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Next of kin: Ian Cook

Officers are appealing of behalf of the coroner’s office to trace the next of kin of 67 year old Ian Cook.

Mr Cook sadly passed away at his home address on Knowsley Road, Southport on 27th September. 

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone that knows Mr Cook, his family members or next of kin should contact Coroners Investigation Officer on 01517773481 or email Albert.Howard-Murphy@merseyside.police.uk.

Food & drink traders wanted to support Sefton Constellations project

Sefton Council is looking for food and drink concessions to take part in a special event in Crosby from November 8-10

To coincide with Sefton being named Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture in 2020, an awe inspiring arts display is coming to Crosby Coastal Park from November 8-10.

The special arts project is designed to inspire local communities to rediscover their local neighbourhoods and spend time stargazing.

Constellations Presents the Parabolic Lightcloud in Crosby and Sefton Council are appealing for local food and drink concessionaires to take part.

While final details of the event are yet to be announced, those who are interested in finding out more should email Kerry.pavey@sefton.gov.uk.

Speak up this World Mental Health Day

sefton in mindIn conjunction with World Mental Health Day on 10 October, health experts in Sefton are encouraging people to look after themselves and open up about any issues they may be dealing with.

Most people will confront some sort of mental health difficulty in their lifetime. The state of your mental health can be affected by factors such as drugs and alcohol, work-related stress and grief – among other things.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We need to look after our mental health just like our physical health. It’s really important that you speak to someone if you notice a change in your mental health or a change in someone else such as feeling or acting more stressed, being unhappy or disengaged. “

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “Sharing how you are feeling by speaking to a friend or family member can help you to feel better. Activities such as meditation, exercise and breathing techniques have also been shown to enhance your mental health. There are also local services that can help you should you feel you need more support.”

People in Sefton have access to a number of resources including Access Sefton, a service that provides guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling for anyone aged 16 and over.

Ryan Forrest at Access Sefton added: “World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to have a chat with a friend, family member or colleague to ask them how they’re feeling. Opening up the conversation around mental health will encourage those around you to be more aware of how they’re feeling and reach out for support.”

Patients looking for support can refer themselves to Access Sefton. You can contact them directly by telephoning 0300 303 2708 or visiting www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton. You can also ask your GP practice for information.

For young people aged 11 to 18 years old there is a free online service called Kooth which offers self help materials and a safe online community 365 days a year. This can be accessed at www.kooth.com  

In extreme circumstances, people will experience a mental health crisis. This often means that you no longer feel able to cope or feel in control of your situation. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, can’t cope with day-to-day life or work, think about suicide or self-harm, or experience hallucinations and hear voices.

In these cases, you should contact NHS 111 for help.

To find out more about the help available for anyone struggling with their mental health, visit the NHS website

Have your say on empty properties in Sefton

Sefton residents have until Friday 1st November to have their say on proposed changes to council tax discounts on empty properties.

Sefton Council is proposing to reduce council tax discounts on empty properties, with the aim of bringing more homes into use across the borough.

Properties that have been empty for less than one month would have the discount reduced from 100% to 50%.

Complete the survey online or by visiting your nearest One Stop Shop.

Strengthening families and protecting children in Sefton

Sefton Council is rolling out pioneering new methods to support families of vulnerable children following a successful bid for Government funding.

Sefton is one of 15 local authorities to be awarded a share of £84m of new Department for Education innovation funding, which will help to reduce the number of children entering care by improving family stability.

Adopting the Family Valued model used so successfully by Leeds Council, Sefton and its partners  will work with families to encourage long term changes to keep children safe.

The new project will see families receive person centred care and support at every step as strong relationships are fostered between workers and families.

These close relationships will mean that issues such as addiction, domestic violence and mental health can be tackled as they arise, creating a more stable environment for children.

 Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said:

“The funding from the DfE will be a catalyst for our family centred approach to supporting children at risk – adopting the Family Valued model represents an opportunity to make a lasting difference to those children by supporting their family units.”

Find out more about Strengthening Families and its projects across the UK at the Government website

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