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Iron Men are waiting to welcome you to Another Place

As part of English Tourism Week 2018, Sefton Council is celebrating some of the very best attractions, sights and tourism hotspots which bring thousands of people to our beautiful borough each year.

One of the major attractions along Sefton’s beautiful 22 miles of coastline and the internationally renowned Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ in Crosby.

At least some of us are enjoying the windy weather! #MySefton #Gormley #IronMen #Statue #AnotherPlace

100 spectacular cast-iron, life-size figures by Anthony Gormley spread across three miles of the foreshore and stretch almost one kilometre out to sea.

The Another Place figures are made from casts of the artist’s own body standing on the beach, all of them looking out to sea, staring at the horizon in silent expectation.

Having previously been seen in Cuxhaven in Germany, Stavanger in Norway and De Panne in Belgium, ‘Another Place’ is now a permanent feature along Crosby beach for a number of years.

The foreshore is easy to reach by public transport via three railway stations served by Merseyrail – Waterloo, Blundellsands and Crosby or Hall Road – and a range of bus services. Ring the Merseytravel Traveline for more information on 0871 200 22 33.

Taking place in spring each year, English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England.

 

Mayor’s Musings: A New Year and a new beginning for our citizens

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of the Mayor’s Musings! For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Mayor of Sefton Councillor Dave Robinson.

Along with my wife Mayoress Wendy Robinson and my team of civic helpers, I get to see the very best of what our beautiful borough has to offer – from welcoming new citizens to fabulous theatre performances from our talented troupes and much more in between.

The start of 2018 has been a rollercoaster of Mayoral engagements! We started on January 5 with a trip to the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain  Annual Luncheon. Around 35-40 other Mayors from the North West attended along so it was a great opportunity for me to meet the other mayors and to see what they’re doing in their terms of office. 

But there’s little time to take in the busy diaries of my contemporaries as the very next day I was honoured to attend the Sefton Children’s Trust Christmas Party at the Plaza Cinema where I got to meet and greet the families of the children I had previously met at the Children’s Trust House in Shropshire.

Not everyone realises part of the Mayor’s duty is also to give tours of our fabulous town halls – the following Monday I was delighted to welcome Formby U3A (University of the Third Age) to Bootle Town Hall; a building of much grandeur! 

And from Formby it was onto Romania…and India…and Eqypt! I welcomed nine lovely people from a variety different countries including Romania, Philippines, Egypt, America, China, India, Australia and Malaysia as part of one of our many citizenship ceremonies we host throughout the year.

Finally, just before I hung up my robes for another week, it was on to Merseyside Police HQ for a fantastic initiative between our friends in Blue and Sefton Council to help warn children of the dangers of scrambler bikes. A special competition saw some of our fabulous local school kids win a one of a kind ski-trip to Scotland.

 Five different schools throughout Sefton including Lander Road, The Grange, English Martyrs, Hatton Hill and All Saint took part where they were asked to make short videos about the dangers of scrambler bike use and the impact they have on the community. 

Now it’s time for me to look forward to my next set of adventures and start planning for the Mayor’s Charity Dinner in March! Plenty of more details soon to come! 

Cllr Dave Robinson
Mayor of Sefton

 

Year of the Coast thanks!

Sefton Council want to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to the thousands of residents, volunteers, tourists and staff who have helped make 2017 a fantastic Year of the Coast.

In January 2017, Sefton Council launched its Year Of The Coast celebrations to highlight the beautiful 22 miles of vibrant coastal land within our beautiful borough.

The Sefton coast forms the largest dune system in England and is home to thousands of different species of flora and fauna, internationally renowned artwork, golden sands, picture perfect landscapes and much more!

Throughout the 12 month long celebrations, Sefton celebrated fifty years of the National Trust in Formby, witnessed land in Formby being transferred to the National Trust, welcomed people from all over the world for the Open Golf Championships at Royal Birkdale and launched the Sefton Coast Plan for 2030 and beyond.

The Year Of The Coast culminated with the unveiling of the #SeftonSelfie collage featuring hundreds of selfies, snaps and stunning photos taken along the coast throughout 2017. The collage is now on display for all to see at the Eco Centre, Southport.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and sponsor for the Year of Sefton’s Coast, said:

“I feel very proud that Sefton has such a unique coastline that spreads over 22 miles ,

“Around 3 million people live within an hour’s drive from the Sefton coast and thousands upon thousands of people regularly visit our amazing coast.

“Throughout 2017 the Friends of the Sefton Coast helped organise and facilitate about 148 events on our coast with in excess of 2,319 hours of volunteer time given.

“2017 also marked 50 years since the National Trust first set up in Formby. This celebration also enabled us to successfully transfer further land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

“The Sefton coast was also put in the global shop window as record crowds witnessed an amazing Open golf Championship played out at Royal Birkdale.

“To sum it up it has been an amazing year and thanks to everyone here today who worked extremely hard to make it happen. Thank you very much.”

Following the culmination of the Year of the Coast, Sefton Council can reveal that 2018 has been officially dedicated as the Year of the Volunteer.

More details on the Year of the Volunteer will be revealed in due course.

Tips for dining out with a person living with dementia

     Caring for somebody who is living with dementia can mean some planning and adjustments to things we often take for granted. One of those things is eating out, sometimes it can be difficult so Alzheimer’s Society in Southport, have some hints and tips from service users and carers from across Sefton to help you on your next outing.

  • I find people are very kind and helpful when I am out with mum. Mum struggles to pick up a cup without spilling her favourite cappuccino or hot chocolate – I have started getting her a straw which helps enormously, she enjoys it!
  • Child or smaller portions are about the right size and usually easier to eat.
  • I often take mum to the garden centre for lunch – soup and a roll, cappuccino and a cake!  We go early to avoid the queues.  I sit mum at a table then go and get the food.
  • We try to book a restaurant when its open, then we can choose a secluded place to sit to avoid too much noise and distractions. We can order quickly so there is not too much time to wait. We often decide what we are going to eat beforehand so there is even less delay. We tend to have a main meal and dessert, and then home for coffee.
  • I take Mum for a coffee and cake rather than a big meal as she gets agitated after a few minutes and it’s easier to drink up and go if we need to. 
  • With family meals, we tend to get takeaway fish and chips at home so that if dad doesn’t feel up to participating, it’s no big deal.
  • Visit places at quieter times of the day and avoid weekends.
  • Choose places with good lighting, not too loud background noise and, if possible an establishment where staff are Dementia Friends. 
  • Using the same establishment to provide familiarity and also the staff/management can identify your needs. (Lots of napkins, quiet table, close to toilets). Dependant on ability pre-order a selection of finger foods to be placed on the table, avoids any issues with cutlery, everybody can eat the same food. As a past restaurant manager, I would be happy to provide a regular order for my guests. 
  • Having the appropriate drinking vessel for the person with dementia, (if they require a beaker bring one). As a dementia champion i have not encountered many restaurants that have dementia friends training for all staff so please ask for what you need.
  • When my step mum went into a Care Home and found going out difficult, we used to take a picnic into the Home, and eat it in the garden. Her favourite smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches and cakes. We would talk about places we had been out for picnics in the past and it brought back happy memories. We had some lovely afternoons without the stress all round if she had difficulties when we were out in a restaurant or cafe.
  • My wife has an eating disorder and can’t manage a regular meal.   As a result I order a main and an extra plate. Initially it was worried it might be a bit embarrassing but nobody batted an eyelid.

     These helpful tips are from people caring for others living with dementia and how they have been able to find workarounds whilst out and about. Most cafes and restaurants are more than happy to help, so always ask if there is something you need or if you have any specific requirements. Living with dementia means just that – living.

     Cllr Cummins Cabinet member for Adult social care said ‘We hope to encourage more businesses in Sefton to become ‘Dementia Friendly’ for carers and people living with dementia alike. These tips for eating out are brilliant because they come directly from those dealing with dementia. We hope to make everyday outings as enjoyable as we can for everybody in Sefton’

     Linda Lawson, Information Worker for the Society said ‘Eating out when you have dementia can be a challenging experience for both the person with this condition and those who care for them. The best suggestions to make this experience more relaxing and pleasurable come directly from those living with dementia as we know they really do work. We want to encourage more cafes and restaurants to become ‘dementia friendly’, small changes such as clear signage, good lighting and staff receiving free Dementia Friends training can make a huge difference to a person living with dementia.’

     If you would like any further information about Alzheimer’s Society and dementia support in Sefton please contact 01704 539 967 or E-mail southport@alzheimers.org.uk or you can visit their website for more information Website www.alzheimers.org.uk or visit the Sefton Dementia Action alliance website to see what’s going on around Sefton http://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/3794_sefton_daa

Sensational summer for Coast volunteers

Over the summer we’ve enjoyed spending time on the Sefton Coast with visitors to our dunes, woodlands, beaches and parks.

Over the summer (April – September), the Friends of Sefton Coast have had over 750 volunteer visits, giving more than 1500 hours of time to help clean up beaches, woodlands and parks, and  keeping access routes clear and carrying out wildlife surveys.

We held several Beach Clean Ups over the summer and our volunteers recovered over 550 bags of debris, they then separated the debris into recyclable and non-recyclable materials, this produced almost 100 bags recyclable plastics.

If you were one of the brilliant volunteers who helped out over the summer, we’d love to hear from you and capture your experiences of working along the Sefton coast. We would love to be able to share your feelings and experiences with people living and working in Sefton and hopefully inspire others to help maintain Sefton’s natural beauty and share in its huge capacity to improve health and wellbeing amongst our local communities.

Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols Local Nature Reserve are now under the management of the National Trust. For the Friends of Sefton Coast who volunteer at these sites, you may still do so, but you might want to discuss your voluntary contributions with the National Trust also. If you are happy for us to forward your contact details to the National Trust, please let us know.

All of our volunteers who have previously gone through the grazing animal’s welfare training will be aware that as winter approaches, the sheep and cattle will be back on the grazing enclosures at Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve. If you can help with welfare checks, please get in touch with us at the Ainsdale office and we will make arrangements with you. If you have not been through the stock animals training, but are still be interested in helping us to monitor the winter grazing animals, then please get in touch because we can arrange to provide you with suitable training.

 

Don’t forget that you can contact the Friends of Sefton Coast group or email Gordon White, Coast & Countryside Officer for Sefton Council – Email: Gordon.white@sefton.gov.uk at any time. Equally, if you know anyone who is interested in visiting, exploring and enjoying the coast, who might like to volunteer, then please ask them to get in touch, everyone is welcome.

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