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A special memorial service will take place to remember victims of the Holocaust

A special ceremony will be held for Holocaust Memorial Day.

The service, which is open to the public will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns on Sunday, January 26, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm.

The Council acknowledges this milestone year as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Councillors and council officers will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as well as members of the public.

All will take part in a minute’s silence.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “It is so important that each year we join others around the world to take a moment of reflection to remember those who endured genocide and honour the survivors whose lives were changed forever.

“At the annual service in Southport, our diverse communities will stand together to demonstrate how lessons from the past have taught us that prejudice must be challenged by us all.

“We would like as many people as possible to attend so if you have the time, please join us to mark this day.”

The service in Southport is open to everyone, with refreshments served at the end.

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Important information: temporary limit to paying for council services

In order to carry out an essential security upgrade on the council’s payment system there will be restricted access to Sefton’s online, telephone and face to face payments on Wednesday, January 22.

The payments system is expected to be unavailable from 10am on Wednesday, January 22 and it is anticipated that all the upgrade work and testing should be completed by 3pm.

Please make any necessary arrangements to pay for your council services in advance of this or for anyone who normally uses the self-service payment kiosks at Bootle or Southport One Stop Shop’s, you can continue to do so as this service will remain in place throughout and is unaffected by this work.


Get fit this January with Sefton’s Couch 2 5K Programme

Active Sefton has announced that its hugely successful Couch to 5K programme will be returning to Litherland from Monday 13th January.

Taking place every Monday and Wednesday, at Litherland Sports Park, the coach-led crash courses aim to help you get back into shape or rediscover your love of running over a number of weeks. while The 10 week Litherland course, starting January 13, is priced at £10.

The sessions are perfect training for those looking to get fit, find a love of running or build up stamina. Classes are drop in, drop out but it is recommended that runners take part in as many as possible.

Both sessions will run from 6-7pm each evening.

Running has many health benefits, including improved heart and lungs; and when combined with a healthy diet can result in weight loss. A more active life style is also known to improve mental health and can act as a great stress reliever.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Taking part in Active Sefton’s Couch to 5k is a great way to get fit and in shape

“As well helping to keep you in shape, the programme is also a great way to meet new people and make links with the local community. Good luck to everybody who decides to take part, and most importantly have fun!”

For more information about Couch to 5k, contact Active Sefton on 0151 288 6286 or email

Take control of your health this New Year

After all the indulgence of the festive season, health professionals and Sefton Council are encouraging you get the New Year off to the right start by taking better control of your health.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are reminding you about the number of great resources available to people living in Sefton who are looking to make positive changes to their lifestyle.

Living Well Sefton enables people to make small changes to their lives that can have a big impact on their wellbeing. It offers individual and group support around a broad range of issues, from eating better and being more active, to managing debt.

Anne-Marie Morrison, Living Well Sefton assistant manager, explains: “Together with our partners we encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices including stopping smoking, learning healthy cooking, taking up new hobbies and meeting new friends.”

All Sefton residents are eligible and can self refer via the website or by calling 0300 323 0181.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is a good idea to take a break from drinking during January. People tend to drink a lot more in the run up to Christmas due to all the get-togethers and Christmas parties. Even if you are staying within the recommended intake, drinking most days of the week – no matter how much – can have bad effects on your physical and mental health. 

“Persistent alcohol misuse can lead to heart disease, stroke, liver disease and liver cancer among other things. I would encourage you to take part in Dry January and start your New Year off on the right foot. The first few days will be hard, but it will get easier as you go along.” 

Visit the One You website for tips and guidance about drinking less and a range of lifestyle advice.

Sefton Council’s Smokefree Sefton service can also support people that are trying to stop smoking. The programme provides behavioural support combined with up to 12 weeks’ worth of products to help you quit smoking.

For more information on Smokefree Sefton visit the website.


Sefton’s adult social care service shortlisted for national award

Sefton’s Supported Living Service is a finalist in the Health and Social Care category at the 2020 LGC Awards.

The service has been shortlisted thanks to its innovative Individual Service Fund (ISF) Model which has given local people with learning disabilities more control over their own lives and a greater choice of how they’d like to receive their care.

The ISF model was developed by Sefton Council in partnership with NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG as a way to improve outcomes for people in need of complex care. This came as a result of a review undertaken by the Council, the CCGs and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust which explored how services that provided housing and support provisions for people with learning disabilities could be improved.

Sefton has been shortlisted out of a record number of 700 entries to this year’s LGC Awards which celebrate outstanding practice and cutting-edge innovations in Local Government.

Deborah Butcher, Sefton Council’s Interim Director for Adult Social Care, said: “The ISF Model has really revolutionised how we offer care to people with learning disabilities in Sefton. This will enable more people to live better lives for longer and give them greater control over how they’d like to be supported.”

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a brilliant example of the power of partnership work and I am delighted that it has been recognised on a national level.”

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for both CCGs in Sefton, said: “We’ve designed this pioneering model of care together with the people with learning disabilities who are supported by it and their advocates, so it’s fantastic that our partnership has been nominated for such a prestigious award.”

Nick Golding, LGC Editor, said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation helps provide the best services for residents, despite local government facing ongoing financial constraint.

“The officers and councillors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive, benefiting everyone who uses them.”

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