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Next of kin: William Henry Topham

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for information to find the next of kin of a man from Bootle who recently passed away. 

70-year-old William Henry Topham died at his home address in Clare Road, Bootle on Friday, 18 January 2019.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 0151 934 4566.

Next of kin: Thomas Anthony Gordon

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for information to find the next of kin of a man from Bootle who recently passed away.

74-year-old Thomas Anthony Gordon died at his home address in New Strand, The Palatine, Bootle on Sunday 5 May.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sefton Coroner’s office on 0151 934 2746.

Free adult education courses offer “second chance to everyone”, says Metro Mayor

Low-income learners across the Liverpool City Region will be able to access free level two courses thanks to support from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority for a scheme that fulfils Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s election pledge to “give a second chance to everyone”.

The city region’s devolution agreement means that the Combined Authority is now responsible for £51.3m funding for adult education courses for residents of the Liverpool City Region.

And Devolution has enabled the Liverpool City Region to raise the threshold on a scheme to fully fund more people on low wages to improve their skills.

That means that free level two courses will now be available to people earning up to the Real Living Wage – £17,550 per year – rather than the previous threshold of £16,009.

Speaking about the change, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “In my election manifesto I pledged to deliver a second chance for everyone and, as we take over responsibility for adult education funding, I’m proud that we are now able to fund free training for people earning less than the real living wage.

“This means that adults who may have missed out on educational opportunities the first time round will have the opportunity to improve their skills and advance their careers.  Having new powers over adult education has enabled us to make a decision that will directly benefit more people in the city region. This is only an initial step in ensuring our skills system if fairer and more equitable.  This is what devolution is all about.”

Councillor Ian Maher, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment, Skills and Apprenticeships, said: “This decision has enabled us to ensure that more low-waged residents of the city region can access the training they need to progress in the work place.  That is good news for them and good news for local businesses and exactly the kind of thing that devolution enables us to do.”

TUC North West Regional Secretary Lynn Collins welcomed the move and said: “This change will widen participation in learning and presents a great opportunity to support residents who are in low wage and low skilled jobs to gain new skills and progress.”

Liverpool City Region will also become the first combined authority to run a series of “Test and Learn” pilots offering training in the vital areas of English and Maths, Digital Skills and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), supported with £1.95 million from the Adult Education Budget.

The bulk of the £51.3 million Adult Education Budget will support adult education delivered by the city region’s further education colleges, local authorities and other learning providers.

Missing: Thomas James Proudlock

Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of Thomas James Proudlock.

Mr Proudlock, 28 years was last seen at his home address in Beresford Drive, Southport on Friday, 3 May.

He is described as white, 5ft 8in and of medium build. He has short brown hair, which is described as being longer on top. He is normally unshaven or has a full beard and speaks with a Liverpool accent.

He was last seen wearing a red tartan shirt, black jeans and carrying a black waterproof rucksack.

Mr Proudlock has links to Liverpool, Southport, Lytham St Anne and Lancashire.

Officers would urge Mr Proudlock or anyone who has seen him since Friday, 3 May to contact 101 or @MerPolCC

Sefton organisations needed to help with loneliness study

The project about loneliness and social isolation (PALS) is looking for groups or organisations in Sefton to help them conduct a study based at Liverpool John Moores University.

The project aims to find out how important connections with other people and the community are to health and wellbeing.

A social networking tool called GENIE will be evaluated to see how effective it is at reducing unwanted social isolation. GENIE can help participants to create a visual map of their support network, then connect people to local organisations and others within the community who have similar needs and interests.

Half the people taking part in the study will be able to use GENIE to map their support networks and match them with local activities. The other half will continue their work as usual but will be able to use GENIE later, after six months.

The PALS team is looking for new community organisations to partner in this study to help recruit participants and deliver the intervention. There is funding attached for the organisations who will receive £90 for each intervention participant and £55 for each control participant.

Sefton Council is celebrating it’s Year of Friendship throughout 2019 and studies like this are extremely important in tackling the growing issue of social isolation.

A number of organisations are already involved including; Age UK Wirral, the Living Well Sefton Community Connectors CVS, Wellbeing Enterprises, May Logan Centre and Irish Community Care.

For more information contact Karina Kinsella at or call 0515 231 4210.

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