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Chance to take part in health survey

Sefton Councils’s Public Health team is working in partnership with Healthwatch Sefton to encourage as many Sefton residents as possible to complete a survey as part of the NHS Health Check programme.

This is a national programme which aims to check for early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, Type 2 diabetes or dementia.

The survey data will help to improve the programme and so Sefton’s Public Health team want to hear from local people to evaluate Sefton’s NHS health checks.

Already many people have submitted their comments via the online survey but there is still time to register yours. Click on this link to take you to the survey which closes at the end of November:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SeftonHealthCheck

If you have any queries about the survey then please contact the Healthwatch Sefton team on 0800 206 1304 / 0151 920 0726 ext 214 or email: info@healthwatchsefton.co.uk

 

Green fingered bank staff help spruce up Derby Park

A team of green fingered volunteers have teamed up with Sefton’s Parks and Greenspaces team to help spruce up Derby Park, Bootle.

 Eight staff from the Bridle Road based Santander offices donned their gardening gloves and overalls to help improve the park as part of an ongoing community partnership between the council and Santander. 

 The team, alongside Parks and Greenspaces officers, worked throughout the day to paint benches, sweep up fallen leaves, clean up the ball courts, de-weed the Poulsom memorial and even create a new pathway for park visitors. 

 Councillor Ian Moncur, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We are very grateful to the Santander team for taking time out of their busy day to come to Derby park and help spruce it up. 

 “The park looks amazing thanks to their efforts and they’ve done so much towards improving and securing the longevity of Derby Park for many years to come.

 “We hope this also encourages others to respect and look after their local park.”

Katie Pearson, Team Leader at Santander Bridle Road, added:

“We really enjoyed our day volunteering with the Parks and Greenspaces team and we’ll definitely be back soon.

 “It was lovely to see the improvements to the park firsthand and it made us appreciate the huge amount of work Sefton and local Friends groups do to keep parks maintained throughout the year.”

To find out more about the work of Parks and Greenspaces, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/parks

Council clamp down on alleyway dumpers as bill hits £450k

Sefton Council Environmental Health officers are clamping down on alleyway dumpers after a resident was caught flytipping in Litherland.

 Each year Sefton’s cleansing teams have to clear an astonishing 1,500 tonnes of rubbish from alleyways across the borough, costing the Council nearly £450,000 to clear up and dispose of. 

 On average thirty tonnes of flytipped rubbish is left in rear alleyways and passageways each week, with each tonne running up a bill of £300.

 At a recent court case at South Sefton Magistrates Court, Peter O’Neil of Kirkstone Road, Litherland, was found guilty of flytipping a bin bag full of rubbish in an alleyway off Kirk Road in Seaforth.

 He was fined £472.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“People dumping rubbish in alleyways costs the council up to £450,000 a year to clean up and dispose of. 

 “This is a huge bill to clean up after irresponsible flytippers and we won’t hesitate to issue a fine if we catch people doing it. 

 “No matter if its a small bin bag or a huge pile of household waste, it’s still flytipping and you will be fined heavily for irresponsibly disposing of your rubbish. 

 “Flytipping carries a £400 fixed penalty notice and failure to pay will land you in court. 

 “Each week our cleansing teams clear away thirty tons of dumped waste from alleyways alone and this needs to stop. 

 “Flytipping is not only unsightly and anti-social, but it can also be a serious risk to people’s health and can cause considerable damage to the environment.

 “Please dispose of your waste in the proper fashion and make Sefton a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”

If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact us on 0345 140 0845 or report it via our website www.sefton.gov.uk.

 

Major collaboration highlights importance of working with volunteers

A major conference in Sefton has put the spotlight on the importance of collaboration within the voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector to improve the services it offers to borough residents.

More than 100 delegates attended the Growth Through Collaboration event organised by Sefton CVS at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo.

The aim of the conference was to highlight the opportunities and benefits of VCF sector groups working together to develop strength in depth, and maximise their assets and resources.

The conference was sponsored by Rathbone Greenbank Investments, the ethical and sustainable investment arm of Liverpool-based Rathbones, one of the UK’s leading investment managers.

The organisation’s Investment Director, Nick Roe-Ely, was one of the speakers at the event.

Other guest speakers included Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change, Sefton’s Director of Social Care and Health Dwayne Johnson and Rae Brooke, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

Delegates at the conference were also able to find out about up-to-date sources of finance from the representatives of around 15 local, regional and national funding bodies that exhibited at the event.

And the conference also featured a series of interactive workshops on themes including ‘the benefits of collaboration’ and ‘achieving great things with limited resources’.

Sefton CVS Chief Executive, Angela White OBE, commented:

“These are still very challenging times for the VCF sector, and partnership and consortium working are vital if groups are to thrive in the future.

“That’s why we made collaboration the theme of our annual conference this year, and invited a range of experts on the subject to pass on their expertise and experience to representatives of groups based here in Sefton.

“The day proved to be both well attended and successful, with speakers showcasing a series of very good examples of best practice in the field which I am sure has provided delegates with real food for thought in terms of their own operations.”

Remembrance Day Services take place across Sefton

The Mayor of Sefton, councillors and council officers will all attend Remembrance Day services taking place across the borough.

They will all remember those who died in conflict at services being held on Sunday, November 12.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, will attend a morning service at the War Memorial, King’s Gardens, Bootle at 10.55am and an afternoon service at Holy Trinity Church, Formby at 3pm.

Councillors and other Sefton Council representatives will be present at a total of 11 services being held on Sunday, November 12 throughout the borough.

These will be held at other locations in Aintree, Ainsdale, Crosby, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Litherland, Maghull, Southport and Waterloo. Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Labour leader will be at the service at the War Memorial, Lord Street, Southport starting at 10.55am.

In previous years the number of members of the public attending the services has increased and people are advised to arrive in plenty of time.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said:

“Without fail every year councillors, council officers, members of the public and our armed forces are rightfully present at the many services taking place across the borough.

“As the Mayor of Sefton I am very proud to attend them and I hope as many people as possible will attend the services held in Sefton on this very important date.

“It gives us the opportunity to spend some time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women over the years in various conflicts.”

Cllr Bobby Brennan, Sefton Council’s Armed Forces champion, added:

“All the services taking place in Sefton and across the country are very important as we remember those who lost their lives in conflict past and present.

“They give us a chance for us all to remember how we owe a huge debt to every single one of them for the peace and freedom we currently enjoy today. As we pause to remember the fallen we are mindful of our serving men and women as they carry out their duties both at home and overseas.”

District Location Assembly Time Service Time Mayor/Mayor’s Representative
Aintree Junction of Brickwall Lane/Lunt Road/Bridges Lane, Opposite Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 10.30 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr John Sayers
Ainsdale War Memorial Village Green 10.30 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr Lynne Thompson
Bootle War Memorial
King’s Gardens, Stanley Road
10.25 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Dave Robinson
Waterloo War Memorial Five
Lamps, Gt George’s Road
10.30 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Paul Cummins
Crosby War Memorial Garden
Alexandra Park, Coronation Road
10.30 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Les Byrom
Formby Holy Trinity Church
Rosemary Lane, Formby
2.50 p.m. 3.00 p.m. Mayor of Sefton – Cllr Dave Robinson
Hightown War Memorial
St Stephens Road, Hightown
10.35 a.m. 10.45 a.m. Cllr Steve McGinnity
Ince Blundell War Memorial
Lady Green Lane, Ince Blundell
12.05 p.m. 12.15 p.m. Cllr Catie Page
Litherland War Memorial
Town Hall, Sefton Road
10.30 a.m. 10.40 a.m. Cllr Ian Moncur
Maghull St Andrew’s Church
Damfield Lane
9.50 a.m. 10.00 a.m. Cllr Marion Atkinson
Southport War Memorial
Monument Square, Lord Street
10.25 a.m. 10.57 a.m. Cllr Ian Maher
(Leader of the Council)

The Atkinson in Southport 

Join us for an important series of talks and films that showcase Maghull and the Great War Remembered: Shell Shock –the impact and aftermath an ongoing project exploring the ground-breaking treatment of shell shock at Moss Side hospital during the First World War.  Explore Sefton’s First World War heritage through an exhibition of banners and you can do your own research as well as talk to our Volunteer researchers.

Supported by historians from Manchester Metropolitan University, archives consultant Kevin Bolton and staff from our Museum together with local volunteers from throughout Merseyside will be delivering a day of talks, presentations and activities focused on the pioneering wartime work, and post-war legacy, of the now disappeared Moss Side Military Hospital.

Programme of Events

11am  – Two Minute Silence followed by Maghull Parish Handbell Ringers
11.15am – Welcome to Sefton Remembers
11.30am – Moss Side Hospital, Shell Shock & the Community. Kevin Bolton, Archives Consultant
12.15pm Not Forgotten, Shell Shock & the Centennial of the First World War. Dr Sam Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University
1pm – Remembering Moss Side. Bill Esterson MP & Cllr June Burns, Mayor of Maghull
1.15pm – Veterans in Sefton: the work we do & the help we provide
Steve Calderbank, former Chief Petty Officer (Navy), & Dave Smith, former Sergeant Major (Army),
Founders of Veterans in Sefton.
2pm – Research stories. Adam Cree, Volunteer

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