Young carers from Southport recently took part in a unique pilot to help them meet challenges they face in their everyday lives.
The initiative from Sefton Council’s library service and Sefton Carers Centre, will enable young carers with a love of reading to indulge their passion while learning new skills.
Twelve girls from Greenbank High took part in the pilot at Formby Library, where they were introduced to the library service’s e-lending service, Borrowbox, so that they do not have to worry about fines for late returns, while being able to reserve many more book and audio book titles.
Apprentices at Formby Library, who have developed their videography skills through the pioneering Chapters apprenticeship scheme with Sefton library service, passed on their knowledge in workshops they delivered to the young carers.
Supporting the apprentices was Louisa, a library assistant in Formby Library, who herself has been a young carer. The workshop was a huge success, culminating in a young carers book review, which you can watch at:
Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities said:
“It is very heartening to see these young women grasp the opportunity presented to them with such aplomb. It is also pleasing to see our libraries and Sefton Carers Centre working together to make a real difference to young people’s lives.
“Sefton’s library service is consistently delivering new and innovative programmes tailored to our communities, helping them to tackle a wide range of issues, from social isolation to joblessness and much more besides”
“If you have not done so already, visit your local library. You will find they are vibrant places with a world of information, advice and help in a welcoming, fun environment.”
Andrea Watts, Head of Communities at Sefton Council said:
“For many young carers, reading books can be about escapism when they cannot meet their peers outside of school. Introducing them to the e-lending service is such a simple but brilliant idea – I hope this is the start of something special.
“Young carers juggle lots of different worries that can affect their mental well being, so we should not underestimate bringing the girls together for this pilot. It enabled them to socialise and have fun around their love of books and meeting apprentices and staff at the library.
“That their first book review was so composed and polished, is something that both they and the library apprentices should be very proud of.”
If you know a young carer who struggles due to their caring role, tell them about Sefton Carers Centre. You can contact Sefton Carers Centre on 0151 288 6060. You can also discover support for young carers by asking at your local library.
Sefton Council is asking local residents join the rest of the UK and be part of 100 million visits to UK parks during Love Parks Week.
Love Parks Week takes place 14-23 July and is now in its eleventh year. It is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. The local authority is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to share why they love their local park.
Using #LoveParks, Sefton residents are being encouraged to take photos, videos or simply describe what they love about their parks while tagging the local authority on social media as they visit their parks.
Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future generations to enjoy.
In Sefton, the following parks and organisations will be taking part:
Southport – Botanic Gardens Community Association; Lord Street IN Bloom Volunteers; Friends of Rotten Row and Friends of King’s Gardens (all Southport).
Crosby and Waterloo: Friends of Moorside Park, Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens.
Bootle: North Park, Friends of Derby Park and Orrell Mount
Cllr. Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Well Being said: “In Sefton we have some of the best parks in the UK and we should rightly be proud of them. Unfortunately, we can take them for granted and not fully appreciate the fantastic resource we have that makes leisure time affordable for all of our residents whatever their background. It is great to see Love Parks Week come round again to urge us to celebrate and enjoy what we have.
“While it feels timely to celebrate our parks during the summer, I would urge local residents to beat a path to their local park throughout the year – they will be surprised at the sheer variety of activities they can enjoy, from park runs to open air cinemas and everything in-between.”
Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award manager said,
“We believe that everybody, wherever they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations.”
To find out where your local park is in Sefton, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/parks
To tag Sefton Council in your #LoveParks posts use :@seftoncouncil (Twitter) / SeftonParks (Facebook) and @parksinsefton (Instagram).
The ever popular free sessions helping children to cycle safely is returning on a number of dates during the Summer holidays.
‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ are aimed at children aged four and above to enable them ride a bike unaided.
The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical support to young riders and their parents.
Parents of youngsters that have taken part in previous sessions have said: “Thank you to you and your team for this morning’s cycling session. It was brilliantly run and the positive attitude and enthusiasm of you and your team was evident from the start. Great tips, great advice, and great results.” KW “We have absolutely loved the session today and both Dylan and us have learnt the skills to carry this on and enjoy cycling together as a family. Thank you so much!” SN
Sessions will take place from 9am to 12pm on Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 22nd August at Litherland Sports Park Boundary Lane, Litherland L21 7LA, as well as Thursday 10th and Thursday 31st August at Shoreside Primary School Westminster Drive, Ainsdale PR8 2QZ.
Pre-booking is essential and you can register a place by calling Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845.
Southport golfing sensation Tommy Fleetwood is a shining example of the Sefton Sports Awards.
The Awards, which take place on Wednesday (July 12) at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, celebrate sporting success and achievement from teams and individuals across the whole of the borough.
They are organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio.
In 2008, a young Tommy Fleetwood won the Young Male Sports Personality of the Year Award at the Sefton Sports Awards for his golfing achievements.
Since then Tommy has excelled in the sport and is now ranked as the 15th best golfer in the world and a hot favourite for the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale later this month.
Ahead of this year’s Sefton Sports Awards, Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Tommy Fleetwood’s talents were recognised in Sefton back in 2008 and since then he has become a household name on the global golfing circuit.
“His success so far is a perfect example to sports people in any field on what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.
“Who knows at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards we may have another superstar right in our midst?
“Hopefully Tommy will have another successful time at this years Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale and we wish him all the best for now and the future.”