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Local health professionals have a brew on Blue Monday

Health leaders at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG encouraged their staff to take a break on Monday, January 20 for Brew Monday.

 Talking to someone about any subject, from the weather to that new TV programme everyone’s watching, can have a positive impact on the way you’re feeling. That’s why the staff at both CCGs took time out of their day to chat to each other over tea and cakes.

 Fiona Taylor, chief officer of the CCGs, said: “A lot of people struggle with their mental wellbeing at this time of year. Events like these are a great way to encourage people to take a break from their busy day and spend a few minutes looking after their mental health.

“It was good to see so many staff taking part in Brew Monday and turning what is often thought of as the most depressing day into a positive experience. Brew Monday is a brilliant way for people to connect over a warm cup of tea.”

 During the event, donations were collected for the local Samaritans group, a charity which supports people in emotional distress.

‘Brew Monday’ was originally launched by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust who host events across the region each year to raise awareness of their ‘zero suicides’ initiative, which is a commitment to eliminating suicide for all those in their care.

 If you are feeling anxious or depressed, you can contact Access Sefton for free NHS talking therapies for common mental health conditions. The service is available to anyone aged 16 and over and registered with a Sefton GP. For more information visit Access Sefton online at www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton or call 0300 303 2708.

 

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

Members of the public interested in local health issues are invited to the forthcoming governing body meetings of their local health commissioners.

 NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so that people can listen to the discussions and the decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums. 

 Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “I would highly encourage anyone that is interested in local health issues to attend. It’s a great way to find out about the work we’ve been doing over the past few months and what we have coming up.”

 Attendees have the opportunity to ask governing body members questions before the formal meeting begins.

 Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG added: “It’s really important to us that people in Sefton are involved in the work that we do and that’s why it’s always great to see members of the public in attendance.”

 NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body will meet on Wednesday February 5 at 1pm at the Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH.

 NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body will meet on Thursday February 6 at 1pm at Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3DL in the 3rd floor boardroom.

Agendas and papers will be published on the CCGs’ websites in advance of the meetings:

 Anyone planning to attend either meeting is asked to call 0151 317 8456 to confirm their attendance and to advise about any communications or accessibility requirements they may have.

Scottish Power restore traffic light signalling on Brooms Cross Road

Scottish Power have now made assurances that there will be no more disruption to power on the Traffic Signal junction on Brooms Cross Road.

 On January 9, the Traffic Signal junction of Brooms Cross Road / Brickwall Lane became offline on several occasions.

 The Council received some complaints from residents who had been understandably inconvenienced however, these outages were attributed to a loss in power and therefore this was the responsibility of Scottish Power to rectify the fault.

 These shortages were reported to Scottish Power on each occasion and they subsequently undertook some investigations and managed to restore power.

 However, on January 14,15, the Traffic Signal junction was off for the majority of the day due to a loss in power

 The health and safety of residents is our main priority and so we decided to deploy temporary traffic signals at the junction until we had assurances from Scottish Power that the power wouldn’t be lost at the junction.

 Scottish Power have now made assurances that there will be no more disruption to power on the Traffic Signal junction on Brooms Cross Road, with Sefton Council instructing Siemens their traffic signal maintenance contractor to remove the Temporary Traffic Lights and restore power to the Permanent Traffic Signals.

A special memorial service will take place to remember victims of the Holocaust

A special ceremony will be held for Holocaust Memorial Day.

The service, which is open to the public will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns on Sunday, January 26, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm.

The Council acknowledges this milestone year as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -Birkenau concentration camp in Poland.

Councillors and council officers will attend the memorial ceremony in Southport as well as members of the public.

All will take part in a minute’s silence.

The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “It is so important that each year we join others around the world to take a moment of reflection to remember those who endured genocide and honour the survivors whose lives were changed forever.

“At the annual service in Southport, our diverse communities will stand together to demonstrate how lessons from the past have taught us that prejudice must be challenged by us all.

“We would like as many people as possible to attend so if you have the time, please join us to mark this day.”

The service in Southport is open to everyone, with refreshments served at the end.

For more information visit www.hmd.org.uk

Christmas arrives at Merseyrail with calendar of festive activities across the network

The festivities have well and truly begun on Merseyrail with Father Christmas and carol singers appearing up and down the network this December.

Father Christmas gift competition

On Monday Father Christmas delivered a special gift to Liverpool Central’s Mtogo store flanked by security, signalling the launch of a special competition across three stations.

Mystery gifts will be situated at Mtogo stores in Liverpool Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Southport stations. Passengers must guess what the gift is to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of high street vouchers.

The competition will run December from 2 to 23  and passengers can enter by filling out a form in one of the three stations.

Father Christmas checking tickets

Father Christmas will be leaving his reindeer at home and travelling by Merseyrail trains on 7 and 8 December from 11:00 to 13:00, checking tickets and wishing all of our customers a very merry Christmas.

Carol choirs

Furthermore, carol singers will be performing your favourite Christmas songs at the following stations:

  • Liverpool Central
    • December 3 10:00-12:00 and 19:00-20:00
    • December 5 19:00 onwards
    • December 8, 19 & 20  times TBC
  • Hamilton Square
    •  December 5 & 19 17:00 onwards
  • Southport
    • December 22 throughout the day

Free Costa hot drinks

Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy a free Costa hot drink on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 December at participating Costas across the network.

 

Great value and enhanced services

To add to the festive cheer across the Liverpool City Region, Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy late night and Boxing Day trains.

With return tickets from just £2.10 and Day Savers available to purchase online, Merseyrail is the perfect way to get around this Christmas.

The rail operator will be running a special service between 9:00am and 7:00pm on Boxing Day, calling at selected stations across the network.

There will also be late night trains on the two weekends before Christmas, helping passengers get home from festive events across the city.

For full timetable information, Christmas shopping and event guides passengers can visit www.merseyrail.org/christmas or the Destination Merseyside portal at https://www.merseyrail.org/destination-merseyside.

Our customer service team can also be contacted via Twitter @merseyrail or WhatsApp on 0151 555 1111 for service updates and information.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “Christmas is a very special time of year at Merseyrail and we want to make it as festive as possible for our passengers.

“These events across the network ensure passengers have a fun-filled journey complete with carols and appearances from Father Christmas as they travel to parties, visit family or do some Christmas shopping.”

To find out more about what is happening across Liverpool this festive season visit www.visitliverpool.com/christmas.

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