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Sefton’s Early Help Team helping to make a young girl’s voice heard

Sefton’s Early Help team are delighted to help an inspirational young person, who struggles with a communication disorder, to make her voice heard and support others through her own website.

Sixteen year-old Ellen from Crosby has been diagnosed with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) which is a type of speech, language and communication need that affects the way children understand and use language. It is more common than autism with up to two children in every classroom having the disorder.

Living with DLD has meant through her life, Ellen has struggled to express herself and process complex sentences and to feel heard preferring to communicate by writing words down or making videos.

Hannah Howard from Sefton’s Early Help team said: “Like many other young people with a similar condition, Ellen feels that she is not heard because she can’t communicate easily, and people’s patience, belief in her and understanding is varied and often limited. This has had an effect on her education as well as her social and emotional wellbeing however, Ellen has said that having the support from people who have really listened has made a massive difference.”

“I have been absolutely inspired by Ellen. As a professional I have always strived to listen and put every child at the centre of what I do. Ellen has reminded me of the importance of us all taking the time to increase our understanding and knowledge around individual needs and that taking extra time to ensure a child has a voice is paramount.”

Ellen’s mum Roisin said: “Ellen has received support from Sefton’s Early Help team who have been there to help stop us getting to crisis point and their support has been immeasurable. The way they put Ellen first shines through, and they always come back to, ‘what does Ellen want’. They have been ‘Ellen’s voice’ and she really feels they have enabled her to be heard.”

“We have also received amazing support from the Venus Centre in Sefton which provides counselling, her head teacher at Holy Family Catholic High School, and Speech and language therapists at Alder Hey.

“They are helping to empower Ellen so she can achieve her full potential by continuing to promote communication, give practical advice and encouragement, whilst putting Ellen’s voice at the centre of everything they do.”

With her support network on board, Ellen has used her own experiences to help others by developing a website. ‘This is DLD’, not only gives a personal insight into Ellen’s experience of living with the disorder but also gives help and advice to people who have difficulties expressing themselves. The websites which contains videos and pictures also gives advice to practitioners and  teachers on how they can help a child with DLD, such as giving enough time to respond and using pictures sometimes instead of words.

Ellen said; “When you struggle with communication, life can be hard for you and your family as you need words for everything. Often I have felt invisible. However, over the last year I have had Alison from Sefton Speech and Language therapy, Paula from Venus and Hannah from Early Help supporting me and my family. They listened and followed things through. They believed in me and helped me find my voice and speak out about the things that mattered to me.

“I wanted to help give a voice to all those children and families in the same situation as us. It is important that they too are seen and heard, so with my Uncle’s help, I have created a website to try and get the message out to the right people so things can change. I want people to understand what it is like growing up in a place without a voice and how they can help make life easier. None of this costs money, only time. Everyone deserves a fair chance.”

Ellen’s ‘This is DLD’ website can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/thisisdld/home.

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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Crosby crowds lit up by incredible lightcloud!

Thousands of people were dazzled by a huge constellation that lit up Crosby Coastal Park at the weekend (November 8-10).

Huge crowds headed to see the Parabolic Lightcloud that signalled the start of preparations for Sefton’s Borough of Culture Year

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the year.

As part of the constellation switch on, local performers entertained the crowds over three nights (November 8-10) and visitors to the Coastal park were encouraged share images of the Parabolic Lightcloud.

Both the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns and the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Tony Smith, made speeches at the launch that were followed by the reading of a poem commissioned by Eleanor Rees, Lecturer in Creative Literature at Hope University, Liverpool.

This was read out by Grace Travers,14, a student at Holy Family Catholic High School and Aidan Challoner-Baker, also 14, and from Calday Grange Grammar School.

Following the poem, lollipop man Arthur Snellgrove, who works at St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, pressed the plunger to illuminate the Parabolic Lightcloud.

Dwayne Johnson, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, said: “What a weekend and what a start to the beginning of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

“As Wirral’s amazing year draws to a close, the lighting of the Parabolic Lightcloud was a perfect way for Sefton to start ours.

“The constellation looked amazing in the wonderful setting of Crosby Coastal Park and over the course of the weekend, thousands of people made the time to come and see it in all its splendor.

“The Borough of Culture title for 2020 is one we are extremely proud of and can’t wait to showcase everything about our wonderful borough. The focus of our year will be on stories looking at two key elements, local history and the environment.

“This is just the start of an exciting 12 months of cultural activities tapping into new, existing and community led events across the whole of the borough. From later this month we will be looking to engage with communities and partners regarding the stories from our history and heritage on which they would wish to see focus in 2020, so watch this space!

“Thanks to all our guests who attended, our fabulous entertainment and most importantly those who made the time to marvel at the constellation.”

The Borough of Culture initiative is part of the Metro Mayor’s Culture programme that sees Liverpool City Region commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to stimulate cultural and creative activities.

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

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.

 

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