LCVS Community Impact Fund NOW OPEN – (closing 8th October 2020)

The LCVS Community Impact Fund helps voluntary sector organisations and registered charities do even more to build stronger communities across Liverpool and Merseyside.

The fund has now reopened, with updated criteria designed to help organisations adapt and bring their communities back together safely, in line with Covid-19 guidelines.

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.

Click here for full details of the Community Impact Fund

Latest Government Guidance for COVID-19

What has changed (14th September)

The government has announced new measures this week to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. 

Click here to view the latest Government guidance summary

From Monday 14th September when the new rules apply, it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble).

There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including “for work, and voluntary or charitable services” and “youth groups and activities”. 

The guidance also states “venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines will be able to continue to host more people in total – such as religious services in places of worship”. 

Click here for more details of the exceptions

National Youth Agency (NYA) Advice & Guidance – Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19

The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.

This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and your existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to.

Everyone should read the guidance document below and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England. (Version 2)

** Despite the recent change to social gathering restrictions (9th September 2020), we can confirm that as an essential service, youth sector activity can continue unchanged where COVID secure to NYA guidance standards **

Additional tools and resources to support this guidance can be found here

National associations for specific types of organisations (uniformed, etc.) and activities may have additional advice and guidance to safeguard young people and in related areas of sports, culture and the arts, which are included in or make use of facilities for youth activities.The NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this guidance and approved of its release. NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this advice and guidance. Our thanks to:

  • Minister for Civil Society
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Youth and Loneliness Team)
  • Department for Education
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Girl Guides
  • Local Government Association
  • Onside
  • Princes Trust
  • Regional Youth Work Unit’s Network
  • Scouts
  • UK Youth
  • Unison
  • Unite the Union
  • Youth United Foundation members

If you have any feedback for us, please email guidance@nya.org.uk

Please read our legal statement on the above guidance

Police Commissioner invites ‘imaginative’ bids to keep young people safe over autumn half term

 Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is inviting community groups to submit ‘imaginative’ bids for projects which will divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, essential work in spite of the challenges posed by Covid-19.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she is releasing a new round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eleventh time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for grants of up to £5,000 for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices.

VS6 Partnership COVID-19 Response Summary – NOW AVAILABLE

VS6 is a partnership of support organisations working with the 8,600 voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) groups operating across our Liverpool City Region (LCR).

WHAT DO WE DO? 

We work together to champion the vital role our sector does and could play in the future of the City Region, while seeking to shape local policy and implementation for the benefit of our communities.

HOW DO WE DO THIS? 

VCFSE support organisations have collectively engaged with public and private sector partners on a City Region level since 2004. In 2015, we formally launched the VS6 partnership in order to provide a voice, platform and action model for VCFSE participation. We’re focused on driving positive change by connecting the VCFSE sector with our developing city region. Together, we have links to 8,600 organisations across the six boroughs, and aim to support these groups – many integral to our communities – to collectively influence decision making.


HOW WE HAVE SUPPORTED THE VCFSE SECTOR THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The members of the VS6 Partnership have worked on the frontline within their sub-regions in the response to the current crisis. This has included:

  • Delivering the emergency response within communities with regards to access to food, medication & PPE.

  • Supporting charities and community organisations working within their area, providing advice on issues such as safe operating practices and access to funding.

  • Partnership member Community Foundation Merseyside has led on the distribution of £1.6m to the front line raised through the Metro Mayor’s LCR Cares fund.

  • Co-ordinating volunteers on behalf of local authorities, the NHS and the national scheme, ensuring relevant DBS checks and risk assessments are carried out.

  • Representing the VCFSE sector on several resilience & recovery groups including the Liverpool City Region Business & Economic Recovery Panel and Cheshire & Merseyside VCFSE Health & Care Leaders Group.

  • Providing the Local Authorities and Regional Combined Authority with valuable “on the ground” information about the situation in local communities, indicating where the urgent and emerging issues lie, and enabling a swift response from the authorities.

The Partnership has also contributed to the debate as to how the region should seek to rebuild and recover from the pandemic. It has convenient a series of themed online assembly events attended by representatives from over 160 different organisations. These events are being used to gather information and thoughts from the VCFSE sector which will then be brought together into a report. The partnership has also contributed to the Metro Mayor’s “Build Back Better” campaign and the recently published Economic Recovery Plan, which highlights the vital role that the VCFSE sector can play in the regions’ future.

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To view this page as a PDF click here.

Sefton CCGs: NHS is here for you and your family this August bank holiday weekend

Health leaders at NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reassuring local people that the NHS is here should they need it this bank holiday, 31 August.

Although GP practices in Sefton will be closed over the bank holiday, there are services and online support available to help people that need urgent treatment.

Some community pharmacies in the area may be open on Bank Holiday Monday – you can check your local pharmacies opening times on their website.

NHS 111 can be contacted 24 hours a day, either online or by phone. You will be assessed, given advice, and directed straightaway to the local service that can best meet your needs, including Sefton’s local GP out of hours team.

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “A lot of common illness and minor injuries can be treated at home with over-the-counter medicines. Some pharmacies in the area will be open and are a great source of health care advice and over-the-counter medicines.

“For medical advice, you can call your local walk-in centre to book an appointment.”

  • Litherland Walk-in Centre is operating from 8am until 8pm and you can book an appointment by calling them directly on 0151 475 4667
  • West Lancashire Walk-in Centre is operating from 8am until 8pm and you can book an appointment by calling them directly on 01695 402180
  • Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre is operating from 8am until 8pm and you can book an appointment by calling them directly on 01695 402180.” 

If you need a GP or other healthcare professional appointment on bank holiday Monday this can be booked in advance by calling your GP practice directly. Appointments will be available through the 7 Day GP Service in Southport and Formby which is open 9am -12pm and the GP Extra service in south Sefton which is open 10am – 1pm.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “It’s important to remember that the NHS is here for you and your family this bank holiday weekend and there is support available.

“If you are not sure what to do and need medical advice fast, call NHS 111 or go to NHS 111 online. Please call 999 or go to A&E if you are in a life-threatening situation or emergency, such as choking, chest pain, severe difficulty breathing, blacking out or blood loss.

“If you have any COVD-19 symptoms – such as high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online at www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 for advice.”

More information:

For more information about the GP Extra service in South Sefton visit: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/gp-extra/

For more information about the 7 Day GP Service in Southport and Formby visit: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/7-day-gp-service/

To find your local health services and to check pharmacy opening times in South Sefton, visit: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/find-nhs-services/

To find your local health services and to check pharmacy opening times in Southport and Formby, visit: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/find-nhs-services/

For more information about Litherland Walk-in Centre, visit: https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/walk-in-centres

For more information about the West Lancashire Walk-in Centre visit: https://westlancscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/our-services/west-lancashire-urgent-treatment-centre/

For more information about the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre visit: https://westlancscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/our-services/skelmersdale-walk-centre/

Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education pays tribute to children’s workforce as Sefton returns to school

Families are getting ready as schools open their doors to all pupils in Sefton from Tuesday 2nd September.

In the following video, Vicky Buchanan urges parents and carers to visit their school’s website to find the arrangements put in place for pupils returning during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Vicky also took time to thank all of the children’s workforce in Sefton, including teachers, early help workers, social workers and the many volunteers who generously give their time.

Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership warning people that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated

We are warning that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated as organisations across Sefton urge people to continue to be sensible on the Sefton coastline this Bank Holiday weekend.

The agencies who make up the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership include Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Transport Police, National Trust Formby, Natural England, the RNLI and other key partners.

The partnership has again joined forces to remind visitors to the area to respect local residents and the beaches, parks and beauty spots in Sefton.

21 acts plus five films showcasing Waterloo will be streamed for Bank Holiday Virtual festival

A unique virtual music festival will be streamed online over the August Bank Holiday weekend to replace the cancelled Waterloo Festival.

Nineteen of the bands originally booked for the June Festival, which could not take place owing to the coronavirus pandemic, have recorded a 30-minute set at a ‘Covid-secure’ studio in Bootle on a full-sized stage with special effects. Plus, there are two international bands, from Brazil and France, taking the total number of acts to 21.

You can see the line-up poster here.

Neighbours from Litherland transform their overgrown alleyway into an amazing community garden

It all started during the lockdown, when the residents of Rufford Road, Jenny and Helen setup a Facebook group to keep an eye on their neighbours, making sure everyone was OK during this worrying time.

Realising how little outside space they have whilst working from home and seeing how much potential space was going to waste in the alleyway.

The residents decided to give the alleyway a new lease of life and started to transform it into a community garden for all the residents to enjoy.

After getting in touch with their local councillors to help with the removal of the bulky waste and rubbish, the resident set about pressure-washing and weeding the cobbles before putting out garden furniture and planters.

Upcoming FREE online training – Make Every Contact Count for COVID Recovery (16th + 24th September)

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is a national program which provides advice and support for healthy chats to address behaviour change, so that people can have better health and live longer, healthier lives. The aim of the training is to maximise the opportunities participants have to increase the number of healthy chats in Sefton.

This special edition of MECC will address the specific issues related to COVID-19, lockdown and recovery, such as poor mental wellbeing, limited access to exercise, unhealthy eating and drinking habits and loss of confidence and mobility; also tips and hints for remote or telephone conversations.

These 1.5 hour sessions are being offered:

Wednesday 16th September 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Thursday 24th September 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Please click here to book on using Eventbrite, or alternatively please call us directly if you have any questions on 0300 323 0181

Sefton New Directions are recruiting 2 x Non-Executive Directors (closing Friday 25th September)

New Directions is delighted to announce we are looking to recruit two new Board Members to support our adult social care business.

Our work is centred around four key values, which were co-produced and defined by individuals using our services.  We are proud of our values which run through the veins of the organisation, determining how we make decisions, run the company, and implement change.

Our Core Values are: 

  • Big hearted – we are proud of the quality of care, empathy, and kindness we offer to the people we support and each other
  • Count on us – you can rely on us to meet the needs of those we support and each other
  • Together as one – we take pride in working as a team to deliver a person-centred service
  • People focused – we recognise the importance of transparency, trust recognition and development within our workforce.

Make ‘Today the Day’ your time to quit smoking

Smokefree Sefton is supporting the Today is the Day campaign which aims to encourage more people to join the thousands who have already quit smoking in response to health concerns about Covid-19.

Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID 19 for multiple reasons including:

  • the act of smoking means that fingers are in contact with the lips which increases the risk of transmitting the disease from hand to mouth
  • Smokers lung capacity will already be reduced and therefore will be more at risk of serious illness

Most people who smoke want to quit and in Sefton there is plenty of free support from Smokefree Sefton.

Colette Kearney, Service Manager, explains: “To protect our clients we are unable to offer face-to-face support. However, all our staff are continuing to support clients weekly by telephone six days a week including evenings and at times to suit clients.”

The 12 weeks of support the service offers includes nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) which will be free to all and securely posted or directly delivered to the client. Other prescribed stop smoking medication will be sourced from the client’s GP as appropriate.

Anyone wanting specialist help to quit smoking can self refer to the Smokefree Sefton team by ringing 0300 100 1000 or freetext ABL to 62277.

Upcoming Online Group Development Sessions (August & September 2020)

Sefton CVS will be hold three upcoming online sessions aimed at supporting local VCF sector groups and organisations, including two Meet The Funder events with Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund and John Moores Foundation. Each session will last one hour, and will be hosted using Zoom Video Conferencing (details will be provided to each participants once confirmed).

Places are strictly limited to one representative / participant per organisation, and to book your place please email groupdevelopment@seftoncvs.org.uk

Developing Group Resilience – Small Charities & Community Groups
Tuesday 18th August 2020
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Info:  Group resilience has always been important and now faces new challenges. Our session will consider the essential qualities that contribute to group resilience and the importance of group development, evaluation and stakeholders, with particular reference to the impact of Covid-19. This session is aimed at small charities and community groups. Limited places.

*A ‘Shaping for Recovery’ session for larger organisations will be confirmed shortly.

Meet the Funder: Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund
Wednesday 26th August 2020
Time: 11.00am -12.00noon

Info: The Community Fund invites applications from organisations and community groups which seek to provide essential support and services to communities in their efforts against COVID-19, with critical support also available to these groups in their core delivery services. Funding from £500 up to £20K is available, the next funding round closes on 23 September. Note: geographical eligibility issues apply (click here).

Meet the Funder: John Moores Foundation
Thursday 17th September 2020
Time: 11.00am -12.00noon

Info: The John Moores Foundation aims to enable people who face barriers, as a result of social, educational, physical, economic, cultural, geographical or other disadvantage, to improve their social conditions and quality of life. The Foundation does this by making grants to local groups that fall within particular areas of interest, including those affected poor health, poverty or discrimination. Priority is given to small, grass-roots and volunteer-driven organisations. For more information please visit www.jmf.org.uk


The Sefton CVS Group Development Team are continuing to support groups with capacity building and funding bids, and are on hand to support you and your organisation. Please don’t hesitate to contact the team at groupdevelopment@seftoncvs.org.uk. You can also view the current COVID-19 funding opportunities on the Merseyside Funding Information Portal here.

Share your experience of leaving hospital to improve the NHS

To respond to the coronavirus outbreak, hospitals local to Sefton had to quickly change how patients were discharged in order to free up beds.

Now, as part of the national #BecauseWeAllCare campaign, Healthwatch Sefton wants local people to share their story on how these changes have affected the care you or your loved one has received.

The campaign is encouraging everyone to support the NHS recovery by providing feedback about health services including hospital discharge.

Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explains: “Following these changes, if you’ve been in hospital recently you should have:

  • been discharged within two hours, once you no longer needed hospital care
  • had your care and support needs assessed once you have left hospital
  • been moved to the first available bed in a care home, if you cannot go home
  • had any further care or support you need fully funded by the NHS

“While these changes have successfully got people out of hospital and helped the NHS manage the demand created by coronavirus, we don’t know how the new processes are working for both patients, their families and healthcare professionals.”

Healthwatch Sefton is asking local people to take ten minutes to share feedback on what happened when they or a loved one have been discharged from hospital by completing the leaving hospital survey.

Or you can share your experience by going to the Feedback Centre on the Healthwatch Sefton website. All feedback is anonymous.

Alternatively, contact the team via email: info@healthwatchsefton.co.uk or call 0800 206 1304.

Latest mobile coronavirus test sites confirmed for Sefton (10th – 19th August 2020)

Mobile coronavirus testing units are scheduled to be at locations across Sefton nearly very day in August.

Over 7,000 tests to tell people whether they have the Covid-19 virus have already been carried out at drive-through sites in Bootle, Crosby, Litherland, Maghull and Southport.

Confirmation of August dates for the sites, which are supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, follows on from a timetable that saw units deployed across Sefton Borough every day in July.

Tests at mobile centres are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or by calling 119.

Latest August Mobile Testing Unit sites confirmed so far are:

Monday 10  Crosby
Tuesday 11   Crosby
Weds 12        No mobile testing*
Thursday 13 No mobile testing*
Friday 14      Southport
Saturday 15  Southport
Sunday 16    Southport
Monday 17   Crosby
Tuesday 18   Crosby
Weds 19        Crosby

Sefton residents reassured that breastfeeding support is available (World Breastfeeding Week 1-7th August)

This World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), health organisations in Sefton are reassuring new parents that there is still infant feeding support available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Breastfeeding is scientifically proven to have several benefits to both mother and baby. Studies show that breastfeeding can:

  • help babies fight infections and illnesses
  • help strengthen the bond between mother and baby
  • lower the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, and breast cancer
  • burn up to 300 calories a day.

More than 81% of women in the UK start breastfeeding, and 17% of babies are still exclusively breastfed at 3 months.

Sefton Gets First COVID-19 Local Testing Sites

The first ever dedicated walk-through Covid-19 testing sites in Cheshire and Merseyside are to be deployed in Sefton.

The semi-permanent sites, known as Local Testing Sites (LTS), are being created in both Bootle and Southport, with the first of these set to go live this Friday 31st July in Bootle.

LTS are designed to supplement existing testing routes such as Regional and Mobile Testing Units.

They are the first to offer bespoke walk-through appointments; to improve access for the whole community, especially those who do not have access to a car or should not be using public transport because they have symptoms.

Unlike Mobile Testing Units, which are often deployed for around four days, the LTS will be open for several months to ensure that accessible testing is continually available to people within their communities.

Each LTS will have between four and eight testing bays which can each test up to three people an hour.

The sites are being set-up at Bootle Town Hall and Southport Town Hall , and users will be asked to self-swab when attending. The LTS will operate by appointment only which can be booked at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

Please note:

  • Book via nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
  • Sites are wheelchair accessible
  • They are self-test sites
  • All people attending must wear a face-mask, except children under the age of 3 years
  • Must arrive on foot/cycle/motorbike
  • Need booking confirmation or QR code and/or valid form of ID
  • Attendees need to keep to a 2m social distance rule
  • There can be segregation for religious/cultural reasons.

Information about access to food during the summer holidays (Summer 2020)

As with previous years, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council to coordinate a network of community venues and local organisations to offer children, young people and families access to food during the school holidays – especially those who would normally be in receipt of free school meals during term time.

The Access To Food initiative is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this offer will complement the service being provided by Sefton Council’s Family Wellbeing Centres in the South, Central and North localities.

All voluntary sector locations will be offering packed lunches to children and young people during the times provided and social distancing measures must be maintained at all times.

Please click here to download the information leaflet (PDF format). Alternatively, please see below for the image of the information flyer

New urgent eye care service launches in Sefton

A new service offering telephone and video consultations is now providing urgent eye care for people across Sefton.

The urgent eyecare service (CUES) has been put in place to ensure borough residents have quick and easy access to optical care during the pandemic through the use of online and remote technology.

To coincide with the launch of the service, people across Sefton are being urged not to ignore eye problems, with the number of patients across the area seeking care for urgent eye conditions having dropped during the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional Government funding, ‘remains significantly lower than what is needed’ warns Council Leader.

Responding to an announcement that that Sefton Council will receive an additional £2,569,782 from the government to help pay for its response to the coronavirus, the Council’s leader Ian Maher said today: “We welcome the Government announcement of additional funding for the Council, however, although we have been clear with government like all authorities have, on the level of support that is required, the funding allocated remains significantly lower than what is needed.

“Sefton Council continues to face financial pressures on services for our vulnerable children, families, disabled people and communities, and for all our income losses.

“The Council now needs to take steps to tackle the in-year shortfall and the impact this loss of funding will have on the budget next financial year, and beyond, meaning our communities are again being asked to compensate for a lack of government support.”

Sefton Council issues important message about face coverings in shops from Friday 24th July

Face coverings will become mandatory in shops from Friday 24th July and Sefton Council is urging people to fully comply with the rules and keep each other as safe as we can on our high streets.

With shops now open and people encouraged to get back out onto our high streets, it is important that we do everything we can to protect our community and continue to reduce the level of transmission.

Face coverings protect others from droplets from your nose and mouth if you are asymptomatic. If we all wear one, we can reduce transmission between households

Many people may be confused by the new guidance or unsure how to use a face covering properly.

BBC Children In Need & Youth Futures Foundation – The Inspiring Futures programme (closing 11:30am, Friday 31 July 2020)

BBC Children in Need and Youth Futures Foundation are partnering to deliver Inspiring Futures, a £6 million programme to fund positive activities which support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment.

There are concerns that the impact of lockdown and prolonged social distancing post-lockdown will have a particularly detrimental effect on those who are already struggling to gain employment, and it will also reduce the opportunity for others to learn the skills and gain experiences that would help them gain employment when they are older.

The ambition behind this fund is to transform young lives by unlocking potential and addressing the root causes of youth unemployment.

Eligible organisations can apply for between £10,000 and £80,000 for work commencing in October 2020.

Funding will be for project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future, and will support:

  • Between 12 and 18 months of delivery
  • Working with children and young people aged:
    10 to 24 in England
    10 to 18 In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Apply to Inspiring Futures via the BBC Children in Need website

Coronavirus Mobile Testing at Bootle Town Hall (21st-23rd July)

From today (Tuesday 21 July),  the coronavirus mobile testing unit will be at Bootle Town Hall for three consecutive days.

Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG are supporting the Mobile Test Sites, which provide clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers.

Key NHS staff can attend regional testing sites at Liverpool John Lennon Airport as well as Haydock and Manchester Airport without the need for an appointment.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enables key workers who test negative to return to that work. Approaching 6,000 people have already been tested so far at Sefton’s Mobile Test Sites, which have been supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG.

Following news of an increase in confirmed cases of young people with coronavirus in south Liverpool, Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health has joined Liverpool health bosses in reminding people in that age group that they are susceptible to infection by COVID-19.

Over the past fortnight, around half of the 30 cases confirmed in the south Liverpool area have been people aged 15-24. This has led health official in the city to issue a reminder that the illness can infect anyone, regardless of age.

Young people reminded coronavirus symptoms may be mild but you’re still infectious to friends & loved ones.

Through the Government’s NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. It is important to follow the NHS guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton.

Sefton Sexual Health – Scoping Exercise for VCF sector organisations (deadline Mon 3rd August)

Sefton Sexual Health is open and is still operating and continuing to offer an appointment only service.

The service will continue using the telephone triage system in order to book appointments, which are currently being offered in our Southport and Bootle clinics only. This number is 01695 656550. Please call this number for all sexual health enquiries. In addition, there is useful Self-Help information on our website www.seftonsexualhealth.co.uk

New telephone booking line introduced at Litherland Walk-in Centre

To support and maintain the safe and effective delivery of care for our patients and staff, Litherland Walk-in Centre operates a telephone triage and appointment system with no opportunity for patients to ‘walk-in’.
As of Monday 13 July, patients will be able to book an appointment by contacting Litherland Walk-in Centre direct on a new number which is: 0151 475 4667.

Maghull & Southport next venues for mobile coronavirus testing

There will be one day of coronavirus mobile testing at Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre on Thursday 16 July followed by four days at Southport Eco Centre, from Friday 17 to Monday 20 July.

Mobile Test Sites are supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG. They provide clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Young people reminded coronavirus symptoms may be mild but you’re still infectious to friends & loved ones.

Following news of an increase in confirmed cases of young people with coronavirus in south Liverpool, Sefton Council’s Interim Director of Public Health has joined Liverpool health bosses in reminding people in that age group that they are susceptible to infection by COVID-19.

Over the past fortnight, around half of the 30 cases confirmed in the south Liverpool area have been people aged 15-24. This has led health official in the city to issue a reminder that the illness can infect anyone, regardless of age.

Tenth round of funding sees Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund pass £1million milestone

  • Ørsted fund has now paid out £1.1million to local community projects
  • A total of 126 projects have now been awarded funding

Ten organisations around Liverpool Bay are celebrating the news that they have been awarded grants as part of the milestone tenth round of funding from Ørsted’s Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

The latest awards take the total number of projects supported to 126, with total funds awarded now standing at over £1.1million since the Fund launched in May 2015.

The tenth round of funding marks a major anniversary in the life of the Fund which is now five years old. The awards coincided with Ørsted announcing temporary changes to the funding criteria in response to the current global Covid-19 emergency. For the next two funding rounds, applications are being encouraged to support communities through the crisis and road to recovery.

Sefton organisations who have been awarded grants are: 

  • Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, Bootle – £11,200
  • Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens – £2,500
  • Pinto Community Art CIC, Community Art Group Workshops, Bootle – £2,010
  • The Gateway Collective, North Park Community Garden, Bootle – £11,475