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Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board host powerful “Voice of the Child” event to learn from case reviews

Hundreds attended Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) latest ‘Voice of the Child’ event at Bootle Cricket Club.

Around 500 people from agencies across Sefton attended three ‘Learning from Serious Case Reviews’ sessions throughout the day.

Drama Training Company AFTA Thought delivered the sessions using actors, powerfully conveying four case reviews by “bringing the voice of the child into the room”.

The case reviews, which can be viewed on the LSCB website, centred around six children, all of whom lived in Sefton.

The thought-provoking event followed the success of the summer event, which was also delivered by AFTA Thought.

Attendees were able to interact with a Q&A following each case review performance and share their learning at the end of the session.

Be diabetes aware and know the signs

On World Diabetes Day (14 November 2019), NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging local residents to become familiar with the warning signs of diabetes to try and spot the condition sooner.

Diabetes causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high due to ineffective control by a hormone called insulin. The two types main of diabetes are:

  • Type 1: Where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
  • Type 2: Where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. This is the most common type of diabetes.

In Sefton about 19,400 (7.1 per cent) of adults have diabetes and almost 5,500 (2.0 per cent) are predicted to be living with it unknowingly. The condition can lead to other serious health problems including strokes, heart disease and early death.

Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead for the two CCGs in Sefton, said: “Diabetes gets progressively worse when left untreated, so early diagnosis is very important. Common symptoms include feeling very thirsty, tiredness, blurred vision and needing to pee more often than usual.

“If you think you or someone in your family might be showing signs of diabetes, contact your GP or visit your local pharmacy for advice.”

Most diabetes cases are Type 2, which is closely linked to obesity. This type commonly affects adults but is being increasingly seen in children and young people.

The International Diabetes Federation has created a simple online test  that predicts an individual’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes within the next 10 years. The tool is quick, easy and confidential and may indicate a need to introduce healthier lifestyle changes to lower the risk of diabetes.

Nigel added: “About half of Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by making small changes such as, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a varied healthier diet, reducing portion size for some of us and staying active. In Sefton, we continue to work closely with our health and community partners to look at ways to help improve diabetes care. “

“Sefton residents can get help and advice about living with diabetes through two programmes. ‘Diabetes and You’ helps educate people who have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and ‘Diabetes and More’ focuses on supporting those who have been living with diabetes for more than 12 months.”

These well respected sessions, with national accreditation by QISMET, are held at a variety of locations and times across Sefton.

 If you would like to attend, you can request a referral from your GP or practice nurse, or you can refer yourself to one of the programmes by contacting the Diabetes Education Team. If you are registered with a GP in South Sefton, you can call them on 01514 754285, or if you live in Southport and Formby you can call 01704 387271.

Crosby crowds lit up by incredible lightcloud!

Thousands of people were dazzled by a huge constellation that lit up Crosby Coastal Park at the weekend (November 8-10).

Huge crowds headed to see the Parabolic Lightcloud that signalled the start of preparations for Sefton’s Borough of Culture Year

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.

2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the year.

As part of the constellation switch on, local performers entertained the crowds over three nights (November 8-10) and visitors to the Coastal park were encouraged share images of the Parabolic Lightcloud.

Both the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns and the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Tony Smith, made speeches at the launch that were followed by the reading of a poem commissioned by Eleanor Rees, Lecturer in Creative Literature at Hope University, Liverpool.

This was read out by Grace Travers,14, a student at Holy Family Catholic High School and Aidan Challoner-Baker, also 14, and from Calday Grange Grammar School.

Following the poem, lollipop man Arthur Snellgrove, who works at St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, pressed the plunger to illuminate the Parabolic Lightcloud.

Dwayne Johnson, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, said: “What a weekend and what a start to the beginning of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

“As Wirral’s amazing year draws to a close, the lighting of the Parabolic Lightcloud was a perfect way for Sefton to start ours.

“The constellation looked amazing in the wonderful setting of Crosby Coastal Park and over the course of the weekend, thousands of people made the time to come and see it in all its splendor.

“The Borough of Culture title for 2020 is one we are extremely proud of and can’t wait to showcase everything about our wonderful borough. The focus of our year will be on stories looking at two key elements, local history and the environment.

“This is just the start of an exciting 12 months of cultural activities tapping into new, existing and community led events across the whole of the borough. From later this month we will be looking to engage with communities and partners regarding the stories from our history and heritage on which they would wish to see focus in 2020, so watch this space!

“Thanks to all our guests who attended, our fabulous entertainment and most importantly those who made the time to marvel at the constellation.”

The Borough of Culture initiative is part of the Metro Mayor’s Culture programme that sees Liverpool City Region commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to stimulate cultural and creative activities.

Sefton switches on to a very merry Christmas 2019

Festive fun is just around the corner as town and village centres across Sefton get ready to switch on their 2019 Christmas lights.

Following the incredibly popular Constellations event in Crosby last week, Sefton will shine yet again with Christmas themed events taking place in numerous locations throughout the borough, with a range of festive fun for all the family.

The events, starting with the Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On on November 17,  are delivered through a number of different ways including partnership between business communities, local residents, voluntary and charity organisations, and Sefton Council.

Funding is secured through the private, voluntary and public sector to encourage people to shop local in the run up to Christmas.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Christmas lights switch-ons always prove to be popular events and are a great opportunity for local people and families to get into the festive spirit.

“We hope plenty of people will come out and support their local traders in the run up to Christmas and shop local, and we are very grateful for the hard work and community spirit which goes into these important events.”

Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Sunday November 17 from 1pm, with Lord Street boulevard and the Atkinson being lit up in a festive glow from 5.30pm.

Other locations include:

Crosby Village – November 22 (6pm)
Thornton – November 22 (6:45pm)
Bootle – November 23 (5pm)
Melling – November 25 (6:45pm)
Kirkstone Park – November 27 (5pm)
Marian Square – November 27 (6pm)
Hightown Village – November 27 (6.30pm)
South Park – November 29 (5pm)
Bowersdale Park – November 30 (5pm)

For more information about festive events and displays throughout the Christmas period, visit

Bullybusters wear odd socks for Anti-bullying Week

Bullybusters are inviting children and young people and their work colleagues to join them in wearing odd socks to celebrate Anti-Bullying week, which runs from the 11-15th November.  

 As Sherell Jenkins, one of the Bullybusters project worker explains, wearing odd socks is a celebration of the uniqueness of everyone:

 “Odd socks seem different but when you think about it, they both go on your feet and keep your feet warm. This applies to all of us, we all have things that make us individual but at the same time we have more in common than you think.”

 The theme for this year’s Anti-bullying week is ‘Change Starts with Us’.  The team will be challenging the young people they work with to consider what changes they can make to make the lives of the people around them better – whether that is through a smile, holding a door open for someone or asking someone sitting on their own if they are ok.

 The Bullybusters team, are part of the charity Local Solutions and work throughout the year delivering anti-bullying sessions to children, young people, parents and teachers across Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley.  Last year, they reached over 30,000 people through their sessions. 

 The team operate the free, confidential Bullybusters Helpline from 3-6pm every weekday where they provide support and advice to anyone affected by bullying or anyone concerned about a child or young person.   Bullybusters will work with everyone involved including the person accused of bullying.

 This is Bullybusters’ 15th year of operation and their work is more relevant than ever with the growth in cyberbullying and challenges around social networking. 

Please do wear your odd socks this week and sharing your pictures tagging in @bullybusters and #antibullyingweek2019 on twitter.

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