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Sefton says thanks to all involved in summer school meal programme

Packed lunches in summer school meal programme Catering staff preparing free school mealsSefton Council is saying a huge “thank you” to all who were involved in providing vital free lunches for schoolchildren form eligible families and other groups across the Borough throughout the 2021 summer holidays.

Over 5,000 meals, in the form of takeaway packed lunches, were prepared and distributed to a range of Sefton locations throughout the summer holiday. Catering teams across the Borough worked tirelessly in the preparation, packing and delivery of the meals for children, families and older people.

Once again, the Council and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) worked with local Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector organisations across the Borough to co-ordinate additional access to food.

As in 2020, families who have had their income significantly affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic were also eligible for the scheme.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “This is always a very important service to provide and we continue to do all we can to help people who would otherwise struggle to put food on the table.

“We have had families tell us that without this service, they would have to miss paying bills to meet the extra cost of feeding their children during the long summer months.

“We are delighted that we were once again able to help and support those families that are most in need within our communities and I would like to thank personally everyone who was involved in coordinating, preparing and distributing these lunches.”

This is the sixth year of the summer lunches initiative.

Annual Sefton In Mind campaign launched to mark World Suicide Prevention Day

Sefton In Mind LogoIn the past two years, we’ve seen the power of hope in action and the need for connection and communication has been more vital than ever.  Friday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day and the start of the annual Sefton In Mind campaign. This year’s theme is reflection – encouraging everyone to remember our role in growing positive mental health and wellbeing, and highlighting the importance of communities working together to help people through what has been exceptionally difficult time.

The global pandemic has impacted all areas of our lives including our mental health, which may continue for years to come. With many aspects of life returning to their pre-pandemic state – some people may find the lifting of restrictions and opening up of other areas of life hard to navigate.

Jan Campbell, Health and Social Care Officer at Sefton CVS said:

Reflection is an important process in helping us to develop a deeper understanding of why we feel what we feel. Through this process we learn and grow stronger. If we all take time to reflect on what we can do as individuals for your own wellbeing or to help others, that could make a huge difference. Suicide is preventable and small actions, like just asking “how are you?“ can make a big difference. Supporting activity in your local community is a great way of help others. There are many opportunities available throughout Sefton to get involved in activities that support people who are currently struggling.”

Health partners in Sefton have witnessed a considerable rise in demand for early intervention and prevention services – but we still have some way to go. A local person who had attempted to take their own life said:

“It’s not always easy, particularly if you feel you reached a point where hope has dissolved and lost its past meaning. So, I do a few things when I’m not feeling hope which helps me turn that corner and starts chipping away at that dark cloud overhead.”

Helping your local community and exploring the mental health services available to everyone is a good way of safeguarding your mental health and that of those people you care about.

Practical ways to boost your mood:

  • Physical Exercise. However you’re feeling inside, any form of physical exercise that you are able to do (taking yourself out for a walk) will release  endorphins – energising both the brain and the body.
  • Identify your triggers: Is there something in your current lifestyle that is adding to your low mood? Think about your diet, sleep patterns or alcohol consumption –  these can all have an impact on your mood.
  • Get a sleep routine: There are lots of relaxation apps to help you cultivate good sleeping habits – limiting your phone time before bed can help with sleeping patterns
  • Be solution-focused: If something is bothering you – ask yourself what can be done about it? Do you need any help in making those changes?
  • Talk to someone: Even if you don’t feel you can share with family or friends, there is always someone to talk to, a number to call

Taking any of these small steps will have a positive impact on your mental health.

Dr Rory McGill, Consultant in Public Health, said:

“Sefton in Mind this year emphasises the importance of connecting with ourselves. The pandemic has been incredibly challenging for everyone, so it is important that we take time to reflect on our own mental health and how much we have all endured and come together in Sefton to support each other through such unprecedented times.”

For more information about local support please visit https://directory.seftoncvs.org.uk/

Funding available for community groups this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Community groups only have only a few days left to apply for funding being offered by Sefton CVS working in partnership with Sefton Council.

This #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, we want to make sure as many people as possible know about the funding available to make a real difference in Sefton.

The focus will be on organisations that work with, or can support, the following vulnerable groups in Sefton:

  • Older people, especially those who are socially isolated
  • Younger people, especially those who are socially isolated
  • People with mild or long-term mental health problems
  • People with a learning or a physical disability
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  • People who frequently attend primary and/or secondary health care
  • Traveller community

Through the Community Champions Fund 2021, organisations working to support the groups mentioned above, can apply for grants of up to £2,500.

The fund has a closing date of Friday 14 May, during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Projects will be expected to be complete by December 2021.

In the application form, organisations will need to identify which cohort and health priority is being addressed and in which part of Sefton the project will be delivered. It is expected groups will provide evidence for why their project is worth funding and the benefits the project will bring to the local community.

For more details, email championsfund@seftoncvs.org.uk or

You will find the application form here to download as well as the criteria here.

MARINE IN THE COMMUNITY CELEBRATE 12 MONTHS OF LUNCH DELIVERIES

Seaforth resident Jane Berry receiving her lunch delivery from David Fairclough

Pitching In Northern Premier League Marine announces that next week Marine in the Community, its charity arm, will complete a year of delivering free lunches to the residents of Crosby. In addition to a free substantial lunch, quizzes and local information from Sefton CVS are also provided. More importantly a knock on the door and the knowledge someone is there to say hello and to have that friendly and welcome chat, albeit at a distance.

Marine in the Community have delivered over 2700 lunches so far, and is thankful to Radfield Homecare, Spoilt for Choice, Merchant Taylor’s Boys School and it’s many volunteers including David Fairclough and Jamie Carragher, Liverpool FC legends for assisting with lunch bag preparation and deliveries. A special thanks also to volunteer Colin Mitchel who has not missed a week of deliveries.

When the second wave hit, Marine in the Community has gone a step further to support the community introducing free zoom training to the elderly and isolated. This has now led to online free fitness classes, yoga and mindfulness sessions and a weekly lunchtime quiz. All in all, Marine have continued to support the residents of Crosby who have been shielding throughout this pandemic and are proud to continue to offer their support during these difficult times.

Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:

“The delivery of the weekly lunches throughout the pandemic has been so important for the recipients who have either been in isolation, are shielding or just in need of a welcome knock on the door. I thank the team of volunteers and food donors for playing such an important part in making the deliveries happen, that I know are so much appreciated. The provision recently of the yoga, fitness classes and quizzes by zoom are further examples of how Marine in the Community is making a positive difference to residents wellbeing.”

 

Transforming Bootle: ‘Area Action Plan’ sets out vision for town’s long-term future

Transforming Bootle: ‘Area Action Plan’ sets out vision for town’s long-term future

 

Sefton Council is inviting the community to help shape ambitious plans that will ensure Bootle is a great place to work, live, shop and socialise.

 

To achieve this, the Council is planning to produce an ‘Area Action Plan’ which will set out a clear vision for the town. It will identify the locations in the town where investment is needed. It will also help to secure the homes that people need and want, good quality open spaces and facilities, as well as job opportunities.

 

The Area Action Plan will be rooted in the people, businesses and organisations of the town. It will be a plan for the future of Bootle created by its residents and other stakeholders. The aim of the plan is to stimulate further investment in the town, creating more opportunities for local people and businesses. Once adopted, it will form part of the Development Plan for Sefton alongside the Local Plan.

 

Everybody will have an opportunity to get involved in shaping the Area Action Plan and over the coming months Sefton Council will set out how they intend to engage with local people and when.

 

To help kick-start the wider regeneration of the town, Sefton Council has purchased the Strand Shopping Centre and recently secured some of the neighbouring sites. Last year the Council shared ambitious plans to bring the Strand back to life and in December 2020 work started on site to clear the land adjacent to the Strand and the Leeds Liverpool Canal. This work will open up a disused area around the Strand for new and imaginative interim uses, the first step in repurposing the Strand and opening it up its canal frontage. Further information will be shared on these new and exciting uses in the coming weeks. The future of the Strand will be integral to these conversations with local communities.

 

Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said:

We want to use the redevelopment and improvement of the Strand to help transform the town into a better, healthier place for residents and visitors.

 

“We are proudly and passionately committed to Bootle and are looking forward to engaging with local people and stakeholders in a conversation about the future of their town.

 

“We want to ensure that everybody has the chance to get involved in this exciting opportunity and we will be sharing more details soon.”

 

Further information about the Area Action Plan and details of how you can get involved will be shared in the coming months. To register your early interest to be part of this exciting opportunity please email BootleAAP@sefton.gov.uk

 

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Transforming Bootle: ‘Area Action Plan’ sets out vision for town’s long-term future

 

An artist’s impression of how the Bootle Strand area could look

Sefton Council is inviting the community to help shape ambitious plans that will ensure Bootle is a great place to work, live, shop and socialise.

To achieve this, the Council is planning to produce an ‘Area Action Plan’ which will set out a clear vision for the town. It will identify the locations in the town where investment is needed. It will also help to secure the homes that people need and want, good quality open spaces and facilities, as well as job opportunities.

The Area Action Plan will be rooted in the people, businesses and organisations of the town. It will be a plan for the future of Bootle created by its residents and other stakeholders. The aim of the plan is to stimulate further investment in the town, creating more opportunities for local people and businesses. Once adopted, it will form part of the Development Plan for Sefton alongside the Local Plan.

Everybody will have an opportunity to get involved in shaping the Area Action Plan and over the coming months Sefton Council will set out how they intend to engage with local people and when.

To help kick-start the wider regeneration of the town, Sefton Council has purchased the Strand Shopping Centre and recently secured some of the neighbouring sites. Last year the Council shared ambitious plans to bring the Strand back to life and in December 2020 work started on site to clear the land adjacent to the Strand and the Leeds Liverpool Canal. This work will open up a disused area around the Strand for new and imaginative interim uses, the first step in repurposing the Strand and opening it up its canal frontage. Further information will be shared on these new and exciting uses in the coming weeks. The future of the Strand will be integral to these conversations with local communities.

Councillor Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said:

We want to use the redevelopment and improvement of the Strand to help transform the town into a better, healthier place for residents and visitors.

“We are proudly and passionately committed to Bootle and are looking forward to engaging with local people and stakeholders in a conversation about the future of their town.

“We want to ensure that everybody has the chance to get involved in this exciting opportunity and we will be sharing more details soon.”

Further information about the Area Action Plan and details of how you can get involved will be shared in the coming months. To register your early interest to be part of this exciting opportunity please email BootleAAP@sefton.gov.uk

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