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Waste Collection Update 09/06

Further to recent information circulating on social media platforms and other media outlets, Sefton Council can confirm that there is no industrial dispute in relation to the Waste Collection Service. 

The Joint Trade Unions are in dialogue with management and all parties are working collaboratively to resolve any issues that have been identified within the service.  Furthermore, the JTU acknowledge that to achieve resolution to the current backlog of bin collections, overtime has been offered to staff to address the backlog.

Healthwatch Sefton looking for new chairperson

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service is seeking a new chairperson to continue and develop the work of Healthwatch Sefton.

Healthwatch Sefton works to make sure that NHS leaders listen to and use local residents’ feedback to improve future care. Last year, they helped nearly a million people have their say and get the support they needed.

The non-profit is part of a national network, who address the key health and care areas with the Department of Health and other national organisations.

Healthwatch Sefton is looking for a chairperson to help them to continue in their mission to help people to get advice, share their experiences and drive further improvements in care.

The successful candidate will be someone with drive, energy and enthusiasm as well as an understanding and experience of governance at a senior or board level. The chairperson will also have a seat on the Sefton Health and Well Being Board and will need to take a leadership role within the newly emerging health and care system.

The role will include leading and further developing Healthwatch Sefton, working as one of the Directors, chairing the Board, chairing the operational Steering Group and working with other partners to set the strategic plan and direction.

Volunteer expenses will be paid, but the position itself is voluntary and unpaid. In order to apply, you must not be employed by an NHS organisation or by Sefton Council.

On average, the role will require 40 hours per month, but this can change each month depending on the workload and any meetings.

Applications for this role close on Wednesday 15 June. If you’re interested in applying, or want to find out more visit the Sefton CVS website.

Sefton Council thanks volunteers for immense contribution during Volunteer’s Week 2022

Sefton Council is saying “thank you” to the hundreds of volunteers who give up their spare time to give back to the Borough, as Volunteer’s Week 2022 comes to an end.

During an exceptionally difficult couple of years, people in Sefton have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year.

The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering. However, the coronavirus pandemic has rightly raised the profile of volunteering and more people than ever are aware of the immense contribution being made every single day by volunteers.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, has paid tribute to the Borough’s volunteers, saying they set a shining example to our communities.

Cllr Hardy said: “Just this past weekend alone we saw many wonderful community events organised by volunteers to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

“Thank you to all Sefton volunteers, both past and present! And to those who are considering taking up a volunteering role in the future, I can only stress how vital and appreciated your support will be, whatever you choose to do.”

If anyone would like to volunteer their time, there are so many opportunities to volunteer across Sefton.

Sefton CVS manage Volunteer Centre Sefton and it is a great resource to find out more about what opportunities are out there.  Head to the Volunteer Centre Sefton website to find out how you can get involved.

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Thousands descend on Southport Food and Drink Festival

Tens of thousands of food and drink lovers descended on Southport this past Jubilee bank holiday weekend to sample the very best that the North West has to offer.

A diverse range of food such as American, Mexican, Thai, Italian, Indian, Canadian, Lebanese to name a few, were on offer from over 80 street traders, including 25 from Southport alone.

Producers came from over the north west and sold food such as cheese, pies, scones, brownies and fudge with many selling out each day and leaving with smiles on their faces.

As a family event the little ones enjoyed the children’s entertainment where there were regular magic shows, den building and face painting. Inflatables and water walking also provided plenty of entertainment.

Due to poor weather, we were forced to close on Friday but traders and visitors alike were back with a bang on Saturday and Sunday, making the festival a roaring success.

Families and groups of friends attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed their visit with many setting up a picnic area on the grass and enjoying the entire day and beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park.

 

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“We were all so delighted to be able to bring the Southport Food & Drink Festival to Sefton for the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

“The sheer amount of families and food lovers who came to the festival is a fantastic testament to how popular this weekend is, which benefits the whole town and the wider borough.

“Over the years the festival has evolved into an incredibly huge and diverse event and is now one of, if not the, biggest food festivals in the North West.

“Hundreds of our amazing local traders in Southport are joined each year by some of the finest food and drink producers from across the region in the fantastic setting of Victoria Park.

“We’re now looking forward to welcoming thousands more visitors for the Southport Air Show in July.”

 

Sefton welcomes over 8.7 million visitors a year contributing over ÂŁ518 million to the local economy.

For more information about upcoming events and tickets please visit www.visitsouthport.com

Sefton backs carers being visible, valued and supported this Carers Week

This week, Sefton has thrown its support behind the national Carers Week campaign making caring visible, valued and supported.

Working in partnership with Sefton Carers Centre, the Council will be sharing messages on social media throughout the week highlighting the challenges of caring and sharing the information and support that carers need.

Sefton Carers Centre is hosting a number of sessions across the week for unpaid carers in the region.

The Waterloo-based Centre is holding drop-in days on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Carers are invited to attend and get guidance on a number of topics including energy saving and legal support from industry experts.

As well as offering advice, Sefton Carers Centre is hosting a health and wellbeing exercise sessions on Friday morning to support unpaid carers physically and emotionally.

There is more information about the events happening this week in the News section of the Sefton Carers Centre website at www.sefton-carers.org.uk.

The Centre is also offering free PPE and Covid-19 tests to Sefton’s 34,000 carers to enable them to look after their friends and family safely. 

 

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said:

“Carers Week is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the vital work done by unpaid carers here in Sefton.

“There are thousands of residents in Sefton who support a family member or friend where that help is invaluable to their health and wellbeing and without their care and support, their loved ones would struggle to manage.

“We have events running throughout the week via the Carers Centre providing emotional, physical and financial support. I hope that all carers in Sefton will get involved and seek any support they may need and I speak as someone who has worked with carers over many years.”

 

Vicky Keeley, CEO of the Carers Centre said:

“We are delighted to take this opportunity to recognise the thousands of unpaid carers in Sefton this week.

“The contribution unpaid carers make to the people they care for is crucial and we want to highlight the support available to carers and their rights under the Care Act 2014.

“There are so many extraordinary carers in Sefton who work without respite , their dedication and selflessness is an inspiration and deserves to be highlighted and how important it is to support our unpaid carers.”

National Carers Week runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June. It aims to recognise and support the hard work of unpaid carers within the community.

 

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