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A new service in Bootle will help to support Sefton veterans

A new community service has opened in Safe Regeneration in Bootle aiming to support Sefton veterans with mental health issues through targeted counselling / therapy and physical activity programmes.

 The service has been set up in memory of John Paul Finnigan who sadly lost his life through suicide in 2018. John a brave Liverpool soldier from Huyton had completed a number of tours overseas in war ravaged areas serving proudly with the 2nd Battalion the Rifles.

 Upon leaving the Army John suffered greatly with PTSD and even lost close friends through their own PTSD struggles. Johns story highlighted the further need for support of our returning veterans and challenges that are faced after being involved in such distressing situations.

 Paul Growney CEO of Caring Connections stated ‘We are very proud to launch this service and hopefully it can provide a further  support mechanism to those returning home and struggling with civilian life. The story of John Paul has really touched our organization and we honored to dedicate this service to his name’.

 At Caring Connections we have a team of specialists, who understand the deep and often complex needs specific to veterans, are able to provide a 1:1 bespoke service in a safe, confidential environment.  The therapists are trained in a wide-range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), specializing in supporting clients bereaved through suicide. All therapists are registered with the BACP Professional Body.

All services are fully funded and are at no costs the veterans and / or their families.

If you feel we may be able to help you or you know someone that may be suffering please contact us on 0151 289 2761 where we can discuss our service in more detail.

Find out more details below at dedicated website:

www.johnpaulproject.com

Another chance to visit a fascinating exhibition with artefacts from Bootle’s History

A special exhibition displaying artefacts from Bootle’s illustrious history is being brought back this February, due to popular demand.

The exhibition was first unveiled as part of a week long celebration of the town’s 150th Birthday, in October 2018.

Due to its success, Sefton Council is delighted to be bringing it back to Bootle Town Hall for another week.

It will be held in the Assembly Hall from 10am – 5pm on Monday – Friday (February 18 – Friday 22)

There will also be Bootle history talks by Hugh Hollinghurst on Thursday, February 21, at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Visitors to the history talk are asked to pay £2 at the door.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “It’s great news that this exhibition is returning to the Town Hall. I am also excited to be conducting some of the tours myself.

“We had such a great response during the ‘150 Years of Bootle’ celebration, that we knew we had to bring it back to give even more people the chance to see these fascinating artefacts.”

For more information or to book tickets for the Mayors tour’s, please call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme funds notice boards in Rimrose Valley

A community funding scheme run by Tesco in Litherland has enabled Rimrose Valley Friends to deliver four, hand-carved notice boards at entrances around the much-loved Country Park.

The initiative required members of the public to vote for their favourite cause using counters given to them in store.  Originally intended to improve just one entrance, the fund awarded stretched to notice boards being delivered to four entrances around the valley.  Beach Road and Gorsey Lane are already in place, with two more due to be installed soon at the Derwent Road and Brindley Close entrances.

Roy Bouffler, who designed and made the notice boards said: “It was a pleasure to create something for a place that holds special memories for me, as a child and then with my own children.  It’s a place of peace and tranquillity, which I have felt the benefit of.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Rimrose Valley is a great asset in the borough and The Green Sefton – and Natural Alternatives – team were happy to help, putting up Roy’s marvellous notice boards. They look great in situ, are a fine example of local craftsmanship and I’m sure will be well appreciated by our communities.”

Linda Gaskell of Rimrose Valley Friends added: “We’re delighted to be able to deliver the notice boards and to enhance several of the busiest entrances to the park.  The notice boards will contain a mixture of charity, campaign and other community notices, aimed at helping to bring the various communities which surround Rimrose Valley closer together.

“Work like this demonstrates that Rimrose Valley Friends as a charity is planning for the future of the Country Park and we are not put off by the threat of Highways England’s proposed road.

“Space is obviously limited, but any community groups or charities interested in submitting a notice should email enquiries@rimrosevalleyfriends.org 

Please note that advertisements will not be accepted.”

Sefton’s Public Engagement Panel has reached it’s 10-year milestone.


Sefton Council is delighted to be celebrating Sefton’s Public Engagement and  Consultation Panel’s 10th Anniversary.

 The Council and several partners developed the panel to ensure they collectively listen to residents and give them the opportunity to have a say in the services that are delivered.

 One of the ways this is done is by going out into our communities to carry out engagement and consultation activities. It is the panel’s responsibility to ensure these consultations are delivered effectively.

 The panel includes representatives from Sefton Council, South Sefton and Southport Clinical Commissioning Group, Sefton CVS, Sefton Young Advisors, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and Mersey Travel.

To find out more about how you can get involved follow this link; http://ow.ly/gEU130noiwn

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services and Chair of the Public Engagement and Consultation Panel, said:

 “We are all extremely happy that after 10 years this panel is still going strong and long may it continue. Working together and sharing the panel’s expertise has enabled us to successfully advise on 168 consultation and engagement activities, meaning we have listened to the views of thousands of residents from across the borough.

 “I am also very proud that this panel has been held up as an example of extremely good practice in relation to how we engage with the public and with our partners.

 “We are committed to delivering quality services which work in the best interest of residents, workers or visitors to Sefton. To do this, we recognise that we must engage with the public when making decisions and we encourage as many people as possible to give us their views.”

Sefton Council is urging people to think about fostering in 2019

As we begin the new year, Sefton Council is highlighting the need for more foster carers and asking people to really think about taking on this new rewarding challenge.

If you can give a loving, stable home to some of our most vulnerable children, you will be helping them to achieve their full potential by giving them the best start in life.

Applications are open to people from all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexuality. Couples, single people, disabled people and people from all cultures are welcome. There is no upper age limit to becoming a foster carer but you must be over 21, have a spare bedroom and be a UK citizen.

Sefton Council is committed to offering support to our carers every step of the way. This includes specialist and peer support, training and an excellent financial package.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said; “There is now more of a need to recruit new carers than ever before. For the first time, the number of children looked after by Sefton has tipped the 500 mark. Our in house foster care capacity is full and we need to recruit a least 20 more additional carers by the end of this year, in order to meet the current demand.

“Becoming a foster parent to a vulnerable child can completely turn their life around. I would urge anyone who has ever thought about it, to get in touch with us. It could be the best decision you ever make.”

Foster Carers, Yvonne & Carl said, “We really enjoy looking after the children we care for. Although sometimes it can be challenging, the rewards outweigh the challenges. The children achieve things they never thought they would, when you see the immense pride the children have in their achievements, however small, it does our hearts good.

“We’re not on our own, we get a tremendous amount of support from social workers. The children also get support from a team of people who take them out. The children look forward to this special time they have, and it gives us a little respite to recharge our batteries.”

To find out more about becoming a foster parent, you can visit our dedicated website https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

Or speak to one of the team on our freephone number 0800 923 2777

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