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Sefton residents urged to ‘live self-care for life’

Health and care professionals across Sefton are joining together to encourage residents to ‘live self-care for life’ as part of Self-Care Week 2020 which takes place between 16 and 22 November.

‘Live self-care for life’ is about making improvements in your life to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing. Throughout the week short films will be shared giving tips on different aspects of self care from NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Access Sefton and Living Well Sefton.

There are lots of things you can do yourself to look after your health and wellbeing. There is a range of easy online tools you can access from home, including the NHS website which gives information and advice on health conditions, symptoms, healthy living, medicines and how to get help.

The NHS App allows you to access a range of NHS services on a phone or tablet, and you can visit the Every Mind Matter NHS website for practical tips and expert advice on looking after your mental health.

Another way to get quick and easy advice on self care is by visiting your high street pharmacy, as Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management for both CCGs in Sefton, explains: “You can easily access over-the-counter medicines and expert advice from your local pharmacy.

“Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who can give advice and recommend treatments for self treatable conditions such as indigestion, sore eyes, sprains and strains.

“They can help you choose the right treatment for your ailment, explain the normal duration of symptoms and advise on which medicines to keep in your medicine cabinet at home.”

Self-Care Week 2020 takes place between November 16-22.

Over the counter medicines can be easily accessed at your pharmacy without the need to see a doctor or have a prescription. For those who find it difficult to access over the counter medicines, the Care at the Chemist scheme is available in 22 pharmacies across Sefton.

Ryan Forrest, service manager at Access Sefton, the CCGs’ commissioned talking therapies service, says: “Access Sefton offers free, easy access to a range of effective NHS talking therapies, including guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling. Our services are available to Sefton residents aged 16-plus.

“Due to the pandemic, we are currently offering one-to-one treatments online via the secure Attend Anywhere service and by telephone, as well as interactive guided self-help via the SilverCloud digital mental health platform.

“Referrals to Access Sefton can be made quickly and easily using our secure online form at www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton, or by calling us on 0300 303 2708.”

Gemma Boardman, programme manager at Living Well Sefton, said: “Living Well Sefton supports people to make small changes to their lives that can have a big impact on their wellbeing. We have mentors to help reach these goals and all Sefton residents are eligible. They can self refer via our website or give us a call on 0300 323 0181.”

Margaret Jones, director of public health for Sefton, said: “There are lots of easy things we can all do to make ourselves healthier and happier and this self care week I would urge people across Sefton to think about what changes they and their families can make.

“These could include keeping active, eating well, stopping smoking and limiting alcohol to recommended levels and people can use the ‘self-care for life’ resources to achieve some simple goals.

“A flu vaccination is also important, particularly for people aged over 65, anyone who is a carer or children aged two or three so I would encourage everyone who is eligible, or whose children are, to make an appointment. It’s a quick and effective way of protecting you and those around you.”

You can find more information about self care week and the local support available from each CCG website: www.southseftonccg.nhs.net and www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.net 

 

 

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre reopens with a series of fantastic events

Water lovers are encouraged to dive right into a series of fantastic events at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre over the coming months.

The popular open air lake at the Waterloo based adventure centre has now reopened with staff following strict government guidelines to help continue the fight against COVID-19.

Events such as open water swimming, Stand Up Paddleboarding Fitness, navigation and seamanship courses can now resume at Crosby Lakeside, with tickets for each event available to purchase online.

All courses and events will take place subject to stringent government guidelines to ensure both staff and guests are kept safe at all times.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “First and foremost I want to put on record my thanks to all our staff who are working so hard behind the scenes to help bring back services which have been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.

“The water based facilities at Crosby Lakeside are an incredible asset for us to have and we are delighted that we are able to bring back events and courses to the lake in a safe and considered manner.”

To find out more about lake-based watersports and courses or to book your ticket, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/crosby-lakeside-adventure-centre-17056322306

Sefton Leisure Centres to temporarily close to help fight COVID19

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 Sefton Council have taken the decision to temporarily close our Leisure Centres.

This includes Dunes Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Bootle Leisure Centre, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Meadows Leisure Centre.

The last day of operation will be Friday, March 20th.

All activities including swimming lessons are also suspended until further notice. This also extends to community based Active Sefton sessions and the Easter Be Active Programme.

We are fully aware of the incredible value our Leisure Centres and wider activities hold for the health and wellbeing of our communities.

However due to recent government guidance, these temporary arrangements are crucial to help in the next phase of the government’s plan to tackle the outbreak.

It is still very important to remain as active as possible during this time. We will do our absolute best to provide helpful hints, tips and guidance for residents via our social media channels and recommend that residents remain active at a social distance utilising the outdoors where possible.

All direct debit payments will automatically be suspended until the Leisure Centres reopen and as such there is no need to contact us to arrange this.

We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding at this time.

Award winning Aspiring Instructors course returns to Sefton

A training programme that will develop Sefton’s next generation of Sports Coaches and Fitness instructors is set to return for 2020.

Developed by Sefton Council and part funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Aspiring Instructors will help to improve the skills and employability for residents across the borough.

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First glimpse of the new Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

Sefton council have released images of how the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre could look following its £3million refurbishment later this year.

 The existing bistro, conference facilities and bedrooms will close from 1st April 2020 to refurbish the hospitality facilities and improve the accommodation.

The leisure side of the CLAC, including the gym and the water sports activities, will be open for business as usual throughout the work.

The artists impressions show how the brand new 120 capacity restaurant and coffee lounge will appear next to 4 new event spaces, outdoor decking areas and beautifully refurbished bedrooms once the centre relaunches in early Summer 2021. 

Once refurbished, the centre will provide an improved range of facilities and services for the local community, guests and visitors alike.

The plan is to transform the hospitality and events facilities at the Centre which include:

  • New bar and coffee area with capacity for 120 people
  • Fully glazed restaurant extension on the lakeside terrace
  • New decking on the outside spaces for events
  • Four new events spaces
  • Complete revamp the hotel rooms
  • A brand new self-contained, purpose‑built, self‑catering accommodation called THE BUNK BARN with an extra 36 beds
  • New rooftop decking and garden and seasonal ‘pop-up’ facilities

For more information on Crosby Lakeside visit www.sefton.gov.uk/clac or email lakeside@sefton.gov.uk

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