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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.

Adoption Appeal for Sefton Siblings

64% of the children in the North West who are waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more according to new information published to mark National Adoption Week (October  16-22). 
Based on the latest Government information, and figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, it shows that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a ‘forever family’. 


Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “As in previous years, the need to find families for some of our most vulnerable children remains at the heart of this year’s campaign. 

“We’re asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could parent siblings?

“There’s no denying that having more than one child comes with real challenges but it also has advantages and brings great rewards. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Sefton Adoption Service today.”

 

The new research, by Adoption Match and based on data from the Adoption Register for England also reveals that:

  • 52% of sibling groups awaiting adoption in the North West are children aged over 4
  • 59% of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys
  • 11% of the siblings groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children

 

Elaine Jamieson from Sefton Council’s Adoption Service, added: “The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family. 

“Also, it is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group finds a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated. 

“This presents an extra challenge for social workers and these factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family.”

Sefton adopters, Chris and Julie, said: “Adoption has meant we’ve got the family we’ve always wanted, perhaps slightly less conventionally then some people do it but we’re proud to have a part in shaping their world.

“When our girls were placed with us it was exciting and bewildering but you just take a leap of faith! The moment they called us mum and dad meant everything to us.” 



The regional adoption agency, Adopting In Merseyside (AIM), covering Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral are holding an information evening on October 18. For more information on adoption or to register for the event, contact Sefton Adoption Service on Freephone 0800 923 2777 or visit seftonadoption.co.uk 

You’ve used your vote, so take good care of it

A guest blog by Joanne Lee, Sefton CVS

So, I wake up and send my mate Richard a Snapchat story from last night, even though we went see Derren Brown together.

Take care of your vote
It’s boring I know, but make sure you’ve had one of these!

Then a quick scroll through the craziness of Twitter, as I do every day, see that the world is completely mad, but 2017 has been one of those hasn’t it? Has it always been like this?

Anyway, I digress. There is a point to all this!

Like any routine, and being starved of tech for nearly three months, I slipped straight into my social apps when I touched down on my flight from Liberia* in May.

It turned out I had the small matter of a general election to vote in. Britain, I can’t leave you alone for 3 months!

Before I voted I had to deal with a major comedown – Liberia was monumental, life changing, all of those clichés!

The buzz of seeing my mates, a promotion at work, jaunts to Scandinavia and Hamburg, soon wore off (I still can’t get Michael Jackson’s Liberian Girl out of my head though).

While all this was going I was sorting out somewhere to live.

Oh, and that general election. I voted in 2015 so I didn’t have to worry about registering. Right? Wrong! The electoral register still had me at my old address and I hadn’t signed the papers on my new place.

I actually panicked (for five minutes), which probably seems weird to you. I’m not one of the disaffected millennials that you read about in the press, but even my mates who aren’t politico geeks were fired up for this election, so no way was I missing out.

It turned out I needn’t have worried and my details were updated as soon as I signed my rental papers and could confirm my new address details. Phew!

Yes that’s right, if you’ve changed address without updating your records on the electoral register, or haven’t updated your details at your current address in the last 3 years, you won’t be able to vote when the next election comes around. And who knows when that will be?

If you’re at uni, you can be registered at two addresses, but if you want to vote in a general election, need to decide which of those addresses you will vote at and stick to that polling station. 

Updating your records is really easy to do online. If it’s only to confirm that the details haven’t changed, just send a text to 80212 or call 0800 197 9871 Make sure that you use the reference number on the mail out you have received in the post, which I am clearly overjoyed to be holding (see picture above).

If you haven’t received the form, contact Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or by email

So, that point I wanted to make? If, like a lot of my friends you were finally fired up to get off your backsides in June, a vote is for life not just for elections. You need to take good care of it. If you don’t look after it, you won’t have a voice.

Tommy’s Trip Down Memory Lane

Southport golfing sensation Tommy Fleetwood is a shining example of the Sefton Sports Awards.

The Awards, which take place on Wednesday (July 12) at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, celebrate sporting success and achievement from teams and individuals across the whole of the borough. 

They are organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio. 

In 2008, a young Tommy Fleetwood won the Young Male Sports Personality of the Year Award at the Sefton Sports Awards for his golfing achievements.

Since then Tommy has excelled in the sport and is now ranked as the 15th best golfer in the world and a hot favourite for the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale later this month.

Ahead of this year’s Sefton Sports Awards, Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Tommy Fleetwood’s talents were recognised in Sefton back in 2008 and since then he has become a household name on the global golfing circuit.

 “His success so far is a perfect example to sports people in any field on what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

 “Who knows at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards we may have another superstar right in our midst?

 “Hopefully Tommy will have another successful time at this years Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale and we wish him all the best for now and the future.”

New home for Crosby Village, Post Office gets Stamp of Approval with Sunday Opening

 

  • Post Office services available seven days a week
  • Convenient, quick service, open-plan layout
  • Extra 24 hours of Post Office service every week
  • Banking services for personal customers and small businesses
  • Bill payment, banking, benefits and travel money
  • Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect

 The Post Office is opening a new main style Crosby Village Post Office at McColls Retail Group, 15 – 21 Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SA.

The new modernised Post Office will have four counter positions, three modern screened positions and a Post Office serving point at the retail counter offering selected services outside normal branch opening hours.

The branch itself will open from 9am – 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, with selected Post Office products and services available from the retail counter between 8am and 9am  and 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 4pm on Sunday. The opening hours which will increase by an extra 24 hours a week will make the branch much more convenient.

 

Dave Thomas, Chief Operating Officer McColl’s Retail Group, said “We are delighted to be welcoming customers to our new Crosby Village Post Office, which will offer a wide range of Post Office services alongside our extensive retail offer. As a convenience store operator we are always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers and the additional Post Office services will be available for the full opening hours of the store in order to provide an excellent service for the local community.”

 

Customers will be able to access a wide range of Post Office and mails services, including Special Delivery, Local Collect, home shopping returns, online banking cash deposits and withdrawals, sending funds abroad using Moneygram, and customers can pay bills, pre-order travel money, apply for travel insurance and top up mobile phones.

As the traditional banking network declines, customers for the majority (95%) of UK banks can also use their post office for online banking cash deposits and withdrawals and bill payments.

The date for the relocation has yet to be confirmed. Posters will be displayed in the current Crosby Village Post Office at Unit 5, Telegraph House, Moor Lane, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 2SF to advise customers of when the move will take place.

 

Suzanne Richardson, Post Office Regional Network Manager said: “We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents.

She added: “We are confident that this vibrant new-style Post Office at the heart of the local community will meet customer needs. This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office.”

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