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#SeftonInMind: Accessing Mental Health Support

Good mental health is really important and there are many things you can do to improve it.

So, from World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) to World Mental Health Day (October 10) Sefton Council are spreading the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton as part of our ‘30 Days of #SeftonInMind’ Campaign.

Access Sefton provides NHS talking therapies services to people experiencing a wide range of common mild-to-moderate mental health conditions. The services are free to people who live in Sefton, and are available from a range of accessible locations across the borough.

In addition to face-to-face therapy, we also run group workshops in Bootle and Southport which can help people develop techniques to better manage anxiety and depression. As many as one in four of us will experience some kind of condition related to our mental wellbeing at any one time.

As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are clinically proven to be an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobia and panic.

Someone who recently received help through Access Sefton commented:

“My experience with Access Sefton has been a really positive one.

“I’ve learned how to keep my anxiety under control and make it much more manageable – I never imagined I’d get to the point I’m at now. Thank you.”

You can find more details at www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton or by calling 0300 303 2708.
Access Sefton are supporting the ‘30 Days of #SeftonInMind’ Campaign to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Have your say on potential Bootle Post Office move

The Post Office is proposing to move its Bootle branch to nearby premises where it will be run by a new retail partner.

The new Post Office will be at the vacant retail store at 1, the Hexagon, Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle, L20 4SF, around 100 metres from its current site at the New Strand.

The new branch will have a modern, open-plan layout with five serving positions and the same services will be available (cash machine subject to relevant consents). There will also be a retail offering of cards and stationery.

Opening hours will be extended to include all day Saturday opening.

Customers and interested parties are invited to give their comments on the proposed move in a public consultation that will run until 18 October 2017.

Roger Gale, Post Office Sales and Trade Marketing Director, said:

“We are making sure we take the right action to sustain services for years to come.

“Our customers will be offered the same range of services, in a new modern environment and with longer opening hours.”

Mr Gale added that the proposal for Bootle branch would help secure long-term viability of services for local customers.

It is proposed the new branch will open in February 2018.
Customers can provide views during the consultation:

on the website: postofficeviews.co.uk
by email: comments@postoffice.co.uk
by phone: 03457 22 33 44 (Textphone 03457 22 33 55)
by post: FREEPOST Your Comments

To view the consultation visit https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/branchcode.php?query=00442099&frmnd=liveconsultation

New Sefton scheme to improve private landlord standards

Standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector in parts of Sefton are set to improve with the introduction of new Selective Licensing and Additional (HMO) licensing schemes.

Earlier this year Sefton Council consulted with residents, private landlords, businesses and other stakeholders for proposed new licensing schemes, which would affect private rented homes in designated areas.

The successful consultation looked at proposals to introduce Selective Licensing across Bootle and Additional (HMO) Licensing across parts of Seaforth/Waterloo/Brighton-le-Sands and central Southport.

Results showed that more than 85% of respondents were in favour of the selective licensing designation and 84% in favour of the two additional licensing areas.

Both the Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing schemes were approved today (September 7) at Cabinet and should start in March, 2018.

Many local authorities already operate similar licensing schemes which aim to a improve standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector, which should benefit tenants and improve the communities affected.

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

“Over the past number of years we have seen a significant increase in the size of the private rented sector – especially in the areas considered for the licensing schemes.

“Across the borough we recognise the crucial role the private rented sector plays in creating a strong and sustainable housing market and in meeting the housing needs of many households now and for the future.

“Through the engagement process we consulted with landlords and our communities and the majority of respondents felt the schemes would have a positive impact in Sefton.

“We will now work on developing both schemes with the view of making these areas safe and attractive places to live in with the full co-operation of landlords and their tenants.”

Full details of the results of the consultation are available on sefton.gov.uk. If you would like to keep updated on our housing licensing schemes please send your details to landlord.licensing@sefton.gov.uk.

Twelve convicted of littering offences in Sefton

Twelve people have been found guilty of littering in Sefton, leading to convictions worth over £4,000. 

Residents from Sefton, Preston and Liverpool were convicted of littering at South Sefton Magistrates Court at hearings which took place on Tuesday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 29. 

 Chelsea Rebecca Owen, 18, of Crosby Road South in Waterloo, appeared in court to plead guilty to littering and was fined a total of £205.

Eleven defendants were found guilty in their absence. They were:

Gytis Andrius, 21, of Duke Street Southport; fined £372

Paul Finch, 44, of Stanley Street Southport; fined £372

James Owen, 21, of Alma Road Birkdale; fined £372

Irena Borwiec, 42, of Bath Street North Southport; fined £372

Sebastian Tabaroiu, 22, of Irving Street Southport; fined £372

Nicola Foster, 19, of Manchester Road Southport;  fined £372
 
Sharon Jeffries, 52, of The Ferns, Preston; fined £322

Deborah Lunt of Lord Street, Southport; fined £422

Amelia Trim, 32, of Eastbank Street, Southport; fined £322

Gerad Derby, 32, of Fir Avenue Liverpool; fined £322

Tracy Jones, 41 of Wennington Road Southport; fined £322 

 A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“No matter how big or small an item is, dropping litter is an offence.

 “Residents and visitors to the borough need to understand that they are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who simply ignore this. 

 “Court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught and we hope it will make people think twice before just throwing their waste away.

 “Either take it home or use a bin.”

Wheelie good news for Ben and his new bike

Its Wheelie good news for Ben from Formby whose parents took delivery of a specialised Hugbike. Bens family and friends have been raising money for the bike through the summer and last week the day came when he made his inaugural ride.

Ben who is 13 and lives with his family in Formby has a congenital heart condition and autism, which made it difficult for him to ride a bike. After his parents exhausted every avenue for Ben to be able to cycle independently, they came across Hugbike, they’re an Italian based company who create these highly specialised tandem bikes for people living with additional needs.

The bike comes with a hefty price tag but and Bens family have spent the summer fundraising to ensure Ben could get the bike he needs. With the help of The Joseph Harley Bequest Fund, which supports young people in Formby, they were able to secure funding to help reach their target.

Ben’s dad Jon said ‘We’re thrilled to have this bike for Ben, for him to be able to cycle safely with us is amazing, it’s allowed Ben to gain a real sense of independence and adventure as well.

I can now take both of my sons for bike rides, and that’s such a great thing to be able to say.  I’d like to thank everybody in the community who donated time, money and effort for us to be able to get this bike for Ben.’

The Hugbike is designed to offer excitement and comfort to people living with disabilities. Most importantly the bike will give Ben the chance to create an important opportunity for personal and social inclusion. So if you see him riding round Formby with his Dad and Brother, give him a wave.    

 

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