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National Allocation Day for Secondary School Places: 2019

Friday 1st March 2019 is the national allocation day where all children transferring from Primary to Secondary School in September 2019 find out which secondary school they have been allocated.

  • 88% of Sefton residents have been allocated their first preference Sefton school.
  • 98% of Sefton residents have been allocated one of their three preferred Sefton schools.
  • 99% of all those who applied for places at Sefton Schols were allocated one of their three preferred schools.

If you applied for your secondary school place online you will receive an email confirmation (if you requested to be notified by email). You can also log in to the citizen portal directly to view your offer information.

Further information about School Admissions can be found on the Sefton Council website.

Services in Sefton to support mental health

Everyone goes through difficult times, but sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we may feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you’re not alone.

There are a number of services available to people in Sefton who may be struggling with their mental health.

If you, or somebody you know, is having suicidal thoughts or is need of support or guidance don’t suffer in silence. Please get in touch with a dedicated service.

Samaritans offer support round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on 116 123. This number is FREE to call and you don’t need to be suicidal to receive support.

Samaritans wants to encourage people to listen to the really important things their friends, family and colleagues need to tell them, and to actually devote some time and attention to being better listeners.

When people feel listened to, it can save a life. Become a better listener with Samaritan’s SHUSH listening tips:

  1. Show you care
  2. Have patience
  3. Use open questions
  4. Say it back
  5. Have courage

For more information visit https://www.samaritans.org/

Access Sefton is a free, confidential service to support people with anxiety, depression and other common mental health conditions. The service is available to anyone aged 16+ and registered with a Sefton GP. You can self-refer via the website www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton or by phone 0300 303 2708.

Caring Connections offers support to Sefton veterans with mental health issues through targeted counselling / therapy and physical activity programmes. Contact Caring Connections on 0151 289 2761 or visit www.johnpaulproject.com to find out more.

PAPYRUS is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. If you’re worried about a young person who may be having thoughts of suicide, please contact our HOPELineUK services for professional advice:

Call: 0800 068 41 41
Confidential text:  07786 209 697
e-mail: pat@papyrus-uk.org

Call the PAPYRUS helpline: HOPELineUK 0800 068 41 41.

The helpline is open every day of the year; on weekdays from 10am – 5pm and 7pm – 10pm and during the weekends from 2pm – 5pm.

The Venus Centre in Bootle offers a range of services to support to women, families and children.

Counselling is available at the Centre for women and young women. Sessions can take place at various times through the week and the counselling can be either person-centred, psychodynamic or cognitive behaviour therapy. Individuals can self-refer or referrals can be made through other agencies or organisations.

For more information call 0151 474 4744 or visit https://www.venuscharity.org

 

 

Sefton residents are invited to give their views on bus services in the area

Residents in Sefton have the chance to give their views on bus services in the area in the first consultation phase of a new bus network review in the borough.

This initial consultation phase of the review will run from Wednesday, February 27 until 5pm on Tuesday, March 26.

Members of the public will be able to give their thoughts and feedback via an online survey which can be access from the Bus Network Review webpage at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/busreview.

There will also be two drop-in events taking place in where residents can speak to representatives from Merseytravel about bus services across the area, how they  use them and what might encourage residents to use them more. The two events are listed below:

  • Southport Chapel Street – Wednesday, March 6, 10 to 3pm
  • Bootle New Strand – Thursday, March 7, 10 to 3pm

Merseytravel, as part of its Bus Strategy, is committed to carrying out regular bus network reviews across the Merseyside bus network, with the aim of creating an improved and simpler network.

The first set of reviews took place from 2016 to 2018. Going forward, there will now be a regular cycle of network reviews, ensuring that the bus network delivers the aspirations of the Liverpool City Region.

Historically bus routes were considered on a piecemeal basis. The idea of these network reviews is to consider the commercial network and the supported network – that which relies on public subsidy via Merseytravel – as a whole. This will ensure that the network best reflects the needs of the public and adapts to plans for future housing, leisure and employments developments.

As part of the Bus Alliance with Arriva and Stagecoach, and with support from other operators, Merseytravel is working through these network reviews with the aim of getting more people using the bus by creating a better bus experience.

Part of the review will look at the current supported bus network and consider how increasingly limited public resources can be focused where there is most need.

To help this, we are looking for feedback and information from the public about how they use the bus network in the area, particularly any supported bus service. The first stage of review is to gather feedback on bus services in the area, which will help inform any potential changes.

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

“The original set of bus network reviews helped us to begin to shape the bus network in Merseyside to better fit the needs of residents and businesses, while facing up the challenges we face in trying to fund supported services.

“By listening to the feedback gained in those reviews, we were able to work with commercial operators as part of the Bus Alliance to see where existing routes could be adapted to cover any changes. This has not been the case across the country, where some local authorities have taken the tough decision to withdraw all supported services.

“This latest cycle of bus network reviews will help us to continue to adapt the bus network so that it reflects the aspirations of the Liverpool City Region and we would encourage everyone to give their feedback through the appropriate channels to help shape the network in the best way possible.”

Sefton supports businesses – any size, any sector!

Business growth and investment plans were the topics of conversation as Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, Cllr Marion Atkinson, visited two Southport businesses.

The visits were set up by InvestSefton – Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service who have helped both businesses through their ERDF Business Growth programme.

First up was a visit to Glennray House to meet co-directors Ray Warburton and Glenn Critchley, who have totally revamped a Victorian property in Alexandra Road into a 7-bedroomed B&B.

In its first year of trading, they have already received a Booking.com Gold Accommodation award of 9.7 to 10, an Excellence award from TripAdvisor and invitation and membership of Britain’s finest collection of luxury hotels and B&Bs. InvestSefton has supported the business since its inception and the business now trades on a range of social media and through its own website.

The group then visited Adaptive Communications Solutions – an owner-managed Telecoms IT and web solutions provider business based in Hoghton Street. The company was set up by Managing Director James Brayshaw in 2003 with the aim of creating a reliable telecoms company that focuses on building long term relationships with customers, offering a high-quality service.

The company has grown with a loyal workforce of 25 people and have accrued a wide range of accreditations, qualifications and awards.

InvestSefton has supported the business on its growth journey and more recently James Brayshaw worked with the team by using his expertise to facilitate a number of highly acclaimed b2b events attended by some 200 businesses, helping them to prepare for GDPR.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Once again it was great to see two growing and successful ventures from two ends of the Southport business spectrum that support our own objectives for the local economy and both with a focus on customer quality. For Glennray House, they have gone to great lengths of time and investment to completely restore a beautiful Victorian property to further enhance the Southport visitor offer; I am delighted InvestSefton has been able to lend its support.

“Adaptive Communications Solutions are at the forefront of a growing and highly competitive Telecoms IT and web support market and I have been particularly impressed by the company’s continuing commitment to its staff in terms of their development and wellbeing; again it was good to see that InvestSefton has developed a good relationship with James and his team and in turn they have used their expertise to support other Sefton businesses.”

Ray Warburton of Glennray House, said: “This is the culmination of more than two years hard work and investment and InvestSefton has been with us every step of the way offering support and advice. The online comments we have received have been overwhelming and we are looking forward to grow the business further ”

James Brayshaw of Adaptive Communications Solutions Ltd, added: “I have always passionately believed in looking after your employees. I believe that if you look after people they will look after you. We take customer services very seriously indeed and will always go the extra mile for people. This has led to our fantastic staff and customer retention rates and ultimately been the bedrock of our growth.
“I have enjoyed working with the team at Invest Sefton, their local knowledge has assisted me with networking and development. I would highly recommend speaking to them to see how they can help you

Crack open new friendships at Easter Fun Day

The L21 Network is holding a Community Easter Fun Day at Litherland Youth and Community Centre on Saturday 13 April, 2-4pm.

This FREE event is a brilliant opportunity for people in the local community to come together and  get to know their neighbours.

Activities include a bouncy castle, face-painting, arts and crafts, beat the goalie and even a Playstation 4 Gaming Station.

Merseyside Police will also be facing off against the community in a football match to rival the Merseyside Derby.

In Sefton’s Year of Friendship, Sefton Council is encouraging residents to get out and about to help reduce loneliness and events like this provide the perfect excuse.

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