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Autism Attention Card scheme launches in Sefton

A card people with autism can carry to ensure they are given appropriate support by emergency services has launched across Sefton and Merseyside

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) have collaborated with the Cheshire Autism Practical Support (ChAPS) and Autism Together charities to launch the Autism Attention Card.

This initiative helps people with Autism Spectrum Condition to receive appropriate support in an emergency situation and provides training for staff to engage more effectively with people with hidden vulnerabilities.

Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders and a government survey suggests that 1 in 45 children aged 3-17 have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

The Attention Card is designed to be carried by a person with a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Details of the cardholder’s difficulties can be recorded onto Merseyside’s Police’s intelligence data system, flagging them as vulnerable.



To apply for the card visit


Temporary traffic lights in use on Seaforth Road

A stretch of Seaforth Road, Seaforth has been temporarily closed while repairs are carried out on a building.

 Temporary traffic lights have been put in place to allow motorists to use a single highway and pedestrians are asked to use the footpath on the opposite side of the road while the works are carried out.

 Sefton Council’s Building Team is working with the owner of the property and it is expected that the road closure will be in place for approximately two weeks.

Hugely popular KidsFest returns to the Atkinson

This October half term the annual family fun fueled festival returns and is bigger and better than ever before!

Monstersaurus launches the 2017 Atkinson KidsFest on Saturday October 21 from 2.30pm. It is described as an energetic show full of thrills and spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of audience participation. Just perfect for your own little monsters this half term! 

David Gibb – Climb That Tree is the second show in our KidsFest calendar on Monday October 23 from 2.30pm. David Gibb is on a one-man mission to make brilliant, engaging and high quality music for families and children. Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together

Morgan & West: More Magic for Kids is a fun filled magic show on Tuesday October 24 from 2.30pm. Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West!

Happily Ever After is a fairytale adventure taking place on Wednesday October 25 from 2.30pm. Once upon a time, in kingdom on top of the highest mountain in all the land, there lived a grouchy Queen, and her son, the Prince. 

On Friday October 27th Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, winner of the 2015 Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award, as he unravels familiar fairy tales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.

A full list of events and workshops taking place throughout the October Half Term are available by visiting the Atkinson website here.


Public welcome at November CCG meetings

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along to their November governing body meetings.

The CCGs’ hold their governing body meetings every two months in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:

“We invite the public along to this formal meeting to listen to the CCG’s plans. Residents also get the chance to ask any questions they have before the meeting gets underway.”

Andy Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said:

“The meetings are a great chance for people to meet our health professionals and our governing body members. It’s also a good chance for us to meet some of our public and we welcome their views and questions as always.” 

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 1 November at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at 1pm. Papers will be available here beforehand:   

The NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 2 November at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be available here beforehand:   

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Heritage Lottery bid to be submitted for Southport Town Centre

Sefton Council and Southport BID are working together to resubmit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a Townscape Heritage project for Southport town centre.

The application initially looks for £1.7m from the HLF which could eventually provide a combined funding pot of up to £3m to help revamp parts of the town centre.

If successful, it would enable the development and delivery of a Townscape Heritage project specifically to include:

• Structural and external repair of historic buildings
• Reinstatement of authentic architectural features (traditional shop fronts, windows)
• Works to bring vacant floor space in historic buildings back into use
• Training and skills development in historic repair and construction techniques

The project will focus on the areas between Lord Street and the Promenade linking up the town centre with the seafront in order to build on the recent Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of King’s Gardens and the Coastal Communities Fund of £2m for Southport Pier.

If successful, the money would enhance these links so that the two areas become more integrated while increasing economic activity with the aim of reducing the number of vacant, underused and poorly maintained properties.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Planning and Building Control, said:

“We are competing against other local authorities for this funding, and we know from previous years it is massively oversubscribed. Therefore it is vitally important we make our application strong and unique, and community support is vital to this.

“At the moment we really want Southport residents and businesses to get involved and give us their views on the project.

“This will help the project team in preparing a first-round application and it would be greatly appreciated if the support of the public and the local business community can be sufficiently demonstrated. If successful the money will really help transform Southport.”

Hugh Evans, from Southport BID, added:

“BIDs are often successful at attracting funding in addition to the BID levy. As that’s one of our main objectives we’re committed to supporting this application to the Townscape Heritage Fund because, if successful, it could match-fund the levy payments pound for pound.

“That additional money will be used to improve the look and feel of an important part of Southport’s heritage making it more attractive for residents, visitors, workers, and investors.”

If you want to find out more and would like to participate please visit Response forms should be received no later than November 6, 2017.

To be kept up to date with the project contact us with your details either by email or contact Southport BID on 01704 538382.

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