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Join Sefton Council in celebrating Love Parks Week!

Running from Friday 23rd July to Sunday 1st August, Love Parks Week, is a chance to visit and appreciate the many wonderful parks we have here in Sefton.

Sefton’s parks and greenspaces have been a vital lifeline to many of us during the pandemic, acting as a place to escape to, to exercise and to play. Keep Britain Tidy will be running their annual campaign this summer with a clear message; to Love, Respect, and Protect our parks throughout the summer of 2021 and beyond.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Protecting our parks and greenspaces continues to be a priority for the Council and our Green Sefton team. Love Parks Week is an excellent opportunity to remind our residents and visitors of the role we all play in respecting and protecting our parks and greenspaces. From taking litter home to keeping dogs under control, there are many easy ways to help keep Sefton a clean, green and beautiful borough.”

To show our support, Sefton Council will be hosting a community event to help restore the Rose Garden in the historic Derby Park, Bootle, back to its former glory. The garden was a popular place for local residents with many having wedding photographs taken amongst the rose beds, known for their abundance of colour.

Event details as follows:

Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August

Rose Garden, Derby Park (Oxford Road entrance), Bootle L20 9HE

Two sessions each day from:

10:30am – 12:30pm

1:30pm – 15:30pm

All residents are encouraged to get involved whether they want to help out at every session or just pop by for half an hour to offer their support. Gardening tools will be supplied or people can bring their own along. However, people are asked to bring their own gardening gloves if they would prefer to wear them.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “It’s incredibly important that we all continue to play our part in protecting parks and greenspaces across the borough. The event in Derby Park is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, enjoy light exercise and reap the many benefits of spending time in nature.”

To get involved and find more information on the event, please contact our Green Sefton team by email at greensefton@sefton.gov.uk

Anyone who might have an interest in joining a ‘Friends of…’ park group or would like to spend more time at parks and greenspaces as a Park Ambassador should get in touch by email at greensefton@sefton.gov.uk

Using #LoveParks, Sefton residents are being encouraged to take photos and videos of the various ways they Love, Respect and Protect our parks and tag @SeftonCouncil on Twitter, @OneCouncil on Facebook and @sefton_council on Instagram.

To find out where your local park is in Sefton, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/parks and to learn more about Keep Britain Tidy and their work, go to www.keepbritaintidy.org/

More set to benefit from the Liverpool City Region’s digital skills programme

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is now offering further free digital skills training for people looking for a career in the digital sector, and co-investment to help employers fill digital skills gaps.

More than 500 people, and 90 businesses, have already benefitted from the first round of training delivered through the Digital Skills for the Workplace programme, in areas including digital marketing, software development and cyber security.

Speaking about the training, Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool and Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Education, Skills, Equality and Diversity, said:

“Investing in digital skills was crucial before the pandemic and as we look to rebuild our economy post-pandemic, as set out in the Metro Mayor’s manifesto, they will be more important than ever.  This is a perfect opportunity for people to learn a new skill, or build on the skills they already have, to boost their career prospects in this growing field.

“We know that local employers are crying out for people with these skills and making sure that our people have the right training will help them find work and succeed both now and in the future. I’d encourage employers and individuals alike to get in touch and find out more.”

Councillor Ian Maher, Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Digital Connectivity and Inclusion, said:

“It’s fantastic news that we are able to support these courses and a great opportunity for residents and employers across the Liverpool City Region to take advantage of the high-quality training available.  Digital skills are increasingly invaluable and our digital and creative sector is one of our City Region’s success stories, that will help drive our economic recovery.

“I urge anyone who is interested to contact us and find out more, whether that’s about gaining new skills, improving your workforce’s skills, or getting involved as a training provider.”

The Liverpool City Region was one of the first of six areas nationally to introduce this digital skills training back in September 2020, aimed at helping participants gain jobs in the digital sector. A new round of training courses will be funded with a further £1.2 million from the Department for Education.

The training on offer is delivered as flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will offer the following courses:

  • Skills Bootcamp in Full Stack Web Development
  • Skills Bootcamp in Digital Marketing
  • Skills Bootcamp in Cyber Security
  • Skills Bootcamp in Digital Design
  • Skills Bootcamp in AutoCad
  • Skills Bootcamp in Software Developer/Engineer
  • Skills Bootcamp in Infrastructure Technician

The training is for adults aged 19 or over and who are either in work, self-employed, recently unemployed or returning to work after a break. Some Skills Bootcamps may have additional eligibility criteria. either employed, self-employed, unemployed within the last 12 months or those that are returning to the workplace.

The training is funded through the Skills Bootcamps scheme, which is part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs. It works in partnership with employers, providers and local authorities to help people develop the skills that are in demand in their local area so they can progress in the digital sector.

Janet Rach from Wirral was self-employed, and wanted to take her business online due to the pandemic. She completed one of the Skills Bootcamps courses and said:

“I had no confidence in running my business online and so the course I chose covered social media, digital marketing and building a website. It boosted my confidence to the point where I now know I can make something out of it for my business.”

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority now wants to hear from residents of the city region who are aspiring to gain a digital role and need the skills to do so, training providers and employers.  Employers can either work with the team to develop bespoke programmes for existing staff or those looking to recruit can offer interviews to newly-qualified learners with industry relevant digital skills.

To register your interest please visit https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/digital-skills-for-the-workplace/

Freedom of Sefton Borough for NHS Trusts

Sefton Council last night confirmed it is awarding the Honorary Freedom of the Borough to Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, as well as Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

At a meeting of Full Council last night, the decision was made to recognise the four Trusts and all their staff formally, for their hard work and dedication during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Freedom of the Borough is the highest ceremonial honour the local authority can bestow and a permanent record of the Borough’s endless appreciation and debt of gratitude to the Trusts will now be formalised.

An Extra-ordinary meeting of council will be organised to officially grant the Freedom of the Borough, when Covid 19 restrictions will allow. In addition, a civic reception will be planned for officers of the Trusts and their invited guests.

Organistions receiving Freedom of the Borough gain the ‘right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed’.

Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council Leader said: “The Trusts and all of their staff have served the Borough and wider city region tirelessly throughout the pandemic, putting themselves at risk in ensuring the safety of others.

“That selflessness and dedication cannot be underestimated, which is why the Council are awarding NHS staff at all levels within the Trusts the Honorary Freedom of the Borough.”

Neil Masom OBE, the chair of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust said: “This is a tremendous honour for the tireless and often challenging work of colleagues during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Every one of them is on the frontline in one way or another whether they are in a clinical, support or administrative role. We all work as one team and one family, ensuring we deliver the best possible care for those in need.”

Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer at South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCGs said: “This is a huge honour for NHS colleagues working in our local hospitals, recognising the risks and challenges many of them faced in dealing with the human tragedy of this pandemic. We’re proud, alongside our general practices, community and mental health providers, to support them in continuing to care for our communities and keeping us all safe.”

Dame Jo Williams, Chair of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are hugely honoured to be recognised and to have been awarded the Freedom of the Borough from Sefton Council. It is fantastic recognition for our staff and colleagues who have worked tirelessly and bravely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Alder Hey is privileged to play a vital role in supporting the health of children in Sefton and around the world. This would not be possible without the support we receive from children and families around the Borough and from our friends and partners in the Local Authority and other agencies.”

Joe Rafferty CBE, Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Like all other NHS organisations, the COVID-19 pandemic presented huge challenges for Mersey Care and I see this honour as recognition for everyone who have worked so hard during some of the most difficult times in the history of the NHS.

“We’ve had to adapt, quite often find different ways of working, but I’m extremely proud of the way we’ve continued to care and kept our mental health and community health patients and service users safe.”

Previous organisations who have been granted Freedom of the Borough include RAF Woodvale, in 2011, and No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 Regiment, Royal Corps of Transport, in 1982. Individuals who have had the honour bestowed upon them include Jamie Carragher, in 2004, and Donald “Ginger” McCain in 2006.

ASB Awareness Week: Making Communities Safer

Merseyside Police will be working with local communities and partners across next week to highlight the support available to people experiencing anti-social behaviour and the work taking place in Sefton to prevent and tackle it.

The 19-25 July has been nationally identified as a week to shine a spotlight on anti-social behaviour to help make communities safer.

During the week, in Sefton, Merseyside Police and partners including One Vision Housing will be building on the work they carry out on a daily basis in our communities to address the issues that matter to Sefton residents. From school visits, open land searches and leaflet drops to quad bike patrols and high visibility presence in hot spot areas they will engage with communities across the borough.

Chief Superintendent for Local Policing, Zoe Thornton said, “Anti-social behaviour is a priority for Merseyside Police and this awareness week offers an opportunity to highlight the issues of ASB and the impact it can have on the local communities.

People deserve to feel safe where they live and our activities this week will highlight some of the work that we undertake on a daily basis to support our communities and tackle ASB.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a hugely damaging effect for victims who are repeatedly and persistently targeted. It causes fear, stress, anxiety, depression and leaves people too scared to leave their front door and even afraid while they are inside their own home.

“That’s why tackling and preventing ASB is one of my priorities. I welcome the launch of the UK’s first official ASB Awareness Week and all the fantastic multi-agency initiatives planned by Merseyside Police and our partners over the next week and beyond.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe where they live.  I hope this event will help to bring communities together to take a stand against ASB and highlight the help and support which is available to anyone affected by it.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In Sefton we continue to do all we can alongside our partners in the police, to curb any and all instances of anti-social behaviour (ASB).

“We hope that the community join us in supporting Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness week and this is an opportune moment for us all to remind ourselves of what we can do to help keep our fantastic borough safe and free from this kind of harm and upset.

“We have a committed and hard working ASB team who regularly team up with partners in housing and uniformed services to support victims, as well as proactively reducing the amount of ASB we see in our communities.

“The Sefton Safer Communities Partnership funds, via its Crime Reduction Grant, many activities throughout the year that offer diversionary activities to help reduce Anti-Social behaviour.”

Activity taking place throughout the week includes:

  • Sefton’s Local Policing team will continue the work they do on a daily basis to deploy patrols to ASB hotspot areas
  • Quad bikes will patrol areas where police receive reports of those riding scrambler bikes illegally
  • Sefton schools officers will deliver talks to pupils about the impact and consequences of anti-social behaviour in local communities
  • A joint operation around persistent ASB with One Vision Housing to address concerns from their residents
  • Social media Q&A for residents in Seaforth, Crosby, Waterloo, Blundellsands, Bootle and Litherland

ASB Awareness Week is organised by community safety specialists Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is being backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Local Government Association (LGA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).

Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve, said: “As the nation begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic and our society and economy celebrates the start of return to normal life, it is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs nationally and locally so that people feel safe in their homes and communities.

“We are delighted Sefton is involved in this hugely important and successful campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.”

To find out what is happening each day follow Merseyside Police’s social media accounts for regular updates.

For more information visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek

REPORT IT

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or are a victim of a crime you are encouraged to report this to Merseyside Police @MerPolCC or online here.

You can also report anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

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