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Special awards night celebrates Sefton’s green volunteers

Sefton’s green fingered volunteers have been recognised for their hard work and dedication at a special awards evening in the borough.

Sefton Council’s Green Sefton team welcomed 29 volunteer groups to St Luke’s Church, Crosby to celebrate their continued efforts to maintain and improve a huge number of parks, community greenspaces and coastal areas across Sefton.

Each group was presented an award as a token of thanks by Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr June Burns and Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, Dwayne Johnson.

 The attendees included ‘Friends of’ groups, In Bloom Volunteers, community action groups and other community organisations.

Mark Shaw, Green Sefton’s Service Manager, said: “Thanks to our dedicated volunteers our parks, greenspaces and coastal areas continue to be clean, green and beautiful. They are true friends and advocates of Sefton and we have seen this highlighted time and time again especially during our Year of Friendship.

“Events like this are so important to help us to celebrate and honour the very special people who volunteer their time to help make Sefton a better place. We thank them every day for their hard work and dedication, we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

For more information about Green Sefton, or for details on how to get involved in a whole host of volunteering activities, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/greensefton.

Merseyrail launches cheaper travel option with Merseyrail Only Railpass

A new Merseyrail Only Railpass has been launched covering the Northern and Wirral lines – offering a significant saving to thousands of customers across the Liverpool City Region.

The new pass will offer passengers unlimited travel with weekly, monthly and annual options available – saving the need to queue for a ticket each day.

This brand new ticket offer enables passengers travelling on the Northern and Wirral lines to pay less for the same journey.

The traditional Railpass ticket will still be available to those wishing to travel on the City line.

Passengers only pay for the zones and areas they travel in, so if they don’t travel on the City line, the Merseyrail Only Railpass works out five per cent cheaper than the existing traditional Railpass. 

Getting a Merseyrail Only Railpass is easy – all passengers need to do is download and complete an application form on the Merseyrail website and take it to any staffed station along with a passport-size photo and some form of identification.

Merseyrail also offers a Young Person’s Merseyrail Only Railpass for those 18 and under.

The Railpass Calculator on the Merseyrail website is available for passengers to quickly check how much money they could save compared to buying daily tickets.

Full prices can be found here.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “Through speaking to our passengers we identified an opportunity to offer an alternative Railpass ticket option for those only using our Northern and Wirral lines.

“We are committed to offering the best price for our passengers alongside the most reliable and punctual service in the country, and this new season ticket is another way of helping us to achieve this.”

The pass will be available to buy from any staffed Merseyrail station from Wednesday 27 November.

Help support Sefton’s Foodbanks this Christmas

Local people in Sefton are encouraged to support Sefton’s Food banks this festive period and help to back the final theme for the Year of Friendship, ‘Giving’.

This year, Sefton Food banks have launched a Reverse Advent Calendar which encourages more people to give, rather than receive, this Christmas. The calendar gives a suggested donation for each day of the Advent and includes essential items like tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, instant mash and tinned fruit as well as toiletries and Christmas items like chocolate, nuts, stuffing and gravy.

Many people can feel the extra pinch during the holidays which means that there is a higher demand for food banks. Residents are encouraged to donate what they can by choosing one of the days on the calendar or as many as they can afford to.

Donations can be made to one of the following donation points:

  • All Sefton Leisure Centres – Bootle Leisure Centre, Meadows Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Netherton Activity Centre, Litherland Sports Park and Dunes Splash World Leisure Centre, Southport
  • Bootle Town Hall
  • Housing Standards reception on the second floor of Crown Buildings, Eastbank Street, Southport

For more information on how you can support Sefton’s Foodbank Network visit www.southport.foodbank.org.uk or www.southsefton.foodbank.org.uk

Here are the suggested items for each day of the Advent:

1 December- Tinned Potatoes

2 December- Tinned Tomatoes

3 December- Tinned Fruit

4 December- Instant Mash

5 December- Long Life Milk

6 December- Coffee

7 December- Tinned Tuna

8 December- Biscuits

9 December- Long Life Juice

10 December- Tinned Rice Pudding

11 December- Shower Gel

12 December- Shampoo

13 December-Christmas Items

14 December-Tinned Potatoes

15 December- Tinned Ham

16 December- Biscuits

17 December- Tinned Tomatoes

18 December- Noodles

19 December- Tinned Meat

20 December- Tinned Rice Pudding

21 December- Instant Mash

22 December- Tinned Tuna

23 December-Jam

24 December- Tinned Meat

Feeling under the weather this winter? Think NHS 111

Local residents with an urgent but non-life threatening medical concern this winter are being encouraged to use NHS 111 by health commissioners in Sefton.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are supporting the national ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign, focussing on different services over winter, one of which being NHS 111.

NHS 111 is operated by fully trained advisers 24 hours a day, seven days a week who will listen to your medical concerns and, if necessary, arrange for you to speak to relevant healthcare professionals, such as a nurse, doctor or emergency dentist.

You can access the service by dialling 111 or online at www.111.nhs.uk.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “NHS 111 is a service that all local residents can benefit from if they need health advice. Using 111 can save time that would be spent in a GP practice or walk in centre.

“If you have any mobility issues or are having trouble leaving the house because of your illness, NHS 111 allows you to get help from the comfort of your own home. Staying at home will also limit the spread of germs to vulnerable people in the community.”

NHS 111 will advise you on whether you should book an appointment with your GP or extended GP access service, give self-care advice, or direct you to an appropriate, local service if needed.”

Whatever the need is, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible.

 So if you think you need urgent medical help, call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk.

To find out what services are available in Sefton visit your local NHS CCGs website at: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/ or  https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/

Sefton Council observes Christmas Shutdown: All You Need to Know

Restricted services will be in place during Christmas and New Year as most Sefton Council staff are required to take unpaid leave.

Like previous years, residents can still access a range of information and transactions via the council website – sefton.gov.uk.

This includes checking bin collections, applying for licences, reporting environmental issues or paying Council Tax and business rates.

Because of the unpaid leave to be taken on December 24, 27, 30 and 31, most council buildings will be closed.

Services that will continue to operate include critical social care services for adults and children, a limited street cleaning service, Registrars, domestic and commercial waste collections and urgent highways issues, including gritting.

Residents are also being encouraged to recycle as much waste as possible and use the household waste recycling centres across the borough.

Similar to other years, the green wheelie bin collection for garden waste has now been suspended and will return in March 2020.

Some Sefton Council-run leisure centres will be open at varying times during these dates and users are advised to check sefton.gov.uk for opening times.

A list of social care emergency phone numbers is attached below (see below).

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “Over the course of the financial year, our hard-working staff have their pay reduced in order to take four days unpaid leave.

“Other savings from the closure period come from the reduced need for heating, lighting and running buildings, equipment and vehicles. 

“While reduced services are being operated, we will still maintain key services for some of the most vulnerable residents in our communities.

To access a range of service and transactions online, visit sefton.gov.uk. An automated phone service will be in place between December 24, 2019 and January 1, 2020 (inclusive) on 0345 140 0845 and most service requests will only be actioned beyond January.

Emergency contacts on December 24, 27, 30, and 31 between 9.00am-5.30pm:

Children’s Social Care: 0151 934 3114
Adult Social Care: 01704 704389 (North)
Adult Social Care: 0151 529 3761 (South)

For Social Care emergencies at all other times call the Emergency Duty Team 0151 934 3555

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