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Crime commissioner to offer funding to help victims of crime

The Office of the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking to commission the following support services for 2018-21 (subject to continuation of funding):

  • Victims of hate crime (race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, transgender identity)
  • People subject to harmful practices (female genital mutilation/cutting, forced marriage, honour-based violence, modern slavery, emerging harmful practices)
  • Families affected by homicide, including families of crime-related road traffic collisions

Application forms and guidelines for the funds are being finalised and should be available by next week, so check back on our website and Twitter feeds for updates.

LCVS is hosting a free event on Tuesday 9 January 2018, 1-3pm, for Merseyside not for profit organisations interested in accessing these opportunities. The event will give you a chance to find out more about the criteria and application process and get one-to-one advice on planning your project. Book your place here.

Consultation on Sefton Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board are required by law to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) every three years, and to make sure that it is available for comments on before it is finalised and published.

The pharmaceutical needs assessment describes pharmacy provision in Sefton together with when and where these are available.  NHS England also uses the PNA when considering applications to open a new pharmacy, move an existing pharmacy or commission additional services from a pharmacy.

The key outcomes for this consultation are:

  • To encourage constructive feedback from a variety of stakeholders and professional bodies.
  • To ensure that residents and professionals provide opinions and views of what is contained within the PNA.

The draft PNA can be found by accessing this link on Sefton Council’s website.  If you require a paper version of the PNA, please contact Steve Gowland on 0151 934 3070.

To comment and feedback there is also a short response form to complete which can be via this link.  Alternatively you can respond formally in writing to the above return address using this form.

All feedback will be considered and the PNA steering group will decide on behalf of the HWB which sections of the PNA need amending.  A consultation report will be included within the final PNA document.

This will provide an overview of the feedback received and set out how comments have been acted upon.  An updated PNA including the consultation process and responses will be presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board in March for final publication from April 2018.

The closing date for this consultation period is 18th January 2018

Merseyside Police & MFRS Joint Appeal for Information After Suspected Arson in Derby Park Bootle

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) are appealing for information after an suspected arson in a Bootle park on Saturday, 9 December.

At around 5.20pm, MFRS were called to a fire in Derby Park on Fernhill Road, Bootle. A seating area, a noticeboard and a park layout produced by Christchurch Primary School in Bootle were set alight by persons unknown causing significant damage. No injuries were caused and the fire was extinguished.

Local Policing Sergeant Kate Young said: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and clearly dangerous. We will act on all information provided to identify those responsible.

“All members of our community should feel they can visit our green spaces without fear or intimidation, so please let us know if you saw anything suspicious in the park on Saturday which may assist.”

MFRS Arson Coordinator Graham Morgan said: “This fire caused a considerable amount of damage to notice boards and a seating area in Derby Park, an area well-used by the local community.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to investigate the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, speak to local officers or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Work starts on new £20 million Southport Hospital

Health chiefs got an early Christmas present when construction of Southport’s new £20 million mental health hospital got underway with a ceremony to mark ground breaking on the site.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel and Chief Executive Joe Rafferty were joined by construction partners and guests for the sod-cutting to commemorate the official start of building and ground works.

It will give a new lease of life to the historic site situated off Scarisbrick New Road, rejuvenating the only remaining hospital provision left on the former Southport General Infirmary site. The new-build will replace Mersey Care’s existing Boothroyd Unit located there, as well as nearby Hesketh Centre, which will close once the new facility is complete.

 The hospital will combine local mental health inpatient care and some related community services on one site, with its own parking and close to a main route well served by buses. All 44 bedrooms will all be single with en-suite bathrooms and patients will have access to inner garden courtyards, therapy and activity areas. There will be an on-site café for patients, visitors and staff, a family visiting room and sacred space, suite of offices and outpatient services.

Mersey Care’s Design Champion and Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel:

“We know that the right physical environment helps recovery and the design of our new building has been developed together with our service users and staff to ensure it’s both beautiful and therapeutic – and a great place to work.”

Chief Executive Joe Rafferty added:

“People in our care deserve the best standards of accommodation and therapeutic environments within the resources we have. This new hospital builds on the success of our most recent hospital at Clock View, Walton, and goes a long way towards parity for the people of Sefton who access our services.”

At the launch were representatives of Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP), which has over the past 12 years delivered 15 new health facilities, representing a capital investment of over £150 million across Liverpool and Sefton. LSHP General Manager Mike Webb said:

“LSHP has been honoured to be part of the health transformation that continues to take place across Merseyside. It is great to see a much-needed, modern mental health unit taking shape on the old Infirmary site, replacing two older units and aiding improved patient care.”

Carrying out construction over the next two years will be Farran Heron Joint Venture (FHJV), who built Mersey Care’s award-winning hospital at Clock View in Walton, which opened in March 2015. Commercial Director at FHJV Noel Mullan said:

“Farran Heron Joint Venture aim to have a positive impact on the local community by providing job opportunities and promoting careers in construction with neighbouring schools and colleges. We look forward to working closely with our health partners and the local community while delivering the scheme.”

The construction team are now working closely with Sefton Council to ensure safe access arrangements are put in place before heavy site equipment is moved on site.

Appeal following anti social behaviour in Maghull

Merseyside Police officers working in Maghull alongside our partners and schools are appealing for information after recent incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area.

In the last few months, there have been reports of anti-social behaviour, mainly around the areas of the KGV Park and Maghull Town Hall on Hall Lane. This has included damage to the Christmas tree outside Maghull Town Hall last week and damage being caused to a local bus.

Local Policing Inspector Ian Jones said:

“Although we are not seeing a significant rise in incidents of anti-social behaviour in Maghull, there has been recent damage caused in the area and I want to make it very clear that we will not tolerate any forms of anti-social behaviour and nuisance.

“My team is working closely alongside partners and all local schools to deter youths from becoming involved in this unacceptable behaviour. We know the vast majority of young people have respect for other people and their property but we know the behaviour causing annoyance and distress to the local community, and in some cases can be extremely dangerous.

“I want to make it clear that is not acceptable to throw objects at vehicles, commit criminal damage or abuse or intimidate people. My message is think about what you are doing and how you may make other people feel. How would you feel if a member of your own family was frightened by incidents such as these?

“The support of parents, guardians and other responsible adults is vital. They can minimise the risk by not letting children hang around the streets with nowhere to go and know who they are with and what they are doing when they go out.

“Anyone involved in criminal behaviour could be arrested and receive a fine, a criminal record or even jail time. If your child is under 16 then you will be liable for payment of any fine.”

Anyone with information on anti-social behaviour is asked to call 101, speak to local officers, or you can call Crimstoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111.

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