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Sefton launches 2018 Children’s Access To Food scheme

Sefton Council is pleased again to launch the annual Children’s Access to Food Programme, supplying nearly four thousand hot meals to those in need.

The scheme, which is now in its third year, helps to support families across Sefton who are most in need of help and hot meals, allowing them to end a reliance on school meals to help nourish their children.

Last year 3,981 meals were served in community centres across the borough during a six week period between July and August.

In addition to children’s centres, Sefton Council is working in partnership with Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to co-ordinate additional access to food with local Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector organisations across the borough.

Sefton CVS have also published a crowdfunding initiative aimed at raising valuable funds to support the scheme, and are also asking for volunteers to offer their services throughout the period.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “This is a very important service to provide and year on year, we help people who would otherwise struggle to put hot food on the table.

“Following last year’s scheme we had feedback from one mum who said that without this service, she would have had to miss paying bills to accommodate the extra cost of feeding her children during those six weeks.

“During the scheme we often see a clear reduction in families requesting food vouchers, because they were able to access free meals.

“The huge increase on last year shows that there is a need for schemes such as the Access To Food Programme and we are delighted that we are once again able to help and support those families that are most in need within our communities.”

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said: “We understand that the summer holidays can be an extremely challenging time for some families.

“We are pleased to be working alongside Sefton Council to offer a coordinated response to meet the needs of our local communities.”

Those eligible for the scheme will be contacted shortly to inform them of their nearest children’s centre.

To volunteer call 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

All you need to know about the 2018 Southport Air Show

All eyes are going to be on the skies around Southport during the 2018 Air Show (July 6-8) but are you ready?

We’ve put together all the top tips and information you’ll need to make sure it’s a weekend you won’t forget! 

Traffic & Travel

Never mind watching the show, first you have to get there! Signposting and road closures will be in place in the build up to all three days of the Southport Air Show, directing visitors to the town centre.

We recommend that you follow the signage and diversionary information rather than your SatNav.

The Southport Town Centre Park & Ride facilities will not be operating on Saturday or Sunday.

Make sure you give yourself enough time for your journey. Gates open at 6:30pm on Friday (July 6) and 10am on Saturday/ Sunday (July 7/8) – the Air Show team recommend you get to the show as close to this time as possible.

On your journey to Southport you can tune into the Air Show Radio Station ( 87.7FM) to keep you updated with traffic news. 

Consider using public transport and if you’re local, why not walk or cycle?

Parking

For parking at the event please follow all AA yellow road signs which will direct you to official sites. 

The AA signs will be on all main routes into the town centre.

Beach Parking is available on both Saturday and Sunday. On Friday the Little Esplanade Car Park will be open for Air Show traffic.

If you are travelling in from the North you will be directed to Princes Park on Friday and the Beach/Marine Drive on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are travelling from the East you will be directed to the Esplanade on Friday and  Princes Park on Saturday and Sunday

If you are travelling from the South you will be directed to the Esplanade on all three days.

We would like to remind visitors that caravans, motorhomes and any high sided vehicle are not allowed on the beach.

Everything Else

The weather will be exceptionally warm so make sure you stay sun safe! Keep a bottle of sun cream handy and always make sure you have adequate protection like sunglasses and a hat!

Please make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Refreshment stands are available on site. 

Remember if you have any rubbish, please dispose of it responsibly or take it home.

If you are planning to bring your dog to the town centre, do not leave them in your car. 

We would also like to remind visitors that BBQs and drones are banned along the Sefton Coastline. It is also against the law to fly them within the Air Show Restricted Airspace

After the Air Show ends why not take advantage of the wonderful shopping and restaurants that Sefton has to offer. 

The borough is booming with business and it’s easy to find a world of shopping wonders – check out our shopping supplement here.

 

For all other info including flight times and displays, visit www.visitsouthport.com/airshow

Local companies and start ups find Sefton is open for business

Sefton Council has been spreading the message that the borough is open for business and ready for the future.

As part of a jam-packed calendar of commerce friendly events, local businesses, start-ups and budding entrepreneurs benefitted from the insight of thought leaders, successful peers from the world of business, key organisations as well signposting to funding and support to help make their ventures a success.

Organised by Invest Sefton, the enterprise, business support and inward investment arm of Sefton Council, the Sefton Economic Forum (June 8) and the Business Start Up Conference (June 20) enjoyed big turnouts during a very busy period for Invest Sefton, including the International Business Festival and the Liverpool City Region Skills Show.

The Economic Forum gave local businesses and residents the opportunity to enjoy talks from and a Q&A session with key speakers, including respected sports journalist Tony Evans; Robin Tudor from Liverpool John Lennon Airport; Rob Capleton from Liverpool International Business Festival and Head of Commissioning at Sefton Council, Peter Moore.

Organised in partnership between Invest Sefton, The Enterprise Hub and Kevin Murphy, Managing Director of host Venue Rent a Space, the Start-ups Conference saw budding entrepreneurs flock to the Bootle venue as over 50 would be business owners enjoyed “A Taste of Business”.

Hosted and curated by Kevin, a passionate advocate of local business, the event was open to anyone thinking of starting a new business or at the early stages of their new enterprise.

Attendees heard from Invest Sefton and The Women’s Organisation about the support available to them, as well as real world anecdotes and advice from businesses based at Rent a Space, including family run business Perfect Samosa, Workout Liverpool fitness gym and fashion designer Alex Meade.

Kristina Swift of Invest Sefton pictured with Kevin Murphy of Venue Rent a Space

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills at Sefton Council said:

“Sefton really is open for business and hungry to do business, as the fantastic turnout for  the Economic Forum and start-ups conference demonstrated, although the three Ps of pizza, prosecco and Peroni lager may have helped!

“In all seriousness, the Council is working tirelessly to make Sefton a place where businesses want to grow and invest, bringing jobs and prosperity to our communities. Events such as those hosted by Invest Sefton are vital part of the local authority’s role of facilitator for economic growth as we work towards our vision for the borough in 2030.

“If you are a local business, looking to go into business for yourself or bring your enterprise to our beautiful borough, make sure you contact Invest Sefton to support and advise you.”

For more information, contact Invest Sefton on 0151 934 3452, by email or visit them online

Sefton Council receive three nominations in Apprenticeship Awards

Sefton Council is proud to have received three nominations at the prestigious Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

 The event, held on June 18 at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, celebrated apprenticeships in the Liverpool City Region and recognises the best apprentices and apprentice employers. 

 The awards were organised by Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub and were a part of the Liverpool City Region Skills Show. This is a free one day event for residents to meet local employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities.

 After a high level of applications, Sefton Council was recognised for its dedication to recruiting apprentices, with its nomination in the Sefton Apprenticeship of the Year section.  

 Jon Boyle, 23, and Ernest Brookes, 57, are apprentices currently working at Sefton Council and were both nominated for Liverpool Apprentice of the Year. Jon has become a strong member of the team at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre while Ernest joined the Council to test, develop and roll-out the new provider portal to nursing and residential care providers.

 Attending the awards, Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “Congratulations to our two apprentices for receiving their nominations in a very tough category. It is very well deserved and we commend both Jon and Ernest for all their hard work.

 “We are committed to recruiting apprentices and helping them to develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen profession. Apprenticeships can give individuals valuable on-the-job experience, which helps gain confidence to enter the working environment.”

 On commending Jon and Ernest, the Awards stated:

Jon Boyle : Advanced Apprenticeship in Facilities Management

Training Provider, Asset Training Consultancy, worked closely with Jon to help him secure an apprenticeship with Sefton Council. By undertaking a variety of tasks such as security, health and safety and dealing with staffing issues, Jon has built the confidence and knowledge and believes that the support received has given him the confidence to follow his chosen career.

Ernest Brooks: Diploma in Business Administration

Having left school without any qualifications, Ernest feels he’s made great strides by starting his apprenticeship. He has been a key figure in the implementation of a cost saving provider portal and he is now ready to take on more responsibilities. Ernest also worked with Asset Training Consultancy to gain his apprenticeship with Sefton Council.

Corporate Apprenticeship Team

With the help of a dedicated Corporate Apprenticeship team, Sefton Council takes on an average around 60 apprentices per year. The programme includes monitoring and supporting apprentices on their journey whilst enabling them to make the most of their skills and gaining valuable experience.

Sefton honours service personnel on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated in Sefton with special flags flown at Bootle and Southport Town Halls.

Each year Armed Forces Day is held as an opportunity for residents to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

The Armed Forces Day Flag will be flown from Bootle and Southport Town Halls from Monday June 25 to Monday July 2.

Although the day itself takes place on Saturday June 30, a special series of events will be held outside Southport Town Hall on Sunday July 1 from 10am, hosted by the Sefton Branch of the SSAFA.

The Mayor of Sefton will be present at Southport Town Hall to oversee a Drumhead Service and Parade before SSAFA launch a day long program of events in the town centre.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Armed Forces Day is a great way to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“It also gives us all an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the entire Armed Forces community.

“I would like to ask as many people as possible across the borough to take note of this special day and remember some of the real heroes in our society.”

For more information on Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk.

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