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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 seftonyouth.co.uk 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!

Opportunity to complete a Duke of Edinburgh Award through Sefton Council

 

 An exciting opportunity has arisen for young people in Sefton who will be in year 9 + from September!

 Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Service are offering the chance for young people to complete their Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh Award – thanks to some limited funded places from DofE North.
 
 Duke of Edinburgh is an internationally recognised achievement valued highly by colleges, universities and employers. This is a unique opportunity delivered by qualified and experienced youth workers for young people who cannot achieve the award through schools or college.
 
 Achieving a DofE Award not only gives you a chance to meet new lifelong friends, but it can also be a passport to a brighter future.  As part of a group you can be involved in volunteering, physical activities, life skills and expeditions. 
 
 Sessions begin in October and will be held at Buckley Hill Community Fire Station on Thursday Evenings. 
 
 More information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be found at: www.dofe.org/

 For more information and to book a place, please contact: Rob Hancock on 0151 934 4926 or Jenny Tweedy on 0151 934 4899.

Mayor Musings- From the Citizens 4 Good Awards to attending the Clarence House Art Exhibition

I had another rather busy week in which I had the pleasure of attending 7 engagements which varied from giving out certificates at the Citizens 4 Good Awards evening to attending the intriguing Clarence House Art Exhibition.

Tuesday 10th July (13:30): Bootle Older Person’s Forum Tour – BTH

It is always a pleasure to give a guided tour of our splendid Bootle Town Hall and Tuesday was no different. Group tours our always an honour to do as it gives me the opportunity to show how proud I am of being the Mayor of Sefton and show off this fascinating building with all its history.

 

Wednesday 11th July (18:30): Sefton Sports Awards

I and the Mayoress always look forward to awards events as it gives us the opportunity to show everyone how proud we are of all of their hard work and dedication as well as to celebrate with them as well. I had the honour of giving out both the School of the year as well as the Female Sports Personality of the Year. It also gives us the opportunity to get to know how much work goes into these award nights and how much work the nominees put in, it’s a fantastic way for me and the Mayoress to congratulate and show recognition of all of the effort which takes place in the community.

Thursday 12th July (16:45): Citizens 4 Good Awards

The Citizens 4 Good awards is a program ran by Sefton4Good and my Mayoral  Office in which all the ‘unsung’ heroes of the community who don’t get much recognition for all their hard work for charities or even just by helping someone out on their own accord. This is again a fantastic opportunity for me and the Mayoress to congratulate and celebrate with all of the nominees for all of their unseen hard work and dedication to all of the charities or even just for helping out massively within the community.

Thursday 12th July (18:30): Bedford Primary Finale Show

The Bedford Primary Finale Show has been an engagement I have been looking forward to ever since I attended my first show a couple of years ago as the Primary School is such a great family orientated place and it was with great pleasure to attend this year’s Bedford Primary Finale Show. The Bedford Primary Finale Show sums up the general togetherness and ‘family feeling’ which gives you so much warmth when doing an engagement associated with Bedford Primary School.

Friday 13th July (11:15): Clarence House Art Exhibition

Clarence House is a charity which aims to be the voice of the voiceless working with underprivileged and disadvantaged people of all ages. The art exhibition gave some of the students the opportunity to express themselves and show people what they are made of. However it was tainted with some sadness this engagement as due to low pupil numbers this school will unfortunately be closing in the next few months.

Saturday 14th July (10:20): Sefton Sea Cadets 75th Anniversary

It was with great pride that I accepted the invitation of coming along to the 75th Anniversary of Sefton Sea Cadets and I was pleasantly surprised when they gave me the opportunity to open the ceremony. The day was celebrating the 75 years that volunteers have been supporting young people in the community. Events such as Dragon Boat Racing as well as Cadet Drill Formation Teams also took place during the day.

Sunday 15th July (15:00): Crosby Charity Committee Afternoon Tea

Charity Committee Teas are a great way of relaxing and finding out how and why people choose to raise money for charity as well as giving myself the opportunity to for myself to congratulate and appreciate all of the hard work which is put into charity events as well as what charitable events have took place and which ones have been planned for the near future.C

Sefton’s green spaces receive the prestigious Green Flag Award

A total of 12 parks and greenspaces in Sefton are proudly flying the prestigious Green Flag award.

 The international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

 A record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces will receive a Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space including 12 across the borough.

 The areas recognised that can fly a Green Flag are: Botanic Gardens, Southport, Coronation Park, Crosby, Derby Park, Bootle, Hatton Hill Park, Litherland, Hesketh Park, Southport, King’s Gardens, Southport, Liverpool Road Cemetery, Southport, Lord Street, Southport, North Park, Bootle, Southport Crematorium, Thornton Garden of Rest and Duke Street Park, Formby.

 A number of Green Flag Community Awards have also been awarded to: Rotten Row, Southport, Ainsdale Village Park, Edda Community Arts and Library, Bridge Inn Community Farm, St Luke’s Church Grounds, Queensway Allotment and Green Gym.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “We are delighted to receive so many Green Flag Awards, across the borough once again.

 “Having quality green spaces is very important to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining all of them to such a high standard.

 “As well as having a great network of volunteers, we have also put a lot into bringing together our dedicated Green Sefton team which work to ensure a joined up approach to the management, development and oversight of our beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.”

 International Green Flag Award scheme manager, Paul Todd, added: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year. 

 “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

Summer Reading Challenge launches in Sefton with a wonderfully, wet performance!

Children from schools across Sefton were treated to a hilarious and energetic story telling performance  at Crosby Library to celebrate the launch of the Reading Agency’s, Summer Reading Challenge.

 The challenge is a national scheme which Sefton libraries actively take part in every year, with around three thousand children getting involved.  Statistically the borough is the number one performer in the North West for people completing the challenge successfully. 

 During the summer holidays literacy for children tends to drop because youngsters are not in school being actively encouraged to read.  The aim of the challenge is to tackle this by encouraging children aged 4-11 to read books for fun during break. 

 After signing up to your local library you can complete the challenge by reading a total of six books. Children can read what ever they like – just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Young people receive a special reward every time they finish a book and there is a certificate for everyone who finishes.

 This years theme is Mischief Makers and it coincides with 80 years of the Beano comic. To kick off the event children got to watch a modern telling of Dennis the Menace and his adventure to find the Mythical Pea Shooter.

 Storyteller John Kirk brought the story to life with various wigs, accents and props. The interactive experience got all the children involved and the mere mention of the word water, led to a soaking from one of John’s many spray guns sending the young spectators into a frenzy. 

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: 
 “It’s brilliant that schools in Sefton actively encourage children to take part in the challenge year on year and the library staff do a brilliant job in keeping that going over the summer holidays.”   

 “It’s also great to have storytellers performing at the library. The energy and encouragement is a reminder to the children that reading can be one of the best things to do over the summer holidays and this always get the children exited for the challenge.”

To find out more information about the Summer Reading Challenge visit summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

To get information about your local library visit www.sefton.gov.uk/libraries 

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