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Get fit this January with Sefton’s Couch 2 5K Programme

Active Sefton has announced that its hugely successful Couch to 5K programme will be returning to Litherland from Monday 13th January.

Taking place every Monday and Wednesday, at Litherland Sports Park, the coach-led crash courses aim to help you get back into shape or rediscover your love of running over a number of weeks. while The 10 week Litherland course, starting January 13, is priced at £10.

The sessions are perfect training for those looking to get fit, find a love of running or build up stamina. Classes are drop in, drop out but it is recommended that runners take part in as many as possible.

Both sessions will run from 6-7pm each evening.

Running has many health benefits, including improved heart and lungs; and when combined with a healthy diet can result in weight loss. A more active life style is also known to improve mental health and can act as a great stress reliever.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Taking part in Active Sefton’s Couch to 5k is a great way to get fit and in shape

“As well helping to keep you in shape, the programme is also a great way to meet new people and make links with the local community. Good luck to everybody who decides to take part, and most importantly have fun!”

For more information about Couch to 5k, contact Active Sefton on 0151 288 6286 or email active.sports@sefton.gov.uk

Take control of your health this New Year

After all the indulgence of the festive season, health professionals and Sefton Council are encouraging you get the New Year off to the right start by taking better control of your health.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are reminding you about the number of great resources available to people living in Sefton who are looking to make positive changes to their lifestyle.

Living Well Sefton enables people to make small changes to their lives that can have a big impact on their wellbeing. It offers individual and group support around a broad range of issues, from eating better and being more active, to managing debt.

Anne-Marie Morrison, Living Well Sefton assistant manager, explains: “Together with our partners we encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices including stopping smoking, learning healthy cooking, taking up new hobbies and meeting new friends.”

All Sefton residents are eligible and can self refer via the website or by calling 0300 323 0181.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is a good idea to take a break from drinking during January. People tend to drink a lot more in the run up to Christmas due to all the get-togethers and Christmas parties. Even if you are staying within the recommended intake, drinking most days of the week – no matter how much – can have bad effects on your physical and mental health. 

“Persistent alcohol misuse can lead to heart disease, stroke, liver disease and liver cancer among other things. I would encourage you to take part in Dry January and start your New Year off on the right foot. The first few days will be hard, but it will get easier as you go along.” 

Visit the One You website for tips and guidance about drinking less and a range of lifestyle advice.

Sefton Council’s Smokefree Sefton service can also support people that are trying to stop smoking. The programme provides behavioural support combined with up to 12 weeks’ worth of products to help you quit smoking.

For more information on Smokefree Sefton visit the website.

 

Sefton’s adult social care service shortlisted for national award

Sefton’s Supported Living Service is a finalist in the Health and Social Care category at the 2020 LGC Awards.

The service has been shortlisted thanks to its innovative Individual Service Fund (ISF) Model which has given local people with learning disabilities more control over their own lives and a greater choice of how they’d like to receive their care.

The ISF model was developed by Sefton Council in partnership with NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG as a way to improve outcomes for people in need of complex care. This came as a result of a review undertaken by the Council, the CCGs and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust which explored how services that provided housing and support provisions for people with learning disabilities could be improved.

Sefton has been shortlisted out of a record number of 700 entries to this year’s LGC Awards which celebrate outstanding practice and cutting-edge innovations in Local Government.

Deborah Butcher, Sefton Council’s Interim Director for Adult Social Care, said: “The ISF Model has really revolutionised how we offer care to people with learning disabilities in Sefton. This will enable more people to live better lives for longer and give them greater control over how they’d like to be supported.”

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a brilliant example of the power of partnership work and I am delighted that it has been recognised on a national level.”

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for both CCGs in Sefton, said: “We’ve designed this pioneering model of care together with the people with learning disabilities who are supported by it and their advocates, so it’s fantastic that our partnership has been nominated for such a prestigious award.”

Nick Golding, LGC Editor, said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation helps provide the best services for residents, despite local government facing ongoing financial constraint.

“The officers and councillors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive, benefiting everyone who uses them.”

Find the complete shortlist list here: https://awards.lgcplus.com

Road Safety, Traffic Management and Enforcement – Keeping the city moving in the run up to Christmas

Merseytravel, Stagecoach and Arriva buses, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Halton Transport are working together once again to reduce traffic congestion and keep the city centre moving in the lead up to Christmas and throughout December.

 The aim is to support the city region’s economy by reducing illegal parking and monitoring traffic flow to prevent gridlock and make sure that bus services remain as punctual as possible. By working together in this way last year, congestion-causing incidents fell by more than a third (38 per cent) compared with the same period the previous year.

 Illegal parking, which causes traffic congestion at busy times, is being addressed through parking enforcement in ‘hot spot’ areas. Bus operators and highways staff will also report illegal parking that they see causing a problem, and PCSO and police officers will stop vehicles from dropping off in bus stops and road junctions, and from blocking yellow box junction markings in the city centre.

 This is the third year that this way of working to share information and resources has been used and has proved to be more effective than if each agency had worked alone. The joint initiative is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder, said:

 “Results from last year’s initiative show that this way of working is effective in helping commuters and shoppers to get around more easily and also addresses the resulting air pollution that congestion can cause.

“We encourage people to play their part too by leaving their cars at home and sticking to public transport wherever possible,

Managing Director of Arriva Merseyside, Howard Farrall said:

“We welcome this initiative to help the reliability and punctuality of our services which are key to our customers and helps to reduce congestion. The more people we can encourage to use public transport, the better for the environment we live in and the air we breathe.

Rob Jones, managing director at Stagecoach Merseyside, Cheshire and South Lancashire, said:

“This Christmas, we are encouraging everyone to make a more sustainable and convenient transport choice. One full Stagecoach double decker bus alone can take up to 75 cars off the road which will help to reduce city centre air pollution and speed up journey times.

“Stagecoach buses will be operating across the holiday season. Whether it’s to see friends and family or to grab a bargain in the sales, our services will be running throughout. Customers will be able to leave their cars home and enjoy the festivities without the worry of expensive car parking fees or potential fines.

“We will be keeping passengers informed with live traffic updates over the busy Christmas period on the website at www.stagecoachbus.com, on Twitter and on our new Stagecoach Bus App.”

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