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Go Green with the Merseyside Collective Switch

To celebrate the Liverpool City Region’s Year of Environment, we’re asking you to Go Green! and switch to a green energy tariff with the Merseyside Collective Switch.

Run by local charity Energy Projects Plus, in partnership with your local authority, the Merseyside Collective Switch uses the power of the group to negotiate cheap energy tariffs, available exclusively to its members. Anyone can join and it’s completely free.

If the winning tariffs aren’t right for you, we will help you find one that is. Plus, by switching with the Merseyside Collective Switch, you will be helping to support charity Energy Projects Plus, who work with local people who are vulnerable to the cold or living in fuel poverty.

The Merseyside Collective Switch has been running since 2013. Together, we’ve helped local people save £1.5 million on their energy bills.

This year, we’re asking you to think about going green. Most of the larger suppliers now offer green tariffs, which means they use renewable energy sources such as wind power, rather than fossil fuels.

Alan Jemmett, Director, Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service said: “Collective switching is a great opportunity for securing a greener energy supplier and giving communities an opportunity to save on bills and avoid fuel poverty.

“Year of Environmental Action for the Liverpool City Region is delighted to partner this initiative. Sustainable Energy is one of our themes for 2019. By switching energy and using it wisely you can make a personal contribution to climate emergencies.”

“Switching your energy tariff with the Merseyside Collective Switch is both quick and easy, and it could save you hundreds of pounds a year.

“Whether you’re a savvy or reluctant switcher, it’s always worth shopping around to check if you’re on the best deal. If you haven’t switched recently you may be on your suppliers most expensive standard tariff. You may find a better deal elsewhere or even with your existing supplier.

“The winning tariffs have often been the cheapest on the market. Previous winners have included Big 6 suppliers such as British Gas, E.on, SSE and EDF Energy as well as Ovo and Green Energy.

“Offers have been included for prepayment meter (or pay as you go) customers as well as direct debit and pay on receipt of bill customers, so there’s something for everyone.

“The Merseyside Collective Switch also includes a full market comparison, so if the winning deals aren’t right for you, you can find one that is.”

The service is free, and there’s no obligation to switch if you decide not to.

Registration for this round closes on 10th October. We will then contact you to let you know about the deals that have been negotiated for the group.

To join the Collective Switch visit or call the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where you can also get other free and impartial support to help you save energy at home.

Cheshire and Merseyside put suicide prevention at the forefront

On World Suicide Prevention Day  (Tuesday, 10 September) the Champs Public Health Collaborative and Samaritans hosted an event at Everton Football Club’s Goodison Park, in association with the club’s charitable arm Everton in the Community.

The event brought together a group of delegates made up of communications teams from hospitals, CCG’s and local authorities, media contacts and journalists, education staff and students to learn about the responsible reporting of suicide.

With figures for suicide in 2018 being released just last week by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that suicide numbers have increased in general across the UK since 2017, never has it been more necessary to raise awareness on suicide and ensure that it is being talked about in a responsible manner in order to prevent further deaths.

In Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M) suicide rates have in fact fallen since 2017, likely in part due to the ongoing work taking place across the sub-region, implementing the NO MORE Suicide Strategy, which aims for zero suicides.

It is as part of this strategy that the important event was organised, to continue to educate people, particularly those that may be in a position where they must report on suspected suicide.

The event was chaired by Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Elected member champion for suicide prevention in Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M). Cllr Gittins’ introduction was followed by a brief overview by Sue Forster, Director of Public Health (DPH), St Helens and DPH lead for Suicide Prevention, of the NO MORE Suicide Strategy in C&M and the aims for zero suicides throughout the area. She also highlighted the benefits of downloading and using the Stay Alive app, as a way to potentially mitigate suicidal crisis.

A key theme of the event was the media coverage of suspected suicide and how this can have both negative and positive effects on individuals and society. Renowned suicide prevention charity Samaritans delivered a workshop discussing best practice when it comes to reporting on or communicating suspected suicide.

This was followed by presentations from several organisations delivering men’s mental health programmes in the local area. Dave Scott from James’ Place presented on the recently established centre in central Liverpool, delivering interventions for men who are going through suicidal crisis through counselling for the individual and their family and friends.

Mike Salla, Phil Cooper and Professor Andy Smith spoke about how their organisations Everton in the Community, State of Mind and Edge Hill University are working together to deliver sport programmes for men which benefit their mental health.

The day concluded with a powerful and moving talk from former professional footballer Clarke Carlisle and his wife Carrie Carlisle, who spoke openly about their personal experience of suicidal crisis.

Clarke Carlisle knows all too well about how an individual comes to be in a position where they are considering taking their own life, and he shared his own experiences of this, discussing the stigma which is still very much attached to men’s mental health.

Carrie Carlisle then talked about how the experience affected her and their families, discussing the ways in which media can have both a negative and positive impact in the search for an individual who is known to be suicidal.

It is hoped that the event has opened attendees up to conversations about suicide and enabled them to feel more able to communicate about the subject in a responsible manner, consequently ensuring that further lives are not lost.

If you are having thoughts about suicide – speak to Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123 (free) or

Pocket-sized suicide prevention resource could help save lives in Sefton

sefton in mindSefton residents are encouraged to download innovative app helping to save people from suicide for World Suicide Prevention Day.

To mark the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s (IASP) World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday, 10 September, residents of Sefton are being encouraged to download an innovative app that could help to save the life of someone in suicidal crisis.

Across the UK around 6,000 people die by suicide each year. Every suicide has a huge impact on the people affected by it, with enormous emotional and social implications. This year’s theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Working Together’, an apt reminder that by asking someone if they need help you could save a life.

The Stay Alive app, which was developed by charity Grassroots, is a pocket-sized suicide prevention resource which gives people the tools to do just this – start a conversation about mental health. The app is designed to help both those who are having suicidal thoughts and those who are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

As part of the Cheshire & Merseyside wide NO MORE Suicide strategy, a localised version of the app has been developed with appropriate signposting to organisations within the nine local authorities across the sub-region.  

The app has several key features including:

  • Finding help from local crisis services in the Cheshire & Merseyside area
  • Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines
  • A safety plan that can be filled out and used if a person is in a crisis and needs to keep safe
  • A LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive
  • Strategies for staying safe from suicide
  • How to help a person thinking about suicide
  • Suicide myth-busting
  • Research-based reasons for living
  • Suicide bereavement resources

The Stay Alive app is free and available to download for iOS and Android devices.

Councillor Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Our aim as part of the NO MORE Suicide strategy is to eliminate suicide completely. The Stay Alive app will be a key resource in delivering this vision, and I believe that it really could help to save lives from suicide. I would urge everyone to download the app so that in the unfortunate circumstance that you encounter someone who needs help, the app is ready and waiting to assist you.”

Local residents are also being encouraged to keep an eye out for and attend 30 days of activities and events to support good mental health that are taking place from World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) to World Mental Health Day (10 October), follow @SeftonCouncil on Twitter to keep up to date with the campaign.


Popular cycle chat returns to Ainsdale MeCycle cafe

Anyone with an interest in cycling is encouraged to attend the next Sefton Cycle Chat at the MeCycle Café on Station Road, Ainsdale.

The evening session, on Wednesday September 25, runs from 6pm until 8pm and is an ideal opportunity to talk about cycling issues and news around Sefton.

The latest of many regular meetings, a number of riders, enthusiasts and local groups are set to come together and debate the top topics that affect cyclists in the borough.

All local cyclists will be warmly welcomed at the March session and will be encouraged to engage with their ideas and thoughts on topical matters.

If you would like further information please email or call 0151 934 4541/4808


Jive head first in to freestyle dance show at Southport’s Floral Hall

Merseyside’s premier Jive group, Mersey Jive, are bringing a special evening of freestyle dance entertainment to Southport’s Floral Hall next week.

Taking place on Saturday, September 14 at the iconic Floral Hall Ballroom on the Promenade, Southport, the Modern Jive Freestyle evening is set to signal the return of dance entertainment to the Floral Hall, which is a historically iconic venue for many styles of dance over the years.

Tickets cost just £10 and people can pay on the door. The show starts at 7.30pm and a licensed bar will also be in operation. 

Mersey Jive is a combination of father and son team with a specific aim to produce modern Jive classes and free styles through out the Merseyside area.

For more information please call 07967 122 205

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