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Help for rough sleepers throughout Winter 2022

Sefton Council is highlighting details of where anyone who finds themselves sleeping rough or knows someone who is, can find help and support this winter.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This Council has a long-standing commitment to helping people suffering from homelessness and supporting those rough sleepers who may find themselves in a vulnerable position, without a safe and warm place to call home.

“I am very proud of the work our teams do to help combat rough sleeping.

“Nobody wants to find themselves bedding down for the night on a cold pavement or stairwell and we are fully aware that with each new day, people may find themselves in need of support through absolutely no fault of their own.”

Unsafe

Cllr Hardy urged anyone with nowhere to stay or who feels unsafe about returning to their home, or who is facing homelessness to contact the Housing Options Team by emailing housing.options@sefton.gov.uk calling them on 0151 934 3541 or visiting www.sefton.gov.uk/homeless. The team will assess their case and provide housing options.

People can also find out about local organisations providing support by visiting www.seftondirectory.com and searching ‘homeless’.

Committed

Cllr Hardy added: “Through our recently commissioned Integrated Homeless Service and our Housing Options team, the Council is committed to helping people facing homelessness and supporting vulnerable people who may find themselves sleeping rough.

“I would urge any members of the public who suspect people are having to sleep rough in Sefton, by calling the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team via Light for Life on 01704 501256 or 07918 746042 outside normal office hours and weekends.’’

People can also email the Light for Life team at shc@lightforlifesefton.org.uk.

Veterans in Sefton is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that helps veterans who are homeless or living in unsuitable housing. Based at The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre in Bootle, Veterans in Sefton can be contacted on 0151 933 0800 or 07591 825204 out-of-hours.

Veterans in Sefton (ViS) has also been commissioned to provide support to people who are currently serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. This covers regulars and reservists, their families and their dependents, who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

ViS is based at The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre in Bootle. For any further help and information from ViS people can call 0151 933 0800 or 07591825204 out-of-hours assistance.

StreetLink

If you are concerned about someone over the age of 18 that you have seen sleeping rough, you can use the StreetLink website or App to send an alert. The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach service for the area in which you have seen the person, to help them find the individual and connect them to support.

www.streetlink.org.uk

It is important to note that if you think the person you are concerned about is under 18 please do not contact StreetLink but instead call the police.

If you think the person you are concerned about is in immediate danger or needs urgent care, please call 999.

Cambridge Arcade improvement works set to begin in 2023

Cambridge Arcade, SoutportSignificant work to improve and restore Southport’s iconic Cambridge Arcade is set to begin in 2023.

The popular thoroughfare, which is home to a number of businesses, is a key site that links two of the town’s busiest high streets. Thousands of people pass through it each year.

Canopy

Phase One of the scheme of works to refurbish and repair damage to arcade canopy caused by debris falling from a neighbouring private property that is in need of repair.

Starting in Spring 2023, significant repairs will be made to the Lord Street end of the canopy roof. This includes replacing the overhead glazing, installing a new drainage system and implementing additional pigeon control measures.

Further works under the second phase of the scheme, from the Chapel Street entrance to Cambridge Arcade, is due to take place later in the year.

Sefton Council’s Property and Building Services Department have met with businesses in the Arcade to discuss the works and take on board any feedback and answer any questions.

This is the latest in a series of engagement opportunities between the local authority and town centre businesses directly impacted to ensure any works cause as little disruption as possible to their trade.

Asset

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, Regulation and Compliance, said: “Cambridge Arcade is a fantastic asset in the heart of Southport Town Centre but, like many well-used historic locations, it is in need of some refurbishments.

“The Arcade’s canopy is the focus of our initial attention, and we will be undertaking significant works to address issues such as leaks and damaged glazing.

“While these works will ensure we preserve this beautiful Arcade for generations to come, we are unfortunately unable to directly repair the deterioration of the former British Home Stores (BHS) building due to this being privately-owned.

“Officers from Sefton Council have repeatedly contacted the owners of the building in regard to its condition and are hoping to meet with them in an attempt to progress the proposed restoration works which were granted planning permission earlier in the year.

“In any event, officers will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.”

Architects

Bernard Taylor Partnership Architects have been appointed by Sefton Council to work on the scheme and have also met with Cambridge Arcade’s tenants.

Further business engagement sessions will be held as the project progresses and Sefton Council will continue to work with tenants and other interested parties throughout the development process.

 

Sefton Registrars open via appointment only during Christmas shutdown

Sefton’s registrars will continue to operate during the 2022 Christmas shutdown period.

Registrars will be available, via appointment only, to register a death in the borough at Southport Town Hall on:

December 23 (9.15pm – 3pm)
December 28 (9.15am-4pm)
December 29 (9.15am-4pm)
December  30 (9.15am – 3pm)

January 03 (Normal Office Hours)

For more information or to book an appointment call 0151 934 2012/2013/2011.

Sefton spreads christmas cheer with special communitrees

Sefton Council is once again helping to spread seasonal cheer across the Borough with cut and living Christmas trees for its communities.

Following extensive hard work over the last year, the local authority’s Communities & Neighbourhoods officers have ensured that as many areas of the Borough as possible have access to their own festive firs.

Twelve trees, all sustainably sourced, will be lit up and decorated in a host of festive themes as the Borough comes together to celebrate Christmas.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:  “A lot of work goes into this project behind the scenes, with plans being put together from early summer 

“In cases where a cut tree is installed, we have a duty to ensure that it is sourced sustainably, will continue to contribute positively to the environment while in situ.

“The living tree project, which began in 2017, was part of a widely praised sustainability plan to ensure communities had access to a Christmas tree which would develop and grow within its adopted surroundings.”

Work is now underway to reassess the living tree project and explore a number of sustainable options now available to the local authority.

Community groups and schools who wish to recycle any cut trees following the 2022 festive period for educational or ecology uses can email Kerry.pavey@sefton.gov.uk for more information.

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Sefton crowdfunding platform celebrates landmark third birthday

Sefton’s largest ever crowdfunding programme is celebrating its third birthday later this month.

Nearly £120,000 has been raised by the Sefton Crowd platform since it was created in 2019 to help support good causes and community initiatives within the borough.

Now as the platform turns three years old, Sefton Council and operating partner Spacehive is hosting a special birthday party to celebrate the milestone achievement.

Communities are being invited to attend the free celebration will take place on Wednesday November 30th at SING Plus in Seaforth.

Twenty-three projects have been supported by the Sefton Crowd platform since it began, raising over £119,000.

Projects have widely varied but all must show they can improve health, environmental and social wellbeing for communities across Sefton.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “I’m delighted that through Sefton Crowd, the Council along with many others across the Borough have been able to support local community groups over the past three years.

“Sefton Crowd’s success has made such a difference for our communities and offered them another avenue into funding their brilliant ideas.

“We take pride in making Sefton a better place for all residents and businesses, and we are so glad that so many have got on board over the last three years.

“By celebrating the success of Sefton’s crowdfunding, we are also recognising the generosity of our community and looking forward to even more developments and proposals from our communities in the future.”

“I encourage all those who are curious to come along and join me in celebrating this incredible achievement to find out how to get involved in Sefton Crowd and create more amazing projects and places together.”

Sefton Crowd was established as a result of the Council’s 2030 Vision, to make Sefton a borough for everyone. It is a crowdfunding initiative designed to encourage, support and create community projects which aim to make a positive difference. This includes park initiatives, community hubs and projects that aim to bring people together.

Successful projects are created by the community, for the community, with backers able to pledge as little as £2 to Sefton Crowd schemes.

Spaces at the celebration event are limited and registration is essential.

To secure their place, people should use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sefton-crowd-celebrating-100000-raised-for-community-projects-tickets-433626918787

 

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