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International Workers’ Memorial Day – a minute’s silence

Sefton Council is inviting all colleagues and people across the Borough to take part in a minute’s silence at 11am today to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day and honour key workers who have died during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Every year on April 28th, all around the world the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day. We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. We renew our efforts to organise collectively to prevent more deaths, injuries and disease as a result of work.

Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.

Find out more about International Workers’ Memorial Day.

Sefton people being challenged to take a closer look at nature on their doorstep this weekend

Sefton Council is inviting people to take part in this weekend’s City Nature Challenge 2020 by taking a closer look at the wide variety of wildlife they can find on their doorstep.

People can take part in the City Nature Challenge by photographing flora, fauna and fungi around their homes between now and Monday 27 April uploading the images onto the free wildlife recording app iNaturalist.

Any evidence of wildlife counts, including feathers, nests and even poo. If people don’t know what it is they’ve discovered, iNaturalist uses photo-recognition to help them identify it. And if they are still not sure, the app’s online community of wildlife-lovers can help to check.

iNaturalist can be downloaded through the Apple store, Google Play or www.inaturalist.org.

People across the North west are being asked to join the residents of cities around the world in this citizen science for the City Nature Challenge 2020.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “At a time when it is so important that people stick to the government’s social isolation guidance, this is a great way for people to connect with the nature that is in their garden, around their yard, on their balcony or even in their home.

“And, because this is a worldwide citizen science project, by taking part they also connecting with people in a similar situation right around the world as well a learning about the richness of their local environment.

“I would encourage everyone across the Borough to take up the Challenge this weekend.”

People planning on taking part in the City Nature Challenge can check the Government’s advice on COVID-19 and social distancing at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Cllr Moncur added: “I’m excited to see what people unearth over the weekend and hope they will share their discoveries with our @greensefton team on social media using the hashtags CityNatureChallenge and EverydayWildlife.”

Liverpool City Region’s 2019 entry for the City Nature Challenge came second in Europe and Central Asia, 24th in the World out of 159 global cities and second overall in the world for the number of verified records.

Find out more about City Nature Challenge 2020.

Sefton residents urged to go green and ‘grow your own’.

 

Green Sefton back RHS decision to cancel North West in Bloom judging

Residents across Sefton can still showcase their gardening skills, despite the cancellation of this year’s North West in Bloom judging.

Due to the ongoing restrictions with COVID-19 the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has decided to cancel judging for this year.

Although numerous voluntary and community groups will understandably be disappointed by the announcement, Green Sefton – who help co-ordinate North West in Bloom within the Borough – still want people to remain active within the competition.

Green Sefton’s Suzanne McCumiskey said: “Green Sefton fully support and understand the decision made by the RHS. We would urge all the groups in Sefton to use the time to plan for next year’s competition and consider ways to support neighbouring groups and volunteers when the current situation changes. Groups should also consider the funding opportunities that Green Sefton circulate to groups on a weekly basis.

“Community groups have done amazingly well in the North West in Bloom competition for many years and Green Sefton is certain that groups will come back with an even greater passion and commitment to help improve and make Sefton cleaner and greener.”

Suzanne also paid tribute to Bill Blackledge MBE, Chairman of North West in Bloom, who recently passed away.

She said: “Bill had judged the competition in Sefton for many years. ‘Sefton in Bloomers’ had great respect and admiration for Bill and for the dedication he gave to the competition and for helping Sefton improve on its success over the years. Bill’s lovely humour, warmth and genuine love and passion for horticulture will be sadly missed by Sefton. Green Sefton express our sincere sympathy to his family.”

If you would like to become involved in North West in Bloom you can email green.sefton@sefton.gov.uk

If you have an interest in taking a more active role in community gardening visit  https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/community-gardening and for hints and tips on growing your own food visit https://mysefton.co.uk/2020/04/09/sefton-residents-urged-to-go-green-and-grow-your-own/

 

 

People in Sefton urged to support frontline workers by staying at home

Sefton Council has joined forces with colleagues at Merseyside Police and local hospital trusts to urge people to stay at home this weekend.

Our joint message is simple – the more you stay at home the less people will become infected with the virus and the quicker we can return to normality and start to live our lives again #StayHomeSaveLives

In the last week, there have been increases in the number in the number of people choosing to visit the region’s beaches, parks and open spaces for more than their permitted daily exercise. This is, no doubt, due to the warm weather we are currently experiencing more of which is expect over the weekend.

While we understand that boredom may be setting in and that some people may be frustrated by the restrictions in place we would like to just ask people to remember the human impact that the Coronavirus is having on our communities and the loved ones of families across the county.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Once again, we are stressing the need for people to stay local and not to travel to parks, beaches and other open spaces this weekend and every day, for the sake of their own health and in the interest of everybody else’s health.

“Of course, we want people to get their daily session of exercise, and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine locally but there is no excuse for anyone to ignore the need to maintain social distancing and put themselves and others in danger.

“Our parks and our coastline will still be there when Covid-19 has gone but I’m seriously concerned that if people ignore these rules that have been designed to protect them, some of them won’t.”

Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said: “As each day passes more families across the region are finding themselves facing the harsh reality of the impact of Coronavirus.

“In the last couple of weeks, we have seen the number of cases increase in the region and we need to ensure that we do everything possible to support the NHS call to #StayAtHomeSave Lives.

“These are exceptionally challenging times. We know that people are frustrated at being asked to stay in but we all need to stick together and abide by the rules so that everyone stays safe.

“Anyone can contract and spread coronavirus so I would ask the question – is having a picnic, sunbathing on the beach or in a local park, or meeting with friends more important than your health and the health of your loved ones?

“Our beaches and beauty spots will still be there for you to enjoy once the pandemic is over. And the more we can adhere to the restrictions in place now, the quicker we can return to normality. But ignore the restrictions now and we could find ourselves in this position for longer and possibly with harsher restrictions.

“People should only be leaving home for essential activities –  shopping for food and medication, exercising and going to work if they are key workers and can’t work from home – and please remember to abide by social distancing rules when in public places.

“Our officers will continue to be out and about in local communities engaging with the public; checking that people aren’t flouting the restrictions; reminding people why those restrictions are in place and encouraging them to do the right thing and go home.

“We have taken a common-sense approach to policing the legislative powers given to the police and we want to work with people and only use the powers as a last resort. But our message is clear if you are consistently and flagrantly ignoring the Government powers we will use the legislation that is open to us.

“Those who are consistently flouting the legislation are putting others at risk, including their own families, and I would appeal to their families to explain to them the potential consequences their actions could have on their loved ones. At the end of the day none of us want to be cooped up at home, but that’s a better option that the potential alternative.

“These are unprecedented and challenging times for all of us, but we all have loved ones and we need to think about them and understand the danger we are putting ourselves, and our loved ones, in.”

You can find the Government’s latest guidance on social distancing here.

 

Coronavirus testing facilities supports Sefton key workers to return to work

A pilot mobile testing site in Southport is now offering tests to key workers, and the people they live with, if they have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms.

Over the next two days, key workers who are self-isolating (either because they themselves or the people they live with are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms) can be tested, enabling people in vital roles to return to work sooner if they test negative.

Employees who are eligible for testing will be contacted by their employer or can contact their employers to request a test, either on behalf of themselves or a family member / someone who lives in their household.

Eligible candidates are people aged over 18 who are symptomatic but not so ill that they can’t work, or family members causing a key worker to need to self-isolate until Covid-19 can be ruled out. Anyone who is too ill to work will not be tested.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “I’m proud that the very first pilot testing facility in Cheshire and Merseyside is taking place in Southport.

“Sefton Council, working closely with our partners across the borough, have been identifying those key workers who meet the strict criteria for testing, so that they can be tested for Covid19 in a safe and accessible way.

“Our dedicated workforces want to be at work, supporting our local communities, and those who test negative will be able to return to the vital roles they play in the fight against Coronavirus.”

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