Merseyside PCC / VCFSE Network Update
The latest Merseyside PCC / VCFSE Network event was held on Thurs 21st Feb at St James House. Liverpool. The Network exists to enable local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) organisations to engage with the Office of the Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC).
The event was well attended, attracting a range of organisations and representatives from VCFSE, and some public sector, criminal justice agencies. The Network is supported by the Merseyside PCC, Jane Kennedy and her officers (who regularly attend meetings) and provides a structured forum for discussion and information sharing between public, private and VCFSE sector organisations operating within the areas of Criminal Justice and Community Safety.
Smokers encouraged to stop for No Smoking Day
SUPPORT, Sefton’s Stop Smoking Service, is encouraging smokers in Sefton to join thousands of people in pledging to stop smoking on national No Smoking Day, taking place on 12 March 2014.
Around three quarters of a million people make an attempt to quit attempt each No Smoking Day, and this year’s is themed ‘V for Victory’ and the SUPPORT team are offering a range of local activities to help people win their battle against cigarettes.
On Tuesday, 11 March, the team will be in Netherton to support a special event at the Feelgood Factory, with free health checks and advice on offer for smokers.
On Wednesday 12 March, which is No Smoking Day, the SUPPORT team will be back in the Feelgood Factory again throughout the afternoon and people can drop in for a coffee and a chat about the best methods of stopping smoking.
Share your Experiences of Aintree University Hospital!
Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) is working with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to support them in reaching the voluntary sector to ensure that as many local communities and groups are able to contribute their views to the inspection taking place at Aintree Hospital beginning on 4th March.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting the trust from 4 – 6 March 2014. To help their inspection they would like to hear from anyone who has recently used Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool.
Download: We need to hear your experiences of Aintree University Hospital (PDF)
Transition Southport's Swans Don't Shop! initiative
Transition Southport launches their campaign 'Swans Don't Shop!' on Saturday 15 February, 2.15 to 4 PM, at the Southport Temperance Institute, London Street, Southport PR9 0TH, and is open to anyone interested in the project.
The campaign encourages local residents to reduce their vast consumption of plastic carrier bags, with the aims of enhancing Southport’s tourist spots, protecting wildlife, reducing blocked drains, keeping down retail prices, reducing council landfill bills, safeguarding our food chain, and supporting local traders. All you have to do is remember to bring your own bag with you when you shop. Transition Southport will also be making and giving away 'morsbags' carrier bags made from unwanted textiles - see www.morsbags.com - and invites local residents to follow suite.
It is estimated that the average shopper uses 300 plastic bags a year, the majority of which are used for 20 minutes and never re-used. Wildlife on land and sea mistake discarded plastic for food and eat it, or become entangled in it, leading to a slow and painful death. When they die, the plastic remains to kill again. Plastic does not biodegrade, but can eventually photo-degrade to a microscopic dust that attracts pollutants in the sea.
Sefton Bites Back Fund
Sefton Bites Back Against Loan Sharks Fund
Do you have an idea if you
Contributes to raising aware-ness of the dangers of using loan shark?
Promotes legal, affordable credit options to prevent people from using loan sharks?
Promotes financial manage-ment / budgeting to people at risk of using loan sharks?
Preventing crime and disorder whilst promoting the stop loan sharks message?
If so, you could apply for funding of up to £250 to deliver your project.
Closing date 28th February 2014