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Sefton awarded £240,000 cash boost for Human Library project

Sefton Library Service is celebrating after being awarded almost £240,000 in National Lottery funding to support the Human Library project.

The National Lottery Community Fund, distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK.

The award will provide 3 years funding to Sefton Libraries to offer a programme of creative activities that invite local people to meet spend time together, and make their neighbourhood a better place to live.

It builds on a successful pilot project supported by Arts Council England.

The project will see a year-round creative programme in Bootle Crosby and Netherton libraries, volunteering opportunities, and new initiatives including creating a garden space for Bootle library, and programmes of work with young families and refugees.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.

“Sefton’s libraries are creative, innovative and support the local community and individuals to flourish.

“Libraries are vital community spaces, with a key role in the cultural life of our borough.”

Tanya Wilcock, Sefton Council’s Head of Communities, added: “Through this project we are creating a sense of wellbeing and supporting people in their own community. People don’t just use our libraries to read books.

“Through The Human Library local people can enjoy the arts, be creative, learn skills and make friends, creating a network and community that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.”

Human Library is a project by Sefton Library Service in partnership with local arts organisation Rule of Threes. The idea behind the project is that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the hand and the head” to offer their community. Artists projects, commissions and events help local people find and share these gifts. A new season of events will begin in September.

To find out more or to take part please see www.thehumanlibrary.co.uk

Full line up revealed for 2019 Southport Air Show

Three days of awe inspiring, jaw dropping aerial displays are set to make the skies thunder during the 2019 Southport Air Show. 

Thousands of aviation enthusiasts, families and tourists are expected to visit the resort between September 6-8 for the annual three day aerial spectacular along Southport’s golden sands.

The popular Friday night line up returns once more with displays from the RAF Typhoon, pyrotechnic laden aircraft and a thundering firework finale, kickstarting a weekend of none stop fun for all the family.

Air Show fans will also be delighted to see the RAF Tucano, Royal Navy Black Cats, Fireflies Display Team, OTTO the Helicopter, the Tigers Free Fall Team and even the amazing Battle of Britain Memorial Flight added to the Friday night billing.

The 2019 show will also boast an international flair with the first ever appearance of the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight display at Southport.

On the ground family friendly displays and stalls return including military tanks, a diving tank, replica aircraft, flight simulators plus the return of the much loved beach explosions.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “The 28th Southport Air Show promises to be a fantastic three day event for all the family and I can’t wait to see the huge crowds across the weekend.

“We are committed to offering an incredible events programme throughout the year which caters for all the family.

“This promises to be an exciting weekend for the Southport Air Show and the whole of the borough. If you are planning to attend, make sure to get there early and make the most of your visit to our beautiful borough.”

Discounted tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy in advance and start at just £7 (including all fees).

For more information or to book your tickets visit Southportairshow.com.

Alleyway flytipping is becoming a ‘Riddock-ulous’ health risk

Residents and businesses who continue to fly-tip despite constant warnings are putting their own health at serious risk.

That is the message from Sefton Council’s Public Protection team following a recent investigation of gated alleyways in South Sefton, which have been filled with flytipped rubbish.

 Teams from Sefton Council’s Cleansing unit recently joined officers from Public Protection, along with ward councillors on Riddock Road, Litherland to assess the growing issue.

Evidence from the investigation has now been viewed and action will be taken against those who have been found to have dumped rubbish illegally in the area. 

Each year Sefton’s cleansing teams have to remove thousands of tonnes of rubbish from alleyways across the borough, costing the Council more than £800,000 a year to clear up and dispose of.

On average 20 tonnes of flytipped rubbish is left in rear alleyways and passageways each week, running up bills of £2,600 in disposal costs alone.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We know that this rubbish is being dumped illegally by residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity but they do not realise how damaging this is to their own health.

“Riddock Road is just one of hundreds of gated alleyways across South Sefton where flytipping is a real issue. 

“Not only is it incredibly costly to clean up, it can cause serious health issues and directly affect both the culprits and those innocent residents who live nearby. 

“No matter if its a small bin bag or a huge pile of household waste, it’s still flytipping and you will be fined heavily for irresponsibly disposing of your rubbish.

“Flytipping carries a £400 fixed penalty notice and failure to pay will land you in court. We won’t hesitate to issue a fine if we catch people doing it.”

If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact us on 0345 140 0845 or report it via our website www.sefton.gov.uk.

Have your say on proposed Netherton housing development

A consultation by Sefton Council has now begun to gauge residents’ views on a proposed housing development in the Buckley Hill Lane area of Netherton.

The site under consideration is the land to the east of Buckley Hill Lane and west of Higher End Park, which was the site of the former ‘Z-Blocks’ residential development.

The site was allocated for housing in Sefton’s Local Plan adopted in April 2017.

The proposed development would consist of approximately 40 homes would consist of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom properties, including both market sale and affordable houses.

Residents in the area are being asked to give their views via public consultation ahead of any planning proposals being submitted for consideration.

Residents have until July 20 to give their views in writing or via email on the proposal.

There will also be an opportunity for residents to attend a drop-in session to discuss the proposal with both Sefton Council and project agents GL Hearn.

The drop-in session will take place at Netherton Activity Centre from 5pm on Thursday July 11.

Letters have already been sent out to residents who are directly affected by the proposals but all views are welcomed.

To submit your views on the proposals please email sefton.info@glhearn.com or write to GL Hearn, The Observatory, 8th Floor, The Observatory Chapel Walks, Manchester, M2 1HL.

Young People in Sefton to benefit from FREE online counselling

Young people in Sefton can now benefit from completely free online counselling to help them in their time of need, thanks to a new collaboration from local health and wellbeing partners.

Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG has commissioned Kooth for young people in the area.

The service will provide free and anonymous mental health and wellbeing support to local young people aged 11-18, with access to online counselling, self-help materials and a safe online community of young people 365 days a year. Support can be found at www.kooth.com

Kooth, accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, also offers peer-to-peer support, an online magazine, access to moderated forums and goal setting and mood tracking tools from any connected device.

The site is open 24 hours a day; one-to-one counselling sessions with a qualified counsellor are available from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays, and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends.

The service has been commissioned to increase the number of early intervention services available and in response to young people requesting a digital solution in addition to existing local services.

Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said “We are delighted that Kooth is now available in Sefton. All children and young people should have access to mental health support when they need it.

“Being able to access good advice, guidance and support via mobile phone, tablet or computer is a great way to help make sure that children and young people can develop positive mental wellbeing.”

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “We are proud to be involved with Kooth, it will enhance support for young people with mental health issues in Sefton. We need services such as this to be easily accessible and available at a time when people need it most and this ticks all the boxes.

“We do think it helps being anonymous as some find it hard to speak face to face, this is ideal for people who are perhaps nervous about reaching out and we really do hope it helps them.”

Elaine Bousfield, from Kooth said, said: “We are delighted that we are now able to provide our support and counselling service to young people in Sefton. Digital mental health services like Kooth are beneficial to young people as they are anonymous and free from the stigma some individuals face. We hope through the new commission more young people will seek help for their mental health and wellbeing.”

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