“Understanding the assets in our Locality” Partnership Development Days (2nd, 10th & 30th March 2020)

Sefton Council in partnership with Sefton CVS would like to invite you to attend to one of three Partnership Development Days taking place next month across the borough. 

The sessions will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (2nd March), Bootle Town Hall (10th March) and The Atkinson in Southport (30th March) and will be an opportunity for local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups and organisations to work together with Sefton Council’s Locality Teams in identifying community assets in the three locality areas across Sefton. 

PLEASE NOTE: Each event is limited to 100 places which are available on a first come first served basis. Please use the links provided below to book your place at one of the events.

Please click here to view the agenda for the sessions (same format for each of the three events)

If your group/organisation works in a particular part of Sefton, then please book your place at the session in your area. If you’re not sure what area your organisation falls under, please click here to view the boundaries map for each of the three locality areas.

Central Sefton Locality Partnership Development Day
Monday 2nd March 2020 from 12:30 – 16:00
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (map)

South Sefton Locality Development Day
Tuesday 10th March 2020 from 09:00 – 12:30
Assembly Hall at Bootle Town Hall (map)

North Sefton Locality Partnership Development Day
Monday 30th March 2020 from 12:30 – 16:00
Studio at The Atkinson in Southport (map)

If you have any questions about the events or you’re not sure which session your group/organisation should book on to, please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: Sefton CVS Heritage Development Officer (Closing 12noon, Monday 9th March)

Job Title: Heritage Development Officer
Salary: £24, 174 – Fixed Term (15 months)
Location: Based at Sefton CVS Burlington House, Waterloo L22 0LG

Job Purpose: 

“‘Community Within Communities – Our Voices to Be Heard”’ is a new Sefton CVS project to engage, involve and celebrate Sefton’s people and places funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project will use Sefton’s designation as ‘Borough of Culture 2020’ as the catalyst for a programme of activity designed to raise cultural heritage awareness and establish a platform for continued community development.

The Heritage Development Officer will drive voluntary, community and faith group participation and co-ordinate this project, including four core project areas:

  • Historic Townships: the research and preparation of displays for nine historic township areas, contributing to a borough-wide exhibition celebrating Sefton’s Cultural Heritage.
  • Community Grant Programme: promoting and delivering a new programme of small grants, including selection of, and support for, successful applicants.
  • Capacity Building Training: working within the Localities team to deliver a programme of workshops for volunteers and partner organisations to help develop new skills and establish a legacy of increased heritage awareness and knowledge within borough’s extensive network of voluntary, community and faith groups.
  • Heritage Resources: The preparation and presentation of materials to create a ‘Heritage Toolkit’, providing continued heritage support for Sefton’s groups and a legacy from ‘Borough of Culture 2020’.


Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF

Application Form (Word / PDF
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

Closing date: 12noon on Monday 9th March 2020
Interviews scheduled for: Thursday 12th March 2020

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Managed by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS). Registered Charity No. 1024546. Registered in England, Company Ltd. by Guarantee No. 2832920.

£165,000 Waste Prevention Fund for Liverpool City Region Community Groups – Closing 15th March 2020

A share of £165,000 is up for grabs to help make the Liverpool City region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2020/21, which has been running annually since 2006.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“We’ve seen that previous projects have continued to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and ongoing impact on behavioural change, and in many cases through new or continuing activities. We’re excited to see what projects come in.”

The impact of the 2018/19 Fund saw 12 projects divert 673 tonnes of material from disposal, 26,643 people directly engaged, participation by 50,533 volunteers, and a 1419 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.

Bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in the region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.

One organisation to benefit from the Community Fund is Kirkby-based charity Centre 63 who last year received £8000 for the ‘Remake Yourself Hub’. This project received donations of unwanted furniture from the local community which was then refurbished and donated to young people, who have experienced homelessness and are starting out in their tenancies for the first time. Reuse, Repair and Upcycling workshops have been delivered to help give young people in Kirkby the skills needed to upcycle unwanted furniture.

Cheryl Roach, Centre 63 Business Development Manager, said: “The funding was crucial in allowing us to run the Remake Yourself Hub and has ensured that the young people taking part have the knowledge and skills to refurbish and repair rather than having to buy new.”

Interested groups can download the application form from the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 15th March. If groups aren’t sure whether their project is appropriate for consideration then they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via email to MRWA by Monday 2nd March. However, an EOI isn’t mandatory.

Successful projects should receive the funding in May 2020 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the application form and guidance document at https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/2021-2/

– Contact the Authority: communityfund.2020-2021@merseysidewda.gov.uk  / Tel: 0151 255 1444


Job Vacancy; L21 Community Network; Community Worker – Closing 5pm, Wednesday 4th March

L21 Community Network; Community Worker
Salary: £12,950.40
Hours: 20 Hours per week (flexible working possible)
Location: Litherland
Responsible to: L21 Network Coordinator and L21 Network Board

The L21 Community Network are looking to recruit a part time Community Worker to help and support with the development of the L21 Network, working on such projects as Litherland In Bloom, our three community events per year and out new Community Chats. Working alongside the residents and wider community to maximise their engagement, involvement and capacity to identify their community needs. Along with
developing connectivity and community resilience between residents, and between residents and agencies/professionals.

The individual will be employed by Litherland Youth and Community Centre and seconded to the L21 Community Network.

L21 Network Mission Statement;

The L21 network project seeks to empower and enable local people to make positive changes in their community. With the expressed intention in creating opportunities for local residents so they can participate more fully in their community and wider society. The L21 Network will focus to advance the life of and empower individuals within the L21 postcode and surrounding areas, to make positive and informed choices and changes in their community and lifestyles. Through creating opportunity for engagement, community action and multi-agency working.

Line Management: L21 Network Coordinator
Length of contract: 12 months
Contract start date: Wednesday 1st April 2020

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 4th March 2020
Interviews: W/C 9th March 2020

Application Form
Job Description & Person Specification 

All completed applications to be sent via email to “ thel21network@gmail.com “ or alternatively via post to;
L21 Community Network c/o LYCC,
41 Sefton Road,
L21 9HD

Appointment is subject to satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.

Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services; Community Impact Fund is now open! Closing 6th March 2020

Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Service’s Community Impact Fund helps voluntary sector organisations and registered charities do even more to build stronger communities across Liverpool and Merseyside.

How does it work?

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £3,000 for projects that meet one or more of our four main priority areas:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Income stability
  • Arts and culture

Applications will be assessed on the impact that the project will have on the lives of those who benefit. We’re looking for projects that help make a change for those most in need. For this round, we are particularly interested in projects that target and offer support to parents and families.

Organisations wishing to apply must be registered charities, or have charitable aims as part of their governing document, and must be able to register with the Charity Commission if their income exceeds £5,000.

Community Interest Companies (CICs) can apply, but there is detailed guidance for more information about specific criteria for CICs.

How to apply

You will find a link to the online application form within the following guidance document.

Please download the guidance and read it in full, before following the link (from within the document) to complete your application:

LCVS CIF Guidance Feb 20

If for any reason you are unable to apply online, please email grants@lcvs.org.uk to request an email application form.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 6 March 2020.

Volunteer as Healthwatch Sefton’s next Chairperson!

Healthwatch Sefton are the independent champion for people using local health and social care services. They are a statutory body which has a role to listen to what people like about services and what could be improved. They share their views with those with the power to make change happen.

Healthwatch Sefton is looking to recruit a chairperson to lead the organisation over the next three years. The current term of office has come to an end and they are now recruiting to the role. They are a company limited by guarantee and a subsidiary company of Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (Sefton CVS).

They are the local Healthwatch covering the borough of Sefton and are part of the national Healthwatch network which is chaired by Sir Robert Francis QC.

Healthwatch Sefton are looking for a skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individual to continue to lead Healthwatch Sefton. The role will require someone with knowledge, understanding and experience of governance at a senior or board level. The chairperson will Chair our Board, their steering group and be their representative on Sefton’s Health and Wellbeing board and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups Governing Body.

The role is a voluntary position and unpaid, however reasonable out of pocket expenses will be paid. The minimum commitment to the role will be 2 days per month (which can be covered over a number of days/hours).

Diane Blair, Manager explains: “This is an exciting time to join us as we are also recruiting to many other volunteer roles so this will be a fantastic opportunity to shape the future of our organisation moving forward.”

Testimonial from our chairperson;

“It has been a privilege to have been chair of Healthwatch Sefton for two terms of office. I have learnt a great deal about how health and social care services are provided locally and about what is important to the people of Sefton. “We have an excellent team of staff and volunteers and the new chair will be in a good position to move forward with the work that has been started and to really make a difference for the people of Sefton.”


Chairperson recruitment pack (Word/PDF)

Application form (Word/PDF)

Diversity Monitoring form (Word/PDF)

Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word/PDF)

Closing date5pm on Monday 24th February 2020.

Interviews scheduled: Thursday 12th March 2020 (between 12 noon – 5pm)

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@healthwatchsefton.co.uk

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please contact:

Diane Blair, Manager. Healthwatch Sefton. Tel: 0151 920 0726 (ext 240)

Email: diane.blair@healthwatchsefton.co.uk

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Upcoming Training Opportunities (March-June 2020)

Please see below for training and development opportunities from Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). To book a place on Sefton LSCB Training Courses visit our website. www.seftonlscb.org.uk 

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

Members of the public interested in local health issues are invited to the forthcoming governing body meetings of their local health commissioners.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so that people can listen to the discussions and the decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums.

Get fit in February with fantastic BeActive Half Term fun!

oung sports fans will be delighted to hear that Active Sefton’s bumper BeActive programme is returning for the February half term.

Featuring a host of thrilling fun days, sports and splash sessions, schoolchildren across Sefton will be able to experience a week of none stop sporting entertainment between Monday February 17 and Friday February 21.

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton – Round The World Challenge launch event (THIS THURSDAY 23rd January 2020 in Crosby)

In partnership with Sport England and The National Lottery, Mencap have launched The Round the World Challenge. The Round the World Challenge aims to support people with a learning disability to get out and get active in a way that is flexible, fun and empowering.

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton have secured funding from national Mencap to deliver the Round the World Challenge in Sefton. This exciting initiative involves turning hours of physical activity into a round the world adventure, and participants can pick which route to take and will receive postcards and rewards along the way – such as rock climbing, water sports and horse riding.

The Round The World Challenge will give participants the opportunity to try a variety of different sports they may have never tried before, and provide a further opportunity to get involved in a wide range of community-based activities.

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton Round the World Challenge Launch Event
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 1pm-3pm
Mencap Cottage House, Mariners Road, Liverpool, Merseyside,  L23 6SX (map)

Come along and try out new activities including Zumba, Boxing and Table Tennis!

Please callin for mroe information and how to sign up, or alternatively please contact Mencap Liverpool & Sefton on 0151 707 8582 or alternatively please email contact@mencapliverpool.org.uk

How does the Round the World Challenge work?

The Round the World Challenge is all about turning hours of fun sports and physical activities into a round the world adventure. You can take part in a variety of activities including Zumba, boccia, walking rugby and more traditional sports like football, cycling and tennis.

Then you register the time spent on any type of exercise each week and this is then used to calculate the distance travelled around the world.

You can choose from three different routes:

  • UK route: 20 hours of activity
  • Europe route: 40 hours of activity
  • World route: 100 hours of activity

You’ll receive a postcard from a different location as the number of hours of activity you do takes you further around the world.

Click here for more information about Mencap’s Round the World Challenge

Grants to Encourage People to Enjoy the Great Outdoors


Community groups in Sefton are being invited to apply for a ‘Get Outside’ grant being offered by wellbeing organisation, Living Well Sefton.

This is the seventh round of the popular Community Resilience Grant and groups can apply for grants up to £2,000 for projects that focus on initiatives and activities which aim to encourage people to be more physically active outside such as joining in community gardens, forest schools and walking groups.

The last grant focused on bringing people together over healthy food. Bootle-based charity YKids received one of these grants and was able to offer Family Time which saw children learning life skills as they cooked food with help from their parents, ending with everyone sitting down to enjoy the meal.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind in Southport received a previous grant and ran tailored ‘Get Active with Art’ classes for visually-impaired people, One person who attended the sessions said: “Coming to do the crafts gives me something to get up for and I have made new friends.”

Individuals, with help from a Living Well partner, can apply for a £500 grant.

Anyone wanting to apply can download an application form off the Living Well Sefton website – www.livingwellsefton.co.uk

Or you can ring the team on 0300 323 0181 with any queries.

New sub-board members sought by Liverpool City Region LEP

Individuals are being sought for four city region sub-boards, namely:

  • Liverpool City Region Clean Growth
  • Liverpool City Region Built Environment
  • Liverpool City Region Digital & Creative
  • Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills

To stimulate and support regional economic growth, the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) supports a number of regional boards in the growth sectors and disciplines that are pivotal to delivering inclusive growth in the city region.

These boards, made up of people from the private and public sectors, provide strategic insight, intelligence and guidance to the LEP board and the Combined Authority in the fulfilment of their strategic activities for the city region.

Widening participation to less represented groups is something the Liverpool City Region LEP is committed to through the establishment of a Diversity and Inclusion Task Group with the aim of increasing diversity and inclusion on all LEP Boards. The LEP actively welcomes and supports applications from people in our community with the expertise and ambition who can provide valuable insight into the sector / focus of the board.

The LEP strongly welcomes new and fresh thinking from those who have not been actively represented before.

For more information on each of these boards please click here.

Funding bids now live for Sefton Borough of Culture projects

Community groups and local organisations can now apply for support to help run projects as part of
Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

The Borough of Culture initiative is part of the Metro Mayor’s Culture programme which saw
Liverpool City Region become the first in the country to commit to spending the equivalent of 1% of
its annual £30 million devolution funding from government to stimulate cultural and creative

Groups can now express interest in securing support from Sefton Council with their proposals. This
may include bidding for money to help them organize events throughout 2020 with two different tiers
of funding available – up to £5K and £5k-£15K.

It may also include support with such areas as event management, communications and marketing, or connections with other partner organisations.

Forms are available to download at www.sefton.gov.uk/sefton2020 and once completed, will be
reviewed and if support is allocated, groups will be notified within 4 weeks for non-financial support
and for support up to £5K and 10 weeks for £5K-£15K applications.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to
one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a
rotating, annual basis.

2019 was Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and
community led events planned for the year.

The focus of Sefton’s year will be on stories, looking at two key elements, local history and the

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, and lead sponsor for the Borough of
Culture Year, is asking community groups to really consider applying for funding.

She said: “While we are looking at organising some spectacular larger scale events as part of our
Borough of Culture Year, the foundation of our year will be the smaller events organised by our
valued communities.

“This is where this support and the funding pot comes in really helpful as it can enable more
localised community groups and organisations to give them a boost in arranging something to
celebrate Borough of Culture.

“2020 and the Borough of Culture will be all about engaging with our communities and making sure
as many people as possible get involved and embrace all cultural elements our wonderful borough has to offer.

“If you are group and are thinking of running something during 2020, please get in touch, download
the form and tell us your plans! This way we can make sure our year of events appeals to everyone
right across Sefton.”

For more information and to download the forms, visit sefton.gov.uk/sefton2020 or email

Upcoming Mindfulness Merseyside courses in Southport & Crosby (starting January 2020)

Find mindfulness courses in the Sefton area and book a place now on the next course near you.

Find out more about the courses or read what people are saying.

  • Mindfulness course in Southport
    Starts Monday 6th January7.00pm – 8.00pm
    Community Hall, 5 Lord Street West, Southport PR8 2BH

    £54.00 / £42.00 | DETAILS & BOOKING

  • Eight-week MBSR course in Crosby
    Starts Thursday 16th January6.30pm – 8.30pm
    Lakeside Adventure Centre, Cambridge Road, Crosby L22 1RR

    £249 / £195 | DETAILS & BOOKING

More information

If you want to find out more without committing to a course, check out our classes. Feel free to ask if you have any questions, we’re here to help.

For more information please visit http://mindfulnessmerseyside.co.uk/ or call Paul on 07867 974716

Mindfulness Merseyside is a trading name of Mind Body Matters CIC, a Community Interest Company (No 10163890)

Sefton Council Christmas Shutdown: All You Need to Know

Restricted services will be in place during Christmas and New Year as most Sefton Council staff are required to take unpaid leave.

Like previous years, residents can still access a range of information and transactions via the council website – sefton.gov.uk.

This includes checking bin collections, applying for licences, reporting environmental issues or paying Council Tax and business rates. Because of the unpaid leave to be taken on December 24, 27, 30 and 31, most council buildings will be closed.

Help support Sefton’s Foodbanks this Christmas

Local people in Sefton are encouraged to support Sefton’s Food banks this festive period and help to back the final theme for the Year of Friendship, ‘Giving’.

This year, Sefton Food banks have launched a Reverse Advent Calendar which encourages more people to give, rather than receive, this Christmas. The calendar gives a suggested donation for each day of the Advent and includes essential items like tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, instant mash and tinned fruit as well as toiletries and Christmas items like chocolate, nuts, stuffing and gravy.

Job Vacancies with Compassionate Acts, Southport – Logistics Co-ordinator / Community Fundraiser / CAP Debt Centre Manager

Want to make a difference? The charity which manages your local foodbank in Southport is recruiting! Be part of a small team that has a big impact in our community.

Please see below for details of current vacancies with Compassionate Acts, and for full details please visit www.compassionateacts.uk/jobs

Feeling under the weather this winter? Think NHS 111

Local residents with an urgent but non-life threatening medical concern this winter are being encouraged to use NHS 111 by health commissioners in south Sefton.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the national ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign, focussing on different services over winter, one of which being NHS 111.

NHS 111 is operated by fully trained advisers 24 hours a day, seven days a week who will listen to your medical concerns and, if necessary, arrange for you to speak to relevant healthcare professionals, such as a nurse, doctor or emergency dentist.

You can access the service by dialling 111 or online at www.111.nhs.uk.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “NHS 111 is a service that all local residents can benefit from if they need health advice. Using 111 can save time that would be spent in a GP practice or walk in centre.

“If you have any mobility issues or are having trouble leaving the house because of your illness, NHS 111 allows you to get help from the comfort of your own home. Staying at home will also limit the spread of germs to vulnerable people in the community.”

NHS 111 will advise you on whether you should book an appointment with your GP or extended GP access service, give self-care advice, or direct you to an appropriate, local service if needed.”

Whatever the need is, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible.

So if you think you need urgent medical help, call 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk.

To find out what services are available in Sefton visit NHS South Sefton CCG’s website at: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/

Performers Network; Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 – Meeting 5:45pm, 26th November 2019

Performers Network
Tuesday 26th November 2019
Time: 5:45pm – 7.30pm
Location: In Another Place, Bootle Strand, L20 4SZ

The Performers Network is an opportunity for a wide range of groups from across the borough to share and learn from each other as part of the work towards Sefton BOC 2020. Informal membership includes; dancers, musicians, singers, threstre group, community choirs and many many more…

Plan for the evening

 Welcome and Introduction

Just a minute – Groups to update on their activities and plans

Coffee and biscuits

A 3-5 minute showcase

Carousel activity; Groups to contribute to each table and answers of the following and make recommendations

  • Sharing spaces and venues that are needed
  • Sharing equipment and costumes
  • Sharing skills – and skills that are needed
  • Sharing performers and information about performances
  • Anything else groups need help with

Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) funding for sports organisations (deadline: 10am, Monday 18th November)

The newly formed Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is currently considering bids for early intervention projects tackling violent crime. It has been recognised that the sports sector will play a vital role in implementing interventions to prevent young people from becoming involved in, or a victim of, crime.Merseyside Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) funding for sports organisations (deadline: 10am, Monday 18th November)

Sefton switches on to a very merry Christmas 2019 (22nd – 30th November)

Festive fun is just around the corner as town and village centres across Sefton get ready to switch on their 2019 Christmas lights.

Following the incredibly popular Constellations event in Crosby last week, Sefton will shine yet again with Christmas themed events taking place in numerous locations throughout the borough, with a range of festive fun for all the family.

The events, starting with the Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On on November 17,  are delivered through a number of different ways including partnership between business communities, local residents, voluntary and charity organisations, and Sefton Council.

Funding is secured through the private, voluntary and public sector to encourage people to shop local in the run up to Christmas.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Christmas lights switch-ons always prove to be popular events and are a great opportunity for local people and families to get into the festive spirit.

“We hope plenty of people will come out and support their local traders in the run up to Christmas and shop local, and we are very grateful for the hard work and community spirit which goes into these important events.”

Southport BID Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Sunday November 17 from 1pm, with Lord Street boulevard and the Atkinson being lit up in a festive glow from 5.30pm.

Other locations include:

Crosby Village – November 22 (6pm)
Thornton – November 22 (6:45pm)
Bootle – November 23 (5pm)
Melling – November 25 (6:45pm)
Kirkstone Park – November 27 (5pm)
Marian Square – November 27 (6pm)
Hightown Village – November 27 (6.30pm)
South Park – November 29 (5pm)
Bowersdale Park – November 30 (5pm)

For more information about festive events and displays throughout the Christmas period, visit http://www.mysefton.co.uk.

Be diabetes aware and know the signs (World Diabetes Day – 14th November 2019)

On World Diabetes Day (14 November 2019), NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging local residents to become familiar with the warning signs of diabetes to try and spot the condition sooner.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) host powerful “Voice of the Child” event to learn from case reviews

Hundreds attended Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) latest ‘Voice of the Child’ event at Bootle Cricket Club.

Around 500 people from agencies across Sefton attended three ‘Learning from Serious Case Reviews’ sessions throughout the day.

Drama Training Company AFTA Thought delivered the sessions using actors, powerfully conveying four case reviews by “bringing the voice of the child into the room”.

An invitation to ‘Talking Health and Wellbeing’ in Sefton

Sefton Council invite you to ‘Talking Health and Wellbeing’ in Sefton. Come along and have your say on a new Health & Wellbeing Strategy – “Living Well in Sefton 2020-2025”.
We will tell you about the results of our consultation (survey) on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which took place over the summer. People have told us what they feel is important for people about:

• Starting and Growing Well in Sefton
• Living Well in Sefton
• Ageing Well in Sefton
• Things that affect everybody

We have used this feedback to develop our plans, but we want to check that you think they are the right priorities. We will ask you what you think of our ambitions and plans, if you agree with them and whether there is anything that you feel we have missed out that is important. There will be three ‘Talking Health and Wellbeing’ events held in November.

To take part you can attend any of the events below, but you only need to attend one event;

Maghull: Monday 11th November 10.00 – 12.30 pm St Andrews Church Hall
• Southport: Tuesday 12th November 10.00 -12.30 pm Southport Town Hall – Community Room
• Bootle: Wednesday 13th November 10.00 -12.30 pm Bootle Town Hall – Assembly Hall

Please email Sharon to confirm your attendance and state which event you wish to attend Sharon.eaton@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 3645

Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

Please indicate when registering if you have any special requirements such as large print materials, a signer, a hearing loop, or mobility issues and if you are happy to be included on our new joint database, so we can let you know about future events you may be interested in.


Healthwatch looking to Recruit a Leader

Sefton’s local NHS health and care consumer champion is looking to recruit a chairperson and is asking: “Do you share our passion to ensure people’s voices are heard by health and social care service providers and commissioners? If you do, then we want to hear from you!”

 Healthwatch Sefton makes sure local people have a say in influencing the design and delivery of local health and care services for those who use them now and those who might need them in the future.

 Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explained: “There are changes happening within the NHS and these are having an impact locally. We are looking for a chairperson to lead us through these changes to ensure we carry out our aims for the benefit of Sefton residents.

 “Our chairperson will champion the patient’s interests as well as influence decision makers and ensure our organisation is effective.”

 The role requires knowledge of the health and social care system across Sefton and whoever is recruited will be expected to maintain strong working relationships with Sefton Council, NHS, the voluntary sector and will take a seat on the Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board.

 This is an unpaid role which runs for three years but out-of-pocket expenses will be covered. There will also be access to office accommodation (Burlington House) and administrative support.

 Maureen Kelly is the current chairperson and has served two terms in this role since Healthwatch Sefton was formed six years ago. During that time she has overseen its development including the launch of the two Community Champion Networks and Independent Complaints Advocacy service.

 Anyone interested in the post can visit www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk for more details. For an informal chat, call Diane on 0151 920 0726 ext 236 or email: diane.blair@healthwatchsefton.co.uk

Invitation to Safeguarding Adults Awareness Event – Thurs 21st November, 1:30pm-4pm

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Event
Date: Thursday 21st November 2019
Time: 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue: The Studio – The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB

National Safeguarding Adults Week – 18th – 22nd November 2019

As part of a national week of events to promote awareness of adult safeguarding, Sefton Council will be hosting an Safeguarding Adults Awareness event, 1:30pm – 4:00pm on Thursday 21st November 2019.

Key Theme: Scams

There will be a number of stands facilitated by partner agencies and providing opportunity to network and find out more about service sin Sefton to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect and safeguard adults at risk.

If you would like to attend this event please email: joan.coupe@sefton.gov.uk
You will receive confirmation of your place prior to 14th November 2019

For more information regarding National Safeguarding Adults Week go to: https://www.anncrafttrust.org/events/national-safeguarding-adults-week

Edge Hill University Medical School’s Community Engagement Event – Opportunity for VCF sector student placements (12.30pm-4pm, Tuesday 19th November 2019)

Edge Hill University Medical School (EHUMS) has an ethos of social accountability and community  engagement, with the aim of showing students that health and social care does not just take place in NHS premises.

EHUMS has been working in partnership with Sefton CVS to provide 2nd year medical students with personal learning about the community context to health and social care. The placement will involve the students engaging with a community project, which would result in recommendations or lasting benefits to the voluntary organisations.

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Click here to download the information poster

Please come along to find out more about how your organisation can become involved with our medical school.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE and for more information please email ehumscommunityengagement@edgehill.ac.uk

The deadline to register is Friday 8th November.

Venus, on behalf of Sefton IAPT Partnership, is seeking to recruit a team of Trainee Evidence-Based Therapists

Sefton IAPT Partnership is seeking to recruit a team of professionally qualified practitioners who have experience of working with the mental health and emotional well-being difficulties of children and young people. This is an excellent 12 month professional development opportunity that will:

  1. Fund the academic training
  2. Fund the salary

Training Overview:
Post Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Evidence-based Psychological Approaches for Children and Young People, validated by the University of Manchester, part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and seeking validation by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

The posts available are:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence-based Practice working with 0-5s
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Parent Training for Conduct Disorders
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Disability & Autistic Spectrum Disorder (LD & ASD)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)

Course Entry Requirements:

Academic ·         Relevant Honours Degree graded at 2.2 or above OR;

·         Successful completion of pre-entry essay prior to acceptance on training programme.

Professional ·         Core profession as defined by BABCP. Please see https://www.babcp.com/Core-Profession for a list of core professions OR;

·         Completion of KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio. https://www.babcp.com/Accreditation/CBP/KSA.aspx

·         Access to appropriate cases during and after training.

NOTE: Students cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking studies elsewhere or registered with another university.

Location of Training: Psychological Therapies Training Centre, Greater Manchester West, Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – 2 days per week
Location of Placement: Sefton Partnership – 3 days per week (Venus, Parenting 2000, Sefton Council, Sefton CAMHS)

Post Trainee Mental Health Practitioner
Salary £23,023 – Equivalent to NHS Band 5
Contract Fixed term (1 year) – Secondments will be considered
Hours 35 hours per week
Closing Date 12noon 04/11/18
Shortlisting 05 & 06/11/18
Interviews TBC – November/December
Post Commences 06/01/20
Training Commences January 2020

For an application pack please email recruitment@venuscharity.org. When requesting an application pack, please clearly state which post/s you wish to apply for and note that a separate application will be required for each role applied for.

Sefton Council Proposes Council Tax Changes for Empty and Uninhabitable Homes

Sefton Council is proposing changes to Council Tax discount on empty and uninhabitable properties, with home owners in the borough currently receiving the most generous discounts in the Liverpool City Region.

The Council recently launched an online consultation to garner the views of local residents on the proposed changes, which could see properties vacant for less than one month have their discount reduced from 100% to 50%, while those houses that are uninhabitable will be liable for the full Council Tax amount.

Cllr. Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:

“In Sefton we have nearly 180 homes that are unfit to occupy, and a further 435 homes that are empty – all of these properties receive Council Tax discounts that are generous when compared with our Liverpool City Region neighbours.

“By reducing the relief that owners of these properties receive, we will incentivise them to ensure they are occupied or in the case of those not fit for purpose, take the necessary steps to improve them and make them suitable for human habitation.

“At a time when we are creating new homes to support families now and as demand increases, encouraging landlords to improve the quality and availability of existing priorities is a big priority for the council.”

This quick five minute survey is open until November 1. Take part by clicking the Your Sefton Your Say website