Job Vacancy; Christchurch Youth & Community Centre – Youth & Play Worker – Closing 23rd August 2019

Christchurch Youth & Community Centre are looking for a Youth & Play Worker.


To provide information, advice and support to children and young people aged 3-19, including one to one work, group work and structured programmes in response to children and young people’s needs and development.


Direct work with young people (YOUTH);

  • To develop effective curriculum
  • To deliver face to face information sessions with a structured environment both formal and informal
  • To support young people to gain accredited awards and outcomes
  • To support young people in action planning to enable them to take step by step approach to problem solving
  • To work alongside young people to ensure they are seen as partners in the planning and delivery of sessions
  • To provide support and advocacy to young people as and when required
  • To attend and participate in residential and outdoor pursuits activities

Direct work with children (after school club)

  • To develop an effective curriculum in response to EYFS Frame work and Every Child Matters.
  • To deliver face to face informative sessions within a structured play environment both formally and informally.
  • To plan, deliver and evaluate sessions in response to children’s needs and development

Recruitment Pack:

Job Description
Job Application

Closing date – 23rd August 2019
Interviews – 30th August 2019

Please return all applications to Sarah; or for more information contact 07710457599.


Job Vacancies at St Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre – Closing Thurs 30th August 2019

St Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre
Job Role:
Development Worker
£19,921 P.A.
30 hours per week

To work within the Community Resilience Project. This is funded by the Lottery Community Fund.

St Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre
Job Role:
Debt Advisor
£16,293 P.A.
28 hours per week – 9am to 5pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays

To work within the Community Resilience Project. This is funded by the Lottery Community Fund.

Closing date:  5.00pm, Friday 30th August 2019
Interviews will take place on Thursday 5th September

Please contact Debbie or Joy for an application pack at or ring 0151 933 1300


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:

Job Vacancy: VOLA Admin Officer – New Futures Project – Closing 12noon, Friday 6th September 2019

Admin Officer – New Futures Project (VOLA)
Salary:  £17,772 – NJC point 17
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week
Location: Burlington House, Crosby Rd North, L22 0LG
Responsible To: Project Manager (VOLA Consortium Manager)

New Futures
is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

The post-holder must be prepared to work flexible hours, in line with the requirements of the post. This may involve some evening and occasional weekend work, for which time off in lieu will be granted subject to the organisation’s policies and procedures and prior line manager agreement.

The post-holder will be expected to adopt a mature and common sense approach to this arrangement.

Job Purpose:

  • To support the project’s Finance & Monitoring team in maintaining project monitoring systems.  The primary, but not exclusive focus of the role will be on the maintenance of participant (i.e. learner) tracking records (hard copy and computer.
  • To provide administrative and clerical support to the Project Management Team and to be the first point of contact for dealing with general enquiries relating to the New Futures project.

Closing date: Friday 6th September 2019
Interviews: Thursday 12th September 2019


Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF
Application Form (Word/ PDF
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete an application form and return it to no later than 12noon on Friday 6th September 2019. Interviews will be held on Thursday 12th September 2019.

DONATE NOW and Support the Sefton 4 Good Charity Abseil! (Saturday 17th August)

On Saturday 17th August, Sefton4Good is once again taking part in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Abseil.

Our team of brave volunteers are facing a 150 foot free fall drop over the main entrance of the iconic Cathedral to help us raise money for local good causes in Sefton. All funds raised will be used to support our small grants programme.

Since 2016 we have distributed over £25,000 between more than 40 voluntary, community and faith organisations in Sefton. This money has been used in a wide variety of ways purchasing equipment for beach cleans to providing summer breaks for vulnerable children, from helping to establish dementia friendly film screenings to providing boilers and fridges for community centres, and much, much more.

All donations, no matter the size, will help to make a real difference to communities all across Sefton!


Please show your support for the Sefton 4 Good team and donate online to support the abseil – anything you can give will go towards supporting good causes across Sefton.


More information, such as the timings of Sefton4Good’s abseil time slot will be released closer to the event.

Saturday 17th August,
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
St James Mount
L1 7AZ

Check out what our volunteers will be braving below!

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:

Sefton Young Advisors are Recruiting! Closing Friday 27th September 2019

Sefton CVS wants to appoint new members to its team of Young Advisors, who help local organisations to understand the interests of young people, and how to get their message across to them in a more youth-friendly way.

In this paid position for 15 to 21-year-olds, the Young Advisors are trained to act as consultants, speaking out for young people to ensure that their thoughts and feelings are considered when decisions are taken that affect them.

They also help organisations to ‘youth proof’ the way they operate, and to attract and maintain the interest of young people in their work.

Major research and consultation projects carried out by the Young Advisors in the past have focused on issues including youth mental health, child sexual exploitation and how to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 27th September 2019.

Group Interview: Week Commencing 7th October 2019 (TBC)
Interviews: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October 2019
Pre-Residential Training: Saturday 26th October 2019
Training Residential (3 Days): Friday 8th – Sunday 10th November 2019

*Please note successful candidates will need to be available to attend the Pre-Residential Training and 3 Day Training Residential.

YAs recruit

Due to the nature of the role and our recruitment process, please note that there is sometimes a delay in between us receiving your application form and contacting you for interview.

We DO NOT accept CV’s.

Recruitment Pack (Click to download – word doc.)
Application Form
Job Description
Guidance Notes
Disability Confident Form
Criminal Convictions Declaration (DBS Required)

All applicants should look at the Guidance Notes to help them fill in this form.  Assistance can be given when completing your application – just get in touch with the team.

More Information

Jo Lee
Sefton Young Advisors Team Lead
Phone: 0151 920 0726 ext 223

Website: Sefton Young Advisors
Twitter: @SeftonYAs

£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.


Job Vacancy; Community Cook at St Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre – Closing Thurs 15th August

St Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre
Job Role: Community Cook
Hours: 21 hours per week
Salary: £12,480 p.a.

We are looking for a Community Cook to join our team at St. Leonard’s Youth & Community Centre. Please contact Debbie or Joy for an application pack at: or call 0151 933 1300

Closing date is Thursday 15th August 2019

Interviews will take place on Thursday 22nd August 2019

DEADLINE EXTENSION – Provision of a Social Prescribing Service to Primary Care Networks (Expression of Interest closing 5pm on Monday 12th August 2019)

Sefton CVS are seeking expressions of interest from Sefton based VCF sector organisations to contribute to the delivery of a social prescribing service within  Primary Care Networks, working in partnership collaboration with the Living Well Sefton model.

Primary Care Networks are an integral part of the recently published NHS Long-Term Plan which introduces this new role of ‘social prescribing link workers’ into their multi-disciplinary teams as part of the expansion to the primary care workforce.  This is an opportunity to work collaboratively with  developing PCNs to establish this new role and shape the development of a model of excellence in social prescribing in Sefton.

Successful organisations will employ and manage a ‘Social Prescribing Link Worker’ who will form part of a multidisciplinary team focused on improving personalised care for patients within a specified Primary Care Network. Link Workers from all areas will function as one team and work closely with all Living Well Sefton partners.

Click here to download the Expression of Interest form  (Word / PDF

Completed expressions of interest should be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 12th August 2019 by email to Incomplete submissions or those received after the deadline will not be considered.

Any queries should be submitted by email to

Your Chance to Have a ‘Big Chat’ with Local Health Commissioners

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are inviting local people to attend their combined ‘Big Chat’ and annual review events in September.

The events are an opportunity for residents to find out about the work that their local CCG has carried out in the past year. Attendees are also invited to share their experiences of local health services and give their views about the CCGs’ latest and forthcoming programmes and plans for the next 12 months.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “These events give people the chance to have a chat with their local health commissioners and share their feedback about our plans. We will also combine these events with our Annual General Meeting (AGM), so people can find out about how well we have performed during the past year.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “There will also be a ‘marketplace’ of information stalls promoting local health, care and support services. Some of the services attending the events will include Macmillan, Healthwatch Sefton and a 7-day GP extended access.

“The feedback we receive during these kinds of events is really useful. I encourage anyone that is interested in finding out more about local health services and commissioning, and who is interested in sharing their views on these topics, to attend one of our ‘Big Chat’ events.”

The ‘Big Chat’ events will take place on:

  • NHS Southport and Formby CCG: Tuesday 10 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at The Bliss Hotel (formerly the Ramada Hotel) adjacent to Floral Hall on the waterfront in Southport, PR9 0DZ.
  • NHS South Sefton CCG: Thursday 12 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, L20 2DD.

Residents are encouraged to attend the event for their local CCG in order to get the most relevant information.

People are asked to register in advance by emailing for the event on 10th September, or for the event on 12th September. You can also register by calling 0151 317 8456.

For more information on the events visit the CCG websites:

Merseyside Police support National Firearms Surrender (Saturday 20th July – Sunday 4th August 2019)

This year’s national firearms surrender started on Saturday (20th July) and runs until Sunday 4th August.

It has been two years since the last national surrender, when forces across the UK asked members of the public to surrender unlawfully held or unwanted guns and ammunition to prevent them from getting into criminal hands.

This year’s surrender is being co-ordinated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) and will run for two weeks from tomorrow – Saturday 20th July until Sunday 4th August.

During the last national surrender in November 2017 a total of 122 weapons and lots of ammunition were handed in on Merseyside, including 30 viable firearms, an Uzi BB replica gun, smoke canisters and a smoke grenade.

Illegal possession of a firearm can mean five years behind bars and if you are found guilty of possession with intent to supply that can lead to a life sentence.

The focus of this year’s campaign will be on illegal or prohibited items which have been purchased while out of the country or via the internet or items that may have been within a family network such as war trophies, gifts or heirlooms.

The law has also recently changed around decommissioned weapons. Any firearm deactivated before new EU rules – which came into force in June 2018 – are classed as ‘defectively deactivated’ and cannot be sold, purchased or gifted. Firearms that do not meet the specification and are offered for sale must be accompanied by a deactivation certificate with an EU stamp. Previously issued UK certificates are no longer sufficient.

We are also looking to protect vulnerable people who we know are often subjected to violence/bribery or threats in order to hold or store firearms, ammunition or prohibited weapons.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: “We know at first hand that gun crime devastates communities and destroys families.

“Earlier this month we launched Operation Target which is our pledge to tackle serious and violent crime. Removing guns from the hands of criminals forms part of that pledge.

“We are not under any illusion that criminals will willingly hand over weapons but we know that many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. The surrender gives members of the public the chance to dispose of a firearm or ammunition by simply taking it to a local designated police station and handing it in.

“We are also committed to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community. We know that criminals often try to take advantage of them and coerce them into hiring or storing weapons or ammunition. If you believe that someone you know could be at risk of this then please tell us so that we can take action.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I have seen too many times the devastation that the use of guns has brought to families and communities. Gun surrenders provide an important opportunity for people to hand in firearms to the police and prevent them being used and endangering the public.

“I join Merseyside Police in urging people to take this chance to surrender your weapon. Every gun given up is one less that poses a threat to the safety of our communities. This initiative allows those in possession of a gun, who do not want to be responsible for what would happen if it was used, to do the right thing.”

The police stations in Merseyside which will be accepting guns and ammunition during the surrender are: Birkenhead, St Helens police station on College Street, St Ann Street, Southport and Huyton but people are being advised to check the opening times of the stations in advance by messaging @MerPolCC, messaging @MerPolCC, calling 101 or visiting the Merseyside Police website –

Operation Beachsafe Aims to Keep Sefton’s Coastline Safe this Summer

Operation Beachsafe is being publicised this week to remind people to keep Sefton’s coastline safe for visitors and residents alike over the summer months.

Partner agencies continue to work together to prevent crime and disorder, and encourage people to enjoy the coastline and National Trust areas safely and think of the environment.

Sefton Council, the National Trust, the RNLI, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Police and British Transport Police are all working in partnership to raise awareness and reassure those affected by various issues, including anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and other issues affecting the communities of Sefton.

Operation Beachsafe aims to address problems that the emergency services and local authorities can face over the summer months, with advice being given including:

·       Park responsibly – don’t park in front of people’s driveways or block roads, use designated car parks instead

·       Take your rubbish home with you – recycle as much as you can!

·       Campfires and barbeques – these are banned due to wildfire risk

·       Drones – these are banned as much of the coastline is a designated Site of Special Scientific interest

·       Check the tides and lifeguard advices before going for a dip

Southport Community Inspector Graham Fisher said: “We continue to work closely alongside our partners to deal with all issues on Sefton’s beautiful coastlines, and this summer is no different. We want all visitors to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable time, and show consideration for those who live in these areas.

“Anyone acting antisocially should expect to be dealt with police in a robust manner, and we will also support other agencies in their work. Beachsafe leaflets and social media content will also give advice and how you can plan your trip to the area.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want people to enjoy our fantastic coastline this summer but everybody should treat it with respect and have consideration for other beach users.

“Our beautiful coast is home to an array of wildlife and scientific protections and we would encourage people to take home their rubbish, stay safe in the hot temperatures and behave responsibly during a day out to the beach.”

You can follow #MySefton and #Beachsafe on social media for more advice, news and videos, and via the following channels: @Sefton Council @MerseyFire @Merseytravel @nationaltrust @RNLI @BTP @NaturalEngland

View a video explaining Beachsafe here:

DONATE NOW and Support the Sefton 4 Good Charity Abseil! (Saturday 17th August)

On Saturday 17th August, Sefton4Good is once again taking part in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Abseil.

Our team of brave volunteers are facing a 150 foot free fall drop over the main entrance of the iconic Cathedral to help us raise money for local good causes in Sefton. All funds raised will be used to support our small grants programme.

Since 2016 we have distributed over £25,000 between more than 40 voluntary, community and faith organisations in Sefton. This money has been used in a wide variety of ways purchasing equipment for beach cleans to providing summer breaks for vulnerable children, from helping to establish dementia friendly film screenings to providing boilers and fridges for community centres, and much, much more.

All donations, no matter the size, will help to make a real difference to communities all across Sefton!


Please show your support for the Sefton 4 Good team and donate online to support the abseil – anything you can give will go towards supporting good causes across Sefton.

More information, such as the timings of Sefton4Good’s abseil time slot will be released closer to the event.

Saturday 17th August,
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
St James Mount
L1 7AZ

Check out what our volunteers will be braving below!

Celebrate the NHS with Tea and Cake

Health professionals in Sefton came together on Monday 8th July to hold a ‘Big Tea’ and cake bake event to raise money for a local NHS charity.

‘Big Tea’ events are being held across the country raising money for NHS Charities Together on and around the 71st birthday of the National Health Service. These donations will be distributed to a number of NHS charities throughout the UK to help further support and benefit local patients.

As NHS charities make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families and the wonderful staff who care for them, members of staff from NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG decided to bake cakes and raise money for The Walton Centre Charity, one of the many NHS charities that will benefit from the ‘Big Tea’ events.

Located in Liverpool, The Walton Centre is a specialist hospital trust dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “It was great to take a break and celebrate another fantastic year of the NHS. Thank you to everyone at the CCGs who participated in the bake sale by baking or buying some of the delicious treats here today. All the money raised will go to our local Walton Centre Charity, which helps so many people in our area.”

“I would also like to take this time to thank all of our staff, who work tirelessly to support people in our community. Last year was a big birthday for the NHS but it’s still nice to mark the occasion by doing something like this for charity this year. “

The CCGs are now encouraging others to hold their own ‘Big Tea’ celebrations in appreciation of the NHS. You can hold a tea party with friends or organise your own charity bake sale.

Further information, resources and a Plan a Party guide are available at

‘Food with Friends’ Grant; Living Well Sefton Community Resilience Grant re-opens!

Community groups in Sefton are being invited to apply for a ‘Food with Friends’ grant being offered by wellbeing organisation, Living Well Sefton.

This is the sixth round of the popular Community Resilience Grant and groups can apply for grants up to £2,000 for projects that focus on healthy eating which help to bring people together.

Individuals, with help from a Living Well partner, can apply for amounts of £500.

The grant offer also coincides with the relaunch of Living Well Sefton itself. At a celebration event attended by Matt Ashton, the Director of Public Health for Sefton, partners and stakeholders heard how the service has made a positive difference to hundreds of people’s lives and the ways this is going to be built on in the next few years.

“We are delighted to carry on supporting people throughout Sefton to make healthy lifestyle choices and the ‘Food With Friends’ grant means that more people will be able to benefit too,” said Karen Nolan, manager of Living Well Sefton.

Living Well Sefton has another reason to celebrate after recently winning the Health Partners category at the first NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) Awards as well as being shortlisted for a prestigious LGC (Local Government Chronicle) award in the Best Service Delivery Model category.

Anyone interested in applying or wanting more information about the Community Resilience Grant should visit email or ring 0300 323 0181.

Sefton Crowd – Crowdfunding Workshop (Tuesday 23rd July, 9.30am-11.30am)

Sefton CVS are pleased to be working in partnership with crowdfunding platform Spacehive and Sefton Council to offer local groups and organisations the opportunity to crowdfund for projects and initiatives.

Sefton Crowd is a new crowdfunding initiative in partnership with Spacehive which brings people across the borough together through incredible ideas and projects that our communities want to see happen. Do you have an idea that will improve and maintain our brilliant borough?

If you are interested in creating a project and being part of the Sefton Crowd then join us at this interactive workshop on 23rd July 9:30 – 11:30 at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre to find out all you need know. You will:

  • Learn more about Sefton Crowd and its Autumn funding round
  • Discover additional local and national funds available for your project on Spacehive
  • Access advice to start creating your crowdfunding campaign page
  • Explore how to best market and communicate your crowdfunding project

Whether your project is big or small, this is your opportunity to learn how you can make a real difference in your local area through Sefton Crowd.

Click register to secure your free place at this workshop via Eventbrite. If you experience any problems booking your place, alternatively please email

For more information on Sefton Crowd visit;


Foster for Sefton and Change a Child’s Life Forever

Fostering children is probably the most rewarding thing you will ever do, changing a child’s life forever by giving them love, security and the confidence to prosper.

If you are considering fostering, Sefton Fostering Service’s information evenings are a great way to learn more from people with the inside track, whether experienced carers or our social workers. The next session takes place Tuesday, July 16, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

Find out more at the Sefton Fostering Service website

Sefton’s School Uniform Bank Needs Your Help!

Sefton Council are appealing for kind hearted residents to consider donating to the local authority’s annual school uniform bank.

The council’s Schools & Families teams are preparing their seventeenth annual school uniform bank but are desperately short of vital good quality blazers for those pupils most in need.

Swops, Sefton’s school uniform bank scheme, has been running since 2002 and continues to go from strength to strength thanks to donations from people across the borough.

Clothing items both old and new are accepted at Sefton run libraries and Town Halls throughout the year and are then distributed to families and children in need.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In a perfect world we would not need food banks or school uniform banks but, sadly, they are a necessity.

“Last academic year we helped over four hundred schoolchildren and their families get access to much needed uniforms, from shoes to summer dresses and shorts.

“This year will be no different and we are appealing for our kind hearted communities to come together and help those families who are most in need. We really need good quality school blazers.

“Through the contribution of our residents we have been able to help those most in need and will continue to do so for as long as possible.”

To donate to Sefton’s uniform bank please visit one of the local authority’s library buildings or a Sefton Town Hall.

To access the scheme or for more information about uniform banks in Sefton please call 07837863075.

Trustee Position; The Atkinson Development Trust (Closing Friday, 30th August 2019)

The Atkinson Development Trust is a small charity, run by a small, committed group of skilled volunteers who have a shared love of The Atkinson 

We are looking to recruit some new Trustees to join our Board!

What we do

We raise money – from individuals, businesses and funding bodies – in order to support The Atkinson to use its heritage and art collections to connect with people. We aim to:

  • have a positive impact on local people’s lives
  • connect people with local stories
  • improve access to the collections and the building

How we work

We meet monthly, usually from 5-7pm, either at The Atkinson or Southport Town Hall.

Whilst maintaining the legal formalities, we aim to foster an informal atmosphere in which all individuals are invited to contribute to the discussion.  We want people to actively participate, be heard and feel valued for their knowledge and ideas.  As well as attending meetings regularly, Trustees need to be willing to take on some individual responsibility outside the Trust’s meetings to advance ideas which the Trust have agreed to.

We work supportively with The Atkinson to expand and enhance their work.  We do not work directly with beneficiaries and we do not influence the programming or running of the venue.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking to recruit three Trustees who will contribute the energy, enthusiasm and expertise we need in order to grow and thrive.

We’re particularly interested to hear from people with skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Fundraising
  • Law, including charity law
  • Marketing
  • the arts and heritage sector


For information on how to apply, a full role description, or to arrange an informal chat to start with, please email us at and we’ll get back to you.

Deadline for applications: Friday 30th August, 2019

We think being a Trustee is rewarding, but please note this is a completely voluntary, unpaid role.

Trans Service in Sefton Wins National Award

Trans Health Sefton has been named as a winner in this year’s Healthcare Transformation Awards 2019, which recognise the very best in innovation and improvement across the NHS.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG were jointly nominated in the Innovation in Primary Care category for their trans service in Sefton, which launched in November 2017.

Across the country, trans people generally experience poorer health care than the wider population, which can mean significant risks to their health and wellbeing. Many health professionals don’t have the relevant skills or understanding to achieve the best access and outcomes for transgender patients.

To address this, the CCGs in Sefton worked with patients and health professionals to design an innovative primary care based service. The service now provides timely and holistic support for transgender patients and their families to improve their experience and health outcomes.

Now in its second year, the ‘Trans Health Sefton – a unified approach to gender care’ service has gone from strength to strength. The clinic is the first of its kind and a true grass roots initiative. Patients say it is better and have reported higher levels of wellbeing.

A thank you card from a mum of a young patient reads: “Thank you so much for our meeting a few weeks ago. It means so much to know that someone in your position cares and has so much knowledge and understanding.”

In other areas of Merseyside patients are waiting for a service based far away with a long wait. To address this a new collaborative called ‘Cheshire and Merseyside Area Gender Identity Collaborative’ (CMAGIC) has been created with representatives from neighbouring CCGs including Wirral, Halton, St Helens, Liverpool and Knowsley, providers, a local endocrinologist, GPs and patient representatives to roll the service out in the region. As the service has been so successful in Sefton, CMAGIC have applied for funding to roll this out across Cheshire and Merseyside.

Anthony Griffin, chair of In-Trust Merseyside, who played a key role in the design of the service, said: “As chair of the local Sefton group In-Trust Merseyside I know that the trans community will be looked after by clinical staff who truly understand the barriers that trans people face when they engage with the NHS.”

Speaking about winning the award, Jenny Owen, commissioning manager at the Sefton CCGs, said: “Winning such a prestigious award is testament to the hard work of everyone in the team who care deeply about delivering the very best health service possible for people in Sefton.

“Whether you are questioning your gender identity and would like more information, if you’ve been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, or if you’ve had medical and/or surgical treatment before or not, the team at Trans Health Sefton would be happy to see you.”

Trans Health Sefton is available for anyone registered with a GP in Sefton and patients can be referred by a healthcare professional such as their GP, or can refer themselves to the service.

Dr Anna Ferguson, who runs the service at the Strand Medical Centre in Bootle, said: “I have seen people aged nine – mid 70’s at every step of their journey as patients.  It’s been an amazing, rewarding and at times heart breaking job to do. Rarely have I seen a group of patients who are more eager to engage and grateful for everything that has been done for them than the patients I have encountered through this service.

“Their individual stories are absolutely remarkable in terms of the adversity many have come through and their bravery in facing their futures.  It is a credit to the Sefton CCGs that they have funded my time to do this work and allowed me the luxury of spending more than the GP standard 10 minute appointment slot for these most complex of consultations. I am so pleased that the service has been recognised by the healthcare transformation awards.”

The Healthcare Transformation Awards were hosted by NHS Clinical Commissioners and Health + Care on 26 June at the ExCel in London. The full shortlist can be seen here:

For more information on the service please visit:

Enjoy a picnic with friends in Sefton this World Friendship Day!

Sefton Council wants its residents to celebrate World Friendship Day (Tuesday, 30th July) in style this year by bringing a picnic to their local park, beach or open space.

This is an opportunity during Sefton’s Year of Friendship for residents to enjoy one of the boroughs stunning green spaces with friends, neighbours or family.

World Friendship Day has been celebrated since 1930 and is all about bringing people together both to celebrate old friendships and create new ones. While World Friendship Day is mainly celebrated in Asia, the Council wants to bring it to Sefton this year and start a new tradition for residents.

Throughout its Year of Friendship, the Council is actively promoting ways residents can help make new friends and tackle social isolation. This picnic is an opportunity for people to check in on friends, family or neighbours who may live alone and invite them along to enjoy a bite to eat.

Sefton Council is also supporting the Liverpool City Region’s Year of the Environment and for this reason is encouraging anyone taking part in the picnic to think twice before using single use plastics.

Please make sure to tidy up after yourself by using public litter bins or taking your rubbish home with you if the bins are full and remember that BBQs are not permitted at the beach.

The Council is also encouraging local businesses, care homes, nurseries and hospices to hold their own picnics and give staff and residents the opportunity to get to know each other more.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance and Sponsor of the Year of Friendship, said: “I think it’s important for us to celebrate our friendships in the same we celebrate our significant other each year on Valentine’s Day.

“World Friendship Day is a chance for Sefton residents to pack a picnic and head outdoors with their friends and family and also opens up an opportunity for people to get in touch with people who may be socially isolated and invite them along for a day out.”

Anyone out enjoying a picnic is encouraged to share their photos with @SeftonCouncil on twitter using the hashtags #YearofFriendship and #SeftonsBigPicnic

To find out more about your local park or green space please visit

To keep up to date with Sefton’s Year of Friendship visit

Sefton Young Advisors are Recruiting! Revised Dates – Closing 5pm, Friday 27th September 2019

A Sefton charity is looking for young people who live in the borough and who want to improve life in their local community to apply for a Young Advisors post.

Sefton CVS wants to appoint new members to its team of Young Advisors, who help local organisations to understand the interests of young people, and how to get their message across to them in a more youth-friendly way.

Job Vacancy: Tenancy Sustainment Worker with Sefton Supported Housing Group (closing date: 12noon Monday 8th July)

Sefton Supported Housing Group (SSHG) is seeking applications for Two Tenancy Sustainment Workers to work across a number of temporary accommodation settings in the Sefton area. The posts will be employed by our partner providers, Excel Housing Solutions and Venus Charity.

SSHG is an organisation that promotes a work life balance to ensure staff are productive and remain motivated in their objective. Working 33 hrs per week, you will be required to have a flexible approach to your hours to meet your own personal commitments and the commitments of your clients.

Working with clients who are ready for move on to independent accommodation but may be prevented due to lack of opportunity, you will be required to find them suitable accommodation and provide support to clients to set up and manage their property until they are able to manage it independently.

Applicants will have a positive attitude, be confident, assertive, innovate and be able to establish a good rapport with clients and other professionals quickly. You must be able to work alone and be self motivated. Your role will require you to establish positive relationships with Registered Social Landlords, Landlords from the Private Sector, and local lettings agents.

Applicants must have general knowledge of the Property Pool Process and knowledge of the Welfare System (Benefits and Housing Benefit). Knowledge of Mainstay is desirable. A full clean driving licence is preferable.

Please note that two positions are available in two separate organisations.  For further information please go to: refer to the jobs section within the website.

For Venus Charity please email:

Job Vacancy: Youth Work Co-ordinator with Parenting 2000 (closing Monday 15th July 2019)

Parenting 2000 is a Sefton based  Charity established in 1993, we deliver  a number of services to improve the lives of  families, children and young people 

We have an vacancy for a youth Co-ordinator to lead our Alchemy Youth Service 

Job Purpose:  To provide, targeted support for Young People at risk to themselves or others. To develop services within the Crosby/Southport Youth Centres and to deploy and manage sessional staff and volunteers, to support the universal services within the area. 

Main Responsibilities: 

  • To take day to day responsibility for ensuring that the Alchemy Youth  service meets the needs of the commissioners, young people and local community
  • Work closely with Children’s Services, Youth Providers and other partner agencies and to attend Youth Providers meetings and other relevant meetings and events.
  • Work proactively with those Young People that are difficult to engage, using a variety of methods, in order to gain their trust and support them to address their issues going the extra mile to achieve this.
  • Create bespoke programmes of activity for vulnerable Young People in partnership with other organisations
  • To develop volunteering programmes that includes opportunities for Young People to develop their leadership skills. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Youth and Community Qualification, Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent – or demonstrable evidence of delivery at an equivalent level. 

Experience & Skills:

  • Experience of working with young people aged 11 – 19 years, including those displaying challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of leading and supervising staff and volunteers in a youth club work setting.
  • Knowledge of effective youth work and experience of working with service users in groups and as individuals

Working Pattern:  25 hours per week. There is an expectancy that workers will be available to work on at least 4 evenings per week as well as occasional weekend work.  The pattern of the remaining hours will be between Monday to Friday as agreed with a flexible approach for which time off in lieu 

Salary£23,900 pro rata,  plus Company Pension
Closing date:  Monday 15th July 2019

Job Description/Person Spec.
Application Form & Guidance Notes
Equal Opportunities Form & Equality and Diversity Statement

Closing date for applications is Monday 15 July 2019

Completed forms must be returned by email or post to: Head Office, Parenting 2000, Crosby Youth & Community Centre, 58 Coronation Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 5RQ.

Job Vacancy: Community Builder with the L30 Community Centre (closing Monday 22nd July)

The L30 Communtiy Centre are looking for someone who can get alongside the Netherton community whilst it builds.

For the last two years we have been working in Netherton, thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, on developing asset based community development approaches across the area.  The focus on what’s strong rather than what’s wrong has enabled this community to begin to discover and connect what is already there.  In the last few months, the buds have started to flower and community members have stepped up to take the lead.  They want to see a village where neighbours get together and look out for each other, they want to see local businesses supported and growing; they want a village where children, young people and adults who are on the edge feel a sense of belonging.

They need a special person to support their growing vision.  Someone who can get alongside, steward and serve whilst walking backwards.  They are looking for someone who loves their village as much as they do.  Anyone who applies for the role from the village and meets the requirements will automatically be offered an interview.

We know that this is a long term role.  We know that we only have two years Lottery funding left at the moment.  We have hope and believe that this work will continue (believe not guarantee!).

This is an amazing opportunity to be part of something special in Netherton.  In addition to support from The National Lottery Community Fund the area is also a Big Local area. Local people are keen to create a legacy. Can you help them do it?  Do you want to see if you have the gifts, skills and passion that we are looking for?

For an application pack please contact

For an informal discussion please email to arrange.

Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd July 2019. 

Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure and references are required if successful at interview.

The L30 Community Centre is based on the Sefton Estate in Netherton and sits under the umbrella of Fun4Kidz.

Registered office: L30 Community Centre, Stonyfield, Netherton, L30 0QS. Company Limited by Guarantee: 4201603. Registered Charity: 1091549