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Adopters needed across Merseyside

The regional adoption agency for Merseyside is highlighting the need for more people to provide homes for children.

As National Adoption Week gets underway on Monday October 15, Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) – which recruits for local authorities in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral – is urging people to think about providing a loving, stable home for Merseyside’s children.

Adopted children are unable to live with their birth families for many reasons and move to live permanently with a new family, taking their surname and assuming the same rights and privileges as if they had been born to them.

Children who need adoptive families often need a little extra from their new parents, and over the next year AiM is looking to recruit over 80 sets of adopters.

Jenny Ness, Head of Service for AiM, said: “Becoming an adopter is life changing, for everyone involved and is the single most important thing that will ever happen to a young person as it completely transforms their life chances.

“For the adopter, there truly is nothing more rewarding or fulfilling.  Although the process of becoming an adopter has to be extremely thorough, we try and make it as pain free as possible.

“I would urge anyone who has ever thought about adoption to get in touch with us – it could be the best decision you ever make.”

You will need to have a child-friendly lifestyle, provide a stable environment and be ready for the challenge and lifelong commitment of adoption. You will also need time, patience, love and resilience to help a child reach their full potential.

Adoptive parents from a wide range of backgrounds are welcomed as it helps to be able to match them with children who have very varied needs.

Applications are open to people from all backgrounds regardless of age, race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexuality.  Couples, single people, disabled people and people from all cultures are welcome.

AiM are particularly looking for parents who can offer a home to children of all ages who:

  • Are part of a sibling group
  • Are disabled or have a medical condition
  • Have complex needs
  • Are from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds

You must be:

  • Over 21 and mature enough to meet the demands of parenthood
  • Fit and well enough to care for children until they are adults
  • Able to offer a secure home with a spare room for one or more children

A drop in adoption information evening is being held on Tuesday 30 October from 4-7pm in Garston. Please contact AiM directly on 0151 477 8700 for further details

For more information about adoption, log on to www.adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk or call 0151 477 8700.

Big Blues Festival Countdown

It’s nearly that time of year…one of The Atkinson’s favourite events returns with a stronger than ever line up.

 The Big Blues Festival is now in its fourth year and once again it promises to be a weekend of great music, great food,  great ale and great fun as we celebrate what rock, rhythm and blues has to offer!

 The line-up is as big as it is bold and presents music that is desperate to be heard, with headliners  DrFeelgood and  Ian  Siegal, it’s a weekend you really don’t want to miss!

 Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s, Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.

 Dr Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Milk and Alcohol, Roxette, Back in the Night, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator – which gave the group their first gold record.

 The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, both 29 years in the band and Steve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 23 years. Vocalist Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in 1999 after the tragic death of Lee Brilleaux. The band continues to tour extensively throughout the World and enjoy a loyal following at home and abroad.

They are supported by George Shovlin and George Lamb the winners of 2017 Little Blues Acoustic Stage.

 Ian Siegal needs no introduction; he’s a force within the UK blues scene winning countless awards. In more than a quarter century of touring Ian Siegal’s mission statement has barely changed: songs that are real, shows that resonate, vocals served raw. Today he is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artiste since the great names of the sixties.

 In 2018 he will be touring a new album, his first studio recording of new songs in six years. Produced by American Jimbo Mathus, it is classic Siegal: full of the dark and light, clever word play and rough-hewn voicebox he is known for. It also marks the first studio recording with the band he hooked up with in 2013. Frequent touring has evolved a distinctive sound featuring Dusty Ciggaar’s tex-mex infused guitar licks. We are delighted to have him headlining the Saturday night of our 2018 Big Blues Festival.

 Xander and the Peace Pirates are a testament to musical integrity and personal strength. Combining soul, blues and rock, their pervasive blend of inspired song writing and memorable performances has already seen them enrapture audiences from around the world.

 Brothers Keith and Stu Xander were discovered on YouTube by Gibson Brands CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, and during their subsequent performances for the company at numerous international events from LA to Dubai, the band caught the attention of not just an ever-growing collective of fans but also industry legends such as Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones) and Rick Allen (Def Leppard).

 Defying all expectations, lead singer and guitarist Keith Xander was born without a right arm below the elbow and plays guitar using a prosthesis and hook with a pick attached at the end. Although many who have seen Keith play believe him to be an extraordinary guitarist despite of his falsely perceived ‘disability’, he is a virtuoso musician in his own right and his playing rivals the best in the industry. The band established themselves as a live-performance juggernaut.

 Sam Kelly’s Station House has been in the business more than 40 years . His “Station House” band has been featuring on the U.K. music scene for many years. A “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their musical catalogue includes Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Little Feat, to name but a few. The band’s unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk.

 With three ‘lead’ singers supported by percussionist and internationally acclaimed drummer, the result is an eclectic fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues.

 The UK blues sensation Rebecca Downes is fast establishing herself as one of the star attractions amongst the new vanguard of blues performers in the UK, with her unique and powerful voice, drawing influences ranging from Blues and Soul to Jazz and Rock.

 Tom C Walker will be on the road with his new 4-piece band. A finalist of the UK Blues Awards, in 2017 he released the Into Space EP with the single Sweet Angel, straight in the Top 20 in the IBBA Blues charts while selling thousands of copies world wide in the first few months of release.

 In July 2017 The Tom Walker Trio hit the road for Tom’s first headline UK tour, “The Into Space UK Tour,” quickly selling out the Birmingham show before playing before Mungo Gerry at the legendary Ealing Blues Festival.

 Big Blues Festival tickets are on sale now £48 festival ticket / £35 Saturday ticket / Headline gigs are available for Dr Feelgood and Ian Siegal £17 available online at https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/big-blues-festival-2018/ via the Box Office on 01704 533333 and over the counter during opening hours.

 Don’t forget the Blues Matters  Little Acoustic Stage entertaining everyone in the foyer on Saturday lineup includes;  Mojo Hand – 1.30-2.15pm, Michael Woods – 3.15 – 4pm, Rowland Jones – 5-5.45pm and Trevor ‘Babajack’ Stieger –  5.45-6.30pm.

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A consultation on the proposed closure of Sand Dunes nursery school, Seaforth has begun.

An 8-week consultation regarding the proposed closure of Sand Dunes nursery school, Seaforth is set to start.

 Sefton Council was formally asked by the governing body at Sand Dunes to start a statutory consultation on proposals to close the nursery from August, 2019. This was agreed at a Cabinet meeting held on July 26, at Bootle Town Hall.

 Sefton Council’s multi-agency consultation and engagement panel met on August 16 to outline the formal process and offer support, advice and guidance to ensure that communities have an opportunity to express their views.

 The consultation will run from August 20 – October 12 and for anyone to comment on the closure proposals please visit www.sefton.gov.uk/sanddunes from Monday (August 20).

 The consultation is the first part of a 5 stage statutory process Sefton Council has to follow.

 Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “This is the start of the formal process we have to follow after being contacted by Sand Dunes Nursery to close the facility.

“The consultation opens on August 20 and we would urge as many people to take the time to look into this and let us know how they feel about the proposals.

“The nursery will reopen at the start of the next academic year in September and throughout this difficult process we will be as open and transparent as possible working closely with parents, pupils and staff at the nursery. Further meetings with staff and parents are planned in the coming weeks.”

 

Sefton implements new domiciliary care contracts across the borough

Sefton Council is currently in the process of implementing new contracts for Domiciliary Care services.

The new contracts will be with CRG Homecare, ICare and Local Solutions and we welcome them as new providers and are excited about how they will assist the Council to deliver an improved model of service for the next three years.

In terms of the changes and impacts, we are aware that most people are generally concerned about ensuring they have the same staff team delivering their care.

All staff who are currently working with existing providers delivering the Council’s contract will be able to automatically transfer to these new providers and retain their existing employment terms and conditions. This will enable service users to continue having their service provided by the same staff team they know.

Last week Sefton Council successfully transferred services in the north of the borough to one of these new providers with more than 150 service users and 50 staff transferring over as well. This ensured that staff have guaranteed employment and that service users’ normal care support was not disrupted.

Sefton Council will continue to work closely with the remaining services which are to transfer on September 1 alongside new and former providers to ensure as little disruption as possible.

Anyone who requires further assistance in relation to this should call 0151 934 3744.

National Autistic Society Sefton parent and carer support group launches

A new National Autistic Society support group has launched for parents and carers of autistic adults in Sefton.

 The group is being run by volunteers and will meet once a month, offering information and support and advocating for local services. The venue will alternate each month between Sefton Carers Centre in Waterloo and the Life Rooms in Southport.

 The meeting dates and locations for 2018 are listed below. For more information about the group please email: nassefton@nas.org.uk

 Colette Hampson, Branches Development officer North of England and North Wales, said: We are pleased to announce that our Sefton Parent Carer Support Group launched on Friday 15 June at the Atkinson Gallery in Southport. This is a really exciting project and has the potential to make a huge difference to local families.

 “It was great to see so many people supporting the launch, including Bill Esterson MP, Councillor Paul Cummins, Sefton’s Cabinet member for Adult Social Care, and Vicky Keeley, CEO Sefton Carers Centre.

 “The group is being run by volunteers who are local parents and carers of autistic adults themselves. They will be meeting once a month, providing a space where parents and carers can drop by and meet people in similar situations, share information and ideas, and advocate for support in the community. It’s very informal, so the person you are supporting does not need to have a formal diagnosis to attend.

 “More than 1 in 100 people are autistic in the UK and life can be desperately difficult at times, for them and their families. But we’ve seen again and again the huge difference understanding and the right support can make.”

 On attending the event, Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “It is great news that this valuable service is now available to people living in Sefton. The volunteers involved have done a great job in getting the service up and running.

 “I have no doubt that parents and carers of autistic adults in the borough, will really benefit from the support and advice of others who are in similar situations as themselves.”

Meeting dates and times for 2018

Tuesday, July 17,1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo

Tuesday, August 21, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport

Tuesday, September 18, 1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo

Tuesday, October 16, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport

Tuesday, November  20, 1-3pm at Sefton Carers Centre, Waterloo

Tuesday, December 18, 1-3pm at Life Rooms, Southport

Locations

Sefton Carers Centre, 27-37 South Road, Waterloo, Liverpool

L22 5RF

Life Rooms Southport, 23 Scarisbrick Avenue, Southport, PR8 1NW 

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