Forget-Me-Not appeal for Queencourt Hospice flower garden

Queenscourt Hospice staff are appealing for donations and dedications for their forget-me-not flower garden.

The Town Lane based hospice’s Forget-Me-Not Appeal encourages the local community to honour someone special by making a donation to be part of the flower garden

Last year those who kindly supported the Queenscourt Forget-Me-Not appeal helped to raise over £10,000, funding which could provide 40 night shifts of specialist nursing care to comfort, reassure and look after a patient in their own home.

This year Queenscourt hope to increase awareness of the appeal and raise much needed funds by giving supporters a range of ways to donate and remember someone special.

Harriet Wilkinson, ‘individual giving’ fundraiser, Queenscourt Hospice said: “Remembering a loved one is very personal and the Forget-Me- Not-Appeal is a unique and special way to remember and celebrate the life of someone important to you. Through this simple act you’ll also be helping to support local families.

“Behind every family we help is a huge caring team and hundreds of kind supporters who make it all possible”.

Alison Riley, a dedicated supporter of Queenscourt said: “I’m not sure what my family would have done without the amazing care the Queenscourt at Home nurses gave to my mum, Eileen, in her last few weeks.

“They helped make sure she could die with dignity at home. Donating and dedicating a flower is my way of giving something back – Mum’s birthday was in June so it helps me think of her and smile.”

In 2016 Queenscourt Hospice provided end of life care to over 700 local patients like Eileen.

Find out more about how you can support the appeal and get involved by visiting remember

A walk to remember as 1000 take part in annual Star Trekk for Queenscourt Hospice

Over one thousand people have once again took part in the annual Queenscourt Hospice Star Trekk walk.

The final total of how much the myriad of walkers have raised for the Town Lane based hospice is yet to be revealed, such is the amount of donations staff need to tally up – but they say they are overwhelmed with the support Queenscourt received last week.

Last year the walk totaled an incredible £87,000

Men, women, children and even dogs took on the seven mile round walk through Birkdale and Southport on Friday evening (May 19), most of whom have known a friend or relative who have experienced care from Queenscourt at one time or another.

Carolyn Gorman, fundraising manager at Queenscourt, said: “For once the weather was really kind to us and this helped to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere at the event.

“As usual spirits were high and the feedback that we have received so far is very positive and lots of our participants have been sharing photos with us via social media.

“We won’t know the final total raised for several months yet as sponsorship money from individuals does sometimes take a while to collect and for them to bring in, but I am hopeful with so many people getting involved that we will get close to the £87,000 raised from the 2016 event!”


NEW! Access Sefton Anxiety Workshops – places now available

Access Sefton’s new therapist-led Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based workshops will help you to develop techniques to manage and overcome anxiety in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

The key principle behind CBT is what we think and do affects how we feel. CBT allows us to make changes to our thoughts and behaviour to improve our mood. Groups will be run in both Bootle and Southport.

Click here to download the information flyer

If you’d like to find out more, please call us on 0300 303 2708 or email

Paralympian is Special Guest at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards

The date for the next big sporting occasion has been set and the region’s sporting stars and unsung heroes will be celebrated once more.

Sefton Council is proud to host the Sefton Sports Awards 2017 which will once again held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 12.
The annual awards ceremony recognises and rewards the outstanding talent, dedication and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools supporting grassroots sport across the borough over the last 12 months.
Organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, this year welcomes guest of honour, Paralympian Lora Fachie MBE.
Born with a hereditary sight condition, para-cyclist Lora lost her sight at the age of 5. Lora won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, and is also a two-time world champion on the road. Add to that a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships.
Tina Pilkington, Development Manager at Sefton Council, said:

“We’re so pleased to welcome Lora as our guest speaker to. I’ve no doubt that this brilliant athlete and role model will inspire the youngsters at the event.

“The awards night is always a wonderful celebration and we’re certain this will once again be a night to remember.

“If you know a volunteer or coach who has given up their time to support others or a sports club or person that has been really successful, we urge you to submit a nomination.”

Nominations are now open and can be made in the following categories:
• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year
Nominations can be made at The deadline for entries is June 5, 2017.

Sefton LSCB’s new training course ‘Working with Young People’s Substance Use’ (9am-4pm, Thursday 25th May 2017)

Sefton LSCB’s new training course ‘Working with Young People’s Substance Use’  will take place on 25th May 2017 between 9am-4pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC) in Waterloo.

Presented by: Sefton SMASH Team : Coleen Lunt & Jo Williams

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This course will explore a number of issues and responses relating to young people and substance use

Aims of the training:
• To inform staff of their responsibilities in responding to substance use
• To facilitate a more comprehensive awareness in partner agencies of young people’s drug and alcohol use
• To enable partner agencies to have more confidence in identifying and working with young people who use drugs and alcohol at the appropriate level
• Identify the reasons why young people choose to use substances
• Introduce some of the theoretical models that can be used when working with Young People
• Understand the risk factors for problematic substance use
• Feel confident having a conversation with a young person that is focused around their drug/alcohol use with specific aim of reducing harm
• Learn effective techniques to work with young people around substance use
• For partner agencies to have a better understanding of how to use some models for lower level interventions in their own practice
• To enable delegates to have a greater understanding of the links between individual experiences, environment and drug and alcohol use
• To encourage more appropriate multi-agency working and understand the referral route to SMASH services

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Free Junior and Adult Hockey at The Northern Club (starts Tuesday 6th June 2017)

The Northern Club in Crosby are pleased to offer Free Junior and Adult Hockey sessions starting on Tuesday 6th June 2017.

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Promoting England Hockeys ‘Back to Hockey’ National Campaign
(*Running for a minimum of 10 weeks as open, turn up and play sessions. Age 7+)

From children aged 7 and above – or adults who just want to come and give it a go or want to brush up their skills to get back to competitive hockey. Adults’ and children’s groups will be run separately but on the same pitch at the same time so you can come down as a family too!

On the Astro @ The Northern Club, Elm Ave, Crosby, L23 2SX

We recommend you wear trainers or astro shoes (no studded trainers/boots), shin pads and a gum shield. Hockey sticks and balls are available to borrow.
For those interested in Goal Keeping there are also club kits available to borrow.

The Northern Club has a range of women’s and men’s hockey teams playing in Saturday leagues, as well as a growing junior section which would welcome participants to engage with should you enjoy the summer taster sessions. The Northern club also offers a range of other sporting opportunities including cricket, bowls, squash and social events.

For further information contact:
Simone McCaskill: 07939864592
Alternative contact number is Craig Moran: 07902828617

‘Our Place’ (Sefton Care Leaver’s Centre) want YOUR views to help shape future services!

‘Our Place’, Sefton Care Leavers Centre, is a project managed by Venus.  The group are coming to the end of their initial funding award and are evaluating the service to shape future provision and inform our future funding bids for continuation.

Staff, volunteers and young people at Our Place would really value your feedback on the service, so please take a moment to complete the survey below.

Click here to complete the online survey

For more information on ‘Our Place’, please click here


The Diana Award for young people is seeking nominations (closing date 17th March)

The Diana Award is presented to young people who are going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change. They can be nominated for a variety of activities not limited to: campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, tackling bullying, overcoming extreme life challenges.

As well as the Award, the 20 recipients will also be given access to a unique Development Programme, providing them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four key areas; leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good. In order to be eligible for The Diana Award or Legacy Award nominees must be aged 9-18 and have been carrying out their activities for a minimum of 12 months.

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