Cash boost for community halloween projects in MySefton
Community groups in Sefton which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.
Jane Kennedy has announced that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.
It is the ninth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices.
A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.
The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.
“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.”
All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 14th September. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.
Young people in Sefton help to shape their local NHS
School children from across Sefton have been learning about local health services as well as giving their views on the NHS.
Your Youth Health Day on Thursday 19 July saw pupils from Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull and Southport’s Stanley High School work with Sefton Young Advisors, to learn which local NHS service is best for them if they are unwell or want some advice on their health and wellbeing.
The event was organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs’ joint Engagement and Patient Experience Group (EPEG) which brings together representatives from organisations including Sefton Council, Healthwatch Sefton and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) to look at how the CCGs can better involve residents and partners in their work.
Health commissioners were joined at the Formby event by staff from Sefton council to hear young people’s views about health care.
The event saw pupils taken through everyday scenarios, how to lead a healthier lifestyle, and which NHS service to consider for a range of medical issues, ranging from when to get advice from local pharmacists and the NHS111 phone service for minor conditions, to when to call 999.
Ryan McCarthy from Sefton Young Advisors, said: “This event is about getting young people introduced to the health services they might have accessed or access in the future, looking at their knowledge and hopefully improve it by looking health scenarios which may affect them in the future.
“It’s also about looking at their feedback around health services because it’s really important because changes can be made from that and health services can be improved.”
One pupil said: “I didn’t realise how unhealthy I have been – I do go to bed late, spend time on my phone and also don’t have breakfast. Those are things I’m going to change now.”
This has been the second dedicated young person’s event organside by EPEG, led by Sefton Young Advisers and part of the CCGs’ commitment to ensuring the ‘voice of the child’ is recognised in health services.
Graham Bayliss, lay representative for patient and public engagement at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “The NHS is all about listening to all its patients, but the voices of young people can sometimes get drowned out by adults.
“It’s important we’re listening to young people and issues they have, as well as the areas of NHS services they’re not sure about.”
On what needs to change about health services, another pupil said: “I think one thing the NHS lacks is mental health support, especially for teens, so if that could be improved that would be really good.”
Gill Brown, governing body lead for patient and public participation for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “They’ve really changed my views about how we communicate with young people, especially around social media.
“One thing that came across is that we need to do more about mental health service provision for young people, particularly in relation to abuse over social media and the impact that can have on young people.”
To watch a video from the event please click here: https://youtu.be/2sCZSRE7ZOI
To find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 317 8456.
Experience the Sefton Circular this summer!
With the summer holidays in full swing, Sefton Council is urging families to get on their bikes and take on the Sefton Circular.
The popular cycle route encompasses 24 miles around the beautiful Sefton coast and countryside, taking anything from three hours to half-a-day to complete.
When following this route, you will cycle through pine woods, pass by Antony Gormley’s statues, take in the sights of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and follow the former Cheshire Lines railway.
Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have this fantastic asset in our borough.
“The Sefton Circular is a thoroughly enjoyable half day cycle ride suitable for all abilities to undertake at your own pace.
“The route encompasses many parts of Sefton, showcasing a lot of wonderful things that we have to offer – all the while boosting your mental and physical wellbeing.”
Highlights of the route include Crosby Lakeside, Hightown Dunes, Formby pinewoods, Ainsdale, the Cheshire Lines, Rimrose Valley, the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the Gormleys.
To view the route or for more information about the Sefton Circular Route, visit www.mysefton.co.uk
Sefton Council Help to Launch a New Regional Adoption Agency
A Regional Adoption Agency covering Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, and Wirral has been officially launched.
AIM (Adoption in Merseyside) brings together a team of around 50 staff from across the four councils who have been seconded into the new organisation.
Responsibilities include recruitment, approval and ongoing support for adopters, tracking, linking and matching of children and the training and development of staff.
Councillor Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Adoption really can change a child’s life so I’m delighted that the Regional Adoption Agency could offer greater opportunities for children in our region.
“Having shared resources, expertise and processes will provide enormous benefits to our children and young people, as well as the local authorities taking part.”
Although the Regional Adoption Agency has a centralised hub, staff still have a presence in each of their local authority areas to ensure they retain close links with social work staff.
Councillor Barry Kushner, Cabinet member for children’s services in Liverpool, said: “AIM means we are able to provide a better service for children and adopters.
“Previously, each local authority has effectively competed with each other for adopters and there has been a great deal of duplication of effort.
“By creating a regional agency, we have widened the net of potential adopters, shared expertise and ideas and are making sure adopters and children get a consistent level of support, regardless of where they live.
“This shows the potential of working across authorities and further collaboration on residential care, fostering and leaving care.”
Every year, the four local authorities approve around 100 adopters each year and place approximately 140 children for adoption.
Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding at Sefton Council, said: “We know that we often receive enquiries from across the Liverpool City Region, so it makes sense that we are collaborating with our neighbours to meet the challenges we face together and increase the potential for our vulnerable children to find a forever family.
“I’m looking forward to this new regional adoption agency making the process for would-be adopters quicker and more effective as both they and children in Sefton and the wider region are matched so they begin their new family life.”
The launch of the new agency follows a successful bid to the Government by local authorities on Merseyside to create a new shared service to get more children with a plan for adoption placed successfully and as quickly as possible.
Councillor Bernie Mooney, Cabinet member for Children and Families in Wirral, said: “It is vital we are able to offer fast, effective and safe support to those children who need to be adopted.
“Working with our partners throughout the City Region should mean we are able to offer more support to more children, through a quicker and more efficient service.”
People interested in adoption can find out more by visiting http://adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk/ or calling 0151 477 8700.
A new creative craze will be taking over parks and green spaces in #MySefton this summer and you can get involved!
#seftonrocks is a new project developed by young people from Sefton Council’s Youth Voice, New Beginnings and Youth Bus projects.
Dozens of rocks will be decorated with various colourful designs that are meaningful to young people in the borough and placed around parks across Sefton.
We’re encouraging children, young people and families to explore your local parks and green spaces. If you are lucky enough to find a painted rock with a #seftonrocks or a seftonyouth.co.uk link, post a picture of it to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #seftonrocks to share the message.
You’ll find them on main paths so no need to look in bushes and undergrowth!
From Wednesday August 1, painted rocks will start appearing across North Park, Bootle, Coronation Park, Crosby and Kings Gardens, Southport.
If this pilot is successful we will include more local parks and you’ll see more decorated rocks created by young people, popping up across the borough.
Help spread the word and lets get more people talking about #seftonrocks!