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Mobile Testing in Sefton – November 2021

Throughout November , drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough.
These sites are for people with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations:

Dates and locations for November 2021

  • Monday 1 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 2 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 3 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 4 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 5 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 6 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 7 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 8 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Tuesday 9 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 10 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 11 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 12 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 13 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 14 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 15 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 16 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 17 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Thursday 18 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 19 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 20 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 21 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 22 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 23 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 24 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 25 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 26 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 27 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 28 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 29 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Tuesday 30 NO MOBILE TESTING

Remaining October dates

  • Monday 25 Maghull Town Hall
  • Tuesday 26 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Wednesday 27 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 28 Litherland Sports Park
  • Friday 29 Litherland Sports Park
  • Saturday 30 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 31 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride

Our mobile Swab Squads are out this week.

Walk-through test centres

In addition, local walk-through test centres are open every day from 8am to 8pm, providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Lane, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Those with symptoms wanting tests, need to book ahead of going to either the walk-through or drive-through sites. It’s quick and easy to book by calling 119 or going online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Find out more about COVID in Sefton, including testing and vaccinations.

Sefton Council agrees to consider closure procedure for St Teresa’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School

In line with a request from the school’s Governing Body, Sefton Council is starting procedures to propose the closure of St.Teresa’s Catholic Infant and Nursery School in Southport.

After being advised by the Governing Body that they have exhausted all options available to increase pupil numbers, the Local Authority has agreed to consider instigating the procedure for closing the school.

To avoid any speculation or rumour, the school’s headteacher has written to all pupils’ families and has held a meeting with all staff. An announcement will also be made to parishioners at St Teresa’s R C Church on Sunday.

The letter tells parents that Sefton Council will progress the matter at the next Cabinet meeting, which will be held on Thursday 4th November.

Calendar of Council meetings.

Hugh Baird College makes commitment to support students and staff with their mental health and wellbeing

Hugh Baird College has reaffirmed its commitment to staff and students by signing up to a national mental health and wellbeing charter – created by the Association of Colleges (AoC) in conjunction with mental health experts.

Commitments

The 11-point document includes commitments to:

  • Promoting equality of opportunity and challenging mental health stigma
  • Providing appropriate mental health training for staff
  • Providing targeted individual mental health support where appropriate

Colleges across England teach and train 2.2 million people each year – including 685,000 young people. Every year, 1 in 10 young people experience a mental health problem and 1 in 5 young people aged 16-24 experience a common mental illness such as anxiety or depression at any one time. Add to these facts, 75% of adults with a diagnosable mental health problem experience their first symptoms before the age of 24 means Hugh Baird College plays a vital role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of its students and staff.

Wellbeing

Rachael Hennigan, Principal at Hugh Baird College, said: “The mental wellbeing of our students and staff is an absolute priority for Hugh Baird College. Every learner and staff member deserves to work, study and train in an environment that supports them to be healthy, happy and secure. That is why we are proud to join the AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter.”

“Whilst the College has comprehensive and effective support systems in place for those experiencing mental wellbeing challenges, we are always keen to do more. This charter provides a clear direction of travel for the College as we continue to work together to support the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.”

World-class

Richard Caulfield, Mental Health Lead at the Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like Hugh Baird College provide a world-class education and transform the lives of millions of people. This includes providing support for both staff and student wellbeing at the right time, in the right place. This charter gives colleges the chance to publicly state their commitment to the mental health agenda.”

Find out more about Hugh Baird College.

Sefton Council supporting UK Anti-Slavery Day

Modern Slavery LeafletToday, Monday 18th October, is UK Anti-Slavery Day, which is an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery, and encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities and individuals to do what they can to address the problem.

Individuals are trafficked into, out of or within the UK for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting. There are thought to be around 13,000 victims and survivors of modern slavery in the UK.

In 2019, Sefton Council passed a motion setting out our commitment to helping eradicate slavery and labour exploitation. People can find help with what to look for if they suspect modern slavery is taking place at www.sefton.gov.uk/modernslavery . There is also information on how to seek help and to report the issue.

Find out about the The Purple Teardrop Campaign ‘Stop the Trafficking, Stop the Tears’.  

Recently, Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Examples of modern Slavery taking place in Merseyside have been found recently so it is important we all remain alert to the signs that could be happening in our neighbourhood or at a business we use.

“Those signs can include a person living at their workplace with their employer, someone housed with multiple other people in a cramped living space or a person who has no identification or travel documents.

“Signs of physical abuse and their psychological effects or a someone insisting on being present or interpreting any conversations could also mean modern slavery is taking place.”

In September 2020, the Home Office introduced new measures to tackle modern slavery in supply chains. This means businesses and public bodies are accountable for tackling modern slavery and are required to produce an annual statement for each financial year setting out the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in their business and supply chains.

Organisations can find out more from the Government’s website. 

Boots-on-the-ground approach in Sefton to ensure people have access and information on COVID-19 drop-in vaccination sessions

Flyer explaining where drop-in vaccination jabs are availableIn a bid to prevent the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, Sefton Council, and NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are targeting areas where people who have not yet had a COVID vaccination.

Focused

Initially efforts are being focused on the parts of Sefton’s Derby and Linacre wards where numbers of people vaccinated are lower.

Teams will be talking to people about vaccination and reminding them they can go to the Knowsley Road Pharmacy, at 125 Knowsley Rd, Bootle L20 4NJ, for a jab on Wednesdays 20th, and 27th and Thursdays 21st, and 28th October from 9.30am to 5.30pm. They will also be giving out flyers about the free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations that are available on those days.

Prominent

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “The difference between some of the most and least vaccinated parts of Sefton is as much as 25% and with the Delta variant of the virus still prominent in the Borough, it is vital we try to narrow that gap and stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Encouraging more people to get vaccinated is the best way to do it.

“There is no doubt that vaccines are the best way to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 and to help reduce the spread of infections.

“We know there are a number of reasons people may not have had a jab yet, including access to vaccination venues, time pressures or a lack of information.

“While some may be wanting to give the impression that COVID-19 is over, it is still very much with us and proof of that, sadly, is the four coronavirus-related deaths of the Borough’s residents during one recent week. That means today, four Sefton families are still desperately missing a mother or a father, a gran or grandad a brother or sister or even a child.

“Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of serious COVID-19 infection, and we are stressing it’s never too late to get vaccinated, although for some people and their families, sadly it is.”

Feet on the ground

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said “Our information about these neighbouring south Sefton wards tells us that they have younger populations, who may be very busy juggling jobs and school. Data shows they are also less likely to engage with social media and online messages so may not have picked up on the wide variety of information we have made available.

“That’s why we are getting feet on the ground to ensure people living in these areas have the best opportunity to protect themselves and their families.

“It’s really easy to get your vaccine, you can find a walk-in vaccination site or book a vaccination appointment on the NHS website. Anyone in Sefton aged 18 and over, can get their first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine by booking an appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now.

Young people aged 16 and 17 can now get their first dose of the vaccine. They will either be contacted by the NHS or they can attend one of Sefton’s walk-in centres.

A programme of vaccinations for children in schools will get underway shortly.

Information and useful links including easy-read guides about vaccinations can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/COVID-vaccinations.

Map showing location of Knowsley Road Pharmacy People can find a walk-in vaccination site or book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Knowsley Road Pharmacy is at 125 Knowsley Rd, Bootle L20 4NJ

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