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World Social Work Day

To mark World Social Work Day today, we are sharing with you some of the inspirational work of Social Workers in Sefton.

A Social Worker, who has worked in Sefton for many years recalls a gentleman she recently met and was able to support integrating back into the community and reconnect with his family.

‘He has previously been homeless and spent most of his life outside therefore struggles with being indoors. The support that he has from Sefton has improved his mood and again has lessened the impact of the deprivation He can now access the community safely without being exploited and he has been able to rebuild a relationship with his family whom he has been estranged from for many years.’

Another of our Social Workers told us about a young couple she met and supported into independent living,

‘The young couple both had Learning Disabilities, Individually they both received a high care package and were both in supported living. Sefton assisted their transition to move in together. The couple then progressed to getting married they now both have jobs and only receive a minimal care package, to assist them with budgeting and keeping a home.’

A Social Worker who assessed an elderly gentleman, was able to help him reduce risks and increase his social engagement,

‘A joint visit was recently undertaken with a district nurse to assess a gentleman in his 80’s, who was not managing to live independently, he had no food in the cupboards and his personal hygiene was poor. He was having falls and ringing the ambulance service numerous times, He had four separate admissions into hospital in six weeks. Sefton arranged a short term placement that day. He was very pleased with this and is now settled, feeling safe and secure and has had no further hospital admissions.’

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South Sefton Businesses Look To The Future

Representatives from Sefton Council visited two local businesses to hear all about their success and plans for expansion.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of Accu-Right Engineering Ltd and Mersey Timber, who are both based in the south of the borough.

Established in 2014 by three Bootle born, bred and educated businessmen, Accu-Right Engineering has achieved incredible growth with a turnover of £1.2m in the 2015/16 financial year.

The company, based in the Port of Liverpool, specialises in rotating equipment and recently branched out into the low energy market, securing a contract with Grundfos as its preferred distributor.

Invest Sefton has provided the business with support for a number of years, including inward investment, market research and tender submission.

Along with the three directors, David Morley, Stuart Smith and Lee Smith, Accu-Right Engineering employs a further 12 people in the head office.

Due to a number of contract wins, the company is about to embark on a recruitment drive which will be a major boost for employment across the borough.

Having lived in Bootle their whole lives, the directors are also keen to ensure any employment opportunities are available to local people and have worked closely with Sefton@Work to fill vacancies, along with offering apprenticeships to school leavers.

The second visit of the day was to the long established Mersey Timber, who specialise in the manufacture and supply of decorative boards in a range of materials, including MDF, melamine faced chipboard and plywood, to the UK market.

Although it was bought by its current owners in 1984, Mersey Timber can be traced back to 1919 and has been working with Invest Sefton to expand its offering in 2017.

The business was recently awarded RGF funding following an assisted application. The grant will be used to purchase new machinery and ultimately create a further.

Preparing For The 146th Open

Work has started in and around Southport as Sefton prepares to host the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

Extensive planning has been carried out ahead of the Championship as more than 200,000 are expected to attend the July spectacle.

Some work has already started on Birkdale Common meaning restricted access and parking on the site. This includes the widening of entrances, clearances of trees and scrub, laying of fibre optics and a new road infrastructure.

Alternative routes have been created to allow the use of the Common for as long as possible and information boards will give further information to local residents and users of the site.

Other welcome and road signs will be springing up in the run up to the Championship and some parks are being prepared for park and ride facilities.

Sefton Council and the Southport BID team have also been preparing toolkits for local businesses with Sefton keen to promote any job opportunities for local people.

The Championship will take place from July 16-23 at Royal Birkdale and The R&A will soon be delivering information leaflets to nearby properties by the course explaining how the event may affect them.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said: “To host a tournament of this magnitude, a huge amount of time and effort needs to be dedicated to prepare for the influx of hundreds of thousands of visitors to the borough.

Cllr Ian Maher“Work has now started in and around Southport making sure the infrastructure is all in place as we put the borough in the global spotlight.

“Being ready will ensure we use The Open to really boost our local economy, grow employment opportunities and ensure our businesses reap the benefits of hosting one of the largest sporting events in the world.

“We want the world to see we are very much open for business and for everyone to marvel at all our assets and fantastic coastline which forms part of Royal Birkdale’s famous links course.

“Obviously there will be some minor disruptions for local residents but this will be far outweighed by the enormous volumes of positive profile the Championship will generate for Sefton.

“We want 2017 to leave a golfing legacy with as many people as possible from across Sefton getting involved in this wonderful sporting spectacle. It also ties in with 2017 being the Year of Sefton’s Coast with us celebrating everything surrounding our unique coastline.

“We will support local residents as much as possible in the run up to the Championship and hope they along with the many local businesses really get behind The Open.”

Public welcome at local CCG meetings

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton have announced the dates of their next governing body meetings and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

The CCGs’ hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway.”

Andy Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 March at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

The NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 30 March at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Sefton GULPs

Matt Ashton

This month sees the launch of the Sefton GULP Campaign.  Across Sefton, 24.7% of reception age children are overweight or obese, rising to 35.2% at year 6 and 69.7% of adults. And whilst dental health is better than some of our neighbouring local authorities, 22.7% of five year olds still have decay in their milk teeth.

Children and young people are consuming more than three times as much sugar as the maximum recommended daily intake, most of which comes from sugary drinks.  A recent World Cancer Research Fund study found that our young people are drinking three bath tubs of sugary drinks per year!

The recommended daily maximum is no more than five cubes of sugar for 4 to 6 year olds, no more than six cubes for 7 to 10 year olds per day and no more than seven cubes for 11 years and older, including adults.  Now bear in mind that one can of Cola can contain nine cubes alone, this is before we have considered any added sugar contained within food and other drinks.

Sugar is not necessary in the diet and especially when consumed in the form of sugary drinks can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Excess sugar intake has also been linked to certain cancers.

An easy way to reduce sugar intake is to cut out or reduce sugary drinks.  And this is why along with Food Active, Sefton Council are running a borough-wide campaign to encourage residents to Give Up Loving Pop (GULP).

The GULP campaign is aimed at young people and families to encourage them to switch from sugary drinks to water or milk.  The Sefton campaign involves working with schools through the delivery of PSHE lessons at both Key Stage 2 and 3, along with school assemblies suitable for all year groups.  Sefton Council and Food Active have teamed up with Everton in the Community to deliver theory and physical activity sessions to year 5 and 6 students across schools in the borough.  Using community coaches to deliver health messages, such as GULP, has been shown to be effective in changing behaviour.

During April we will be challenging students, teachers and parents to give up sugary drinks. Residents can sign up the challenge via a website and will receive encouraging emails, there will be a prize draw for those who let us know whether they were successful or not.

Sefton schools will also be challenged to enter an inter-school competition.  Primary schools classes will be asked to design and deliver an assembly to the rest of the school to encourage reduced consumption in sugary drinks, whilst secondary schools will be asked to design a campaign based on soft drinks industry tactics. With just one entry per school, the students must choose which entry to take forward.  A panel will judge the entries with a prize-giving ceremony at the start of June.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet member, Health and Wellbeing said:

Cllr Ian MoncurChildren have far too much sugar in their diet, and much of this comes in the form of sugary drinks.  Not only is this causing problems for children and young people now in terms of tooth decay and weight gain, but continued over-consumption of sugar can lead to problems in later life.

Evidence shows that regardless of weight, consumption of sugary drinks can lead to cardiac and metabolic issues in adulthood.

“We are also aware of the effect that sugary drinks, especially in the form of energy and sports drinks can have on behaviour during school and academic performance. The GULP campaign will educate our young people about the benefits of switching to water or milk and we hope that the messages will be taken home, to impact on family and friends.

“We are excited to have the inter-school competitions which we hope will really engage the schools in the campaign. I look forward to being on the judging panel.”

Mike McSorley, Head of Schools and Families said:

Delivering sessions on sugary drinks in schools is essential before children become accustomed to the taste of liquid sugar. The GULP sessions were smart, encouraging children to be inquisitive and question the world around them, but also gave them the knowledge and skills to make up their own minds about sugary drinks and what is best for their education and for playing sport.

The resources encouraged the pupils to think about the sugar content of what they drink daily and encouraged them to get the message to others not only in school but at home also.”


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