Active Workforce 5K Challenge to return to Crosby Lakeside

Active Sefton has announced that the 12th Annual Active Workforce 5K Challenge will take place on Thursday, June 21 at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The challenge, open to individuals or teams of 5, will see competitors run a double lap around the idyllic setting of Crosby Coastal Park, before settling down for a post-race BBQ.

Competitors can run, walk or stroll at their leisure to complete the race and bottled water will be provided.

The Lakeside bar and bistro will also be fully operational and open to purchase food and drinks before, during and after the event making it ideal for spectators as well.

The cost for team entry is £35 and £7 for individual entries. All entries must be received by Friday, June 8.

Participants are also welcome to raise money for a chosen charity.

To register a place for an individual runner or a team or for more information please email or call 0151 934 2079.


Sefton Council Launch New Interactive Good Dog Code Campaign

Tails will be wagging with the launch of a brand new smartphone campaign from Sefton Council Good Dogs Code.

The Sefton Good Dog Code has launched a series of QR codes which will be displayed across parks, beaches and main roads in Sefton to encourage good and responsible dog ownership in the borough.

The interactive smartphone adverts are simple to use. After taking a photo of the code on a phone camera, users are directed to the Sefton Good Dog Code website which details how dog owners can encourage others to be responsible for their pets.

Local residents and dog lovers have worked alongside Sefton in the creation of the Code, which tells residents to clean up after their pets, respect those who don’t like dogs, follow the rules and ensure their dog is socialized before it mingles with other dogs.

Steve Smith, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health & Trading Standards Manager said: “The code was jointly put together by ourselves and residents to promote responsible dog ownership.

“Along with the poster and flyers, we’ll now be placing QR codes around our parks, coastal areas and cemeteries which links to the online version of the Good Dog Code.

“There are plenty of ways you can be a responsible dog owner, from making sure you clean up after your pets to respecting none-dog lovers.

“Unfortunately some dog owners are not responsible and have no regard for their community. For these few, legislation is tough on them.

“Enforcement action such as fixed penalties and possible court action can be taken against these dog owners.”

Lyn Hilton the founder of local volunteer group ‘Sefton Dogs’ added: “What began as a campaign to ensure that our dogs could enjoy off lead experience at the beach and on our local nature reserves changed into a volunteer movement which aims for a friendly, informed and responsible approach to dog ownership in Sefton.”

Since July 2017, Sefton has had a Public Space Protection Order across the borough with informs dog owners about certain rules which must be followed.

For more information about these rules and to learn more about the Good Dog Code, visit

Of Dice & Men! Formby Libraries New Games Club – Tuesdays 10:30am – 12pm

Formby Library are inviting table-top game lovers to join their new games group.

Staff at the Duke Street library are encouraging scrabble lovers, dominoes masters, monopoly wizards and more to sign up for ‘Of Dice and Men,’ a new board and table-top games group for adults.

Games including cards, scrabble, Connect4 and chess are available but members are encouraged to bring along their own games to play with the group.

‘Of Dice and Men’ takes place every Tuesday at Formby Library between 10.30am and 12pm.

Tea and coffee is also available.

For more information or to sign up please call 01704 874177.

Appeal to find Information on Sefton’s World War One Heroines

Sefton’s Library Service are appealing for help to find information on nine local heroines of World War One.

As part of the Beyond The War Memorials Project, Sefton Libraries are creating a special tribute to the men and women who are honoured on war memorials across the borough.

Now the team behind the project are appealing to local historians, families and the wider community to find out more about the heroines who gave their lives for their country.

Andrew Farthing, Sefton Council’s Libraries Development Manager, said: “There are a number of women listed on Sefton’s civic war memorials but very little is known about them.

We want to highlight these brave ladies who gave their lives during World War One for the freedom from oppression that we enjoy today.

Throughout the Beyond The War Memorials project we’ve been compiling information and photos on our heroes and heroines but we need the public’s help in delving deeper into their background. Information and particularly photographs of these women have proved difficult to locate.

The information will go towards creating a massive online biography for most, if not all, the heroic Sefton residents who are listed on our Civic War Memorials.”

Anyone with any information about Sefton heroines of World War One is asked to email or call 0151 934 4920.

The nine women found listed so far on Sefton’s Civic War Memorials are:

Munitions worker Mary Jane Gartside-Tipping joined the Women’s Emergency Canteens Service in 1917 and served on the Western Front. Four months into her service she was shot in the head and killed by a deranged French soldier. She was posthumously awarded the Croix De Guerre and buried with full military honours.

Sister Janet Lois Griffiths volunteered for active service at the outbreak of WW1 and served in Alexandria, Egypt. She narrowly avoided being killed when a medical lorry she was travelling in collided with a train. Sadly during the rescue operation to save her fellow nurses, Janet was killed.

Delamere Road resident Stella Rose Boue-Blandy (1896-1919). At the outbreak of war, Stella joined Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service, serving in France, Egypt, and Palestine.

Seaforth & Waterloo
Stewardess Agnes B Hird of Woodland Road, Seaforth left behind two sons when, at the age of 40, she was presumed lost at sea with her ship, the SS Ava, having been sunk by Axis forces.

Waterloo resident Elizabeth Kennedy and Seaforth’s Florence Jones are also listed on the Waterloo memorial, however little is known about either heroine.

Nurse May Wylie died at the age of 20 at a Military Hospital after serving faithfully with the Queen Mary Army Auxiliary Corps. She was given a military gun-carriage funeral at Anfield Cemetery.

Stewardesses Eleanor Dodwell and Christina Campbell-Rennie both served on the ill-fated RMS Lusitania which was sunk by a German U-boat in 1915. Both their names are also inscribed on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

Smallwood Trust; The Women First Innovation Fund – Closing 11th May 2018

The Smallwood Trust invites Women’s groups based in coastal areas of North of England to apply for seed funding to trial and test new ideas and imaginative approaches to support women along the employability pathway. The Women First Innovation Fund is open to charities, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations who have ideas or projects that support our mission of enabling women to become financially resilient.

Organisations can apply for grants of £5,000 to £10,000. We expect to award 10-15 grants in this round.

The deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 11th May 2018.

The successful applicants are expected to be notified in early July 2018.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply please follow the link

Sefton Health Commissioners recognised for Improving Patient Safety

NHS commissioners in Sefton have been shortlisted for a national award after setting up an innovative programme which aims to reduce the number of people being readmitted to hospital.

The medicines management team at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG) has been shortlisted for the ‘Improving Safety in Medicines Management’ category at the prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018. This is the second national award that the team have been shortlisted for in a month after being shortlisted for the HSJ Value Awards last month.

Approximately one-fifth of hospital readmissions are related to medication and up to half of these may be preventable. In order to address this, SSCCG and the Aintree University Hospital pharmacy team set up a service to review patient medicines in their own home, once they had been discharged from hospital.

The project used a pharmacist and pharmacy technician in SSCCGs medicines management team to undertake the review and advise patients in regard to lifestyle advice, their medical condition and disease management.

The results of the programme were very promising with an initial evaluation showing that 81% of patients reported that they were more likely to take their medicines correctly, as prescribed.

The winners of the HSJ Patient Safety Awards will be announced on 9 July at a ceremony in Manchester.

Speaking about the shortlisting, Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “This scheme was just one part of our innovative, system wide approach to medicines which has allowed us to deliver significant improvements to safety and patient care.”

Dave Thornton, Assistant Clinical Director of Pharmacy at Aintree University Hospital, said: “Being shortlisted for this award recognises the importance of the link between hospital and community care when it comes to ensuring medicines are used safely and effectively and the benefits that can be realised from a joint approach.”

The NHS South Sefton CCG website contains information about where you can find help and advice about your health. Visit for more information.

Time to Get Together; Sefton Opera Social Afternoons – Starting 2nd May 2018

Sefton OPERA and The Royal Hotel in Waterloo have joined forces to beat loneliness.

On the first Wednesday of every month there will be a get together at the Waterloo hotel between 2.30pm and 4pm with free coffee and tea.

In addition to the refreshments people dropping in will be treated to different activities provided by Sefton Opera including massages, gentle chair exercises, talks, games, quizzes and more.

The first social afternoon starts Wednesday, 2nd May  with the other afternoons planned for June 6th, July 4th, August 1st and September 5th.

For more details contact 0151 330 0479.

Job Vacancies; Venus are Recruiting for a number of posts – Closing 30th April & 14th May

Children & Young People’s Therapies Co-ordinator
28 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £26,832)
Quote reference 1237481 and job title.

Children & Young People’s Therapists (Sessional)
£20 per hour
Quote reference 1237483 and job title

The closing date is Monday 30th April 2018
Interviews will be held on Monday 10th May 2018

For application packs email

Temporary Family Support Worker
(maternity cover)
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

Temporary Family Support Worker (1 year)
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

Due to the nature of these roles we can only accept female applicants

The closing date is Monday 14th May 2018
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018

For an application pack email from 30th April 2018.
For more information call Venus on 0151 474 4744

Key Worker
30 hours per week, pro rata (FTE £22,425)

To work alongside women in Sefton whose children have been removed into care. Step Together will support women to address their needs and challenges to hopefully reduce ongoing incidences of repeat proceedings.

Due to the nature of this role we can only accept female applicants

The closing date is Monday 14th May 2018
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018

For an application pack email from 30th April 2018.
For more information call Venus on 0151 474 4744


Embrace Sefton Monthly LGBT Social and Support Evening at Kindfulness Coffee Club – Thursday 26th April 2018

Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace 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.

Job Vacancy: Maintenance & Building Development Manager with Ykids (closing Mon 30th April)

Ykids are seeking to appoint a new Maintenance & Buildings Development Manager to join their team.

Ykids works with children, young people and their families in Bootle; developing individuals who can cope with whatever life throws at them, have plans and hopes for their future and the skills to make their dreams a reality.

Our vision is for the transformation of Bootle, Liverpool, through its young people. We have a passion to see lives changed and young people given the best life chances and opportunities. We believe better futures and regeneration can come about by encouraging people to become resilient; confident and happy; providing opportunities, training and employment; raising aspirations and dreams for the future; offering exciting and innovative projects and creating a sense of local pride and community.

Click here to download the Job Description
Click here to download the Person Specification
Click here to download further information about the role

For more information, or if you would like to apply for this position, please email Claire Morgans at


Nominations are now open for the 2018 Sefton Sports Awards!

The Sefton Sports Awards will take place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on 11th July 2018. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to reward the hard work and dedication of local sports clubs, schools, teams and individuals. Fill in a nomination form online at

Nominations for the 2018 Sefton Sports Awards are open! Sefton Council are looking for clubs from across the borough to send in their nominations across a range of categories before June 8 2018.

Award Categories

Volunteer of the Year
Presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution behind the scenes
to their sport/club/school. Club officer, committee member, fundraiser, administrator, coach, or official.

Young Volunteer of the Year – 14–19 years old
Presented to an individual who has made a contribution behind the scenes
to their sport/club/school.

School of the Year
Two awards: Primary and Secondary.

This award will be presented to the school that:

  • Has a commitment to the development of pupils and staff
  • Provides a comprehensive range of activities for its members and supports the development of players, coaches & volunteers of all ages and abilities.
  • Can demonstrate achievement/success in the Award Year
  • Can demonstrate a contribution to the wider community

Sports Personality of the Year
Five awards: Male, Female, Junior Male (under 18), Junior Female (under 18) & Disabled
Presented to an individual in recognition of their commitment and achievement to their chosen sport. Nominees should have achieved a high standard of performance for example at local, regional and national standard.

Club of the Year
Presented to a club which:
Has a well-established management structure, can demonstrate achievement/success in the Award Year and provides a comprehensive range of activities for its members and supports the development of players, coaches & volunteers of all ages and abilities. NB: A club cannot win this category for two consecutive years.

Coach of the Year
Presented to a coach/ team manager in recognition of their involvement,
dedication and achievement within their chosen sport. Must be a volunteer. Professional Coaches or paid coaches will be ineligible to win the award.

Team of the Year
Presented to a team who achieved outstanding success over the year.

School Team of the Year
Presented to a team who achieved outstanding success over the year.

Supporter of the Year
Presented to an employer that has shown commitment to sport within the community.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to an individual who has provided an outstanding service to sport.

If you have any problems submitting your nomination(s) or if you need any assistance,
please contact the events team on 0151 934 4799 or email

Downloadable Flyer (PDF)

Friends of Crosby Beach Marine Awareness Event – Sunday 22nd April

Friends of Crosby Beach have been organising very successful clean ups for over a year.

The next one, on 22nd April, will combine a Marine Awareness event at the Mariners Road beach with loads to see, do and find out for the whole family.  The RSPB, Surfers Against Sewage, LovemyBeach, Ocean Protectors, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and local campaigning groups (including Sefton’s Good Dog Code) will all be there.

Marine Awareness Day
10am – 2pm
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Location: Crosby Beach, Mariners Road, L23 6SX

FoCB event Poster.jpg

More information can be found on, Friends of Crosby Beach Facebook page and Twitter @CrosbyBeachFOG.

Autism Friendly Screening at the Plaza Cinema – Monday 16th April

The Plaza Cinema will be holding a autism friendly screening on Monday 16th April, showing ‘Duck, Duck Goose’ at 5.30pm. Low level lighting will be maintained throughout the auditorium, and the film will be played at a reduced volume.

Monday 16th April, 5:30pm
Title: Duck, Duck Goose (PG)
Length: 1 hours 31 minutes
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Adults: £4.90
Children: £3.90

Duck Duck Goose April 18 - Plaza Cinema

Step Together at Venus

Step Together offers support to mums who have children who are not in their care. This can be a really difficult time for mums. You may feel alone, or not know where to turn. In this situation Step Together can support you in looking to the future and reaching for your goals. We can provide information, advice and support with a range of issues including contact with your children, housing, mental health and managing your money.

They offer:
• One-to-one outreach support
• One-to-one counselling
• Group sessions

If you or somebody you know has a child not in their care, you can call Venus for a
chat. They accept self-referrals and referrals from professionals. You can make a
referral by phone, on our website, by email or face to face at their centre. If you would like more information please contact Leah or Kati.

Step Together Referral Form

Step Together Criteria

The Venus Centre 215 Linacre Lane,
Bootle, Merseyside L20 6AD.
T: 0151 474 4744
Venus Centre

Step Together Event - Venus


Civil Society Strategy: Have Your Say! Sefton Roundtable Discussion Event – Wednesday 9th May 2018

From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society to the work of charities, community groups and businesses helping good causes, civil society is part of the fabric of our society. The UK Government want to have an open conversation about civil society, what is working well, and what the government can do to strengthen it further. If you want to help create a stronger civil society, we want to share your ideas on how Government can work with and support civil society.

Have your day on how Government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future. This consultation closes 9am on 22nd May 2018, and for more information or to take part click here!

Civil Society Strategy: Sefton Roundtable discussion event – Wednesday 9th May, 10 am – 12 noon

Locally Sefton CVS are facilitating a round table discussion to capture the views of local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups in relation to the Civil Society Strategy.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th May, 10am-12pm at the Sefton CVS Offices (click here for map), and if you would like to attend please email, and please include details of any accessibility requirements. Alternatively please call 0151 920 0726 to book your place. Places are limited and are available on a first come, first-served basis.


Easter Bank Holiday Opening Times for Pharmacies and Walk-ins

As part of the ‘Examine your Options’ campaign South Sefton and Southport & Formby CCG’s have release the opening times, see below, for local pharmacies and walk-in centres over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2018.

All Sefton editions of the Champion newspaper will be covered with a useful ‘Examine Your Options’ guide to services and opening times over the holiday period.

Pharmacy Opening Times

Visit your pharmacist for confidential, expert advice and treatment of minor health issues.

You can also pick up over the counter medicines from your pharmacist to treat common conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Fevers
  • Sore throats
  • Coughs
  • Indigestion

Your pharmacist will be happy to advise if you’re not sure.

Please note that the opening times below are only for the pharmacies we know are open, do check with your local pharmacy if they are not on the list.

South Sefton Pharmacy Opening Times

Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday
Alexanders Pharmacy Ltd
49 – 51 Stuart Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 0RY

0151 928 1457

Closed 12:00pm to 2:00pm Closed
Asda Pharmacy
81 Strand Road, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4BB

0151 955 4110

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Asda Pharmacy
Asda Superstore, Ormskirk Road Aintree, Liverpool, L10 3LN

0151 520 2921

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
The New Strand, Bootle, Liverpool
L20 4SX

0151 922 1006

8:30am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy
Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool
L23 5SF

0151 924 4338

9:00am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy
35 Seaforth Road, Bootle, Liverpool
L21 3TX

0151 928 3733

Closed 2.00pm to 4.00pm Closed
Cohens Chemist
12-13 The Marian Square, Bootle, Liverpool, L30 5QA

0151 525 9541

Closed 12.00pm to 2.00pm Closed
Crosby Road Pharmacy
59 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 4QD

0151 928 3169

Closed 2.00pm to 4.00pm Closed
Day Lewis Pharmacy
5 The Crescent, Bootle, Liverpool
L20 0DX

0151 525 2567

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Kellys Pharmacy
195 Altway, Aintree, Liverpool
L10 6LB

0151 526 8140

Closed 12.00pm to 2.00pm Closed
Lydiate Pharmacy
28 Liverpool Rd, Lydiate, Liverpool L31 2LZ

0151 526 3879

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Superdrug Pharmacy
New Strand, Bootle, Liverpool,
L20 4SP

0151 922 6282

9.00am to 5.30pm Closed Closed

Southport and Formby Pharmacy Opening Times

Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday
Asda Pharmacy
Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TY

01704 502260

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
131 – 135 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport, PR9 9SD

01704 232464

8.30am to 6.30pm Closed Closed
Hillside Pharmacy
72 – 74 Sandon Road, Southport,

01704 563 364

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Lloyds Pharmacy
St George’s Place, Lord Street, Southport, P9 0AF

01704 531046

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Rowlands Pharmacy
15 Chapel Lane, Formby, L37 4DL
Closed 12.00pm to 1.00pm Closed
Superdrug Pharmacy
10 Eastbank Street, Southport,

01704 530994

9:00am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Tesco Pharmacy
Town Lane, Kew, Southport,

0345 677 9628

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Whitworth Chemists Ltd
11 Norwood Avenue, Southport,

01704 509394

Closed 2:00pm to 4:00pm Closed

Walk-in centre opening times

Simply drop in to one of the centres and receive treatment for illnesses you can’t treat yourself – there’s no need for an appointment

Litherland Walk-in Centre

Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year, including Good Friday and Easter Monday
Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Road, L21 9JN
Tel: 0151 475 4667

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre

Open 8am to 8pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday.
116-118 The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ
Tel: 01695 588 640

West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre

Open from 8am to 8pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday.
Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ
Tel: 01695 588 800

Embrace Sefton Monthly LGBT Social and Support Evening at Kindfulness Coffee Club – Thursday 29th March

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.

The upcoming date for March;

Date: Thursday 29th March 2018
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Kindfulness Coffee Club

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 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.

Embrace flyer - kindfulness MARCH

Local Healthwatch to Revisit A&E

On Monday, 19 March staff and volunteers from local Healthwatch across Merseyside will be revisiting A&E departments in the region and talking to patients about the reasons for their visit.

A local Healthwatch spokesperson said: “We hope the simultaneous visits taking place from 9.30am to 12.30pm will provide a snapshot of why people use A&E and what people think about things like quality of care and waiting times.”

The first joint co-ordinated event took place last July when the majority of people said they had gone to A&E on the recommendation of a health professional. A follow up was due to take place in January but was postponed due to increased winter pressures and the flu outbreak.

A&E departments have been regularly in the headlines with usage rising, departments getting more pressured, waiting times growing and frontline staff working hard to give the care people need.

NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens, said earlier this month: “It is quite likely February will turn out to have been the most pressurised month the NHS has seen in its nearly 70 year history.”







The Local Healthwatch and A&E departments that will be involved are:

  • Healthwatch Liverpool – Royal Liverpool and Alder Hey
  • Healthwatch Sefton – Southport Hospital
  • Healthwatch Knowsley – Aintree Hospital
  • Healthwatch St Helens – Whiston Hospital

Maureen Kelly, Chair of Healthwatch Sefton, says: “It will be interesting to hear the variety of reasons why people attend A&E, especially as our fellow local Healthwatch are asking the same questions in different parts of Merseyside. And the information gathered will be fed back in to providers and decision makers to help get our care right.”

Healthwatch Sefton wants to hear from anyone else who has recently used Southport Hospital’s A&E department by completing a short online survey on our website. Visit or call 0800 206 1304 for further information.

Become a Governor at Aintree University Hospital

The Council of Governors at Aintree ensures that the hospital listens to the views of patients, local residents, staff and other interested parties, so it can make improvements to services and the information that is available about them.

Being a Governor at Aintree provides an opportunity for you to play a pivotal role in influencing how decisions are made and how services are developed, to have your voice heard and to represent the views of others.

How to apply

If you are interested in standing for election, further information and a nomination form can be obtained as follows:

  • Online:
  • Telephone: 0208 365 8909
  • Email:
  • Text: Text 2FT AN and your name and address to 88802
  • Post: The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road London N8 0NW.

The deadline for completed nomination forms is Tuesday 20 March at 5pm.

“It’s good to talk in Sefton” – Access Sefton talking therapies

Sefton residents who are experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety or depression have been urged to contact Access Sefton, a talking therapies service which provides help for thousands of people every year.

Last year, around 5,500 people got help from Access Sefton, which is a joint service by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG and run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with Insight Healthcare. It was established to improve access to psychological therapies, also known as talking therapies.

Hilal Mulla, clinical lead for mental health at Southport and Formby CCG, said: Unfortunately, some people are still reluctant to speak out when they are suffering and this can make the situation even worse. It is really important for people who are not feeling well to seek help as early as possible so that they give themselves the best possible chance of recovery”.

It is estimated that around 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health issues during their lifetime while, each week, 1 in 6 people in England report experiencing a common mental health problem. Common mental health problems include stress, low self-esteem, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-natal depression and other conditions.

Sue Gough, clinical lead for mental health at South Sefton CCG, said: “We have come a long way in our understanding of mental health over the last few years but we still have a lot of work to do. One of the benefits of Access Sefton is that people can refer themselves so I would encourage anyone who is feeling unwell to seek help.”

The importance of talking therapies is outlined in an online animation recently produced by NHS England. ‘Bernie’s story’ shows how people affected by mental health problems can sometimes dismiss their symptoms as just a part of everyday life instead of seeking help.

Access Sefton can be contacted directly by telephoning 0300 303 2708 or by visiting


Friends of Moorside Park’s Weekly Run Club (every Tuesday, 6.30pm start)

Friends of Moorside Park have a weekly Run Club which meets every Tuesday at 6:15 (for a 6:30 start) in the pavilion (during the winter months) and from the outdoor gym equipment (in the summer).

The Run Club has 4 groups/distances to choose from – just turn up and go at your own pace with some like-minded friendly people.

There are no weekly fees, all that is required is that you are a member of the Friends of Moorside Park group.

The group isn’t just about running from point A to point B and covering certain distances. It’s about encouraging everyone to pop their running shoes on and just getting out and enjoying Crosby whilst working on health and well-being.

For more information, please click here 

Be proud to be a quitter with Smokefree Sefton (No Smoking Day, Wednesday 14th March)

On this year’s national No Smoking Day, the Smokefree Sefton team will be encouraging local smokers to join the hundreds of people in the borough who have successfully quit smoking with them.

Look out for the team – a partner of Living Well Sefton – on Wednesday, 14 March as they park up their Wellness on Wheels bus to chat with people about their quit attempt and the free support the team can offer to keep it going.

Smokefree Sefton, a service commissioned by Sefton Council Public Health and managed by Solutions4Health, have already been helping shoppers in Waterloo to become proud quitters.

People like Mark Flavell, from Litherland, who dropped in to see them on their Wow bus at the Co-Operative store and has stopped smoking for several weeks. And another proud quitter says: “I couldn’t have done it without the Smokefree Sefton team.”

The team and the WoW bus will be at the following venues:
Marian Square Netherton by Cash Convertors 9.30am-11.30am
Chapel Street, Southport (next to Café Nero) 1.30pm-3.30pm
And members will also be in the foyer at Asda Supermarket in Bootle 10am-4pm

If people can’t make it to see the team on Wednesday, 14 March then they can also seek support at the clinics. Call 0300 100 1000 to find your nearest.

Project MINIBUS Crowdfunding Appeal – Help support Sefton Sea Cadets to raise funds for a new minibus

Sefton Sea Cadets is based in Litherland, Merseyside and is a uniformed Youth Organisation and Charity based on the traditions and ethos of the Royal Navy and other maritime services.

Sefton Sea Cadets provide valuable developmental experiences through nautical adventure and fun; which in turn helps our young people become better citizens for the Community and develops their CV and potential too. The group are a diverse organisation that has members who are “looked after”, disadvantaged and underprivileged.


Litherland is in the South of Sefton, and Sefton Sea Cadets rely heavily on our Unit transport, especially when the group need to access wider events within the National, Area or District Sea Cadet organisation. A minibus would allow Sefton Sea Cadets to ensure that the group can meet such demand and allow young people the opportunity to get involved with such events and training.

Sefton Sea Cadets currently have a minibus, which is now 14 years old and in the recent years has cost us more to fix and maintain than ever before. Including two breakdowns and recoveries for the minibus, which had a detrimental effect on the participation of the cadets training. Unfortunately, the recent MOT failure will have a detrimental effect on how Sefton Sea Cadets can continue to provide the Cadet experience.
The group have teamed with Sefton 4 Good and hope to raise funds towards the £7500 target to purchase a brand new minibus, and are encouraging local poeple, businesses and organisations to donate whatever they can to help support this valuable cause.

Have Your Say: Sefton Council Draft Equality & Diversity Policy (closing 31st May, 2018)

Sefton Council have recently launched a public consultation on the draft Sefton MBC Equality and Diversity Policy which can be  downloaded here.

The consultation opened on 27th February 2018, and closes on 31st May 2018, and the results of this process will be published on 31st August 2018.

Please click here to have your say on this consultation 

Please note: the summary information below is extracted from the consultation page:

Consultation Summary:
The Equality Act 2010 requires public bodies to publish information demonstrating their compliance with the equality duty (s.149 of the Act).  The Council is required to publish one or more specific and measurable equality objectives.

We acknowledge our role and responsibilities as an organisation including providing clear leadership. We commit to ensuring that our internal processes and ways of working promote equality and ensure that no one is disadvantaged by how we operate as an organisation. We also acknowledge our role in shaping and influencing the area and the culture of the communities in Sefton, and we are committed to ensuring that principles of equality and diversity are embedded.

Consultation Purpose:
Our policies and procedures are intended to promote fairness for all and reinforce our commitment to tackling inequalities wherever they exist and to prevent the unacceptable treatment of any person. The aims of this consultation are to advise people of the Equality and Diversity Policy and to seek comments on the draft document. 

The draft Equality and Diversity Policy can be downloaded here

Please click here to have your say on this consultation


Nominations are now being accepted for the third round of a major scheme that recognises Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities.

Citizens 4 Good was successfully launched last summer as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office.

The scheme aims to highlight the good deeds, support and kindness that local people show to other members of their community.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local councillors.

The process is quick and simple, using a short nomination form available via the Sefton 4 Good website.

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, commented: “Since last August we celebrated 27 Citizens 4 Good in Sefton, and the programme has proven very popular.

“However, we know there are plenty more people out there who deserve recognition. We want to encourage people to nominate any Sefton residents they know who have made a difference to their community.”

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special celebration event where they will be presented with a certificate recognising their good works by the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson.

Councillor Robinson said: “We have been delighted with the response to Citizens 4 Good so far and look forward to hearing about even more Sefton residents having a positive impact in their neighbourhoods.”

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 14th March with the celebration event taking place on Wednesday 28th March in Bootle.

For further information about Citizens 4 Good ring Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email

To make a nomination online visit or alternatively you can to download the appropriate form here.

Buddy Up calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco Fund!

Buddy Up, a project works with young people aged between 13 and 18 who have learning disabilities is hoping to raise up to £4000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

Buddy Up seeks to provide opportunities for young people with and without additional needs to work together as peers, the relationships they form will ‘normalise’ the social experiences of the young people with additional needs, leading to increased social participation, individual self confidence and self-esteem.

Buddy Up aims to support young people to be better equipped for adulthood and to increase their independence, confidence and to expand their range of relationships. Working with schools, community youth groups and VCF sector youth providers to identify, recruit, support and train peer mentors who have an ability and dedication to volunteering within their community. This project will also support young people working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the projects’ internal volunteer recognition scheme.

We need to expand the activities we can offer and the funding from Tesco will provide young people with the opportunity to attend singing workshops facilitated by Crescendo: Empowering People through Singing.

In November 2017 we organised a one off Singing Taster Session with Crescendo and we were surprised by how much the young people engaged in the session and really enjoyed it. It was so good we decided we need to do more.

These sessions will reduce social isolation, increase confidence and help the young people to build new skills. It will also be lots of fun!!!

The Tesco scheme  is run through their stores and customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Three groups in every area have been shortlisted to receive the cash award based on the number of tokens each group receives .

Buddy Up is one of the groups on the shortlist for the scheme in the following stores throughout March and April

  • Tesco Superstore in Litherland
  • Tesco Express Crosby Road
  • Tesco Express Coronation Road
  • Tesco Express Old Roan
  • Tesco Express Thornton

Please encourage friends, family and colleagues who shop in these stores to vote for the Buddy Up project as every token counts!

For more information on the Buddy Up Project visit the Sefton CVS website –

Senior Motorists invited to Highway Safety Event

Sefton Council’s Highway Safety team are to hold a senior’s road safety event in Crosby Village.

Road users over the age of 60 are invited to attend the event at St Helen’s Church, Alexandra Road, Crosby on Tuesday 27th March at 10am.

Sefton’s Highways Team are hoping to use this event to promote safer use of the highway.

This is the latest in a series of senior road user events which have been taking place across Sefton over the last three years.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Over the last few years there have been an increasing number of casualties involving the over 60s age group in collisions across Merseyside.

“That’s why our Highway Safety team at Sefton Council want to use these types of events to proactively promote safer use of the roads for both pedestrians and motorists.

“The aim is to highlight road safety issues that may affect road users over the age of 60 such as diminishing eyesight, medications and how their driving is affected.”

Guest speakers at the event will include representatives from Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire & Rescue Service, Specsavers and local health clinicians.

Lunch, as well as refreshments, will be provided free of charge for those attending, however places are limited and booking is essential.

To book your place contact the Highway Safety Team on 0151 934 4259.

Formby Library echoes with Whaling Stories

Visitors to Formby Library will have a whale of a time next month with a special talk by lecturer Simon Hill.

The Liverpool John Moores academic will visit the Duke Street library on Tuesday 13th March from 2pm to talk about Liverpool’s involvement in the 18th century Whaling trade.

A spokesman for Formby Library said: “In the words of one author, Georgian ‘Liverpool’s whaling trade has received little attention from historians’.

“This stands in sharp contrast to the port’s association with trans-Atlantic slavery. So, it is not surprising that we should want to learn more about Liverpool’s association with whaling during that period.

“The presentation begins in 1750, when the first Liverpool whaling vessel sailed to Greenland, and concludes when the trade effectively ended in 1823.

“Among the issues that shall be discussed are the financing of Liverpool’s whaling industry, patterns of trade and life on board a Liverpool whaling vessel.

“Guests will also be given a fascinating insight into what impact the whaling industry had across Liverpool and Merseyside.”

The talk is free but places are limited and booking is essential. To book or for more information call 01704 874177 or email

Bike lovers get in gear for March Sefton Cycle event

Anyone with an interest in cycling is encouraged to attend the next Sefton Cycle Chat at the MeCycle Café on Station Road, Ainsdale.

The evening session, on Tuesday March 6, runs from 6pm until 8pm and is an ideal opportunity to talk about cycling issues and news around Sefton.

The latest of many regular meetings, a number of riders, enthusiasts and local groups are set to come together and debate the top topics that affect cyclists in the borough.

The previous session, which took place in November, dealt with a number of issues including the new crossing at Fishermans path and updates on the roll out of Safe Urban Driving (SUD) courses for professional drivers.

All local cyclists will be warmly welcomed at the March session and will be encouraged to engage with their ideas and thoughts on topical matters.

If you are interested in attending please contact us to book your place on 0151 934 4576 or via the contact form on