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Public welcome at November CCG meetings

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along to their November governing body meetings.

The CCGs’ hold their governing body meetings every two months in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:

“We invite the public along to this formal meeting to listen to the CCG’s plans. Residents also get the chance to ask any questions they have before the meeting gets underway.”

Andy Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said:

“The meetings are a great chance for people to meet our health professionals and our governing body members. It’s also a good chance for us to meet some of our public and we welcome their views and questions as always.” 

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 November at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1pm. Papers will be available here beforehand:   

The NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 2 November at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be available here beforehand:   

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Macmillan centre now hosting drop in sessions in Formby

The sessions are being held at Formby Library on the second Tuesday of every month from 1pm – 3pm and the next one is Tuesday 14th November. 

Helen Jones, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, said:

“We know it’s not always easy or convenient for Formby residents to pop into our Southport centre, so these drop ins at the village’s library provide an alternative for anyone wanting information or support about living with cancer.”    

The centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), provides a free, confidential drop in service for anyone affected by cancer.

The centre is staffed by Macmillan information and support staff and trained volunteers, who are able to provide:

  • Literature and internet access on all aspects of living with cancer, including work and travel issues
  • The opportunity to talk to someone in a friendly environment, and advice on how to access emotional support
  • Help with accessing financial advice and grants
  • Information about practical help that is available
  • Information on living well, physical activity, relaxation and healthy eating
  • Support groups and a team of volunteers
  • Links with health and social care professionals

You can find the team at 20 Stanley Street, Southport, PR9 0BY or call them on 01704 533024.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please visit the website:

Ditch Those Stabilisers return by popular demand

Back by popular demand during the October half term, Sefton Council is delighted to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, October 24between 9am-12pm or Southport’s Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, October 26 from 9am to 12pm.

Parents of youngsters that have taken part in previous sessions have said:

“Thank you to you and your team for this morning’s cycling session.

“It was brilliantly run and the positive attitude and enthusiasm of you and your team was evident from the start. Great tips, great advice, and great results.

“We have absolutely loved the session learning skills to carry this on and enjoy cycling together as a family!”

Pre booking is essential due to popularity. To register, call Sefton Council, on 0345 140 0845.

Youngsters make waves at anti-scrambler fun day!

Pupils from schools across South Sefton have been shown how to have fun without dangerous scrambler bikes, thanks to Sefton Council and Merseyside Police.

Hundreds of schoolchildren from All Saints, Lander Road, The Grange, English Martyrs and Hatton Hill donned their gym kits and took part in an exhilarating inter-school sports day at Crosby Lakeside recently.

This is the second sports day by Sefton Council and Merseyside Police, designed to highlight the effects scrambler bikes have on local communities and how children can have tons of fun away from the dangerous bikes.

As well as learning about the vehicles, children took part in a host of activities including raft building, bush craft, archery, orienteering, teamwork and problem solving.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for Communities and Housing said: “This was a fantastic day out for all involved.

“Around 160 schoolchildren took part in the day and our partnership with Merseyside Police is working extremely well to highlight the dangers associated with scrambler bikes and how they can affect local communities.

“By getting involved in the campaign we hope all the young people have learned some valuable lessons and they have now been rewarded with a great day out using our amazing facilities at Crosby Lakeside.

“Next the schoolchildren will be taking part in a competition where they have been asked to make a 90 second video about the dangers of becoming involved in scrambler bike activity.

“The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Police Headquarters in December.”

Sefton Neighbourhood Inspector Ian Jones said: “Education and engagement is such an important part of the work we do alongside Sefton Council and our other partners. This inter-school sports day is a brilliant way for children to channel their energy and creativity in a positive way.

“During our yearly scrambler bike initiative, we not only want to show young people the serious dangers and nuisance that scrambler bikes cause across the community, but also encourage them to learn different activities, skills and pursuits.

“The enthusiasm we saw from everyone was great, and this autumn term will see them get involved in all sorts of competitions and activities.”

#SeftonInMind: Take the best steps towards better support

A social group for people who have experienced disabilities or mental health issues meets every Tuesday at the Shakespeare Centre in Southport.

The group, led by charity Stepping Stones, offers Sefton residents the opportunity to meet new friends and take part in social activities.

The group meets every Tuesday 1-4pm and Thursday 2-4pm to watch films, take part in arts and crafts sessions and compete in darts, snooker and bowling.

There are also meetings held monthly where participants are invited to discuss ideas for future outings and projects.

Stepping Stones is part of Sefton advocacy, an independent charity offering adults in Sefton a free advocacy service to support them with their concerns.

To find out more about Stepping Stones call Mike on 07599 093460.

Stepping Stones is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

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