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Call for independent living equipment in Sefton to support efforts to tackle coronavirus

Residents across Sefton are being asked to take part in a community equipment amnesty and support the efforts to tackle the coronavirus.

Anyone who has been issued with no longer needed community aids and equipment are being asked to return it to help meet demand at this time.

This can be any equipment you may have been issued with in the past and no longer need, including walking frames and hospital beds.

Smaller items such as raised toilet seats are not currently in demand.

Residents are being asked to return equipment to Sefton Community Equipment Stores in Aintree.

This is so stocks can be replenished and re-issued to meet the expected increase in demand, as part of the ongoing commitment to ensure all residents living in Sefton have access to support and aids that they need to maintain independent living at home.

If you have any equipment that has been issued from Sefton Stores that is no longer being used, please ring the Stores to arrange a pick up from your home. Alternatively, you can return it to:

Sefton Community Equipment Stores

Unit 2C

Bechers Drive

Aintree Racecourse Retail & Business Park

Aintree

Liverpool

L9 5AY

 

Telephone: 0151 288 6208
Email: equipment.service@sefton.gov.uk

 

 

Sefton’s parks, coast and natural offer still there to be enjoyed during COVID-19 outbreak

Sefton’s beautiful coastline, nature reserves and heritage parks are still there to be enjoyed during the COVID-19 outbreak, says the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing.

Cllr Ian Moncur believes the ability to enjoy Sefton’s natural assets has become more important than ever, as people seek exercise and recreational activities during this time.

Sefton boasts 20 miles of coastline, an abundance of wildlife and a wealth of parks and other attractive outdoor spaces.

Cllr Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “As long as social distancing is practiced and people respect the current Government guidelines on limiting the spread of the coronavirus, then our nature reserves, parks and coastline all remain open for people to enjoy.

We are so fortunate in Sefton to have such beautiful natural assets on our doorstep and there are plenty of wonderful things to look out for at the minute as the natural world wakes up after winter.

So long as everyone acts responsibly at this time Sefton is the perfect place to get some fresh air and exercise and enjoy nature.”

Staffing at some locations may be reduced as a result of the continuing impact of the coronavirus. Visitors are politely asked to take any litter home with them at this time, particularly in more remote locations, if bin collection services are affected.

Green Sefton and Sefton Council will be keeping visitors updated via web and social media channels.

If you see anything that requires attention in any of our green spaces, email greensefton@sefton.gov.uk. Green Sefton may not be able to commit as many resources to regular inspections during the COVID-19 outbreak, so visitors can play their part in helping us to maintain our green spaces.

 

 

 

Sefton Council continue to support vulnerable residents during Coronavirus outbreak

Sefton Council’s Adult Social Care team are continuing to ensure the borough’s most vulnerable adults are protected during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The team will continue to work with all care agencies and social care providers to ensure essential services are being provided.

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak care assessments will, for the time being, be conducted over the phone. Any visits by social workers or occupational therapists will be essential visits only.

More information can be found on Sefton Council’s Adult Social Care page.

For more information about the Coronavirus visit Sefton Council’s dedicated webpage. For the latest information about how the Coronavirus is affecting other Council services visit our Community Services page.

Sefton Leisure Centres to temporarily close to help fight COVID19

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 Sefton Council have taken the decision to temporarily close our Leisure Centres.

This includes Dunes Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Bootle Leisure Centre, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Meadows Leisure Centre.

The last day of operation will be Friday, March 20th.

All activities including swimming lessons are also suspended until further notice. This also extends to community based Active Sefton sessions and the Easter Be Active Programme.

We are fully aware of the incredible value our Leisure Centres and wider activities hold for the health and wellbeing of our communities.

However due to recent government guidance, these temporary arrangements are crucial to help in the next phase of the government’s plan to tackle the outbreak.

It is still very important to remain as active as possible during this time. We will do our absolute best to provide helpful hints, tips and guidance for residents via our social media channels and recommend that residents remain active at a social distance utilising the outdoors where possible.

All direct debit payments will automatically be suspended until the Leisure Centres reopen and as such there is no need to contact us to arrange this.

We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding at this time.

Sefton calls on Department for Health for funding clarity

Sefton Council have written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care for clarification on as yet unreleased public health grant funding.

The leader of the council, Cllr Ian Maher, has expressed his disappointment on behalf of the authority to Secretary of State Matt Hancock after the government failed to release the funding.

Sefton Council commissions and delivers a number of crucial public health services including smoking cessation, drug and alcohol services and integrated wellness services, which help keep people well and stop them needing more expensive NHS interventions.

However without clear and detailed budgets from the Department for Health and Social Care, local authorities, including Sefton, will struggle to effectively plan for these vital services in the future.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “At a time when the NHS is facing unprecedented levels of demand, not supporting the very services that can help keep people well and away from the NHS is an absolute false economy.

“I call on the Secretary of State on behalf of our wonderful communities to release our public health funding allocation immediately and to make that allocation one of significant growth to allow us to continue prioritising prevention services.”

For more information about the vital work Sefton Council’s Public Health team do across the borough, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/public-health

 

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