Sefton Honours Service Personnel on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated in Sefton with special flags flown at Bootle and Southport Town Halls.

Each year Armed Forces Day is held as an opportunity for residents to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

The Armed Forces Day Flag will be flown from Bootle and Southport Town Halls until Monday July 2nd.

Although the day itself takes place on Saturday June 30th, a special series of events will be held outside Southport Town Hall on Sunday July 1st from 10am, hosted by the Sefton Branch of the SSAFA.

The Mayor of Sefton will be present at Southport Town Hall to oversee a Drumhead Service and Parade before SSAFA launch a day-long programme of events in the town centre.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Armed Forces Day is a great way to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“It also gives us all an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the entire Armed Forces community.

“I would like to ask as many people as possible across the borough to take note of this special day and remember some of the real heroes in our society.”

For more information on Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk

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Don’t score an own goal this week – stay cool in the hot weather

With weather forecasters predicting a hot, sunny week ahead, and the bonus of another England football match, health leaders in Sefton are encouraging people to stay cool.

If you’re combining the footie with a few beers and a BBQ afterwards, remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration. Don’t score an own goal; take care to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.

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Keeping hydrated is important in hot weather

With temperatures predicted to reach 28°C on Merseyside, sun worshippers are being urged to take it easy in the heat by following this simple advice:

  • Drink cold drinks and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol which can dehydrate you
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, make sure that it is still in date, follow the pack instructions and apply at regular intervals – otherwise it is ineffective
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to protect your skin from burning – never use sunscreen as a reason to stay longer in direct sunlight
  • Make sure you have water with you
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and friends who may find the heat too much. The heat can be dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Most of us will be making the most of the warm weather we’re currently enjoying, but it’s important we don’t end up regretting it either.

“Sunscreen, shade and plenty of water, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol, are the three main things you should be doing to keep yourself healthy.

“If you feel unwell after being in the sun for some time, it’s a good idea to go somewhere cool to rest and have a cool shower or bath.  If you are breathless, or are confused or dizzy, call NHS 111 straight away, they’ll be able to give you more advice.”

Your local pharmacy can also help provide over-the-counter remedies during the summer.  The NHS Choices website is also full of help and advice www.nhs.uk

Silver screen invitation

Age Concern Crosby and the Plaza Community Cinema are putting on their latest Flicks and Friends film next Tuesday (19th) at 1pm.

Hidden Figures is based on a true story about three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe).

They serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.Poster Hidden Figures

The partnership between Age Concern Crosby and the Plaza Cinema received a Community Resilience Grant from Living Well Sefton to provide a monthly films for older people and the wider community.

The aim of the project is to decrease social isolation and increase community cohesion.

Admission to the film at the Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo is £1 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

Chris Dale, Administrator with Age Concern Crosby, says: “Come along and join us and bring your friends. There is NO need to book . Just come along with your £1 on Tuesday at 1pm.”

Discover opportunities at Sefton’s festival of learning

A special event is taking place in Sefton to encourage local residents to try something different and learn new skills while having fun.

Sefton’s Festival of Learning Summer Fair takes place Saturday June 16, 12noon-4pm at Sefton Community Learning Centre, 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth.

The air will be filled with tantalising smells from festival goers trying their hand at making tapas and other Mediterranean dishes as the more artistic among them give charcoal drawing and water colour painting a go.

There will be workshops that everyone can take part in and try something new, with the added bonus of free food for children when they or an adult they attend with complete the workshop.

The eclectic mix of fun learning activities will vary wildly, from learning about Viking culture to building bird boxes and much more besides.

The festival has lots to offer all ages, whether whizzing around on go karts, tackling the assault course and giant slide, or sparking their creative side of little ones with family craft sessions.learning festival

Visitors will never be short of food or entertainment as local businesses from across Sefton will set up shop on the day.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council, said: “Learning new skills can be very positive for our happiness and mental well being, as well as equipping us for life in new ways.

“Sefton Council’s Community Learning Service has a brilliant array of courses all year round, but this festival is a fun way to learn more about the service, learn new skills on the day and, just as importantly, have fun.”

To find out more about the event or to book your place, contact Sefton’s Adult Community Learning Service on 0151 934 4546 or visit their website to discover learning opportunities throughout the year.

Hundreds of volunteers help launch Green Sefton

Hundreds of volunteers turned out to help celebrate the launch of Green Sefton on World Oceans Day (June 8).

Litter picks and waterside clean-ups were held across the borough ahead of a special launch event at Crosby Coastal Park to welcome the formation of Green Sefton, a brand new team to help keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful.

Clean-ups were held at Southport’s Marine Lake, Ainsdale Beach and the Brewery Lane stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

Residents had the chance to meet the Green Sefton team who explained the work they will do, from land management and community engagement to vital work surveying the changing shape of Sefton’s coast and what this means to residents and visitors.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want to to say a massive thank you to all the community groups, volunteers and green-fingered helpers who came out to help on World Oceans Day.

“Sefton is a clean, green and beautiful borough that is internationally recognised for its natural beauty and we will build on this through the work of Green Sefton and working closely with our volunteers.Green Sefton vols

“Green Sefton has been created to make sure we continue our focus on a collaborative approach to the management, development and oversight of our beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces.

“We believe this will also encourage more community cohesion, more involvement with our volunteers and residents, as well as eco organisations.”

 

Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives.

Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and…

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Can you help keep Sefton’s air clean?

As part of its 2030 Vision, Sefton Council is committed to maintaining a clean, green and beautiful borough. This pledge encourages everybody to work together to keep Sefton clean and green, with a commitment to recycling, low pollution and better air quality.

As part of this assurance, the Council has put an action plan in place to help minimise the impact of air pollution across the borough.

However, there are also things that residents can do to help improve air quality in their area and in preparation for National Clean Air Day (June 21), the council is asking the public to pledge to make a small change to help reduce pollution. By undertaking these small changes, everybody can work together to keep Sefton’s air clean.

Try alternative travel
Did you know that 55% of car journeys are less than five miles? Many of these journeys could easily be walked, or made by bike or public transport. By reducing the number of journeys made using a car, you could make a real impact on the air quality in your area. Sefton Council’s Active Travel programme promotes different ways you can get around the borough. Find out more at www.sefton.gov.uk/ActiveTravel

Share your journey
When two or more people share a car and travel together, it allows more people to benefit from the convenience of a car, shares travel costs and ultimately reduces congestion and air pollution. There are car sharing websites available online or you could consider starting a car sharing club in your work place.

Become an eco-driver
Many drivers pick up bad habits after years on the road, but making a few small changes will not only save you money in reduced fuel costs, but will also reduce emissions of air pollutants and impact on climate change. Small changes include reducing the use of air conditioning; avoiding unnecessary idling of your car engine; avoiding sharp acceleration and harsh braking; and shifting into a higher gear as soon as possible.Make-a-pledge-300x158

Change up your engine
Consider purchasing a lower emissions, hybrid or electric vehicle. These vehicles are less damaging to the environment than those with diesel engines or with a high fuel consumption.

Think about what you’re burning
It’s not just vehicles that can be damaging to air quality, but things like burning garden waste and wood can also have a negative impact on air quality and public health. Burning garden waste is not only a nuisance to your neighbours but also releases pollutants into the atmosphere. While solid fuels such as wood, wood chips and pellets are renewable fuels with lower carbon dioxide emissions than gas, coal or electricity, they still emit pollutants like nitrogen oxide and particulates.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Air pollution can have a poor effect on public health, particularly for residents with existing lung conditions. For this reason, it is so important for us to all work together to make changes that can keep Sefton clean and green.”

Cllr Paulette Lapin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, added: “It’s easy for people to fall into habits like driving to the corner shop or leaving the engine on while waiting to pick up a friend, but it’s important to remember that these habits are having a detrimental effect on our environment. By making small changes to this behaviour and considering alternative ways of travel, the public can make a real difference to air quality across the borough.”

Spotlight on men’s health

Living Well Sefton partners are offering a host of activities to appeal to men during this week’s Men’s Health Week. This year’s event has a focus on men and diabetes and all the activities aim to encourage men to look at what they eat and how they keep active.

In the south, Netherton Feelgood Factory and May Logan Living Well Centre in Bootle, have a timetable with the following for men to choose from: walking groups, craft and arts groups, yoga, gardening clubs and an informal mental health drop-in.

On Thursday (14th) at the May Logan in Knowsley Road there is a men’s sports group. Drop in from 1.30pm to relive your favourite memories from the world of sport. While on Friday (15th) the Feelgood Factory has a man’s social club. For £1 you can enter the Man Cave from 1.30pm.

While in Southport, Brighter Living Partnership’s men’s group has lined up a week of taster sessions.

Group member, Andrew, says: “Coming to the men’s group has made such a difference. Before I would have just sat at home but now I’m mixing with people from all kinds of background and I get so much out of it.”

Anne-Marie Morrison, Community Resilience Development Officer with Living Well Sefton, explains: “During Men’s Health Week we’re giving a real taste of what we hope to offer for the rest of the year in the men’s group and we want men to come along, try them out, and then tell us what they’d like to get involved with.”

Monday (11th) – sign up for some cooking taster sessions
Tuesday morning – drop in and try your hand at the games club from 10.30am and treat yourself at the community café
Tuesday afternoon – drop in from 1pm for Steps to Health and Making Every Contact Count training sessions
Wednesday – Dave, a personal trainer, will be putting on a circuit training session (11am-12noon) designed for all abilities and people are asked to sign up if interested
Thursday –  a popular fixture at the centre is the lunch club at 12.30pm but book in advance as places are limited
Friday – remember your popcorn for Film Club from 1pm

For those who try out the taster sessions and become a part of the men’s group there is also the chance to undertake training with the goal of becoming peer mentors.

More details from:
May Logan on 0151 922 8588
Feelgood Factory on 0151 291 8010
Brighter Living Partnership on 01704 517818
Living Well Sefton on 0300 323 0181.

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Andrew (right) and fellow men’s group member Mike Rimmer enjoy a sunny spot in the garden at Southport Community Centre

Green Sefton launches with massive borough-wide cleanup

Sefton Council is inviting residents to come along and meet the newly-formed ‘Green Sefton’ team who will be encouraging the borough to support World Oceans Day on June 8.

Green Sefton brings together Coast & Countryside, Parks & Greenspaces, Flooding & Coastal Erosion, Risk Management and Grounds Maintenance teams all together to ensure a joined-up approach to the vital management, development and oversight of Sefton’s beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces for years to come.

 

To celebrate the launch of Green Sefton, team members will be taking part in a mass clean-up of waterways, canals and coastal areas for World Oceans Day on June 8.

Residents and groups who are keen to learn more about Green Sefton have the chance to meet with key members of the team at Crosby Coastal Park from 11am – 2pm (South Road entrance).

They will explain the work they will do, from land management and community engagement, to vital work surveying the changing shape of Sefton’s coast and what this means to residents and visitors.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Sefton is a clean, green and beautiful borough that is internationally recognised for its natural beauty and we will build on this through the work of Green Sefton.Green Sefton

 

“Green Sefton has been created to make sure we continue our focus on a collaborative approach to the management, development and oversight of our beautiful coastline, parks and green spaces.

“We believe this will also encourage more community cohesion, more involvement with our volunteers and residents, as well as eco organisations.

“This event is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about the wonderful work Green Sefton will be doing.

“We want Sefton residents to take pride in their community and make a positive contribution to their environment and the launch is also a great way to find out more about how you can get involved in community events and volunteering.”

To register your interest in supporting World Oceans Day across Sefton, email communications@sefton.gov.uk

For updates on Green Sefton events, activities and partnership opportunities, check out Sefton Council’s social media channels.Green Sefton

For more information about World Oceans Day click here

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