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Free Lower My Drinking app can help us to reduce our alcohol intake through Dry January and beyond

NHS promotion for the Lower My Drinking appIf you’re aiming to have a dry January or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, the free Lower My Drinking app can provide you with advice and tools to reduce your drinking to the recommended limit of 14 or fewer units per week or less.


By using Lower My Drinking you can set your your drinking goal and then:

  • Track your progress;
  • Find out more about the benefits of cutting down your alcohol intake;
  • Focus on your motivating to reduce your drinking;
  • Compare your drinking to the rest of the population.

Download the Lower Your Drinking app on Google Play 

Download the Lower Your Drinking app from the App Store 

Find out more about Lower My Drinking here.

Heavy drinking can cause disruptions in everyday life, but it also has a long-term impact and can lead to depression, cancer, and liver disease.


The Lower My Drinking app will give you the expert advice and scientifically-proven tools you need to reduce your drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less. It is free to download and use for anyone who lives or works in Cheshire and Merseyside (and can be accessed by inputting a postcode).

Designed by clinical psychologists and behavioural scientists, gives advice, and uses scientifically proven tools to reduce drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less.

Lower My Drinking positive story of mum who decreased alcohol consumption using free app


Lower My Drinking will show you the issues that could potentially cause you to drink more than is healthy for you and give you a set of proven skills you can use to address these.

You can use it to:

  • Change how you think about alcohol and the role it plays in your life;
  • Anticipate situations that may tempt you to drink too much, and plan how you will limit your drinking when you get there;
  • Stay calm and relaxed in any situation without having a drink;
  • Replace drinking in your daily routine with positive activities that will make you feel good;
  • Manage any impulses to drink at the wrong time or in the wrong place by using a mindfulness technique;
  • Improve your lifestyle and boost your overall physical and emotional wellbeing

Healthier and better

Get started today so you can get healthier and feel better!

Download the Lower Your Drinking app on Google Play 

Download the Lower Your Drinking app from the App Store 

Find out more about Lower My Drinking here.


Only call 999 for life-threatening emergencies on days of strike action, say North West Ambulance Service

The North West Ambulance Service is asking the public to call 999 only in life-threatening situations on days affected by industrial action.

The GMB union, Unite and Unison have confirmed their members will take part in strike action on Wednesday, 21 December 2022. GMB members will also strike on Wednesday 28 December 2022, This is in dispute with the government over pay.

Life-threatening injuries & illnesses

Ambulances will still be available to respond, although they will be prioritised for life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

Typical emergencies include cardiac arrest, loss of consciousness, fits that aren’t stopping, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding or allergic reactions and serious head injuries.

If they require hospital treatment, patients should also consider taking alternative transport such as a taxi or getting a lift from family or friends.

Equally, they should use their GP or local pharmacy for help with non-urgent health concerns.


Ged Blezard, Director of Operations, said: “We have tried and tested plans to manage any disruption, including industrial action, however, it’s important to understand there will be an impact on the public.

“We want you to continue to ring 999 if you are in a life-threatening situation. However, we are advising patients, that they should consider other forms of transport if they still need to go to a hospital.

“We are maximising our own resources, using private providers and military support where appropriate and working closely with our Trade Unions to provide cover for the most serious emergencies. We are also working with our healthcare partners to maintain patient safety during these periods of industrial action.”

“Also, if you have already called 999 to request an ambulance, please only call back if your condition has worsened or to cancel the ambulance. Repeatedly calling 999 can block phone lines for other emergencies.  

“If you need urgent care – use the symptom checker at NHS 111 online, which will direct you to the most appropriate support. Again, you should call on friends or relatives for transport if necessary.”

NHS111 Online

NHS 111 Online can tell you:

  • Where to get help for your symptoms, if you’re not sure what to do
  • How to find general health information and advice
  • Where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine
  • How to get a repeat prescription

If you are have a mental health concern, please call 0800 145 6570.

On the day of strike action our Patient Transport Service will only prioritise patients attending cancer, renal and palliative care appointments.

Praise for InvestSefton’s business support at popular Economic Forum event

Over 120 business delegates attended last week’s free InvestSefton Economic Forum and Growth Hub Marketplace at The Lake House, Crosby.

As well as having the chance to network and meet over 20 providers at the Growth Hub Marketplace, they also had the chance to hear from a range of speakers.


(L-R) Robin Tudor - Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Irina Shmakova - Export Academy, Mick Gallagher - St Helen’s Chamber, James Brayshaw AdaptiveComms Group, Geraldine Fuller - Business and IP Centre, Ken Clark - Bank of England. (Photo - Ray Farley Photography)
(L-R) Robin Tudor – Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Irina Shmakova – Export Academy, Mick Gallagher – St Helen’s Chamber, James Brayshaw AdaptiveComms Group, Geraldine Fuller – Business and IP Centre, Ken Clark – Bank of England.
(Photo – Ray Farley Photography)

Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Robin Tudor talked about the investment by Lufthansa into services to the airport while ken Clarke from the Bank of England provided an update on economic activity in the region.

Irina Shmakova from Export Academy –talked about the support available for businesses exporting and Geraldine Fuller from the Business and IP Centre talked about intellectual property. Mick Gallagher from St Helen’s Chamber provided advice on the Capital Grant Fund.

James Brayshaw from Southport-based AdaptiveComms Group was the panel chair.


Feedback from the event was once again positive with one delegate remarking how impressed they were with how well Sefton helps its businesses. Others described the event as informative and interesting, and complimented the guest speakers.

InvestSefton is Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service.  It offers free information and advice and access to a wide range of services. It is there to help any business, of any size, in any sector.

People wanting to find out more about how the InvestSefton can help support their business, can visit or contact the team on 0151 934 3452 or

Popular and informative

After last week’s event, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Once again, our InvestSefton team have put together a popular and informative event for the Borough’s business community and I would like to thank everyone involved including our excellent guest speakers.

“I look forward to the next event but in the meantime would urge business across Sefton to visit or contact the team to see what we might be able to do to support them or help them expand and grow.”

You can find out more about InvestSefton here.

Another reminder for Sefton households with prepayment meters not to miss out on fuel bills support

An electricity prepayment meter. Photo: Caroline FordSefton households who have prepayment meters are once again being reminded to ensure they use vouchers they should have been sent through the Government’s Energy Bill Support Scheme. 

Missing out

It has been reported that data from the top-up company PayPoint and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy shows that across the UK, 1.3 million vouchers have not yet been redeemed. This means that many of the UK’s most vulnerable families could be missing out on an estimated £80 million of Government support. 

Under the Government’s energy support scheme, all households in the UK should receive £400 this winter.  

Households’ direct debit accounts are being credited automatically each month from October to March. Homes with a prepayment meter should receive a £66 voucher posted from their supplier in the post, to us when topping up. 


But according to PayPoint, as many as a quarter of the expected vouchers for the first months of the scheme have not been claimed. It reported that 75% of October’s vouchers had been used so far and the figure for November was 63%. 

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, urged Sefton households with prepayment meters to check whether they have received their vouchers and if not to follow up with their supplier. 

Bills almost double

She said:  “With domestic energy bills now almost double what they were last winter, alongside rising prices in the shops, inflation at a 40-year high and interest rates rising, people need all the help they can get.  

“I know the vouchers are each valid for three months so it may be that people have been saving them for the kind of really cold weather we are having now. 

“However, I want to make sure that those households with prepayment meters, who are already forced to pay more for their energy than other customers, are not missing out on this support.”

Ninety days 

Most suppliers are sending out the vouchers, valid for 90 days, to arrive in the post by the 17th of each month. The vouchers can be cashed at Post Offices or other locations such as PayPoint shops. 

People struggling with the Cost of Living crisis can find advice and support at: 

Warm spaces for Sefton residents

Flyer for Sefton's Warm spaces networkSefton residents facing a difficult winter because of soaring fuel bills and rising prices in the shops, now have a network or Warm Spaces available across the Borough where they can go without the fear of what they are spending on gas and electricity.

Sefton Warm Spaces include libraries, community centres, luncheon club, charities and places of worship. They are open on different days and at different times with some in the mornings, some in the afternoons and some stretching into the evening.

When and where

To make it easy for people to find their local Warm Space there is a web page at which contains details of each day by day as well as an interactive map showing the locations across the Borough. 

All ‘Warm Spaces’ are heated, safe and friendly places where people can comfortably spend time reading, studying or chatting with others. Some venues, called ‘Enhanced’ Warm Spaces, will also offer hot drinks and food, activities, and other services such as free Wi-Fi. All Sefton Council libraries offer free computer and Wi-Fi access.

Sefton’s network of Warm Spaces has been coordinated by the Council and Sefton Council for Voluntary for Service (CVS).

They have also drawn up a Sefton Warm Space Charter, which guarantees everyone will get a warm welcome, will be treated equally with dignity and respect and has a right to be warm in a safe space. The Charter also states that organisers will not tell anyone about people needing a Warm Space and that it doesn’t matter why people need to be there.

You can find out the details of Sefton’s Warm Spaces network here.

Real fear

When the Warm Spaces opened in November, Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “Fortunately, we have had a mild autumn so far but as the weather gets colder, I am pleased that in partnership with Sefton CVS and groups and organisations across the Borough, we now have this network of Warm Places.

“Sadly, they will be much needed by those people across the Borough who are in real fear of putting on their heating in this national cost of living crisis.”

Essential support

Angela White OBE, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said: “Sefton’s voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector have come together to provide essential support to Sefton residents across the borough through the warm spaces initiative in these challenging and unprecedented times. Working in partnership with Sefton Council, Sefton CVS and the VCF sector, community spaces will be made available during the Winter to provide warmth, companionship, information and community support.

“Looking out and caring for our local residents and communities is vital when so many are feeling so worried and isolated.”


Cllr Hardy added: “While I am so proud of the way that groups and organisations have stepped up to meet this challenge, I am dismayed that in one of the richest countries in the world, we are having to put in place measures that help people in Sefton with the cost of simply surviving.”



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