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George enjoys his new smoke-free life

One Sefton resident is counting the benefits of stopping smoking with Sefton’s free stop smoking service.

George Travers, from Bootle, went to Smokefree Sefton’s clinic at the May Logan Centre and is delighted that he has said goodbye to cigarettes.

“I have been smoking most of my life, at least 20 per day. I’m in my seventies now and was unsure if I would ever quit.

“However, I would like to thank Smokefree Sefton because, after attending Smokefree Sefton and completing the course with the help and support of my advisor, I am now smoke free!”

The other benefit is that George has noticed he’s got more cash to spend and comments: “I am looking forward to my holiday in Spain with the money I have saved. I would say to anyone ‘It’s never too late to stop’.”

Thousands of people in Sefton have also successfully quit smoking with the help of the borough’s free stop smoking service.

Smokefree Sefton, a partner of Living Well Sefton and managed by Solutions 4 Health, offers professional support in a variety of community venues to make it easier for people to get the help they need to stop smoking.

If you would also like to stop smoking then ring Smokefree Sefton, which is commissioned by Public Health Sefton, on 0300 100 1000 for details.

Residents invited to learn more about carer opportunities in MySefton

Merseyside residents are being invited to find out more about careers in Sefton’s care sector at an event in Southport next week.

New Directions, Sefton’s leading adult social care provider, is staging a jobs fair at the Royal Clifton Hotel on The Promenade between 10am and 2pm on Monday August 6

Staff from the organisation will be on hand to brief guests on the wide range of services operated by its 500-strong team for people across the borough with support requirements due to disabilities, age or mental health conditions.

They will also provide details of a number of full and part-time positions that New Directions is looking to fill immediately in two of its key services – reablement and domiciliary care.

Reablement team members support patients throughout Sefton who have been discharged from hospital, or people who have had an illness, fall or other crisis at home.

The aim is to help them regain their life skills and confidence, and to maintain their independence, thus reducing pressure on hospital beds.

Meanwhile, the domiciliary care team supports older people in the south of the borough who still live by themselves

Staff provide help with personal care, household tasks and a range of other activities that enable clients to remain at home and maintain their quality of life.

Commenting on the jobs fair New Directions HR Manager, Adam Drury, said: “We’re actively looking to recruit new staff at this event so we’re hoping for a very good turnout on the day.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for people to develop a career in social care, and at the same to make a real difference to vulnerable members of the local community.”

Anyone unable to attend the Royal Clifton Hotel event can learn more about the opportunities on offer by ringing New Directions on 0151 705 0300 or by visiting

Sefton Council Help to Launch a New Regional Adoption Agency

A Regional Adoption Agency covering Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, and Wirral has been officially launched.

 AIM (Adoption in Merseyside) brings together a team of around 50 staff from across the four councils who have been seconded into the new organisation.

 Responsibilities include recruitment, approval and ongoing support for adopters, tracking, linking and matching of children and the training and development of staff.

 Councillor Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Adoption really can change a child’s life so I’m delighted that the Regional Adoption Agency could offer greater opportunities for children in our region.

“Having shared resources, expertise and processes will provide enormous benefits to our children and young people, as well as the local authorities taking part.”

 Although the Regional Adoption Agency has a centralised hub, staff still have a presence in each of their local authority areas to ensure they retain close links with social work staff.

 Councillor Barry Kushner, Cabinet member for children’s services in Liverpool, said: “AIM means we are able to provide a better service for children and adopters.

“Previously, each local authority has effectively competed with each other for adopters and there has been a great deal of duplication of effort.

“By creating a regional agency, we have widened the net of potential adopters, shared expertise and ideas and are making sure adopters and children get a consistent level of support, regardless of where they live.

“This shows the potential of working across authorities and further collaboration on residential care, fostering and leaving care.”

 Every year, the four local authorities approve around 100 adopters each year and place approximately 140 children for adoption.

 Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding at Sefton Council, said: “We know that we often receive enquiries from across the Liverpool City Region, so it makes sense that we are collaborating with our neighbours to meet the challenges we face together and increase the potential for our vulnerable children to find a forever family.

“I’m looking forward to this new regional adoption agency making the process for would-be adopters quicker and more effective as both they and children in Sefton and the wider region are matched so they begin their new family life.”

 The launch of the new agency follows a successful bid to the Government by local authorities on Merseyside to create a new shared service to get more children with a plan for adoption placed successfully and as quickly as possible.

 Councillor Bernie Mooney, Cabinet member for Children and Families in Wirral, said: “It is vital we are able to offer fast, effective and safe support to those children who need to be adopted.

 “Working with our partners throughout the City Region should mean we are able to offer more support to more children, through a quicker and more efficient service.”

 People interested in adoption can find out more by visiting or calling 0151 477 8700.

Mayor’s Musings: From graduations to geraniums!

Welcome to the Mayor’s Musings, chronicling the civic duties and events attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson…

I had another rather busy week in which I had the pleasure of attending 6 engagements with a very eclectic calendar – from giving out certificates to school graduates to attending the Hairlucinations’ 50th Anniversary at the Bootle Strand!

Monday July 16
I accepted my VIP Invitation to the University of Liverpool Graduation Ceremonies with great delight as it gives me the opportunity to recognise and appreciate all of the hard work which the students give into their work and future.

In the afternoon however it was time for me to show students from Spain and Chile the history and background of Southport Town Hall.
I always enjoy these visits as often I find myself sometimes learning new things as well!

Tuesday July 17
In the morning I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with Sefton Veterans for a historical tour explaining how both World Wars affected Bootle Town Hall and how the community rallied together in order to get the Town Hall back and running.

Later in the day I was invited to the Rowan Park School Leavers Assembly. It’s always a pleasure to go to Rowan Park as it really embodies the closeness of the local community.. I was given the opportunity to give out certificates to the graduates who gave both myself and the students a great smile on our faces.

Wednesday July 18 
It was a pleasure to be invited to attend the 50th Anniversary of Hairlucinations in Bootle.  I also had the honour of officially presenting the stylists with  the Sefton Apprenticeship Employer of the Year 2018 award.

Saturday July 21
I rounded off a busy week at the Hightown Flower Show, hot on the heels of last year’s roaring success. There were some fantastic displays on show and I can’t thank Mr Clive Harris enough for the invitation. Special mention must go to all of the competitors for all of their hard work in making this show such a success. 

Sefton Rocks!

A new creative craze will be taking over parks and green spaces in #MySefton this summer and you can get involved!

#seftonrocks is a new project developed by young people from Sefton Council’s Youth Voice, New Beginnings and Youth Bus projects.

Dozens of rocks will be decorated with various colourful designs that are meaningful to young people in the borough and placed around parks across Sefton.

We’re encouraging children, young people and families to explore your local parks and green spaces. If you are lucky enough to find a painted rock with a #seftonrocks or a link, post a picture of it to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #seftonrocks to share the message.

You’ll find them on main paths so no need to look in bushes and undergrowth!

From Wednesday August 1, painted rocks will start appearing across North Park, Bootle, Coronation Park, Crosby and Kings Gardens, Southport.

If this pilot is successful we will include more local parks and you’ll see more decorated rocks created by young people, popping up across the borough.

Help spread the word and lets get more people talking about #seftonrocks!

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