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Sefton teams up with Knowsley for national celebration of fostering

Sefton and Knowsley Council are teaming up as part of an annual celebration of fostering, raising awareness to attract more would be foster carers.

Organised by national charity The Fostering Network, Foster Care Fortnight takes place May 14 – 27, with this year’s theme of ‘fostering transforms lives’.

Under the banner of #StayTogether, Sefton and Knowsley will be taking the ‘Fostering bus’ on the road to meet the public and give them all of the information they need to consider fostering, especially for sibling groups where there is the greatest need.

The ‘Fostering bus’ reaches Sefton on May 18, 9am-6pm at Aintree Shopping Park.

Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said:

“Fostering really can change a child’s life. Foster carers offer supportive, caring and firm foundations to our vulnerable children and young; it is a hugely rewarding role. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about fostering to jump aboard the fostering bus and find out more”

Sefton Council’s fostering teams will also deliver the latest instalment of their popular information evenings shortly after Foster Care Fortnight. The next session, which are free, non-ticket events, will take place June 5, 6.30-8.30pm at The Vincent Hotel in Southport.

To find out more about fostering in Sefton, visit www.seftonfostering.co.uk or call 0800 923 2777.

Aim for greater impact with new adoption support service

Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) recently commissioned After Adoption to deliver adoption support services across the region. 

Recognising the impact adoption has, After Adoption, with over 28 years’ experience of supporting to all parties affected by adoption, will offer a proactive and flexible service.

This will include support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families, including search services and counselling, and counselling for adopted adults seeking to access their records post adoption.

It will also provide information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their child adopted – helping them navigate the complexities of the adoption process through a combination of information and advice and face-to-face counselling. This approach aims to help them deal with grief and loss, explore their own life story as part of this, and negotiate and maintain appropriate levels of post adoption contact. For birth parents and relatives who want to reconnect with adopted children who have reached adulthood, there will also be the ability to access search and intermediary services.

Iain Moore, Head of Business Development at After Adoption, commented: “We are passionate about ensuring everyone affected by adoption can access the support they need, so are delighted to have won this contract. We are confident that our expertise in this area will ensure we deliver a high quality service and make a real difference.”

The full list of services to be offered on behalf of the Adoption in Merseyside includes:

  • Support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families
  • Information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their children adopted
  • Counselling for those seeking intermediary services
  • Counselling for those seeking to access their records post adoption
  • An intermediary service for birth relatives
  • Access to Letterbox to maintain contact agreements (delivered on behalf of Liverpool by After Adoption and internally for other local authorities).

The service will be available in the geographical area covered by the newly formed Adoption in Merseyside (AiM), a regional adoption agency covering Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral.

Jenny Ness, Head of Service for AiM commented: “We are delighted that AiM will be working in partnership with After Adoption. This is a new contract covering the city region and will ensure adopted adult’s, birth parents and birth relatives will receive the advice and support needed with a prompt and empathic approach.”

To find out more or make a referral, call the After Adoption action line on 0800 056 8578 or email actionline@afteradoption.org.uk

No Parking on Southport beach

Southport beach is temporarily closed to vehicles due to poor ground conditions.

This year, the combination of wet weather and estuary silt deposition has combined to create conditions where it is not currently safe to access and park within the normally defined area.

The beach is expected to reopen to vehicles for parking once drier conditions are in place and we will release details when this happens.

Residents and visitors are advised that there is alternative parking available locally and across Southport.

Sporting fun in Sefton parks during Easter holidays

The night’s alright for young people as Sefton’s parks come to life with sporting activity over the Easter holidays. 

Park Nights is a new programme from Active Sefton, giving young people aged 10-16yrs the chance to try new sporting activities for free in their local park.

Park Nights are taking place at:

  • Derby Park, Bootle, 6pm-8pm, March 26 (street golf and football)
  • Killen Green Park, Netherton, 5pm-7pm, March 27 (ultimate frisbee and fodgeball)
  • North Park, Bootle, 6pm-7.30pm, March 28 (zorb football)
  • Crosby Coastal Park, 6pm-8pm, March 29 (climbing wall and games)
  • Derby Park, 6pm-8pm, April 3 (street golf and football)
  • Derby Park, 5pm-7pm, April 4 (ultimate frisbee and dodgeball)
  • Marian Gardens, Netherton, 6pm-7.30pm, April 5 (zorb football)

For more information, contact the Active Sefton team on 0151 288 6286.

 

Young people in Sefton recognised at award ceremony

Young people from Sefton were recently recognised for their achievements as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. 

Over 500 young people were presented with their awards at an annual celebration event, which took place March 15 at the Floral Hall in Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Over 1,000 young people took part in the award over the last year, where they volunteered, learned new skills, enjoyed physical activity and a camping expedition.

Guests of honour at the prestigious ceremony included The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside Mark Blundell DL, The High Sheriff of Merseyside Stephen Burrows DL, and The Mayor of Sefton, Councillor David Robinson who presented the young participants with their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“It is fantastic to see young people in Sefton using their free time to improve themselves and their communities through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, especially during this, Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer. They have shown true commitment and endeavour to achieve their goals. They are a credit to Sefton and themselves.”

There are 35 registered Duke of Edinburgh Award’s centres in Sefton providing young people, aged 14 to 24yrs, with the opportunity to take part. For more information ask at your local youth club, school or community centre or call Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Support team on 0151 934 4899.

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