Halton Baby Box programme
gets full Cheshire and Merseyside rollout
ALL new mums living in Cheshire and
Merseyside are to receive a free Finnish style Baby Box from 25 September
following a successful pilot in Halton. The initiative, led by the NHS Cheshire
and Merseyside Improving Me programme, will include all new mums in the region
getting a Baby Box as part of their antenatal maternity care.
Families receiving a Baby Box also become members of the Baby Box University;
an online education syllabus providing health advice and support on a wide range
of topics, such as breastfeeding, smoking cessation, prenatal mental health and
nutrition in pregnancy.
This is supported with antenatal appointments with their midwives and additional
sessions through the Baby Box community, which aim to reduce social isolation
and provide additional guidance on use of the Baby Box and its resources.
At the 1st meeting with a midwife, women will be given their card to access
the Baby Box University. At around 28 weeks of pregnancy, all women will be
invited to collect their Baby Box.
Catherine McClennan, Programme Director for
the NHS Improving Me programme, said:- "I'm delighted that we are able to
expand our fantastic Baby Box initiative to all new families in Cheshire and
Merseyside. Baby Boxes are a powerful and internationally recognised engagement
tool that will help us to reduce health inequalities, increase choice in
pregnancy and deliver more person centred care as part of a maternity package of
Simon Banks, Senior Responsible Officer for the NHS Improving Me programme,
said:- "We have worked closely with local maternity experts to ensure we
are providing an offer that supports improved maternity experiences for
everyone. The feedback we have received from our pilot in Halton from families
and health professionals has been fantastic and we are proud to be rolling the
offer out across the region."
Fiona Bryant, Interim Head of Midwifery at Liverpool Women's Hospital, said:-
"We are pleased to be part of the Baby Box programme and looking forward to
providing them to all new parents. This is a great way of providing useful
information and resources as they prepare to welcome their little one into the
What are Baby Boxes?
First used in Finland in the 1930's, Baby Boxes are used across the globe as an
established and recognised maternity engagement tool to support women and
families throughout their antenatal and postnatal journey.
In addition to providing a safe space for a new born baby to rest should they
need one, Baby Boxes come stocked with ethically sourced 'starter'
such as nappies, breast pads and items of clothing; aiming to make life that
little bit easier for new families.
Jennifer Clary, CEO of Baby Box Co., said:- "Working in partnership with
the NHS Improving Me programme team has been incredibly rewarding and I am
delighted to see this innovative Baby Box programme expand beyond Halton to
include all expecting and new parents in Cheshire and Merseyside."
What is Improving Me?
The Improving Me programme is a partnership of 27 NHS organisations across
Cheshire and Merseyside aiming to improve the experiences of women and children.
The Partnership is one of the NHS England's 'vanguard' sites (designed to create
new models of care in the NHS) and one of seven maternity pioneers in the
Further information about the Cheshire and Merseyside Baby Box initiative,
including local distribution centres for all maternity providers, can be found
or via sending Baby Box Co an
Merseyside Police give out
DNA marking security kits in Sefton
MERSEYSIDE Police, in partnership with
Sefton Safer Communities Partnership, will be handing out DNA marking security
kits in Sefton this weekend, as a continued response to the theft and anti
social use of scooters, motorbikes and mopeds in the area. The kits are Police
approved and allow owners to mark and protect their vehicle. Local policing
Officers will be distributing the kits on a 1st come, 1st served basis at the
following Police stations:-
► Crosby Police Station, from 1pm to 3pm, on
Saturday, 30 September 2017.
► Maghull Police Station, from 1pm to 3pm, on
Sunday, 1 October 2017.
The only condition of receiving a kit is that any bikes being marked are
required to be registered to a Sefton address.
Local Community Sergeant Kate Young said:- "Theft and anti social
behaviour involving bikes will not be tolerated, and this is another great crime
prevention tool for owners. DNA marking has previously helped Police to reduce
business robbery and burglary offences and can also be beneficial in targeting
the theft and anti-social and criminal use of bikes and scooters. We are looking
forward to welcoming members of the community this weekend and giving out the
kits and any crime prevention advice that they need."
Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Safer Community Partnership Chair, said:-
"We agreed to fund these security kits to help assist Merseyside Police in
targeting those criminals who continue to blight our thriving communities by
stealing motorbikes, scrambler bikes and mopeds and using them in an anti social
manner. The Sefton Safer Communities Partnership will not tolerate this
behaviour and the consequences this type of crime has on an individual or
If anyone has any information about the anti social and criminal use or storage
of motorbikes or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555
111. Information can also be provided
Thousands take part in HSBC
UK City Ride Liverpool
THOUSANDS of people took to the streets
of Liverpool to enjoy the HSBC UK City Ride. Starting at The Strand, the route
took in some of the Albert Dock's most iconic sights, before heading down Great
Howard Street towards the Stanley Dock and looping back. The 5.5km route also
featured an accessible loop, suitable for all adapted bikes.
Liverpool born Paralympic champion Lora Fachie got the event underway before
later joining participants on the route, alongside her husband and fellow
Paralympic gold medallist Neil Fachie, and double Olympic champion, Steven
Lora Fachie said:- "It's been wonderful to spend the day with so many
people who have been out and about enjoying cycling on the streets of Liverpool.
Encouraging people to get on their bikes and make cycling part of their everyday
lives are what the HSBC UK City Rides are all about, and I hope today has
inspired thousands of people across Liverpool to do just that."
The event, delivered in partnership with Liverpool City Council, was the final
of 14 HSBC UK City Rides which have taken place across the country this summer.
The events are the 1st step towards HSBC UK and British Cycling's ambition to
get two million people on bikes by 2020, making cycling the UK's most popular
activity and sport of choice.
Giles Morgan, HSBC's global head of sponsorship, said:- "Today's final
HSBC UK City Ride has been a great event, with thousands of people getting on
their bikes and enjoying their City's streets in a traffic free ride. Getting
people onto their bikes is what our partnership with British Cycling is all
about, and Liverpool has been a great host."
Liverpool City Council's mayoral lead for wellbeing and the City's cycling
champion, Councillor Tim Beaumont, said:- "It was great to see so many
cyclists riding through Liverpool and enjoying the City. Cycling is a great way
to get fit and stay fit and that is why we're delighted to have supported this
event, and have committed to a range of measures to encourage people on to
Hopefully some of those who took to the saddle for the 1st time in a long time
today will be encouraged to make cycling a part of their life from now on."
There are countless other opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to
attend free, organised rides in Liverpool and right across the country via:-
Hospital hosts 1st Older
People's Day event
THE Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust will be hosting their 1st Older People's Day, on Thursday, 5 October 2017.
This event will have representatives from the Hospital and other organisations
attending and will be providing advice and information. Physiotherapy,
rheumatology and frailty are just some of the Hospital's services on hand
throughout the day. Macmillan, Stroke Association and the Alzheimer's Society
will be present, along with information about dementia, orthopaedics, mental
health and many other conditions. Megan Langley, Medical and Surgical Therapy
Team Leader at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:- "Our
Older People's Day is a great way for the public, patients and their families to
get information on a range of conditions and available services in one place. We
are here to answer any questions you might have or point you in the right
direction. This is our 1st Older People's Day but if people find it useful,
we're hoping to make it an annual event." The event is being held
in the Clinical Education Centre, at Southport Hospital, from 9am to 1pm, on
Thursday, 5 October 2017. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
Appeal to find the next of
kin of Alexander Aitchison
THE Liverpool Coroner's Office are
asking the public for help in tracing the next of kin of Alexander Aitchison,
who recently passed away in Bootle. no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr
Aitchison's death. He was aged 49 and died on Tuesday, 26 September 2017, at his
home address in Orrell Lane, Bootle. Any family members or people with
information are asked to contact Coroners Officer Stephen Craig, on:- 0151 777
3422 or email:-