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Young people in Sefton help to shape their local NHS

School children from across Sefton have been learning about local health services as well as giving their views on the NHS.

Your Youth Health Day on Thursday 19 July saw pupils from Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull and Southport’s Stanley High School work with Sefton Young Advisors, to learn which local NHS service is best for them if they are unwell or want some advice on their health and wellbeing.

The event was organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs’ joint Engagement and Patient Experience Group (EPEG) which brings together representatives from organisations including Sefton Council, Healthwatch Sefton and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to look at how the CCGs can better involve residents and partners in their work.

Health commissioners were joined at the Formby event by staff from Sefton council to hear young people’s views about health care.

The event saw pupils taken through everyday scenarios, how to lead a healthier lifestyle, and which NHS service to consider for a range of medical issues, ranging from when to get advice from local pharmacists and the NHS111 phone service for minor conditions, to when to call 999.

Ryan McCarthy from Sefton Young Advisors, said: “This event is about getting young people introduced to the health services they might have accessed or access in the future, looking at their knowledge and hopefully improve it by looking health scenarios which may affect them in the future.

“It’s also about looking at their feedback around health services because it’s really important because changes can be made from that and health services can be improved.”

One pupil said: “I didn’t realise how unhealthy I have been – I do go to bed late, spend time on my phone and also don’t have breakfast.  Those are things I’m going to change now.”

This has been the second dedicated young person’s event organside by EPEG, led by Sefton Young Advisers and part of the CCGs’ commitment to ensuring the ‘voice of the child’ is recognised in health services.

Graham Bayliss, lay representative for patient and public engagement at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “The NHS is all about listening to all its patients, but the voices of young people can sometimes get drowned out by adults.

“It’s important we’re listening to young people and issues they have, as well as the areas of NHS services they’re not sure about.”

On what needs to change about health services, another pupil said: “I think one thing the NHS lacks is mental health support, especially for teens, so if that could be improved that would be really good.”

Gill Brown, governing body lead for patient and public participation for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “They’ve really changed my views about how we communicate with young people, especially around social media.

“One thing that came across is that we need to do more about mental health service provision for young people, particularly in relation to abuse over social media and the impact that can have on young people.”

To watch a video from the event please click here: https://youtu.be/2sCZSRE7ZOI

To find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email communications@sefton.nhs.uk or call 0151 317 8456.

Plans revealed to improve traffic management in Thornton

Residents in Thornton and Thornton Parish Council are being informed about plans to improve traffic management in the local area.

Sefton Council has undertaken a detailed and extensive study of issues in the area and is now confirming the measures to be delivered in the next 12 months.

These include:

• the permanent closure of Edgemoor Drive at its junction with Moor Lane
• making The Crescent one way
• providing traffic calming in Southport Road and Ince Road
• pedestrian safety improvements at the Edge Lane / Moor Lane junction and the Green Lane / Park View junction
• a major change to the junction at Buckley Hill / Edge Lane / Gorsey Lane to divert traffic towards Brooms Cross Road away from Thornton

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “We promised the residents of Thornton that we would tackle their concerns about traffic and I am confident that the package of measures we will be delivering will have real benefits for the local community.

“This follows extensive consultation with our communities and some of the schemes outlined will start immediately.”

The update report of the Thornton Corridor Action Plan is available at www.sefton.gov.uk/thorntoncorridor.

Experience the Sefton Circular this summer!

With the summer holidays in full swing, Sefton Council is urging families to get on their bikes and take on the Sefton Circular.

The popular cycle route encompasses 24 miles around the beautiful Sefton coast and countryside, taking anything from three hours to half-a-day to complete.

When following this route, you will cycle through pine woods, pass by Antony Gormley’s statues, take in the sights of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and follow the former Cheshire Lines railway.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have this fantastic asset in our borough.

“The Sefton Circular is a thoroughly enjoyable half day cycle ride suitable for all abilities to undertake at your own pace.

“The route encompasses many parts of Sefton, showcasing a lot of wonderful things that we have to offer – all the while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing.”

Highlights of the route include Crosby Lakeside, Hightown Dunes, Formby pinewoods, Ainsdale, the Cheshire Lines, Rimrose Valley, the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the Gormleys.

To view the route or for more information about the Sefton Circular Route, visit www.mysefton.co.uk.

Sefton tops Merseyside list for council tax collection

Sefton Council are yet again the best performing Merseyside local authority for the collection of Council Tax.

Figures released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show that Sefton continues to outperform neighbouring authorities in the Liverpool City Region for collection of both Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rates.

The annual collection rate for 2017/18 showed that the local authority had a Council Tax collection rate of 96.3%, while collection rates for National Non-Domestic Rates was 98.7%.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We are proud to once again be the best performing Merseyside local authority for Council Tax and Business Rate collection.

“These figures will provide reassurance to residents that we are maximising our revenue to keep Council Tax down.

“We will always do our best to collect what is rightly owed to us and feel we offer many valuable services through the income we receive from our Council Tax and Business Rates.

“Everyone who is required to pay their Council Tax and Business Rate bills should do so, and anyone who is struggling should contact us directly where we can try and help.”

For more information or help with managing payments, visit www.sefton.gov.uk for more information.

Formal Consultation on Sand Dunes Nursery School

Sefton Council has been formally asked by the governing body at Sand Dunes Nursery School, Seaforth to start a statutory consultation on proposals to close the nursery from July, 2019.

 At a Cabinet meeting held on July 26 at Bootle Town Hall, it was agreed to start with a formal consultation in August.

 Sefton Council’s multi-agency consultation and engagement panel will meet on August 16 to outline the formal process and offer support, advice and guidance to ensure that communities have an opportunity to express their views during this time.

  The nursery will reopen at the start of the next academic year in September and the consultation will run until October to give parents and the local community the chance to have their say on the future of the school.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “It’s heartbreaking that governors at Sand Dunes Nursery school have had no alternative but to request a formal consultation to close the building because it is no longer financially viable.

 “This nursery is a crucial part of the community and has been for many years but has been struggling financially for some time despite their best efforts to balance the budget. I have no doubt that this will be a difficult time for all those involved and we will do our best to support pupils, parents and staff during this difficult process. The school will continue to provide quality early years support while it remains open during this extremely challenging time.

“We will ensure that the consultation period includes meetings with staff, governors and families to give them plenty of chances for open discussion and for people to express their views.

“We will advertise how to take part in the consultation after the panel meeting on August 16 and continue to make sure the community are continually updated throughout the process.”

 To take part in any Sefton Council led consultations visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

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