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Friends of Sefton Coast celebrate bumper Year Of The Volunteer campaign

Everybody knows Sefton has few and far between rivals for the title of most beautiful British coastline!

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

The Green Sefton coast and countryside division are supported by hundreds of volunteers called the Friends of Sefton Coast, who give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

Through the 2018 Year Of The Volunteer, an incredible 2,300 people volunteered 5,200 hours of their time over 76 clean-up events that saw thousands of bags of rubbish cleared from our coastline.

From beach cleans to buckthorne bashing, there’s always plenty to get your teeth into on the Sefton Coast and Green Sefton are always looking for more people to get involved.

To find out more about our list of events and activities between January & March 2019, or to get involved, check out the Friends of Sefton Coast Calendar

To register as a FOSC volunteer, click here

Free bike tagging events held across South Sefton

Sefton Council has partnered with Merseyside Police to offer free bike tagging events in the borough.

Four bike tagging events will take place in January at locations across South Sefton to help secure and protect pedal bikes by using specialist marking kits which aim to deter thieves.

Sefton Council has donated £1,100 from South Sefton ward funding to Merseyside Police to allow them to secure a limited number of bike marking kits, which will then be given out free on a first come first serve basis to residents.

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Four bike tagging events will be held in the first week in January. They will take place at:

Netherton Activity Centre (January 2; 10am-2pm)
Crosby Police Station (January 3; 10am-2pm)
Linacre Bridge Hub (January 4; 10am-2pm)
Maghull Community Police Station (January 5; 3pm-6pm)
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are delighted to have funded these security kits through local ward funding.

“These kits help assist Merseyside Police in deterring bike thefts and give our residents and communities added peace of mind.

“We know these tagging events are very popular so please take advantage of this service.”

Community Policing Sergeant, Chris Taylor, said: “We are committed to preventing bike theft across Sefton and these bike marking kits are just one part of this work, alongside Sefton Council.

“What price peace of mind? In this case, it’s free! We only have a limited supply of the kits though so pop down as early as you can.

“You can also keep in touch with your local policing teams in Sefton via @SeftonPolice on Facebook and local twitter pages, where we publish news and crime prevention advice on bike theft and other issues in the community.”

Bike theft crime prevention advice is also available at: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/theft-of-a-bicycle/how-safe-is-your-bike/

Rhyme Time’s Andrew is a shining BBC Christmas Star

A man who volunteers at Formby library’s Rhyme Time for children has been given a prestigious Christmas Star Award by BBC North West Tonight.

Andrew Jackson, has Autism but has a special talent for sharing and remembering stories and rhymes, and has been using his skills for the past 6 months at the popular library.

Andrew, 26, who lives in the village, has become a big hit with the parents and children at Formby library and does a rhyme time session once a week on a Friday morning.

On Friday, December 14, BBC North West Tonight surprised Andrew at his normal session by presenting him with the special award after being nominated by his uncle, Steve.

Andrew’s special award comes as Sefton Council’s Year of the Volunteer comes to an end.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Andrew’s story really is special as he kindly volunteers his services at Formby library on a regular basis.

“He uses his talent for remembering rhymes and stories and relays these back during the rhyme time sessions at the library – much to the delight of parents, children and staff.

“He is a remarkable person and has become a firm fixture as a volunteer at the library as his help is widely appreciated across the whole council. It really goes to show volunteering is for everyone.

“As a young man he epitomises everything wonderful about volunteering and it is a great pleasure to see him recognised by BBC North West Tonight in this fashion. Well done and a big thanks Andrew.”

The BBC NWT Christmas Star Award presentation to Andrew will be broadcast this evening (December 17) on BBC1 from 6.30pm.

 

Get in shape this new year with Active Sefton

Active Sefton has lined up a raft of fitness activities starting in January to help residents make a jump start on their new year’s resolutions.

The ever-popular Couch to 5k programme will return to Litherland Sports Park at 6pm, January 7 where it will take place every Monday and Wednesday for 10 weeks. This is the perfect opportunity for beginners to build up their confidence and fitness levels with the goal of running 5k without stopping by the end of the programme.

This year, external funding will not be available to support the Couch to 5k programme and therefore participants will be asked to pay a £10 registration fee to cover the 20 sessions. To book a place call 0151 288 6286.

New mums can try their hand at one of Active Sefton’s Active Buggies classes held at Litherland Sports Park, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and Dunes Splash World in Southport. This energising fitness class is a great way for mums to kick-start weight-loss, tone up and meet like-minded people.

The session removes the need to find childcare as babies and buggies are both welcome and are all part of the workout. Sessions are held Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm at Litherland Sports Park, Wednesdays 1:30pm-2:30pm and Thursdays 11am-12pm at Crosby Lakeside and Fridays 10am-11am at Dunes. The first session is free then you can buy a loyalty card for £10 for 6 sessions, no need to book just turn up.

Those interested in finding their way back into team sports can head to the Back to netball sessions at Chesterfield high school in Crosby from Wednesday, January 23, 6:30pm-7:30pm or Now Netball at Crosby Leisure Centre from Monday, January 7, 8pm-9pm, £3.50 per session. This is the perfect opportunity to explore netball, particularly for those who may not have played the game since school.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “January is the time of year when we start to make decisions to improve our health after a few weeks of enjoying the party season.

“The programmes offered by Active Sefton are great for those wanting to make their first steps back into fitness after a busy Christmas period. There are lots of activities on offer and I encourage all of our Sefton residents to give one a go and make a positive lifestyle change in 2019.”

Active Sefton offers a wide array of sports and activities for all ages and abilities throughout the year, including its popular Be Active holiday camps. To see a full list of activities on offer visit www.sefton.gov.uk/BeActive or follow @ActiveSefton on twitter and Active Sefton on Facebook.

Keep safe, fit and health during the cold weather

With the met office issuing a yellow warning for snow and ice across Sefton this weekend, the local NHS want us to stay safe, fit and healthy.

Cold weather can cause treacherous conditions underfoot which can lead to dangerous slips, trips and falls for elderly or frail patients. Cold, damp conditions can also leave people with long-term conditions – such as respiratory problems – more vulnerable to winter illnesses.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have put together the best tips to stay healthy:

Keep your home warm – If you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition such as heart or lung disease, you should heat your home to at least 18C. If you’re under 65 and healthy and active, you can safely have your house cooler than 18C, if you’re comfortable.

Eat well this winter – Food is a vital source of energy, which helps keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can.

Stay active – If you can stay active, even moderate exercise can bring health benefits. If possible, try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.

Wear lots of thin layers – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres are particularly good and help to maintain body heat. Wear shoes with a good grip to prevent slips and falls when walking outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems.

Help your neighbours – Check on older neighbours to make sure they’re safe and well. Make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.

If you’re worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, contact your local council or ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs, said: “It’s really important that you keep yourself warm both outdoors and indoors this winter.

“We recommend that you keep your indoor heating to at least 18˚C.  Before you go outside, make sure you check the weather forecast in advance and dress appropriately with lots of layers.”

Outdoor surfaces such as steps and footpaths can become slippery in cold weather.  You should use grit on outdoor surfaces to prevent any slips or falls.  Falls can be especially harmful to elderly people who are much more likely to break bones.

If you need medical attention you should call NHS 111 (available 24/7) or visit your local pharmacist for advice.

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