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Sefton Council reviews Family Centres proposal after community feedback

Sefton Council has listened to its communities and is recommending not to create three Family Wellbeing Centres at this time following overwhelming public feedback.

The Council had been consulting on proposals to have three integrated family and children centre bases for children and young people from 0 to 19 and their families.

More than 1,600 people gave their views during the consultation and the Council held 15 public engagement events. While the majority were in favour of a more joined up approach for a new service through a whole family approach to cover ages from pre-birth to 19 year olds in order, they were not in favour of having three main centres.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to every person who has taken time to respond to this consultation.

 “We have taken great care in listening to our communities and all along we have been clear that we would listen to people’s views. As a result of this valuable feedback, we will consider changing our plans and are recommending that all the existing children and family centres remain open, but will cover support for 0-19 year olds, expand outreach and provide early help services. This will allow us to be more joined up and still make the most of the money that we have available to ensure support for those most in need. It will complement the work we’re doing to transform the way we provide early intervention and prevention services.”

However, due to significant reductions in Government funding over the last few years, the Council has had to make some tough decisions. In order to retain the centres within their current bases and to keep within the available budget, the Council acknowledges it will not be possible to provide the same level of activity within the centres. 

In a report going to Cabinet on December 7, the Council is highlighting this issue and is recommending to change the way it provides funding to the children’s and family centres going forward.

This proposal would mean that the allocated monies will be prioritised on providing services that support parents, carers and all children regardless of age.

If the recommendations are approved, the Council will work closely with schools on the impact of the funding changes, as there would also be likely implications for employees of both the Council and those employed by schools.

Read about Sefton Council’s decision in full at the Agenda for Cabinet on 7 December.

 

Sefton promises festive fun for all the family!

A host of festive treats, fun filled activities and shopping bonanzas are in store this Christmas across our beautiful borough.

Sefton has already started to buzz with merriment as thousands of residents get into the Christmas spirits, whether it be sampling wonderful Christmas markets, donating to the Mayor’s Toy Appeal, enjoying a day out at Splashworld or taking advantage of late night local shopping!

We’ve put together all the info you need to know to make sure you have the most wonderful time of the year!

Shopping

Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of South Road, the bargains of Bootle Strand, the boutiques of Lord Street, Formby’s Chapel Lane or Central Square in Maghull, Sefton is a huge shopping spree waiting to happen all year round.

And it’s no different at Christmas! A number of retailers across the borough are taking part in Late Night Shopping hours on Thursday evenings in the run up to Santa’s arrival, while local businesses are well prepared for a surge in present buying, last minute scrambles and a flurry of winter buys.

A Christmas Market on Chapel Street, Southport runs until December 17 with festive tipples and yuletide treats galore!  The market will compliment Southport’s other vibrant shops, stunning Christmas lights and the arrival of the Southport BID supported ice rink which will be open from December 1-31.

In Formby Chapel Lane is already buzzing with festive shoppers while South Road, Waterloo is the perfect place for a mouth watering meal and a warming drink!

Toy Appeal

Christmas is a time for giving. And what better way than to donate to the Sefton Mayor’s Toy Appeal?

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, is asking as many people as possible across the borough to get behind this year’s Christmas gift appeal. 

The annual request asks all residents in Sefton to try and provide presents for some of the borough’s most deserving children and make this Christmas extra special for them.  

Gifts, for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library, leisure centre or Asda in Southport and Bootle by Wednesday, December 20.

Splash World

Dive right in and take full advantage of Splash World’s reduced prices this December with all adult and junior standard tickets reduced to £5 and all adult & junior gold tickets reduced to £7.50.

Splash World is open as usual every weekend on the run up to the festive period until December 17.

During Christmas, Splash World will have a temporary change to its opening times. It will be open:

December  23: 11am-3pm

December 29: 11am-3pm

December 30: 11am-3pm

January 2: 11am-3pm

January 3: 11am-3pm

January 4: 11am-3pm

January 5: 11am-3pm

 

Libraries 

Libraries across Sefton will come alive with Christmas cheer and fascinating workshops. Musician Tony Crotty will enchant library users with a magical music recital of Christmas songs.

Tony will play a series of historical Instruments and discuss their origins. The session are free but booking is advisable. He will perform at:

Crosby Library (December 13) at 2pm (0151 257 6401)
Bootle Library (December 14) at 2pm (0151 934 5781)
Formby Library (December 19) at 2pm (01704 874177)

All Sefton Libraries host Story and Rhyme times for young children and their carers. In the run up to Christmas the stories take on a festive theme, with snowmen, reindeer and a jolly man in a red coat featuring. More information on this is available via the Sefton Library Facebook page

Registrars open to the public during Christmas period

Sefton’s registrars will continue to operate during the Christmas shutdown period.

Registrars will be available at Southport Town Hall from 9.15am to 4pm on December 22, 27, 28 and December 29 by appointment only to register a death in the borough.

A limited number of marriage notice appointments will also be available during this period. 

For more information or to book an appointment call 0151 934 2011.

 

Next of Kin appeal for Bootle man with Scandinavian links

Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Office is appealing for the family of a man who recently died in Liverpool.

Alexander Jan C Winter-Hall was 45 years old and died on Thursday, 23 November. He previously lived in Milton Street, Bootle. Mr Winter-Hall lived in Liverpool and previously in Norfolk. He is also believed to have family in Sweden.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Winter-Hall’s death.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace any potential next of kin should call 0151 233 0132 or email karen.gregory@liverpool.gov.uk

Next of Kin appeal to trace family of Crosby man

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for the family of a man who recently died in Crosby.

Stuart Greene was 62 years of age and lived in Newborough Avenue.
He died at home on Friday, 24 November.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Greene’s death.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace any potential next of kin should call 0151 777 3422 or email Sefton.Coroners.Office@merseyside.pnn.police.uk.

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