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Make sure you’re protected against mumps

With cases of mumps in England at their highest level in a decade, health leaders in Sefton are urging residents to make sure they are protected against the infection.

 Provisional data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that there were 5,042 lab-confirmed cases of mumps in England in 2019, compared to 1,066 cases in 2018. This is the highest number of cases since 2009.

 Mumps is highly contagious and tends to spread quickly in settings such as schools and offices, which can lead to outbreaks. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is the best protection against this infection.

 Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Mumps is often very uncomfortable and can sometimes lead to serious complications including viral meningitis and infertility.

“The most effective way to avoid getting mumps is to get both doses of the MMR vaccine. It prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps and even if a vaccinated person does get mumps, they will likely have less severe illness than an unvaccinated person.”

 Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG added: “If you are a parent, make sure your child has received both doses of the vaccine, the MMR vaccine is very safe and effective at preventing mumps.”

 Young people who are away at university or in college are particularly at risk of catching mumps because they are in close quarters. In addition, those born in the late nineties and early 2000s did not receive the MMR vaccine when they were younger.

Rob added: “If you haven’t received both doses of the vaccine, or are unsure if you have been vaccinated, please contact your GP for advice. It is never too late to get the MMR vaccine.”

The symptoms of mumps include painful swelling of the glands at the side of the face, giving the sufferer a distinctive “hamster face” appearance. Other symptoms include headaches, joint pain and fever, which may develop a few days before the swelling. If you suspect that you or a family member has mumps, contact your GP.

For more information on the vaccine for mumps visit the NHS website at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine/

First glimpse of the new Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

Sefton council have released images of how the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre could look following its £3million refurbishment later this year.

 The existing bistro, conference facilities and bedrooms will close from 1st April 2020 to refurbish the hospitality facilities and improve the accommodation.

The leisure side of the CLAC, including the gym and the water sports activities, will be open for business as usual throughout the work.

The artists impressions show how the brand new 120 capacity restaurant and coffee lounge will appear next to 4 new event spaces, outdoor decking areas and beautifully refurbished bedrooms once the centre relaunches in early Summer 2021. 

Once refurbished, the centre will provide an improved range of facilities and services for the local community, guests and visitors alike.

The plan is to transform the hospitality and events facilities at the Centre which include:

  • New bar and coffee area with capacity for 120 people
  • Fully glazed restaurant extension on the lakeside terrace
  • New decking on the outside spaces for events
  • Four new events spaces
  • Complete revamp the hotel rooms
  • A brand new self-contained, purpose‑built, self‑catering accommodation called THE BUNK BARN with an extra 36 beds
  • New rooftop decking and garden and seasonal ‘pop-up’ facilities

For more information on Crosby Lakeside visit www.sefton.gov.uk/clac or email lakeside@sefton.gov.uk

Enjoy a night of entertainment at the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Gala Ball 2020

Join the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, for an evening of live entertainment at the 2020 Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Gala Ball.

Taking place at the beautiful Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Saturday March 28, all money raised from the evening will go to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Starting at 6pm you will enjoy a drinks reception followed by a 3-course meal. Entertainment is brought to you by the fabulous Julie A Scott, and the fantastic rock and roll band Searchin’.

Tickets, which cost £40, are on sale now but be quick! They are sold on a first come first served basis.

This year the Mayor is offering an amazing sponsorship package for just £1500. This includes, recognition as sponsor throughout the evening, full page promotional advert in the ball brochure and priority seated table of 10 with £300 bar tab.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “The evening promises to be an exciting occasion and I am very much looking forward to welcoming guests on the night.

“All the money raised from the event goes towards the Mayor’s Charity Fund, which will help so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

For more information or to book your tickets call 0151 934 2062 or email mayorsoffice@sefton.gov.uk

Police Commissioners seeks your views on funding for frontline policing

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today launched her annual consultation on police funding, asking local people if they would be willing to pay a little more to protect frontline policing.

The consultation follows the Government’s announcement last week which confirmed Merseyside would receive an extra £23m in direct grant to cover the costs of recruiting 200 new officers this next year, including providing items such as uniforms, vehicles, and additional office space and infrastructure as promised by the Prime Minister.

However, the Government have not provided any additional money to cover the increase in the force’s day-to-day running costs, in particular last year’s pay rise. Instead ministers expect Police and Crime Commissioner to raise the local council tax to cover such costs to ensure the budget can be balanced for the next financial year.

The increase in council tax would see the majority of householders on Merseyside – those living in a Band A household – pay an extra 13p per week or £6.67 a year. This would generate an extra £4.8m for Merseyside Police for the year ahead.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “It is my duty to ensure Merseyside Police has the resources to protect you and serve our communities. In recent years this has been difficult and the Government have cut their financial support to police forces.

“During austerity Merseyside Police had its funding reduced by the Government every year, leading to the loss of more than 1,100 officers and many departments being cut to the bone. This has led to a greater reliance on the money local council taxpayers contribute.

“The funding settlement announced last week shows that the Government has listened to Police and Crime Commissioners, police leaders, trade unions and staff associations and finally recognised the damage they have done with 10 years of cuts to policing.

“However, funding pressures still exist and even with the officers promised by the Prime Minister, Merseyside Police will still be short of the number we had in 2010.

“If I don’t take the opportunity to increase the police precept, as expected by central government, Merseyside Police will be left struggling to cover the inflationary pressures it faces, such as meeting the increased pay for officers approved last year.

“I have launched this snap survey to get the feedback of local residents. This is a chance for local people to voice their views and say if they would be willing to support an increase of 13p a week to protect frontline policing. This increase would give the Chief Constable an extra £4.8m to police Merseyside. It does not compare to what we have lost, but it is essential if the Chief Constable is to keep up with the increasing demands he faces.

“I am keenly aware of the impact on local people of an increase to their council tax and I will be taking the public’s opinion into account when I make my final decision.”

Since 2010 Merseyside Police has had to make cuts of £110m. In that time, the size of the organisation has reduced by a quarter, with 1,120 fewer police officers now patrolling the region’s streets.

People are invited to have their say through a short online survey available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MerseysidePoliceFunding by midnight on Thursday 6th February.

Meet new friends at a special Tea Dance, and get hot tips on keeping warm this winter

Residents across Sefton are invited to come along to an event where they can get advice on keeping warm and healthy in their homes, meet new friends and take part in some fun activities.

The ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ Tea Dance will be held in The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport on Nov 25, 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

The Council have organised the information open day in partnership with Sefton OPERA (an older persons charity), with funding from National Energy Action (NEA). There will be stalls from a variety of other local organisations including welfare rights and Merseyside Fire & Rescue, as well as activities such as chair based exercises.

Fuel poverty is a growing concern, as it contributes to excess winter deaths and has a negative impact on both physical and mental health conditions. Thus, increasing the strain on the NHS and social services. It is a particular concern in Sefton due to a high level of hard to treat properties, an ageing population and high levels of unemployment and ill health.   

Christina Chislett, Sustainability Officer for Sefton Council said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is so important to us. We urge people to come along and gain some valuable advice on keeping warm and well at home, especially over the winter months.”

Adam Scorer at National Energy Action said: “It is a tragedy that so many people die or suffer the health impacts of living in a cold home when they are largely preventable. This is why NEA committed to provide funding to so many different organisations across the country. We anticipate that the funding will make it possible for Sefton Council and Sefton OPERA to provide much needed support for residents within the local area”.

If you need advice but can’t make the event, please call the Affordable Warmth Team on 0151 934 2222.

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