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BeActive this summer thanks to Sefton Council

Sefton’s most anticipated activity days are returning for the 2019 summer break thanks to Sefton Council’s leisure service.

Running throughout the summer holidays, Be Active fun-filled camp days have been planned across the borough from July 24 to August 30.

Brand new for this summer, LFC Foundation and Active Sefton will be delivering a 3-day summer camp at Netherton Activity Centre. Open to all abilities aged 5-12 years, the days will consist of sports drills, challenges and small-sided games with prizes to be won each day.

Keen footballers will also be impressed by the return of the Active Sefton Football Academy.

Sefton’s youngest sports stars may also be interested in Gymnastics and Yoga Camp, Summer Fun Days and the array of swimming sessions on offer.

Budding adventurers will be keen to try Active Explorers where they will have the chance to experience the outdoors through exciting fun and games.

Once again the ever-popular Dance Mash-ups will return with sessions themed around The Greatest Showman, Toy Story, Frozen, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Be Active line-up just keeps getting better and better with a huge range of activities targeting a variety of abilities and age groups.

“The camp days are fun and affordable and provide a brilliant way to keep children active while they’re not in school.”

To see the full list of activities visit www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive and to book a place call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799.

Metro Mayor announces half-price rail travel for young apprentices in the Liverpool City Region

Young people in apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region are being given access to half-price train travel, just in time for the start of the autumn term.

 Announcing the delivery of another manifesto commitment, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said the move could save apprentices up to ÂŁ680 a year on train travel and will help remove one of the main barriers to entry for young people looking to enter vocational training – access to affordable transport.

 Since it was launched in November 2018, the Apprentice Travelcard has offered apprentices aged 19-24 access to half-price bus travel across Merseyside. The inclusion of rail travel now makes it one of the most generous transport discount schemes for apprentices in the country.

 From September, Apprentice Travelcard holders will be able to purchase weekly and monthly Railpass season tickets at 50% discount from all Merseyrail and staffed Northern stations. Depending on the travel zones covered by the pass, the ticket allows unlimited travel across the Northern, Wirral and City lines  with all rail operators, including Merseyrail, Northern, Transpennine Express, London Northwestern and East Midlands Trains.

 Holders of the Apprentice Travelcard must be enrolled participants on registered apprenticeship schemes. Application packs are available from training providers and at Merseytravel Travel Centres, further details are available at merseytravel.gov.uk/apprentice

 Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “Apprenticeships are a vital pathway to skilled, well-paid jobs. But we know that the cost of travel has been acting as a major obstacle for young people when it comes to considering an apprenticeship route. It was the same for me in the late 70s – when half my wages went to my mum – and most of the other half went on travel from building site to building site.

 We want to remove as many of these barriers as we can, so I’m delighted to announce that – building on the discounted bus travel we already offer – from September, apprentices aged 19-24 from across the Liverpool City Region will be able to travel on the Merseyrail network at half-price, potentially saving them hundreds of pounds a year.

Yet again – we’re showing how devolution and local decision making – can improve the lives of ordinary people. “

 Councillor Liam Robinson, transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said: â€śMaking travel by public transport easier and more affordable for young people has always been a priority for us.

 Already young people in the Liverpool City Region have access to great value rail fares, with Railpass tickets offering them unlimited travel across the Merseyrail network for less than ÂŁ2.50 a day.

 To be able to extend the provision of reduced fares to those undertaking apprenticeships is fantastic, and will hopefully help to remove an obstacle to under-25s looking to enter work training.”

 Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “We are pleased to be able to support young people in the City Region in obtaining qualifications and valuable work experience through this Railpass offer.

“Public transport is vital for many young people to get to and from their places of work or study, so I’m thrilled that we can do our part in making it accessible for all.

“Apprentices can also use this pass for leisure purposes from the start to the end of service seven days a week – opening up plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Liverpool City Region.

“This builds on our existing Young Person’s tickets offering passengers under 18 half price Railpass and Day Saver tickets.”

 Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the next generation as they take their first steps in their new careers.

 â€śThis discount scheme will significantly reduce costs for our customers from as far afield as Garswood, Newton-le-Willows and Hough Green, not only giving them more travel options, but also more money in their pockets.

 â€śOur partnership with Liverpool City Region underlines our commitment to giving our customers the best possible journey experience and this new offer complements the work we are doing to improve the rail network – with brand new and fully refurbished trains being rolled our across the region

Full line up revealed for 2019 Southport Air Show

Three days of awe inspiring, jaw dropping aerial displays are set to make the skies thunder during the 2019 Southport Air Show. 

Thousands of aviation enthusiasts, families and tourists are expected to visit the resort between September 6-8 for the annual three day aerial spectacular along Southport’s golden sands.

The popular Friday night line up returns once more with displays from the RAF Typhoon, pyrotechnic laden aircraft and a thundering firework finale, kickstarting a weekend of none stop fun for all the family.

Air Show fans will also be delighted to see the RAF Tucano, Royal Navy Black Cats, Fireflies Display Team, OTTO the Helicopter, the Tigers Free Fall Team and even the amazing Battle of Britain Memorial Flight added to the Friday night billing.

The 2019 show will also boast an international flair with the first ever appearance of the Swedish Air Force Historic Flight display at Southport.

On the ground family friendly displays and stalls return including military tanks, a diving tank, replica aircraft, flight simulators plus the return of the much loved beach explosions.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “The 28th Southport Air Show promises to be a fantastic three day event for all the family and I can’t wait to see the huge crowds across the weekend.

“We are committed to offering an incredible events programme throughout the year which caters for all the family.

“This promises to be an exciting weekend for the Southport Air Show and the whole of the borough. If you are planning to attend, make sure to get there early and make the most of your visit to our beautiful borough.”

Discounted tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy in advance and start at just ÂŁ7 (including all fees).

For more information or to book your tickets visit Southportairshow.com.

Sefton’s Year of Friendship celebrates diversity this July

This July, Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship campaign is celebrating diversity across our borough.

In the same month that will see the first Liverpool City Region Pride event take place in Liverpool on Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28, extending the values and reach of Pride across the whole Liverpool City Region, we’ll be shining a light on the many groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote diversity across Sefton.

From a pioneering transgender employability course which provides support and advice to transgender people looking for work, to specialist classes offered to refugees to help them speak English, Sefton provides a range of support to people from diverse backgrounds to help them make new friends and build new networks.

Keep your eyes on this website and on Sefton Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and information about how you can get involved in the many groups and initiatives operating across our communities.

Offering learning opportunities to refugees living across the borough

Sefton Council offers a number of courses to refugees in the borough to support them on their journey of learning English and integrating in to our communities.

Classes are accessed through the council’s Sefton Community Learning Service, which provides educational courses to communities across the borough. The service offers high quality adult learning programmes to help people make positive changes, support personal development and help communities thrive.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Developing communication skills has given refugee learners in Sefton independence and confidence. This has allowed them to meet new friends and increased their chances of gaining work experience and employment.

“Learners say they feel welcomed and believe tutors have not only supported them with their English skills but with all aspects of UK life and British values.”

To find out more about our refugee programme, or any other courses at the Sefton Community Learning Service, visit https://mysefton.co.uk/2019/06/21/7931/ or contact us on 0151 934 4546.

Transgender Employability Course piloted in Sefton

A bespoke initiative to help unemployed transgender and transitioning people back in to work is being piloted in Sefton this month (July 2019).

The Butterflies Programme, the first ever Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)-funded transgender eligibility course, is being held in Southport.

The course has been commissioned by DWP following feedback from members of the transgender community and people undergoing transition, to provide support and advice to address additional barriers faced by transgender people when looking for work.

The free two-week programme began on Monday, July 1 and involves one-to-one and group sessions to offer support with:

  • Confidence building and personal development
  • Employment skills and tools
  • Handling difficult questions and situations
  • Preparing for interviews

It is open to any Merseyside resident, aged over 18, who is unemployed and in receipt of one of the following benefits; Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance. The course begins in July 2019 in Southport and all travel costs will be covered.

For more information about the course contact Jan Morrell on 0788 027 5733 / Janice.morrell@dwp.gov.uk or Gary Bell on 0755 725 4010 / gary.j.bell@dwp.gov.uk

LCR Pride Foundation to lead Liverpool City Region bid for Gay Games 2026

Earlier this year Liverpool City Region Pride Foundation revealed its intention to bid for the Liverpool City Region to host the 2026 Gay Games, a move that was backed by the region’s Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.

The news came alongside the announcement of British Paralympian, Claire Harvey MBE, as its newest Patron. Recognised as a world leader in diversity and inclusion and culture, the former LJMU student is currently the Director of Culture and Inclusion for EDIT Development.

The Gay Games is a worldwide sport and cultural event that takes place every four years, welcoming more than 10,000 athletes competing in 30+ sports. It attracts tens of thousands of spectators who also attend to take part in the event’s extensive cultural programme, which includes music, visual arts and mass participation events such as fun runs.

Bids will be submitted in 2020 and the successful city will be announced by the event’s sanctioning body, the Federation of Gay Games, at its Annual General Meeting in Hong Kong in 2021.

Speaking in support of the bid, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Diversity, respect, equality, and solidarity for all are the foundation blocks on which the Games are built, and they are values we share.

“Our region is well accustomed to holding sporting events that attract a worldwide audience. The Merseyside Derby, Rugby Super League, The Open and the Grand National are regular features in our sporting calendar but never before have we held anything on the scale of the Gay Games.

“I relish the opportunity to build on our strong track record of supporting LGBT+ rights, empowering communities and creating lasting social change. And that is why I am proud to support this bid.”

Find out more at https://mysefton.co.uk/2019/03/12/lcr-pride-foundation-to-lead-liverpool-city-region-bid-for-gay-games-2026/ , visit www.LCRGayGames.com or follow @LCRGayGames on Twitter or Facebook at LCR Gay Games 2026.

Sefton Council has once again marked Srebrenica Memorial Day, July 11 at Waterloo Town Hall

Since 2016 the local authority has remembered the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which saw over 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Serbian nationalist forces.

 To mark the date, a special flag was flying at Waterloo Town Hall as a mark of remembrance. 

 Sefton’s libraries in Crosby, Formby and Southport also displayed literary materials to help educate future generations about Srebrenica.

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Srebrenica was a terrible atrocity and it is only right that we remember those affected every year and support memorial events as part of the UK-wide Remembering Srebrenica Memorial Week.

“Each memorial marks an opportunity for us all to pledge to creating a better, stronger and more cohesive society in Sefton and across the whole of the UK.

“The lessons we learn from Srebrenica are that hatred and intolerance can flourish if left unchallenged. We must all understand the consequences of leaving hatred and intolerance unchallenged.

“By doing this, we give ourselves hope of illuminating the darkness and creating a better, safer and stronger society for all.”

 For more information about Srebrenica Memorial Week, visit www.srebrenica.org.uk

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