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The LSHP Foundation and gbpFoundation and have been supporting Own Books for some time, so we were delighted to have an update from the team on what they have been up to during the difficult lockdown period, along with the news that they officially became a registered charity in July.


Own Books was founded by Julie de Bastion in response to the discovery that some children do not have books at home, while she was being a volunteer reading helper in a local primary school. Since then, the project and scheme has grown and Own Books supplies many preschools, parent centres, primary schools and high schools with a regular supply of free books to suit all ages and variety of reading and subject matter for the children and their parents to take home and keep or return to the school with no obligation.

Julie and the Own Books team have been busy developing a range of online services during lockdown and reaching out in ways to stimulate reading and books with the launch of their Own Books YouTube channel; “Story time with Julie” and offering interactive engagement on their Facebook and Instagram pages.

The team are also delighted to announce the launch of another new exciting poetry writing project, planned for the coming academic year 20/21 called “The Poet Tree.” They are hoping to invite and engage schools in this stimulating, non-competitive project, to encourage children to write about their feelings and experiences, turning to the inspiration of Nature as our greatest resource.

They would also like to invite illustrator / artists, aged from 11 to 18, to illustrate the anthologies created in the project. If you’d like to get involved please email Grace at the Ownbooks_poettree@yahoo.com email address for more information.

OwnBooks is looking forward to resuming their usual service for children so they may have free books to take home and keep. If you have any books you wish to donate to Own Books or wish to be a recipient of our projects please email: Ownbooksforchildren@gmail.com

Visit www.ownbooks.co.uk for more details.

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Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership’s LIFT buildings across Liverpool are playing a key role in bringing a greater range of services under one roof - often in better environments - and facilitating programmes aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles.



The buildings host a wide range of community activities; including smoking cessation; alcohol support; slimming groups; citizens advice bureaus, through to MP drop in sessions and a wide range of counselling services. The table below provides a full list of services currently provided. Situated within the heart of the community, these flexible, modern buildings are well placed to meet the diverse - and often rapidly changing - health and wellbeing needs of the local communities that they serve.




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Updated: Aug 7

Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership rapidly carried out a range of works to turn the South Liverpool Treatment Centre (SLTC) into a ‘Hot Hub’ for patients with Covid-19 symptoms. The building has been easily able to accommodate significant short-term premises adaptions with an eye on what longer term and perhaps permanent changes may be needed.


During the works, SLTC remained open and continued to offer limited services for green patients (non Covid) including phlebotomy, treatment rooms, urgent podiatry, and

anti-coagulation clinics.


With the co-operation of tenants, these services were relocated from Garston Suite to other clinical zones around the building, observing social distancing 2m rules and by appointment only. The two GP Practices and child immunisations continued in the GP area, by appointment only. The pharmacy on site also remained open. Read the full case study here:

SLTC Hot Hub Case Study _June 2020_Final
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Photo Credit: Infinite 3D Photography

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