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Tell us your thoughts on NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check programme is a national programme designed to identify early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2-diabetes or dementia and to help find ways for individuals to lower their risk. 

Local authorities across England are required to provide local Health Checks for all eligible patients aged 40-74 who are not known to have a long term condition. 

We want to hear from local residents and Patient Participation Groups (PPG), and will use feedback to improve the service.  Closing date for this survey is the end of November 2017. Fill in the survey here.

Final green waste collections for Winter

As Autumn turns to Winter, the final green waste bin collections will be taking place, with local residents advised to make sure they do not miss them.

The last green waste collections in Sefton will be on 27 November, although the last collection date will vary depending on where residents live.

Using Sefton Council’s website, residents can find out when their last green waste collection will be.

 

Intrepid volunteers aim high for Sefton 4 Good

A Sefton charity has been aiming high with its latest major fundraising project.

A team of 11 brave volunteers abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool Cathedral and raised more than £1,000 for Sefton 4 Good.

Team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop in wet and windy conditions
included Sefton CVS, Sefton Council and members of the public.

Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 to make it easier for borough
residents and businesses to support local good causes by giving their money, resources, time and skills.

Money raised is distributed via a grant scheme which is particularly aimed at smaller
organisations, or collaborative projects that include small groups.

Sefton’s Head of Commissioning Support & Business Intelligence Peter Moore along with Head of Regulation & Compliance Jill Coule, Daniel Longman and Adam Blackwel took it in turns to abseil down the iconic city cathedral.

Sefton 4 Good Co-ordinator, Mike Howlett, commented:

“This event was a completely new venture for us, so we’re very pleased at how it went and that so many people supported the team and helped us raise a very significant sum for our charity.

“We’re especially grateful to the intrepid volunteers who actually completed the abseil. This was always going to be a very daunting challenge for them, but it was made even more difficult by the far from ideal conditions on the day.”

PCC releases £45,000 to help young people make right choices

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has confirmed that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eighth time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £288,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 12,000 young people were able to join organised activities run through 22 different initiatives funded through the PPA over the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 21st August. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

Fun4Kids awarded Lottery funding

Fun 4 Kids in Netherton have celebrated in style at the L30 Community Centre after being awarded 4 years of Reaching Communities Lottery Funding, to build on the many strengths of the organisation and nurture future talent in the community.

The aims of Fun 4 Kids have always been to enable the community to become more engaged and connected, so local people can feel happier and less isolated. The new funding will ensure that local people have the opportunity to get involved and play an active part in their community, this may be through volunteering opportunities, or helping others and solving larger scale community problems together.

Fun 4 Kids hopes to help people living in Netherton the opportunity to develop themselves, giving people the chance to learn new thing,  help with upskilling and employment prospects, they also hope to promote healthier lifestyles to ensure people have the chance to become more active, and healthy.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing for Sefton Council said, 

“It’s wonderful for everybody from Fun 4 Kids and the whole Netherton community to have been awarded this funding, it will help them to expand of the amazing work that they do.”

 

You can find out more about Fun4Kids here

 

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