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2020-04-26
 

Coronavirus testing facilities supports Sefton key workers to return to work and leads to UK wide roll-out
Photograph with thanks to Sefton Council.

A pilot mobile testing site was set up in Southport offering tests to key workers, and the people they live with, if they have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms. The testing site was located on the Esplanade Park and Ride, next to Southport's Eco Centre, over 26 April 2020 to 27 April 2020. The location was run with the support of the Army and was...

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Petition against Gov SBRR grant scheme hits 11,900 signatures

A Petition against Gov SBRR grant scheme hits 11,900 signatures, as desperate SMEs in shared offices miss ₤1bn worth of support. A petition signed by 11,900 UK small businesses angry at missing out on ₤1bn worth of Covid-19 Small Business Grants will now...

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Liverpool and the City Region has the potential for 700 UK built hydrogen buses

THE man behind plans for thousands of UK built hydrogen buses across the country says Liverpool could accommodate up to 700 of them as part of the move he hopes can lead the nations' economic recovery. JCB heir Jo Bamford claims his plans are...

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MPs back new Hillsborough law to help families affected by major incidents

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson is one of the sponsors of The Public Advocate Bill, which would establish a public advocate to provide advice to families of the deceased after major incidents. A top level advisor would support families and liaise with officials...

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A Southport and Formby District General Hospital Nurse has died

A locum Nurse who worked at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Josephine Peter, died on Saturday, April 18, after testing positive for COVID-19. She leaves behind her husband, Thabo Peter, who is still residing here in UK, her 2 kids, Bongani and...

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'Run for The 96' has changed to Virtual 5k Fun Run for 2020

THE organisers of the:- 'Run For The 96,' in what would have been the 6th annual community legacy fun run event have announced that it will not be staged this year, and has instead been changed to a...

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Children's TV Stars Come Together to Support COVID-19 Family Quiz
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Payne Images.

A host of some of the best known faces from Children's TV have lent their support to an online quiz event taking place on Tuesday, 28 April 2020 and raising funds for disabled children affected by the...

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Walk the Walk unites to help save UK charities with 2.6 challenge

STAY at home, keep social distancing, be thoughtful, be kind, but we also have to keep healthy… we are all in this together! says breast cancer charity Walk the Walk. Walk the Walk is encouraging people to support them by taking part in the 2.6 challenge, on Sunday, 26...

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TV Doctor shares thoughts on misinformation and the accuracy of testing kits Ghosh Medical Group assisting key workers in crisis

1 of Liverpool's most high profile Doctors has revealed his thoughts on Covid19, the misinformation around the accuracy of testing kits and how his firm Ghosh Medical Group are helping in the crisis. Dr Arun Ghosh, admits it's difficult to think about returning back to a...

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Keele University conservationist to study how urban wildlife is responding to Covid-19 lockdown

NEW research led by Keele University will explore how lockdowns across the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak are impacting the lives of urban animals. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak Governments across the world have declared a period of social isolation resulting in Cities and Town Centres becoming quieter whilst residential gardens and outdoor spaces are getting busier. In recent weeks...

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Galloway's joins Be My Eyes to provide support to blind and partially sighted people across Lancashire and Sefton

GALLOWAY'S is the 1st localised sight loss charity to be partnering up with global technological support team Be My Eyes to communicate with blind and partially sighted people across Lancashire and Sefton. Joining companies such as:- Google...

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RSPCA and fire service called to rescue cat stuck on a house roof for 3 days

THE RSPCA and fire service were called to rescue a cat which was stuck on top of a house roof in Liverpool. The pet, called Kitty, had been missing from his home, in Addingham Road, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, for 3 days when her..

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"You have kept us smiling" say pupils at Wheelock Primary School, Cheshire in a heartfelt video message of gratitude to their Teachers

113 children at Wheelock Primary School in Cheshire have teamed up and created a short video as an expression of gratitude for their Teachers, who are supporting...

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Funding boot for Liverpool care providers during Coronavirus Pandemic

LIVERPOOL City Council is to cover the pay of workers in the adult social work sector who are self isolating or off sick due to Coronavirus. The move, believed to be among the 1st in the country by a local authority; is part of an initial ₤6 million package of emergency measures approved by the Council's Cabinet on 21 April...

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Deafblind UK extends support prevision for people with sensory loss, including veterans

NATIONAL charity, Deafblind UK has temporarily extended its helpline opening hours to support people who have sight loss, hearing loss or both, through the COVID-19 crisis.  The helpline is also now available to people who have reduced sight and hearing as a result of, or since, serving in...

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Mayor launches charity lifeline for Liverpool's most venerable residents
Photo with thanks to Liverpool City Council

THE Mayor of Liverpool is today calling on the famous Scouse spirit of giving to help support community and voluntary groups during Liverpool's hour of need.  Mayor Joe Anderson is launching a special charity appeal to help fund the work of groups across the City which are supporting vulnerable people during the Coronavirus...

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RMT secures major pay victory on behalf of Merseyrail Minie cleaners

THE Rail Union RMT has claimed a major victory in the fight against low pay on the railway after a campaign by the union forced Merseyrail cleaning and facilities' contractor Mitie to withdraw a threat to withhold a pay increase for their staff. Mitie had pulled a pay increase to a minimum of ₤9 an hour for its Merseyrail staff, but a high profile RMT campaign has...

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Calling all Business Hero's

AFTER a very difficult few weeks for businesses, the organisers of the SME National Business Awards have announced the introduction of 2 new categories in this year's awards:- 'Business Hero,' a public vote category and the:- 'Positive Impact Award,' a written submission is required. The SME National Business Awards are set to celebrate the very best from all the entrepreneur's and business people that continually push the boundaries to keep the UK at the very top of the business league. With a glitzy awards final in December 2020, at the iconic Wembley Stadium, the awards are keen to build on last years continued success. Entrants can...

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High debt levels in North leave people badly prepared post Coronavirus

THE Liberal Democrats have responded to a Centre for Cities report warning that high debt levels in Northern England and Wales will leave people poorly prepared for the post Coronavirus economic downturn. Their new research maps debt levels in England and Wales and found that in Northern England and Wales' Cities, people have the highest levels of debt relative to their incomes. On average, for every ₤5 people earn in:- Warrington, Swansea, Sunderland and Wigan, they owe around ₤1. This compares to Oxford and Cambridge where...

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What is possibly the World's 1st zero waste beauty and lifestyle, Ethique, launches environmental studies module

ETHIQUE, who are possibly the world's 1st completely zero waste, beauty and lifestyle brand, has launched an:- 'Environmental Studies' module to help teach children about the environment during isolation. Around a quarter of the world's population is currently estimated to be under some form of isolation or distancing policy. With School closures expected to continue for most of the summer term, many parents are having to find new...

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Sefton Business Grants Update - Missing Payments

ON 21 April 2020 we contacted Damien Moore MP, after a number of readers contacted us about them not getting a payment after applying for the Small Business Grant Scheme after spotting a possible problem with payments and bank details. we said:- "We think the problems could be to be with bank accounts and trading names being shortened on bank systems or not the same name as on the Non-Domestic rate demand notices." We have since had a reply from Sharon Johnston; Business Growth Officer, InvestSefton in connection to this:- "If you are a Limited..."

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LCR Cares COVID-19 Fund passes ₤700k with dozens of community groups awarded funding

THE total LCR Cares COVID-19 community support fund has now topped ₤700k, thanks to a further donation of more than ₤120k from the National Emergencies Trust. Around, 80 local groups and charities supporting the most vulnerable members of the Liverpool City Region community have now been handed a share of over ₤330k in funding. Friday, 17 April 2020, saw the award of a further 27 grants to organisations from across the City Region receive funding for their vital work; from food banks in Wirral...

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Wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, launches plea to public to help measure impacts of climate change while its scientists are in lockdown

LEADING wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, known for its sector leading butterfly and moth population data going back over 50 years, has launched a plea to the public to help contribute to assessing the effects of climate change while it's scientists and volunteers are unable to carry out monitoring of wildlife sites during the lockdown. A vital indicator of the effects of climate change in the UK, butterfly phenology (the study of the timing of natural events) recording is going to be severely affected this spring due to the restrictions on movement to halt the spread...
 

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LGA responds to ONS figures on Coronavirus Community Deaths

RESPONDING to the release of the ONS figures on deaths related to Covid-19 within the community, that has shown that up until 10 April 2020 nearly 20 % of Coronavirus deaths occurred outside Hospitals, including in care homes, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing Board:- "Every death from this virus is a tragedy. We must take every possible step to protect our elderly and most vulnerable and those who work with them from this disease. These sad and shocking figures highlight just what a severe challenge we face in care..."

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Be a care hero for Sefton

SEFTON Council is joining authorities across the North West to send out an urgent plea for people to step forward to:- 'Be a Care Hero,' and help provide essential services for those that need them most.  The combined effort by the adult social care organisations behind the recruitment drive of North West Councils is of a scale never seen before. The result is a simple recruitment process to ensure people can be placed into practical roles providing care and assistance as quickly as possible. Sefton Social Care Providers...

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Physical activity for adults at home

AT a time when gyms are closed and the population is being asked to stay at home, finding ways to keep active can be challenging. Regular physical activity is strongly associated with a reduced risk of chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as improving mental health. Even small increases in physical activity can positively impact on health. Heart Research UK have some tips to help you meet the recommended amount of physical activity while staying at home. How much physical activity is recommended? The Government recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity...

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