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Sefton Council Pledges to Break Down Barriers for Disabled People Across Our Community

Sefton Council has reinforced its commitment to breaking down barriers for disabled people in our community, through the signing of the Disability Impact Pledge.

The Disability Impact Pledge has been designed by the Disability Policy Centre, an independent social enterprise. It is dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people, through public sector reform and the formation of local and national policy.

The commitments 

Those in attendance to sign the Disability Impact Pledge. A group sat around a table, holding the signed pledge.The pledge details Sefton Council’s commitment to:

  • Ensuring accessibility of communication, both on the Council website and any documents.
  • Encouraging participation and representation at all levels.
  • Consultation and events to guarantee everyone’s voice is heard.
  • Support for staff with disabilities.
  • Providing inclusive services and policies, and understanding the barriers that people may face.

Representatives from local disability community organisations, including Southport Access for All, Ability Plus and The Pocklington Trust were invited to a disability awareness day, where they discussed the barriers that exist for local residents, business owners and community groups, as well as employees of Sefton Council.

The Pledge was signed by all present, including Cllr Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, and officers and staff from Sefton Council.

Speaking about the pledge, Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “Sefton Council is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for both our residents and employees.

“Inclusivity and accessibility are at the forefront of our thinking and planning, and we are actively listening to the voices of people with disabilities.

“This pledge is our way of setting ourselves achievable goals, which help us to provide the best services possible to the people of Sefton.”

Equality and inclusion

The pledge aligns with the Council’s existing Equality, Inclusion and Diversity (EDI) Strategy, and will set out the way in which the organisation will work together with staff, partners, and the local community to ensure the Council provides an accessible and inclusive environment for all.

The Disability Policy Centre’s ambition is to break down barriers for disabled people across Sefton, and we look forward to working with partners along this journey.

For more information about the Council’s work to advance equality, visit: www.sefton.gov.uk/your-council/plans-policies/communities/equality-and-diversity/ 

 

Sefton social workers celebrated with marketplace event

This week, Sefton Council brought together social workers, staff and partners for a special marketplace event at Bootle Town Hall.A hall with stalls running lengthways and people crowded around.

The marketplace was held to celebrate World Social Work Day, which fell on Tuesday 21st March this year.

Learning opportunity

Over 100 social workers, partners and staff attended the event. Unlike a traditional marketplace, that offers food and goods, Tuesday’s event was a chance for attendees to sample useful knowledge from different sources.

Among the 32 groups hosting stalls were Sefton Council’s fostering service, social work academy, and occupational therapy team, as well as local charity Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA) and Sefton’s Building Attachment and Bonds Service (BABS).

Help and support

The event was described as a great success by those attending, with one person stating that it was “great to find out about all the different services” and another adding that they “didn’t realise there was so much help” for social workers and residents across the Borough.

Cllr Mhairi Doyle, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care said: “Social workers are the backbone of our social care in Sefton.

We wanted to take this opportunity both to celebrate their good work as well as to share ideas to help us grow together.

“Children’s Services are working on a number of fantastic projects and we value our strong ties with Adult Social Care. This marketplace was the ideal way to showcase these.

“I’m delighted that we had a fantastic attendance and I hope everyone who came got something positive out of it.”

People holding leaflets from a stall about domestic abuse.Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “Sharing best practice is such an important part of social care.

“I am glad that we could do this in a way that allowed us to celebrate the hard work and dedication shown by our staff and our partners.

“I was really pleased to meet lots of people who had a real passion for the work that they are doing, and I enjoyed the afternoon.”

To find out more about Children’s and Adult Social Care in Sefton, visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/

New games area in Rainbow Park set to open in May

Councillors holding tools such as a wheelbarrow and shovel.

Sefton Council’s improvement works at Rainbow Park in Melling, are nearing completion.

Work has been underway at the Park since early 2023 to deliver a new multi-use games area. With built-in goal ends and basketball hoops, the new area will provide a high-quality area for sports and exercise.

Landscaping and the creation of new pathways through the Park are also being delivered as part of the works. The improvements follow a lengthy consultation process with residents, through which every local household received a leaflet entailing the proposed plans.

Funding for both the multi-use games area and the new play equipment has been supported from S106 money agreed by Molyneux Ward Councillors Marion Atkinson, Paula Murphy and Danny Burns with allocated funding from Bellway Homes.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Rainbow Park is an important community space and we’re delighted to be delivering local residents with a new high-quality facility for exercise, sport and recreation. As well as additional pathways and landscaping.

“It’s great to see the works nearing completion in time for the summer mo

nths.”

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Molyneux Ward Councillor said: “It is brilliant to see the plans for the Park coming to fruition, and the support received from local residents throughout this process.

“I look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on the local community, and I’m certain that the new multi-use games area will be very popular with locals of

 all ages.”

With works expected to be complete in the coming weeks, the Council will be arranging an official opening in May 2023.

Sefton Council’s Housing Standards Enforcement Policy update approved

Sefton Council’s Housing Standards Enforcement Policy, which sets out the Council’s continued commitment to improving housing standards across all tenures has been updated and approved.

The Policy sets out how the Council’s Housing Standards Team can ensure that tenants of private landlords and Registered Providers of Social Housing live in homes free from significant hazards that pose a risk to their health, safety and wellbeing.

It also states how the Enforcement Team can ensure properties do not present a statutory nuisance and do not present an unacceptable risk to health and safety.

It enables them to ensure houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) are safe and well managed and where necessary, properties are licensed. And it makes sure all properties in Sefton comply with the legal requirements in relation to Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm regulations.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This policy update ensures our Enforcement teams are able to go out and work to ensure that tenants in all types of housing are safe and that landlords are meeting their requirements.

“The Policy covers all categories of rented accommodation and all landlords including social landlords and we have reviewed it as part of our response to the to the tragic death of Awaab Ishak in Rochdale from mould inhalation.

“Updating the policy is part of Sefton Council’s ongoing commitment to working with landlords to ensure tenants’ safety and follows on from recent five-year extension of our successful Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing schemes, which have helped us remove over 3,000 serious health and safety hazards from rented homes since 2018.”

You can find out more about housing in Sefton at www.sefton.gov.uk/housing

Community Groups invited to apply for Eurovision Funding

With Eurovision just around the corner, Liverpool City Region is amping up the celebrations and Sefton’s communities are being invited along for the party.

Local celebrations

A Eurovision graphic with text that says Euro Street Community ProgrammeCulture Liverpool, in partnership with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, has launched EuroGrants, which will support local groups to host their own Eurovision celebrations. Grants of up to ÂŁ2000 are available for community groups, non-profit organisations and schools across Sefton to fund projects which will take place in May or June.

Communities are encouraged to submit applications for projects and events that are inspired by Eurovision, focusing on local cultures and heritage. Events that are run by non-profit organisations will take priority and should be free or low cost to attend.

Plenty of opportunities

Meanwhile, anyone interested in job or volunteering opportunities during Eurovision can visit a pop-up shop, hosted by Sefton@Work and Job Centre Plus, in Bootle Strand.

Open Wednesdays and Thursday between 10am and 2pm until mid-April, the Eurovision Pop-Up Shop is the place to find out about the wide range of opportunities at the May events.

Eurovision Pop-Up shop at Bootle StrandSpeaking about the opportunities available, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration said: “Although sadly, it is not possible for the Eurovision Song Contest and Festival to take place in Ukraine as it should, holding it here is creating a whole host of opportunities for local people, including those Ukrainian people who are currently staying in Sefton.

“So, if you’ve been thinking about getting involved in the Eurovision Song Contest but have been having trouble making your mind up, visit our Pop-Up shop at Bootle Strand on a Wednesday or Thursday.

“They won’t offer you a glass of Bucks Fizz, but they will help you find a Eurovision role that might be suitable for you.”

There are plenty of opportunities available, including hospitality, catering and cleaning, in both paid and volunteer roles.

The closing date for EuroGrants applications is 5pm on Wednesday 29th March. Successful projects will be notified at the start of April. To apply for a EuroGrant and for a full list of conditions visit the Culture Liverpool website.

To find out more about volunteering and job opportunities, email seftonatwork.info@sefton.gov.uk or call the Sefton@Work team on 0151 934 2610.

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