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Sefton’s school uniform bank needs your help!

Sefton Council are appealing for kind hearted residents to consider donating to the local authority’s annual school uniform bank.

The council’s Schools & Families teams are preparing their seventeenth annual school uniform bank but are desperately short of vital good quality blazers for those pupils most in need.

Swops, Sefton’s school uniform bank scheme, has been running since 2002 and continues to go from strength to strength thanks to donations from people across the borough.

Clothing items both old and new are accepted at Sefton run libraries and Town Halls throughout the year and are then distributed to families and children in need.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In a perfect world we would not need food banks or school uniform banks but, sadly, they are a necessity.

“Last academic year we helped over four hundred schoolchildren and their families get access to much needed uniforms, from shoes to summer dresses and shorts.

“This year will be no different and we are appealing for our kind hearted communities to come together and help those families who are most in need. We really need good quality school blazers.

“Through the contribution of our residents we have been able to help those most in need and will continue to do so for as long as possible.”

To donate to Sefton’s uniform bank please visit one of the local authority’s library buildings or a Sefton Town Hall.

To access the scheme or for more information about uniform banks in Sefton please call 07837863075.

New ‘Library Light’ across all Liverpool City Region library services

Libraries across the Liverpool City Region, covering the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral, have been working together to explore new ways to make it easier for customers of one library service to be able to use the other libraries too.

This will be helpful for people who live in one borough and work, study, or visit other neighbouring boroughs.

The introduction of Library Light from Monday, 8 July 2019 means that existing customers can access all libraries across the Liverpool City Region with their current library card. Simply present your library card, provide you name, address and contact number and ‘Library Light’ will do the rest for you!

Library Light will enable you to:-

• Borrow up to 6 books from any neighbouring library services – you will need to return those books to the library authority you borrowed them from.
• Reserve up to 6 books from any library in the Liverpool City Region via contacting them direct.
• Access PC’s and printers (charges may apply for printing).

Library Light is available for all ages. If you’re under 16, you’ll need to provide parental / guardian consent. Residents who are not currently library customers only need to join one library service to access Library Light.

Councillor Graham Morgan on behalf of the Liverpool City Region, said “Our libraries are a fantastic community resource and I’m delighted that we are extending the services they offer across the Liverpool City Region. Enabling you to visit any library with your existing library card will make it much easier for everyone across the Liverpool City Region to enjoy the benefits they bring, as well as giving you a great choice regarding where and when you visit.”

Southport girl, 11, becomes Young Musician of the Year

Sefton’s Mayor has been delighted to present an eleven year old Southport girl with the Southport Young Musician of the Year award.

Winner Xi Xi Jessica Worlock, aged 11, from central Southport, won with her vibrant piece on piano, with 16 year old Thomas Corcoran, from Churchtown, Southport, runner up on voice, and 15 year old Rachael Wells, from Hillside, carrying off Most Promising trophy for her pieces on saxophone and clarinet. after a glittering final on Friday 5 July.

Over 75 people watched as the 13 contestants who made it to the final of the fifth annual Young Musician competition – organised by Trinity Arts and sponsored by Whittakers Schoolwear – wowed them with their performances on piano, trumpet, drums, saxophone, cello, guitar, clarinet and voice.

Sefton Mayor Cllr June Burns, who presented the trophies, echoed the audience thoughts, saying “The standard of music was wonderful, and the talent and confidence of the competitors was unbelievable.”

Sefton’s homelessness work praised by Local Government Association

Ongoing partnership work to help meet the health needs of people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping in Sefton has been highlighted as best practice by the Local Government Association (LGA).

The LGA has used the excellent partnership work between Sefton Council, Public Health and Light For Life as a case study on how partners can help tackle health problems associated with homelessness.

While Sefton Council commissions the voluntary sector group, Light for Life, to provide a range of services for homeless people, many of this group were identified to have substance addictions as well.

The Council’s public health and housing support teams decided the solution lay in doing some integrated outreach work and as a result secured some short-term funding from the Government’s Rough Sleepers Initiative to pay for a clinical nurse prescriber.

This allowed them to get a Mersey Care nurse to work directly with the Light for Life outreach service. The nurse started accompanying the homeless service on its rounds in Southport town centre in early 2019 with some positive results.


Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “It’s really rewarding to see the excellent partnership work taking place across the borough to tackle some of the health issues associated with homelessness being recognised by the LGA.

“Through this set up, the nurse carries out assessments, books the clients in for appointments and has even been able to hand out anti-overdose drug treatment.

“While this scheme is still in it’s infancy, we have been able to secure more funding so it will continue for another year. It could also be rolled out on a regional basis as an example of best practice as we continue to help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”

Greta Fenney, Chief Executive of Light for Life, added: “Having collected relevant data over a long period of time our service has worked hard to achieve results and the key to success has been partnership working.

“With a developing hospital in-reach service we expect further improved outcomes for this vulnerable group.”

To read the full case study, visit:

Sefton Backs LGA Demands on Social Care

Sefton Council is supporting the Local Government Association’s (LGA) stance in demanding the Government publishes the long-awaited adult social care green paper before Parliament goes into recess in September.

The call to publish the green paper within 10 weeks was made at the LGA’s annual conference in Bournemouth.

Last year Sefton Council responded to the Local Government Association’s (LGA) consultation on Adult Social Care and raised serious concerns about the future of the service.

Without a grown up, cross party conversation about a sustainable way forward, the Council strongly believes the most vulnerable people in our communities will not receive the care and support that they need.

The Council still calls for immediate action and money, placing emphasis on the importance of investing more in developing early intervention and protection models.

The local authority believes this will help to reduce future demand on services, develop the social care market, demonstrate how much the care and support workforce is valued and most importantly support those in need of care and their carers.

To do this, the Council estimates that it will require an immediate funding injection of £25 million over the next three years to ensure that people in need of care are supported in a way that is right for them.

It also stresses the importance of national investment to wider wellbeing services that work towards reducing the health and social inequalities in their communities and calls for this matter to be looked at holistically as Children’s Social Care is also under great pressure.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We stated last year that Social Care is in crisis and a grown-up conversation needs to happen nationally but it seems nothing has moved forward.

“We desperately need more money to meet the needs of our most vulnerable people to ensure that we do not fail them when they need us the most. We must ensure that people in need of care and support are able to continue to live the lives that they want to live.

“We stand by the LGA and strongly believe the Government must put this matter at the very heart of its thinking right now and publish the social care green paper within 10 weeks.”

Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, added: “It has now been a year since the Government announced a further delay to the publication of its social care green paper.

“While we wait, Sefton, like many other councils across the country, is having to make incredibly difficult decisions on adult and social care provision with limited funding.

“What we all need is funding certainty for both the immediate and long-term so that everyone with care and support needs can rightly live their lives to the full.

“This is why we are backing the LGA in their call for action.”

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