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Sefton launches Mondern Slavery page to raise awareness of human trafficking

Sefton Council are joining local authorities around the country in marking Anti-Slavery Day on October 18.

Anti-Slavery Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, in a bid to encourage everyone to do what they can to address the problem.

To mark the annual awareness day, Sefton have launched a brand page on its website to help people identify signs of modern slavery as well as information on how to seek help to combat the issue.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “It is vitally important that we all work together as a community to identify, raise awareness of the horrors of modern slavery.

“It is estimated that there are 13,000 victims and survivors of modern slavery in the UK and there are some tell-tale signs to make it easy to identify.

“That’s why we’ve launched a dedicated page on our website to help identify these signs and signpost people to the right organisations who can help put an end to modern slavery.”

To find out more about how to tackle modern slavery visit www.sefton.gov.uk/modernslavery.

Get quizzical to support Formby’s Royal British Legion

Trivia lovers in Formby and beyond are being urged to get quizzical to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One.

Held as part of a series of Sefton Council funded Royal British Legion events to mark the centenary of the 1914-1918 war, Formby’s Gild Hall will play host to a fun quiz night on Wednesday, October 24.

All proceeds from the evening will go towards the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Mayor of Sefton Council, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be attending the Formby British Legion quiz night and I’ve been busy brushing up on my trivia.

“This is the latest Sefton funded British Legion event we’ve helped as part of our ongoing World War One commemorations and I would encourage as many people as possible to join us at the quiz night for a great cause.”

There will also be an auction and raffle taking place on the night, with bar facilities also available.

Formby British Legion’s quiz night takes place from 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 24 at the Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby.

Tickets cost £5 and are available to buy from Formby Home, Three Tuns Lane or by calling 01704 871927.

Adopters needed across Merseyside

The regional adoption agency for Merseyside is highlighting the need for more people to provide homes for children.

As National Adoption Week gets underway on Monday October 15, Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) – which recruits for local authorities in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral – is urging people to think about providing a loving, stable home for Merseyside’s children.

Adopted children are unable to live with their birth families for many reasons and move to live permanently with a new family, taking their surname and assuming the same rights and privileges as if they had been born to them.

Children who need adoptive families often need a little extra from their new parents, and over the next year AiM is looking to recruit over 80 sets of adopters.

Jenny Ness, Head of Service for AiM, said: “Becoming an adopter is life changing, for everyone involved and is the single most important thing that will ever happen to a young person as it completely transforms their life chances.

“For the adopter, there truly is nothing more rewarding or fulfilling.  Although the process of becoming an adopter has to be extremely thorough, we try and make it as pain free as possible.

“I would urge anyone who has ever thought about adoption to get in touch with us – it could be the best decision you ever make.”

You will need to have a child-friendly lifestyle, provide a stable environment and be ready for the challenge and lifelong commitment of adoption. You will also need time, patience, love and resilience to help a child reach their full potential.

Adoptive parents from a wide range of backgrounds are welcomed as it helps to be able to match them with children who have very varied needs.

Applications are open to people from all backgrounds regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.  Couples, single people, disabled people and people from all cultures are welcome.

AiM are particularly looking for parents who can offer a home to children of all ages who:

  • Are part of a sibling group
  • Are disabled or have a medical condition
  • Have complex needs
  • Are from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds

You must be:

  • Over 21 and mature enough to meet the demands of parenthood
  • Fit and well enough to care for children until they are adults
  • Able to offer a secure home with a spare room for one or more children

A drop in adoption information evening is being held on Tuesday 30 October from 4-7pm in Garston. Please contact AiM directly on 0151 477 8700 for further details

For more information about adoption, log on to www.adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk or call 0151 477 8700.

Pete Firman brings magic touch to the Atkinson

Pete Firman, one of the UK’s most celebrated magicians and comedians, has added 15 additional dates to his UK tour of brand new show, Marvels, due to phenomenal demand.

Expect to be mesmerised by Pete’s acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and jaw-dropping magic, as he presents a truly unique live theatre experience at the Atkinson Arts Centre on March 15, 2019

‘The UK’s leading comedy magician’ (Time Out) has numerous television appearances under his belt, including ITV1’s Tommy Cooper Forever, Tonight at the London Palladium, The Next Great Magician, BBC One’s Let’s Sing & Dance for Comic Relief, The John Bishop Show, The Magicians and The Sarah Millican Television Programme. He also presented Pete Firman’s World of Magic for BBC Radio 4 Extra and recently appeared on BBC One’s The Generation Game.

Pete Firman said: “I’m thrilled by the response to the 2018 tour and I’m very excited to be taking ‘Marvels’ to even more places in 2019! Make sure you grab a ticket before they disappear.”

Pete’s skill for fusing magic and comedy has made him one of the most sought after magicians working on British television, writing and performing in magic shows such as Monkey Magic (FIVE), Dirty Tricks, Derren Brown’s 3D Magic Spectacular (Channel 4) and The Secret World of Magic (Sky One).

In 2017 Pete was presented with ‘The Carlton Award’ by the world famous Magic Circle. It is given for outstanding comedy in magic and Pete is the first non-member of the society to receive it in the Magic Circle’s 100-plus year history.

Other recipients of Magic Circle awards include Derren Brown and David Copperfield.

Pete’s return to the Edinburgh Fringe marks his 11th appearance at the world’s largest arts festival, with a full-length run at The Pleasance Beyond.

To book tickets for Pete’s popular show, visit: https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/pete-firman-marvels/

Macmillan event to focus on wellbeing

People affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of support available to them on Thursday 1 November. The regular event in Southport takes a slightly different focus this time with the emphasis being on wellbeing and feeling better about yourself despite everything that you are going through.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

Cancer can cause changes to people’s appearance that can be hard to cope with affecting how they see themselves and how they feel about their body. The centre has asked some of its service users to demonstrate some examples of how people can dress to feel more confident about how they look. 

For this event only, they have also invited companies that sell organic cosmetics and wigs to give people an idea of the products that are available. To make the afternoon even more enjoyable there will be a caricaturist and a table magician. 

On the day, as always, there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and you will have the chance to speak with cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. Volunteers from Sefton OPERA have also been welcomed back to offer complimentary therapies.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Community Navigator Manager at Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre said: “Following feedback from previous events we wanted to try something a little bit different this time.  

“From our experience of some of the things we do at the centre like our Boots No7 Pamper sessions, yoga and support groups, people appreciate finding ways to feel good about themselves even when they are going through difficult times.  We wanted to try and translate this into a Health & Wellbeing Event that appeals to all ages.”

Sarah McGrath, planned care lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “This regular event aims to help people affected by cancer as well as their friends and families. We think it’s important to show them the different types of support on hand. This time is slightly different with the focus on wellbeing and appearance to boost confidence and I do hope that it helps those who need that help and support.”  

The first 100 people to register before the event will get a goody bag on the day containing some lovely products donated to the centre around the theme of wellbeing.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event. It is free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk.

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