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Next of Kin appeal – Barry Stott

We are appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of a man who died in Southport.

Barry Stott, 70, was found deceased at his home address in Park Road on 3rd October 2019.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone who knows of Mr Stott’s next of kin or can help is asked to contact Coroner’s Investigation Officer Liam Moss on 0151 777 3752 or by emailing Liam.moss@merseyside.police.uk

Next of kin: Ian Cook

Officers are appealing of behalf of the coroner’s office to trace the next of kin of 67 year old Ian Cook.

Mr Cook sadly passed away at his home address on Knowsley Road, Southport on 27th September. 

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone that knows Mr Cook, his family members or next of kin should contact Coroners Investigation Officer on 01517773481 or email Albert.Howard-Murphy@merseyside.police.uk.

Speak up this World Mental Health Day

sefton in mindIn conjunction with World Mental Health Day on 10 October, health experts in Sefton are encouraging people to look after themselves and open up about any issues they may be dealing with.

Most people will confront some sort of mental health difficulty in their lifetime. The state of your mental health can be affected by factors such as drugs and alcohol, work-related stress and grief – among other things.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We need to look after our mental health just like our physical health. It’s really important that you speak to someone if you notice a change in your mental health or a change in someone else such as feeling or acting more stressed, being unhappy or disengaged. “

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “Sharing how you are feeling by speaking to a friend or family member can help you to feel better. Activities such as meditation, exercise and breathing techniques have also been shown to enhance your mental health. There are also local services that can help you should you feel you need more support.”

People in Sefton have access to a number of resources including Access Sefton, a service that provides guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling for anyone aged 16 and over.

Ryan Forrest at Access Sefton added: “World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague to ask them how they’re feeling. Opening up the conversation around mental health will encourage those around you to be more aware of how they’re feeling and reach out for support.”

Patients looking for support can refer themselves to Access Sefton. You can contact them directly by telephoning 0300 303 2708 or visiting www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton. You can also ask your GP practice for information.

For young people aged 11 to 18 years old there is a free online service called Kooth which offers self help materials and a safe online community 365 days a year. This can be accessed at www.kooth.com  

In extreme circumstances, people will experience a mental health crisis. This often means that you no longer feel able to cope or feel in control of your situation. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, can’t cope with day-to-day life or work, think about suicide or self-harm, or experience hallucinations and hear voices.

In these cases, you should contact NHS 111 for help.

To find out more about the help available for anyone struggling with their mental health, visit the NHS website

Seven Sefton schools make the Educate Awards 2019 shortlist

Seven schools from Sefton have been shortlisted for this year’s Educate Awards!

From inspiring teachers, dedicated support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognises the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is in its eighth year and is the largest education awards in the North West.

With 21 categories in total, the following Sefton schools have been shortlisted:

  • Bedford Primary School for the Eco School Project of the Year and Outstanding Arts in a Primary School
  • Formby High School for Mental Health & Wellbeing Award and Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School
  • Hillside High School for Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School
  • Netherton Moss Primary School for the Most Inspirational Primary School
  • St Oswald’s CE Primary School for the Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • St Thomas CE Primary School’s Katherine Lockley for the School Support Star of the Year
  • Valewood Primary School for the Most Inspirational Primary School

Since launching in Liverpool in 2012, the awards has grown rapidly, now recognising schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

A new category has also been introduced this year, recognising schools’ commitment to mental wellbeing. The Mental Health & Wellbeing Award will be awarded to a school with a strong commitment to promoting social and emotional wellbeing, mental health and wellness.

This difficult task of shortlisting the entries fell upon the esteemed judging panel which includes Michelle Dow, managing director of All About STEM; James Tartt, Merseyside track athlete and architect; Councillor Gary Millar, assistant mayor & mayoral lead for business & international trade; Chris Walker, regional managing editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales; Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive of Knowsley Chamber; Andrew Pimbley of Wirral’s Claremont Farm; Sue Cronin, head of teacher education at Liverpool Hope University, Suzanne Ramsey former partnership manager at Liverpool School Sports Partnership and Allan Williams, learning manager at Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “Congratulations to the Sefton schools shortlisted for the Educate Awards 2019!

“Every year, the judges’ job gets harder as the entries from schools get better. Whether it is the arts, careers, sport or their commitment to mental health and wellbeing, we aim to recognise all areas of education and shine a spotlight on all the hard work that goes on in schools and colleges each academic year.

“We look forward celebrating with all the finalists and winners on the 15 November.”

The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 15 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

Associate sponsors include: All About STEM, Angel Solutions, CER, CPMM Media Group, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust, Liverpool Learning Partnership, LSSP, Progress To Excellence Group, Satis Education, School Improvement Liverpool, Signature Living and Winstanley College.

Metro Mayor calls for ‘revolution’ in walking and cycling across Liverpool City Region as he confirms investment for new foot and bike routes

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has said that he wants to see an ‘active travel revolution’ in the Liverpool City Region over the next ten years, and called on people to leave their cars at home in favour of taking more short journeys by foot or bike.

Outlining his city region-wide vision for active travel – a catch-all term for walking and cycling – the Metro Mayor said that it would improve air quality by reducing emissions, have a positive impact on health and wellbeing and help to boost the regional economy.

The long-term plan for cycling and walking infrastructure in the Liverpool City Region will be presented for approval at today’s Combined Authority meeting. The strategy details plans first announced last year for 600km of new and upgraded foot and bike paths across all six local authority areas – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral.

More than £16m in funding has already been committed to the first seven key routes, with construction set to begin next year.

The network of foot and cycle paths will be linked to the wider transport network including buses, Mersey Ferries and the new trains arriving on the Merseyrail network from 2020 which offer level access and more storage space for bikes.

The Liverpool City Region has set a target to become zero carbon by 2040, with schemes to support walking and cycling initiatives having already cut carbon emissions in the city region by 1600 tonnes per year – equivalent to taking 350 cars off the road.

Research also shows that active travel can help improve people’s health and wellbeing. Regular walking and cycling reduces the risk of conditions like heart disease or stroke by 1/3, potentially saving the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds over the next decade.

Jean Hunt, walking and cycling lead for Sefton Council said: “We really welcome the Metro Mayor’s call for an active travel revolution and are excited to be part of helping deliver it.

“Getting more people to take journeys by walking and cycling will be hugely positive, not only for air quality and the environment but also for people’s health and wellbeing, with research showing that people who cycle regularly can have the fitness levels of someone ten years younger.

“The important thing is that you don’t have to have done much walking or cycling in the past to take it up – it really is something that you can pick up any age and any experience level. In Sefton we work with the Combined Authority and other partners on projects to encourage active travel – from cycling groups to organised group walks.”

The push for more walking and cycling in the Liverpool City Region is also expected to help deliver on the Metro Mayor’s plans to revitalise regional town centres, with evidence indicating that improved walking and cycling facilities can dramatically increase high street footfall and boost retail spending by 30%.

Mayor Rotheram said: “We are living through a climate emergency – and it is our duty to leave a cleaner planet for future generations, but we need to work together to achieve this. That’s why I’m calling for an active travel revolution in our city region.

Building and improving our network of walking and cycling routes to make them safer and easier to use is vital, but we also need to make sure they’re part of our plans for a fully integrated local transport network.

But it’s not only about building infrastructure – we need a cultural shift so that people think about walking and cycling as a genuine alternative to the car. That’s why we’re driving forward with schemes to help people to travel by bike or foot, regardless of their background.

I’ve been pushing for more devolution and funding for rail in the North, but active travel could be just as important in the development of our city region – and it’s something we can step up and deliver without having to wait for Westminster.”

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