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Sefton’s SEND Local Offer Website Refreshed

Local Offer GraphicSefton Council is excited to launch a brand-new redesign of an area of the website which informs parents, carers and children who have special education needs and/or disability (SEND), about local services available to them.

The Local Offer gives clear and accessible information about support services for local children and young people aged 25 and under and includes information about activities, projects, education, health, social care and much more.

The redesign of the Local Offer means it now has a fresh new look, making it fun to use with brighter colours, picture and logos. A new layout with eye catching icons also means that navigation is easier and clearer.

The project was coproduced by parents, carers and children whose opinions and experiences helped shape the new look and feel. Young people from Sefton’s Buddy Up, a mentoring and befriending service for young people with additional needs, formed a focus group so members could share their ideas.

Cllr Mhairi Doyle M.B.E, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care said:

“We really want to make sure that the Local Offer Website is an invaluable tool for parents, carers and children living in Sefton. This redesign means that not only is it exciting and pleasing to the eye, but it is also easier to use and even more accessible.

“We value the opinions of our young people and their families and I am delighted that they have had the opportunity to give ideas and advice to improve a service which will benefit residents across the borough.”

Andrew Jennings, SEN & Inclusion Policy Development Officer at Sefton Council said;

“It’s been great working with Joe, Lewis, Joshua and Debra, who are our young people from Buddy Up. They’ve been able to tell us what they think of the Local Offer and how they wanted to see it improved.

“There is lots of really useful information on it, but they wanted to make it more colourful and eye catching so it’s more appealing for children and young people.

“They worked great as a team, researching, sharing their ideas with us, and giving feedback about the changes we had made.

“I’d also like to thank all of the parents and carers who worked with us, their input has been invaluable to this project. A special thanks must also go to Sefton Parent Carers Forum for their ideas and feedback.”

We would like to hear your views about the new Local Offer. Please click here to give feedback.

£159,000 to support parents across Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region

Councils across the Liverpool City Region, including Sefton, are set to receive a pooled fund of £159,000 to support parents facing continued conflict in their relationships and prevent lasting impact on their children.

Designed to tackle the knock-on impact of parental conflict on children’s learning, relationships and future work life, the £4million Government funding pot will support 147 councils across England to develop targeted support for families.

From couples counselling to specialist learning tools, including videos and dedicated online advice, the initiatives will help parents learn how to recognise, de-escalate and solve conflict.

Frontline staff across Sefton and the rest of the City Region will get specialist training so they can spot the signs of parents who need help addressing frequent conflict. The funding will also be used to develop online tools and relationship programmes to help parents identify and resolve issues at home, delivered by Early Help Workers, Health Visitors, Social Workers and staff from voluntary sector agencies.

Wirral, Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Halton, St. Helen’s and Cheshire East councils will receive the funding to work together as a cluster.

DWP Lords Minister Baroness Stedman-Scott said:

“Family dynamics are complicated, and the pandemic will have tested the strongest of couples. That’s why looking after the mental health of the whole family is vital to giving children the best start in life, and I want to ensure that help is available here across Liverpool City region and Sefton.

“This money means better support for more families to help ensure prolonged conflict doesn’t negatively impact children or their future.”

Studies show that frequent, intense and poorly resolved conflict can negatively impact children’s mental health. From their early social and emotional development to school grades, with lasting impact on their job prospects.

The programme is designed to resolve parental conflict, not domestic abuse. Those in abusive relationships will instead be referred to specialist support.

Visitors thanked after busy summer at the Sefton coast

As the school summer holidays come to an end, so does a busy season along the Sefton coast where the Council’s Green Sefton Service has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors this year to Crosby, Ainsdale and Southport beaches.

The incredibly busy summer has seen Sefton Council’s coastal rangers managing beach car parks, emptying bins, litter picking, helping visitors and managing incidents alongside partners including the RNLI, HM Coastguard, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, and National Trust Formby. 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Thank you to all the visitors who’ve been to our beaches over the summer and played their part in taking their rubbish home and keeping our beaches looking fantastic. And a big thank you to Green Sefton and all our partners and volunteers for all the work they’ve done over the summer months keeping our coast clean and safe, and so enjoyable for all our visitors.”

Mark Shaw, Green Sefton Service Manager, said:

“Thanks to all our visitors for coming down this summer, for being kind to our staff, for being kind to each other and we hope you’ve had a great time. We’ll look forward to seeing you next year.” 

With the good weather predicted to stay a little longer, visitors are reminded that the Council’s beach car parks at Southport and Ainsdale remain open until the end of September, subject to high tides.

They are also encouraged to plan their visits ahead of time, to check weather forecasts and tide times to avoid getting into any difficultly on Sefton’s beaches particularly as the season changes. More information about planning a visit can be found on the Sefton Council website at www.sefton.gov.uk/beaches

At Ainsdale, exciting projects to rejuvenate the area remain underway. The sand lizard mural at Toad Hall will be completed by Paul Curtis later this month and the B-Eat on the Street food and drink concession trial will run until late autumn.

Anyone who wants to have their say on future proposals for improving and investing in the Ainsdale-on-Sea area have until 30th September to submit their views as part of a public consultation.

Similarly, anyone who has spent time at the coast this summer, or at another Council managed park or greenspace is asked to take part in the Green Sefton customer satisfaction survey, open for feedback until 31st October.

People can take part in both consultations online by visiting www.yourseftonyoursay.sefton.gov.uk

Celebration of Life event: Former Mayor & Mayoress of Sefton

Sefton Council would like to send its condolences to the family of former Sefton Mayor and Mayoress Thomas Ridley Lewis MBE and Mavis Flora Lewis following their sad passing in late 2020.

Due to COVID restrictions at the time, many people who would have liked to pay their respects were sadly unable to do so.

A Celebration of Lives event will take place on September 15th 2021 at Aintree Conservative Club, Harrow Drive, Aintree, Liverpool L10 8LN at 1pm.

If you would like to join us to share your memories of Tom and Mavis with friends and family at the Conservative Club please RSVP to dutton.denise@rocketmail.com

Communities urged to back the Sefton Afghan Appeal

An appeal has been launched across Sefton to help families from Afghanistan who may find themselves resettling in the Borough in the coming weeks and months.

Sefton Council, Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) and Sefton 4 Good are working in partnership to coordinate a Borough-wide response.

New life

This will be similar to those taking place throughout the UK, to help Afghan people starting a new life in the North West.

All funds raised through the Sefton Afghan Appeal will be used to purchase bespoke items including appropriate clothing, toys and household items such as kitchen utensils.

Donations of newly-bought goods, sealed clothing, children’s shoes and toiletries are also being gratefully received and will form a ‘welcome pack’ to be distributed to families.

Due to COVID-19 control measures, organisers are unable to accept donations of second-hand goods or un-sealed items.

The Borough-wide appeal will see eight locations across Sefton set up as donation drop-off points, while a dedicated fundraising platform has been created where kind-hearted residents can contribute.

Drop Off Locations are: 

  • Marie Clarke Family Wellbeing Centre, Linacre Lane, Bootle
  • Bootle Library, 220 Stanley Road, Bootle
  • Netherton Family Wellbeing Centre, Magdalen Square, Netherton
  • Sefton Carers Centre, 27-37 South Road, Waterloo
  • Crosby Library, Crosby Road North, Waterloo
  • Formby Library, 17D Duke St, Formby
  • Talbot Street Family Wellbeing Centre, St Andrew’s Place, Southport
  • Southport Library, 112 Lord Street, Southport

Forced to flee

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are all too aware of the devastation and conflict taking place right now in Afghanistan and, like many others across the UK, we are doing all we can in Sefton to help support displaced families who have been forced to flee their homeland.

“The Council and its partners at Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good have immediately sprung into action and launched a dedicated fundraising platform to help in these coming weeks and months.

“We know the people of Sefton is a welcoming Borough that cares for their fellow humans in need and I am confident that our communities will give as much as they possibly can do the Sefton Afghan Appeal, whether that be via a financial contribution or via a donation of much needed goods and clothing.

“Sefton Council have offered eight of its buildings to act as donation points for the appeal and we continue to work closely with partners to ensure we are doing everything in our power to help.

“Please, if you can, give generously to this appeal and lend your support to these families many of whom have arrived with very few belongings but the clothes they are wearing.”

Devastating

Angela White OBE, Chief Executive at Sefton CVS, said: “Following the devastating situation in Afghanistan, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council and other voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations to coordinate and provide welcome to Afghan families resettling in Sefton over the coming weeks.

“The Sefton Afghan Appeal will enable us to provide bespoke items to directly support families when they arrive in Sefton. We are also encouraging local residents to donate newly-bought sealed items such as clothing and toiletries which can be dropped off at a number of designated donation points across the borough. We know how generous and welcoming our local residents and businesses are, and your vital support will make such a difference in resettling Afghan families into our communities.”

Find out more information about the Sefton Afghan Appeal  and how to donate.

For all enquiries about the Sefton Afghan Appeal, please email afghanappeal@seftoncvs.org.uk.

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