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/ )

SCC

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

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. 

The Big Latch On 1

“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

Feelgood Factory’s Summer Quiz night fundraiser! (Thurs 27th July)

Thursday 27th July
7.00pm – 9.00pm
The Feelgood Factory, Netherton, L30 5QW


The Summer Quiz night will be held here at Feelgood Factory and it is £3 per ticket which includes entry to the quiz, prizes available to be won on the night.  We will sell refreshments on the night and have a raffle, spot the ball and a few games of Play your cards right as well as the Summer themed Quiz.  All money raised on the night will go towards the Feelgood Factory continuing to provide various groups and services to the community.

Summer Quiz 2017 - Poster.jpgNetherton Feelgood Factory is a community-led, healthy living centre, operating in Sefton in Merseyside. Our mission is to help local people improve their health, well being and quality of life.

The Feelgood Factory provides services for the whole community from childhood to old age, in order to promote health and well-being as holistically as possible.  Our programme of activities are delivered both in the centre and through outreach work elsewhere in Sefton.

For more information on the Netherton Feelgood Factory Click here.

Sefton MBC and Southport BID prepare for Summer of Golf

Sefton Council and Southport BID are busy preparing a ‘Summer of Golf’ as hundreds of thousands of people head to the borough as part of the 146th Open Golf Championship.

There will be attractions, activities and exhibitions across Southport and the borough to entertain both visitors and residents during The Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale.

The ‘Summer of Golf’ is designed to appeal to everyone with events taking place while the golf is on along with activities in the evening to capture fans that have been at Royal Birkdale.

The Princess Diana Gardens in front of The Atkinson in Southport town centre will be the hub of the events with activities taking place daily between Saturday, 15 July and Sunday, 23 July.

Some of the interactive attractions will include ‘The First Tee Experience’, where visitors can drive off from a simulation of the first tee at Royal Birkdale. There will also be a bunker for visitors to chip out of as well as the ‘Longest Putt Challenge’.

More attractions have just been added including a ‘coaching zone’ which will offer visitors of all abilities the chance to improve their game. And there will be a golf simulator which will enable players to tackle some of the world’s most famous holes.

All these attractions will be free to experience and open to visitors young and old. You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy them either as there will be experienced staff on hand to provide help and guidance.

Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Hosting The Open is a major occasion for Sefton and the wider Liverpool City Region with so many people seeing what a great borough we are.

“We really want to make it accessible and interesting for residents and those visitors who are not at Royal Birkdale by getting into the swing of things. This nine-day event will provide a fun way to enjoy golf for people of all ages and experience.

“There is a lot more to be announced over the coming weeks – including a major first for Southport, so watch this space!”

Hugh Evans, Southport BID Chief Executive, added:

“The eyes of the sporting world will be on our town next month, the ‘Summer of Golf’ will be a great addition that will act as a hook to attract thousands of visitors back to the town centre ensuring all businesses benefit.”

Southport teenager Isobel follows in grandmother’s fundraising footsteps

A Southport teenager is preparing to follow in her grandmother’s fundraising footsteps.

Thirteen-year-old Isobel Cutts, a pupil at Greenbank High School, will hold a cake sale to raise money for North West Cancer Research, on Sunday (June 25).

The youngster will team up with Olive Cutts, who heads up the Southport-based fundraising group of the cancer research charity.

Girl Guide Isobel will hold the cake sale as part of her ambition to receive the Baden-Powell Challenge Award, which is the highest accolade a Guide can achieve.

This is not the first time she has joined forces with her grandmother – at Easter she helped to raise £100 for NWCR by selling knitted Easter chicks filled with chocolate.

Isobel said: “Me and my Grandma have been promoting the event over the past few weeks by giving out posters in the local area so we hope lots of people will come. My Grandma and the other members of her fundraising group have helped me out by offering to bake cakes for me to sell.”

The charity offers funding to the University of Liverpool and over the next five years has pledged £13million for research.

Sara Cooper, of NWCR, said: “Isobel is a great example of a young person giving up her time to support our charity and we hope others will be encouraged to follow suit.”

The cake sale will take place on the 25th June from 10:30am to 1pm on Isobel’s drive at 15 Lynton Road, Hillside.

Southport’s Colleges sponsor Galloway’s ‘Colour Blast’ 5k run (Sunday 9th July)

Southport College and KGV have been announced as the main event sponsors for this year’s Southport Colour Blast.

The event partnership builds on existing links between the further education organisations and the town’s local sight loss charity, Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

Anna Eddowes-Scott, Fundraiser for Galloway’s and Colour Blast organiser, commented: “Last year, we were overwhelmed with the response from the local community to our first ever Southport Colour Blast and we are delighted to announce that Southport College and King George V College have now come on board as our main event sponsors for 2017.

“Their support of the Colour Blast will allow us to grow this year’s event and help us to raise even more money, which can then be put to good use in supporting blind and partially sighted people within the local community.

“The Colour Blast is a great way for local organisations, such as Southport College and King George V College, to not only raise their profile but to also show their commitment towards making Southport a better place to live, work and play for all!

“We still have a few corporate sponsorship opportunities left for this year’s event and would encourage local companies to get in touch with us to find out how they can get involved and show their support.”

Elizabeth Rushton, Head of Marketing for Southport College, said: “Both colleges are committed to supporting local and national charities and our staff and students are looking forward to getting involved with the event.”

Last year, 400 runners took part in the first ever Southport Colour Blast, raising £10,000 towards the vital services that Galloway’s Society for the Blind provide for those living with sight loss. Each year the Wright Street based charity must raise £1 million to help those affected by the devastation of sight loss.

For more information on the event and Galloway’s Society for the Blind click here.

To book your place at the run click here!

Parkhaven Trust plans new Nursing Home for people with dementia – Public Open Event (25th June & 9th July 2017)

The Parkhaven Trust plans to build a 45 bedded nursing home for people with dementia on their Liverpool Road South site. The plan will involve the relocation of residential care from Kyffin Taylor Residential Home for people with dementia and Harrison House Residential Home. Click here to read a fact sheet sharing key information of the proposals.

Two engagement events have been planned on Sunday 25th June and Sunday 9th July, as Parkhaven aims to engage on a wider scale with stakeholders. Both events are informal public open days with free arts, crafts, activities, displays and free cake and refreshments! It is a chance for you to find out more and share your views on the plans!

 

Sunday 25th June 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Kyffin Taylor House, Deyes Lane, Maghull, L31 6DJ


Sunday 9th July 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Harrison House, Liverpool Road South, Maghull, L31 8BS

 

Parkhaven Trust Flyer

Health commissioners support Diabetes Week

Health commissioners in Sefton are supporting national Diabetes Week 2017 (11 June – 17 June) by raising awareness of how living a healthier lifestyle can help prevent the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

In south Sefton the estimated number of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is 7,616 (6.02 per cent of the population) and in Southport and Formby, 6,338 (6.14 per cent of the population) but evidence exists which shows that many cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable. People can greatly reduce their risk of developing the condition by eating a healthy diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

Every year, Type 2 diabetes costs the NHS £8.8 billion, which equates to almost 9% of its budget and causes 22,000 early deaths per year and there are currently 5 million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.If current trends persist, one in three people will be obese by 2034 and one in ten will develop Type 2 diabetes.

To minimise the risk of people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes each year, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are referring those people who are picked up as at risk from a blood test to a new prevention programme.

So far, 665 Sefton residents at greatest risk of developing diabetes have been referred by their doctor to the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) over the last six months. Wave 1 launched in 2016 and in the first year aims to offer up to 20,000 places nationwide to people in the ‘high risk’ category. The NHS DPP will roll out to the whole country by 2020.

Those referred on to the programme get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes, including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes. An estimated 65 per cent of those patients who have completed the programme across England have lost weight.

Roy, age 68, from Bootle was directed to Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) after receiving a letter from his GP. He wanted to attend to try and reduce his risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Roy found the diet, exercise and healthy living advice most useful, he said: “I learned to avoid the biscuit tin and head for the fruit bowl instead. I am also drinking more water and avoiding sugary drinks. I’ve lost about half a stone so far and I plan to continue with it as I’m so pleased with the results.”

The programme is commissioned by NHS England, in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and Diabetes UK and the CCGs in Sefton are part of the first roll out of the programme. In Sefton it is being delivered by Living Well, Taking Control.

Dr Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead at NHS South Sefton CCG said: “We are proud to be involved in the first wave of the programme. The way it works is that people are contacted and offered a referral to the programme if their health check or a blood test taken over the last nine months flags up that they are at risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.”

Dr Doug Callow, diabetes lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “If you do receive a letter to attend the National Health Check we would urge you to take it up. If you are then referred to the programme it is just a 90 minute session for seven weeks. Once you’ve completed the programme you will receive ongoing support for 12 months and information on local activities to join if you wish.”

You can view some videos of several Sefton patients sharing their stories of the programme on the CCGs YouTube page or on their twitter account throughout the week: @NHSSSCCG

For an overview of the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP), please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/qual-clin-lead/diabetes-prevention/

To find out more about the NHS DPP being delivered by Living Well Taking Control in south Sefton, Southport and Formby see www.lwtcsupport.co.uk

The theme for Diabetes Week this year is: Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes. While a lot of people have a good understanding of diabetes and how to manage it, many others aren’t getting the right help and support to look after their diabetes.

For more information on how to get involved please visit: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Diabetes-Week/

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – Mental Health England accredited (10th & 11th July)

Edsential, working in partnership with The Alliance for Learning, are offering Professional Development Training in ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid 2 day Nationally Accredited course’ for primary and secondary leaders, teachers and support staff.

The Programme

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is exactly what you might think – a first aid approach to mental health.

MHFA training is an intensive course, delivered by a trained instructor (trained by Mental Health First Aid England) over 2 days, aimed at those without specialist mental health training.

In line with the governments Future in Mind policy 2015, all education providers are being encouraged to improve their ‘whole school’ approach to mental health through workforce development and targeted interventions with children and young people and we are delivering training in a number of related areas in order to support schools in this.

The Aims

The core aims of the programme are to enable participants to:

  • Gain a wider understanding, for themselves and others, of some issues surrounding mental health
  • Gain a greater understanding of how and why positive and negative mental health affects school
  • Work more effectively with children and young people experiencing mental health problems
  • Identify the discrimination surrounding mental health problems
  • Help support children and young people with mental health problems, and look after their own mental health
  • Begin developing an action plan for promoting positive mental health in a school setting

The Training

Date: 10th and 11th July 2017

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Venue: Holiday Inn, Ellesmere Port, CH65 2AL

Cost: £300 per person for 2 days training. Lunch and refreshments will be provided

 

To book please visit: edsential.com/products/youth-mental-health-first-aid-mental-health-england-accredited/

Hundreds to join in Race For Life in Southport this Sunday (4th June)

More than 700 women will descend on Southport this Sunday to join the fight against cancer.  Cancer survivors, mothers, daughters and more will take part in the annual Cancer Research UK’s Race For life at Princes Park on June 4 in either a 5k or 10k challenge.

Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes will unite to show their commitment to the cause and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Race For Life

Sarah Hunter, Race for Life event manager for Southport, said: “The atmosphere on Sunday promises to be electric – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as hundreds of like-minded ladies come together to join the fight against cancer.

“I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the women who participate in Race for Life in Southport and to all the friends, family and colleagues who support them.

“Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the North West and across the UK and we rely on their incredible commitment to the cause.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding vital research.

Money raised through Race for Life helps Cancer Research UK to fund long-term research and pioneering trials, leading to new tests and kinder treatments which could save the lives of men, women and children across the North West and beyond.

This year, there’ll be a host of on stage and course entertainment to help get the event off to a great start and motivate the runners along the route. Prior to the start, participants and their supporters will be treated to a performance by talented Singer Songwriter Hayley Murray. We’ll then have the amazing Merseyside Rock Choir motivating our amazing participants on route.

Southport’s Race for Life is the ninth in this year’s North West calendar which includes 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales..

Sarah continued: “Money raised through Race for Life is helping to drive life-saving research in to over 200 different types of cancer – so every person, step and penny raised counts.

“Race for Life isn’t about being the fittest, fastest or first to the finish. It’s about coming together in the fight against this devastating disease. Our aim is that one day everyone will survive cancer and the more women who Race for Life, the sooner that day will come.

“We still have places at events across the North West so this is a rallying call for mums, daughters, sisters and friends to sign up right now and help beat cancer sooner.”

There is still time to enter Race for Life events across the North West at raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

The Future for Business is Digital following Hugh Baird College Event!

Future for Business is Digital

More than 100 business delegates from across Sefton descended on Hugh Baird College to learn more about exciting new developments in the field of digital technologies for small firms.

 

The theme for Sefton Economic Forum was ‘The Future for Business is Digital’, and was organised by Sefton Growth Hub, part of the Council’s InvestSefton enterprise and investment service

Subjects discussed at the event, included digital technologies as an enabler for small firms, future trends, and the many free applications available online to help businesses improve productivity, save time and reduce costs.

Speakers included Jo Wright, Executive Director of FACT, Digital Technologist Adrian McEwen, Andy Kent, CEO of Angel Solutions and Yana Williams, Principal of Hugh Baird College.

The Forum saw the return of the Sefton Growth Hub Business Marketplace, which provided the opportunity for attendees to browse and discuss the business support available from 21 providers across the Liverpool City Region.

The Sefton Economic Forum was chaired by Brendan Nel, a Sefton resident and Managing Director of Gemstone Software Ltd, who specialise in digital solutions for business.

Brendan said: “Digital technologies impact on all areas of business, and have an application for every type of business and sector.  We have a wealth of young talent coming through, and the Sefton Growth Hub can help you to plan your business digital strategy, and tap into support to take it forward.”

Kristina Swift, Sefton Business Growth Hub Business Development Manager, added: “We have had great feedback on the Forum, with businesses keen to try out the free online tools immediately.  The marketplace is a regular feature of the Forum, which is a key event in the Sefton business calendar.”

For more information on the support available to Sefton businesses, visit investsefton.com

THE FORCE IS STILL STRONG AFTER 15 YEARS FOR MAGHULL SOCIAL CLUB

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Maghull Young Adults Social Club (MYASC) recently celebrated 15 years of monthly social nights for adults with various learning difficulties in Maghull.

Held on the last Friday of every month at Maghull British Legion, MYASC now has hundreds of members who travel to the popular club night to socialise in a safe, friendly environment with a professional DJ and licensed bar.

As part of the 15th birthday celebrations for the club, organisers provided a buffet, balloons, free raffle and special guest appearances from Star Wars characters Darth Vader and Boba Fett (pictured).

The intergalactic appearance was made possible by members of the Star Wars Appreciation Society organised by former MYASC DJ Phil Marshall.

Club organiser Viv Penn said “Our 15th birthday celebrations were fantastic, and a big thank you must go to members of the Star Wars Appreciation Society for coming along and surprising our members”

“On behalf of the club, I wanted to extend a special thank you to Maghull Art Group who continue to support the club both financially and by volunteering on the night”.

For more information about Maghull Young Adults Social Club, please contact Viv Penn on 0151 526 6610 or email penn1945@blueyonder.co.uk.

Ainsdale’s MeCycle cafe and bike workshop supports Big Bike Revival (BBR)

Workers at a special bike cafe in Ainsdale have been shifting gear to help fix well over 100 bikes for free in just seven days.

Staff at MeCycle cafe and bike workshop say they are delighted with the success of the Big Bike Revival (BBR).

MeCycle, which is part of Autism Initiatives and supports young adults with autism in work placements, is taking part in BBR – a national campaign to encourage people to enjoy the benefits of cycling – by making bike repairs for free.

Vicky Jones, MeCycle Manager, said, “During the first week we serviced or fixed 138 bikes, which was more than we did in a two week period last year.

“People were queuing up outside before we opened and as the week went on we had to turn some people away.”

MeCycle mechanics will make straight forward repairs such as brakes, cables and inner tubes, until Saturday May 27.