can contact @MerPolCC, the Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5747, 101 quoting reference number 19100129239 or @CrimestoppersUK.

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