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Help put good mental health on the map in Sefton

Sefton Council is inviting residents and groups to share their favourite places to promote positive mental wellbeing as part of its 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign.

 We want to know which parts of Sefton have a positive influence on your mental health. This could be activities at one of our leisure centres, your favourite part of the coast or a maybe a special place that puts your mind at ease.

 The aim is to create a positive mental health map of Sefton, showing the places where people go to feel better and in turn help reduce the social isolation that can often be a symptom of depression.

 To get involved and help create the map, tell us about your favourite place and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil using the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind or alternatively email to communications@sefton.gov.uk.

 Whether its somewhere you go to exercise, your favourite place to spend time with your family or even a quiet place you like to go for some alone time, we want to know about the happiest places in Sefton.  We also want local groups to promote what they do to help promote positive mental wellbeing.

 The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign covers the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10). The campaign aims to use this 30 period to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

 The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Last year the 30 Days of Sefton in Mind was hugely successful with over 100, 000 people viewing the campaign on social media.

 “Poor mental health can present itself in many different ways and for that reason the methods people use to deal with it can be very different. Unfortunately, social isolation and depression often come hand in hand, we hope that by creating a positive mental health map, we can signpost not only to services, but also to locations that can truly promote a positive state of mind.” 

Volunteers needed to help at fun run in memory of Nathan

Volunteers are needed to help out at a charity event in Crosby next week.

Volunteer Centre Sefton is seeking people to help staff a fun run that starts from Crosby Leisure Centre at 10am on Sunday September 9.

This is the second year that the run has taken place in memory of Nathan James Wilson. All proceeds raised will be donated to Papyrus, a suicide prevention charity for young people.

Volunteers are needed to run a raffle at the leisure centre, marshal the route and record runners’ times at the finishing line.

Rachael West, Volunteer and Citizenship Co-ordinator with Sefton CVS, commented: “Volunteering at one-off events like this is a great way to gain skills and experience if you can’t commit to something more regular.

“A fun run like this is also a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together in support of a very important cause.”

Anyone wishing to participate in the event can run or walk and take on a 5K or 10K challenge.

For more information on how to get involved with volunteering at or participating in this event, ring Len Wilson on 07786 150146 or email len.wilson54@gmail.com

If you would like to donate click here.

Merseyside Police weekend of action tackling gun and gang crime in Sefton

Merseyside Police is increasing police resources in South Sefton this weekend, following a rise in tensions between criminal factions, which has resulted in increased violent incidents including firearms discharges.

We have today arrested a man in connection with the most recent of these incidents, in which a 25-year-old man received a serious leg injury after being shot outside his home on Cambridge Road, Bootle on Wednesday night.

An 18-year-old man from Kirkdale was today arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm in connection with this offence. He has been taken to a police station for questioning by officers.

All weekend, local policing officers will be supported by Matrix officers, intelligence and response staff, and Sefton Council. Members of the public will see our officers carrying out search warrants, open land searches and stop searches as part of this activity. We will be patrolling around key locations in South Sefton and carrying out checks in licenced premises.

A Section 60 order will be in place over the weekend which allows officers to stop and search people in the area, to prevent and detect the carrying of offensive weapons.

Other recent incidents include unconfirmed shootings in Monfa Road, Bootle on Sunday, 12 August and in Hornby Road on Saturday, 18 August.

Over the past six weeks, significant ongoing work has been carried out by local officers, including 20 search warrants, 57 arrests, 377 stop and searches, resulting in the seizure of 20 stolen motorbikes and other items including a handgun (pictured) recovered from a communal garden in Empire Road, Bootle.

We have also received funding from Sefton Council for drugs wipes, to be used when testing suspected drug drivers in the area, and for officers to carry out work on people wanted on recalls to prison.

Active Sefton will also continue their ‘Park Nights’ free sport and activities for young people next week, including Zorb football and climbing, in Bowersdale Park (Tuesday); Derby Park (Wednesday), Marian Square Gardens (Thursday) and North Park (Friday).

Sefton Local Policing Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: 

“There will be significant resources in place and activity across South Sefton this weekend as a response to these serious incidents, which we are relentless in investigating, working alongside Sefton Council, housing agencies and local community groups.

“We completely understand the impact that serious crime has on the vast majority of law-abiding members of these communities. If residents see this increase in activity, I want to reassure them that we will keep working with you to disrupt and apprehend those people who bring intimidation, threat and harm to your doorstep.

“Key to any success that we have is information from those communities affected, so I would urge anyone with information about where guns or other weapons are being stored, or who is involved in incidents, to come forward, either directly to police or through the independent charity Crimestoppers.

“Sadly, those who are involved in the supply or drugs and other crime will often resort to using firearms and violence to protect this illegal trade, or to resolve petty disputes. We will never tolerate these reckless actions, and are relentless in our resolve to remove those people and their weapons from our streets.

“No-one should have to put up with drug dealing and the associated crime it brings. We will continue to work together with our communities to improve the quality of life in our neighbourhood and make those communities stronger.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“We want Sefton residents to feel as safe as possible within their communities and able to access support when it is needed.

“The extra police resources this weekend will be a step towards a better peace of mind for those who have been concerned by recent events.”

Anyone with information on issues affecting your community is asked to contact our social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 or you can call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sefton gives £50,000 to help community groups in Southport and Crosby

Sefton Council has announced the latest projects to be approved as part of the Community Transition Fund.

The fund was established to assist community organisations in developing Sefton’s communities.

In order to qualify for capital from the £1,000,000 pot, any schemes must be linked to the council’s priorities, in particular the support of Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.

The latest projects to be approved are:

£25,000 for Birkdale Community Hub to help towards the cost of refurbishment works.

£25,000 for the Northern Club, Crosby to erect a security fence around an astroturf pitch.

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sefton’s Community Transition Fund is a fantastic way for community organisations across our borough to access much needed funds to help kick start their work.

“Community organisations, volunteers and other groups are vital in creating resilient communities and it is important we do everything we can to help them.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support this latest group of projects and organisations.”

For more information visit sefton.gov.uk

Excitement grows for Sefton’s 2018 Allotment Fortnight!

Excitement is growing for Green Sefton’s Allotment Fortnight celebrations 2018!

For the second year running Green Sefton, the Local Authority’s team who look after parks, greenspaces and our coastline, have been busy sprouting plans for a two week celebration of all things allotments between August 27 and September 9.

Working along side self-managed sites, Allotment Fortnight will highlight various community projects, activities and food bank donation schemes across a number of allotments in the borough.

Community open days will take place at 14 allotments, including Altcar Road in Formby, Scape Lane, Crosby, Beach Road, Litherland and Gardener Avenue, Bootle.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Last years Allotment Fortnight was a huge success and we want this year to be even better.

“The event is a great way for us to really celebrate our fantastic communities and the work they do at allotments all across Sefton.

“We have more than 1,100 allotment plots over 14 sites across Sefton so they really are the cream of the crop!

“During Allotment Fortnight residents are invited to come down between 10.30am and 2.30pm on each open day and learn more about the sheer wealth of what we do at our sites.

“Council staff will be on hand throughout all the sites to meet with tenants and those interested in getting more involved with our allotments scheme.

“We’ll also be running a number of food bank collection points during each open day where we encourage anyone with spare fruit, vegetables and produce they may have grown to donate to a local good cause.

“Our allotments are not just about growing fruit and veg. They are a brilliant community resource.”

If you are a resident of Sefton and would like to rent an allotment call 0151 934 2943 for more information. Spaces are currently readily available at Browns Lane in Netherton.

Altcar Road, Formby – August 27
Blundell Lane, Southport – August 28 
Dunningsbridge Road, Bootle – August 29
Scape Lane, Crosby – August 30
Birkdale Irrigation, Birkdale – August 31
Hatton Hill, Litherland – September 1
Hoggs Hill, Formby – September 2
Sherwood Road, Crosby – September 3
Netherton Community Garden. – September 3
Browns Lane, Netherton – September 5
Town Lane, Southport – September 6
Beach Road, Litherland – September 7
Queensway, Crosby – September 8
Gardener Avenue, Bootle – September 9

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