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Have your voice heard by joining an NHS patient group

Sefton residents interested in getting involved in how local health services are delivered are invited to two public events next month.

 The special events, organised by the two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton and  Healthwatch Sefton, are open to anyone wanting the chance to support their local NHS to improve and develop services by joining their local Patient Participation Group (PPG).

 Helen Graham is chair of a local PPG group and says: “I joined our PPG group over four years ago and now chair the meetings. For me, it’s important that we think about all patients at the surgery rather than just those present at the meetings so we’ll think about all age groups and different health needs to help the practice support its patients.

“The meetings are a chance to get involved in changes and have your say, for example our practice has recently developed a new website, which we were all able to feed into and make suggestions on that were then taken forward.

 As a result of discussions in the group, the practice also set up social media accounts and we’ve recently had a new PPG member join as a result of seeing our Facebook page. It is so worthwhile being a part of your PPG and making changes for the better in your local practice.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “PPGs support GP practices and are a way for you as a patient to have a voice about services at your surgery, as well as the wider health sector in your area.” 

Dr Craig Gillespie, GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “By coming along to these special events, you will gain a better understanding of what PPGs do and how you can become a part of the one at your GP practice.” 

Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton, added: “As a local Healthwatch, we recognise the importance of the patient voice being heard when local health services are being delivered or developed. That is why we want as many people as possible to come along to the events to hear first hand the difference being a member of a PPG can make.”

At the events there will be a marketplace of health and wellbeing stalls at both events giving people the chance to chat with health professionals as well as representatives from the CCGs and Healthwatch. People can hear from current PPG groups and how they engage with their patients.

A light lunch will be served during each event, the first of which is on Tuesday, November 12 at SING Centre, Cambridge Road, Seaforth, L21 1EZ and the second is at Lord Street West United Church, off Lord Street, Southport, PR8 2BH on Tuesday, November 19. 

Both events run from 10am until 2pm.

To book on for the south Sefton event on November 12, please register by calling: 0151 317 8456 or emailing: southsefton.ccg@nhs.net

For the Southport event on November 19, please register by calling 01704 395785 or emailing: southportandormby.ccg@nhs.net

Constellations to come to earth and light up Liverpool City Region

An arts project designed to inspire local communities to rediscover their local neighbourhoods and spend time stargazing is being launched across Liverpool City Region.

Constellations Presents brings a different artist to Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral to present a work inspired by a specific constellation and its relationship to local stories.

It is the follow-on from the award winning ‘Lost Castles’ which saw six extraordinary cardboard box structures being built and then demolished by communities in locations across the six boroughs in 2018.

The project was instigated by Wirral’s Borough of Culture year, which will launch the season with a spectacular installation by Studio Joanie Lemercier in West Kirby between the 18-20 October.

The final project – in Knowsley – will see local artist Sam Wiehl reimagining local residents and community groups as stars in a disused shop in Huyton village centre between 21-23 November.

The six commissions are:

Constellations Presents – Studio Joanie Lemercier
West Kirby Marine Lake, Wirral
18-20 October 2019

Constellations Presents – Cetus
Mann Island, Liverpool
1-9 November 2019

Constellations Presents – The Creation
Sherdley Park, St Helens
5 November 2019

Constellations Presents – Parabolic Lightcloud
Crosby Coastal Park, Sefton
8-10 November 2019

Constellations Presents – Nova
Victoria Park, Widnes, Halton
15-17 November 2019

Constellations Presents – The Garish Sun
Huyton Village Centre, Knowsley
21-23 November 2019

To find out more about the six works and what is happening near you, go to www.constellationslcr.co.uk

Sefton youth worker Sue Logie tells us how she’s helping to give a safe space to young people

Sue Logie and Sefton’s Chief Exec, Dwayne Johnson, attending Pride in Liverpool

This month as part of our Year of Friendship campaign, we’ve been focusing on children and young people and the projects designed to benefit them. We’re also highlighting some of the amazing youth workers who are always on hand to give one-to-one and group support.  

 We caught up with one of Sefton Council’s youth workers Sue Logie. She is the lead worker for New Beginnings, Sefton’s LGBTQ+ youth group which provides a safe space for young people to socialise and learn life skills.

 Sue put’s her heart and soul into working with young people especially those who are LGBTQ+. So much so that she has recently won an award for Best Campaigner at the prestigious LCR Pride Awards 2019.

 We caught up with Sue to ask her about her journey as a youth worker and why she continues to support young people. 

Sue: For me personally, New Beginnings is like my baby so to speak. When I was a young person struggling with my own identity I was unaware of any support for young people at that time, this was something I really struggled with. There was no support and there were no visible role models back then nor was LGBTQ+ in the media like it is today. So, when I first started working within the Youth Service back in 2014 being asked to work with the New Beginnings group was exciting and then when I was asked to lead on it, it was an honour. To see and be a part of the journeys the young people embark on with their identity and finding themselves is so rewarding, and seeing them grow as a young person and being comfortable and happy within themselves just takes your breath away at times. To be able to provide a safe space and for young people to get the support I lacked is amazing, we have evolved slightly and we have had parents/carers ask for our support also which is always a pleasure, sometimes for parents to have that space to talk is nice also. More recently we have had a number of schools ask for support also, so it’s nice to see our schools trying to support our young people more especially around LBGTQ+.

Q: What are some of the main highlights in your career working with young people?

Sue: Wow! This is a difficult one! There are lots of positive experiences and some almost life changing for the young people and for me. I think one that really sticks with me is a young person who I worked with who just didn’t really know where they fitted or who they were, we did some 1-1 sessions and the young person attending New Beginnings and over about 2 years I seen this young person just grow and we went from different sexualities to then actually the young person saying they thought it was their gender that was this issue – well not issue, but they felt they wanted to identify as the opposite gender – so we did some work around this and now that young person is attending the Gender Identity Clinic and is much happier within themselves. All I did was to be there to listen and allow the space for that young person to be them and spent a lot of time with his parents supporting them also.

Q: It’s great news that you’ve been nominated for Best Campaigner at the Prestigious LCR Pride Awards 2019. How does it feel to know you’re hard work has been recognised in this way?

Sue: Shocked and overwhelmed. There is a very good friend of mine in the same category, who has been working campaigning for the LGBTQ+ community a lot longer than me so to make the final 3 for me is an achievement itself especially being named with someone who has done so much for the community before me.

Q: Moving forward do you have any aspirations about how society on a whole can improve support for young people?

Sue: I would ideally like to see a shift in the way LGBTQ+ people are seen, there is still a lot of homophobia/transphobia/biphobia, but on top of this, I feel any sort of ‘phobia’ I would like to see minimalised or eradicated – but with this people are not born hateful they are taught it. So, stigmas/stereotypes etc I would love to see them broken. And I feel like also youth work being seen across the country and a valuable service to our young people. These young people are our future leaders, Armed/Public service representatives and more. The valuable work that we carry out with our young people can be life changing for some and can bring them away from paths they shouldn’t really go down.

 

Get your tickets for the Mayor of Sefton’s exciting events

Tickets are on sale for two nights of entertainment organised by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, with all proceeds going to the Mayor’s Charities.

 

The Mayor of Sefton’s Motown Night takes place Fri Nov 15, 7.30pm at Maghull Town Hall.

Enjoy music from a live band playing all of your favourite Motown classics.

Tickets are £6 in advance from the Mayor of Sefton’s Office via 0151 934 2062 or on the door.

 

 

Celebrate the New Year with a taste of the highlands at the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Burns Night.

This takes place, Sat Jan 25, 7pm at Bootle Town Hall

There’ll be Scottish food, live entertainment and a raffle.

Tickets are £20 in advance from the Mayor of Sefton’s Office via 0151 934 2062 or on the door. For more information call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk.

 

Sefton Council receives £8,000 for charities across the Borough

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, was delighted to receive £8,000 from the Institute of Cemetery Crematorium Management (ICCM), to go towards the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

 Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, presented the cheque to Cllr Burns at Bootle Town Hall.

 The metals recycling scheme is administered nationally by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM), and relates to cremations at Southport Crematorium and Thornton Garden of Rest. Combined together, about 2600 cremations are carried out at both sites each year.

 Recycling metals following a cremation is done with the consent of each bereaved family. A specialist company, based in Holland, collects the metal, sorts it out and then smelts it which is often used to manufacture new implants with any profits from the scheme distributed to local charities. 

 Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “I would like to thank the ICCM for this generous donation, but most of all the bereaved families themselves who’s consent has enabled this money to be raised.

“Having previously been employed as a child bereavement councillor working with families at Alder Hey Hospital, this is something which is close to my heart.  

“I know bereavement is a very difficult time for people and I hope that it is a consolation to them that this donation will help so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member Locality Services, added: “The money donated by the ICCM through this important scheme will assist local charities right on our doorstep.

“We are grateful to the families who give their consent for us to do this will in order to benefit local charities within the borough.” 

 If any individuals or businesses wish to make a donation to the current Mayor’s Charity Fund, contact Shaun Pimblett on 0151 934 2062. 

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Photograph attached: Cllr John Fairclough presents the cheque to the Mayor of Sefton,  Cllr June Burns  

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