Hidden Figures to be shown in Crosby

There is a special screening of the film Hidden Figures in Crosby to celebrate 100 years of women voting.

The Plaza Community Cinema on Crosby Road North is showing this film on International Womens Day, Thursday, 8 March from 7.15pm.Hidden-figures

Tickets are free. If you are interested in attending then contact Christine Physick on 0151 928 1530 or email her christine@plazacinema.org.uk

Hidden Figures is the incredible story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

There are guest speakers at the screening which is being sponsored by the Sefton Unison branch.

Bid for a £500 community grant

Have you ever had an idea that would give something back to your community but didn’t know what to do about it?

Living Well Sefton can help. Its Community Resilience Grant has £500 grants for individuals who want to improve the mental wellbeing of the people who live in their area.

Ideas from previous successful applicants include:
Therapeutic art classes
    A social group for isolated families whose first language is not English
    Shared reading group
    Healthy cooking sessions for families

If you have something in mind then go to the Community Resilience Grant page, follow the guidance and apply direct. Alternatively, contact the team via 0300 323 0181 or email: LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk


National apprentice event

Are you looking for career advice or future job opportunities in the North West for your students?

Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) has an apprentice and  careers event at the Albert Dock Complex on 7 and 8 March, from 10am to 4pm.

Many major businesses from commerce and engineering as well as different firms will be on hand to offer career advice and discuss job opportunities in their sector.

If you are interestedthen contact MAST via mastjwg@yahoo.co.uk  or ring 07801 680514 for more details.

Nominate someone for the Citizens 4 Good scheme

Nominations are now being accepted for the third round of a major scheme that recognises Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities.

Citizens 4 Good was successfully launched last summer as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office.

The scheme aims to highlight the good deeds, support and kindness that local people show to other members of their community.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local councillors.

The process is quick and simple, using a short nomination form available via the Sefton 4 Good website.

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, commented: “Since last August we celebrated 27 Citizens 4 Good in Sefton, and the programme has proven very popular.

“However, we know there are plenty more people out there who deserve recognition. We want to encourage people to nominate any Sefton residents they know who have made a difference to their community.”

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special celebration event where they will be presented with a certificate recognising their good works by the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson.

Councillor Robinson said: “We have been delighted with the response to Citizens 4 Good so far and look forward to hearing about even more Sefton residents having a positive impact in their neighbourhoods.”

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 14 March with the celebration event taking place on Wednesday 28 March in Bootle.

For further information about Citizens 4 Good ring Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk.

To make a nomination online visit www.sefton4good.org.uk/citizens or alternatively you can to download the appropriate form here.

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Sefton residents urged to ‘keep warm, keep well’

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG have joined Sefton Council in encouraging people in Sefton to ‘keep warm, keep well’ over the next few days as severe low temperatures and a bitterly cold wind are forecast from now until the weekend.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across the North West and although Sefton isn’t currently expected to see any snow over the coming days, that doesn’t lower the risk from freezing cold temperatures.

People over the age of 65, pregnant women, people with a long-term health condition and very young children are among those most at risk from the cold weather. The NHS offers advice on how to keep you and your family well at home including:

  • heating your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • get a flu jab, if you haven’t already had one
  • wear several layers of clothes to maintain body heat
  • have at least one hot meal a day and have hot drinks regularlypexels-photo-539451.jpeg
  • keep moving and active
  • seek advice from a pharmacist if you are feeling unwell, even if it’s just a cough or cold
  • check in on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe and well

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs, said: “This week looks like it could be one of the coldest we’ve had for some time so it is important for people to prepare. It can be difficult to stay warm in these kind of temperatures and if you know someone who needs help, please do take the time to look in on them over the next few days.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “With temperatures predicted to drop below zero this week, it’s important for residents to make sure that they are prepared for the cold.

“If you’re in good health and able to get about please check in on elderly relatives, neighbours or those who may be living with dementia to ensure they are warm enough and have everything they need at home.”

For more advice on how to ‘keep warm, keep well’, visit the NHS Choices website:


Cold weather coping tips

Cold weather can affect your health. Find out how to keep yourself well and your home warm during winter.

According to  NHS Choices very cold weather can affect anyone, but those most vulnerable are those:
aged 65 or older
on a low income (so they can’t afford heating)
who have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease
who are disabled
who are pregnant
with young children (newborn to school age)
with a mental health condition

So keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours or relatives. You could check they’re safe and well; are warm enough, especially at night and have stocks of food and medicines so they don’t need to go out during very cold weather.pexels-photo-264168.jpeg

NHS Choices recommends that if you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact your local council or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 (8am-7pm every day).

Any concerns that the person may be suffering from hypothermia, then you are advised to contact NHS 111.

If you start to feel unwell, even if it’s a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

Follow these tips on keeping well in the cold:

  • find out if you can get the flu jab for free on the NHS
  • wear several layers of clothes rather than one chunky layer – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat
  • use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but don’t use both at the same time
  • have at least one hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm; and make sure you have hot drinks regularly
  • try not to sit still for more than an hour or so indoors – get up and stretch your legs
  • stay active – even moderate exercise can help keep you warm
  • wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth when outdoors – add a hat and wear shoes with a good grip, too. If you have a heart or respiratory problem, stay indoors during very cold weather
  • keep your home warm by drawing curtains at dusk, keeping doors closed to block out draughts and

Visitors asked – ‘Please help prevent the spread of flu’

Visitors with cold and flu symptoms are being asked to stay away from Southport and Ormskirk hospitals to prevent the bugs from spreading.

Andrew Chalmers, the Trust Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said: “If you have a cough, cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay home and get well before you visit hospital. If your visit is absolutely essential, please call the ward in advance so our nursing staff can safely accommodate your visit.

“We have recently had a patient who was with us for some days before starting with symptoms of flu. The likelihood is this was passed on from a poorly visitor who came into close proximity with him. This could also pose a risk to other patients.

“Our main priority is to contain the flu virus and to protect all our patients and ensure they fully recover as soon as possible so they can return home to their family and friends.

“People can prevent the spread of flu by thoroughly washing their hands with soap and water – hygiene hand gels are also effective at keeping the flu virus at bay.”sneezing

Three different strains of flu are circulating in the community which spike in severity at different times.

Latest figures from Public Health England show flu rates recorded by GP surgeries were 26.1 per 100,000 population and 34.5 per 100,000 in the North West.

Andrew advised people with a suspected flu virus, or family members suffering from one, to visit the NHS Choices website for information.

People are being reminded of the simple message to protect themselves and others from cold and flu this winter:

Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

CATCH IT – Always carry tissues and use them to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

BIN IT – Dispose of used tissues as soon as possible.

KILL IT – Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser following coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

The most up to date and comprehensive national  information about flu is here

Senior motorists invited to highway safety event

Sefton Council’s Highway Safety team are to hold a senior’s road safety event in Crosby Village.

Road users over the age of 60 are invited to attend the event at St Helen’s Church, Alexandra Road, Crosby on Tuesday 27 March at 10am.

Sefton’s Highways Team are hoping to use this event to promote safer use of the highway.

This is the latest in a series of senior road user events which have been taking place across Sefton over the last three years.sefton-highway-safety-team-talk

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Over the last few years there have been an increasing number of casualties involving the over 60s age group in collisions across Merseyside.

“That’s why our Highway Safety team at Sefton Council want to use these types of events to proactively promote safer use of the roads for both pedestrians and motorists.

“The aim is to highlight road safety issues that may affect road users over the age of 60 such as diminishing eyesight, medications and how their driving is affected.”

Guest speakers at the event will include representatives from Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire & Rescue Service, Specsavers and local health clinicians.

Lunch, as well as refreshments, will be provided free of charge for those attending, however places are limited and booking is essential.

To book your place contact the Highway Safety Team on 0151 934 4259.

Go green for the day!

People are being encouraged to pop along to Killen Green Park to help keep it green by clearing up litter and generally tidying the park.

The litter pick at the Netherton park, which is on Fleetwoods Lane, Netherton, L30 0PF, will be followed by refreshments the L30 Community Centre off the Northern Perimeter Road.

So dig out your wellies, gloves and warm clothing and head down to the park on Friday 2 March between 10am and 12noon.

No need to book, just turn up on the day.
Killen green park

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