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National Autistic Society Sefton parent and carer support group launches

A new National Autistic Society support group has launched for parents and carers of autistic adults in Sefton.

 The group is being run by volunteers and will meet once a month, offering information and support and advocating for local services. The venue will alternate each month between Sefton Carers Centre in Waterloo and the Life Rooms in Southport.

 The meeting dates and locations for 2018 are listed below. For more information about the group please email: nassefton@nas.org.uk

 Colette Hampson, Branches Development officer North of England and North Wales, said: We are pleased to announce that our Sefton Parent Carer Support Group launched on Friday 15 June at the Atkinson Gallery in Southport. This is a really exciting project and has the potential to make a huge difference to local families.

 “It was great to see so many people supporting the launch, including Bill Esterson MP, Councillor Paul Cummins, Sefton’s Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, and Vicky Keeley, CEO Sefton Carers Centre.

 “The group is being run by volunteers who are local parents and carers of autistic adults themselves. They will be meeting once a month, providing a space where parents and carers can drop by and meet people in similar situations, share information and ideas, and advocate for support in the community. It’s very informal, so the person you are supporting does not need to have a formal diagnosis to attend.

 “More than 1 in 100 people are autistic in the UK and life can be desperately difficult at times, for them and their families. But we’ve seen again and again the huge difference understanding and the right support can make.”

 On attending the event, Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “It is great news that this valuable service is now available to people living in Sefton. The volunteers involved have done a great job in getting the service up and running.

 “I have no doubt that parents and carers of autistic adults in the borough, will really benefit from the support and advice of others who are in similar situations as themselves.”

Meeting dates and times for 2018

Tuesday, July 17,1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo

Tuesday, August 21, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport

Tuesday, September 18, 1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo

Tuesday, October 16, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport

Tuesday, November  20, 1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo

Tuesday, December 18, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport

Locations

Sefton Carers Centre, 27-37 South Road, Waterloo, Liverpool

L22 5RF

Life Rooms Southport, 23 Scarisbrick Avenue, Southport, PR8 1NW 

Last Chance to see the Vikings in Sefton

It’s the last week and your final chance to see Viking: Rediscover the Legend at The Atkinson.

The exhibition ends and is about to sets sail leaving The Atkinson and the North West behind.

Over 15,000 people have seen the touring exhibition to date which includes star objects from the British Museum and key pieces from the Yorkshire Museum’s world-class collections interpreted in new ways to give a fresh perspective on how Vikings shaped every aspect of life in Britain.

Maria Bojanowska, British Museum said: “This is your last chance to see the best of Viking treasure in the UK. In partnership with York Museums Trust, this is one of the British Museum’s largest touring exhibitions and is full of stunning objects from the Viking age. Visit the exhibition at The Atkinson before it is too late!”

The Vale of York Viking Hoard, Cuerdale Hoard and the Bedale Hoard are just some of the incredible artefacts that can be seen. As well as learning about the ground-breaking research undertaken by archaeologists alongside new discoveries by metal-detectorists which will challenge our perceptions of what it means to be Viking.

Stephen Whittle, The Atkinson Museum & Gallery Manager said: “The exhibition has captured the imaginations of the visitors that have come from across the region. The quality of the exhibition is second to none and this has been proved with the increase in visitor numbers.”

The Atkinson is celebrating the success of the exhibition with additional events programmed on the last day – July 7.

Story time sessions

The Tale of Ragnarök – the end of the Vikings,  11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm FREE with Tony Higginson.

Adventure Treasure Hunt 11–3pm. Join in and help a Viking who has lost his hoard? Take part in an adventurous Treasure hunt around the building looking for his lost coins.

Meet Hild the wise woman 11–3pm. Hild will tell you about the weird and wonderful cures for illness in Viking times, some of which would have worked, and some of which you really don’t want to try!

Book your tickets online at theatkinson.co.uk at box office on 01704 533333 or at the counter.

Ticket Information:

FREE: The Atkinson Development Trust Supporter

Adult: £5

Child (ages 3 – 16): £3

Group Rate: £4 for 10 or more

Family (4 people, minimum 1 adult): £12

Children (under 3): Free, no ticket required

The Atkinson Development Trust Supporter: Free, no ticket required, just show your membership card

Please note your ticket is valid for the date stated, entry can be anytime between 10am* and 4pm (last entry is 3pm)

Visit the website theatkinson.co.uk and join our mailing list to keep up to date with the full programme of events, exhibitions and activities coming to the venue soon.

The Southport Palette Club’s 92nd Annual Exhibition

TheSouthport Palette Club’s 92nd annual exhibition will open on 28 July this year. 

This popular event is now part of the larger Sefton Open, a large vibrant exhibition, which includes work from many clubs and societies involved in the visual arts across the whole of the Sefton area. The exhibition offers artists an excellent opportunity to show case their work, and the Palette Club will again be selecting the very best artwork to display from open submission. 

 Artists are invited to submit work for selection to the exhibition at The Atkinson on Thursday 19 July 2018 between 10.00 am and 

7.00 pm. Entry forms with all details can be found on the Atkinson website https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/sefton-open-2018/ 

The exhibition provides the ideal opportunity to purchase high quality art from local artists at affordable prices. All artists living or working in Sefton were eligible to submit works. 

The Southport Palette Club exhibition was launched in 1921. It has built up a reputation for excellence over the years. 

Club chairman Peter Owen said: “We are confident that the 92nd exhibition will continue to build on previous successful exhibitions and we look forward to welcoming both regular and new exhibitors. The Sefton Open is free to view and will run from 28 July to 25th August 2018.

Learn to spot the signs of child abuse

Sefton Council is supporting a national campaign that aims to highlight the support available to tackle the difficult subject of child abuse.

 Together, we can tackle child abuse, encourages members of the public to help protect children and young people by reporting any concerns of abuse or neglect.

 We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. But right now, some people do not report their concerns because they’re not certain of the signs, don’t know where to report anything or are worried about being wrong. This means that local councils could be missing out on vital information they need to keep children safe from harm.

 The national campaign aims to tackle the barriers that stop people reporting, educating people about signs to spot and how to report, so that children and young people at risk get the help they need more quickly.

 Working in partnership with national and local agencies and charities it hopes to establish a new social norm that encourages the public to act on their concerns if they believe a child is at risk.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “It is important that we work together to tackle child abuse.

 “Many people do not act because they are worried about being wrong. If you are concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk you can get in touch with the Sefton Council anonymously. ”

 Child abuse. If you think it, report it. To find out more about the national campaign visit gov.uk/tacklechildabuse.

 To report any incidents in Sefton you can call 0345 140 0845 between 8am and 6pm. Out of hours contact the emergency team on 0151 934 3555. For more information visit www.sefton.gov.uk/reportachildatrisk

All you need to know about the 2018 Southport Air Show

All eyes are going to be on the skies around Southport during the 2018 Air Show (July 6-8) but are you ready?

We’ve put together all the top tips and information you’ll need to make sure it’s a weekend you won’t forget! 

Traffic & Travel

Never mind watching the show, first you have to get there! Signposting and road closures will be in place in the build up to all three days of the Southport Air Show, directing visitors to the town centre.

We recommend that you follow the signage and diversionary information rather than your SatNav.

The Southport Town Centre Park & Ride facilities will not be operating on Saturday or Sunday.

Make sure you give yourself enough time for your journey. Gates open at 6:30pm on Friday (July 6) and 10am on Saturday/ Sunday (July 7/8) – the Air Show team recommend you get to the show as close to this time as possible.

On your journey to Southport you can tune into the Air Show Radio Station ( 87.7FM) to keep you updated with traffic news. 

Consider using public transport and if you’re local, why not walk or cycle?

Parking

For parking at the event please follow all AA yellow road signs which will direct you to official sites. 

The AA signs will be on all main routes into the town centre.

Beach Parking is available on both Saturday and Sunday. On Friday the Little Esplanade Car Park will be open for Air Show traffic.

If you are travelling in from the North you will be directed to Princes Park on Friday and the Beach/Marine Drive on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are travelling from the East you will be directed to the Esplanade on Friday and  Princes Park on Saturday and Sunday

If you are travelling from the South you will be directed to the Esplanade on all three days.

We would like to remind visitors that caravans, motorhomes and any high sided vehicle are not allowed on the beach.

Everything Else

The weather will be exceptionally warm so make sure you stay sun safe! Keep a bottle of sun cream handy and always make sure you have adequate protection like sunglasses and a hat!

Please make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Refreshment stands are available on site. 

Remember if you have any rubbish, please dispose of it responsibly or take it home.

If you are planning to bring your dog to the town centre, do not leave them in your car. 

We would also like to remind visitors that BBQs and drones are banned along the Sefton Coastline. It is also against the law to fly them within the Air Show Restricted Airspace

After the Air Show ends why not take advantage of the wonderful shopping and restaurants that Sefton has to offer. 

The borough is booming with business and it’s easy to find a world of shopping wonders – check out our shopping supplement here.

 

For all other info including flight times and displays, visit www.visitsouthport.com/airshow

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