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Huge improvements announced for Kings Gardens

King’s Gardens in Southport is set to undergo a series of improvement works designed to restore and regenerate a number of the park’s key features.

The large scale maintenance programme, made possible via Sefton Council’s own King’s Garden’s contingency fund, will see the popular site undergo a series of restorative works, costing nearly £90,000.

Transformation

King’s Gardens underwent a major £5.5 million transformation in 2012 and was formally reopened in 2016, having welcomed millions of visitors to its stunning Victorian inspired landscape in the years that followed.

Now Sefton Council’s Tourism & Green Sefton teams are working together to begin a six month series of works to restore the Gardens after nearly five years of continuous use and enjoyment.

Works will include:

  • Repainting and repairs to the Venetian Bridge, shelters & benches
  • Improvements to the landscape areas including trees and shrub beds
  • Repairs and repainting to bins and benches
  • Lighting column repairs
  • Play Area maintenance
  • Tea Rooms and Arts & Craft building repairs

Gem

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing said: “King’s Gardens is a beautiful gem in the crown of our Sefton Coastline and is visited all year round by hundreds of thousands of families and tourists.

“There are few finer places to be on a sunny day than Kings Gardens and playing host to so many people over the years has an unavoidable impact with wear and tear on the overall appearance of the park and this winter presents an opportune time to carry out a large scale maintenance programme.

“After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely.

“King’s Gardens continues to be a hugely popular visitor attraction and its continued influx of tourists is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make the green space a great place that everyone can enjoy.

“I can’t wait to see King’s Gardens in all its glory for the 2022 summer season.

Victorian roots

“While still maintaining its beautiful Victorian roots, the Kings Garden’s of the 21st century was revamped, becoming the largest single investment in parks by the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North West.

“The gardens were restored to their former glory, with Victorian shelters and the Venetian Bridge transformed and extensive landscaping along with a large children’s play area created but the time has come for a wide scale ‘top-up’ refurbishment.”

Find out more about Seton Council’s parks and greenspaces. 

 

 

Health and Wellbeing Support for Returning to School

This week children and young people will return to school and college as set out in the Government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown in England.

This might be an emotional and stressful time for them, and also for parents/ carers and families. Listed below are some simple hints and tips to make life a little easier, and if you do need any support or help there details of a range of services and organisations available in Sefton.

Online support for children and young people

Kooth       provides online support form children and young people in Sefton aged 10-25 years old. The site is staffed by fully trained and qualified counsellors and is available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year.  It is free, safe, confidential and provides a non-stigmatising way for young people to receive counselling, advice and support on-line.  www.kooth.com

Local Support for children and young people – please note hours or services may vary

Parenting 2000       provides emotional and practical support and guidance for children and young people and families. Activities are delivered across Sefton from Parenting 2000’s two centres, from community venues, including a GP’s surgery, schools, HM Prisons and remotely via online platforms.

Contact: info@parenting2000.org.uk , telephone: 01704 380047/07464 5444314

Venus – is an organisation for women, families, children and young people and homeless people with multiple and complex needs. We offer support, advice, information and activities. Contact Details: Tel: 0151 474 4744

Advice for Parents/Carers

The Anna Freud Centre recommends:

  • Be there to listen – Regularly ask how they’re doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there’s always someone to listen if they want it. Find out how to create a space where they will open up. How to start a conversation with your child
  • Support them through difficulties – Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It’s not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they’re feeling and why. Help with difficult behaviour and emotions
  • Stay involved in their life – Show interest in their life and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.
  • Encourage their interests – Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.
  • Take what they say seriously – Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn, makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions more constructively. The Anna Freud Centre support guide
  • Build positive routines – We know it still may not be easy, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night’s sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school or college. Sleep tips for children

Support for Parents/Carers

YoungMinds have a Parents Helpline accessible via the phone, email or webchat for free, confidential advice.

Every Mind Matters – NHS Advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Living Well Sefton – is a FREE service supporting people with issues that may be affecting their health and wellbeing. Healthy eating, stop smoking, weight management mental health, physical activity, alcohol As part of the service, there are a number of Living Well Mentors to talk to and they work with you on a one-to-one basis to identify health areas to see where small tweaks can be made but may have a big impact on improving your health.  Contact – 0300 323 0181 – LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk

Reach Mens CentreBased in South Sefton they provide a range of services aimed at reducing social isolation and improving the mental health of men in the area. We run a drop-in service where men can meet, play pool, dart etc. and gain skills through various courses. They can also get support through our one to one counselling service or support groups.

Samaritans offer support round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on 116 123. This number is FREE to call to receive support.

Sean’s Place is a Mental Health and Wellbeing centre providing free mental health and wellbeing support to men in Sefton/Liverpool.

Swan Women’s Centre – Supporting women to achieve mental well-being and providing services for women who experience anxiety, depression, stress or mental health issues. Phone:  0151 933 3292   Email: ceo@swanwomenscentre.org

Top tips to help families

The Ann Freud Centre suggests:

  • Families play a hugely important part in supporting each other at times of uncertainty or concern. Be alert to how each other is feeling. You might show your worry in different ways to one another – so, if one of you is not feeling worried right now, that’s fine too. With changes to daily and weekly routines, keep sight of what family life feels like and what you can continue to do. These can be the things which make life feel ‘normal’, so they’re important.
  • Children’s emotions, including anxiety, are well regulated by the structure in their lives. Try and create consistency, even in unpredictable circumstances. With young children (aged 3-7), playing together may be your best way of identifying what their concerns are. Often, what they play is what they are thinking about. You could introduce a playful element into these discussions, and making other children (or even pets) the focus may make it easier for your child to share what worries them.
  • With older children, openly talking may help bring worries to the surface. Worries are important to label and, where possible, to normalise. Sharing your own worries may be helpful, as long as you are also clear about how you manage your feelings. For example, if distracting yourself helps you, then it is also likely to help your child. But be aware that something you find distracting (e.g. reading) may not be so helpful to them.
  • Living with anxiety over a period of time can impact on the wellbeing of us all. Explore ways in which you – as individuals but also as a family group – can take care of yourselves. Think about what you have as self-care strategies, and how you can use these. Obvious examples are taking exercise, watching a film, listening to music, and enjoying a meal together. But also remember the ones which are special to you as a family.
  • Take advantage of being together, but also make sure you have time of your own. Maintaining our routines, so the world has its familiar things as well as its uncertainties right now, feels helpful to us all.

Help shape Southport’s designs for safer streets

Local people, schools and businesses will be actively involved in re-designing the neighbourhood around Southport’s Shakespeare Street, as part of efforts to make the area safer and healthier for people to walk, cycle or use a wheelchair for local shops and services.

The charity Sustrans launched a digital ‘Hub’ http://www.sustrans.org.uk/SouthportLN for Southport Liveable Neighbourhood this week with Sefton Council to gather views from the local community. This will shape the street designs from the start.

The project aims to create a ‘Liveable Neighbourhood’, where it is possible, and enjoyable, to make short trips without the use of a car. The area spans from Lord Street in the West to Cemetery Road in the East and links to the wider walking and cycling network.

School children from 8 schools in the area will survey their own streets and contribute ideas through activities and workshops. The community will also have a chance to comment via online workshops and surveys through the post or on the phone.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “The Liveable Neighbourhoods Project is a completely community led and inspired endeavour to help make our borough clean, green and beautiful in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“We are working closely with Sustrans to ensure that we are consulting all of the community where the Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme would be, from schoolchildren to business owners.

“The idea behind the Liveable Neighbourhoods project to is to encourage our communities to make short trips without the use of a vehicle.

“I would encourage everyone to give their feedback on the project so that we can ensure it is shaped and designed in the most beneficial way to everyone.”

Sustrans’ urban designers will use these ideas to develop a new look street design. There will be further chance for people to comment before a trial of the new designs.

Rosslyn Colderley from Sustrans said: “If you live or work locally please do take the time to give your views on how you would like to improve your area.

“Our designers work with local schools, businesses and residents to find out what issues matter to them on their streets. We then create designs to reflect what people want. Liveable neighbourhoods are fast developing across the UK to help create healthier and happier places for people to live and work in. Southport already has a long history of creating a good environment for walking and cycling. This is a great opportunity to continue this work and create safer streets where more people feel confident to walk or cycle their regular journeys.”

The area has been selected as it includes residential streets within a six minute walk or less to shops and services such as those on Shakespeare Street, as well as schools and public transport links.

Analysis of road safety data shows that the area suffers from a disproportionately high number of road traffic incidents resulting in injury or death.

Fantastic fireworks, tasty treats and astounding aerial displays revealed for 2020

Fantastic fireworks, tasty treats and astounding aerial displays will once again delight thousands of people in 2020.

Ahead of schedule, Sefton Council is delighted to confirm the incredibly popular line up of major events in Southport for 2020.

Officers from Sefton Council’s Tourism team work tirelessly throughout the year to plan the Southport Air Show, Food & Drink Festival and the British Musical Fireworks Championship, among many other fantastic events.

Alongside Sefton’s annual tourism calendar, a number of unique community events, talks and displays will be taking place as part of the Borough Of Culture 2020 celebrations

Sefton will be Liverpool City Region’s Borough Of Culture for 2020 which will focus on celebrating our local history and environment.
Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Every year we host an incredible line up of events and 2020 is set to be even bigger than ever before thanks to our Borough of Culture status.

“Our teams work incredibly hard to put on shows, festivals and displays which are renowned up and down the country, drawing in crowds from across the UK time after time.

“Make sure you put these dates in your diary and keep your eyes peeled for more news about each event by visiting www.visitsouthport.com.”

Dates have been announced for the following events:

Southport Food and Drink Festival (May 29-31)
Southport Air Show (September 11-13)
British Musical Fireworks Championship (September 25-27)
For more information about the Sefton 2020 Borough Of Culture project, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/sefton2020

Four new projects ask for support from the #SeftonCrowd

Four new projects are now live on Sefton Council’s very own crowdfunding platform in the hope of securing vital community support for their work.

From much needed essential cutlery and kitchen equipment for a community group to the creation of a beach clean mural, the latest round of the ‘Sefton Crowd’ is giving community groups a dedicated platform to fund their vital needs.

A number of community projects have hit their funding goals thanks to the Sefton Crowd, a joint initiative between the local authority and national crowdfunding platform Spacehive, to improve the communities where they live.

The latest projects to go live for backing are:

  • Kitchen equipment for the Cherish Group, Southport (£3,881)
  • Computers in the Community Hub, Birkdale (£7,006)
  • Hightown Community Hub, Hightown (£15,381)
  • Beach Clean Mural, Southport (£1,002)

Supporting a project can cost as little at £2 and funding may also be available via Sefton Council’s Community Transition Fund.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The Sefton Crowd is fast becoming the ‘go to’ platform since its creation and we are delighted to welcome four new projects, which are already beginning to recieve community support!

“We want this initiative to encourage, support and create community projects which make a huge difference to our brilliant borough.

“Support is available to help you develop your campaign from both Sefton Council and Sefton CVS will be available to help you reach your target.”

To back a project, or for more information on how to create your own, visit www.spacehive.com/movement/seftoncrowd

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