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Sefton Council demands a ‘grown-up conversation’ on the future of Adult Social Care

Sefton Council has responded to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) consultation on Adult Social Care and raised serious concerns about the future of the service.

Without a grown up, cross party conversation about a sustainable way forward, the Council strongly believes the most vulnerable people in our communities will not receive the care and support that they need.

‘The Lives We Want to Lead’ green paper was produced to challenge central governments lack of action in the face of a social care crisis and invited responses to help shape a proposed solution for the future.

The Council calls for immediate action and money, placing emphasis on the importance of investing more in developing early intervention and protection models.

The local authority believes this will help to reduce future demand on services, develop the social care market, demonstrate how much the care and support workforce is valued and most importantly support those in need of care and their carers.

To do this, the Council estimates that it will require an immediate funding injection of £25 million over the next three years to ensure that people in need of care are supported in a way that is right for them.

Sefton Council also highlights the need to keep decision making local where there is proven track record of working with communities and partners to build resilience and safeguard the most vulnerable.

It also stresses the importance of national investment to wider wellbeing services that work towards reducing the health and social inequalities in their communities and calls for this matter to be looked at holistically as Children’s Social Care is also under great pressure.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Social Care is in crisis and a grown-up conversation needs to happen now nationally.

“We desperately need more money to meet the needs of our most vulnerable people to ensure that we do not fail them when they need us the most. We must ensure that people in need of care and support are able to continue to live the lives that they want to live.

“The government must put this matter at the very heart of its thinking now, this cannot be kicked into the long grass or we will fail the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Margaret Carney, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, added: “When I grow old, I want to live in my community, with my family, being as happy and healthy as I can for as long as I can. I have that hope for all of our communities. Without the help of Adult Social Care, that probably isn’t going to happen for a lot of people.

“It is a false economy to under invest in Adult Social Care. It will lead to a greater and more complex demand in the future including an added burden on the National Health Service and significant inequalities between those who can afford to pay for care and those who can’t.

“This is unfair and unjust and the government must act now.”

Birkdale group host Station Master’s House fundraisers

Supporters and friends of the Birkdale Station Master’s House are invited to a host of fundraising events to help open a community hub and library.

Two events are taking place over October and November to raise funds towards converting the Birkdale Station Master’s House on Liverpool Road into a community library.

The first event takes place on Friday October 19 with popular local historian Keith Hick. 

Keith will be giving a talk on how Art Deco shaped both Southport’s architectural gems and the 20th Century.

The talk will be held at Birkdale Conservative Club starting at 7pm. Tickets are £5 per person and are available to buy on the door.

The second event is a charity quiz night on November 16 from 7.30pm. The third in a series of quiz nights, the light hearted competition is always well attended and tickets include entry to the quiz and food. 

Birkdale Conservative Club will host the quiz and tickets, priced at £8, are available on the door.

For more information visit http://thestationmastershouse.co.uk/

Senior coroner retires from post after 20 years-service.

Senior coroner, Christopher Sumner, has retired from his post after 20 years-service.

Mr Sumner, 75, took up the role on October 10, 1998 and following two decades as senior coroner for Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley, is stepping aside to enjoy his retirement.

Christopher, who has two sons Stuart and Edward with his late wife Marjorie, started his career as a teacher at Croxteth Comprehensive School after studying at Durham University.

A career in law beckoned and he completed his articles at Goldrein & Company Solicitors in Liverpool and continued in criminal law in the city.

Mr Sumner later moved to Southport and worked within different legal firms before opening his own practice within the resort.

From there he become Senior Coroner for Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley and has presided over more than 5,100 inquests.

A Coroner is an Independent Judicial Officer empowered to enquire into sudden, unnatural or violent deaths.

Christopher Sumner, said: “It has been a real honour to be Senior Coroner for 20 years serving bereaved families at the most difficult of times.
“My role is to help establish how people have died, and during my time I hope I have been able to give families answers and some form of closure following the loss of a loved one.
“A lot of hard work goes into the Coroner’s service and I could not have done my job without the help and support of so many people who I am eternally thankful for.”

In his spare time Christopher dedicated more than 30 years to the Scouts Association working in various roles within Southport and became the District Commissioner for Formby Scouts.

He has been a member of Southport Links Rotary Club for over 25 years, giving his time and support for the local community and international projects. He became the District Governor of District 1180 which covered the whole of North Wales, Cheshire, Wirral, Liverpool up to Southport.

On retirement he intends on spending more time with his family and wife Bernadette, continuing his membership at Hillside Golf Course, Rotary, quizzes and pursuing his beloved Everton FC.

Mr Sumner will be replaced by Graham Jackson who will become the acting Senior Coroner for Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley.

Sefton named global age friendly community

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed Sefton into its Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

This milestone has been achieved thanks to the collaborative work of Sefton Council and Sefton’s Older Persons’ Forums.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide.

Sefton’s admission into the network is a result of its dedication to promoting healthy and active ageing and a good quality of life for its older residents.

As a member, the borough will be part of a growing global movement of communities, cities and other sub-national levels of government that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents.

By joining the Network, Sefton commits to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the WHO Age-friendly approach, implementing the four steps to create age-friendly local environments, and actively participating in the Network including the sharing of experiences with other members.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Earlier this year, Sefton joined the UK Age Friendly Network and I am now delighted to also join a global network of cities and communities that are dedicated to creating environments that support our older residents.

“In Sefton, 27% of our residents are aged over 60 so it is extremely important that we continue to support our aging population with initiatives that help them to live the lives that they want to live.”

Merseyside Recycling Centres switch to shorter winter hours

Merseyside’s Recycling Centres are set to switch to their shorter winter opening hours.

From this Monday 1st October the Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm* – changing from the summer hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm.

There are 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by resource management company Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).
 
Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“We shorten the hours over the winter to coincide with the darker nights over the forthcoming months. Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, large plastics, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.”

If you’re planning to visit a Recycling Centre in a van or with a long trailer then you will need a Permit to get in – visit www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or call 0151 236 0305.

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