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Bootle lights up blue to honour NHS heroes

Sefton Council has lit up one of its civic buildings in the colours of the NHS to send a message of support to the countless health staff who are working tirelessly to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bootle Town Hall was bathed in blue lights this evening (Thursday, March 26) joining hundreds of other civic buildings across the UK following the viral ‘Clap For Our Carers’ campaign.

The Oriel Road facade of the building proudly displayed the colours of the NHS to reiterate the overwhelming level of support, thanks and thoughts for our hard working frontline health staff

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Our appreciation for the thousands of people in our borough working for the NHS, as well as those across the UK is endless.

“Now more than ever we are indebted to their tireless service and support they are giving to our residents during these unprecedented times.

“Lighting up Bootle Town Hall is only a small token of our massive appreciation for the NHS and we are continuing to do all we can to support our communities and make them as resilient as possible to keep pressure off the NHS.”

For more information about community services, volunteering opportunities and support for vulnerable residents, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Where to find Domestic Abuse support in Sefton

Sefton Council are reminding residents across the borough of Domestic Abuse support services available during COVID-19.

Many residents will be following the national advice around household isolation and social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While this advice is in place to keep as many people as safe and well as possible, a small number of vulnerable people in our communities will be more concerned than others about the prospect of staying at home for a number of reasons.

This includes those who have been the victims of domestic abuse such as violence or coercive and controlling behaviour.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “While all public services are adapting to new ways of working during this pandemic, our message to anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse could not be more clear.

“You are not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence – we are always here to offer help and support to anyone who needs it.

“Sefton are working with multiple partners including Merseyside Police and providers of domestic abuse support across Merseyside and we will continue to work together to maintain essential services and contacts for anyone affected by domestic abuse during the weeks and months to come.”

More information about those services and who to contact is available via www.sefton.gov.uk/isolationabuse.

Sefton Council reveal details of Council Tax Hardship Fund

Sefton Council have been awarded a government grant to help residents who may be struggling to pay their Council Tax during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sefton will receive a grant of £3.037m as part of £500m available nationally from the government’s emergency Council Tax Hardship Fund.

Any residents who are of working age, and have had their bill reduced by an award of Council Tax Reduction, will be eligible for relief of at least £150 from the fund.

The local authority will make a decision on a case by case basis for any relief above £150, taking into account the funding available.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “This relief will reduce Council Tax bills for eligible claimants for the financial year of 2020/2021.

“Any eligible council tax bills will be re-issued once the relief has been applied.

“Any balance remaining from the £3m will be added to the Council’s Council Tax Exceptional Hardship Payment Fund.

“This fund can be applied for by anyone who is responsible for Council Tax who is suffering financial hardship.”

For more information on this visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/council-tax/council-tax-hardship-fund-(covid-19)

COVID-19: Volunteering support available for vulnerable Sefton residents

Throughout our incredible borough we have seen an amazing community response rise up to help us support our elderly and vulnerable residents during this time.

To support this response, we have been working very closely with Sefton CVS to create a volunteer network to help coordinate and share resources and we encourage all those who are able to help to get in touch with any support you can offer.

The response from Sefton’s voluntary, community and faith sector to the COVID 19 situation has been fantastic and we encourage everyone to keep working together and with CVS and Sefton Council so we all can do our very best for those most in need.

Do you want to be a volunteer?

Anyone who would like to volunteer their time and support to helping the most vulnerable and isolated within Sefton are being asked to speak directly with Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (Sefton CVS). To register your interest to volunteer please click here.

Are you vulnerable or need help?

If you are a vulnerable adult, classified as high risk or severely isolated and need support, please call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or click here.

Have you launched a community group to help your neighbours?

A number of community groups, businesses and neighbourhoods have set up groups and volunteer schemes to help vulnerable people and isolated residents who live in their area. We are currently collating a detailed log of all these groups and if you know of any, please email their details to info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk

Red Rum gallops home for Borough of Culture!

A huge mural of legendary race horse Red Rum by acclaimed street artist Paul Curtis has been unveiled in Southport.

The mural covers more than 270 square metres and has been commissioned as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture celebrations for 2020.

It depicts Red Rum training on Southport beach and highlights how the horse, trained by Southport’s Ginger McCain, went on to win the Aintree Grand National three times – 1973, 1974 and 1977. A feat that has never been equalled in the history of the illustrious race.

Artist Paul Curtis, who painted the iconic Liverbird wings in the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, took just over a week to complete the amazing piece of artwork located on a gable wall at the top of Scarisbrick Avenue by the Promenade.

Liverpool based Paul Curtis said: “This is by far the biggest mural I have completed and one of the most enjoyable to do.

“A lot of planning went into the design of the artwork and I was able to capture Red Rum galloping is the sea with the Southport sands in the background.

“Red Rum is part of Southport’s and the Grand National’s heritage and it was a privilege to paint such an iconic horse as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture celebrations in such a prime location.

“Such is the size and scale of the mural you can see it from a great distance away, and I hope it will form part of a continuing legacy of Red Rum remembering what he achieved as a race horse and his training on Southport beach.”

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, added: “This really is a remarkable piece of artwork.

“Considering the current national situation, I hope the mural really paints a positive image for everyone as part of our Borough of Culture year.

“Thanks to Paul Curtis for creating something amazing that will form a legacy of our Borough of Culture year.”

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis. Sefton has the prestigious honour for 2020.

Follow Sefton’s Borough of Culture year on Twitter and Facebook @sefton2020 and please tag us in to any photos taken of this iconic mural.

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