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Freshfields Rescue host pub quiz double-header to celebrate 40th birthday

Freshfields Animal Rescue is continuing its mammoth 40th birthday celebrations with two charity pub quizzes in April.

As part of the yearlong commemoration of the much loved animal rescue shelter, Freshfields have teamed up with a Southport pub quiz host for a double header of trivia and game nights in April.

Oragnisers are hoping the quiz nights, hosted at the Freshfields Pub, Formby and Kokomo Wine Bar, Southport will raise much needed funds to help abandoned, abused and unwanted animals who have been rescued by the shelter.

Naomi Clarke, Community Fundraiser at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, said: “Everyone loves a good quiz and we’re inviting everyone to come down to either night to tickle your trivia tastebuds and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes!

“They are both guaranteed to be fantastic evenings and we are formally laying down the challenge for you to pit your knowledge of pop culture, music and current affairs against some of the finest quiz brains in Sefton – and it’s all for a great cause.

“At Freshfields Animal Rescue the need for our services never stops, and we simply would not have reached our 40th year without the fantastic support of our local communities across Sefton.

“Our quiz host, Ollie Cowan, has been a close friend of Freshfields for some time, and in the spirit of Sefton Council’s ‘Year of Friendship’, this is another brilliant way for us all to come together and change lives for the better.

“Invite your friends, spread the word, and we look forward to seeing you there.”

Ollie, who hosts Jolly Olly’s Quiz Night at Kokomo Wine Bar, Southport every Wednesday evening, said: “The team at Freshfields Animal Rescue do some incredible and selfless work helping animals and I am delighted to be able to play a small part in helping celebrate their 40th birthday.

“We’ll have games, trivia, raffles and lots of prizes to give away so please get your teams together and join us at the Freshfields Pub, Massams Lane, Formby on Friday April 12 and Kokomo Wine Bar on Bold Street, Southport on April 17 from 8pm.”

For more information about both quizzes visit www.facebook.com/jollyollysquiz.

Find out more about Freshfields Animal Rescue via www.freshfields.org.uk

Register your appliances for a safer 2019

Registering your appliance’s details is now as vital a safety precaution as fitting life-saving smoke alarms.

It applies whether you are a home owner, tenant or landlord.

Safety recalls on appliances are rare, but if a problem arose it’s crucial the appliance can be located and a free repair made.

And there is no better – or easier – way to instantly be on the manufacturer’s radar than to take a few seconds on www.registermyappliance.org.uk registering each appliance.

Once registered, in the rare instance of a safety repair, a qualified engineer would visit to perform a quick fix, making the product safe for the rest of its working life. It is a simple means to ensure safety.

There are 170 million large appliances in use in UK homes. Multiple ownership is now common – over 2 million freezers are now in four-freezer households.

We rely on such domestic appliances daily for important jobs – chilling food, cooking, cleaning and washing. And it doesn’t matter if your appliance is not new – you can register appliances up to 12 years old.
So it makes sense to minimise risk by registering as many products as you can. Make 2019 your safest year yet by visiting www.registermyappliance.org.uk.

Lets put a stop to child sexual exploitation

Merseyside Police and Sefton Council are showing their support as part of National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day.

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of CSE by gathering information, working alongside our partner agencies and talking to children and vulnerable people about standing up and speaking out against CSE.

On Tuesday, March 19, officers and staff from the local policing teams in Sefton are carrying out a day of action at St Michael’s Secondary School in Crosby. Here they’ll be accompanied by charity ‘Catch 22’ where they’ll deliver a series of CSE workshops where children can learn about supporting their friends, ways of reporting abuse and inappropriate relationships as well as speaking out against abuse.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said; “The Council are committed to preventing young people from being sexually abused. We are working with the Merseyside Police and partner agencies to help tackle this problem.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to protect children from this devastating crime and so it’s important to understand what child exploitation is, be aware of the warning signs, and have the confidence to discuss any concerns with the Council’s safeguarding team.”

Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs from the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit said: “Sexual exploitation exists in lots of different forms and it is not always obvious to the victim when it first starts happening. It’s a dreadful crime which can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their families, which is exactly why having something like National CSE Day to highlight the issue is so important.

“We all have a duty of care to young people living, working and visiting Merseyside and we should all continue to try and help in any way we can to put a stop to the sexual exploitation of children.

“We must talk openly and encourage parents, grandparents, teachers, health professionals, social services and any other adults alike to take some time to better educate themselves about CSE and its devastating consequences. That way, each of us can spot the signs, protect young people and reduce the number of offences being committed.”

Active Alma astounds instructors as she turns 100!

A Maghull woman is proving that age is just a number as she continues to impress instructors at Sefton’s Active Ageing sessions – at 100 years old!

Alma Jones, who celebrated her landmark birthday on Tuesday March 12, is a familiar face at her local Active Ageing Falls Prevention class and she insists keeping active is key to her longevity.

Bootle born Alma regularly joins other elderly residents at St Andrews Church, Maghull for the weekly classes where skilled instructors help Over 65s to develop muscle strength and improve balance, with the aim of preventing potentially serious falls or accidents.

As well as attending the sessions, Alma, a mother of two, admitted to keeping a very active lifestyle from an early age – including rock-climbing, fell walking, hockey and tennis – is the secret to reaching 100!

Alma said: “Not only are the Active Ageing classes fantastic for keeping well and building up your muscle strength, they’re also a great opportunity for people to make friends and have a chat between exercises!

“I love coming to the class. I have always been very active and throughout my life I’ve done lots of exciting things like rock-climbing and made sure I always kept fit by swimming, cycling and general good living.

“I still swam right up until my nineties and played sports too. Now I enjoy this Active Ageing class and I can assure you, you know which muscles you use at the end of it!

“We balance, stretch and make sure we keep as fit as possible in the class. I’d encourage anybody to come to one of our classes as it’s not only a fantastic way to keep fit, but it’s also very beneficial for making friends.”

At a recent Active Ageing class Alma was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a cake from instructors and her fellow members sang happy birthday to her.

She followed up by celebrating her landmark birthday surrounded by family and friends at her home.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Alma is a fantastic lady and she has proven that you can still lead an active and healthy lifestyle, even at the age of 100!

“Our Active Ageing teams, are committed to helping anyone who is unsteady on their feet or wants to gain more confidence walking through their free twelve week courses.”

Active Ageing is a Free 12-week programme designed to help with the prevention of falls for those aged 65 and over and who live within the South Sefton area.

The programme includes a range of exercises aimed at focusing on improving strength and balance to help reduce the risk of a further fall occurring.

For more information about the Active Ageing programme, which is funded by South Sefton CCG, and other available courses, please call 0151 934 2352.

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Sefton Council receives accreditation for excelling in customer service delivery

Sefton Council is delighted to have been awarded the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Quality Mark.

The accreditation is a unique tool designed to promote and encourage continual improvement and maintaining standards when dealing with customers.

Gaining this award demonstrates the Council’s commitment to maintain a first-class customer experience, ensuring that residents are at the heart of everything the Council does.

Since 2013, revenues and benefits services and front-line customer services such as ‘One Stop Shops’ and Contact Centres, have successfully achieved the CSE accreditation following an annual independent assessment.

The council received the accreditation based on 5 key categories; Customer Insight, The Culture of the Organisation, Information & Access, Delivery & Timeliness and Quality of Service.

A dedicated team coordinated the accreditation process over the period of six-months leading up to the award in December 2018. The team are now working towards repeating this success in 2019.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “We are very proud to have received such a highly recognised accreditation. During the assessment, the Council stood up to rigorous scrutiny in order to achieve it. This involved gathering evidence and examples of how we have excelled in service delivery and customer service, a visit to the site from an independent assessor and interviews with staff and partner organisations.

“We are extremely pleased that several areas were highlighted to have shown a real commitment to customer service delivery, based on a good understanding of our residents needs and preferences. Staff politeness, friendliness, professionalism and knowledge were commended as being a core strength of the culture of the organisation. The assessor also emphasised the high levels of customer satisfaction with the quality information and accessibility across our front-line services.”

Recognition and thanks goes to the team of CSE champions: Mike Mooney, Kim Leggett, Steve Woods, Helen Pritchard and Alex Blundell.

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