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Read the latest copy of the Sefton Community Newsletter

The July edition of the Sefton Community Newsletter, put together by Merseyside Police’s community engagement team, is now available to read online.

Highlights of this month’s newsletter include details on Hugh Baird’s Summer Fayre, the Sefton O.P.E.R.A Beating Loneliness project and the latest on a host of activities at the Netherton Activity Centre.

To read a digital copy of the newsletter click here: Newsletter 

Cash boost for community halloween projects in MySefton

Community groups in Sefton which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the ninth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices.

A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 14th September. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

Mayors Musings

I had a quieter yet still enjoyable week this week in which I had the pleasure of attending 4 engagements which varied from attending the Annual Ceremony of Signing of the High Sheriff Rolls to attending the S.A.F.E Meeting in Southport.

Monday 23rd July (11:30): StedyChefs Visit

It was with great delight that I accepted the invitation from StedyChefs Learning Centre. It was very pleasing and eye-opening to see what the new Learning Centre entailed and how the Staff aid adults with learning disabilities as well as courses for Hospitality Training and Work-Essential skills. It was fantastic to see the positive impact the Learning Centre has on the community. It was intriguing to see what the students had to say about how much the Learning Centre has such a positive impact on their lives.

Monday 23rd July (19:15): S.A.F.E Meeting

The S.A.F.E. (Southport Access For Everyone) meeting was an engagement which filled me which much excitement and interest about what the meeting was about as well as finding out more about S.A.F.E as an organisation. SAFE is a small voluntary organisation working to improve access for disabled people of all ages to both premises and services in the Southport area.  The S.A.F.E meeting was to review any problems between the last meeting and this meeting. It was a pleasure to be there and it was also an honour to give them a little insight of what my Mayoral job entails.

Tuesday 24th July (09:30): Signing of the High Sheriff Rolls

It was a pleasure yet again to be invited to another ceremony in which the High Sheriff sings the roll of High Sheriffs of the county in front of the High Court Judge and the other Judges. It is always such an honour to be invited to these engagements as it gives me the opportunity to meet other Mayors of the Boroughs of Merseyside.

Wednesday 25th July (17:45): Princes Trust Team 36 Presentation Evening

The prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week personals development programme, this is delivered by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. It’s a great way for young people to build their confidence, and participate in work experience as well as to gain life skills. The presentation was to congratulate and celebrate all of the graduates who have completed the 12 week programme and it gave me the opportunity to congratulate and celebrate with the students as well as thank the staff for all of their hard work they have put in and to appreciate how much of a success this programme is.

Find hundreds of Volunteer opportunities in #MySefton

Residents will be able to find out more about hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Sefton at a regular new event in the town.

As part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Year of the Volunteer initiative, The Atkinson and Volunteer Centre Sefton are launching a monthly drop-in service to alert people to how rewarding volunteering can be.

The first event takes place at The Atkinson library between 1.30pm and 4pm on Wednesday August 15, and it will then run every third Wednesday of the month, at the same time and venue.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Southport drop-in event, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects, to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Rachael West, Sefton CVS Citizenship and Volunteer Worker, commented: “In an age where everything is going online, it’s good to know that there’s still a place you can go to talk to someone face to face about how you can give back to your community through volunteering, and there is an opportunity for everyone.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this regular new event,” added Rachael. “Our message to all would-be volunteers is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

Competition: Pen a poem to commemorate the end of WW1

A Sefton poetry competition to commemorate the centenary of World War One ending has been expanded due to its popularity.

As part of Sefton Libraries’ Beyond The War Memorials Project, schools across the borough have been asked to put pen to paper and create emotive poetry to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first World War.

However due to its popularity the competition is now being opened up to over 16s.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communtities and Housing, said: “During World War One two of the Great War poets; Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves spent time in Sefton, so it seemed a fitting way to mark the end of the centenary commemorations.

“We want all budding poets and writers to get their thinking caps on and compile emotive, thought provoking and fitting poetry for our Beyond The War Memorials project.

“Group entries are welcome too so put your heads together and get writing! I can’t wait to see what wonderful verses our residents will create.”

The competition will be split into two categories: 15 & under or 16 Plus.

Further details and to obtain an entry from for the competition email information.services@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 257 6401.

All 16 Plus entries must be submitted by 5pm on Friday September 21.

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