Sefton4Good Paint It Pink Week; 21st – 25th October 2019

Sefton4Good is asking local Sefton residents to Paint it Pink from 21-25 October to help raise money for local good causes.

Paint it Pink is the annual drive from Sefton4Good to encourage local residents and businesses to donate their time and resources for charities and good causes in the borough.

Sefton4Good are asking local businesses to fundraise on their behalf during this week, through activities such as raffles, bake sales, or wearing pink to work!

Local schools can also be involved by hosting own clothes days.

All money raised from the events will go to local charitable organisations within Sefton. Over the last two years, Sefton4Good has distributed over £25,000 to Sefton based causes, including Bootle Action Group, Girlguiding Sefton, and the Orrell Trust.

Rachael West, who is a member of the Sefton4Good team, says, “Paint it Pink week is a great chance for local people and businesses to find out more about Sefton4Good and the work we do in the borough.

It is a fantastic cause to raise money for, as we only distribute our funding to local causes, ensuring your money stays in Sefton.”

The latest round of grant funding is due to be launched on 24th October.

For more information on how to get involved visit;

For fundraising ideas, please contact the Sefton4Good team at or call 0151 920 0726.

Donations to Sefton4Good can be made by texting SEFTON(amount) to 70085. 

Job Vacancies with Sefton Citizens Advice – Closing 5pm, 23rd October 2019

Job Title: Advice Session Supervisor
Location: Bootle and Southport
Salary: £ 26,440 – £27,440
Hours: 35 hours per week

Sefton Citizens Advice are looking for highly motivated individuals to join our generalist advice team as Advice Session Supervisors. Ideally, you already have experience of supervision and Quality of Advice Assessments, or you will be an experienced adviser who has a track record in supporting others and is willing to learn.

You will be someone who enjoys working within a busy environment providing support, guidance and feedback to volunteers in order to maintain a consistent quality of advice, and to ensure the provision of an effective and efficient service to the public.
There are 2 posts, one of which is fixed term until June 2020 (secondment cover)

For more information email or telephone 0151 282 5650

Application Pack
Application form
Guidance notes
Job Pack

Closing date for applications: 5pm, 23rd October 2019
Interviews: 28th October 2019

Job Title:
Money Management Mentor
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £20,899
Location: Bootle
Type of Contract: Fixed term to 31st October 2020

Better Off Finance is an innovative partnership funded via Building Better Opportunities via European Social Fund and the Big Lottery to undertake targeted community engagement and recruitment activities to reach out and connect with residents from the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral within the Liverpool City Region (LCR).

Sefton Citizens Advice are looking for a key worker to join our team to support individuals to improve their financial capability, resilience and confidence. We are looking for someone who has excellent communication skills and the ability to support and motivate individuals. Citizens Advice offers confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free. We give people the knowledge and the confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem.

For more information email or telephone 0151 282 5650 ext 108.

Application Pack
Application form
Guidance notes
Job Pack

Closing date for applications: 5pm, 23rd October 2019
Interviews: 30th October 2019


Healthwatch looking to Recruit a Leader

Sefton’s local NHS health and care consumer champion is looking to recruit a chairperson and is asking: “Do you share our passion to ensure people’s voices are heard by health and social care service providers and commissioners? If you do, then we want to hear from you!”

 Healthwatch Sefton makes sure local people have a say in influencing the design and delivery of local health and care services for those who use them now and those who might need them in the future.

 Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explained: “There are changes happening within the NHS and these are having an impact locally. We are looking for a chairperson to lead us through these changes to ensure we carry out our aims for the benefit of Sefton residents.

 “Our chairperson will champion the patient’s interests as well as influence decision makers and ensure our organisation is effective.”

 The role requires knowledge of the health and social care system across Sefton and whoever is recruited will be expected to maintain strong working relationships with Sefton Council, NHS, the voluntary sector and will take a seat on the Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board.

 This is an unpaid role which runs for three years but out-of-pocket expenses will be covered. There will also be access to office accommodation (Burlington House) and administrative support.

 Maureen Kelly is the current chairperson and has served two terms in this role since Healthwatch Sefton was formed six years ago. During that time she has overseen its development including the launch of the two Community Champion Networks and Independent Complaints Advocacy service.

 Anyone interested in the post can visit for more details. For an informal chat, call Diane on 0151 920 0726 ext 236 or email:

Invitation to Safeguarding Adults Awareness Event – Thurs 21st November, 1:30pm-4pm

Safeguarding Adults Awareness Event
Date: Thursday 21st November 2019
Time: 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Venue: The Studio – The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB

National Safeguarding Adults Week – 18th – 22nd November 2019

As part of a national week of events to promote awareness of adult safeguarding, Sefton Council will be hosting an Safeguarding Adults Awareness event, 1:30pm – 4:00pm on Thursday 21st November 2019.

Key Theme: Scams

There will be a number of stands facilitated by partner agencies and providing opportunity to network and find out more about service sin Sefton to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect and safeguard adults at risk.

If you would like to attend this event please email:
You will receive confirmation of your place prior to 14th November 2019

For more information regarding National Safeguarding Adults Week go to:

Sefton Shining Stars 2019 Nominations Now Open!

Nominations are now open for a major awards scheme which recognises outstanding achievements by children and young people in the borough.

The Sefton Shining Stars Awards – now in their 13th year – are organised by Sefton CVS to celebrate the contribution made by children to community life, outside of the normal school curriculum areas.

The awards will be presented to deserving youngsters up to the age of 16 at a high profile ceremony at Bootle Town Hall on Tuesday 3rd  December.

They are supported by sponsors including Sefton Council, Urgent Care 24, YMCA Sefton, Living Well Sefton and Southport Lions Club.

Shining Stars organiser, Joanne Lee, commented: “These awards give everyone in the borough the opportunity to celebrate our children’s achievements in a positive, warm  and unique way.

“Over the last 13 years they have also become a great motivation for children and young people, and for those who support and work with them.”

Children can be nominated for one or more of ten awards, including the top honour of Sefton’s Shiniest Star.

Other categories will recognise achieving and caring, volunteering and community spirit, children who inspire change, fundraising success and the young achiever of the year.

Further honours will go to children who have excelled in changing attitudes, bravery and participation, as well as  the borough’s young personality of the year for 2017.

“Previous Shining Stars Awards have put the spotlight on some wonderful achievements by Sefton’s children and young people,” added Joanne.

“We’re hoping for a bumper crop of nominations to help us make the 2019 awards the best year yet.”

Joanne also pointed out that children and young people also play a vital role in planning and organising the awards ceremony, and also as hosts and performers on the night.

For more information about the awards and a nomination form contact the Shining Stars team on 0151 920 0726, or email

To nominate a young person please visit;

The closing date for nominations this year is 5pm, Friday 25th October 2019.

Job Vacancies: Sefton CVS Outreach and Intervention Workers – 3 x posts (closing 12noon, Monday 28th October 2019)


Sefton CVS and South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCG’s are piloting a new and exciting project to support high-intensity users of emergency NHS services.

We are seeking experienced, motivated individuals, with experience of working with people with complex needs as well as working within a fast-paced environment, to join our exciting new pilot project. The successful candidates will work with a rolling cohort of patients who attend A&E, call 999 or have been admitted to hospital more than might be expected. We are looking for individuals whose ability to connect with patients is strong enough to be able to change the behaviours of people with even the most complex medical/social needs. The post holders will seek to appropriately reduce the number of emergency ambulance calls and unscheduled care interactions, emergency contacts and other care interactions across South Sefton and Southport and Formby CCG areas.

Reporting to the High Intensity User Co-ordinator, the Outreach and Intervention Workers will work with people to focus on positive behaviour change addressing those issues that are contributing to inappropriate care seeking behaviours.

This role is fixed term for 12 months in the first instance and is subject to an enhanced DBS check. 


Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Job Description & Person Specification (Word PDF

Application Form (Word PDF
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

Closing date: 12noon on Monday 28th October 2019
Interviews scheduled for: Tuesday 5th November 2019 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email

Job Vacancy; Parenting 2000 Sessional Support Youth Worker – Closing 5pm, Wednesday 16th October 2019

Parenting 2000 are looking for a caring, enthusiastic and creative individual to work in our youth work team to help support the delivery of our youth club. Previous experience working with children or young people is desirable however a genuine interest in pursuing a career in working with young people is essential.

They want someone who can encourage and inspire our young people; you should be a self motivated individual who can work well as part of a team but also be able to use your own initiative. They are looking for people who can run a range of activities for young people. Are you good at listening and being non-judgemental? Can you be a voice for our young people and help them to develop positive skills in a safe and happy environment? You will be required to work in the evening and be able to attend both or either sites of the youth club if necessary Crosby and Southport.

To apply please tell us how you meet the Personal Specification along with a cover letter.

Job Title: Sessional Support Youth Workers
Salary: £8.21 per hour (you must be 18+ to apply)
Location: Alchemy Youth Clubs in Crosby & Southport
Responsible to: Youth lead

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 16th October 2019

Application Pack

Job description and Personal Specification
Guidance Notes
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form
Equality & Diversity Statement

To apply and for more information please contact; 


Venus, on behalf of Sefton IAPT Partnership, is seeking to recruit a team of Trainee Evidence-Based Therapists

Sefton IAPT Partnership is seeking to recruit a team of professionally qualified practitioners who have experience of working with the mental health and emotional well-being difficulties of children and young people. This is an excellent 12 month professional development opportunity that will:

  1. Fund the academic training
  2. Fund the salary

Training Overview:
Post Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Evidence-based Psychological Approaches for Children and Young People, validated by the University of Manchester, part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and seeking validation by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

The posts available are:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Evidence-based Practice working with 0-5s
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Parent Training for Conduct Disorders
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning Disability & Autistic Spectrum Disorder (LD & ASD)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents (IPT-A)

Course Entry Requirements:

Academic ·         Relevant Honours Degree graded at 2.2 or above OR;

·         Successful completion of pre-entry essay prior to acceptance on training programme.

Professional ·         Core profession as defined by BABCP. Please see for a list of core professions OR;

·         Completion of KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes) portfolio.

·         Access to appropriate cases during and after training.

NOTE: Students cannot be accepted onto any training programme if they are currently undertaking studies elsewhere or registered with another university.

Location of Training: Psychological Therapies Training Centre, Greater Manchester West, Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust – 2 days per week
Location of Placement: Sefton Partnership – 3 days per week (Venus, Parenting 2000, Sefton Council, Sefton CAMHS)

Post Trainee Mental Health Practitioner
Salary £23,023 – Equivalent to NHS Band 5
Contract Fixed term (1 year) – Secondments will be considered
Hours 35 hours per week
Closing Date 12noon 04/11/18
Shortlisting 05 & 06/11/18
Interviews TBC – November/December
Post Commences 06/01/20
Training Commences January 2020

For an application pack please email When requesting an application pack, please clearly state which post/s you wish to apply for and note that a separate application will be required for each role applied for.

Sefton Council Proposes Council Tax Changes for Empty and Uninhabitable Homes

Sefton Council is proposing changes to Council Tax discount on empty and uninhabitable properties, with home owners in the borough currently receiving the most generous discounts in the Liverpool City Region.

The Council recently launched an online consultation to garner the views of local residents on the proposed changes, which could see properties vacant for less than one month have their discount reduced from 100% to 50%, while those houses that are uninhabitable will be liable for the full Council Tax amount.

Cllr. Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:

“In Sefton we have nearly 180 homes that are unfit to occupy, and a further 435 homes that are empty – all of these properties receive Council Tax discounts that are generous when compared with our Liverpool City Region neighbours.

“By reducing the relief that owners of these properties receive, we will incentivise them to ensure they are occupied or in the case of those not fit for purpose, take the necessary steps to improve them and make them suitable for human habitation.

“At a time when we are creating new homes to support families now and as demand increases, encouraging landlords to improve the quality and availability of existing priorities is a big priority for the council.”

This quick five minute survey is open until November 1. Take part by clicking the Your Sefton Your Say website

Job Vacancies; Christchurch Youth & Community Centre; x2 Level 3 Play Workers – Closing 18th October 2019

Christchurch Youth & Community Centre are currently looking for two Level 3 Playworkers to join their organisation.

POST TITLE: Play Worker L3 (Permanent Post)

After school club (min 16 hours per week- additional hours negotiable)
Monday – Friday afternoon’s 2:00pm-6:30pm

Application Pack

Job Description and Person Specification
Application Form

POST TITLE: Play Worker L3 (Maternity Cover)

After school club (min 16 hours per week- additional hours negotiable)
Monday – Friday afternoon’s 2:00pm-6:30pm

Application Pack

Job Description and Person Specification
Application Form

JOB PURPOSE: To assist with the day-to-day organisation of CCYCC After School Club


  • To be responsible for the provision of creative and appropriate play opportunities, preparation of activities, organisation of programme etc, within a safe caring environment that must meet the needs of children with differing abilities.
  • To contribute to the organisation of programmes and preparation of activities to meet needs of all children attending the scheme.
  • Ensure that all children are treated as individuals regardless of race, culture, gender or disability.
  • To ensure the safety and accountability of all children at all times.
  • To assist in the day-to-day administration; records/registration/timesheets etc.
  • To maintain a good and informative rapport with parents.
  • To be responsible for developing and maintaining a working relationship with associated groups.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that the building/equipment/materials are kept tidy and in good working order.
  • To work within an equal opportunities framework and agreed policies.
  • To administer First Aid as appropriate.
  • To provide refreshments as required and to be aware of food/safety/hygiene regulations.
  • To attend planning, training and evaluation meetings.
  • To ensure the Health and Safety requirements within the play environment are met at all times.
  • To undertake such other appropriate duties as may be assigned.
  • To undertake training as requested.
  • Be aware if the importance of confidentiality with regard information which you may have access to concerning children/staff/parents/carers.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Senior Playworker & Childcare Manager

The deadline for both applications is 5pm, Friday 18th October 2019. 

Interviews week commencing 21st October 2019.

Please return all applications to Sarah; or for more information contact 0151 525 1995.

Job Vacancy – Outreach & Team Manager with Mencap Liverpool & Sefton (closing 14th October)

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton are seeking to appoint an Outreach & Team Manager. Click here to visit the Mencap website for full application details.

This position is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to manage and develop a team whilst maintaining a front-line delivery role. We are looking for someone who wants to develop their core skills as well as eager to build on these and take on more strategic and leadership responsibility over time.

Public Health England’s Sexual Health Innovation Fund 2019-20 (closing date 5pm, 25 September 2019)

Public Health England’s Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund 2019-20.

Since 2015 the annual Innovation Fund has supported volunteer organisations to spearhead new approaches to HIV prevention in communities at increased risk of the infection.

This year the fund will also support projects that offer new and innovative ways of improving Reproductive Health and Sexual Health (including STI prevention) as well as HIV. Proposals will be accepted from voluntary sector organisations to deliver projects of up to 12 months in duration of a cost of between £25,000 and £100,000.

Next steps for applicants:
1. Read the guidance document which explains the Fund and how to apply
2. Register your interest in the Fund with the team at
3. Download the electronic application form
4. Review the terms and conditions for successful applicants
5. Forward questions to

Guidance and resources for practitioners to undertake evaluations of interventions or projects in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services can be found here.

New Realities Partnership Award 2019 – Help recognise staff or teams at Sefton Council who have helped make a difference! (closing 12noon, Monday 28th October)

Sefton CVS are asking local voluntary, community and faith sector groups to nominate an individual or a team within the local authority who have demonstrated the key principles of the  New Realities Partnership Agreement and provided help or support to local non-profit organisations.

The New Realities Partnership Award will go to the individual or team that have adopted a ‘can-do’ attitude when working with voluntary, community or faith sector groups.

  • Demonstrated a positive ‘can-do’ attitude when working with a local group or organisation
  • Providing assistance in overcoming a barrier or obstacle that would otherwise impact on the group’s work
  • Understood the value and role of the local voluntary, community and faith sector in making Sefton a great place to live and work
  • Demonstrated a ‘common sense’ approach to working in partnership with the local voluntary, community and faith sector.

Any of which that results in a positive outcome, promotes the benefits of partnership working and makes a difference in the local community. 

Closing date for nominations: 12noon on Monday 28th October 2019

Click here to download the Nomination Form (Word / PDF)

Please submit all nominations to: or complete the online form below.

Celebrating Our Older Community – Older People’s Awards 2019

Following the success of the Liverpool Older People’s Awards, Torus are delighted to be extending the celebrations across Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Warrington and Wirral.

This is your opportunity to recognise outstanding older people (over 65) who go the extra mile in life or organisations and initiatives who support older people in your neighbourhood.

With a number of award categories to choose from, your nomination could win a cash prize for someone in your community.

Nominations are now open and close on Friday 27th September. Following the judging process, shortlisted nominees will be invited to a prestigious awards evening hosed by actor and comedian Ricky Tomlinson.

To nominate visit;


Free Reducing Parental Conflict Training from Sefton Corporate Learning Centre (starting Friday 20th September)

Sefton Council are now at the stage with the Reducing Parental Conflict Project where FREE training sessions are available for multi-agency practitioners and managers working directly with families across Sefton.

Training commences Friday 20th September with practitioners being expected to attend 1 full day – book now!

Staff can book on via the attached links, and individuals may need to create an account if they haven’t accessed Sefton Council’s training before, but it’s free to do so!

When people book onto the classroom based courses they will get access to all of the online training by email.


Liverpool City Region (LCR) Culture & Creativity Awards 2019 (closing 20th September)

The new Culture & Creativity Awards have been created to recognise the outstanding role that culture, creativity and innovation contributes to making our region a thriving, creative and beautiful place to live.

The Liverpool City Region Culture & Creativity awards are planned to stimulate, recognise, nurture and celebrate excellence in creativity and innovation wherever it can be found the Liverpool City Region.   The awards, a red carpet event, will take place on 28th November 2019 and hosted in the 2019 Liverpool City Region ‘Borough of Culture’, Wirral.

Click here for more information and to make your nomination! 

What we mean by culture and creativity?

Culture is not just something done by professionals for audiences, but it is any creative activity that brings people together within their communities, whether real or virtual. It includes those organising voluntary, community based social activity, or researchers and businesses who use creative approaches within projects that are innovative and transformational as much as those involved in the creation and delivery of professional arts and cultural events and performances. Nominations for these awards can include an individual, organisation, business, group or partnership that, has demonstrated outstanding creative achievement through cultural activity at either a local, Borough or Liverpool City Region level.

Why are we doing them?

Part of the Metro Mayor’s Percent for Culture initiative, the awards have been created to recognise the value and power for change that the arts, cultural and creative sector can bring in reinforcing the City Region as one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, study, visit or do business.

Who can apply in each category?

Nominees must live, study and/or work in the Liverpool City Region (eg Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) or have created work / projects that significantly benefit the residents or visitors to the LCR and / or has positively contributed to the development of the economy of the LCR.

The 2019 awards will recognise arts and cultural events, innovative and creative activity that has taken place within the Liverpool City Region during the period 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019, with the exception of the Borough of Culture’ Star of the Year’ Award which can include individual achievement that has taken place during Wirral’s Borough of Culture from 1st January 2019 up to the closing date– 20 September 2019.

What do the winners get?

In addition to an award, winners will be offered the services of a film maker to develop a three minute bespoke film tailored to the audience that the winner wishes to reach, providing an advocacy tool for future progression.

The awards ceremony itself will be a prestigious and intimate event for all finalists and their guests.  The focus of the event is to celebrate the achievement of the finalists and announce the overall winner of each category.

Promotion and use of art and creativity can include but is not limited to the following art forms:

  • Performing Arts (including: Theatre, Dance, Music, Poetry, Opera)
  • Visual Arts (including design and public art)
  • Digital and VR
  • Photography
  • Film and broadcast media
  • Literature (including comedy and comics)
  • Museums, Galleries and Heritage
  • Sculpture
  • Craft, and
  • Technology

Judging Process

Nominations can be completed online from late July and the closing date for entrants and nominations is Friday 20th September @ 4.00pm. After this date the judging panel will shortlist the finalists for the People’s Choice Award – Outstanding Contribution to Culture, and the Liverpool City Region community will be able to vote for their chosen winner.

All other categories will be decided by members of the Liverpool Cultural Partnership together with our judging panel who will compile a shortlist of finalists for each category from the nominations received.

For terms and conditions CLICK HERE

For more further information relating on the categories and how to make your nomination.

Job Vacancies; Locality Development Officers, North West & North of England – Closing 18th September 2019

Locality are the national network supporting community organisations to be strong and successful. They are expanding their staff team and want to recruit diverse talent to deliver their mission.

They have two Development Officer roles focussing on the North West (particularly Merseyside) and the north of England (particularly South Yorkshire). Successful applicants should be based within easy travel distance of these areas.

About the role

Both roles involve:

  • Delivering high-quality business support on a one to one basis, and through training and workshops, to community organisations and other stakeholders (including Local Authorities)
  • Supporting efforts to build a strong pipeline of consultancy opportunities
  • Developing external relationships including partnerships and alliances
  • Supporting the process of responding to tenders for contracts and funding bids to build earned income for the organisation
  • Supporting a wide range of our programmes including undertaking in-depth grants assessments and providing keyworker support
  • Working closely with our engagement team to support high-quality local events

For more information and to apply please visit;

Closing date: 12pm, 18th September 2019

Interviews are scheduled for 27th September 2019.

If you have any queries on the application process – please email Sheila on

Heritage Lottery Funding Workshop as part of the Sefton Borough of Culture  (Friday 4th October, 10am-1pm)

We would like to invite all groups who are interested in applying for National Lottery Heritage Fund to our Meet The Funder workshop on Friday 4th October from 10am-1pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

The workshop will be aimed at groups who are applying to their small grants programme for heritage projects from £3,000 – £10,000 which may be part of their project work for Borough of Culture. Your group should have a bank account and a constitution in order to access funding from the Heritage Fund.

We are limiting places to two per group and to book on using the email address, and we are encouraging groups to come along with an idea of what they would like to apply for!

Job Vacancy; Ainsdale Lunch and Leisure Catering Manager – Closing Friday 20th September 2019

Hours: 32.5 per week
Salary: £10.35 per hour
Responsible to: Ainsdale Lunch and Leisure (ALL) Manager
Ainsdale Methodist Church, Liverpool Road, Ainsdale, PR8 3NQ

Ainsdale Lunch and Leisure provides meals within its premises and a hot meals delivery service to vulnerable elderly people in the local area. In addition to this we are currently piloting a café to attract those who wish to partake of lighter options at lunchtime. A variety of activities are run at the centre including Sequence Dancing, Art, Bowls, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Yoga, Chair –based exercise, Creative Crafts and Games. We also have a charity shop on the premises.

The Charity was established in 1982 by Ainsdale Methodist Church but became an independent Charity in 2009. The Charity is open to the community Monday-Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. It has four paid members of staff who are supported by several volunteers (Currently 94). The volunteers assist in the kitchen, deliver meals, run activities, help in the office, the charity shop and with ebay sales.

We are the only organisation in the area that deliver the activities outlined and currently have 315 members. All activities and meals are available to members and non-members. These services reduce isolation, provide a balanced healthy meal and support improvement in physical health as well as improving mental wellbeing. The organisation has a rigorous monitoring and evaluation system which enables us to provide effective services for the community.

Closing Date for Applications is Friday 20th September 2019

Application Pack Download: 

Job Description
Application Form
ACC Catering Manager Requirements
Applicant Info

For more information visit: or contact Rebecca Gomersall on; 01704 574838

“Going Forward Without Fear” Sefton LSCB Learning Event – Serious Case Reviews (Tuesday 12th November)

Due to the overwhelming success of the Learning Event (SCRs) held in June, Sefton LSCB will be hosting a further repeat event for the multi-agency workforce. The event is FREE to attend and we have again secured actors from AFTA Thought (Training Consultancy) to deliver the learning from Sefton Serious Case Reviews using the ‘voice of the child’.

All staff/volunteers working with children, young people and their families including: all practitioners, managers and senior leaders connected to the children’s workforce in Sefton.

Click here to download the event information, and to book your place please click here or follow the link in the information poster.

Sefton LSCB poster.png

#LCRListens to the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board – Thursday 10th September 2019

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is in the process of developing its Local Industrial Strategy.

Join Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and officers of the Combined Authority to hear about the work so far and to give your views on what’s important going forward .

Founded on a collaborative approach with our partners, the Local Industrial Strategy will articulate how we will build on our distinctive economic strengths, tackle our challenges, and develop transformational policies to unlock growth and be a catalyst to the development of an inclusive economy.

Our Local Industrial Strategy will be focused across four key priorities:

• Good work, health and wellbeing for all;

• Vibrant and connected communities;

• More businesses innovating and growing;

• Clean growth.

For more information and to book your free place please visit;

Listening Event as part of the Liverpool City Region Year of the Environment – Saturday 28th September 2019

A Listening Event as part of the Liverpool City Region Year of the Environment

This meeting is one of a series of listening events being held across the region– “to help communities connect with nature”

It is a wonderful opportunity for you/your organisation to share your passion for our parks and green spaces, including our green belts, and to tell Steve Rotheram what you think about what is happening and should happen to them!

Saturday 28th September 2019, 9:30am – 3:00pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

To register please email:
– please include “RSVP GS Listening Event” in the email subject!

Listening Event - LCR Year of the Environment

Download the flyer here (PDF)


Tips to Look After Yourself this Bank Holiday

Many of us may be making plans for the bank holiday on Monday 26 August. If you are unfortunate enough to have an illness or injury over the long weekend, this information could help you get back on your feet in no time.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG suggest you could be getting better sooner if you see your local pharmacist or contact NHS 111 (by phone or online.)

Some local pharmacies are open on bank holiday Monday and may be able to give you the advice and medication you need, without having to wait to see your GP. You can find your local pharmacy bank holiday opening times on the CCGs’ websites.

If you do need to see a doctor or nurse, there are now GP appointments at weekends and weekday evenings across Sefton. You can either book an appointment via your GP practice, or NHS 111 can book an appointment with your nearest service – so long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.

The NHS 111 freephone number is available any time day or night. Trained call handlers can give you the advice you need, or direct you to the service best suited for your need.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “At any time of year, it’s a good idea to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet to treat common illnesses or minor injuries. Paracetamol, bandages, plasters, painkillers, indigestion remedies and a thermometer would help most healthy adults deal with most minor illnesses and ailments.

She added: “If you need any further advice, I would recommend calling NHS 111, going to NHS 111 online or visiting your local pharmacy. These services are excellent options for dealing with any non-urgent medical concerns.”

You can find the pharmacy opening times for each CCG area here:

South Sefton:

Southport and Formby:

TOMORROW! Stay Safe Online with Include-IT Mersey & Merseyside Police; Internet Safety Drop-in at the Atkinson – Wednesday 21st August 2019

Members of the public can find out more about internet safety on Wednesday 21st August at The Atkinson.

Merseyside Police have teamed up with Include-IT Mersey, a project offering free basic I.T. and employability courses across the Liverpool City Region. Merseyside Police’s Digital Community Support Officer will be on hand to answer internet safety queries between 10am-12pm inside Southport Library.

The session is free and is run as a drop in so there is no need to book. There will be information and advice about a range of topics such as online scams, phishing, child safety, cyberbullying and passwords.

Lauren Jones, Volunteer Coordinator at include-IT Mersey said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to team up with Merseyside Police and The Atkinson for a second time to be able to provide important information and advice to help prevent online fraud.

In the last 12 months there have been 4614 cyber crimes reported to Merseyside Police with 335 in Southport alone showing how essential it is to protect yourself and your device”.

The Atkinson holds two weekly free drop in sessions run by Include-IT Mersey’s Digital Champion volunteers to help locals with their digital skills. People can bring their own laptop, tablet or smartphone to the usual Wednesday session between 10am-12pm. There is then a tablet only session on Thursdays from 2-4pm.

Funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund, Include-IT Mersey offers free I.T. courses across the Liverpool City Region for beginners. For more information on the courses or volunteering please contact Lauren at Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726. Or for those online, email

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SAVE THE DATE! Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2019 – Thursday 24th October

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) are pleased to announce this year’s annual conference, titled “Through The Funding Maze”, will take place on Thursday 24th October 2019, 9.30am-3pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), Cambridge Road, Waterloo, L22 1RR (map)

This year’s conference will offer an opportunity to meet a wide range of local, regional and national funders, as well as the chance to participate in a number of interactive workshops and masterclasses throughout the day. Sefton CVS are delighted to be joined by this year’s keynote speaker, Sefton MBC Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson, and further details of guest speakers and stallholders will be announced in the coming weeks.

Places are strictly limited and are available on a first come first served basis. Please email; to guarantee your place (maximum of 2 places per group/organisation!). Alternatively, please call 0151 920 0726 and don’t forget to provide details of the attendees and the name of your group or organisation.

We look forward to seeing you, and we hope this year’s conference will help guide you and your organisation through the funding maze!

Macmillan to Hold Event for People Affected by Cancer – Thursday 12th September

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre will be holding its second ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ of the year on Thursday 12th September at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport and anyone who has been affected by cancer, whether directly or through supporting someone is invited to come along.

The Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding the event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel from 2pm – 4.30pm.

On the day there will be around 40 local organisations, clinical nurse specialists and representatives from local support groups – all available to offer their expertise and help.

Volunteers from Sefton OPERA will be offering free complementary therapy tasters. Entertainment will be provided by the Macmillan singing group who will be inviting visitors to join in and learn for themselves just how therapeutic singing can be.

There will be a focus on the financial impact of having cancer with two breakout sessions hosted by staff from the Department of Work & Pensions and the Southport Money Advisory Group to discuss returning to work, benefits and debt management advice.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “These events are ideal for people to come along and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside, said: “We saw over 100 people at the last event in March and we hope to see even more this time, they are always a great success and the more people we can support the better.

“The feedback we get is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or someone from a support group. Many people who come to the Centre or one of our events have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.”

Elaine Deeming, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said: “We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics. The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally in one venue, making it easier for our attendees.”

The Health and Wellbeing Events aim to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups.

You can watch a video from a previous event here:

The Health and Wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email:

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website:

CCGs Back Red Box Project

Over the past few months, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been busy collecting sanitary product donations for women who struggle to access them as part of the Red Box Project – Sefton.

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing local schools with red boxes filled with free period products.

It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who became aware of ‘period poverty’ through news reports. They were angered that some young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

Mandy Smith, Sefton coordinator at Red Box Project – Sefton, set up the service in Sefton. The initiative then sent the department the materials needed to set up a donation point in the kitchen at the Sefton CCG building.

Mandy said: “This is a great initiative to support our community – it felt like an opportunity not to be missed. We have collected a box full of period product donations for local schools and are proud to be supporting young people throughout their periods.

“No child should miss out on their education because they cannot afford period products.”

Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, added: “This is a fantastic initiative and I want to thank Mandy for getting us all involved.

“We are keen to help tackle health inequalities and to create a progressive, supportive environment which is why we got involved with the project, we hope it helps.”

To find out more about the Red Box Project and get involved, visit:

£45,000 Released to Keep Young People Safe over Autumn Half Term

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour during the busy autumn half-term are being invited to bid for a small cash boost, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

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

It is the tenth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for grants of up to £5,000 for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £378,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives. Last year, funding was awarded to 23 community groups enabling more than 7,500 young people take part in fun, safe, organised activities over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Jane said: “I am pleased to once again be able to open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Halloween and Bonfire Night are a time of fun and excitement for many people across Merseyside, but sometimes the fun can get out of hand and sadly some communities still do experience a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during this holiday. Historically, it is a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service.

“Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future. Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. By using these grants to fund a wide range of fun, safe, organised activities I hope we can help to prevent young people from getting drawn into any activities which could become intimidating, anti-social or even dangerous to other members of the community.

“These projects will support the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 4pm on 30th August 2019.

Please visit their website to apply.


Job Vacancies with SWACA – Closing 23rd August 2019

SWACA – Adult Caseworker
Hours: Part-time – 21 hours per week
Salary:  £22,958 (full-time equivalent) – pro rata

A committed and skilled practitioner is required to support our existing team in providing a direct service to Women who have experienced Domestic Abuse.

The post is based at SWACA’s Centre in Knowsley Road, Bootle, although the post-holder will be expected to deliver services in other locations across the borough of Sefton.

A relevant qualification, together with an excellent understanding of the issue of Domestic Abuse, and its impact on Women and Children, is required.

Application packs can be downloaded from the SWACA website at:

Completed forms can be emailed to:

Closing date: 23rd August 2019
Candidates shortlisted to be advised by: 29th August 2019
Interviews to be held on: 5th September 2019

 This post is restricted to women applicants only under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, and Part 1. Section 7(2) e of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 

SWACA – Children / Young Person’s Worker
Hours: Part-time – 21hours per week
Salary: £22,958 (full-time equivalent) – pro rata

A committed and skilled practitioner is required to support our existing team in providing a direct service to Children and Young People who have experienced Domestic Abuse.

The post is based at SWACA’s Centre in Knowsley Road, Bootle, although the post-holder will be expected to deliver services in other locations across the borough of Sefton.

A relevant qualification, together with an excellent understanding of the issue of Domestic Abuse, and its impact on Women and Children, is required.

Application packs can be downloaded from the SWACA website at:

Completed forms can be emailed to:

Closing date: 23rd August 2019
Candidates shortlisted to be advised by: 29th August 2019
Interviews to be held on: 3rd September 2019

Information about Sefton’s Access To Food initiative over the Summer Holidays 2019

This summer, Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) are coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations to offer children, young people and families access to food during the school holidays—especially those who would normally be in receipt of free school meals during term time.

Click here for details of the VCF sector provision during Summer 2019 (PDF)

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this will compliment the service being provided by Sefton Council from the Family Wellbeing Centres across the borough.

Click here to donate online and support this year’s Access To Food initiative 

Sefton 4 Good are hoping to raise valuable funds to support the access to food initiative, and are appealing to the general public, local businesses and organisations to donate what they can.

All funds raised will go to support local not-for-profit voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector organisations who are providing this service during the summer holidays.