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Covid-19 case confirmed in Sefton. What You Need To Know

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton, said: “We can confirm that a case of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has been confirmed in the borough. This case is linked to a known case.

“We understand that this may cause concern, but we want to reassure residents that we are continuing to work closely with Public Health England, the NHS and all our health and care partners to prevent further spread of the virus.

“Due to patient confidentiality, the exact locations and details of this case cannot be published. We continue to stress the importance of regular hand washing to residents.

“We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of all infections, including COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

“You should always take steps to reduce the spread of germs by catching your sneezes in a tissue, binning used tissues, then washing your hands.

“We already have strategic and operational groups in place and meeting regularly, with key partners round the table, to review the COVID-19 situation at all levels to ensure that we take the necessary steps to protect the health and wellbeing of people who live, work and visit Sefton.”

Residents can find NHS and Public Health England information, advice and updates regarding COVID-19 at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Coronavirus: Sefton’s advice for residents and visitors to borough

Words of Wisdom for Sefton Schools inspire a generation

‘Words of wisdom’ given to school children from elderly residents in the borough will be projected on to civic buildings in Sefton as part of this week’s Nightingale’s Song spectacular.

Waterloo and Bootle Town Halls along with The Atkinson in Southport will be the backdrop over 3 nights (March 13-15) as A Nightingale’s Song is beamed on to them as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture celebrations.

The first part of the trilogy will be projected onto Waterloo Town Hall on Friday, March 13, followed by the second part on the side of Bootle Town Hall on Saturday, March 14. The final chapter will be screened on The Atkinson building in Southport on Sunday, March 15. All shows are free and set to start at 8pm each evening.

Before the main show, images and ‘words of wisdom’ will be projected on to the buildings as part of an initiative by Formby-based Windmills Foundation with local schools.

Their ‘Words of Wisdom’ project is all about engaging with primary schools in the borough in cultural and social activities while linking them to isolated elderly residents in Sefton and has received Borough of Culture funding. A book on the project will be published later in the year.

‘Words of wisdom’ given to pupils at Waterloo Primary School will be projected on Waterloo Town Hall on March 13, Bedford Road Primary pupils will be highlighted at Bootle Town Hall the following day (March 14) while advice given to pupils at Linaker Primary School in Southport will be projected on The Atkinson on March 15 from 7.30pm.

Peter Hawkins, director of the Windmills Foundation, said: “I’ve been really inspired by how two generations have come together to help each other.

“Young people’s creativity, care and confidence in organising tea parties, lunches, singing performances and games afternoons for the elderly has been amazing.

“In turn, their new best friends have shared their wisdom and experience on topics such as friendship, family, finance, fun, failure, fears, fulfilment, farewells and the future.”

A Nightingale’s Song is a trilogy of large-scale video projections created on 3 consecutive nights, each a chapter in an interwoven story that connects Sefton and its people together by international projection artists, Illuminos.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton’s lead sponsor for Borough of Culture, added: “While we can’t wait for a Nightingale’s Song to get started, the build-up will be highlighted through an amazing project called ‘Words of Wisdom’.

“This has seen young people across the borough meet and engage with older Sefton residents while learning valuable lessons for the future. I’m sure the older generation also learned some interesting facts and insights from the children as well and thanks to all the schools for getting involved in such a meaningful project.

“We are encouraging to everyone to get to the shows early, use public transport where possible and make sure you don’t miss the ‘Words of Wisdom’ projected on our three wonderful civic buildings.”

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis. Sefton has the prestigious honour for 2020.

Follow Sefton’s Borough of Culture year on Twitter and Facebook @sefton2020

Award winning Aspiring Instructors course returns to Sefton

A training programme that will develop Sefton’s next generation of Sports Coaches and Fitness instructors is set to return for 2020.

Developed by Sefton Council and part funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Aspiring Instructors will help to improve the skills and employability for residents across the borough.

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Sefton@Work support 1000 stars into employment through ESF Ways to Work programme

The success of a project to support unemployed Sefton residents into work was celebrated at Bootle Town Hall.

MP for Bootle Peter Dowd and Sefton Council Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson were among the invited guests at Sefton@Work’s 1,000 Stars of Sefton event.

The celebration marked 1,000 Sefton residents being supported into work through the ESF Ways to Work programme delivered by Sefton@Work, who provide free employment solutions for businesses and workless Sefton residents.

A number of the businesses who have supported the Ways to Work project were in attendance, many of whom received special recognition for the role they have played in providing employment to those furthest from the labour market.

The stars of the show were the Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) employees, including Sefton@Work’s 1000th success story Claire Bunclark, who is currently working at a school in Great Crosby after being supported into employment by Sefton@Work.

Sefton@Work has now secured employment for over 1,300 out of work Sefton residents since the project began in 2016.

Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “We want to ensure regeneration creates jobs and wherever possible our residents have access to those jobs. That’s where our Sefton@work service comes in. We want to make sure we have opportunities for young people to make the move from school or College into the world of work in a way that allows them to learn and grow in the workforce. The Sefton@Work team are out there seeking new opportunities all the time and matching them to the needs of our residents. We want to continue and build on this important work and reach 2000 Stars!”

Speaking at the event, Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive of Sefton Council, said: “We are proud of the fact that Sefton@work has helped more than 1000 people achieve their life goals and get into jobs or training they need. We feel it is important to pause for an afternoon and celebrate the achievements of residents who have used our Sefton@work service to overcome barriers and get into work, training or education to move their lives forward in a really positive way.”

If you or your business want to access free, dedicated employment support, contact Sefton@Work at seftonatwork.info@sefton.gov.uk

Southport looks to future as major conference destination as Southport Theatre and Convention Centre assess redevelopment options

Sefton Council has appointed IPW to appraise long-term investment and redevelopment options for Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC).

IPW will work with Sefton Council to undertake feasibility studies into the future redevelopment of the STCC, which continues to be open for business.

IPW is a specialist sport, venues, entertainment and business events consultancy and have an international profile working on the development of multi-use venues.

STCC is already one of the UK’s largest integrated conference centres, offering 14 flexible event spaces suitable for a variety of events, an award-winning hotel and experience facilities including a 1,631-seat theatre auditorium and casino.

The Theatre has enjoyed a rich history, having hosted stellar names including The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Diana Ross and The Four Tops. In more recent years, crowds at the venue have enjoyed comic talent including Peter Kay and The League of Gentlemen.

Recently Sefton Council agreed to invest circa £1m to carry out essential remedial works to the venue (with dates yet to be confirmed) and will be seeking to further enhance Southport’s standing as a leading conference destination with further investment in STCC.

Bliss Investment Partners have now been appointed on a short-term basis to manage the theatre whilst the council looks for a long-term operator.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Southport Theatre and Convention Centre is an important part of Southport’s visitor economy and will continue to be an asset in the future.  STCC is due to host a number of large-scale conferences and events in the coming months, including welcoming over 250 delegates from the National Union of Journalists, 400 delegates for the NUS conference in May and last month over 600 delegates attended the Labour Party regional conference, which alone helped to boost the local economy by £500,000.

“With the economic potential that conferences and other events bring it is vital that we continue to support the venue, invest in its future and help unlock Southport’s destination as a major conference destination.”

Robert Agsteribbe, Co-Founder Bliss Investment Partners, said:

“We are delighted to be involved with Sefton, and others, in the planning stage of the reinvention of STCC.  This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a 21st century state of the art building.  When complete we will have a hugely improved experience and, all in all, something which Southport will once again be so very proud of.”

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