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Treasure Sefton wants to showcase your mental health service

Treasure Sefton, a mental health group associated with Sefton in Mind and Sefton CVS, is calling for mental health services across the borough to submit a poster to be displayed at a poster exhibition at Southport Community Centre.

Treasure Sefton aims to celebrate Sefton through creative activity and mindfulness and the exhibition will showcase the services in Sefton that contribute to the wellbeing of the region.

Services and groups in Sefton are invited to design an A3 poster that promote their service, what it does, and how it helps to improve the lives of those who live and work in Sefton.

This poster should include the service name, the location served, and the best place to find information about the service. It can be created using any means including drawing, painting, collage or digital design.

This is a brilliant opportunity to engage service users and staff either through a collaborative piece of work or a competition.

Please accompany your poster with a short text that formally describes the service and mission, and includes address, contact details, opening hours, and means to access (self-referral, GP referral etc).  You can email this to treasuresefton@seftoncvs.org.uk.

The deadline for entries is noon on Monday, 4 February. Hard copies can be handed in to Treasure Sefton, c/o Sefton CVS, Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, Southport or emailed to treasuresefton@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Rhyme Time’s Andrew is a shining BBC Christmas Star

A man who volunteers at Formby library’s Rhyme Time for children has been given a prestigious Christmas Star Award by BBC North West Tonight.

Andrew Jackson, has Autism but has a special talent for sharing and remembering stories and rhymes, and has been using his skills for the past 6 months at the popular library.

Andrew, 26, who lives in the village, has become a big hit with the parents and children at Formby library and does a rhyme time session once a week on a Friday morning.

On Friday, December 14, BBC North West Tonight surprised Andrew at his normal session by presenting him with the special award after being nominated by his uncle, Steve.

Andrew’s special award comes as Sefton Council’s Year of the Volunteer comes to an end.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Andrew’s story really is special as he kindly volunteers his services at Formby library on a regular basis.

“He uses his talent for remembering rhymes and stories and relays these back during the rhyme time sessions at the library – much to the delight of parents, children and staff.

“He is a remarkable person and has become a firm fixture as a volunteer at the library as his help is widely appreciated across the whole council. It really goes to show volunteering is for everyone.

“As a young man he epitomises everything wonderful about volunteering and it is a great pleasure to see him recognised by BBC North West Tonight in this fashion. Well done and a big thanks Andrew.”

The BBC NWT Christmas Star Award presentation to Andrew will be broadcast this evening (December 17) on BBC1 from 6.30pm.

 

Help us help you to stay well this winter

With Christmas just around the corner, health experts in Southport and Formby are urging local patients to prepare now to make sure they’re fully organised should they become unwell in the holiday season.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is wanting to make sure as many of us as possible know the little steps to help the NHS help you such as stocking up on over the counter medicines and which service to use should we become unwell.

Dr Rob Caudwell, GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “No one wants to spend their Christmas holidays unwell.

“Ahead of the busy holiday period we’re urging you to make sure you’ve got fully stocked medicines cabinets at home: things like pain killers, cold remedies and tablets for tummy troubles. This will make a big difference if you or your family are unwell over the festive period.

“Remember that GPs won’t routinely prescribe over the counter medicines for minor illnesses so it is important to have these at home when you can.”

Medical help and advice will be available over the Christmas and New Year period, and you might find that the GP practice isn’t the best place for your need. Several pharmacies will be open over the holidays and a list of these can be found on the CCG website.

Dr Caudwell continues: “During the winter months and especially over the festive period, it is important we know where to go if we, or someone we know falls ill.

“You’ll find a chemist not far from home, even on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and all pharmacists can give you expert health advice and over the counter treatments for the most common illnesses and ailments without the need for an appointment.

“Other services will also be available if it is something more serious such as NHS 111 and extra GP appointments of an evening and weekend.”

In Southport and Formby more vulnerable patients can also use the Care at the Chemist scheme which is available in several pharmacies in the area.

Visit www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services for more information on which services can help you in Southport and Formby including pharmacy opening times over the Christmas holidays.

Get in shape this new year with Active Sefton

Active Sefton has lined up a raft of fitness activities starting in January to help residents make a jump start on their new year’s resolutions.

The ever-popular Couch to 5k programme will return to Litherland Sports Park at 6pm, January 7 where it will take place every Monday and Wednesday for 10 weeks. This is the perfect opportunity for beginners to build up their confidence and fitness levels with the goal of running 5k without stopping by the end of the programme.

This year, external funding will not be available to support the Couch to 5k programme and therefore participants will be asked to pay a £10 registration fee to cover the 20 sessions. To book a place call 0151 288 6286.

New mums can try their hand at one of Active Sefton’s Active Buggies classes held at Litherland Sports Park, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and Dunes Splash World in Southport. This energising fitness class is a great way for mums to kick-start weight-loss, tone up and meet like-minded people.

The session removes the need to find childcare as babies and buggies are both welcome and are all part of the workout. Sessions are held Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm at Litherland Sports Park, Wednesdays 1:30pm-2:30pm and Thursdays 11am-12pm at Crosby Lakeside and Fridays 10am-11am at Dunes. The first session is free then you can buy a loyalty card for £10 for 6 sessions, no need to book just turn up.

Those interested in finding their way back into team sports can head to the Back to netball sessions at Chesterfield high school in Crosby from Wednesday, January 23, 6:30pm-7:30pm or Now Netball at Crosby Leisure Centre from Monday, January 7, 8pm-9pm, £3.50 per session. This is the perfect opportunity to explore netball, particularly for those who may not have played the game since school.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “January is the time of year when we start to make decisions to improve our health after a few weeks of enjoying the party season.

“The programmes offered by Active Sefton are great for those wanting to make their first steps back into fitness after a busy Christmas period. There are lots of activities on offer and I encourage all of our Sefton residents to give one a go and make a positive lifestyle change in 2019.”

Active Sefton offers a wide array of sports and activities for all ages and abilities throughout the year, including its popular Be Active holiday camps. To see a full list of activities on offer visit www.sefton.gov.uk/BeActive or follow @ActiveSefton on twitter and Active Sefton on Facebook.

Keep safe, fit and health during the cold weather

With the met office issuing a yellow warning for snow and ice across Sefton this weekend, the local NHS want us to stay safe, fit and healthy.

Cold weather can cause treacherous conditions underfoot which can lead to dangerous slips, trips and falls for elderly or frail patients. Cold, damp conditions can also leave people with long-term conditions – such as respiratory problems – more vulnerable to winter illnesses.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have put together the best tips to stay healthy:

Keep your home warm – If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. If you’re under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable.

Eat well this winter – Food is a vital source of energy, which helps keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.

Stay active – If you can stay active, even moderate exercise can bring health benefits. If possible, try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.

Wear lots of thin layers – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and help to maintain body heat. Wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips and falls when walking outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.

Help your neighbours – Check on older neighbours to make sure they’re safe and well. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.

If you’re worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs, said: “It’s really important that you keep yourself warm both outdoors and indoors this winter.

“We recommend that you keep your indoor heating to at least 18˚C.  Before you go outside, make sure you check the weather forecast in advance and dress appropriately with lots of layers.”

Outdoor surfaces such as steps and footpaths can become slippery in cold weather.  You should use grit on outdoor surfaces to prevent any slips or falls.  Falls can be especially harmful to elderly people who are much more likely to break bones.

If you need medical attention you should call NHS 111 (available 24/7) or visit your local pharmacist for advice.

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