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Metro Mayor presents school ‘Year of the Environment’ drawing competition awards

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, recently visited St Benedict’s RC Primary School in Netherton to present the awards in a drawing competition linked to the Liverpool City Region Year of the Environment.

The competition was the culmination of class work that saw the children learn about their local environment.  Six-year-old Lauren Williams scooped first prize with her drawing of a meandering river with five fish swimming down-stream, in clear waters.

Lauren’s family won tickets for the Blue Planet Aquarium while the runner-up Hope Jones won family passes to Knowsley Safari Park.

Emma Carrington, St Benedict’s primary school teacher, said: “St. Benedict’s School has been delighted to take part in this competition to highlight Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment. The children enjoyed learning all about the different animals and plants in Sefton and now have a greater appreciation for what a beautiful place we live in.”

Attending the competition presentation, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, added: “The Year of the Environment is all about raising awareness of the challenges facing our planet so it is great to see our local primary schools getting involved.  It is clear from the quality of their pictures that these children were really engaged in thinking about the world around them and the importance of looking after our environment.  I’m sure they could teach the grown-ups a thing or two!”

Councillor Carla Thomas, who is a governor at St Benedict’s and a deputy portfolio holder at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, added: “By inviting the children of St Benedict’s Primary School to participate in a creative competition to commemorate the Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment. It was my aim to start to inspire the children in Netherton to become active and engage with an environmentally focussed project that shows you are never too young or too small to make a difference!

“By participating with an innovative activity it has encouraged young people to become responsible global activists, developing their understanding, empathy and a sense of responsibility. We can empower our young generation to protect their environment and motivate tomorrow’s leaders to help make our world a better and greener place.

“The children at St Benedict’s Primary School are delighted that the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region has attended their awards ceremony to recognise their efforts and work highlighting the environmental issues that matter to them.

“St. Oswald ward can be proud of the children who are paving the way to inspire other youngsters to follow them by illustrating the fantastic landscapes we have in Sefton with an abundance of protective designations, such as the Red Squirrel Reserve in Formby, the Sefton Coastal Dune System and the special wildlife habitats, along the coast.

“What’s more, I am profoundly grateful to the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port and to Knowsley Safari Park for their very kind donations.”

The Liverpool City Region officially declared 2019 as the ‘Year of the Environment’. This is a cross agency programme led by the Liverpool City Region’s Local Nature Partnership, Nature Connected along with the Combined Authority, the city region’s six local authorities, the Environment Agency and Natural England.

Join our planning workshop for Sefton’s Borough of Culture 2020 programme

 Sefton is excited to be Borough of Culture in 2020 and wants to hear from people to help shape the year ahead.

 We are inviting people to come along and give us their ideas at an interactive workshop for the planning of Sefton’s Borough of Culture 2020 programme.

 Being Borough of Culture 2020 is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Sefton’s already distinct cultural offer, whilst supporting and promoting new events planned by partners and communities.

 We pride ourselves on being a borough for everyone and we need the help of our thriving communities, voluntary and faith sector, to ensure our programme is inclusive to all.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing and sponsor for Borough of Culture 2020 said: “Listening to new ideas from our communities is important to us and so we are encouraging as many people as possible to come along to these workshops.

“We are a borough of storytellers, and we want to focus on your stories and share them during Borough of Culture.”

The workshop is being held on July 18, from 2–4pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, L22 1RR.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to events@seftoncvs.org.uk by July 5.

Offering learning opportunities to refugees living across the borough

As part of Refugee Week (June 17 – 23), Sefton Council is highlighting the excellent work it does to support refugees through further education. 

A number of courses are offered to refugees living in the borough which support them on their journey of learning English and also helps them integrate into our communities.

Classes are accessed through the Council’s Sefton Community Learning Service, which provides educational courses to communities across the borough. The service offers high quality adult learning programmes to help people make positive changes, support personal development and help communities thrive.

Celebrating Refugee Week also ties in with Sefton’s Year of Friendship with the Council focusing on ‘learning’ across the borough throughout June. 

Sefton Community Learning Service has provided education to a number of refugees in the borough.

These learners began their journey without English speaking skills and have progressed rapidly through the levels. They have now enrolled on other courses designed to improve their Mathematics and ICT skills.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Developing communications skills has given refugee learners in Sefton independence and confidence. This has allowed them to meet new friends and increased their chances of gaining work experience and employment.

“Learners say they feel welcomed and believe tutors have not only supported them with their English skills but with all aspects of UK life and British values.”

Debbie Parkes, Curriculum Manager-ESOL and Education and Training, said: “We have been involved with the Syrian Resettlement Programme for over 2 years now and continue to welcome new students to our classes. The refugees arrived in this country with little or no understanding of the English language and culture. They have faced many challenges whilst in this country and have required help in adjusting to the area and life in England. In some cases, learning again has been a whole new experience.

“They have adapted well and can now communicate in the English language and make themselves understood. I feel privileged to have the refugees learning here at Sefton Community Learning Service”.

If you would like to know more about our refugee programme or any other courses at the Sefton Community Learning Service, please contact us on 0151 934 4546.

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Major high-rise training exercise in Bootle, Merseyside

A Bootle tower block will host a major training exercise at the end of this month as Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service lead an exercise to test their response to a major incident in a high rise building.

 Irlam House, on Church Walk in Bootle, Merseyside will be the scene for the exercise, which will involve around 13 fire engines, 10 support vehicles and an Aerial Platform Ladder (ALP) vehicle. In addition to Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service, Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service will be taking part in the exercise.

 The exercise will take place on Thursday June 27, between 10.30 and 2.30pm and will simulate a fire on an upper floor of Irlam House. There will be a small amount of pretend smoke similar to dry ice for realism, but no fire effects.

 The exercise aims to test a number of areas and give new firefighters the opportunity to experience a realistic fire and evacuation scenario in a high-rise building. The exercise will test operational procedures for high rise fires, evacuation methods and the lines of communication during a major incident. This will also be an opportunity to test new equipment such as the latest Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP) and procedures such as methods of entry and search techniques. Around fifty students will be acting as residents requiring evacuation during the exercise with around 200 ‘players’ in the exercise in total.

 Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service aims to keep any disruption to a minimum and will be asking local residents and businesses to avoid parking at Church Gardens for the duration of the exercise if possible. The Service is publicising the exercise widely in the hope that residents will be aware of the exercise and realise it is not a real fire, avoiding false alarm calls to fire control. However, if there is any doubt, members of the public should always dial 999.

 The exercise will be thoroughly evaluated and any learning outcomes will be shared both locally and nationally in an effort to improve safety for all and hopefully reduce the possibility of future high-rise fires.

Group Manager Gary Oakford said:

‘This is a great opportunity for us to carry out a large exercise in a realistic setting. While the risk of a serious fire in a high rise building in Merseyside is low thanks in large part to our preventative work in the community, the Grenfell Tower tragedy is a constant reminder of what can happen when those risks become real.  

 With this exercise we aim to test current procedures and national guidance, ensuring that they are robust, effective and fit for the future. We would like to thank the local community and One Vison Housing for giving us the opportunity to carry out this exercise which will ultimately keep everyone in Merseyside safer.’

A spokesman from One Vision Housing said:

‘We are delighted to support such an important exercise and continue our successful partnership working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. This training will help ensure the safety of our customers and the wider community in the future.’

For free fire safety advice or to request a home fire safety check, call 0800 731 5958.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service also provides free smoke alarms for Merseyside residents aged 65 or over or those referred by partner agencies.

The Council is recruiting school crossing patrols

Sefton Council’s School Crossing Service is currently recruiting school crossing patrols across the borough. 

The local authority is appealing to parents, carers, grandparents or anyone who may have a few hours to spare each week.

The school crossing patrols are there to provide a safe passage across the road for children or anyone needing assistance at a designated site.

They operate at the start and end of each school day and the role is term time only.

On offer for this much valued service is £9.43 per hour plus travelling expenses where applicable. Those successful would also be entitled to holiday pay plus a retainer fee when the schools are closed. There is no upper age limit.

We would welcome parents who would like to Job Share with another parent for school run purposes.

If you, or anyone you know would be interested please call 0151 288 6153 and ask for Samantha Moss, Senior School Crossing Supervisor.

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