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Message from Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council

I know many of us are understandably worried about the current Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic that is dominating our daily lives right now.

 Together we are facing a huge challenge, and we are already seeing changes to the way we live our lives.

 I want to reassure you that Sefton Council is working hard to make sure that we are able to continue to provide the vital services that you rely on.

 Our services have plans in place to ensure that we can continue to support the most vulnerable residents in the borough.

Changes to services

Over the next few weeks or months, we may not be able to do everything that we usually do, we may need to alter or cancel some services, and others may be slower.  This is so that we can prioritise those services that support our most vulnerable residents. Please bear with us.

 We want to make sure that those most in need can reach us. If you are concerned about yourself or a vulnerable family member, friend or neighbour, please visit this link for more information

 Helping vulnerable people is what we do on a daily basis and we are preparing for that work to expand considerably.

Helping each other

Throughout this difficult and uncertain time, I am proud that the people of Sefton have come together to support their friends and neighbours, and I have been heartened by the number of people coming forward to volunteer their time and energy to help their communities.

 Being good neighbours is one of the best things we can do to help each other.  It is really important that we are looking out for our neighbours and thinking about the community we live in.

 We will support and encourage the huge community spirit that exists across Sefton to ensure people who want to volunteer can do so through established charities and organisations. We are working closely with voluntary organisations to explore the best way to do this and will announce the details of how to get involved shortly.

Support for Local businesses

We recognise that we are a borough of small local businesses who may be struggling right now. The council is looking to see what part it can play to support our local economy.

 The Government have announced a number of measures to support businesses during the Covid-19 crisis.  As of yet we have not received information on how these grants or loans will be administered, but we are working closely with our partners at the Liverpool City Region Growth Platform to ensure that as soon as this information becomes available, we can help and support local businesses.

Advice and guidance

The Sefton Council website is updated regularly with community information, and changes to council services.  Our website also lists all the support available for residents who may be experiencing hardship.  For example, Discretionary Housing Payments may be available to top-up housing-related benefit for a limited time to cover housing costs such as rent, and if you’re experiencing exceptional hardship you may be able to claim a discretionary reduction in Council Tax.

Please follow Government advice to stop spreading the virus

This is a rapidly changing situation and the Government guidance is changing daily.

 New national guidance means everyone should be minimising their social contact, reducing unnecessary travel and staying at home if you, or anyone in your household, has any symptoms.

 Please follow the daily guidance coming from the government and take extra care if you are over 70, if you are pregnant or have underlying health conditions: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Residents are also advised to work from home when possible, avoid any unnecessary travel and social interactions, as well as going to pubs, cinemas, theatres or clubs.

What to do if you feel unwell

If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy, or hospital. Visit the NHS Website for further information.

All residents are encouraged to take the following steps to avoid catching and spreading the virus:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue if you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues into the bin immediately
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands when you arrive into work and return home
  • Try to avoid close contact with unwell people

Your local ward councillors will help wherever we can.  All councillor contact details are available on the Sefton Council website

Take care of yourselves, and please do look in on your neighbours.  

Cllr Ian Maher

Leader of Sefton Council

Nightingale Song Update

Considering the latest government COVID-19 advice, A Nightingale’s Song will take place as originally planned.

 As a precautionary matter, event organisers were waiting on updated government guidance and can now confirm the three-night light spectacular as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year will go ahead.

 The three outdoor shows, from March 13-15 at Waterloo and Bootle Town Halls and The Atkinson, Southport, will still take place from 8pm each evening. People are asked to get there early and use public transport if possible.

 Anyone planning to attend the shows should continue to take steps to reduce the spread of germs by catching your sneezes in a tissue, binning used tissues, then washing/sanitising your hands.

  Following national guidance, anyone with a cough or a fever is asked to not attend any of the events and to self-isolate for 7 days.

 Sefton Council continues to reassure residents that they are working closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus.”

 Residents can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and updates regarding COVID-19 at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Sefton school chef crowned LACA School Chef of the Year 2020

 

We are absolutely delighted with the news that one of Sefton’s amazing School Chefs, Holly Charnock  has won this year’s national SCOTY title, for her two-course meal, which was presented at Stratford-upon-Avon College, in Warwickshire.

 The LACA organised competition sponsored by McDougalls is a chance for school chefs to showcase their professional skills, in front of a panel of judges. Ten regional champions and two additional ‘wild cards’, battled against one another for the title.

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Sefton School Chef gets to the LACA School Chef of the Year Final 2020

One of Sefton’s very own School Chefs has cooked up a storm, making it to the final of School Chef of the Year 2020, organised by LACA – The School Food People.

The prestigious LACA award gives an excellent opportunity to recognise the talents of school chefs and promotes the amazing skills which lie within education catering.

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Free cancer support event taking place in Southport

Local people in Southport who have been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, are invited to an upcoming ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’. The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is holding the event on Thursday March 19 from 2pm-4:30pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport.

 The event aims to support people following a cancer diagnosis by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally, as well as healthy living activities. The event is free and friendly, on the day there will be around 40 local organisations, clinical nurse specialists and representatives from local support groups – all available to offer their expertise and help.

 Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and clinical cancer lead for NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“These events are ideal for people to come and meet others who have had a similar experience. We have had great feedback from previous events and many people who attended have gone on to join one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group. These are a great way to meet people and get out and about during or after treatment.”

 As usual the wonderful Singing Group will be opening the event. There will also be Volunteers from Sefton OPERA offering free complementary therapy tasters and there will be a healthy food demonstration.

 During the event there will be a breakout session which will cover the HOPE course, the centre volunteer counselling service and mindfulness. The HOPE course is a 6-week course aimed at helping people get their lives back on track following a cancer diagnosis. There will then be the opportunity to discover for yourself what mindfulness is all about.

 Tanya Mulvey the Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager said: “The feedback we get from these events is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or people from support groups.

“Many people who come to the centre, or one of our events, have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.”

 Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome. The event runs from 2pm – 4.30pm and refreshments are provided.

To book, please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net

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