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Show Your Support and Take a Road Safety Pledge

Sefton Council are joining with Merseyside Road Safety Partnership to ask Sefton residents to show their support and take The Pledge.

As part of their on-going commitment to reducing the number of deaths on our roads, Merseyside Road Safety Partnership are asking everyone to join in and ‘take the pledge’ to be safer and more responsible road users. Whether you’re a driver, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian, we all must share the responsibility and do our bit to make our roads safer.

By signing up to the campaign residents will receive support in the form of tips and advice on how to maximise road safety efforts. all year round. They will also be updated with the latest initiatives, engineering solutions and enforcement activities as the Merseyside Road Safety partnership continues to work towards fewer road deaths each year.

By signing up, individuals will show that they are prepared to put the safety of themselves and others first and that when they undertake a journey, they do so with consideration and respect for everyone.

To sign The Pledge, and to read more about the work Merseyside Road Safety Partnership does, visit

The Pledge

I will:

  • Consider the safety of others when I drive, walk or cycle
  • Drive at an appropriate speed (often slower than the speed limit) on the roads of Merseyside
  • Respect the presence of other, more vulnerable road users
  • Maintain a high driving standard to influence how others use the roads
  • Carry out regular checks on my vehicle, including tyres to ensure that my vehicle is safe and roadworthy
  • Through my actions, I will support the aims of the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership in making our roads safer for me, my family and others and reducing road casualties

Merseyside Collective Switch members save £300 a year on energy bills

In the last collective switching round, members of the Merseyside Collective Switch saved an average of £300 a year by switching to a better energy tariff.

 The Merseyside Collective Switch has been running since 2013, and is one of the longest running Local Authority Collective Switches in the country. Together, we’ve helped local people save over £1.5 million on their energy bills.

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In support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March, health leaders at NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging local women to learn the key symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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National Apprenticeship Week at Sefton Council

Across the UK employers and apprentices alike will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (February 3 –9).  

Sefton Council is proud to be taking part and helping dispel the myths as well as stereotypes surrounding Apprenticeships. 

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is Look Beyond. The aim is to encourage everyone to look beyond the outdated stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships whilst celebrating the diversity of opportunity and value that they bring. Sefton Council will be highlighting a few apprentices on the Council’s Instagram and Facebook Story features, to show the value that we as an organisation place on apprentices!  

An apprenticeship can unlock fantastic long-term career options across a diverse range of roles and industries. Apprentices can be any age, a new employee or a current employee looking to retrain. 

Another misconception about apprenticeships is that apprentices are ‘just employed to make the tea’. Today’s apprentices are making impact, not tea!  

The game has changed. Every day, right now, thousands of businesses and apprentices are succeeding together. Apprentices get a win-win – real work, in a real company, training to get the skills companies really want, with the bonus of a guaranteed salary.  

Employers get to see a fresh injection of talent, keen, inquisitive and bursting with new ideas. Engineering, business administration, agriculture, digital marketing– if you can think of it, there’s probably an apprenticeship available.  

So, whoever you are, whatever your background – your new career could be out there. What are you waiting for?,-training-and-volunteering/apprenticeships.aspx 

Young Carers Awareness Day in Sefton

On Thursday 30 January – Young Carers Awareness Day – Sefton Carers Centre will be celebrating its work identifying and supporting young carers, alongside schools and colleges in Sefton.

The Sefton Young Carers Team (from left to right: Eve Bicker, Michelle Spencer and Ruth Kinahan)

The Sefton Young Carers Team will be spending the day speaking to students at Southport College and Hugh Baird College, as well as highlighting their work with primary and secondary schools across the borough.

Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.

Through the Count Me In! campaign Carers Trust is calling on compulsory education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve.

Vicky Keeley, CEO of Sefton Carers Centre, said: “Our Sefton Young Carers Team are encouraging schools and colleges in Sefton to ensure that young carers are properly identified and supported so that their education does not suffer because of their caring role at home.”

“Through programmes such as Young Carers in Schools we can give staff the tools to support young people and help make sure that all young carers in Sefton are given the best chance to succeed.”

In addition to their work with education providers the Sefton Young Carers Team also run groups to support young carers after school and organise fun activity breaks during the school holidays – a time when young carers can be at their most isolated.

To find out more about all of the free support services that Sefton Carers Centre provides please visit or call 0151 288 6060, Monday – Friday (9.00am – 4.30pm). Sefton Carers Centre is a registered charity in England and Wales No. 312443.

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