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Guide produced to help young people with special educational needs get ready for adulthood

A guide to help young people with special educational needs (SEND) get ready for adulthood has been published following feedback from young people, parents and carers across Sefton.

The ‘Preparing for Adulthood Guide’ was produced by staff from Sefton Council, Buddy Up and Sefton Carers Centre in partnership with young people and the Sefton Parent Carer Forum.

Aimed at young people with SEND who are approaching their latter school years, it gives information on the preparing-for-adulthood process, what to expect, what they should be considering at each stage and who to contact for support and information.

Parents and carers can also use the guide to find more information about the future options for young people in their care.

Topics covered in the guide include further education, training and employment, independent living, healthy lifestyle choices and how to participate in our communities.

The new guide has been developed following feedback from young people, parents and carers across Sefton.

Tanya Wilcock, Head of Communities for Sefton Council, said: “This guide has been co-produced and co-designed with young people and their families and will be a valuable resource for them.

“I’d like to thank our partners across the social care, voluntary, education and health sectors for their contributions. Thanks also to the team for coordinating and supporting all the work that went into its production.”

Andrew Jennings, from Sefton Council’s Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Team, said: “This guide has been produced to help children and young people with SEND enjoy meaningful, independent and fulfilling lives and give them useful information and resources to help them achieve as much as they possibly can.

“We’re really proud of it and we hope that children and young people across Sefton find it helpful as they transition in to adulthood.”

The guide can be accessed and downloaded at Sefton’s Local Offer website . It will also be made available to schools and colleges.

Stephen Evans, Preparing for Adulthood Manager for Sefton Council’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion Service, said: “The Sefton ‘Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) Guide’ provides key information on the four key PfA themes – Community, Health, Independent Living and Employment.

“Developed in conjunction with Sefton Parent Carer Forum, the guide will help young people and their families prepare for the transition to adulthood.

“It gives information on the preparing-for-adulthood process, what to expect, what young people should be considering at each stage and who to contact for support and information.”

Emma Lambert, Sefton CVS Buddy Up Coordinator, said: “Sefton’s ‘Preparing for Adulthood Guide’ is a useful tool to help young people and their families think about what they want their future to look like and find out what support is available to get them there.

“Having the right Information and being made aware of their options is the key to these young people reaching their full potential.”

 

New refuse and recycling collections for Sefton

Changes to Sefton’s refuse and recycling service mean residents at thousands of homes across the borough will receive new brown and grey wheeled bins.

The bins replace sacks previously delivered to residents and will be collected on alternate weeks, with brown recycling bins collected one week and grey residual bins collected the next.

Around 4,000 households in Linacre, Derby, Litherland, Ford, Church, Blundellsands, Netherton and Orrell & Victoria are receiving bins as part of the new scheme.

The aim of the initiative is to create cleaner neighbourhoods across Sefton, reduce the risk of vermin and fly-tipping and introduce a safer, more hygienic system of storing household waste prior to collection.

Collections of wheeled bins begin the week commencing Monday October 26 and a calendar of collection dates will be delivered to those homes receiving the new bins, along with instructions on how to use the new service.

Households with a garden will also receive a green garden waste bin. Details of collection dates for garden waste will be on a sticker attached to the green bin lids.

Head of Highways and Public Protection for Sefton Council, Peter Moore, said: “We are pleased to be rolling out this successful collection system, already enjoyed by most Sefton residents, to these properties.

“This will result in immediate benefits to the local environment and has been welcomed by the majority of households for whom this new system represents a significant improvement on current collections.

“Introducing the new bins will mean people will no longer need to leave refuse bags out for collection, which will also help reduce the problem of fly-tipping in those areas.

“We will still provide assistance with wheeled bin collections to anyone who received help with refuse sack collections, and anyone who cannot put bins on the kerb edge for collection due to infirmity or disability can also apply for extra support.

“And, we will be ready to step in to help any of the households benefiting from this new service if they experience any issues as we roll out these improvements.”

“There is lots of helpful information on the Sefton Council website at www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling which explains the process and provides a calendar of collection dates.”

People can find all the information regarding wheeled bins collections on Sefton Council’s website at: www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling

Important information about the new collection service

  • Bins should be presented on the kerb edge outside properties by 6.30am on the morning of collection, and once emptied your bins must be put back within your property boundary.
  • Lids of bins must be fully closed when out for collection.
  • Residents must not put any extra bags of general waste or recycling at the kerbside next to the bins, these will NOT be collected.
  • All recycling can go together in the brown bin. Recycling should be left loose in the bin with no carrier bags inside.
  • Green garden waste bins can be emptied up until 8pm on collection days. Details of what can go in garden waste bins and collection dates will be displayed on bin stickers.

Is your two-year-old entitled to free early education and childcare?

In Sefton, some two-year-olds are eligible for 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week for 38 weeks of the year.

This can be taken up with an Early Years provider such as a childminder, nursery or pre-school that is registered with Ofsted and Sefton Council to offer funded places.

Is my child entitled to a free place?

You can claim a free place for your child if you receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • Tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you receive when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • You are excluded from claiming public funds because of immigration status, or lack of immigration status
  • You are in receipt of support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989

Children are also eligible if they:

  • Are a Local Authority ‘looked after’ child
  • Have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • Attract Disability Living Allowance
  • They have left care under a special guardianship order; child arrangements order or adoption order.

Some children will also be eligible for a free place if their parents or carers meet similar low-level income requirements. Visit the dedicated Childcare pages at the Sefton Council website to find out more.

How do I apply?

  • Speak to a member of staff in your local Family Wellbeing Centre; or
  • Speak with your Health Visitor or Social Worker; or
  • Online via www.sefton.gov.uk/2yearolds

Please visit: www.seftondirectory.com/childcare for further information.

 

Biggest flu programme in history rolled out across Sefton

GP surgeries and pharmacies across Sefton are starting to vaccinate thousands of people against flu, whilst ensuring that coronavirus social distancing measures are followed.

This year will be the most comprehensive flu programme in UK history, with more people eligible for the free NHS vaccine than ever. If you are eligible, please do not call your practice, your GP practice will be in touch to let you know the plans for you to get your vaccine.

Those eligible for a free flu vaccination this year are:

  • people who are on the shielded patient list and members of their household;
  • all school year groups up to and including Year 7;
  • people aged over 65;
  • pregnant women;
  • those with pre-existing conditions including at-risk under-2-year olds;
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick.

Later this year, dependent on supply, people aged 50 to 64 will also be invited to get the flu vaccination. If you are in this age group, please wait for your invitation and do not call for an appointment.

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “With more people eligible for the flu vaccine and the need for social distancing and infection control measures staff have been working really hard to ensure that everyone will be as safe as possible while receiving their vaccination this year.”

“Don’t ignore the flu, it’s a potentially fatal illness and one that can spread very quickly. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine and invited to have it, it is important that you take up that offer.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Flu should not be underestimated it is a serious illness and can even be deadly for the most vulnerable of our population.

“The flu vaccination is the best defense we have against the virus. It is vital that those eligible have the vaccine every year as it protects against different strains of flu which can change and evolve each year.”

Margaret Jones, director of public health for Sefton, said: “Having the vaccine is the single best way to protect against flu and will be an important step in preventing not only you, but your family, friends, and colleagues from getting the virus.

“As well as getting the vaccine, practicing good hand hygiene by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throwing it away and washing your hands after can really help limit its spread – catch it, bin it, kill it.”

For more information or to check your eligibility for the flu vaccine, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

 

Sefton school chef crowned LACA School Chef of the Year 2020

 

We are absolutely delighted with the news that one of Sefton’s amazing School Chefs, Holly Charnock  has won this year’s national SCOTY title, for her two-course meal, which was presented at Stratford-upon-Avon College, in Warwickshire.

 The LACA organised competition sponsored by McDougalls is a chance for school chefs to showcase their professional skills, in front of a panel of judges. Ten regional champions and two additional ‘wild cards’, battled against one another for the title.

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