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Sefton youth worker Sue Logie tells us how she’s helping to give a safe space to young people

Sue Logie and Sefton’s Chief Exec, Dwayne Johnson, attending Pride in Liverpool

This month as part of our Year of Friendship campaign, we’ve been focusing on children and young people and the projects designed to benefit them. We’re also highlighting some of the amazing youth workers who are always on hand to give one-to-one and group support.  

 We caught up with one of Sefton Council’s youth workers Sue Logie. She is the lead worker for New Beginnings, Sefton’s LGBTQ+ youth group which provides a safe space for young people to socialise and learn life skills.

 Sue put’s her heart and soul into working with young people especially those who are LGBTQ+. So much so that she has recently won an award for Best Campaigner at the prestigious LCR Pride Awards 2019.

 We caught up with Sue to ask her about her journey as a youth worker and why she continues to support young people. 

Sue: For me personally, New Beginnings is like my baby so to speak. When I was a young person struggling with my own identity I was unaware of any support for young people at that time, this was something I really struggled with. There was no support and there were no visible role models back then nor was LGBTQ+ in the media like it is today. So, when I first started working within the Youth Service back in 2014 being asked to work with the New Beginnings group was exciting and then when I was asked to lead on it, it was an honour. To see and be a part of the journeys the young people embark on with their identity and finding themselves is so rewarding, and seeing them grow as a young person and being comfortable and happy within themselves just takes your breath away at times. To be able to provide a safe space and for young people to get the support I lacked is amazing, we have evolved slightly and we have had parents/carers ask for our support also which is always a pleasure, sometimes for parents to have that space to talk is nice also. More recently we have had a number of schools ask for support also, so it’s nice to see our schools trying to support our young people more especially around LBGTQ+.

Q: What are some of the main highlights in your career working with young people?

Sue: Wow! This is a difficult one! There are lots of positive experiences and some almost life changing for the young people and for me. I think one that really sticks with me is a young person who I worked with who just didn’t really know where they fitted or who they were, we did some 1-1 sessions and the young person attending New Beginnings and over about 2 years I seen this young person just grow and we went from different sexualities to then actually the young person saying they thought it was their gender that was this issue – well not issue, but they felt they wanted to identify as the opposite gender – so we did some work around this and now that young person is attending the Gender Identity Clinic and is much happier within themselves. All I did was to be there to listen and allow the space for that young person to be them and spent a lot of time with his parents supporting them also.

Q: It’s great news that you’ve been nominated for Best Campaigner at the Prestigious LCR Pride Awards 2019. How does it feel to know you’re hard work has been recognised in this way?

Sue: Shocked and overwhelmed. There is a very good friend of mine in the same category, who has been working campaigning for the LGBTQ+ community a lot longer than me so to make the final 3 for me is an achievement itself especially being named with someone who has done so much for the community before me.

Q: Moving forward do you have any aspirations about how society on a whole can improve support for young people?

Sue: I would ideally like to see a shift in the way LGBTQ+ people are seen, there is still a lot of homophobia/transphobia/biphobia, but on top of this, I feel any sort of ‘phobia’ I would like to see minimalised or eradicated – but with this people are not born hateful they are taught it. So, stigmas/stereotypes etc I would love to see them broken. And I feel like also youth work being seen across the country and a valuable service to our young people. These young people are our future leaders, Armed/Public service representatives and more. The valuable work that we carry out with our young people can be life changing for some and can bring them away from paths they shouldn’t really go down.

 

Get your tickets for the Mayor of Sefton’s exciting events

Tickets are on sale for two nights of entertainment organised by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, with all proceeds going to the Mayor’s Charities.

 

The Mayor of Sefton’s Motown Night takes place Fri Nov 15, 7.30pm at Maghull Town Hall.

Enjoy music from a live band playing all of your favourite Motown classics.

Tickets are £6 in advance from the Mayor of Sefton’s Office via 0151 934 2062 or on the door.

 

 

Celebrate the New Year with a taste of the highlands at the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Burns Night.

This takes place, Sat Jan 25, 7pm at Bootle Town Hall

There’ll be Scottish food, live entertainment and a raffle.

Tickets are £20 in advance from the Mayor of Sefton’s Office via 0151 934 2062 or on the door. For more information call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

 

Sefton Council receives £8,000 for charities across the Borough

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, was delighted to receive £8,000 from the Institute of Cemetery Crematorium Management (ICCM), to go towards the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

 Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, presented the cheque to Cllr Burns at Bootle Town Hall.

 The metals recycling scheme is administered nationally by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), and relates to cremations at Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest. Combined together, about 2600 cremations are carried out at both sites each year.

 Recycling metals following a cremation is done with the consent of each bereaved family. A specialist company, based in Holland, collects the metal, sorts it out and then smelts it which is often used to manufacture new implants with any profits from the scheme distributed to local charities. 

 Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “I would like to thank the ICCM for this generous donation, but most of all the bereaved families themselves who’s consent has enabled this money to be raised.

“Having previously been employed as a child bereavement councillor working with families at Alder Hey Hospital, this is something which is close to my heart.  

“I know bereavement is a very difficult time for people and I hope that it is a consolation to them that this donation will help so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member Locality Services, added: “The money donated by the ICCM through this important scheme will assist local charities right on our doorstep.

“We are grateful to the families who give their consent for us to do this will in order to benefit local charities within the borough.” 

 If any individuals or businesses wish to make a donation to the current Mayor’s Charity Fund, contact Shaun Pimblett on 0151 934 2062. 

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Photograph attached: Cllr John Fairclough presents the cheque to the Mayor of Sefton,  Cllr June Burns  

Half-price rail travel for young apprentices in the Liverpool City Region

From today (September 2) young people in apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region are being given half-price train travel, just in time for the start of the autumn term.

 The Apprentice Travelcard could now save apprentices aged 19-24 as much as £680 a year on train travel, that’s on top of the £420 saving already available on bus travel.

 The discount scheme fulfils a key election pledge made by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to remove one of the main barriers to entry for young people looking to enter vocational training – access to affordable transport.

 Launched in November 2018, the Apprentice Travelcard is one of the most generous transport discount schemes for apprentices in the country, and was recently recognised by the TUC as an example of best practice which should be adopted across the UK.

 Chris Williams, 23, uses his Apprentice Travelcard to access half-price bus travel between his home in Garston and the City of Liverpool College where he is enrolled on a vocational training course. He is now looking to take advantage of discount available on rail travel.

 Chris said: “The half price bus travel has made a massive difference. It makes being an apprentice a much more viable option since I don’t have to worry about money as much – it’s saved me a ton already. It’s really helped me out, and it’s great for me that it’s extending to the trains too.”

 To get hold of an Apprentice Travelcard applicants must be aged between 19-24 and living in one of the six districts of the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

 Eligible cardholders will then be able purchase weekly and monthly Railpass season tickets at 50% discount from all Merseyrail and staffed Northern stations. Depending on the travel zones covered by the pass, the ticket allows unlimited travel across the Northern, Wirral and City lines with all rail operators, including Merseyrail, Northern and Transpennine Express.

 Application packs are available from training providers, further education colleges and at Merseytravel TravelCentres – further details are available at merseytravel.gov.uk/apprentice

 Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “With the autumn term about to begin, I’m pleased that we’re able to help young people starting on apprenticeships by giving them half-price travel which could potentially save them hundreds of pounds a year.

 Apprenticeships are a vital pathway to skilled, well-paid jobs. As the TUC highlighted recently, we’re leading the country when it comes to removing transport costs as an obstacle for young people beginning vocational training.
Yet again, we’re showing how devolution and local decision making can improve the lives of ordinary people across our city region. “

 Councillor Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said: “Making travel by public transport easier and more affordable for young people has always been a priority for us.

 “Already young people in the Liverpool City Region have access to great value rail fares, with Railpass tickets offering them unlimited travel across the Merseyrail network for less than £2.50 a day.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to extend the provision of reduced fares to young apprentices, right up to their 25th birthday.”

Police work to identify body found in Melling area

Merseyside Police can confirm enquiries are underway following the discovery of a man’s body in the River Alt in the Melling area this morning (Friday August 9).

Emergency services were called at around 7am and are currently working to identify the man.

Road closures remain in place on Brewery Lane, Melling.

Please avoid the area whilst officers deal with the incident.

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