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Share your stories to promote positive mental health

sefton in mindSefton Council is preparing to launch this year’s 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign and is calling upon community groups, individuals and organisations in Sefton to get in touch and share stories about where and when they spend their time to find friendship and support.

Now in its third year, 30 Days of Sefton in Mind uses the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Day (10 October) to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Sefton’s Year of Friendship will link in closely with this year’s theme for 30 Days of Sefton in Mind which will look to promote supportive communitiesand help people make new friends. This could be a 5 a-side football team, an LGBT support group or a gardening club. The Council wants to hear about any sports teams, coffee mornings, support groups and other activities that help bring people in Sefton together. 

To get involved in this year’s campaign tell the Council about your experience or groups and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil using the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind or alternatively email communications@sefton.gov.uk by Friday, 30 August.  Tell us about the group or activity, where and when it happens, how it helps and how to access it.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign continues to go from strength to strength and is an invaluable way for us to promote positive mental health in Sefton.

“Loneliness and social isolation is known to have a detrimental effect on mental health so by promoting groups and activities that bring Sefton residents together we hope that we can help people make new friends and feel less lonely especially during the Year of Friendship.”

Last year, the campaign celebrated the places in Sefton people went to promote their mental health. Submissions from residents were used to create Sefton’s Positive Mental Health Map that can be viewed online atwww.mysefton.co.uk/

The Council encouraged residents to share their favourite places in the borough for their mental health and these submissions helped to shape a positive mental health map that can be viewed online atwww.mysefton.co.uk/PositiveMentalHealthMap.  

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.

Next of Kin: John Feely

Merseyside Police are appealing to trace the next of kin of a man who passed away from the Lydiate area.

John Feely, 70 sadly died at his home address in Nedens Grove, Lydiate on Tuesday 6th August.

His death is not being treated at suspicious.

If you knew John, his family or friends and could help us, please contact Coroner’s Office on 0151 777 1921 or HM Coroner’s Office on 0151 934 2746. 

Appeal after woman dies following incident in Maghull

An investigation is underway after an elderly woman fell and died following an arson attack on a car at an adjoining property in Maghull in the early hours of today (Monday 5 August 2019).

Just after 1am a report was received to say a black Land Rover Discovery car had been set on fire on Highgate Road by two men, who used fireworks to ignite the vehicle.

It is believed the offenders then returned to a car parked in nearby Oakhill Road and made off from the area.

Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended. The neighbouring property was affected by the smoke, and due to fears the fire could spread the two elderly occupants were advised to evacuate their home as a precaution while the fire was extinguished.

During the incident one of the residents evacuated, a woman in her 80s, fell and sustained a head injury. She was taken to hospital for treatment but sadly died this morning.

Her next of kin have been informed and are receiving support from specialist officers.

Police remain at the scene where forensic examinations are continuing. CCTV opportunities are being explored in the area and potential witnesses have been spoken to.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “The actions of the people who set this car on fire are completely reckless, with no regard for the safety of people living nearby.

“The couple next-door should have been tucked up in bed, but instead as a result of the actions of the offenders, emergency services were left with no option but to wake them in the early hours of the morning to get them to safety.

“Sadly, the 86-year-old lady died several hours after the incident and her family are now having to come to terms with her sudden loss.

“We believe this was a targeted attack and I would appeal to anybody who has any information about those involved in this despicable incident to contact Merseyside Police as soon as possible so we can bring those responsible to justice.”

An investigation into the arson and the circumstances of the woman’s fall is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 51 of 5 August or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

Business expert set to take up residency at Formby Pool to help drive local business growth

An Enterprise Hub business expert is set to take up a weekly residency at Formby Pool 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 1-3pm at Formby Pool. 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 Formby Pool 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!”

Heather Davies, Community Development Officer, at Formby Pool, says: “At Formby Pool we are a hub at the heart of our community – a place to meet and come together – and so we are very excited to be able to offer yet more opportunities for local residents.

“These drop-in sessions with Enterprise Hub will offer budding entrepreneurs the chance to receive the support and guidance they need right on their doorstep. I hope that local residents will take advantage of this opportunity and that the support on offer will help to boost our thriving community here in 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 Formby Pool should pre-book by calling 0151 706 8113 or e-mailing enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk to register for the programme.

CCTV stills issued as concerns grow for missing Peter Kerevan

Merseyside Police has issued CCTV stills of missing 76-year-old Peter Kerevan as concerns grow for him.

Peter, who is 76 and from the Liverpool area was last seen at home at around 8.30am on Monday 29 July.

These CCTV images were captured that morning on Wango Lane, and show he was wearing a short-sleeved dark blue shirt and carrying a dark-coloured jacket or jumper. He was also reportedly wearing blue jeans and brown shoes when he was last seen.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall, of slim build with short grey hair and had stubble when last seen.

Police have received a number of reported sightings of Peter and are encouraging anyone else who may have seen him to contact officers.

Anyone who belives they may have seen Peter or someone who resembles his description should call 101, DM @MerPolCC or in an emergency, call 999.

 

 

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