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Give what you can this December in Sefton

 Sefton’s successful Year of Friendship is drawing to a close and we’re excited to announce that the final theme for December is ‘Giving’.

For many people in Sefton, the festive period can be especially difficult so we want to encourage as many people as possible to do what they can to offer a token of friendship whether it’s by donating to a foodbank, supporting the Mayors Toy Appeal or even joining in on Sefton 4 Good’s Christmas Jumper Day.

There are lots of collections and awareness days taking place throughout December and there are opportunities to get involved in lots of different things across the borough. Local people are encouraged to give what they can, even if it’s just signposting someone to a helpful group or service.

Here are a few of the things you can support this month across Sefton:

Sefton 4 Good’s Christmas Jumper Day

Sefton 4 Good is encouraging people from a across to Sefton to wear a Christmas Jumper to work on Friday, 13 December.

Donations are welcomed and all funds raised will support the Sefton 4 Good Grant Pot which helps local causes in Sefton.

To donate to Sefton 4 Good you can text ‘SEFTON’ followed by the amount to 70085.

The Mayor’s Toy Appeal

You can make Christmas extra special for some of Sefton’s vulnerable children by getting behind the Mayor’s Christmas Toy appeal.

New gifts unwrapped for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle, Maghull or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Wednesday, 18 December. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children.

All presents will then be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor.

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 07837863075.

Sefton Food Bank Network- Reverse Advent Calendar

Residents are encouraged to support Sefton’s Food banks this festive period and this year Sefton food banks have launched a Reverse Advent Calendar which encourages more people to give, rather than receive, this Christmas.

The calendar gives a suggested donation for each day of the Advent and includes essential items like tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, instant mash and tinned fruit as well as toiletries and Christmas items like chocolate, nuts, stuffing and gravy.

Your help needed to keep antibiotics working

Sefton residents are being asked to play their part in this year’s Public Health England’s (PHE) ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign this winter and all year round by ensuring they use antibiotics correctly and understand when they are not required.

Healthcare professionals at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are teaming up with Sefton Council to support the campaign, which launched on 5 November 2019.

Antibiotics are medicines that treat bacterial infections by killing or preventing the spread of that infection. They are only prescribed when: 

  • The condition is unlikely to clear up without them
  • The infection could spread to others
  • Antibiotics could significantly speed up recovery
  • The illness is serious.

Antibiotics are not prescribed for viral infections such as colds or flu because they are not effective in fighting these types of illnesses. Viral infections can be treated with a combination of self-care and over the counter medicines. 

Susanne Lynch, a pharmacist and head of the medicines management team at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “We’ve done a lot of work already to explain to people that antibiotics are not always the answer but this campaign will hopefully add to this, helping GPs and pharmacists spread the word more and remind people about the risks of taking antibiotics when it’s not necessary.

“We need to preserve antibiotics for when we really need them and we are calling on the public to join us in tackling antibiotic resistance by listening to your GP, pharmacist or nurse’s advice and only take antibiotics when necessary. Taking antibiotics just in case may seem like a harmless act, but it can have negative consequences for you and your family’s health in the future.”  

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health, Sefton Council added: “It is really important that you use antibiotics properly to keep yourself well this winter. Always make sure that your antibiotics have been prescribed to you, that you are taking the recommended dose and that they are in-date.” 

If you have any questions about any of your antibiotic prescriptions, you should visit your local pharmacist. They will be able to answer any questions you have and give you advice. 

If you believe that you have a bacterial infection, it is recommended to call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacist for advice.  

Lighting Sefton RED this World AIDS Day

Bootle Town Hall is set to be bathed in red light this weekend (30 November- 1 December) to mark World AIDS Day.

The Town Hall will join landmarks from across the City Region in lighting up red to raise awareness of HIV and AIDs as part of a campaign by Sahir House, a Merseyside-based charity that provides care, support and practical assistance to people living with HIV, their partners, carers and dependants. The charity is also dedicated to improving public education about the effects of HIV.

Matthew Ashton, Sefton’s Director of Public Health, said: “We want to send out a positive message that as a community we can challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV and acknowledge the progress around treatment and prevention.

“World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.”

Sefton Sexual Health offers free HIV testing as well as advice and support to anyone who is concerned or affected by HIV. Find out more online at https://www.seftonsexualhealth.nhs.uk/

Special awards night celebrates Sefton’s green volunteers

Sefton’s green fingered volunteers have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at a special awards evening in the borough.

Sefton Council’s Green Sefton team welcomed 29 volunteer groups to St Luke’s Church, Crosby to celebrate their continued efforts to maintain and improve a huge number of parks, community greenspaces and coastal areas across Sefton.

Each group was presented an award as a token of thanks by Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr June Burns and Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, Dwayne Johnson.

 The attendees included ‘Friends of’ groups, In Bloom Volunteers, community action groups and other community organisations.

Mark Shaw, Green Sefton’s Service Manager, said: “Thanks to our dedicated volunteers our parks, greenspaces and coastal areas continue to be clean, green and beautiful. They are true friends and advocates of Sefton and we have seen this highlighted time and time again especially during our Year of Friendship.

“Events like this are so important to help us to celebrate and honour the very special people who volunteer their time to help make Sefton a better place. We thank them every day for their hard work and dedication, we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

For more information about Green Sefton, or for details on how to get involved in a whole host of volunteering activities, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/greensefton.

Merseyrail launches cheaper travel option with Merseyrail Only Railpass

A new Merseyrail Only Railpass has been launched covering the Northern and Wirral lines – offering a significant saving to thousands of customers across the Liverpool City Region.

The new pass will offer passengers unlimited travel with weekly, monthly and annual options available – saving the need to queue for a ticket each day.

This brand new ticket offer enables passengers travelling on the Northern and Wirral lines to pay less for the same journey.

The traditional Railpass ticket will still be available to those wishing to travel on the City line.

Passengers only pay for the zones and areas they travel in, so if they don’t travel on the City line, the Merseyrail Only Railpass works out five per cent cheaper than the existing traditional Railpass. 

Getting a Merseyrail Only Railpass is easy – all passengers need to do is download and complete an application form on the Merseyrail website and take it to any staffed station along with a passport-size photo and some form of identification.

Merseyrail also offers a Young Person’s Merseyrail Only Railpass for those 18 and under.

The Railpass Calculator on the Merseyrail website is available for passengers to quickly check how much money they could save compared to buying daily tickets.

Full prices can be found here.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “Through speaking to our passengers we identified an opportunity to offer an alternative Railpass ticket option for those only using our Northern and Wirral lines.

“We are committed to offering the best price for our passengers alongside the most reliable and punctual service in the country, and this new season ticket is another way of helping us to achieve this.”

The pass will be available to buy from any staffed Merseyrail station from Wednesday 27 November.

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