Health and Wellbeing Event at St Nicholas Church – 8pm 26th February 2018

Well Being & Mental Illness Event
Monday 26th February
Time: 8:00pm
St Nicholas Church, Bridge Rd, Crosby, Liverpool L23 6SA


We are all aware of our physical well being, however, as a nation we tend not to think about our mental well being.  At St Nicholas Church we recognise the growing need to support both our congregation and the wider community with mental well being.

What do we mean by mental well being?  As with physical well being – we all have mental well being.  You may have fantastic mental well being, but the likelihood is that at some point in your life your mental well being will need some TLC too.  The spectrum to consider is wide, ranging from supporting people who may be feeling isolated or lonely, to guidance and support for individuals and families who may be dealing with difficult mental health diagnoses. Throughout life we will all experience periods of increased stress, unwelcome change and grief, all of which impact our mental well being and our ability to function at the level we are used to.  1 in 4 people will experience depression in their life.  Anxiety related conditions manifest in many ways and some of us will be diagnosed with more sever conditions such as bipolar, psychosis and schizophrenia and of course, as we age, dementia becomes a significant threat to us all.  In truth, if we don’t experience poor mental well being ourselves, there is a great likelihood that we will experience it second hand and be in a position where we need to support someone in pain.

At St Nicholas Church we want to support people facing a difficult time.  We have started by Kathryn Smith, Gill Bell and Keith Thornborough talking together about this, we have ideas including a ‘friendship café’, ‘craft & art group’ and ‘walking group’ to try to improve isolation and loneliness in the community and ‘mental health focus group’, ‘peer support groups’ and ‘buddying systems’ for individuals and families dealing with more demanding mental well being issues.  Other ideas may come to light as we gather a group together.

We would like to talk more about these ideas and to make sure we focus our energies in the correct place we’d like our community to guide us on what is needed.  We will be holding an open talk mental well being session on 26th February at 8pm in the church hall.  In this session we will have a ‘This is Me’ testimonial from Kathryn Smith discussing her experiences with mental illness.  We will hope to discuss what ‘Well Being and Mental Illness’ means to you, and we will seek input and suggestions to future initiatives to help support the community further.  This session is for anyone feeling isolated and lonely, with first or second hand experience of mental health issues and for anyone who has a general interest in mental well being within our communities.  Please come along to help start the conversations.

2018 is the ‘Year of the Volunteer’ in Sefton!

Sefton Council, in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer!

Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers, who give an astonishing 116,000 hours of their time each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

Embrace Sefton Monthly LGBT Social and Support Evening at Kindfulness Coffee Club (Thurs 25th Jan & Thurs 22nd Feb)

Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace recently launched a new monthly social evening in Bootle.

The evening takes place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.

SWACA Quiz Night – Friday 16th February 2018

SWACA’s popular annual quiz is just weeks away, so pick your team, buy your tickets and join us for a fun filled night!!

SWACA Quiz Night
February 16th 2018
Quiz starts at 7.30 pm, doors open 7 pm
Tickets – £5 per person

Venue: The Marine Football Club
College Road
Crosby, Sefton,
L23 3AS

To buy tickets, please contact Neil Frackelton at neil.frackelton@swaca.com or call 0151 922 8606 ext. 103.

Click here to download the SWACA Quiz Flyer 

 

Sefton CVS Group Development Team: Support for local organisations #LocalCharitiesDay

At Sefton CVS we love to support to local charities to help them to achieve their aims.

In you are a charity based in Sefton then our Group Development team can work with you to help you to identify your needs.  Some of the services that the Group Development team offer include:

  • Governance and leadership support
  • Training and skills development
  • Financial planning and management
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Organisational health checks
  • Funding advice

We are always keen to work with a wide range of organisations, so if you are a Sefton based charity, we would love to hear from you. Please email groupdevelopment@seftoncvs.org.uk for more information.

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Sian Martin-Baez (Group Development Officer) and Tony Nicholls (Funding & Sustainability Manager)

Key activities of the Group Development Team during 2016/17 included:

  • Handling 1,165 intensive cases of capacity building and customised support with 280 VCF sector organisations, 64 per cent of them groups with an annual income under £100k.
  • Supporting 31 potential new groups, with 14 going forward as new charity and enterprise start-ups.
  • Hosting three sessions with the Charity Commission to give charity trustees the opportunity to provide feedback on the development of their services, in particular a new online portal.
  • Developing a new suite of policy and procedures templates available free on the CVS website.
  • Providing bespoke board development training on key issues such as developing a constitution, strategy, governance and partnership development to organisations including the Dockland Trail, Kindfulness Coffee Club, Formby Pool Trust, Southport Classic Parks Network, Formby Befriending Scheme, Age Concern Crosby, the Fillies Girls Football Club and Maghull in Bloom.
  • Providing intensive support to the newly developed charity Veterans in Sefton.

‘Faith In Action’ event – Tuesday 30th January 2018, 10am-2pm at Linacre Mission

Faith In Action
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 10am-2pm
Linacre Methodist Mission
123-129 Linacre Rd,
Bootle,
Liverpool
L21 8NS

On behalf of Sefton Faith Forum 

The Steering Group of the Sefton Faith Forum have planned this event because we believe that the faith communities make a big difference across the borough. We are inviting the Sefton Council Chief Executive Margaret Carney and other officers so they can hear about some of our work and can explore with us how we can all work better together.

Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2017 – ‘Growth through Collaboration’

Sefton residents involved in local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups are being invited to a major event on the theme of collaboration later this month.

The Sefton CVS 2017 annual conference – Growth through Collaboration – will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo from 9am to 4pm on Thursday 19th October.

Living Well Sefton supports World Mental Health Day (10th Oct)

To coincide with its first anniversary, Living Well Sefton – the local wellbeing organisation – is supporting a World Mental Health Day event at Hugh Baird College.

On Tuesday, 10 October Living Well Sefton and the Feelgood Factory – one of its partners – will be at the Bootle-based college to raise awareness of how paying attention to your mental wellbeing is an important part to feeling good.

Roadshows Reveal New Hospital

Southport residents, local organisations and health service users are welcome to drop-in see the latest design visuals for the town’s new mental health hospital prior to construction starting here this autumn.

Active Sefton launches ‘Spooktacular’ half term line-up!

Active Sefton has released its exciting line up of activities taking place over the October half term (October 23-28).

The ‘Spooky Spectacular’ timetable includes lots of fun activities available for 2-16 year olds to keep them entertained during the school break.

Sessions include themed workshops, Everton Soccer School, archery, Born to Move music classes and the ever popular ‘Spooky Spectacular’ days are set to make a grand return.

TONIGHT! Sefton residents invited to the launch of new LGB group social and support evening

Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace are launching a new social evening in Bootle starting on Thursday 28th September and are inviting local LGBT residents to come along and find out more about the group.

The evening will take place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.

Embrace is one of the Equalities networks supported by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who live, work or play in the borough of Sefton are welcome to be involved.

The network exists to be available to decision makers in Sefton and to be consulted on matters affecting the LGB community in Sefton. Embrace also provides a social and support outlet to LGBT people in the borough of Sefton.

To find out more information about the Embrace social and support evening, please email embracesefton@gmail.com or call Embrace’s Co-Chairs Dr Mike Homfray on 07970 680483 or Rach O’Brien on 07903 773395. Residents can also follow Embrace on Twitter at @EmbraceSefton or find the group on Facebook.

Kindfulness Cafe - Embrace

Click Here to download a flyer (PDF)

Sexual Health Week starts Today! 11th – 17th September 2017

Let’s talk about porn

For Sexual Health Week this year, we’re talking about porn.

The aim, to support people to have more open discussions about subjects related to porn, such as body image, consent, communication, safer sex…and the difference between fantasy and reality. The FPA work with parents, teachers and young people to have open-minded, positive and non-judgemental discussions.

FPA Sexual Health Week - questions poster

FPA Sexual Health Week - porn poster

For more information on how the FPA can support you or how to get involved fpa.org.uk/LetsTalkPorn

 

Law Commission Consultation Event: Reform to the Law of Wills – Southport Community Centre Friday 13th October 2017

The Law Commission has recently published a consultation paper, Making a Will. The law of wills affects us all and the Commission is keen to hear views from across society – including members of the public and civic groups.

The central issues considered in the consultation paper are:
+ The capacity to make a will
+ The rules about witnessing and signing wills
+ Protecting vulnerable people who make wills
+ Electronic wills


When: Friday 13 October 2017 from 3.30pm to 5pm.
Where: Norwood Room, Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6HQ (see: https://southportcommunitycentre.org.uk/find-us/ )

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Professor Nicholas Hopkins, the Family, Property and Trust Law Commissioner and Spencer Clarke, the lawyer leading the wills project, will give a presentation, following which there will be the opportunity for attendees to contribute their own experiences and views on the issues raised by the consultation paper.

If you wish to attend, please respond no later than Friday 6 October 2017 to Damien Bruneau at:

Email: damien.bruneau@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk OR
Telephone: 020 3334 3969 (from Monday 21 August 2017).

For more information Click Here

Macmillan Cancer Support organise the free Macmillan Mile run! 6pm Thursday 14th September 2017

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The Macmillian Mile
6pm Thursday 14th September
Victoria Park, Southport

In partnership with Active Lifestyles, Sefton Council and Southport & Formby CCG, the event gives patients and residents the chance to get involved by walking, jogging or running a mile! The event is free however you must register yourself, which can be done by clicking below.

For more information and to register for the event via email Click Here.

 

Social Communication Coffee Events 2017-18

Sefton Inclusion Service are running a number of ‘Social Communication Coffee Events’ for those parents/carers of a child with a diagnosis of Autism or social communication difficulties, providing a listening ear or some professional advice and the chance to meet a network of other parents of children with ASD/ social communication needs

The events involve:

  • A brief talk from a professional on a topic ie: sleep/ behaviour/ visuals.
  • The opportunity to talk to other parents, share worries and ideas.

The opportunity to talk to professionals in the field ie: an Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Inclusion Consultant, Specialist Teacher, ASD Lead practitioner.

For further information or to book a place please contact:

Mike Hennessy, Sefton Inclusion Service:
Phone: 0151 934 2347
Email: Mike.Hennessy@sefton.gov.uk

Dates and times:

All sessions 10am-12.30pm
Thursday 28th Sept 2017
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Thursday 8th March 2018
Thursday 17th May 2018
Thursday 5th July 2018

Venue:

L30 Community Centre, Stonyfield, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 0QS.

Over forty mums and babies gather in Southport for the Global Big Latch On event!

Over forty mums and babies gathered in Southport for the Global Big Latch On event hosted by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust and Breastfeeding Support Sefton.

Each year the Global Big Latch On event brings together hundreds of thousands of mums and their babies together to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding as well as the services and support offered to help new mums across the borough.

The event, held at Lakeside Church, was part of World Breastfeeding Week which runs between 1 August  and 7 August.

Councillor Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “This is a fantastic annual event where we celebrate breastfeeding and the amazing benefits it has for babies.
“We welcomed a lot of mums and babies from across the area to the Lakeside and it was great to see so many people showing their support for breastfeeding and the Big Latch On campaign.
“It was a great opportunity for mums to come along and be part of something big – they all got to meet with other likeminded mums, speak with health care professionals from Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and access local breastfeeding support services.”

One mum who attended with her young boy said she was eager to tackle the stigma around breastfeeding in public.

She said: “I’m here today at the Big Latch on mainly to remove the stigma around breastfeeding. 

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“It really upsets me when mums struggle with the idea of going out for a first feed.
“I am really lucky because I have never had a negative experience but I know people who have and I just think that it’s the most natural thing in the world.

 

 

“Breast are made for feeding babies first and foremost so when people don’t agree with the feeding in public, that’s the sort of thing I want to get out of our culture because it’s natural and what we are designed to do.”

 

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries and marks the signing of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF document Innocent Declaration, which lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.

UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, a worldwide children’s charity that address the needs of children around the world.

 

Formby Talk ‘From Mountaineering to the Paralympics’

At the next monthly talk at Formby Library on Tuesday, August 8, we’ll be hearing from Paralympic athlete, Deborah Cornwall.

You are invited to join Deborah and her assistance dog Dillon, to hear about her fun, thought-provoking and interesting journey from a sports crazy young woman, through to a life changing accident and different life as a wheelchair user. Deborah is a rock climber, who became a Paralympic athlete while in full time employment.

In lieu of a fee at the end of the talk Deborah will be asking for donations for the Mountain Rescue Association.

The talk starts at 2pm on Tuesday, August 8 and places are free, however booking is recommended. To secure a place contact Formby Library on 01704 874177 or email Formby.Library@sefton.gov.uk.

For more information about Sefton Libraries, log onto sefton.gov.uk/libraries

The 5th ADHD Foundation National Annual Symposium presents: “ADHA in the Twenty First Century” – 9th & 10th November 2017

The 5th ADHD Foundation National Annual Symposium
“ADHA in the Twenty First Century”
9th and 10th November 2017
The Rum Warehouse Conference Centre, Titanic Hotel, Liverpool


A two day conference exploring new ideas, approaches and best practice in Health, Social Care and Education for children, young people and adults with ADHD, ASC and other neurodevelopmental conditions.

PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE: The crisis in transition from paediatric to adult services, Medication: new applications, ADHD and Early Years, ADHD and challenging behaviour in schools, Improving accuracy in ADHD screening, ADHD and Literacy, ADHD and Attachment, ADHD and Gene􀆟cs, ADHD and Parenting, Well Being Tool Kits for schools, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Nurse led ADHD Services and others to be confirmed.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Rory Bremner (Patron of the ADHD Foundation), Simon Weston OBE, Bill Colley, Professor Edmund Barke, Professor Phil Asherson, Dr Jeremy Fellick, Dr Ruairi Gallagher, Dr Peter Mason, Professor Susan Young, Fintan O’Regan, Dr Melanie Gill, Elly Wright, Dr Madeleine Portwood, Dr Astrid Janssens, Tamsin Ford, Teresa Jennings, Professor Philip Calder, Dr Madeline Marczak, Emily Le Proust, Professor Anita Tharpar, Dr Joe Johnson.

PRICES:
One day: £140
Two days: £260
Bursary places available at £90 per day

To book a place, go to www.adhdfoundation.org.uk and
click “Book Now” on the Homepage.

Click Here for the 2017 Conference Two Day Programme.

For more information:
Colin.Foley@adhdfoundation.org.uk
Call: 0151 237 2661
www.adhdfoundation.org.uk

Cancer fundraisers bring summer sparkle to Southport

A group of Southport fundraisers have held a summer event to raise more than £1,500 for local charity North West Cancer Research.

More than 100 guests gathered on 5 July at the annual Summer Sparkle organised by the charity’s Southport-based fundraising group.

Tickets to the event cost £10 which included a chilled glass of bubbly upon arrival and a selection of canapes handmade made by the fundraising group.

Held in the residential garden of Alan and Heather Sidebottom on Brocklebank Road, the event featured variety of stalls, allowing guests to browse through silk arrangements, jewellery and homemade produce.

A raffle which featured prizes such as award-winning wines and gift vouchers contributed £400 to the final fundraising totals.

The afternoon, which has been running for over two decades, is the most popular event organised by the Southport fundraising group each year. This year their efforts helped to raise a total of £1,570 which has been donated to North West Cancer Research.

Olive Cutts, chair of the Southport fundraising group for North West Cancer Research, said:

“The Summer Sparkle is our most popular event and every year we see more and more people come along to support us and the charity.

“I’d like to thank the whole team involved who all contributed to the delicious homemade canapes and sourcing the wine on offer. We’re all very grateful to Alan and Heather who kindly let us use their beautiful garden.”

North West Cancer Research funds life-saving cancer research across the North West and has committed to funding more than £13million worth of research over the next five years.

Sara Cooper, Committee Engagement and Events Executive, North West Cancer Research, said:

“The Southport community love the Summer Sparkle and every year the amount they raise for us just seems to grow which is phenomenal. We’d like to thank the Southport fundraising group for their continuous support and hard work in the events they put on.”

The next event to be hosted by the Southport group with be the annual Afternoon Tea at Hillside Golf Club on 16 August. Tickets are £12 and the event will run from 13:30 to 14:00 and tables of six, eight and ten are available. For more information and to purchase a ticket, please contact Olive Cutts on 01704 807857.

Sefton to Love Parks for national celebration this week (14th-23rd July)

Sefton Council is asking local residents join the rest of the UK and be part of 100 million visits to UK parks during Love Parks Week.

Love Parks Week takes place 14-23 July and is now in its eleventh year. It is Britain’s biggest celebration of these valuable spaces. The local authority is joining the celebration, and encouraging everyone to share why they love their local park.

Using #LoveParks, Sefton residents are being encouraged to take photos, videos or simply describe what they love about their parks while tagging the local authority on social media as they visit their parks.

Using this tide of public support, with people sharing how much parks matter to them and why, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy will campaign to secure the quality of parks for future generations to enjoy.

In Sefton, the following parks and organisations will be taking part:

Southport: Botanic Gardens Community Association; Lord Street IN Bloom Volunteers; Friends of Rotten Row and Friends of King’s Gardens (all Southport).

Crosby and Waterloo: Friends of Moorside Park, Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens.

Bootle: North Park, Friends of Derby Park and Orrell Mount

Cllr. Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Well Being said:

“In Sefton we have some of the best parks in the UK and we should rightly be proud of them. Unfortunately, we can take them for granted and not fully appreciate the fantastic resource we have that makes leisure time affordable for all of our residents whatever their background. It is great to see Love Parks Week come round again to urge us to celebrate and enjoy what we have.

“While it feels timely to celebrate our parks during the summer, I would urge local residents to beat a path to their local park throughout the year – they will be surprised at the sheer variety of activities they can enjoy, from park runs to open air cinemas and everything in-between.” 

Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award manager said,

“We believe that everybody, wherever they live, should have access to a quality green space. We are asking everyone to join us in showing how much they care and helping us to protect parks for future generations.”

To find out where your local park is in Sefton, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/parks 

To tag Sefton Council in your #LoveParks posts use: @seftoncouncil (Twitter) / SeftonParks (Facebook) and @parksinsefton (Instagram)

Free golf lessons for children as part of the ‘Summer of Golf’

Free golf lessons are available for children at the Summer of Golf interactive village in Southport town centre.

The village, in the Town Hall Gardens outside The Atkinson, has been set up by Sefton Council and Southport BID for visitors and residents during the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Special golf lessons just for children aged three and above are taking place with PGA professionals.

The lessons are from 11am-noon and 3pm-4pm on Thursday, July 20 and 10am-11am on Friday, July 21.

Just head to the interactive village to find out more.

‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event at Linacre Mission (1.30pm-5pm, Monday 24th July 2017)

Sefton CVS, Sefotn Council, One Vision Housing and Job Centre Plus invite you to next week’s ‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event at Linacre Methodist Mission, 1.30pm-5pm.

 ‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event

Monday 24th July 1.30pm-5pm 2017
Linacre Methodist Mission
119A Linacre Rd, Bootle, Liverpool L21 8NS

This will be an opportunity to listen to presentations and participate in a number of workshops around the changes to universal credit, and find out more about local partnership working on the Welfare Reform and Anti-Poverty (WRAP) agenda.

Click here to download the agenda for more infromation

Places are strictly limited and individuals must book in advance by emailing events@seftoncvs.org.uk. Alternatively, please complete the short form below:

 

 

Bootle Schools Come Together to Celebrate Local History

A digital map of Bootle’s captivating history has been developed by pupils of Bootle schools.

Each of the schools focused on a specific aspect of local history and found out about the history of their schools and their connections with famous people; they discovered about mysterious buildings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, as well as Johnson’s dye-works.

The pupils did their own research and investigations into their chosen area, taking part in ‘History Days’, outdoor visits and engaging with re-enactors who brought aspects of the history to life in the classroom and provided artefacts for the children to handle.  For many it was the first time that they had been able to visit The Atkinson.

The Atkinson has supported this project as part of the programme of activities linked to the museum development, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery.  This has enabled the schools to work with leading web designers Fuzzy Duck in creating the Bootle History Website – which means the schools are able to digitalise the map and add new important discoveries  all the time.

The Strand Partnership is a collaborative of 24 schools in South Sefton, who work together to improve the training and development of staff, programmes for pupils and to develop collaborative working across the sites.

Every year the Strand Partnership schools come together to work on a project and this year we are delighted that it was with The Atkinson, who were able to help them develop this incredible  map of historical events and places for their local area. This new digital resource will be added to for years to come and act as an educational resource to teach local heritage in schools whilst helping to instil a real sense of pride of place in their home town.

David Atkin – Strand Facilitator said:

Everyone agreed that the project was a great success, but we also agreed that it was just a start!  There was plenty of work left to do, much more research to undertake, many more things to be discovered!

The Strand Schools Council History Project, ‘Our Bootle History’ has engaged pupils and staff across South Sefton and created a very modern new resource which will benefit our schools forever.”


Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson said:

“This has been a fabulous project for us to be involved in. The schools have worked incredibly hard and have developed something very special and that they can be proud of and develop further. Bootle has such an interesting and varied history that it is important that local pupils learn about it and can feel proud of where they come from.”

The Bootle History Map is being launched on 6 July at a special event at Bootle Cricket Club for everyone who has worked and been involved in the project.

To see what the pupils discovered check out the digital map at ourbootlehistory.co.uk.

Families make their own Summer stories in Sefton libraries

Young visitors to Sefton’s libraries will be making their own stories during the school holidays as they enjoy a rich programme of fun learning opportunities. 

All libraries will continue to host craft days, StoryTime and RhymeTime sessions throughout the summer holidays.

In those libraries with the the mobile zoo, there is a charge of £2.50 per person for this activity.

Bootle Library

Bootle Library will be busy throughout August, with a Fun Day (3 August); finding fun ways to explore the relationship between buildings and people with Emily Speed and the Possibilities Club (7-11 August, 12-3pm), hosting a mobile zoo (10 August, 10.30-11.30am) and free print workshops (24 August, 10am-1pm) with local artists from The Bluecoat in Liverpool.


Crosby Library

Crosby Library will be playing host to a wide range of fun activities during the summer holidays. Children and young people can take part in the Summer Reading Challenge from 3 July, with this year’s theme of Animal Agents. They can also enjoy craft sessions (every Wednesday, 2.10pm), the mobile zoo (8, 14, 22 August), Lego club (every Saturday, 10.30am – 12.30pm) , print workshops and more.


Formby Library

Formby Library will provide a haven for children and young people throughout the summer, with free craft sessions (25 July and 10, 30 August, 2.30-4pm) for children up to 8 years of age; mobile zoo* (3, 17, 24 August, 2.30pm), print workshop (22 August, 1.30-4pm).

Formby will also host Sefton Rangers with their wildlife craft session on 7 August, 2.30pm.


Meadows Library (Maghull)

At Meadows Library in Maghull they welcome the mobile zoo on 4 / 11 / 18 August, 2.30pm and Sefton Rangers on 21 August.

There will also be free summer craft days on 2 and 16 August.


Netherton Library

The summer holiday programme at Netherton Library  begins with a free print workshop (31 July, 1.30- 4.30pm), which is followed by the mobile zoo* (10 August, 2.30- 3.30pm); Sefton Rangers animal craft (15 August, 2.30- 3.30pm)


Southport Library

The mobile zoo and the Sefton Rangers will be bringing wildlife to Southport Library, which is set in the beautiful surrounds of The Atkinson.

Special animal themed craft sessions for children will take place 28 July and 1 September, 10.30 -11.30 am.

Southport Library will also have RhymeTime and StoryTime sessions alongside the usual craft days.

Royal Birkdale Open Golf Championship Ambassadors Take To The Streets

Visitors to the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale will be greeted in Southport by specially appointed ambassadors.

Three new full time ambassadors will take to the streets in the resort in time for the prestigious golf championship providing a warm and friendly welcome to the thousands of expected visitors.

The ambassadors, provided by The Welcome People who have established similar teams in places such as Manchester, Leeds and London, are jointly funded by Sefton Council and Southport BID.

The Southport team will be dressed in distinctive three-piece suits, over coats and bowler hats and will meet and greet visitors, work with local businesses to promote the town and also sign post visitors to local attractions, events, shops and restaurants.

The new team, made up of Maxwell Pritchard (Max), Helen Higgins and David Charleson have already undergone extensive customer service training and have met a number of stakeholders in the town.

They will be working seven days a week for the next 12 months due to funding secured from the Coastal Community Fund.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said:

“We are delighted to have secured 3 full time ambassadors in time for The Open Golf Championship. They are local jobs for three local people with a wealth of knowledge.

“Sefton will be home to thousands of visitors during and after the Championship and the ambassadors will ensure every visitor has a warm and friendly welcome.

“The ambassadors are only possible after we secured funding from the Coastal Community Fund which will also be used to extensively refurbish Southport Pier in the coming months.”

Hugh Evans, Chief Executive at Southport BID, added:

“The Ambassadors will be our eyes and ears on the street reporting on issues such as faulty street lights, damaged paving, graffiti and litter.

“They’ll also help promote the town centre to visitors, tourist attractions, shopping areas, places of interest and events in order to make every visit to Southport a pleasant and enjoyable experience.”

Summer fun for Sefton’s Children & Young People

– Summer of Golf –

School holidays will not yet be in full swing as The Summer of Golf takes over Southport during the week of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Families can enjoy a huge range of golf themed activities, from playing some of the world’s most famous holes in the golf simulator to competing on the putting course and more…


– Head to the Coast –

Sefton’s beautiful coastline will be a hive of free activities for the whole family, whether hunting mini-beasts in woodlands or going wild on fun days, there is lots to enjoy. You can discover what is happening on Sefton’s coast by visiting 2017 The Year of Sefton’s Coast.

Coastal Logo 2017

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre will be helping young people to harness their skills on the water with the KIDZ H2O programme. During the Summer school break, they can take part in Adventure Days where they will enjoy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, bell boating, open canoeing, climbing, raft building, rowing, problem solving and stand up paddle boarding. Adventure Days take place Monday-Friday, 9.30am -4.30pm, with wraparound care for working parents from 8.30am – 5.30pm. Adventure Days are priced

Splash World in Southport is offering visitors a free splash every fourth visit from 1 May – 30 September. Find out more about this fantastic offer  and admission prices at the Splash World website


– Be Active –

The coast is not the only place where children and young people can let off steam, as the Be Active summer programme gives them lots of fun physical activities and some respite for parents too! This summer’s programme includes gymnastics, archery, Rampworx, Judofit, Born to Move music classes, carnival themed dance classes, baby ballet and fitness bootcamps.

Be Active will again be hosting the very popular football camps, which will be in partnership with Everton FC.


– Out and about in Sefton’s parks –

There will be lots of excitement in Sefton’s parks at the Community Fun Days where families can enjoy bouncy castles, go-karts, fairground rides, circus skills workshops, face painting, crafts and more. Fun days take place 22 August, Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, 25 August, South Park, Bootle, 29 August, Hightown and 1 September, Rainbow Park in Melling.


 – Outdoor Cinema Screenings –

Southport’s King’s Gardens will be hosting another series of the popular outdoor cinema screenings, showing Hairspray (21 July), Grease (16 August) and Pete’s Dragon (2 September). While the screenings are free, the Friend’s of King’s Gardens ask that visitors consider a minimum donation of £2. Food is available on site but visitors can bring their own. It is also recommended that visitors bring their own seating and blankets.


– Cultural pick ‘n’ mix at The Atkinson –

The Atkinson in Southport will he hosting another cultural pick ‘n’ mix for families during the summer holidays.

Whats-On-at-The-Atkinson-2-300x200The museum and gallery will offer a world of escapism and education, as Ancient Egypt and the tales of Sefton’s historic coast are brought to life.

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show takes place 31 July and is for children aged 2 years and over. It is a magical performance that combines music and singing with children’s favourite Hairy Maclary tales.

The popular family film showings will be returning throughout August, showing every Wednesday at 2.30pm. This summer, families can enjoy Finding Dory (2 August); Sing (9 August); Jungle Book (16 August) and Beauty and The Beast (23 August). Tickets for these films are priced at £3 per person.


– Create your own story with Sefton’s libraries –

Young visitors to Sefton’s libraries will be able to write the story of their own Summer by getting involved in a rich variety of activities and events, including: The Summer Reading Challenge, mobile zoo, Sefton Rangers wildlife sessions, print workshops with artists from Liverpool’s Bluecoat, Lego club, arts and craft sessions, family fun days and more.


– Aim High with Family Fun Days for disabled children –

Sefton’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service will be giving children and young people in Sefton a fun summer of engaging activities. In order to take part in this fantastic short breaks programme, children need to be registered with Aiming High’s Short Breaks team.

For those not already registered with the service, they will be hosting a series of Family Fun Days at Christ the King High School in Southport and Rowan Park School in Litherland. These special events are a great chance to find out more about the service and register your child(ren) with them while enjoying activities such as the mobile zoo, bouncy castle, face painting and more.

To find out more, contact Aiming High on 0151 288 6811 or by email


– Young people look North for a unique summer arts project –

Young people in Sefton will be using their creativity and artistic talents to think about their place in the world as part of a special exhibition during the school holidays.

The Our North project is a series of workshops and culture walks at The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, created especially for young people in Sefton to work toward an Arts Award accreditation.

Derived from the North exhibition at The Open Eye,  the workshops look at issues of identity, discrimination and culture through photography and fashion, especially through the lens of young people and their identity.

The workshops take place 1, 8, 10, 15, 22 and 29 August and are a partnership between Sefton Council’s youth services, the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool John Moores UniversityFACT and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To take part in this unique opportunity, contact Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Service on 0151 934 4899 or by email

Formby Festival 2017 (14th-16th July 2017)

Formby festival is more than just a festival. There is food, drink, live music and entertainment over 3 days from the 14th to the 16th July 217.  With cuisines and delights from across the globe there’s something to satisfy each person’s taste. Italian? Thai? Indian? Real ales, fine wines and everything in between.

There will be a selection of home-made gifts, specialist snacks and much more .There will be chef demos throughout the Saturday and Sunday with celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year; Aazam Ahmed with guest chefs as well.

From Friday night right through to Sunday evening there will be local bands, choral groups and even performances from TV stars. There is plenty to keep the little ones busy too, inflatable’s, archery, climbing wall, water bumper boats, paint balling, archery, the cave, rodeo bull, steam train, donkey rides to name but a few. Free activities for the kids include a cooking zone, magic shows, balloon modeling, circus school and a craft marquee. Why not watch the dog display team or other displays in the arena. You can even enter our bake off competition.

Every year the Formby Festival is even better than the last, and this year we’ll be having a tribute night on Friday 14th July!

  • ROBBIE WILLIAMS The World’s No. 1 Robbie Tribute.  Recognized as one of the leading Robbie Williams Tribute Acts, this superb tribute act has appeared on Channel 4 and ITV and has performed in 15 countries!
  • CILLA BLACK – The Cilla Show: Step Inside Love. Step inside Love is an authentic, respectful & professional tribute thatwill take you back to the golden musical era of 60s & 70s!

The Saturday night musical firework and laser display will be a highlight of the Festival that you won’t want to miss, this is accompanied by live entertainment. Sunday brings a carnival atmosphere to the event with the fantastic KATUMBA BAND, described as a walking wall of sound.

You can find out more about whats on at www.formbyfestival.co.uk