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Your vote matters, don’t lose it

The 2017 General Election saw a huge increase in voter turnout, both nationally and locally.

Following these gains, Sefton Council is again contacting local residents to make sure they do not lose their vote.

All households in Sefton have been sent an Electoral Registration Form for them to provide up-to-date information of who is living at the property.

This will ensure their information is correct on the electoral register.

¬†Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said:¬†“The reason this form is so important as¬†not only does it make sure¬†people can vote in local and national elections, but it also gives them the opportunity to register to vote for the first time.

“In particular, those who have changed address or students living at more than one address may have quite¬†a shock when it comes to voting.

“Even if they have registered already, their vote is invalid if new details have not been provided.”

Jill Coule, Head of Regulation and Compliance at Sefton Council, added: “I urge everyone who sees this form to read it carefully and respond to it.

“Even if your details have not changed, if you do not confirm this within three years, you will automatically be removed from the register and lose your right to vote.

“If there has been no change in your circumstances, it is as straightforward as making a phone call or sending a text.

“You should also return an updated form if the previous occupier is registered to the address or if the property is empty”

To update the register with any changes, residents should visit Sefton’s household response website with the ¬†with the code provided on their form, or sign and post the form to the address provided. Visit our friends site and buy narrative essays online

If there are no changes in circumstances, residents can call freephone on 0800 197 9871 or text their security code to 80212.

If no form has been received, residents should contact Electoral Services at Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or by email

Walk a mile in your shoes for MacMillan

Local residents are being asked to walk a mile in their shoes and raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.  MacMillan Mile Southport

Organised in partnership by The MacMillan Mile takes place 14 September, 6pm at Victoria Park in Southport, with anyone able to take part.

Participants can walk, jog or run the mile and entry is free, but you need to register first.

To find out more, please contact Active Lifestyles on 0151 934 2352.

 

 

 

Young leaders are Champions of mental health

 

Young people from Sefton and Liverpool are leading the way towards better mental health for them and their peers. 

Those age 13-18 years make up the Neurochampions Рa group who recently delivered an eight week mental health workshop to their peers with support from leading scientists, youth workers and researchers.  Young leaders tackle mental health

The workshops covered the full spectrum of well being and mental health support, taking a closer look at young people’s brains, emotions, wellness and behaviours.¬†

The group gained new experiences and skills in digital and traditional media, along the way learning practical production and digital skills to create their own videos, animations and more!

Each session drew on their own personal experiences and developed their confidence and leadership skills.

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

“The Neurochampions have helped young people from lots of different backgrounds to learn something about themselves.¬†

“The variety of those taking part reflects the way that mental health can affect us all. Working with experts and developing digital skills for their future has clearly given these young people aspirations, which I hope will lead to further success”¬†

Neurochampions is a programme that equips young people with the knowledge and skills  to become effective leaders in mental health. 

Abbie was one of Sefton’s young people who took part in the Neurochampions workshop:

To find out more about the work of the Neurochampions, visit their website. 

To find out more about services to support young people age 11-21 years in Sefton, visit the Sefton Youth website 

 

Young carers successful in new libraries pilot

Young carers from Southport recently took part in a unique pilot to help them meet challenges they face in their everyday lives. 

The initiative from Sefton Council’s library service and Sefton Carers Centre, will enable young carers with a love of reading to indulge their passion while learning new skills.¬†

Twelve girls from Greenbank High took part in the pilot at Formby Library, where they were introduced to the library service’s e-lending service, Borrowbox, so that they do not have to worry about fines for late returns, while being able to reserve many more book and audio book titles.¬†

Apprentices at Formby Library, who have developed their videography skills through the pioneering Chapters apprenticeship scheme with Sefton library service, passed on their knowledge in workshops they delivered to the young carers.

 Supporting the apprentices was Louisa, a  library assistant in Formby Library, who herself has been a young carer.  The workshop was a huge success, culminating in a young carers book review, which you can watch at: 

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities said:

“It is very heartening to see these young women grasp the opportunity presented to them with such aplomb. It is also pleasing to see our libraries and Sefton Carers Centre working together to make a real difference to young people’s lives.

“Sefton’s library service is consistently delivering new and innovative programmes tailored to our communities, helping them to tackle a wide range of issues, from social isolation to joblessness and much more besides”

“If you have not done so already, visit your local library. You will find they are vibrant places with a world of information, advice and help in a welcoming, fun environment.”

 

Andrea Watts, Head of Communities at Sefton Council said: 

“For many young carers, reading books can be about escapism when they cannot meet their peers outside of school. Introducing them to the e-lending service is such a simple but brilliant idea – I hope this is the start of something special.¬†

“Young carers juggle lots of different worries that can affect their mental well being, so we should not underestimate bringing the girls together for this pilot. It enabled them to socialise and have fun around their love of books and meeting apprentices and staff at the library.

“That their first book review was so composed and polished, is something that both they and the library apprentices should be very proud of.”

If you know a young carer who struggles due to their caring role, tell them about Sefton Carers Centre. You can contact Sefton Carers Centre on 0151 288 6060. You can also discover support for young carers by asking at your local library.  

Sefton to Love Parks for national celebration

Sefton Council is asking local residents join the rest of the UK and be part of 100 million visits to UK parks during Love Parks Week. 

 Love Parks Week takes place 14-23 July and is now in its eleventh year. It is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. The local authority is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to share why they love their local park. 

 Using #LoveParks, Sefton residents are being encouraged to take photos, videos or simply describe what they love about their parks while tagging the local authority on social media as they visit their parks. 

 Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future generations to enjoy. 

 In Sefton, the following parks and organisations will be taking part:  

¬†Southport –¬†Botanic Gardens Community Association; Lord Street IN Bloom Volunteers; Friends of Rotten Row and Friends of King‚Äôs Gardens (all Southport).¬†

 Crosby and Waterloo: Friends of Moorside Park, Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens.  

 Bootle: North Park, Friends of Derby Park and Orrell Mount 

Cllr. Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Well Being said: 
“In Sefton we have some of the best parks in the UK and we should rightly be proud of them. Unfortunately, we can take them for granted and not fully appreciate the fantastic resource we have that makes leisure time affordable for all of our residents whatever their background. It is great to see Love Parks Week come round again to urge us to celebrate and enjoy what we have.

“While it feels timely to celebrate our parks during the summer, I would urge local residents to beat a path to their local park throughout the year – they will be surprised at the sheer variety of activities they can enjoy, from park runs to open air cinemas and everything in-between.”¬†

 Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award manager said, 

¬†‚ÄúWe believe that everybody, wherever they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations.‚ÄĚ

 

To find out where your local park is in Sefton, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/parks 

 To tag Sefton Council in your #LoveParks posts use :@seftoncouncil (Twitter) / SeftonParks (Facebook) and @parksinsefton (Instagram).

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