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‘Self care doesn’t mean doing it alone’, say Sefton healthcare and community leaders

Sefton’s health and community leaders are using Self Care Week (15-21 November) to offer advice and highlight the support available to help residents take better care of their health and wellbeing.

Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health at Sefton Council, said:

“Self Care Week is about encouraging people to take steps to prevent illness, adopt healthier choices, manage minor ailments and look after their health and wellbeing. Self Care Week is a perfect time to think about the changes we can make to help us take better care of ourselves and our families. Self-care doesn’t mean you should do it alone – lots of support is available!”

Susanne Lynch MBE, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“Knowing what to do and where to go for help is an important part of practising self care. Remember, it isn’t just your GP practice that can help, your local pharmacists are also health experts who can help with all sorts of conditions and treatments. Anyone can access expert advice and buy a range of medicines for minor illnesses over the counter from a local pharmacy, without needing a prescription from their GP.

“In addition, Care at the Chemist is a scheme for patients registered with a GP in Sefton, which enables pharmacists to provide any medicines they recommend for a range of minor conditions, which will be free of charge to patients who do not pay prescription charges.”

Active Sefton is a Sefton Council run initiative that provides services designed to improve physical health and mental wellbeing.

Natalie Ashworth, locality team manager from Active Sefton, said:

“We can provide free NHS health checks which are aimed at picking up early signs of conditions that can then be prevented such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease and helping people live longer, healthier lives.

“We also run services aimed at providing people with the opportunity to live more active and healthy lifestyles and support for older people who may be at risk of a fall, to reduce their risk and maintain their independence. Speak to your GP practice about these services or call 0151 934 2352 for more information”

Support with being active and meeting people is also provided through Living Well Sefton, which is a free service led by Sefton CVS, helping people with issues affecting their health and wellbeing.

Gemma Boardman, programme manager at Living Well Sefton, said:

“Living Well Sefton supports Sefton residents to make small changes to their lives that can have a big impact on their wellbeing. From walking groups to lunch clubs, our mentors can provide in-depth support by working out how physically active you want to be and assess your wellbeing by tailoring a plan just for you.”

If you’re feeling anxious, depressed or simply need someone to talk to, there is plenty of help available. If you’re registered with a GP in Sefton, Talking Matters is a free, confidential service to help deal with common mental health difficulties. Call them on 0300 303 2708 or go to www.mhm.org.uk/talking-matters-sefton.

For practical tips and expert advice to improve your mental health, you can also visit www.kindtoyourmind.org. There’s also a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service run by Mersey Care, for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. Text HEAL to 85258.”

The NHS website also has a host of information on symptoms, conditions and treatments. If you do need medical advice and aren’t sure where to go, use NHS 111 online at www.111.nhs.uk  or call 111 for assistance in getting the medical help you need.

A huge range of information on local services and support for improving physical and mental health, as well as easy to follow online self care guides for common conditions is available online from:

Statement: Orrell Mount 3G pitch works postponed

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, has today (Friday, November 12th) announced that work to create brand new 3G pitches on Orrell Mount in Bootle will be temporarily paused in order to continue open dialogue with local community groups.

Throughout the planning application process for the hugely beneficial scheme residents, members of the community and a number of sports organisations were consulted on the plans, which received wide reaching support.

Proposals were approved and work was due to be undertaken on site this week. These works however have now been put on hold following a recent public demonstration.

Cllr Maher said: “While we have continued to engage with the community around Orrell Mount, recent demonstrations on site have indicated there is still more dialogue to be had.

“Our initial consultations led Sefton to revamp, tweak and add in certain elements to the scheme in order to best benefit surrounding residents and address concerns raised, which is why we were confident that a schedule of works could begin in earnest.

“It was never our intention to close the park off while these works took place and this drastic decision was only taken at the eleventh hour in order to keep both the public and contractors safe after it became clear demonstrations could lead to a health and safety issue.

“After a significant amount of discussion between Cabinet, ward members and officers, we have unanimously agreed to temporarily halt all works and reopen the park as a sign of good faith, while we seek to continue further constructive dialogue and consultation with residents.

“We all want to find a solution which allows this hugely beneficial scheme to become a reality and we will now await the findings of this additional consultation before any further potential progression is made.”

Orrell Mount Playing Fields will now fully reopen, however a small number of playground improvement and maintenance works will still be taking place within the grounds.

 

Students in Sefton show they are the climate leaders of the future for COP26

Students in Sefton have been given the chance to take part in their very own COP26 session on the last day of the UN conference in Glasgow.

Students have the chance to quiz local leaders and each other on the future of our planet, our emissions targets and will ask themselves what more can be done at a local and individual level to protect our planet.

Students will take part in a conference of two distinct but linked sessions, moving from UN-style dialogue through to what’s happening locally and what difference students can make.

Key speakers include:

  • Cllr Diane Roscoe, Cabinet Member for Education
  • Jon Gordon, Head of Enterprise at Autism Initiatives, Food (Community Farm)
  • Balazs Nagy from Hungary, our EU Independent Rapporteur
  • Anne-Marie Clegg, Environmental Education Officer, Sefton Council

 

Cllr Diane Roscoe, Cabinet Member for Education said:

“I was delighted to be invited to the Sefton Mock COP26 sessions to talk about climate action in Sefton.

“The Council declared a climate emergency back in 2019 and pledged to be net zero carbon by 2030 for all council operations so to come to this mock COP26 session and be quizzed on our plans by the climate leaders of the future has been a fantastic experience.

“There is so much passion for our planet among young people in Sefton and from everything I have seen today, we are in safe hands!”

The event was run by the Liverpool World Centre and aimed to bring students closer to global climate negotiations. Y7-Y11 school students were invited along to bring them closer to the international decision-making process, and to inspire local action.

Sefton Council’s Active Workforce training praised for raising awareness on menopause in the workplace

Active Workforce have been recognised for their work on raising awareness of menopause in the workplace this week in an article by the Daily Mail.

Active Workforce work with local organisations across Sefton to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. Menopause has been high on the agenda since World Menopause Day in October 2020 when Sefton UNISON launched their menopause policy for employees of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council and New Directions, two participating organisations of Active Workforce.

The menopause seminars provide employees with information on how to recognise the symptoms and what treatments and support is available. The one-hour recorded sessions are delivered online and are available to watch any time. The seminars are tailored to four groups; managers, women experiencing the menopause, women who are yet to experience the menopause, and colleagues, particularly men, who want to learn more. In addition to this, Active Workforce facilitate monthly Menopause Groups for employees to listen to specialists in this area and share their experiences.

Dwayne Johnson, Sefton Council’s Chief Exec attended a group session for men and said: “I found the seminar very enlightening and educational. This has been a great session and well worth the hour of my time. I encourage all staff at Sefton Council and organisations across the Borough to get involved and continue to raise awareness of the menopause in the workplace.”

Peter Moore, Head of Highways and Public Protection at Sefton Council, also attended the session for men and said: “I don’t think the impact of the menopause is fully understood by many people, particularly men, I can’t recall any previous workplace conversations where this has been discussed but I know that I must have worked with women who’ve been through the menopause, or are going through it now, and I guess they’ve mostly suffered in silence. This is a life-course event that all women go through. As an employer and as a society we need to recognise this and be prepared to adapt accordingly.’

Active Workforce are encouraging all employees of participating organisations to attend the seminars and group sessions which are now available to employees of local organisations across Sefton.

To find out more about the seminars and how Active Workforce can help your organisation, please contact the team at active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk

Sefton supports care homes to make improvements for health and wellbeing

Registered nursing and residential homes in Sefton are now eligible to apply for up to £20,000 to make physical improvements or purchase technology. The aim of the grant is to make care homes more dementia friendly, improve health and wellbeing and to enhance outcomes for residents.

Round One saw 38 care homes receive £400k in grant funding and Round Two is open now and runs until Friday 17th December 2021.

 

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

“I am delighted to see the launch the Capital Improvement Programme Round Two and encourage Care Home Providers to engage with this exciting opportunity.

“The programme will help the sector to further enhance the quality of life of their residents and shows the continued commitment the Council has to supporting and developing these important services.”

 

Round 1 of the funding has led to providers successfully implementing a wide range of projects which have improved the environment for residents. Projects included the installation of sensory spaces both indoors and outdoors, artwork, summer houses and conservatory refurbishments, cool touch radiators, and dementia friendly technology such as interactive tables.

 

One Sefton Care Home said:

“There is a noticeable difference already in the amount of service users that are spending longer periods of time in the dining areas due to the increase suitability and comfort of the chairs. Staff have found it easier to serve meals to the residents and assist those who need help during mealtimes.”

 

Another Sefton Care Home said:

“I would like to thank Sefton Council for providing us the opportunity and the grant to make the Home more Dementia-friendly. The council is heading in the right direction in terms of offering support to people with dementia.”

 

All care homes in Sefton will now have received an application form. For further information and an application form please email asc.development@sefton.gov.uk

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