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Foster for Sefton in 2022! Make a difference to a young person’s life by being their #EverydayAngel

The dedication and support Sefton’s Foster Carers provide to vulnerable children in the Borough means many of these young people see their carers as ‘Angels.’

This New Year, Sefton is launching its #EverydayAngel campaign to show its appreciation for all the fantastic work they do and for the care they provide.

Sefton is also urging local people to think about becoming an #EverydayAngel themselves by fostering a local child and help to turn their life around.

Angela and Paul have fostered with Sefton Council for three years and are helping to spread the important message about this rewarding role.

Angela said “We’re just ordinary people. We don’t class ourselves as angels but as a foster carer it is almost like you are a guardian angel to some of these children.

“At the moment we are fostering two beautiful little girls as well as working full time. If we can do it, anyone can”

Christine and her daughter Olivia foster for Sefton and really see the difference they are making to children’s lives.

Christine said: “I love fostering, it’s so rewarding to help children and watch them grow and become more confident”

Olivia said “I love to help my mum out, putting them to bed and giving them cuddles and kisses. To me my mum is an angel and I know our foster children think that too” 

Cllr Mhairi Doyle MBE, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“Our foster carers are naturally loving people with big hearts. We know that they see themselves as normal people but to Sefton and the children they care for, they are a lifeline and they truly are our ‘Angels’.

“Through our #EverydayAngel campaign we want to highlight how Sefton really values all of our carers’ hard work and dedication.

“If you think you have those nurturing qualities and feel you have something to give then please get in touch with us and find out more.”

Sefton’s Foster Carers are paid for their skills, receive full training and support, plus allowances. Anyone who is thinking about fostering can find out more by speaking to one of the team or by visiting the dedicated website at https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

Or they can call the freephone number – 0800 923 2777

Advice on fuel bills and housing ahead of forecast cold snap

Frost covered fir treeWith a cold snap forecast, Sefton Council is reminding people in the Borough living on low incomes can find support through its Affordable Warmth Team.

People can contact the team at energy@sefton.gov.uk or by calling 0151 934 2222, for assistance and advice on a range of topics.

Landlords

Also, the Council is reminding the Borough’s landlords that they should advise tenants facing difficulties with the cost of heating their homes to visit the Simple Energy Advice website at www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk or call their helpline on 0800 444 202.

Ofgem also provides advice on getting help if you can’t afford your energy bills through its website at https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/getting-help-if-you-cant-afford-your-energy-bills.

Support

Depending on their circumstances, tenants they may also be eligible for support through:

Stark choice

Last month, Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said that rocketing energy bills could result in some of the Borough’s families making the stark choice between eating and heating their homes this winter.

Cllr Hardy said: “Energy price rises, combined with the Government’s cutting of £20 per week from Universal Credit in October, has resulted in families across Sefton facing a tough winter ahead.

“I want to reassure our communities that our dedicated Affordable Warmth Team are here to help.”

Housing difficulties

People facing housing difficulties that could put their home at risk, who have received an eviction notice or have rent arrears should get in touch with our Homeless Prevention Service at homeless.prevention@sefton.gov.uk or by calling 0151 934 3541.

The Homeless Prevention team works with tenants to help them maintain their tenancy or with moving on to more affordable and suitable accommodation, and they can also assist landlords that are facing issues such as rent arrears and late or inconsistent rent payments.

Landlords who have concerns about vulnerable tenants can also contact the team for support in resolving the situation.

 

Sefton Council appoints new Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education

Martin Birch
Martin Birch

Sefton Council has appointed a new Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education.

After a thorough recruitment process, the Council has appointed Martin Birch, who is currently Director of Children’s Social Care at Together for Children, in Sunderland. Together for Children is owned by Sunderland City Council but controlled by an independent board to ensure operational independence.

Track record

Cllr. Mhairi Doyle, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care said: “Martin has a strong track record and I am pleased that we have now appointed him to head up our Children’s Social Services teams at a time when they are facing unprecedented levels of demand.

“Sefton Council is well on with addressing the challenges raised by a recent OFSTED inspection and Martin will focus on driving those developments and improvements forward.

Sefton Council committed an extra £6 million to children’s social care in April and in September announced a further £4 million investment in staffing. Extra staff have already been appointed and the Council has established a transformation team supported by the Department for Education.

Committed and skilled

Cllr Doyle continued: “The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that demands on our committed and skilled Children’s Social Care teams is unlike anything we’ve known before.

“Martin joins us at a time when we are putting in place the high-quality, responsive service that families, children and young people across Sefton need.”

Thrilled

Martin Birch who has been with Sunderland Council since 2018, but who hails from Merseyside said: “I am thrilled to have been given this wonderful opportunity. It’s an exciting time to join Sefton Council with significant investment within the Children’s Services, providing the impetus for the next chapter of the improvement journey.

“I am looking forward to working with colleagues to provide the very best services to children, young people and families within the Borough”.

Sefton says thanks with launch of ’12 Days of Kindness’ campaign

12 Days of Kindness campaign image featuring Sefton Council and Toy Appeal logoSefton Council is saying a huge “thank you” to individuals and organisations who have continually supported the Mayor of Sefton’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

Each year thousands of toys, gifts and stocking fillers are lovingly donated by kind-hearted residents, Sefton Council staff, partners and community groups to put a smile on the faces of Sefton’s children.

Since its introduction in 1996 by Council staff, over 8,000 vulnerable children have been supported. Last year 565 received gifts.

Gifts are collected each year at a number of locations across Sefton and then distributed by volunteers from across the Council on behalf of the mayor. Online & cash donations are also welcomed.

This year the Council is shining a spotlight on 12 individuals and organisations to thank them for their support for the Christmas Toy Appeal over the years. Each day from Thursday 9th December to Monday 20th December, a different individual or organisation will feature on the Council’s social media channels with a special festive thank you message.

The ’12 Days of Kindness’ individuals and organisations are:

  • Litherland Youth & Community Centre
  • Asda Bootle
  • Asda Southport
  • Tesco Litherland
  • Sandway Homes
  • St Robert Bellarmine Catholic Primary School
  • Birkdale High School
  • Sefton Library Service, Bootle Library and The Atkinson
  • St Marks Methodist Church Netherton
  • Active Sefton Leisure Services
  • Joseph Farrell, Sefton Council staff member
  • Sefton Council staff

Sandra Coventry, Head of Business Operations and Marketing, at Sandway Homes said:

“As well as bringing much-needed quality housing to the Borough, Sandway Homes, the Council’s wholly-owned housing development company, shares a strong commitment to delivering wider social value to our residents and communities.

“With our Managing Director, Louise Davies, we jumped at the chance to support the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal to light up a smile on the faces of some of our most disadvantaged children this Christmas.

“And, with our partners, Barnfield Construction, Turner & Townsend, Abode Group and Stanza Style, we have aimed our gifts and donations at older teenagers, knowing this age range is often overlooked.

Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, the Mayor of Sefton, said:

“The generosity and kindness from people across Sefton towards the Christmas Toy Appeal each year never ceases to amaze us.

“For many of our families across Sefton, Christmas can be a time of real pressure and hardship and the gifts & cash received through this campaign go a long way in ensuring all our children can enjoy some festive cheer.

“I want to extend a special thank you this year to the 12 individuals and organisations who go above and beyond each year to ensure the Christmas Toy Appeal is such a success. Your support is very much appreciated and is vital to ensuring we can spread as much festive cheer across the Borough as possible.

“And don’t forget, it’s not too late to donate.”

Donations of gifts such as new and unwrapped toys, gift vouchers, toiletries, pyjamas and stocking fillers for all ages can still be made and are welcomed until Monday 20th December.

Online gifts can be sent to ‘Sefton Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle L20 7AE’ and must also be received by Monday 20 December 2021. The deadline for sending cash donations via bank transfer is Wednesday 15 December 2021. Bank details are as follows:

Reference – Mayor’s Toy Appeal
Account Number – 382 96 888
Sort Code – 60 20 23

To find out how to donate to the Mayor of Sefton’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/toyappeal. Updates can also be found on the Council’s social media at:

Twitter @Sefton_Council

Instagram @SeftonCouncil

Facebook @OneSefton

Sefton Council and the Plaza Cinema join forces to help bring the festive cheer to foster families

Sefton’s fostering families were enchanted as they joined together for a special screening of Encanto at Crosby’s Plaza Cinema, as part of the Fostering Services’ Christmas celebrations.

Sefton partnered with the Plaza Community Cinema in Crosby to arrange for the showing of the new Disney film, which focuses on the importance of family. The event was organised to say ‘thank you’ to Sefton’s foster families for all the invaluable work they do to look after vulnerable children from the Borough.

Angela, who has been a foster carer for nearly 30 years and who came along to the screening with her foster children, said;

“All of the children have had a brilliant time at the pictures, and it’s been so good to get together and have a catch up with other carers.

“I absolutely love being a foster carer and have always known it was something I was going to do. If anybody is thinking about it, please get in touch with Sefton Council and you won’t regret it. It’s really, really rewarding.”

Cllr Mhairi Doyle MBE, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“I am so happy that we were able to bring our foster carers and their families together a Christmas time to create some special memories and put an extra smile on our young people’s faces.

“It has been a difficult year and we want to let our carers know how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication.

“Events like this show how, as a foster carer at Sefton, you will be part of one big family and support network so if you are thinking about fostering please get in touch.”

Christine Physick from the Plaza Community Cinema said;

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome foster families for a special screening at the Plaza. As a Community Cinema events like these are what we are all about.

“We’ve had a lot of happy children and happy families so it’s great to be able to give them a little celebration at the end of what has been a difficult year.”

Sefton’s Foster Carers receive full training and support, plus payments for their skills and allowances. Anyone who is thinking about fostering can find out more by speaking to one of the team.

Find out more or make an enquiry on our dedicated website https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

Get in touch on our freephone number 0800 923 2777

To find out about films at Crosby’s Plaza Cinema, visit Plaza Cinema | Liverpool Community Cinema

 

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