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Vital information for rough sleepers in Sefton this winter

Sefton Council has a range of services for rough sleepers throughout the borough which are available all year round.

Services are at hand as we to try and reduce the number of people sleeping rough in Sefton.

This is especially important during the cold winter months between November 2019 and March 2020.

If you are concerned about someone’s wellbeing, please direct them to their nearest Sit-Up services available at both New Start in Southport and Bosco in Bootle.

Services are provided at BOSCO House, Merton Road, Bootle (0151 944 1818) or New Start, Leyland Road Hostel, Southport, (01704 547 741).

Bosco’s Sit-Up provision is available nightly and people can book in between 8pm to 9pm.

An enhanced Sit-Up provision, which will be open and offer more flexible presentation hours, will be offered at New Start’s Leyland Road Hostel and will be open from 8pm until 12pm the next day with light refreshments and a warm, dry, safe environment for people to access with showers and laundry facilities available to people.

As part of this service, outreach teams will proactively seek out rough sleepers and encourage them to access the Enhanced Sit-Up to ensure nobody sleeps rough in Sefton this year.

The help of the public is always appreciated and to report an incident of rough sleeping in Sefton please call the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team via Light for Life on 01704 501256 or 07918 746042 outside normal office hours and weekends.

Alternatively, email and provide details of the location and any description of the person. We will acknowledge your email and give you a response to your report.

Veterans in Sefton have also been commissioned to provide support to people who are currently serving or who have served in the Armed Forces, both regular and reservists, their families and dependents, who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

ViS are based at The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre in Bootle.

For any further information call 0151 257 6371 or attend the ‘NAAFI Break’, Wednesdays 10.30am –

Meet new friends at a special Tea Dance, and get hot tips on keeping warm this winter

Residents across Sefton are invited to come along to an event where they can get advice on keeping warm and healthy in their homes, meet new friends and take part in some fun activities.

The ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ Tea Dance will be held in The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport on Nov 25, 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

The Council have organised the information open day in partnership with Sefton OPERA (an older persons charity), with funding from National Energy Action (NEA). There will be stalls from a variety of other local organisations including welfare rights and Merseyside Fire & Rescue, as well as activities such as chair based exercises.

Fuel poverty is a growing concern, as it contributes to excess winter deaths and has a negative impact on both physical and mental health conditions. Thus, increasing the strain on the NHS and social services. It is a particular concern in Sefton due to a high level of hard to treat properties, an ageing population and high levels of unemployment and ill health.   

Christina Chislett, Sustainability Officer for Sefton Council said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is so important to us. We urge people to come along and gain some valuable advice on keeping warm and well at home, especially over the winter months.”

Adam Scorer at National Energy Action said: “It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable. This is why NEA committed to provide funding to so many different organisations across the country. We anticipate that the funding will make it possible for Sefton Council and Sefton OPERA to provide much needed support for residents within the local area”.

If you need advice but can’t make the event, please call the Affordable Warmth Team on 0151 934 2222.

Sefton recognises National Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council are supporting safeguarding adults awareness activities from 18-22 November.

Information hubs, organised in conjunction with the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB), bringing CCGs and councils together with a range of other partners across the borough, will be stationed throughout Sefton to give local people the opportunity to access information and advice on safeguarding.

This is an opportunity for local people to meet safeguarding professionals and find out more about what they can do to ensure that adults in Sefton, who may be at risk, are able to live fulfilling lives, free from abuse and neglect.

Trained staff at each venue will be on hand to answer questions about safeguarding adults, in addition to offering advice and distributing relevant information.

Deborah Butcher, Interim Director for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council, said: “I’m so pleased that Sefton is joining other local authorities across Merseyside to raise awareness of safeguarding.

“It’s so important for local people to educate themselves on issues like safeguarding and with the right access to information and advice on safeguarding, we can help to keep Sefton a safe place for all.”

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “As commissioners of NHS services in Sefton, we are proud to be involved in this Merseyside-wide effort to raise awareness of safeguarding. The information hubs are a fantastic chance for local people to find out how they can play their part in ensuring adults are safe from abuse, exploitation and harm.”

Sue Redmond, Chair of Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board, said: “By supporting the national awareness week, we as a board are hopeful that we can raise awareness of safeguarding in Merseyside communities, and the roles that everyone can play in preventing abuse and neglect.

“If, by our collective efforts, we are successful in better safeguarding even a small number of people across Merseyside, I feel it will have been worth it. As such, we aim to reach a wide range of people from all backgrounds and ages to say that safeguarding is everyone’s business.”

Trained staff at each venue will be on hand to answer questions about safeguarding adults, in addition to offering advice and distributing relevant information.

During the week, members of the board will also visit agencies across the region to gauge how adult safeguarding is being developed in different areas, to share and take note of best practice and to speak to individuals and staff who are affected by safeguarding adults.

The information hubs will be at the following Sefton venues on:

  • Tuesday 19 November at Netherton Activity Centre (L30 3TL)
  • Wednesday 20 November at Formby Library (L37 4AN)
  • Thursday 21 November at One Stop Shop Bootle (L20 3ET)
  • Friday 22 November at Southport Hospital (PR8 6PN)

The MSAB was formed in 2017 and is made up of the four former safeguarding adults boards from Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral. The board includes senior managers from local NHS, local authority and Merseyside Police alongside members from other emergency services, probation services and the voluntary sector. It’s primary responsibility is to ensure that adults in Merseyside, who may be at risk, are able to live fulfilling lives, free from abuse and neglect.

If you think someone is being harmed or neglected, visit

Sefton professionals launch video campaign for Self Care Week

A series of short videos showcasing some of the free support that is available to Sefton residents to support their health and wellbeing is being launched during Self Care Week (18 – 24 November).

Professionals from NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Living Well Sefton, Access Sefton and NHS Informatics Merseyside have come together to create the video campaign. They are reminding residents of the advice and services in the borough to help them with minor illnesses and to generally look after themselves and those around them.

‘Think Self Care for Life’ is the strapline this year from the Self Care Forum and is all about people making improvements in their lives to protect their physical health and mental wellbeing.

Karen Nolan at Living Well Sefton says: “Living Well Sefton enables people to make small changes to their lives that can have a big impact on their wellbeing. We offer individual and group support around a broad range of issues from eating better and being more active to managing debt. All Sefton residents are eligible can self refer via our website or give us a call on 0300 323 0181”

Elizabeth Forrest, a Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Therapist at Access Sefton, the CCGs’ commissioned talking therapies service, says: “We help people over the age of 16 with their mental health. You can self refer or be referred by your GP to the service for anxiety, depression and other common mental health conditions.

“We offer free, easy access to a range on proven one-to-one talking therapies, including guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling, as well as group workshops, telephone and web-based treatments.”

The CCGs in Sefton are also reminding you that your pharmacist can offer advice on minor illnesses and give you advice on what over the counter medicines you might need.

Grace Harris, a pharmacist at the CCGs, says: “It’s so important to look after yourself and those around you to avoid becoming ill, especially in winter. We are also reminding you to stock up on over the counter medicines such as paracetamol before the Christmas period.

“We can offer clinical advice on a range of topics without an appointment or tell you which NHS service you might need if it is more serious. We can also advise on the correct use of medicines and devices when you need it.”

The CCGs head of medicines management, Susanne Lynch, also reminds people that antibiotics are not always needed and why it’s important that we reduce the prescribing of them: “We need to preserve antibiotics for when we really need them and we are calling on you, the public to join us in tackling antibiotic resistance by listening to your GP, pharmacist or nurse’s advice and only take antibiotics when necessary.

“Taking antibiotics just in case may seem like a harmless act, but it can have negative consequences for you and your family’s health in the future.” 

NHS Informatics Merseyside and the CCGs are also reminding residents about the NHS app, which can be used on an iphone or android device that gives people access to a wealth of information such as checking symptoms and much more. NHS 111 online ( or via telephone can also help with checking symptoms and directing you to the right NHS service should you need it. Both of these services can save time visiting your doctor when it may not be necessary.

To watch the short videos on Sefton services that can help you, please visit the NHS South Sefton CCG or NHS Southport and Formby CCG you tube pages or websites throughout the week as a new video will be added each day: /

For more information on Access Sefton please call 0300 303 2708 and for Living Well Sefton please visit:   

Follow the campaign on twitter: #Seftonselfcare @NHSSSCCG @ NHSSFCCG

Merseyrail launches smoking ban at all stations

Merseyrail has announced a smoking ban at all stations on its network from 1 December.

From this date, passengers will not be allowed to smoke in any public areas of Merseyrail stations or platforms with the exception of car parks.

The move comes off the back of the national Stoptober campaign, and is part of Merseyrail’s commitment to cleaner air and the comfort of its passengers across the network.

Vaping and e-cigarettes are also included in the ban, and Merseyrail staff and Byelaw Enforcement Officers will be actively requesting passengers to stop smoking on platforms and other areas of stations from December.

Warnings will be issued to anyone smoking on platforms on 1 December, however those that continue may be fined from 1 January 2020.

Andy Heath, Managing Director of Merseyrail, said: “The comfort of passengers on our network is absolutely paramount to us, so I am pleased to announce a smoking ban across all of our stations and platforms.

“Those who wish to smoke will be able to do so in station car parks or off station property, however we want all passengers to be able to use our trains and stations comfortably and without the risks of passive smoking, such as lung cancer, asthma and pneumonia.”

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