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#SeftonInMind: Accessing Mental Health Support

Good mental health is really important and there are many things you can do to improve it.

So, from World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) to World Mental Health Day (October 10) Sefton Council are spreading the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton as part of our ‘30 Days of #SeftonInMind’ Campaign.

Access Sefton provides NHS talking therapies services to people experiencing a wide range of common mild-to-moderate mental health conditions. The services are free to people who live in Sefton, and are available from a range of accessible locations across the borough.

In addition to face-to-face therapy, we also run group workshops in Bootle and Southport which can help people develop techniques to better manage anxiety and depression. As many as one in four of us will experience some kind of condition related to our mental wellbeing at any one time.

As well as anxiety, depression and stress, talking therapies are clinically proven to be an effective treatment for other common mental health conditions, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), phobia and panic.

Someone who recently received help through Access Sefton commented:

“My experience with Access Sefton has been a really positive one.

“I’ve learned how to keep my anxiety under control and make it much more manageable – I never imagined I’d get to the point I’m at now. Thank you.”

You can find more details at www.insighthealthcare.org/accesssefton or by calling 0300 303 2708.
Access Sefton are supporting the ‘30 Days of #SeftonInMind’ Campaign to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Have your say on potential Bootle Post Office move

The Post Office is proposing to move its Bootle branch to nearby premises where it will be run by a new retail partner.

The new Post Office will be at the vacant retail store at 1, the Hexagon, Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle, L20 4SF, around 100 metres from its current site at the New Strand.

The new branch will have a modern, open-plan layout with five serving positions and the same services will be available (cash machine subject to relevant consents). There will also be a retail offering of cards and stationery.

Opening hours will be extended to include all day Saturday opening.

Customers and interested parties are invited to give their comments on the proposed move in a public consultation that will run until 18 October 2017.

Roger Gale, Post Office Sales and Trade Marketing Director, said:

“We are making sure we take the right action to sustain services for years to come.

“Our customers will be offered the same range of services, in a new modern environment and with longer opening hours.”

Mr Gale added that the proposal for Bootle branch would help secure long-term viability of services for local customers.

It is proposed the new branch will open in February 2018.
Customers can provide views during the consultation:

on the website: postofficeviews.co.uk
by email: comments@postoffice.co.uk
by phone: 03457 22 33 44 (Textphone 03457 22 33 55)
by post: FREEPOST Your Comments

To view the consultation visit https://www.postofficeviews.co.uk/branchcode.php?query=00442099&frmnd=liveconsultation

New Sefton scheme to improve private landlord standards

Standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector in parts of Sefton are set to improve with the introduction of new Selective Licensing and Additional (HMO) licensing schemes.

Earlier this year Sefton Council consulted with residents, private landlords, businesses and other stakeholders for proposed new licensing schemes, which would affect private rented homes in designated areas.

The successful consultation looked at proposals to introduce Selective Licensing across Bootle and Additional (HMO) Licensing across parts of Seaforth/Waterloo/Brighton-le-Sands and central Southport.

Results showed that more than 85% of respondents were in favour of the selective licensing designation and 84% in favour of the two additional licensing areas.

Both the Selective and Additional (HMO) Licensing schemes were approved today (September 7) at Cabinet and should start in March, 2018.

Many local authorities already operate similar licensing schemes which aim to a improve standards of management and property conditions in the private rented sector, which should benefit tenants and improve the communities affected.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said:

“Over the past number of years we have seen a significant increase in the size of the private rented sector – especially in the areas considered for the licensing schemes.

“Across the borough we recognise the crucial role the private rented sector plays in creating a strong and sustainable housing market and in meeting the housing needs of many households now and for the future.

“Through the engagement process we consulted with landlords and our communities and the majority of respondents felt the schemes would have a positive impact in Sefton.

“We will now work on developing both schemes with the view of making these areas safe and attractive places to live in with the full co-operation of landlords and their tenants.”

Full details of the results of the consultation are available on sefton.gov.uk. If you would like to keep updated on our housing licensing schemes please send your details to landlord.licensing@sefton.gov.uk.

Ovington Drive playground closed to protect park visitors

Sefton Council have taken the decision to close down a deteriorated playground to protect the safety of park visitors.

The playground on Ovington Drive has seen rapid deterioration and decline in recent months and, despite repeated maintenance, it is no longer deemed fit for purpose.

The council want to reassure residents that there are a number of other facilities close by which they can take full advantage of.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “The playground at Ovington Drive is over 30 years old and while we have tried to sustain it with regular inspections and maintenance, the site has recently seen rapid deterioration.

“As a result we have decided to close the facility and decommission the old equipment, which was done with cabinet approval and ward councillors notified.

“While this is disappointing, the nearest alternative playground site to Ovington Drive can be found at Town Lane which is only a quarter of a mile away.

“The Town Lane playground has received substantial investment in the last few years and the equipment there has only recently been re-painted, meaning provision is still available for families to enjoy.”

Intrepid volunteers aim high for Sefton 4 Good

A Sefton charity has been aiming high with its latest major fundraising project.

A team of 11 brave volunteers abseiled down the outside of the main entrance of Liverpool Cathedral and raised more than £1,000 for Sefton 4 Good.

Team members who took on the 150-foot free-fall drop in wet and windy conditions
included Sefton CVS, Sefton Council and members of the public.

Sefton 4 Good was established by Sefton CVS in 2013 to make it easier for borough
residents and businesses to support local good causes by giving their money, resources, time and skills.

Money raised is distributed via a grant scheme which is particularly aimed at smaller
organisations, or collaborative projects that include small groups.

Sefton’s Head of Commissioning Support & Business Intelligence Peter Moore along with Head of Regulation & Compliance Jill Coule, Daniel Longman and Adam Blackwel took it in turns to abseil down the iconic city cathedral.

Sefton 4 Good Co-ordinator, Mike Howlett, commented:

“This event was a completely new venture for us, so we’re very pleased at how it went and that so many people supported the team and helped us raise a very significant sum for our charity.

“We’re especially grateful to the intrepid volunteers who actually completed the abseil. This was always going to be a very daunting challenge for them, but it was made even more difficult by the far from ideal conditions on the day.”

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