Local park run events promote Type 2 diabetes prevention

Running for life
Ahead of Diabetes Prevention Week (1 – 7 April 2019) a GP from Sefton joined Crosby park run alongside representatives from Diabetes UK, to give people the opportunity to determine their own risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Nigel Taylor spoke to runners at the weekly run and even took part in the run himself, where Diabetes UK hosted a stall which offered people the chance to understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and what action they can take to reduce it.

Dr Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“Park run is a great way to get people together to promote a healthy lifestyle which is important factor in preventing Type 2 diabetes. I spoke to many people about how getting regular exercise, by taking part in activities such as this run, to help maintain a healthy weight will significantly reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes which is often linked with obesity.”

“The condition is often preventable and can develop as a result of an unhealthy lifestyle. Millions of people in England are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, with approximately 12 per cent of people in Sefton having been identified as ‘at risk’ of Type 2 diabetes. The condition can have a huge impact on everyday life; you will need change your diet, have regular check-ups and you may have to take medications or tablets. If you do not manage it well you may develop serious complications.”

People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly. Around 90 per cent of the 3.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2. There are almost 1 million more people living with Type 2 diabetes, who don’t know they have it because they haven’t been diagnosed. While other factors like age and ethnicity affect a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, being overweight is the most significant risk factor that can be changed.

Dr Doug Callow, clinical lead for service quality and diabetes for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Make sure you get a good amount of exercise; aim for 2.5 hours week. This can include time at the gym, a brisk walk or climbing the stairs.

“It is also important that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Try to limit the amount of high fat and high sugar foods that you eat, and replace them with healthier snacks. Reducing your alcohol intake, if you drink over the current recommendation of 14 units a week, can also reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme, ‘Healthier You’, is a free local service for those who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The programme is designed to stop or delay the onset of the disease through a range of personalised lifestyle interventions. These include education on lifestyle choices, advice on how to reduce weight through healthier eating and bespoke physical activity programmes.

There is also support available for people who have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Contact your GP for more information.

Clare Howarth, head of the north of England at Diabetes UK, said:

“It’s important that people understand their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and are given the knowledge and resources necessary to help them reduce their risk by eating healthily, moving more and losing weight if necessary.

“Thousands of Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented if we help people understand their risk and how to reduce it.”

During Diabetes Prevention Week, Diabetes UK will be in attendance at a second park run event taking place on Saturday, 6 April starting at Hesketh Park in Southport park run at 9 am. They will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have and share advice on diabetes prevention.

To find out more about diabetes you can visit the Diabetes UK website at www.diabetes.org.uk. To find out more about the ‘Healthier You’ diabetes prevention programme being delivered in Sefton visit: www.ingeus.com/nhs-diabetes-prevention-programme.

To sign up to your nearest park run please visit: www.parkrun.org.uk


Call for views on proposals to help the NHS deliver its Long Term Plan

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As part of a national engagement exercise, NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a call for views on how targeted amendments to the law could help local and national health organisations work together more effectively to improve services for patients.

The suggestions include changing the law to:

  1. • Encourage local health organisations to work more closely together, towards a shared goal of improving the health of the communities they serve, the quality of services, and the sustainability of the NHS;

  2. • Reduce delays and costs associated with current procurement processes, while maintaining patient choice and introducing a new ‘best value’ test to ensure value for money for taxpayers;

  3. Allow different health organisations – such as hospitals, groups of GPs and voluntary groups and social enterprises – to come together to provide joined-up services which better meet the needs of local people in partnership with local government, and;

  4. • Remove the barriers to greater coordination between the national NHS organisations, creating a single national voice for the NHS and making it easier to work together on the most important issues facing the health service, such as prevention, the workforce, and harnessing the opportunities presented by digital technology.

For further information about the proposals and how you and your stakeholders can get involved, visit NHS England’s website.


Community Chat Event: Learn More About Your Community

Formby Community Chat
Learn more about your community


Thursday 7 March 2019
6pm to 8pm

A more relaxed way for residents to talk to community groups, partners, agencies councillors and Sefton Council departments

A chance to put your questions to people from these organisations:
At Formby PDC
225 Park Road, Formby, 137 6EW

Elected Members
Merseyside Police (Formby)
Police and Crime Commissioners Office
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Melling Parish Council
Sefton CVS
Youth Service
Green Sefton
Anti-Social Behaviour Team
British Transport Police
Formy Pool Trust
Formby Hub
Formby Parish Council Council
Little Altcar Parish Council
Aintree Village Parish Council
Melling Parish Council

Contact Sefton Council on 0151 934 3718


Formby Edible Gardens Project Comes to an End

After nine years the Formby Edible Garden Project has reluctantly being brought to an end.

Recently the project team were informed by phone that the Swimming Pool Trust have other plans for the small space that has housed the project for the last nine years. The team are now winding up the project and moving some of the fruit trees to other homes.

The project began nearly ten years ago. Inspired by the Transition Town Movement which was sweeping the UK and the world,

One of the many objectives of that movement included:

  • To get to know their neighbours;
  • To feel like they are making a difference in the world;
  • Because the world’s huge challenges (climate change, social inequality, economic decline and so on) feel more manageable if addressed at the local scale (as one person put it, “Transition changed my relationship to the problems”);
  • To catalyse all manner of new projects, enterprises and investment opportunities;
  • To learn new skills;
  • To feel like they are creating a new story for their place;
  • To feel connected to other people and to something historic and exciting happening around them;
  • Because they feel it is “the right thing to do”.

We were also intrigued, and still are by the phenomenal success of the Incredible Edible Todmorden Project. They grow fruit, herbs and vegetables around Todmorden in assorted containers and spaces that are for everyone to share. They also run a wide range of events that help strengthen the local community. 
Last year they conducted 60 tours for over 1,000 visitors (who shopped in town). They describe themselves in the following way:

We are passionate people working together for a world where all share responsibility for the future wellbeing of our planet and ourselves.
We aim to provide access to good local food for all, through
• working together
• learning – from cradle to grave
• supporting local business  (Source: https://www.incredible-edible-todmorden.co.uk/)

Sadly we never achieved the same scale or effect of the Todmorden team, perhaps confining ourselves to the small enclosed garden helped to obscure the Formby Project. Nonetheless, the remaining enthusiastic team members are proud of our efforts.

We gave ourselves an ambitious target and the length of the project is a testimony to our commitment and the strong friendships we developed and continue to hold.

Formby Edible Gardens is a collaborative project involving local residents in Formby working for a more sustainable future. The project seeks to increase the general resilience of Formby given Peak Oil, Climate Change and Food Security........

A demonstration plot will provide examples of small-scale but efficient ways of growing food in a small space. It will provide advice and support for local and other residents who want to grow food in their own gardens. It hopes to establish small neighbourhood groups throughout Formby to promote food growing Finally it intends to stimulate an increased awareness of the benefits of healthy eating and to promote local food production and consumption. (Source: https://www.formbyfirst.org.uk/edible-gardens-project.html)

Some of the plants and the garden infrastructure will be reused. The fruit trees have gone to The Bridge Inn Community Farm, they write:

We provide training and real life work experience in horticulture, agriculture and care of animals. The farm gives people a real working environment to care for friendly animals, grow crops and be part of a great team.....

The farm is now home to a variety of gardens featuring shrubs, herbs, trees, vegetable patches, fruits and ponds. We have a Japanese garden and tea house, which is beautifully manicured, with an ornamental pond.

They welcome visitors and we've always enjoyed meeting them and watching the continuing success of their project, they are the team that manages the Formby Station vegetable growing containers.

As to our recently constructed compost container, arrangements are in hand to transfer it to the small garden in the grounds of Formby Library.

So after many happy hours of pottering, planting, planning, seed swaps days, open days and talking to visitors we draw it to an end,

My thanks to everyone who participated it was quite a number of volunteers over the life of the project, but my very special thanks go to Sheila and John, constant members, both fellow Brummies who unfailing supported the project.

In John's case, a weekly return trip from Southport over the length of the project is a measure of his enthusiasm.





Time For Action


Are you a volunteer? Do you want to make a difference where you live? Have you got an idea to improve Formby?

Now is the 'time for action'
. Every Town and Parish Council across England and locally here in Formby will be up for election this May. There are 15 seats (elected members) on Formby Parish Council and 7 seats available on Little Altcar Parish Council. Not one of the existing Councillors has a right to stay unchallenged.

In my view, if you can't name your local Parish Councillor then you should choose someone else. They've had 4 years in office, it's 4 years of governing local life at the most immediate level.

If you don't know them by name or action by now they've failed you and it's time for new potentially more active and imaginative replacements.

Why not you?

Here's a recent Twitter from Lydiate Parish Council seeking new volunteers from within their community. Both our local Councils should be doing the same. The elections are in May and any resident can stand. It costs nothing all you need is ten signatures of support from your neighbours.