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Changes to NHS Health Checks

The way that NHS Health Checks are available in Sefton is changing from April.

Your free NHS Health Check will now be done by staff from Active Lifestyles and Living Well Sefton.

If you’re aged 40 to 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check, which is a great way to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.

It checks that some of your body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and it helps to spot any potential problems before they cause real damage.

Your blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked.

There are some things that you can’t change – like your age, ethnicity or family history, but the most important factors on your future health – such as your weight, cholesterol level and blood pressure – can be changed.

After your NHS Health Check you’ll be given advice and support to helps you improve your health; including free and easier access to local activities you might want to take up to keep yourself happy, healthy and active.

To book your free NHS Health Check ring 0151 934 2352 or you can access any of the sessions available locally in various venues throughout Sefton.

Hatisfaction guaranteed at specialist dementia day service

It was hats off to some high-quality headgear when staff at a specialist Southport day service for people with dementia organised an Easter bonnet competition for clients at the weekend.

The competition at Brookdale Resource Centre in Ainsdale – run by leading Sefton adult social care provider, New Directions – was the centrepiece of a range of Easter-themed activities.

The contest attracted a wide variety of creative entries, with prizes being awarded to the top hat-trick of designs.

Elsewhere, there was a special Easter afternoon tea with live entertainment provided by popular Southport-based singer Kate Roberts.

Kate’s varied repertoire of musical memories perfectly complemented the seasonal fayre served by staff to service users and their guests, which included a range of delicious Easter cakes.

Brookdale Service Manager, Salwa Moustafa, commented: “Our staff put a lot of time and effort into our Easter activities this year and I’m delighted at how they turned out, and the many positive comments we have received.

“Along with a very enjoyable performance from our talented singer, an Easter egg for every service user and the special Easter cards they made for their families, it all added up to a great way to celebrate this special time of year.”

Brookdale Resource Centre enables the carers of service users with advanced dementia to have an important respite break.

Clients enjoy a wide range of activities at the centre including arts and crafts, sensory stimulation and music and reminiscence therapies.

* For more information about Brookdale Resource Centre contact Salwa Moustafa on 01704 571026.

Ultimate Frisbee and Zorb Football come to Sefton parks

Active Sefton is proud to announce the launch of Sefton Park Nights.

The Easter evening events are a new scheme designed to give youngsters across the south of borough the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Hosted at various locations throughout South Sefton, the early evening events aims to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to take part in fun filled activities

Throughout the fortnight (Monday March 26 – Thursday April 5) youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including street golf, zorb football, climbing walls and more!

Park Nights is organised by Active Sefton and funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.

Activities include:
• Street Golf & Football at Derby Park (6-8pm) on Monday March 26
• Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball at Killen Green ( 5-7pm) on Tuesday March 27
• Zorb Football at North Park (6-7.30pm) on Wednesday March 28
• Climbing wall and games at Crosby Coastal Park (6-8pm) on Thursday March 29
• Street Golf & Football at Derby Park (6-8pm) on Tuesday April 3
• Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball (5-7pm) on Wednesday April 4
• Zorb Football at Marion Square Gardens Park (6-7.30pm) on Thursday April 5
• Street Golf & football Kirkstone Park (5-7pm) on Thursday April 5
Heather Redhead, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager , said: “We are delighted to be able to launch Park Nights after huge successes with other events in the past such as Sefton Lights.

“Park Nights promises to be two weeks of fun and free activities and thanks must go in advance to Merseyside Police who have worked so hard to help us bring this great programme together.”

For more information contact the Active Sefton Team on 0151 288 6286.

Nominations are open for the 2018 Sefton Sports Awards

The opportunity to join Sefton’s sporting hall of fame is one step closer as entries open for 2018’s Sefton Sports Awards.

Now in its 16th year, the awards celebrate the very best of the sporting offer across the borough with categories celebrating the outstanding talent and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools.

2018 is already a sporting year to remember with the Winter Olympics and Paralympic games, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup all on the agenda. This makes it the perfect year to truly celebrate what is on offer in Sefton and recognise the people who make it all possible.

Especially poignant this year are the two awards celebrating sporting volunteers, given that 2018 is Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer. Volunteers can be nominated in the Volunteer of the Year category and Young Volunteer of the Year.

Taking place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 11, the event is organised by Active Sefton which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio.

With 10 awards up for grabs there is a category to recognise all aspects of sporting achievements from school teams to top coaches and even a sports personality of the year.
Nominations can be made in the following groups:

• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year (including Junior Male, Junior Female, Male, Female and Disabled categories)
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year

Tina Pilkington, Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing Development Manager, said: “The Sefton Sports Awards is one of my favourite events of the year and a fantastic opportunity for those involved with sports across the borough to be recognised for their efforts.
“We look forward to seeing another strong list of nominations this year.”

Nominations can be made at sefton.gov.uk/seftonsportsawards. The deadline for entries is June 8, 2018.

Council backs action to tackle fly-tipping and waste crime

Sefton Council is backing new proposals to tackle household fly-tipping and waste crime in a bid to keep the borough clean, green and beautiful.

The Council has responded to the Government’s consultation on suggested measures to reduce poor performance at waste sites and introducing a fixed penalty to discourage household waste being fly-tipped.

The new proposals include providing local authorities with the option of fining householders of up to £400 who fail to take ‘reasonable measures’ to ensure their waste is not being illegally dumped.

The Council agrees with this approach but says that more needs to be done around educating householders.

Councillor Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“In Sefton we want people to feel pride in their environment. Waste crime and fly-tipping really spoils our green environment and while we welcome the Government’s proposals to tackle the problem of unlicensed waste carriers and illegal fly tipping, we believe that householders need better education on the regulations surrounding waste.

“In our experience, when officers are investigating fly tipping incidents that relate to householders, they are often completely unaware that they are still responsible for their waste, even if they’ve paid someone to remove it. They don’t realise that they could be punished if their waste is not disposed of properly.

“A fine would be a deterrent but should really be a last resort, what we need to concentrate on is ensuring all householders know that they have a legal duty of care to ensure that waste is only given to people who are registered waste carriers.

“There needs to be a national campaign to raise awareness of this issue and appropriate funding made available to help local authorities highlight these important messages so that our communities are not blighted by waste crime.”

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