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Sefton celebrating children and young people this September for the ‘Year of Friendship’

This month as part of the Year of Friendship campaign, Sefton Council will be focusing on children and young people and highlighting some of the amazing organisations and projects which give help and support to them.

Adjusting through teenage years can bring challenges, which may lead to a young person feeling that they don’t fit in or are misunderstood, which can be heightened by the pressures of social media. In 2017/18 Childline carried out 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness, a 14% rise on the previous year.

There are many groups and organisations across Sefton working to give young people a sense of identity and connection with others. These include 0-19 support in our Family Wellbeing Centres and targeted support from Sefton’s youth workers for young people who typically experience social isolation like those who identify as LGBTQ+.

Disabled young people can turn to Sefton’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service if they need additional support and guidance.

Each service provides opportunities for children and young people to share passions and experiences and in turn improve their health and wellbeing.

Another Sefton Council service being celebrated for the Year of Friendship is Be Active, which runs sessions every school holidays except for Christmas. The programme delivers a great range of activities to children aged 3-16 across Sefton, tackling isolation by helping children to keep active, have fun and make friends in a safe environment.

Activities range from all day camps for dance and multi-sport, to two-hour taster sessions including gymnastics, archery and fencing, and dodgeball, and pool parties at the swimming pools. Sessions take place at locations across the borough, including Litherland Sports Park, Dunes leisure centre, Meadows leisure centre, Crosby Lakeside, Crosby leisure centre and Netherton Activity centre.

The October programme will be available from the start of October. Find out more here.

For further information or to book any activities contact 0151 288 6286.

Business expert set to take up residency in The Atkinson to help drive local business growth

An Enterprise Hub business expert is set to take up a weekly residency at Southport Library, in The Atkinson, to help Sefton residents start and grow their new businesses.

This fully-funded business support is aimed at helping those in the Sefton area who are looking to start a business, or those who are looking to grow a new business which is under three years old.

Enterprise Hub is Liverpool City Region’s “one front door” access point for business support, offering clients a programme of 1-2-1 business support and advice, as well as access to training courses, to help develop their ideas and learn core business skills.

Enterprise expert Jacqueline Daley will be offering a number of 1-2-1 appointments every Thursday between 10am – 12pm at Southport Library in the iconic Atkinson building. Appointments should be pre-booked by those wishing to register onto the Enterprise Hub programme.

This support will help clients understand the process of starting or growing a business and to research and develop a business plan or growth strategy. Budding entrepreneurs will also be able to learn key skills to develop a sales and marketing strategy, as well as understanding the everyday practicalities of running a business and looking at ways of accessing finance.

The new outreach appointments will mean those with a business idea can receive support on their doorstep, without having to travel to Enterprise Hub’s Liverpool City Centre base.

Jackie Williams, Enterprise Hub Project Manager and Enterprise Director at Liverpool social enterprise The Women’s Organisation, says: “We’re delighted to be bringing Enterprise Hub straight to the Sefton community at Southport Library to give local people that all-important helping hand and confidence boost to pursue or develop a business dream.

“We would highly encourage anyone who is either sat on an idea they’d like to explore or has a new business that is ready to grow, to get in touch and see how we can help. The community here is always brimming with entrepreneurial spirit and ideas, so we’re excited to see what is in store!”

Vicki Rutland, at The Atkinson, says: “We are delighted to welcome the expertise of Enterprise Hub into The Atkinson and hope this new partnership will be of immense benefit to the residents of Sefton.”

The support and training is available fully-funded under the Enterprise Hub programme, which is receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Eligibility criteria does apply and Enterprise Hub support is available to men and women living in the Liverpool City Region, who have not yet registered with Companies House or HMRC, or any business under three years old in the Liverpool City Region.

Those who would like to take advantage of the drop-in at The Atkinson should pre-book by calling 0151 706 8113 or e-mailing to register for the programme.

Help keep your heart happy in Sefton this Know Your Numbers Week

Health experts in Sefton are urging local residents to find out if their heart is happy and get their blood pressure checked for free as part of Know Your Numbers! Week (September 9-15).

Shockingly, 30,000 people in Sefton have high blood pressure and don’t know, this puts them a higher risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.

Professional’s from Sefton Council, Living Well Sefton (LWS), NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together to encourage residents to know their numbers and help prevent heart attacks or a stroke so that they can live healthier for longer.

Throughout Know Your Numbers! Week, Living Well Sefton will be offering free blood pressure checks at the following locations:

  • Smokefree Sefton, Bootle Strand – Monday, 9 September, 10am-12pm
  • Southport Community Centre – Tuesday, 10 September, 10am-12pm
  • Feel Good Factory, Netherton – Wednesday, 11 September, 10am-12pm
  • Sefton Opera, Bootle – Wednesday, 11 September, 1pm-2.30pm 
  • Parenting 2000, Mornington Road, Southport – Thursday, 12 September, 2pm-4pm
  • Strand by Me, Bootle Strand, – Friday, 13 September, 10am-12pm

Living Well Sefton will also be offering mini health checks, including a blood pressure test, at Strand by Me in Bootle, Thursday, 12 September, 10am-12pm.

Many key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and not taking enough exercise. High blood pressure is also more likely in older people, if it runs in your family and if you are of African, Caribbean or South-Asian descent.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is so important to keep on top of your health and so I am urging Sefton residents to take this opportunity to get your blood pressure checked for free.

“High blood pressure is a largely preventable and treatable condition but contributes to the leading causes of death. Having your blood pressure checked is an important step to knowing and reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Karen Nolan, Living Well Sefton programme manager, added: “We are happy to be part of Know Your Numbers! Week and can support local people to make minor lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to their blood pressure.

“The Know Your Numbers campaign is a great way to raise awareness of keeping track of your blood pressure but we want to let residents know Living Well can offer support all year round.”

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Many pharmacies across Sefton will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and some will measure your blood pressure accurately.

“A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use an appropriate and recommended home testing machine.”

To find your nearest pressure station online visit: 

Musical Bingo set to raise money to support socially isolated

A series of musical bingo nights are set to take place in Maghull to help raise money that will support socially isolated residents across Sefton.

The fundraising events have been planned by former day centre manager Michelle Rossiter who launched a not-for-profit company looking after vulnerable adults in her own home.

Home from Home-Sefton provides personalised care for the socially isolated. This can include people who are lonely, those living with depression or anxiety, and those unable to access their community unaided due to lack of confidence, recent or long-term illness, or reduced mobility.

The musical bingo nights will be held on the first Thursday of every month at the Maghull Community Association (MCA), doors opening at 7.30pm. Admission is £5 which includes the first game and nibbles, or £8 to play all games and quizzes throughout the evening.

Michelle said: “Our first event at the MCA in Maghull, was a huge success. Everybody had a great laugh and a fabulous night, and it raised £350.

The next event will be on Thursday, 5 September when there will be a 70’s disco theme.”

Upcoming events will take place at the MCA on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 3 October
  • Thursday, 7 November
  • Thursday, 5 December

 Michelle spent £5,000 adapting her home to accommodate the company and has the support of partner Dave, and mum Kath.

Home from Home has seen the number of people it cares for grow and Michelle says they are looking for volunteers to help out with activities and fundraising.

To contact Michelle email or phone 07713 444991.

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

Health commissioners in Sefton are inviting local residents with an interest in their work to come along to their next governing body meetings.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so that people can listen to the discussions and the decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums. 

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “As always, members of the public are encouraged to attend our governing body meetings. At these meetings you will be able to listen to us make decisions and will learn about the developments happening in the area.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Attending one of our governing body meetings is a good way to find out about the work that’s been happening in Sefton over the past couple of months and to learn about our plans for the future.

“The decisions we make at these meetings have an impact on the whole community, that’s why everyone is encouraged to attend.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 September at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.  

NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Thursday 5 September at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand. 

Attendees have the chance to ask questions shortly before the meeting formally starts. To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456. 

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