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Sefton CVS recognised for contribution to the NHS

An organisation which works on behalf of the local community in Sefton has been formally recognised for its contribution to the NHS.

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) has been awarded the NHS 70 community partner of the year award, as voted for by staff of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

Sefton CVS is an independent charity which aims to ‘support independent, resilient and sustainable communities’ by promoting and assisting the work of voluntary, community and faith (VCF) groups. One of the charity’s objectives is to promote the advancement of health with Sefton. This has seen Sefton CVS link up with a variety of groups including the Alzheimer’s Society, Healthwatch Sefton, Sefton Council, as well as NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

Some of the highlights from the work Sefton CVS has done with the NHS in Sefton include the Strand by Me community signposting and health shop in the Strand, the creation of an online directory for over 3,500 services delivered by more than 1,000 VCF groups in Sefton and the Sefton Emotional Achievement Service which delivered self-harm prevention and support for 11-25 year olds.

It is the first time the CCGs have chosen to recognise a community partner of the year award and it was voted for by members of staff at the CCGs as part of their annual staff awards. The award is part of a year-long celebration of the NHS 70th anniversary which will include national celebrations at Westminster Abbey and York Minster on the 5th July.

Speaking about the award, chief executive of the CCGs, Fiona Taylor, said: “Sefton CVS is an incredibly important partner for us in terms of working with the local community. The NHS is increasingly looking to community groups to make sure the health services we commission are joined up with other services and deliver the most benefit for local people and the team at Sefton CVS is an invaluable part of that. I am delighted that our staff have chosen to formally recognise its work through this award.”

Sefton CVS chief executive, Angela White OBE, said: “We are delighted to be presented with this award, which is made all the more special because votes have come from staff and colleagues at NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport & Formby CCG”.

“This award is a testament to the strong local partnerships that exist within our borough and I would like to thank our colleagues at both CCGs for nominating Sefton CVS”.

The CCGs have also asked the three Sefton MPs to submit a formal nomination for Sefton CVS to the NHS 70 Parliamentary Awards. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony which takes place in Westminster on the 4th July.

Well Sefton aims to spread the love on Pay It Foward day

Well Sefton, the project dedicated to creating a brighter Bootle, has prepared a raft of activities aimed at spreading the love this Pay It Forward Day.

Pay It Forward Day is a worldwide movement that promotes random acts of kindness with the idea that those who experience an act of kindness pass it on to others.

Well Sefton has planned a series of activities that will embrace the power of giving and hopes to encourage the people of Bootle to spread the love among the community that will take place from Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, April 28.

Well Sefton is a collaborative programme that is working to improve the health and wellbeing of the people living and working in Bootle by creating a vibrant and connected community, living in a more pleasant environment.

The collaboration is made up of Living Well Sefton, Regenerus, Safe Regeneration, Sefton Council and YKids.

Volunteers from YKids will be found at Bootle Market from 9.30am to 1pm on Friday, April 27 where they will be handing out vouchers for a free drink at North Perk, positivity pouches and offering free face painting.

Groups of community gardeners from Regenerus’ Taking Root in Bootle project will be creating wooden planters with plans to distribute them around the local neighbourhood to brighten up the area. The team will be planting up and gifting at South Park on Friday from 10am to 12pm.

Living Well Sefton will be working with the Orrell Trust, Venus and the May Logan centre to facilitate a raft of activities to promote random acts of kindness this week.

SAFE Regeneration will be using Pay it Forward Day to build on its ‘Green Dream’ environmental work. The focus will be on creating more habitats for local wildlife by distributing wildflower seeds to local community groups.

Matt Ashton, Well Sefton lead and Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “Pay it Forward Day is an opportunity for the Bootle community to truly come together and make acts of kindness something that happens throughout the year.

“The Well Sefton collaboration has lined up an exciting series of activities that we hope will engage the community and encourage the people of Bootle to pay it forward and commit to making a random act of kindness this weekend.”

While Well Sefton’s activities will be based in Bootle, there will be lots of random acts of kindess taking place in the north of the borough thanks to Sefton CVS.

To find out more about the activities taking place check the hashtag #PayItForwardSefton or follow the Well Sefton Twitter Moment.

Wildcats Girls’ Football on the prowl for new talent in Sefton

Sefton’s young girls are invited to show off their football skills at Dunes Splash World’s new 3G sports pitches from Tuesday, April 24.

 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centres from The FA will provide Sefton’s girls aged 5-11 with regular opportunities to play football as well as promoting opportunities to progress to local clubs within the Southport area.

 Created exclusively for girls, the weekly sessions will take place every Tuesday from 4-5pm and will provide a fun and engaging environment for girls who are keen to try their hand at a game of football.

 Active Sefton hopes the initiative will inspire participants to engage with football, meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundation for a lifelong love of football.

 In addition, Active Sefton will be developing further opportunities to be involved in football, including walking football and soccercise sessions in the coming months. 

 Tina Pilkington, Health and Wellbeing Development Manager at Sefton Council, said: “Women’s football has truly gained momentum in recent years and this makes it all the more important for local authorities to ensure that doors are open for young girls to have access to the sport.

 “The Wildcats will give Sefton’s girls a taste of football at a grassroots level and when better to launch this than during National Girls Football Week?”

 Kelly Simmons, FA Participation and Development Director, said: “Since the launch of SSE Wildcats we have seen great enthusiasm from the girls taking part to continue learning and playing football.

 “The centres have proved a huge success and we are pleased to be able to considerably grow the size of the initiative in 2018, offering a much higher percentage of girls across the country the opportunity to enjoy football in a safe and inspiring environment.”

 The first session in free and sessions thereafter will cost £3 each. For more information about the Wildcats visit THEFA.com/play-football.   

Netherton Activity Centre’s Fitness Suit undergoes major upgrade

Netherton Activity Centre’s fitness suite will be temporarily closed next week while it undergoes a significant refurbishment.

The suite will be closed between Friday April 13 and Friday April 20 while contractors complete the required works.

During the renovation, the fitness studio timetable will be in operation and will not be affected by the Fitness Suite closure.

Chris Porrino, Sefton Council’s Senior Health & Fitness Development Manager, said: “We are extremely excited to be bringing the latest in exercise innovation to our already excellent service offering.

Netherton will have the very best training kit available, including  strength & conditioning rack, cable cross over, functional training rig, battle ropes and Plyo boxes to name just a few!

“The new Cardio and Strength kit is the best there is and has the latest in multimedia connections with everything from TV to app integration through your smartphone.

“Improvements to our group exercise studio will also be made with replacement spin bikes and the installation of Les Mills Virtual class instruction being made available to our users!

“We have a number of other fitness suites across Sefton which our Netherton members are invited and welcome to use while the works are ongoing.”

Netherton Activity Centre’s fitness suite is set to reopen on Saturday April 21.

Sefton encourages residents to walk to work

Sefton Council is encouraging residents to leave the car at home and walk to work on April 6 in support of Walk to Work Day.

This is a great opportunity for the people of Sefton to reduce their carbon footprint and make a positive action for their health and wellbeing.

Those who live too far afield to walk the entire journey could try to walk to the train station or bus stop rather than drive.

Recent figures show that as little as 2.5% of the population choose to walk to work five days a week.

The council would like to encourage as many people as possible to pledge to walk for at least part of their journey.

By walking to work, residents are helping to reduce the amount of air pollution caused by cars and traffic.

Sefton is also calling upon its staff to make a pledge to ditch the motors for the day and brave the walk to work.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “Walk to Work Day is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive lifestyle choice and welcome some physical activity to your daily commute.

“Walking has so many benefits to health and wellbeing and by making the choice to leave the car at home, we can reduce the amount of pollution caused by traffic.

“I strongly encourage all residents to take this opportunity to improve their health and Sefton’s air quality.”

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