Please follow & like us

Urgent request for PPE for Sefton’s frontline workers: COVID-19

An urgent call has gone out for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline key workers supporting the region’s most vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

Dedicated workers in Sefton are providing vital support to ensure people can continue to live independently in their homes or are providing more specialist care in care homes.

The equipment they need to protect not just themselves but the people they care for is running lower with each day and the health and social care sector in the borough is struggling to get essentials like masks, disposable gloves and aprons as quickly as it is needed due to the huge surge in demand.

This has led to the call for help from businesses and community groups to help.

Supporting the call, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:

“Our key workers in local authorities, the fire and police services and public transport are on the frontline in tackling coronavirus, often supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“We have a responsibility to protect these staff, and the vulnerable people they support, with the right PPE, but this is now in dangerously short supply across the region.

“That is why we are taking this unprecedented step to ask businesses and community organisations if they can help with any supplies of PPE – either by donating any supplies they can spare or on a commercial basis.”

Businesses who may be able help include:

· Dentists

· Vets

· Hazardous industries (e.g. asbestos removal)

· Health and beauty

Examples of the most in-demand products include:

· Hand sanitiser (at least 70 per cent alcohol based)

· Disposable gloves (vinyl – powder free)

· Disposable aprons

· Protective face masks (IIR, FFP2 or FFP3)

· Protective eye goggles/glasses and over spectacle glasses

All products must not have reached their end of use date and payment can be arranged, where necessary, for any suitable products put forward. Sefton Council will arrange for collection of any equipment.

Attached is a spreadsheet with details of products required. If you are able to provide any of the products required, in however small a quantity, please complete the details and return the spreadsheet by email to sarah.townley@sefton.gov.uk or eleanor.Moulton@sefton.gov.uk

PPE required products spreadsheet

Merseyside Police offer ‘silent solution’ for domestic abuse victims during COVID19 outbreak

Merseyside Police and Sefton Council have reiterated their commitment to keeping all residents safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

As households follow the national isolation guidelines at this time vulnerable people in our communities may be concerned about the prospect of remaining at home, particularly victims of domestic abuse.

The emergency 999 system allows for people who are not free to speak to either make a noise or press 55. This alerts the operator to the fact that you need help, and they can then connect to the police.

Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs, from Protecting Vulnerable People, said: “There is no suggestion that there has been a rise in the number of calls in relation to domestic abuse on Merseyside but we aware that we are currently in unprecedented and challenging times and that people may feel particularly concerned about the circumstances they currently find themselves in.

“We want to be able to relieve some of that concern by reassuring people that domestic abuse remains a priority for the Force and our specially trained officers will continue to be there for people to offer help and support and to investigate allegations of abuse thoroughly and professionally.

“We would always advise that if someone is in immediate danger they should dial 999 and speak to an operator but we also accept that in times such as this when households are self-isolating that openly speaking is not always an option.

“The Silent Solution is a service which means a vulnerable person can call 999 and alert us, without making a sound, that they need our help and we will respond.

“If they do not want to contact the police at this time then I would urge people not to remain quiet but to get support from other agencies or speak to friends and family about what is happening.”

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Our message to anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse could not be more clear.

“You are not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence – we are always here to offer help and support to anyone who needs it.

“Sefton are working with multiple partners including Merseyside Police and providers of domestic abuse support across Merseyside and we will continue to work togethe for anyone affected by domestic abuse.”

If you have any non-urgent information on domestic abuse – if you are a victim or believe someone you know is a victim – you can contact direct message @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or contact @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Further support can also be found at these national agencies:
Women’s Aid | womensaid.org.uk | 0808 200 0247 (24 hours) https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/
Refuge (includes information for men) | refuge.org.uk | 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 200 0247(24 hours)

Sefton residents urged to follow social distancing in borough’s green spaces

Residents across Sefton are being reminded to follow the Government guidelines when it comes to tackling the spread of the coronavirus.

The Government is urging people to stay at home, taking the strain off the NHS and helping to save lives.

The most recent guidance from Government is:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Although Sefton’s parks, coast and other outdoor spaces are still accessible to people, some visitors are failing to follow social distancing guidelines, often congregating in large groups and in close proximity to each other.

Sefton Council is urging people to adhere to the Government guidelines to help tackle the spread of the coronavirus.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “People can still visit our beautiful open spaces to take their daily exercise if absolutely necessary, but it is imperative that everyone adheres to social distancing, does not congregate in groups and maintains at least two metres distance from others. At this time people should only really be visiting parks, greenspaces and coastal areas local to their home and avoid unnecessary travel. The most important action we can all take at this time is to follow the Government’s advice in order to protect the NHS and save lives.”

As a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, Green Sefton has made a number of changes to the services they deliver in managing the borough’s outdoor spaces:

  • All play areas and outdoor gyms have been closed
  • All coastal car parks have been closed
  • All public toilets have been closed
  • Lifeguarding has been suspended at all beach sites

Green Sefton is also urging visitors to take rubbish and dog fouling home with them, as refuse collection and other maintenance will not be possible across all sites at this time.

Please continue to respect our staff by following social distancing advice.

Green Sefton and Sefton Council will be keeping visitors updated via web and social media channels.

If you see anything that requires attention in any of our green spaces, email greensefton@sefton.gov.uk. Green Sefton may not be able to commit as many resources to regular inspections during the COVID-19 outbreak, so visitors can play their part in helping us to maintain our green spaces.

 

Sefton Council suspends parking charges during COVID-19 outbreak

Sefton Council has temporarily suspended enforcement of parking charges in Council car parks and on-street pay and display areas, while making certain car parks available for use by key workers.

During this time Sefton Council will not be enforcing charges at Sefton MBC car parks or at On Street Pay & Display parking locations. In line with national guidance this also ensures temporarily free parking for NHS workers and social workers across the borough. Sefton have also designated a number of car parks for the use of social workers and they will be able to park without risk of enforcement.

The authority however is not responsible nor has any control over the operation of privately owned car parks.

Civil Enforcement Officers working for the authority will however continue to carry out enforcement of dangerous and obstructive parking to ensure that our highways remain safe and emergency services and NHS workers are able to quickly and safely move through the borough.

The Local Authority are following other councils across the country and adhering to Local Government Association Guidance, which recommends the enforcement activity focuses on incidents of obstructive or dangerous parking.

This includes yellow lines at junctions, loading restrictions and obstruction of dropped kerbs.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Civil Enforcement Officers will be following all guidance on social distancing and will be using vehicles rather than foot patrols to travel around the borough.

“These officers are providing a vital and much needed service to ensure our borough’s incredible emergency services and NHS staff are able to freely move throughout Sefton without obstruction.

“We know the vast majority of our residents will appreciate that this is an important service and that our operatives are simply doing their job.

“However we will not tolerate any abuse, either verbal, written or physical, towards officers who are simply carrying out their day to day duties. Moreover, we would not expect significant numbers using these car parks as the vast majority of our residents should be staying at home, in alignment with the national guidance”

More information about community services with have been affected by the COVID-19 situation can be found via www.sefton.gov.uk/communitycovid

 

 

Call for independent living equipment in Sefton to support efforts to tackle coronavirus

Residents across Sefton are being asked to take part in a community equipment amnesty and support the efforts to tackle the coronavirus.

Anyone who has been issued with no longer needed community aids and equipment are being asked to return it to help meet demand at this time.

This can be any equipment you may have been issued with in the past and no longer need, including walking frames and hospital beds.

Smaller items such as raised toilet seats are not currently in demand.

Residents are being asked to return equipment to Sefton Community Equipment Stores in Aintree.

This is so stocks can be replenished and re-issued to meet the expected increase in demand, as part of the ongoing commitment to ensure all residents living in Sefton have access to support and aids that they need to maintain independent living at home.

If you have any equipment that has been issued from Sefton Stores that is no longer being used, please ring the Stores to arrange a pick up from your home. Alternatively, you can return it to:

Sefton Community Equipment Stores

Unit 2C

Bechers Drive

Aintree Racecourse Retail & Business Park

Aintree

Liverpool

L9 5AY

 

Telephone: 0151 288 6208
Email: equipment.service@sefton.gov.uk

 

 

Search Box