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NewsLINk Winter 2012 Sefton Local Involvement Network’s quarterly Newsletter

Welcome to the latest Winter NewsLINk newsletter Sefton Local Involvement Network (LINk) is a voluntary network made up of individuals and groups who work together to improve local Health and Adult Social Care services. The main job of Sefton LINk is to find out what people like and dislike about local services and to work with service providers to improve them. For more information on the work of Sefton LINk, please visit our website

Inside this issue of NewsLINk...

Latest news + updates

Sefton Community Champion Update

JSNA / Healthwatch Engagement sessions

North Sefton

Community Champions

+ What’s on across Sefton + Christmas Opening Hours + Getting to know our local services

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Sefton LINk AGM 2012 - Review For a full review including videos and more photos, please visit

Thanks to all Sefton LINk members, partners, guest speakers and organisations for supporting this year’s Annual General Meeting which was held on Tuesday 13th November 2012 at St. Stephens Church Hall in Hightown. The event was an overwhelming success and a great opportunity to reflect on the dedicated work of Sefton LINk over the years…

The AGM featured a guest performance from Merseyside Partner’s in Policy Making’s T.E.A.M (Together Everybody Achieves More). The special drama performance highlighted the treatment and experiences of disabled people accessing health and adult social care services.

Debbie Fagan, Chief Nurse for Sefton’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), spoke about the CCG’s relationship with Sefton LINk.

Attendees included Sefton LINk members as well as representatives from service providers and local organisations. Delegates were treated to guest speakers, guest performers and a video presentation highlighting the work of Sefton LINk from 2008—2012.

Sefton LINk Steering Group member and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group representative Libby Kitt delivered a presentation on Local Healthwatch followed by a brief open forum discussion.

Sefton LINk Community Champions Visit for more information Sefton LINk continues to work closely with both the Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group & South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Groups. Based on a consultation with LINk members last year it was highlighted that they felt LINk needed to be more visible within their community settings. This would involve having people within the community that members knew and who they could go to with their health and social care issues / concerns. Sefton LINk Community Champions are community centres or public venues across the borough who are signed up to Sefton LINk as organisations. The role of the Champions is to promote and support the work of LINk in their local community. If you or your local group are interested in becoming a Community Champion in North Sefton, please contact Helen (Sefton LINk Support) on 01704 501024 ext 202 or email for more information.

Ainsdale & Birkdale


North Sefton

Community Champions

Central Southport

North Southport

If you or your local group are interested in becoming a Community Champion in South and Central Sefton, please contact Wendy (Sefton LINk Support) on 0151 920 0726 ext 388 or email



Seaforth & Litherland


The Sefton LINk website has a page dedicated to Community Champions, where you can find out who your local champion is and where they are using our interactive map! Please visit

Update Visit for more information. Healthwatch is the new consumer champion for health and social care in England. It will exist in two distinct forms - Healthwatch England, a national body, and local Healthwatch, a network of organisations representing people in their area. Please see below for some key developments with Healthwatch, both locally and nationally, as we look ahead to the launch of Local Healthwatch in April 2013‌

National Updates Healthwatch Chair announced Earlier this year, it was announced that the first Chair of Healthwatch England would be Anna Bradley. Anna is a long-standing consumer advocate, having worked at Which? for many years, and was formerly Chief Executive of The National Consumer Council. Healthwatch England officially launched Healthwatch England was officially launched on the 1st October alongside the official national website Healthwatch England Committee members announced Profiles of all Healthwatch England Committee members can be found at Healthwatch England 1st public meeting On Wednesday 5 December Healthwatch England held its first public board meeting in Leeds.

Local Updates The work of Sefton LINk comes to end in March 2013 and Healthwatch Sefton will take on the role of Sefton Local Involvement Network with some additional functions. The Sefton LINk Support team will keep the wider membership up-to-date on any further developments. Please keep an eye on for any other news and updates. Some samples of Healthwatch branding‌. (taken from

JSNA / Healthwatch Engagement sessions Thanks to everyone who attended Sefton LINk’s recent Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and Healthwatch Engagement sessions. Sefton LINk organised events in Seaforth (South Sefton) and Southport (North Sefton) for members and local groups. Members were given the opportunity to feed their views and comments into Sefton Council’s JSNA consultation and also have their say in a Healthwatch engagement session in the afternoon.

Getting to know our local services... SATINS (Sefton Alcohol Treatment and Intervention Nursing Service) PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBILY THIS CHRISTMAS Since it began in 2005, hundreds of people throughout Sefton have been helped by the specialist nurse-led alcohol service – SATINS (Sefton Alcohol Treatment and Intervention Nursing Service). Unlike other alcohol services that operate in the borough, SATINS is a healthprofessional referral service. To gain access to SATINS, clients see their GP and are given a leaflet outlining how the service works and how to contact the team to make an appointment. These leaflets are available at many local community venues as well as from GP practices. Anyone from the healthcare profession or health-related organisation can also refer patients to the service. To give you an idea these include A+E staff, social services and those who work within the criminal justice system as well as psychiatrists, dentists, midwives or pharmacists. Besides treating clients and giving them motivation to take responsibility for their drinking behaviour, SATINS also offers brief intervention training for other health care providers to assist in early detection of alcohol problems. Contact Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 to get a free units calculator.

Members of SATINS alcohol team

Provided by During the cold weather, the Department of Health’s ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ leaflet is a useful resource for the public, especially the over 60s, low-income families and people with a disability. It gives advice on staying well in cold weather and the financial help that is available, covering issues such as healthy lifestyle, flu jabs and heating. ‘Keep Warm Keep Well’ is part of the Department’s Cold Weather Plan, which aims to protect people’s health and reduce harm from severe cold.

For more information on the ‘Keep Warm, Keep Well’ campaign, please visit

GP, Pharmacy & Walk-In Centre Opening Hours Sefton’s GP practices, pharmacies and walk-in centres will soon be publishing their opening hours over Christmas and New Year. This important information will be available on request from Sefton LINk Support and also available on the Sefton LINk website. Please visit for important information, useful contacts and over the Christmas period.

What’s on across Sefton Christmas and New Year Some festive events provided by our Sefton Community Champions networks.

Sat 8th

- Christmas Craft Drop-In at Ainsdale Library 10-12pm - Christmas Craft Drop-In at Formby Library 10-12pm

Mon 10th

- Freshfield Primary School Choir at Formby Library 1.30pm

Wed 12th

- St Lukes Primary School Choir at Formby Library 10.40am - Trinity St Peters Primary School Choir at Formby Library 1.30pm

Sat 15th

- Christmas Craft Drop-In at Ainsdale Library,


- Christmas Craft Drop-In at Formby Library 10-12pm Mon 17th

- Woodlands Primary School Choir at Formby Library 10.15am

Tue 18th

- Redgate Primary School Choir at Formby Library 10.30am - Xmas Dinner at Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre 12-2pm £3 per person and £1.50 for pensioners, it will consist of a dinner, pudding and also includes tea/coffee or a glass of wine. - Xmas Bingo at Netherton Park Neighbourhood Centre 7.30pm

Wed 19th

- St Jeromes Primary School at Formby Library 11am

Fri 21st

- Christmas Craft session at Southport Library Free drop-in and is suitable for primary and pre-school children with their parents/ carers or grandparents.

Sefton LINk Support have moved... Sefton LINk Support team have moved offices from the Merseyside 3TC Centre to the 3rd Floor offices at Burlington House (just down the road!). Sefton LINk Support Sefton CVS 3rd Floor, Suite 3B North Wing, Burlington House, Crosby Road North, Waterloo L22 0LG

Please make a note of the new address below or visit

Share your news, events and updates with us... Sefton LINk are happy to promote any news and events that you or your organise would like to share with us. Sefton LINk Support post any relevant information for Sefton residents and patients on their website - - which is also shared across social media including Facebook and Twitter. Any local voluntary, community or faith groups can submit news and event information by emailing the Sefton LINk Support team, or share your information online via our Contact form -

And finally….. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Thank you for your ongoing support over the past 12 months, and Sefton LINk Support would like to wish all our members, partners and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we hope to see you all in the 2013…. If you would like to submit any articles for future issues of Sefton LINk’s NewsLINk, please contact Sefton LINk Support Sefton LINk Support is managed by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service 3rd Floor, Burlington House, Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 0PT. Tel: (0151) 920 0726 email: Registered Charity No. 1024546 Company Registered by Guarantee No. 2832920 The views expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of Sefton LINk or Sefton CVS. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that accurate information is provided, Sefton CVS, Sefton LINk, the Board of Directors, the editor nor contributors undertake any liability for any errors or omission.

NewsLINk Winter 2012  

Sefton LINk's quarterly newsletter 'NewsLINk' Winter 2012

NewsLINk Winter 2012  

Sefton LINk's quarterly newsletter 'NewsLINk' Winter 2012