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Disabled young people consider their next steps

Young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN) have been invited to a special event where they can learn about the options available to them as they leave school.

Moving On takes place in Splash World, Southport, 10am-2pm, March 8. It is an open day for families and young people aged 14-25yrs with an SEN or disability.

Young people will meet providers and will find out about colleges, supported employment, volunteering, welfare rights, social service support, other local opportunities and much more.

The Transitions Coordinators at Aiming High have worked hard to make sure there are lots of fun, interactive activities for young people as they make their way around the event.

Moving On is a free, with no ticket or booking required.

To find out more, contact Sefton Council’s transitions coordinators on  0151 934 3887 / 4354 or by email

Important investment works start at Netherton Activity Centre

Important investment works are set to start at Netherton Activity Centre to support the local community.

The improvement works have started at Netherton Activity Centre as part of Sefton Council’s commitment to invest in its local communities and support some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough.

The important building works will benefit children, families and regular visitors to the NAC and will make a positive difference to the Council’s new ‘Early Intervention and Prevention’ offer.

Works are expected to take approximately 20 weeks to complete and every effort is being taken to minimise disruption, with the building remaining open throughout.

Parents and carers who use the NAC have been sent letters in advance of the works starting to allow them to prepare for any disruption.

Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said:

“This work is an important step in making sure that our community base at Netherton Activity Centre is fit for purpose, financially sustainable and it will contribute directly to supporting some of the most vulnerable residents in Sefton.

“As people will appreciate, there will be some noise and unfamiliar workers on site, and we’re working closely with parents and carers to minimise any anxiety or distress for the children and young people who take part in the Aiming High activities or use Jakes Sensory World.

“We’d like to reassure people that works will be carried out as sensitively as possible, with users’ needs in mind, and all services will still be available.

“The end result will help us to deliver our ambitions set out in Vision 2030 – ensuring we’re investing to create a borough for everyone.”

Appeal launched to find missing Southport man

Merseyside Police are urgently appealing for information to help trace a missing 72-year-old man from Sefton.

 

James Hall, also known as Jimmy, from Bretton Fold, Southport was last seen in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 12th February) at around 2am.

 

Extensive enquiries and a search of the nearby area have taken place overnight, however officers have been unable to locate James.

 

He is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, slim build with grey hair and a grey beard.

 

He is wearing a dark coloured bomber style jacket, blue jeans and black trainers. He is also believed to be walking his dog, a white Bichon Frise.

 

James, who is from the Southport area of Sefton, has links to Maghull and Ormskirk. He is also known to frequently visit the Scottfield (Oldham) area.

 

We are making extensive efforts to find James and return him home safely. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to get in touch by calling 101.

 

 Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

New mental health facility good for business

Businesses in Sefton are being invited to come along to discuss exciting new work opportunities with top buyers who are keen to use local traders for building a new mental health facility in Southport.

MerseyCare NHS and Farran Heron Joint Venture (FHJV) are working in collaboration with Invest Sefton  and Sefton at Work to host the Meet The Buyer event at Bootle Town Hall, February 22, 9.30am – 12nooon.

The new facility will open in 2018 and gives local businesses the potential to pitch for contracts covering a wide range of needs, including:

  • External works
  • Windows, doors and curtain walling
  • Building supplies
  • Building trade
  • Construction and finishing trades
  • Fixtures and fittings

Attendees will learn about joint working and supply chain opportunities, while also gaining useful insight into the timescale of the build. They will also benefit from learning how contractor FHJV chooses its suppliers and free support from Invest Sefton and Sefton at Work, who will provide assistance to those businesses selected for Meet They Buyer to register for the FHJV supplier portal, bidding for public sector contracts and recruitment support.

Meet The Buyer is a ticket only event. In order to secure a ticket for your business, contact Invest Sefton 0151 934 3452 or by email

Football Pitches

Following discussions with the managing agents from the district leagues, matches on all Sefton Council playing fields have been postponed this weekend (Saturday, February 10, and Sunday, February 11, 2018).

The decision has been taken due to the current ground conditions caused by the recent poor weather and the present forecast.

The managing agents will notify relevant clubs and leagues affected.

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