Take action against dementia

Sefton Council is planning to mark Dementia Action Week (May 21-27) by calling on residents to take action to improve the everyday lives of people living with dementia.

The council is inviting residents to become Dementia Friends; these are people who learn a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into action. There are already over 11,000 registered Dementia Friends in Sefton, the highest number in the Liverpool City Region.

Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging individuals to make a small pledge to do something that could help people affected by dementia feel less alone. Suggested pledges include:

  • I will be patient
  • I will ask questions and learn about dementia
  • I will be patient
  • I will ask if someone needs help if they feel confused
  • I will be there for carers and loved ones
  • I will talk to people
  • I will take time to listen
  • I will carry on inviting people out

Events will be held in Bootle and Southport to help people learn more about dementia and help them to understand the small things that can be done to change the lives of people affected by dementia.

A Pop-up memory café and dementia talk will be held at Kindfulness Café in Bootle, tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10am to 2pm. This will provide the opportunity to chat to staff and learn more about dementia.Dementia awareness

A dementia awareness talk will take place at Lord Street West United Church in Southport, Wednesday, May 23, 11am-12pm. This talk will offer the chance to learn more about the symptoms and behaviours of dementia, risk factors, dementia dos and don’ts and will provide information about local dementia services. There will also be the opportunity to meet Alzheimer’s Society staff before and after the talk.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Chair of the Sefton Dementia Strategy Group, said: “One person develops dementia every three minutes, yet many face it alone. By making a small pledge during Dementia Action Week, we can all work together to make a positive impact on the life of somebody who is living with dementia.

“I would encourage anybody who would like to become a Dementia Friend attends one of the awareness events taking place in Sefton.”

For more information about the Dementia Awareness Talk or the Pop-Up Memory Café call 01704 539967.

Find out more about Dementia Friends here: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk 

Be Active is back for May half term

Be Active is preparing to keep Sefton’s youngest residents entertained this May half term with a fun-filled line-up of activities set to take place from Tuesday, May 29 to Friday, June 1.

A huge range of activities will take place at leisure centres across the borough including Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Dunes Splash World, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre.

The hugely successful Wave Rave pool parties are set to make a return along with a wide array of pool-based activities including swim and splash sessions, inflatable parties and the preschool swim crash course. Those looking to try something new can make the most of the water sports on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre during its Lakeside Adventure sessions.

For those looking to stay dry over half term, Be Active’s May-hem days will include obstacle courses, adventure games, tournaments, dodgeball and maybe even a bouncy castle!

The ever popular Everton Soccer School will return to Netherton Activity Centre and Football Camp will launch at Dunes Splash World in Southport. Sefton’s sportiest youngsters can also try their hand at gymnastics, fencing and archery thanks to Be Active’s Come and Try classes.Long jump

Fans of The Greatest Showman will love the dance workshops that are lined up with the opportunity to learn new, choreographed dance routines from the hit musical.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “There is such an array of activities happening across Sefton that our youngest residents will be spoilt for choice this half term.

“I’m delighted that we have such a diverse sporting offer that will help keep children active and entertained while they’re enjoying a break from school.”

For the full line up of activities head to www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive. Places are limited and advanced booking is required so call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799 to secure a place.

Sefton Libraries help champion Dementia Action Week

Sefton Libraries service are helping to champion Dementia Action Week (May 21-27) with a number of special events across the borough.

A number of events, including a Memory Walk at Formby Library and a Chit & Chat reminiscence session at Netherton Library, will help mark the week of action which calls on all residents to help improve the everyday lives of those affected by dementia.

Residents are being encouraged to join staff at the library on Duke Street, Formby on Thursday May 24 from 1.30pm for a leisurely walk through Formby Village.Formby library

Taking around an hour, the Memory Walk is designed to raise awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Dementia Action Week is so important, especially in Sefton as a dementia friendly borough.

“One person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many face it alone.

“This Dementia Action Week we’re calling on everyone to take action to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.

“I encourage everybody to try and take part in some form of action to help a family member, a friend, anyone who may be affected some way by dementia.

“If you would like to take part in our Memory Walk, staff and guests will, under a leisurely pace, walk through Formby village which will take around 60 minutes.

“Please come prepared for all weathers! There will be tea and coffee on return to Formby Library.”

Anyone interested in joining the Memory Walk is asked to arrive at Formby Library from 1:15pm on Thursday May 24.

Over at Netherton library, residents are warmly welcomed to take part in a Chit and Chat reminiscence session on May 22 from 2.30pm.

All other Sefton libraries will have a specially selected display of ‘Book on Prescription’ which support people who are living with or affected by memory loss.

Sefton flies the flag for LGBTQ awareness

Rainbow flags will be flying at both Bootle and Southport Town Halls tomorrow to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Notices will be displayed at the Town Halls explaining why the flag is being flown for the day.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates the anniversary of when the World Health Organisation finally removed homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders in 1990.rainbow flag

Flags will fly at both Southport and Bootle Town Hall until Friday May 18.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “It is incredibly important to show our continued support to IDAHOBIT and show that Sefton Council supports the LGBT community.

“The Rainbow Flag represents the diversity of the community, many of whom are residents across our beautiful borough.

“I am proud that the Rainbow flag will fly at our town halls on May 17.”

Sue Logie, one of Sefton Council’s Youth Workers, said: “IDADHOBIT marks not only the historic moment the World Health Organisation declassified Homosexuality as a mental illness, but the fact that the world was attempting to be more inclusive and accepting.

“However, this is not always the case and even in 2018 we are still a marginalised group.

“As a community we stand shoulder to shoulder with each other and our straight allies to show that we are still continuing to support and fight against hate.”

For more information about IDAHOBIT visit http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

Sefton CVS recognised for contribution to the NHS

An organisation which works on behalf of the local community in Sefton has been formally recognised for its contribution to the NHS. Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) has been awarded the NHS 70 community partner of the year award, as voted for by staff of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

Sefton CVS is an independent charity which aims to ‘support independent, resilient and sustainable communities’ by promoting and assisting the work of voluntary, community and faith (VCF) groups. One of the charity’s objectives is to promote the advancement of health with Sefton. This has seen Sefton CVS link up with a variety of organisations including Alzheimer’s Society, Healthwatch Sefton, Sefton Council, as well as NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

Some of the highlights from the work Sefton CVS has done with the NHS in Sefton include the Strand by Me community signposting and health shop in the Strand, the creation of an online directory for over 3,500 services delivered by more than 1,000 VCF groups in Sefton and the Sefton Emotional Achievement Service which delivered self-harm prevention and support for 11-25 year olds.

It is the first time the CCGs have chosen to recognise a community partner of the year award and it was voted for by members of staff at the CCGs as part of their annual staff awards. The award is part of a year-long celebration of the NHS 70th anniversary which will include national celebrations at Westminster Abbey and York Minster on the 5th July.

Speaking about the award, chief executive of the CCGs, Fiona Taylor, said: “Sefton CVS is an incredibly important partner for us in terms of working with the local community. The NHS is increasingly looking to community groups to make sure the health services we commission are joined up with other services and deliver the most benefit for local people and the team at Sefton CVS is an invaluable part of that. I am delighted that our staff have chosen to formally recognise its work through this award.”

Sefton CVS chief executive, Angela White OBE, said: “We are delighted to be presented with this award, which is made all the more special because votes have come from staff and colleagues at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport & Formby CCG”.

“This award is a testament to the strong local partnerships that exist within our borough and I would like to thank our colleagues at both CCGs for nominating Sefton CVS.”

The CCGs have also asked the three Sefton MPs to submit a formal nomination for Sefton CVS to the NHS 70 Parliamentary Awards. Winners will be announced at a special ceremony which takes place in Westminster on the 4th July.

Good mental health for all

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 14-18) has stress as its focus.

The Mental Health Foundation, which has organised this national health event since 2001, says: “Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this.

“By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.”

Many of our Living Well Sefton partners offer activities, classes and groups which reduce stress and increase feelings of positive wellbeing.

Choose from art, cooking, gardening and walking groups as well as yoga, knit and natter, social and film club.

If money issues are causing you stress then the Living Well mentor with our partner Citizens Advice Sefton can offer specific help with this.

The charity Mental Health Foundation is aiming to raise awareness of good mental health for all during the week. So if you think our Living Well mentors can help increase your positive mental health, call the team on 0300 323 0181 or email direct on LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk
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Dementia Action Week

Alzheimer’s Society – Sefton, has organised two events to coincide with Dementia Action Week (formerly Dementia Awareness Week). The first is a pop-up Memory Café and Dementia Friends session at the Kindfulness Café, Knowsley Road in Bootle on May 22. Click here to see the poster for the session.

A second event is a Dementia awareness talk and services showcase at Lord Street West United Church in Southport on May 23.  Click here to see the poster for the event.

Alzheimer’s Society Sefton wants people to become more dementia aware and find out about the services they provide in Sefton so, whether you currently live with dementia or want to find out more about this condition, these events are for you.

A spokesperson from Alzheimer’s Society Sefton says: “There are so many myths and misunderstandings about dementia and it is often portrayed very negatively. Alzheimer’s Society Sefton can inform you of the facts rather than the fiction and explain that it is possible to live well with dementia.

“The aim of Dementia Action Week this year is to take some real action, big or small to improve the lives of people living with dementia. You may want to set up a display board, information stand, take part in a fundraising quiz or become a Dementia Friend.

“Our Head Office has lots of resources to help you with whatever you decide to do including posters booklets and quiz details. Click on this link alzheimers.org.uk/DAW to register and order the specific DAW resources you need.”

A full list of their factsheets can be found here. For copies of their factsheets, email marketing@alzheimers.org.uk

Be prepared if you get sick over the bank holiday

With the May bank holiday here, local health professionals are reminding people to examine their options should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend.

Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday, so it is also wise for people to think about repeat prescriptions they will need before the long weekend begins but not over order.

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “We remind people to examine their options all year round but it is even more important over the bank holiday weekends when GP practices are closed.

“We want to make sure that people have a good weekend and that they use the right service should they need it. We don’t want patients to become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital. Another thing we don’t want to happen is for people to run out of their medication but it is also important that they don’t over order to avoid unnecessary waste.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We are reminding people about the services on offer to them such as advice on the NHS choices website and by calling NHS 111 which will be invaluable this weekend.

“Your pharmacist can also give you useful advice on how to deal with common bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu so that you can take precautions and have a nice long weekend.”

The local NHS in Southport, Formby and south Sefton are reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue. 

Pharmacy Services

Many pharmacies will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit your CCG’s website.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

In Sefton – while all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don’t routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor. 

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker. 

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary. It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

Walk-in centres

Litherland Walk in Centre is open 8am – 8pm every day. in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.

No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in – there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life threatening illnesses or injuries.

Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

For information about services that can help in Southport and Formby over the bank holiday please visit: http://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/

For information about services that can help in south Sefton over the bank holiday please visit: http://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/

Bowl for Health

Residents across Sefton are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a free beginners course in bowls. Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.

‘Bowl for Health’ is an eight week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match. Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, the programme is available in Waterloo, Formby and Southport.

The programme is being led by MSP and Active Sefton, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The idea was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby, and is now being rolled out by more clubs across the borough.

One participant – Gail, in her early sixties from Formby, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life, “I found that I became much stronger, more flexible and fitter since taking it up. The game itself is great fun and my fellow bowlers are very welcoming and friendly – I’m so glad that I decided to try bowling!”

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said: “Being active doesn’t need to mean joining a gym, it’s about finding an activity that you enjoy – people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment. Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with – it doesn’t matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is.”

Sessions are starting up this month and June in Waterloo (Brooke Hotel Bowling Club), Formby (Holy Trinity Bowling Club) and Southport (Victoria Park Bowling Club and Southport Bowling Club) – completely free for any Sefton resident who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided.

Helen Birrell, from Sefton Council, said, “Bowl for Health is great way to increase your activity levels and enjoy the outdoors. We are delighted to be able to support the project to enable Sefton residents to lead an active lifestyle.”

For further information about the programme or to book your free place then please visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth or call MSP on 0151 728 1811.

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