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Innovative Sefton schoolchildren win Scotland ski trip

Schoolchildren from Sefton have won a ski trip to Scotland after winning a special competition around the dangers of scrambler bikes. 

Last night (Tuesday, February 9) Merseyside Police hosted a prize-giving event which rewarded Sefton schoolchildren who have been involved in an anti-scrambler bike education project during the Autumn term in 2017.

The project was set up by Constable Alan Thompson from Bootle Neighbourhood team, Sefton Council, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and aims to highlight the impact off-road bikes have on local communities in Sefton.

The five schools involved were:

Hatton Hill Primary School, Alwyn Avenue, Bootle
Lander Primary School, Pennington Road, Litherland
All Saints Primary School, Chestnut Grove, Bootle
The Grange Primary School, Waterside, Bootle
English Martyrs Primary School, School Lane, Litherland 

Early in 2017, Year 5 pupils at the schools received education on the dangers of off-road bikes and impact they cause in their communities. Assemblies have been given to each of the primary schools from Merseyside Police, Sefton Council Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and Alder Hey Hospital.

Once the pupils returned to school to begin their Year 6 studies, they each designed and filmed a 90-second video. They have also taken part in a trip to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and an awareness day in the Yorkshire Dales, where demonstrations were given on how to use bikes appropriately at designated locations.

The 15 winners of the video competition were presented their certificates by Andy Grant, former Royal Marine, motivational speaker, athlete and star of ITV show Paragon and Pete Price, DJ from Radio City, before the grand unveiling of the top-secret children’s prize, a ski trip to Scotland.

Their videos will also be used in a publicity campaign in the Sefton area.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

“It is really pleasing to see so many Sefton school pupils being recognised like this through such an important project.

“Our local communities have told us how scrambler bikes are a problem for them and through this initiative important messages about the risks and dangers of using them have been learnt.

“It is also another great example of partnership working and engaging with our communities to make Sefton a safer place for everyone.”

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke added:

“We know that these bikes can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to members of our communities across Merseyside, and we will continue to stand alongside our partners and communities in our commitment to eradicating the problem.

“We strongly believe that education and engagement is vital, so that parents, guardians and future generations understand the impact and harm that we see on a regular basis. Together, we can all make a difference to make our streets safer.

“We hope that by getting involved in this exciting project, these young people have learned some valuable lessons to share far and wide, and that they enjoy tonight’s event and their reward.”

 

 

Seaforth School Achieves Special ADHD Award

A Sefton school has become the first mainstream setting in the country to achieve an ADHD Friendly School quality mark.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Seaforth is dedicated to meeting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and has spent the last two years training staff and working closely with the ADHD foundation.

Based on feedback from families, the school also introduced a parent’s skills group so that a number of tools and best practice methods to positively support learners could be replicated at home.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s, Schools & Safeguarding, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school to be recognised as the first mainstream school in the UK to receive this award.

“All pupils deserve the chance to achieve their potential regardless of the barriers they have to learning and I hope it inspires other schools to go the extra mile to make every pupil’s experience of school the best it can be.”

Head Teacher of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Joan Jenkins, added: “I am extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the staff at the school who have been recognised for their hard work with children who face additional challenges in the school environment.

“We’ve worked hard to make the school fully inclusive, but it has only been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the staff and parents and teachers all supported by the ADHD Foundation.

“A special mention should also go to our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler, for being a huge driving force in making changes to our everyday practices.”

Pictured is Rory Bremner presenting the award to Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler during the fifth annual ADHD conference.

Sefton Launches Savvy App

 Young disabled people in Sefton have joined forces to create an app which provides information and support for anyone under 25 with additional needs.

 The Sefton Savvy app has been developed by a group of youngsters in conjunction with Sefton Council’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Inclusion service, Atomic Productions, Rix Wiki, and with support from the parent carer forum and the Children with additional needs network. 

  A key part of the technology is the opportunity for the young people to share ideas or feedback on local services with their peers, as well as simplifying the information on Sefton’s Local Offer website.

 Topics of interest range from being active and having fun to advice on healthy eating and personal hygiene.  

 In addition to the app, a number of short films and animations have also been created by the young people to highlight what services are available and explain more about the Education Health and Care Plans.

 To showcase all of the work, two special screenings have been planned for next month to officially launch the products to parents, carers, professionals and special schools. 

 Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson will be in attendance to officially launch the Savvy app at the Salvation Army Centre, Shakespeare Street, Southport on Thursday, November 2 at 11.30 am.

 In addition, a second premier will be held at The Plaza cinema, Crosby at 11.30am on Thursday, November 9. 

 Councillor John-Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “Seeing how the young people have been involved in this creative exercise and what has been achieved is very inspirational. 

“They have taken a complex subject matter around SEN reform and made a user-friendly resource, which I am confident will become a vital one stop shop for information and advice.  

 “Now that the app is available, I know that our SEN and inclusion service will be working hard with families and partners to make sure that young disabled people in Sefton can use the app as part of their everyday lives.”  

 Adele Hoskison-Clark, SEN and Inclusion Policy Development Officer at Sefton Council, added: “I am really proud of the creative talents shown by our young people in the borough – which shows genuine partnership working with Sefton Council, the young people and their families.”

 The Savvy app can be used on all mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. It can be downloaded free from iTunes and the App Store by searching for Sefton Savvy.

 Anyone interested in attending the events is asked to book their place in advance by calling 0151 934 2296 or emailing Adele.Hoskison-Clark@sefton.gov.uk

 You can find out lots of information within the Local Offer at seftondirectory.com/localoffer

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 

Bootle pupils help spruce up Derby Park

Pupils from a Bootle primary school donned their rubber gloves and helped make a local park sparkle during a recent litter-pick.

Children from St Monica’s Primary School joined up with Sefton Council’s Parks and Greenspaces team to help spruce up Derby Park, clearing away as much litter as possible.

More than 60 pupils and their teachers worked throughout the afternoon to amass five full bin bags worth of litter, while the Friends of Derby Park group swept away fallen leaves from the park’s steps.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We were delighted that St Monica’s pupils came down to Derby Park to help make it shine.

“The children were shocked that there are people who treat the park with such disrespect by not disposing of their litter in a responsible way.

“At the end of the afternoon you could see the huge difference the pupils had made to the park and it looked so much cleaner afterwards.

“The pupils also got involved in a question and answer session about why it is important to care for the environment and not discard litter irresponsibly.

“We look forward to welcoming them back to Derby Park soon!”

The Friends of Derby Park Group are also on the look out for new members.

If you would like to get involved, please email parks@sefton.gov.uk.

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