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The Council is recruiting school crossing patrols

Sefton Council’s School Crossing Service is currently recruiting school crossing patrols across the borough. 

The local authority is appealing to parents, carers, grandparents or anyone who may have a few hours to spare each week.

The school crossing patrols are there to provide a safe passage across the road for children or anyone needing assistance at a designated site.

They operate at the start and end of each school day and the role is term time only.

On offer for this much valued service is £9.43 per hour plus travelling expenses where applicable. Those successful would also be entitled to holiday pay plus a retainer fee when the schools are closed. There is no upper age limit.

We would welcome parents who would like to Job Share with another parent for school run purposes.

If you, or anyone you know would be interested please call 0151 288 6153 and ask for Samantha Moss, Senior School Crossing Supervisor.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority launches £18 million skills capital fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has launched an £18m fund to enable local colleges and learning providers to improve their facilities.

 This is the third Liverpool City Region skills capital investment prospectus, with more than £30 million already invested in 40 schemes across the city region. 

 Of the £18m available, it is expected that £8m will be invested in new sites and premises, up to £2m in learning and skills equipment, and £3.5m in improvements to existing learning facilities.

 The £18m funding comes from the Local Growth Fund.  Local Growth Funding is awarded to the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and invested through the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Strategic Investment Fund.

 Colleges in the Liverpool City Region will also benefit from up to £3.5m of dedicated funding for maintenance of their campuses and up to £1m for investments in low carbon technologies. Low carbon investments will decrease colleges’ carbon footprint and reduce energy costs over time with savings re-invested for the benefit of learners.

 Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Our skills capital investments into local colleges and providers have allowed them to improve their facilities. This investment gives them the right environment and tools to deliver the technical and vocational training our employers and learners in the city region need to compete in the 21st century economy. I look forward to supporting further skills capital investments that provide new learning and apprenticeship opportunities for local residents.”

 Mayor Joe Anderson OBE, Liverpool City Region Portfolio Holder Education, Employment and Skills said: “Today’s launch of a further £18m of skills capital investment will deliver the learning facilities our learners and job seekers need to gain the technical skills our local employers are looking for, so they can compete for high quality jobs across the Liverpool City Region.”

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry MP said:

“We’re committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Northern Powerhouse and building a Britain fit for our shared future. 

 I’m delighted to see a further £18m from the Local Growth Fund invested in skills capital projects in Liverpool City Region. This funding has already enabled significant improvements across the Region’s colleges, for everything from maintenance of the new buildings at Hugh Baird College to investments in low carbon technologies at Wirral Metropolitan College. Together we are truly equipping our young people for the opportunities the future has to offer.”

 Chair of the Liverpool City Region LEP, Asif Hamid MBE said: “I am extremely pleased to see Local Growth Funding being allocated to our City Region Colleges and learning providers. This investment will enable them to enhance and develop their facilities ensuring our future workforce is equipped with the necessary talents and training for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

 The first Skills Capital Prospectus operated from February 2015 to March 2017 with £19.3m invested in over 30 Skills Capital projects, including eleven major refurbishment and new build projects. The Combined Authority committed a further £11.9 million for nine projects from the second Skills Capital prospectus launched in December 2016.

Previous investments have included:

  • supporting Hugh Baird College to convert a former church into a new health engagement and training hub in Bootle;
  • Wirral Metropolitan College’s low carbon infrastructure to improve energy efficiency through Combined Heat and Power plants and battery storage technologies;
  • The Greenbank Project’s refurbishment in Sefton Park for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities;
  • North West Training Council’s new advanced manufacturing training centre for apprentices;
  • St Helens Chamber’s Clickworks supporting digital pre-employment training;

Riverside College’s Idea Centre which focuses on the skills required for the automation and digital aspects of  manufacturing.

Sefton Council celebrates the invaluable work of foster carers in the borough

The work of the borough’s foster carers was celebrated at the annual Sefton Fostering Service Conference held at the Formby Professional Development Centre on June 5.

 Foster carers and staff from Sefton’s Children’s Services enjoyed a programme of events which included a talk from Liverpool author Ron Clarke, who told his moving story about being fostered at a young age and how this affected his journey into adulthood.

 Presentations throughout the day also included information about key changes to the service, development opportunities and concluded with workshops and personal stories from people with fostering experience.

 After the event, Dwayne Johnson, Sefton Council’s new Chief Executive, said: “This annual event is a great way for the Council to recognise foster carers for the invaluable work they do for our looked after children. It’s also a chance for people to come together and share their experiences.

“I really hope that the presentations given today have not only been informative, but have also lifted the spirits of our foster carers who have taken on this challenging but rewarding role.

“Anybody who is thinking about being a foster carer with Sefton Council should know that you will become part of our amazing fostering network which comes together regularly and which makes sure you get all the support you need.”

 If you would like to know more Fostering at Sefton Council please get in touch with the team; 0800 923 2777 or visit seftonfostering.co.uk.

Remembrance service for 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, will attend a Remembrance Service organised by Netherton and Sefton Royal British Legion, for the 75thAnniversary of the D-Day Landings.

The service to remember those who fought and lost their lives in the D-Day conflict, will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 11am at Bootle War Memorial.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “I am very proud to be joining people from across Sefton in paying my respects and remembering this historic battle. I would encourage as many people as possible to come along on what is a very poignant and important day

“Remembrance services give us the opportunity to spend some time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women over the years in various conflicts.

“We owe a huge debt to every single one of the fallen for the peace and freedom we currently enjoy today. The service will give us all a chance to reflect on this and I encourage as many people as possible to attend.”

 

Appeal for next of kin of John Lewis Rimmer

Merseyside Police are appealing for your help to trace the next of kin of a man from Southport who recently passed away.

John Lewis Rimmer, 74, of Kensington Road, Southport passed away at his home address on May 12 and unfortunately we haven’t been able to track down his family members.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone that knows John or how we can get in contact with his next of kin should call Coroner’s Department Manager Viv Hartnett on Vivien.Hartnett@merseyside.police.uk or call 0151 777 1641.

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