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Discover opportunities at Sefton’s festival of learning

A special event is taking place in Sefton to encourage local residents to try something different and learn new skills while having fun.

Sefton’s Festival of Learning Summer Fair takes place Saturday June 16, 12-4pm at Sefton Community Learning Centre, 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth.

The air will be filled with tantalising smells from festival goers trying their hand at making tapas and other Mediterranean dishes as the more artistic among them give charcoal drawing and water colour painting a go.

There will be workshops that everyone can take part in and try something new, with the added bonus of free food for children when they or an adult they attend with complete the workshop.

The eclectic mix of fun learning activities will vary wildly, from learning about Viking culture to building bird boxes and much more besides, there will be lots to see and do.

The festival will have lots to offer for all ages, whether whizzing around on go karts, tackling the assault course and giant slide or sparking their creative side of little ones with family craft sessions.

Visitors will never be short of food or entertainment as local businesses from across Sefton will set up shop on the day.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“Learning new skills can be very positive for our happiness and mental well being, as well as equipping us for life in new ways.

“Sefton Council’s Community Learning Service has a brilliant array of courses all year round, but this festival is a fun way to learn more about the service, learn new skills on the day and just as importantly, have fun.”

To find out more about this fantastic event or to book your place, contact Sefton’s Adult Community Learning Service on 0151 934 4546 or visit their website to find out learning opportunities throughout the year.

South Sefton Recycling Centre temporarily closes for maintenance

Sefton residents are being made aware that the South Sefton Recycling Centre, Irlam Road, Bootle will be temporarily closed from Monday June 18 – Friday June 22.

This is to allow essential maintenance work to take place.

During the closure residents can still recycle their household waste by using any of the fourteen other recycling centres across Merseyside. 

The closest to the Irlam Road are Cheadle Avenue, Old Swan or Sefton Lane, Maghull.

South Sefton recycling centre will reopen on Saturday June 23.

Residents are also reminded not to leave any waste or dump rubbish outside any recycling centre. This is flytipping and if caught, offenders can face considerable fines. 

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of Merseyside Waste & Recycling Authority, said: “Working with our contractor Veolia the bulk of the maintenance work will introduce new traffic management measures including height restriction barriers and lane guards, which will be used to divert vehicles suspected of carrying non-household waste into areas where they can be safely and efficiently inspected.

“South Sefton has an issue with commercial operators and traders using vans to bring non-household waste onto site for disposal. The current layout means any vehicles stopped can create queues and tailbacks, which isn’t the most efficient use of the site. The new measures should put an end to this.

“We’re also taking the opportunity for some essential refurbishment work around the Centre including: repair and replacing containers, repairing lighting complete clean of the Centre, replacement of kerbstones, repair and replacement of signage and improvements to road marking and ‘safe’ routes around the site.

“The Emmaus Reuse Shop on the site will also be closed and resident will be directed to the Old Swan Reuse Shop.”

 

Sefton champions local carers for national celebration

Sefton Council is joining organisations across the UK to celebrate the amazing contribution of carers to their families and communities.

Carers Week 2o18 takes place 11-17 June, raising awareness of the roles of unpaid carers, the difference they make and the challenges they face.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who would not manage their daily lives or would see a decline in their health without them. A carer can be almost any age, with children and young people also taking up caring roles.

People often do not identify themselves as being carers, just seeing their actions as something they expect to do for their loved ones.

In Sefton there are strong support networks and a wealth of information available from Sefton Carers Centre, or via Sefton’s Adult Services Directory

As part of Carers Week, Sefton Carers Centre is hosting Get Connected, an event to highlight the free support and services available to carers in the borough and beyond. At the event carers will receive specialist guidance from the centre’s Welfare Benefits Advisors and Parent Carers Team. Sefton Young Carers Service will be available to meet families of children with caring roles, as well as helping professionals such as teachers and social workers to identify young carers. ‘Get Connected’ takes place June 13, 11am-2pm at Sefton Carers Centre, South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council said:

“Sefton is a borough for everyone, no less so our fantastic and selfless carers, who carry out their caring roles in addition to the everyday pressures we all face.

“While Carers Week is an opportunity to shine a light on our selfless carers, it is also important that we reach people who may not yet realise that they are carers themselves.

“Having see first hand the vital support offered by Sefton Carers Centre, I advise any carers in Sefton to drop in to Get Connected, or make contact with the centre to see how they can help you.”

Sefton Carers Centre can be contacted on 0151 288 6060 or by completing the online form

 

 

Campaign highlights parent victims of loan sharks

Sefton Council is backing a campaign by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) which aims to bring awareness to the issue of how parents are affected by loan sharks.

The campaign is designed to shows the devastating effect illegal money lending  has on residents in the borough and beyond, in a bid to raise awareness of the rights of victims, and the help available to them.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “The Council is fully committed to highlighting the issue of loan sharks so that we can tackle those responsible.

“By working with a number of other organisations, we can make sure that our resources are more effectively targeted to help victims or anyone affected by this illegal activity.”

Tony Quigley, head of service for the Illegal Money Lending Team added; “There are many misconceptions surrounding illegal money lending, in particular the ‘sort’ of people targeted and exploited by loan sharks.

 “We hope this new video will help to dispel some of those myths and encourage anyone affected by illegal money lending to get in touch, so we can help.

“We have secured more than 380 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 329 years’ worth of custodial sentences. We have written off £73.7 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 28,000 people.

“The message is clear; you are not in trouble if you have borrowed cash or have been paying back a loan from an illegal money lender, the loan shark is. They are the people committing a crime, not you.”

To report a loan shark call the 24/7 confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222 or text a report to 078600 22116.

Hundreds of volunteers help launch Green Sefton

Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help celebrate the launch of Green Sefton on World Oceans Day (June 8).

Litter picks and waterside clean-ups were held across the borough ahead of a special launch event at Crosby Coastal Park to welcome the formation of Green Sefton, a brand new team to help keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful.

Clean-ups were held at Southport’s Marine Lake, Ainsdale Beach and the Brewery Lane stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

Residents had the chance to meet the Green Sefton team who explained the work they will do, from land management and community engagement to vital work surveying the changing shape of Sefton’s coast and what this means to residents and visitors.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want to to say a massive thank you to all the community groups, volunteers and green-fingered helpers who came out to help on World Oceans Day.

“Sefton is a clean, green and beautiful borough that is internationally recognised for its natural beauty and we will build on this through the work of Green Sefton and working closely with our volunteers.

“Green Sefton has been created to make sure we continue our focus on a collaborative approach to the management, development and oversight of our beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces.

“We believe this will also encourage more community cohesion, more involvement with our volunteers and residents, as well as eco organisations.”

For updates on Green Sefton events, activities and partnership opportunities, check out Sefton Council’s social media channels.

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