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Girlguiding in Birkdale needs you!

Girl Guides Birkdale District is looking for adults over the age of 18 to run Rainbows (age 5-7), Brownies (age 7-10) and Guides (age 10-14).

If you live in the Southport area and are interested in volunteering with young people, then you could be just right for the guides.

The right person will be willing to give up 1-2 hours per week to help girls reach their full potential in girlguiding by running meeting activities, helping out on trips and working towards badges.

There is a particular need for people who are willing to take on the responsibility of running a unit to help prevent the closure of units in the area.

There will be plenty of support from the district team and a great opportunity to complete a leadership qualification, learn new skills and have fun.

All leaders will need to supply two references and undertake a DBS check (paid for by girlguiding).

Girlguiding is a great way for young people to meet new friends and it’s groups like theses that the Council is keen to promote during Sefton’s #YearofFriendship. The work of volunteers is crucial to these activities and also presents opportunities for the adults taking part to meet new people and make make new friends themselves.

If you’re interested in getting involved or would like more information please contact girlguidingbirkdaledistrict@gmail.com

 

Diabetes programmes in Sefton gains accreditation

Programmes in Sefton that support people living with diabetes are the first in Merseyside to be recognised by a nationally respected institute in time for Diabetes Week 2019.

The two patient education programmes offered by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are Diabetes and You, which helps educate people that have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and Diabetes and More, which focuses on supporting those who have been living with diabetes for more than twelve months.

Dr Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Our diabetes programmes consist of two, two and a half hour sessions, and are run by a team of diabetes specialties nurses, dieticians and paediatricians.

“Both of these diabetes programmes are incredibly valuable to the people of Sefton. Not only do they support people living with Type 2 diabetes, these programmes also support their carers and family members.”

Following a review by the Quality Institute for Self Management Education & Training (QISMET), the Diabetes and You and Diabetes and More programmes have gained accreditation for their high quality service and effectiveness. QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.

Residents who have attended past programmes have found them highly beneficial, as this person explains:

“I found the sessions very informative and will take on board the advice I have been given.”

Another former attendee said: “I was in a bit of denial because of the health diet and exercise elements but this has given me insight and really improved my knowledge.”

Dr Doug Callow, diabetes lead for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to learn how to manage your diabetes but of course we promote this all year round. These sessions will teach you about healthy eating, your medication, lifestyle advice and more. I would encourage anyone who has Type 2 diabetes to attend.”

The education sessions are held at a variety of locations and times across Sefton. If you would like to attend, you can request a referral from your GP or practice nurse.

Diabetes Week takes place from 10 June – 16 June 2019. For more information visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week

For more information on QISMET visit their website.

Council grants help high streets bloom

Sefton Council has delivered almost £9000 in grants to help community groups improve their local high street.

Ainsdale in Bloom, Bootle in Bloom, Crosby and Waterloo in Bloom, Litherland in Bloom, Lord Street in Bloom and Maghull in Bloom have all benefited from a cash injection from the Council that will allow them to invest in new equipment, plants and greenery.

This money was made available thanks to a Government grant aimed at helping local authorities clean up their high streets.

In Bloom groups are volunteer led community gardening groups who dedicate their own time and resources to help improve the appearance of their local highways, parks and greenspaces by planting plants and flowers and installing artwork.

However, In Bloom isn’t just about flowers, it encourages volunteers and the local community to improve their environment by undertaking litter-picks and tackling grot-spots.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for locality services said: “The work of In Bloom groups is invaluable to our communities, especially as we see an increased demand on our services. These volunteers are a credit to Sefton and play a key role in helping to keep our borough clean, green and beautiful.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support these groups financially and better enable them to continue doing their brilliant work and help Sefton’s high streets bloom.”

Food waste collection service suspension

It is with regret that Sefton will be suspending the Food Waste Collection Service in June 2019. 

The amount of food waste collected by the service has fallen from over 3,500 tonnes to 1,200 tonnes per annum, which is roughly 1% of the total waste collected in Sefton. As such, the current service is no longer sustainable.

Once the service has been suspended food waste will need to be either home composted or placed in your grey bin or black bin bag.

Residual waste collected in Sefton does not go to landfill, it is incinerated in a purpose-built plant which generates energy from waste. 

Please DO NOT put any food waste in your green garden waste bin as food waste cannot be composted alongside our green garden waste.  If food waste is put in with garden waste then the whole load will be rejected from our green waste composting site immediately.

As you may be aware the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), recently announced, subject to consultation, that they will be seeking legislation to make food waste collection’s mandatory across England from 2023. Sefton Council is actively engaging in this consultation.

DEFRA has said that a food waste service will be assessed accounting for future recycling burdens upon collectors such as Sefton Council, and that it will be funded appropriately. It is anticipated that nationwide collection schemes will also ensure the necessary infrastructure for composting food waste will by then be available to make the service sustainable at a local level. It is hoped that when this legislation has been passed we will be able to reinstate food waste collections across the Borough.

For hints and tips on reducing your food waste at home please visit: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

 

Reminder to have your say on Sefton health policies review

Sefton residents have a month left to share their views on a number of local health policies that aim to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments for patients.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs to review a group of policies for procedures and treatments that are known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT).  These are routine procedures that are known to have medical benefit only in very specific situations, or for a small number of people.

This is the third phase of the review, which aims to keep NHS care up to date with the latest national clinical guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also making the best use of NHS resources.

The policies that Sefton residents are being asked to provide views on in this latest phase are:

  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems
  • Cough assist devices
  • Insulin pumps
  • Secondary care administered peripheral joint injections
  • Surgery for prostatism or lower urinary tract infections
  • Transanal irrigation

At the same time, the CCGs are letting people know about updates to their policy for Botulinum toxin treatments, bringing it in line with national guidance from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is right that we regularly review the services we commission to ensure that we’re providing the most effective treatments that make the best use of our limited NHS resources.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “This review of policies is about looking at the latest guidelines, treatments, methods and technologies and where there is very little or no evidence of effectiveness, there is no benefit in offering them to patients.

Craig added: “Any procedure comes with risk, so it’s important patients are offered those with the maximum clinical or functional benefit, not for cosmetic or psychological reasons. As clinicians we will explore other, more suitable treatments for patients with these types of needs.”

The information gathered will be used to help develop new or revised polices.

No final decisions have been made at this stage and we are asking as many people as possible to share their views by completing a survey before 7 July. This feedback is really important and will help shape local NHS policies for the future.  Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an Individual Funding Request (IFR) where appropriate.

More details on proposed changes to the policies being reviewed along with a survey, open until 7 July 2019, can be found on each CCG’s website www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk or www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or by emailing mlcsu.involvement@nhs.net or calling 01782 872 506.

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