Kickstart Briefing Invitation – Take on young unemployed people through a Government-funded scheme (9th, 13th & 15th October)

VOLA Consortium and the VS6 Partnership would like to invite all local Voluntary Community Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector employers to an online briefing session about the Government’s new Kickstart job creation scheme. (Dates / times and booking details below.) 

Each session is only approx. 1 hour long (1 ¼ hrs max), so doesn’t require a huge time commitment in your already busy diaries and we will run it on 3 occasions over the next couple of weeks, on different days and times to give people as much of a chance as possible to attend. 

Options are:

  • Friday 9th October, 11am – 12:15pm
  • Tuesday 13th October, 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • Thursday 15th October, 2:30 – 3:45pm

If you would like to find out more please email josie.barrow@volamerseyside.org.uk (stating you name, position and organisation) to book your place

A link to the online Zoom meeting you book on to will be emailed out nearer the time (probably the day before).

Background and purpose of the sessions

VOLA is a member of the VS6 partnership, who have agreed for VOLA to act as the partnership’s lead body in coordinating a VCFSE sector option to the Kickstart scheme across the Liverpool City Region (LCR).  We will work closely with our VS6 partners to raise awareness of Kickstart and facilitate access to the scheme for local VCFSE employers.

The aims of the online briefing sessions are to:

  1. Raise awareness of the Kickstart scheme throughout the local sector.
  • Encourage local VCFSE employers to engage with the scheme and contribute to the sector doing its part in supporting young unemployed people (16-24) to get on in life, by taking them on through Kickstart-funded job placements and giving them a chance to prove themselves, whilst improving their employability skills and experience at the same time.
  • Promote our intent to act as an Intermediary Body, which involves coordinating access to national Kickstart funding for local VCFSE employers and supporting employability skills development of young people who secure jobs through the scheme. 

(Kickstart is managed by the DWP and an employer needs a minimum of 30 placements to be able to access the scheme directly, hence the need for Intermediaries such as VOLA.)

  • Gauge potential appetite/ demand amongst local VCFSE employers to get involved in taking on young people through the scheme, in order to help us plan our role as an Intermediary Body.

If you don’t know who VOLA or VS6 are and want to get a feel for what we do, please click here and see the good work we do in supporting the local VCFSE sector, people and communities across the city region!

  • VOLA  is a 60 strong consortium VCFSE sector skills and employment support providers operating across the Liverpool City Region.  We’ve been around for over 13 years now and have done some amazing work in supporting people to improve their skills, find work, move in to Further Education, and generally move onwards and upwards in life!
  • VS6 is a partnership of VCFSE sector infrastructure/support organisations working with the 8,600 VCFSE organisations and groups across the Liverpool City Region.  Your local CVS, or similar body and a range of other support organisations including the Community Foundation, MYA, Network for Europe and Together Liverpool are members of VS6, along with VOLA.

Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund (closing Monday 2nd November 2020)

What is the Community Environment Fund?

The Year of the Environment in 2019 was a success for the Liverpool City Region, with the Metro Mayor pledging £500,000 for community environment projects to continue the momentum.  The importance of this fund has been emphasised during the COVID pandemic; many people appreciating natural spaces, starting projects to green where they live and renewing their sense of community.

As a result, the Community Environment Fund (the fund) has been set up to aid a green recovery by assisting organisations to expand their good work and to support communities to engage in a range of environmental activities. To build back greener, reshaping our economy and society in a way that is greener, fairer and more inclusive.

The fund aims to:

  • Improve the environment in the Liverpool City Region (LCR).
  • Encourage long-term behavioural change.
  • Promote community engagement and participation in environmental projects.

The fund will support a wide range of projects covering the following themes:

  • Climate change and resilience
  • Air quality and transport
  • Water
  • Accessible green spaces, habitats and biodiversity
  • Waste and resources
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Carbon and environment literacy
  • Energy reduction
  • Food and agriculture

How much funding is available?

A total of £500,000 is available, this is split into three streams as follows:

Stream 1: LCR-wide projects across any or several of the environmental themes, with benefits across the City Region (i.e. two or more authority areas).

Projects that enhance or encourage carbon literacy, communication and engagement are particularly welcomed.

Applicants able to apply for £20,000 to £50,000.

Stream 2: Focussed projects that may target the achievement of specific environmental initiatives across a defined area such as a single authority area.

Applicants able to apply for £5,000 to £20,000.

Stream 3: Community projects to achieve environmental benefits in a specific area of the LCR, such as a school, local park or street.

Applicants able to apply for £300 to £1,500.

Who can apply?

The fund is available to a wide range of not-for-profit groups, including charities, schools or college, faith groups, residents’ associations or ‘friends of’ groups.

Timescales

Applications for Streams 1 and 2 open on Monday 5th October and will close on Monday 2nd November 2020 at 9am.

Stream 3 will launch on Monday 19th October and will close on Monday 23rd November at 9am. 

Visit https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/community-environment-fund/ for application forms

SAVE THE DATE! Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2020 “Rising to the Challenge” Maintaining Resilience & Supporting our Communities (Wednesday 11th November, 10am -12noon)

This half-day virtual assembly will bring organisations and partners together to focus on:

  • recognising the mobilisation and response of VCF organisations in Sefton during the pandemic,
  • consider what works and share learning, experience and practice
  • – identify the new challenges in our communities and how we respond
  • – how the sector can work towards being sustainable and resilient in an uncertain world

Key speakers: Councillor Trish Hardy Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing
Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive Sefton Council  
Workshops:TBA

Further details including a number of interactive workshops will be announced in the coming weeks, and to book your place please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk


FREE Upcoming Reducing Parental Conflict training (12th & 13th October 2020)

MeLearning

Sefton Corporate Learning Centre are offering free places on an upcoming Reducing Parental Conflict Training. This course is delivered as part of the Reducing Parental Conflict programme, which is designed to upskill practitioners in supporting parents to reduce conflict within their relationship, whether they are together or separated.

This course is designed for any multi-agency practitioners who have direct contact with children and families through their work.

Click here for for more information or to book your place 

Sefton Council FREE childcare offer to 2 Year Olds




Some two year olds in Sefton can get FREE early learning and childcare support if they meet one or more of the eligibility criteria.  If you meet the eligibility criteria, children would be eligible for funding from the term after their 2nd birthday. Late applications can only be funded from the date that you applied.

The aim of this support is to make sure that children from all backgrounds learn at the same rate as their peers and are school ready when they reach 5 years of age. Two year olds can receive early learning at a setting of your choice, including nurseries, children’s centres, playgroups, in some schools and with some childminders. 

To find out if your child is eligible apply online at www.sefton.gov.uk/2yearolds or contact your Health Visitor or local Family Wellbeing Centre. Alternatively, you can contact Sefton Council on 0151 933 6021 or email: 2yearolds@sefton.gov.uk

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Administrator (closing 12noon, Monday 12th October 2020)

Job Title: Project Administrator
Grade: £20,138
Location:  Sefton CVS Office 
Hours: Full time 35 hours per week

Job Purpose:
To work alongside the Project Manager, Project Co-Ordinator and Staff Team to provide an effective, timely and efficient monitoring and administration function for the Offender Mentoring Project. The role will consist of producing monthly reports for all statutory partners.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in the provision of monitoring and administration functions, and will be experienced in the use of Databases, Microsoft and Access applications and also being able to work well in a team and being able to adapt with changes that are made within the project. We are looking for someone who has excellent planning, organised and has telephone skills and able to liaise with statutory partners, volunteers and service users on a daily basis.

Please note: This post is funded until 30th June 2021

Downloads

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: 12 noon Monday 12th October 2020
INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED: w/c Monday 19th October 2020
All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Worker (closing 12noon, Monday 12th October 2020)

Job Title: Mentoring Project Worker
Grade: £21,962
Location: Sefton CVS Office, Prison & Community based   
Hours: Full time 35 hours per week

Job Purpose:
The Mentoring Project Worker will work on many aspects of the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project. This post will be supporting offenders of all ages or those at risk of offending, both in custody and in the community.

This varied and exciting role will see the post holder undertaking face to face assessments with prospective mentees, source suitable volunteer mentors and oversee and support the matching process. This post will see the job holder attending regular stakeholder meetings with statutory partners and supporting the volunteer recruitment and training process.

Please note: This post is funded until 30th June 2021

Downloads

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: 12 noon Monday 12th October 2020
INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED: w/c Monday 19th October 2020
All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: Project and Development Manager with The Orrell Trust (closing Friday 16th October)


We have a position for a Project and Development Manager for The Orrell Trust, based at St John & St James Church and Community Centre, in Bootle.  The post is resourced by funding secured for 2 1/2 years (35 hours a week) at a salary of £28,000 per annum.

The Trust are now at the point of wanting to consolidate its existing work and develop a future programme for the Trust and its activities. All referrals and enquiries are to be directed to elt@sefton.gov.uk or refer to the website www.seftonatwork.net

Closing Date 16th October 2020 
Interview Date 3rd November 2020

Click here for full details and how to apply

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board: Transitions and Exploitation Workshop (10am-12.30pm, Wednesday 7th October)

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board


The Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board are hosting an event facilitated by Steve Baguley and Kay Wallace from the National Working Group Exploitation Response Unit to present their perspective on ‘Transitions and Exploitation’ to our colleagues across Merseyside.

The board supports this opportunity to link up with Safeguarding Children Partnerships and Community Safety Partnerships across Merseyside. 

Click here for more information

To book a place please contact Vicky Palmer MSAB Performance Management Lead vickypalmer@wirral.gov.uk

Advice on Merseyside COVID restrictions from our Director of Public Health

With the new restrictions being introduced for Merseyside, and across the country, Sefton’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones has addressed a number of questions in relation to the new guidance here in Sefton.

For the latest information and restrictions in Care Home visitations please click here.

For the latest information and restrictions in school settings across Sefton please click here.

Click here to visit the Sefton Council website for more information

Updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for Faith Organisations and Places of Worship

The updated Church of England guidance includes:
• A new ‘Key Principles’ section 
• New FAQs on how the ‘rule of six’ affects regular church services; to what extent places of worship are exempt; Bible study groups or home groups; choirs singing and choir rehearsals.
• Updated FAQs including on individual prayer, regular services, outdoor worship, baptisms, weddings and ordinations.

Make sure you read the latest updates on the Church of England website.


Information and resources for other faiths: 

United Reformed Church Zoom & Social Media guidance

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK! VCFSE Assembly: Sustainable & affordable food in the Liverpool City Region

The VS6 partnership would like to invite you to attend the sixth in our series of online VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assemblies on sustainable and affordable food scheduled to take place via Zoom on Thursday 1st October from 10am to 12pm.

This event is for those who are providing emergency food aid and other food support services and the organisations involved in delivering them. It will give us an opportunity to start to think strategically about how we might develop a sustainable and affordable food plan for the Liverpool City Region.

Click here for more information or to book your place

The Steve Morgan Foundation announce £20m to charities from new fund

Philanthropist Steve Morgan will give another £20m to charities struggling with the impact of Covid-19.

Mr Morgan is match-funding a £10m award from Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and said the new £20m fund will help hundreds of charities stay open.

The philanthropist has already given out £50m in grants and committed another £250m since launching the Steve Morgan Foundation in 2001 but warned that the charity sector faced an unprecedented challenge because of the pandemic.

World Mental Health Day Event with Sefton In Mind (Friday 9th October)

On Friday 9th October, 10am – 1pm we will be celebrating the work of organisations that support good mental wellbeing in Sefton – with a special focus on men and mental wellbeing.

Chaired by Sefton Council’s Mental Health Champion – Councillor Paul Cummins, the online event will include guest speaker Darren Bee from Time To Change North West and the voices of Time to Change Champions.

To see the full list of Sefton groups showcasing their work and for more information click on the poster below. 

To book your place, please follow the link below; https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCQB0WwiB1UDaDWa4qiMws7FbK1YupX-2BYhBdfKlpeEK32A/viewform

VCFSE Assembly: Sustainable & affordable food in the Liverpool City Region (Thursday 1st October 2020)

The VS6 partnership would like to invite you to attend the sixth in our series of online VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assemblies on sustainable and affordable food scheduled to take place via Zoom on Thursday 1st October from 10am to 12pm.

This event is for those who are providing emergency food aid and other food support services and the organisations involved in delivering them. It will give us an opportunity to start to think strategically about how we might develop a sustainable and affordable food plan for the Liverpool City Region.

Click here for more information or to book your place

Sefton’s Public Health Director stresses coronavirus tests are only for people with symptoms

With a recent survey of the country’s coronavirus testing sites showing a quarter of people turning up for tests did not have symptoms, Sefton’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones has reminded residents they should only book a test of they have symptoms.

“People who do have any of the coronavirus symptoms, which are a high temperature, a persistent new cough or a loss of taste or smell must isolate immediately for 10 days and must stay isolated even if they are waiting test appointment at a nearby location to become available.

Mrs Jones said: “Testing is a crucial tool in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 but with the capacity of labs to process tests currently facing an enormous challenge, people should not book a test unless they have symptoms or have not been advised to take a test by a doctor or a public health professional”.

Click here to read the full article and for more information

National Youth Agency (NYA) Advice & Guidance – Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19

The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance.

The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.
 


 Click here to read the full guidance and for more information

Living Well Sefton’s Community Resilience Grants NOW OPEN (closing 30th September 2020)

Living Well Sefton are pleased to announce that the eighth round of Community Resilience Grant funding is now open! The focus is about supporting community groups, whether they are small, grass-roots or faith-based, to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic with projects aiming to help local people with their mental wellbeing and reducing obesity.

More than 100 projects have so far been funded through the Community Resilience Grant. These planned to improve health and wellbeing by reducing social isolation for older people, increasing people’s confidence, self-esteem and fitness as well as helping them build awareness of healthy cooking and nutrition, and encouraging the whole family in developing activities together.

The maximum amount to be awarded to organisations during this eighth round is £2,000.

Click here to view the grant criteria.

Download here for print versions of the Organisation application and individual application forms.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. If you want further information then email us on: LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk

Read about the community projects the grant has funded and the difference it has made to those who have taken part in this Impact Report .

LCVS Community Impact Fund NOW OPEN – (closing 8th October 2020)

The LCVS Community Impact Fund helps voluntary sector organisations and registered charities do even more to build stronger communities across Liverpool and Merseyside.

The fund has now reopened, with updated criteria designed to help organisations adapt and bring their communities back together safely, in line with Covid-19 guidelines.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £3,000, for projects that meet one or more of our four main priority areas: Health, Education, Income stability & Arts and culture. 

Applications will be assessed on the impact that the project will have on the lives of those who benefit.

Click here for full details of the Community Impact Fund

Latest Government Guidance for COVID-19

What has changed (14th September)

The government has announced new measures this week to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. 

Click here to view the latest Government guidance summary

From Monday 14th September when the new rules apply, it will be against the law to meet people you do not live with in a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble).

There will be exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people, including “for work, and voluntary or charitable services” and “youth groups and activities”. 

The guidance also states “venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines will be able to continue to host more people in total – such as religious services in places of worship”. 

Click here for more details of the exceptions

National Youth Agency (NYA) Advice & Guidance – Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19

The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.

This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and your existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to.

Everyone should read the guidance document below and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England. (Version 2)

** Despite the recent change to social gathering restrictions (9th September 2020), we can confirm that as an essential service, youth sector activity can continue unchanged where COVID secure to NYA guidance standards **

Additional tools and resources to support this guidance can be found here

National associations for specific types of organisations (uniformed, etc.) and activities may have additional advice and guidance to safeguard young people and in related areas of sports, culture and the arts, which are included in or make use of facilities for youth activities.The NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this guidance and approved of its release. NYA is grateful to members of a ministerial task-force who supported the development of this advice and guidance. Our thanks to:

  • Minister for Civil Society
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (Youth and Loneliness Team)
  • Department for Education
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Girl Guides
  • Local Government Association
  • Onside
  • Princes Trust
  • Regional Youth Work Unit’s Network
  • Scouts
  • UK Youth
  • Unison
  • Unite the Union
  • Youth United Foundation members

If you have any feedback for us, please email guidance@nya.org.uk

Please read our legal statement on the above guidance

VS6 Partnership COVID-19 Response Summary – NOW AVAILABLE

VS6 is a partnership of support organisations working with the 8,600 voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) groups operating across our Liverpool City Region (LCR).

WHAT DO WE DO? 

We work together to champion the vital role our sector does and could play in the future of the City Region, while seeking to shape local policy and implementation for the benefit of our communities.

HOW DO WE DO THIS? 

VCFSE support organisations have collectively engaged with public and private sector partners on a City Region level since 2004. In 2015, we formally launched the VS6 partnership in order to provide a voice, platform and action model for VCFSE participation. We’re focused on driving positive change by connecting the VCFSE sector with our developing city region. Together, we have links to 8,600 organisations across the six boroughs, and aim to support these groups – many integral to our communities – to collectively influence decision making.


HOW WE HAVE SUPPORTED THE VCFSE SECTOR THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The members of the VS6 Partnership have worked on the frontline within their sub-regions in the response to the current crisis. This has included:

  • Delivering the emergency response within communities with regards to access to food, medication & PPE.

  • Supporting charities and community organisations working within their area, providing advice on issues such as safe operating practices and access to funding.

  • Partnership member Community Foundation Merseyside has led on the distribution of £1.6m to the front line raised through the Metro Mayor’s LCR Cares fund.

  • Co-ordinating volunteers on behalf of local authorities, the NHS and the national scheme, ensuring relevant DBS checks and risk assessments are carried out.

  • Representing the VCFSE sector on several resilience & recovery groups including the Liverpool City Region Business & Economic Recovery Panel and Cheshire & Merseyside VCFSE Health & Care Leaders Group.

  • Providing the Local Authorities and Regional Combined Authority with valuable “on the ground” information about the situation in local communities, indicating where the urgent and emerging issues lie, and enabling a swift response from the authorities.

The Partnership has also contributed to the debate as to how the region should seek to rebuild and recover from the pandemic. It has convenient a series of themed online assembly events attended by representatives from over 160 different organisations. These events are being used to gather information and thoughts from the VCFSE sector which will then be brought together into a report. The partnership has also contributed to the Metro Mayor’s “Build Back Better” campaign and the recently published Economic Recovery Plan, which highlights the vital role that the VCFSE sector can play in the regions’ future.

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To view this page as a PDF click here.

Sefton CCGs: NHS is here for you and your family this August bank holiday weekend

Health leaders at NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reassuring local people that the NHS is here should they need it this bank holiday, 31 August.

Although GP practices in Sefton will be closed over the bank holiday, there are services and online support available to help people that need urgent treatment.

Some community pharmacies in the area may be open on Bank Holiday Monday – you can check your local pharmacies opening times on their website.

NHS 111 can be contacted 24 hours a day, either online or by phone. You will be assessed, given advice, and directed straightaway to the local service that can best meet your needs, including Sefton’s local GP out of hours team.

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “A lot of common illness and minor injuries can be treated at home with over-the-counter medicines. Some pharmacies in the area will be open and are a great source of health care advice and over-the-counter medicines.

“For medical advice, you can call your local walk-in centre to book an appointment.”

  • Litherland Walk-in Centre is operating from 8am until 8pm and you can book an appointment by calling them directly on 0151 475 4667
  • West Lancashire Walk-in Centre is operating from 8am until 8pm and you can book an appointment by calling them directly on 01695 402180
  • Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre is operating from 8am until 8pm and you can book an appointment by calling them directly on 01695 402180.” 

If you need a GP or other healthcare professional appointment on bank holiday Monday this can be booked in advance by calling your GP practice directly. Appointments will be available through the 7 Day GP Service in Southport and Formby which is open 9am -12pm and the GP Extra service in south Sefton which is open 10am – 1pm.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “It’s important to remember that the NHS is here for you and your family this bank holiday weekend and there is support available.

“If you are not sure what to do and need medical advice fast, call NHS 111 or go to NHS 111 online. Please call 999 or go to A&E if you are in a life-threatening situation or emergency, such as choking, chest pain, severe difficulty breathing, blacking out or blood loss.

“If you have any COVD-19 symptoms – such as high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell – use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online at www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 for advice.”

More information:

For more information about the GP Extra service in South Sefton visit: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/gp-extra/

For more information about the 7 Day GP Service in Southport and Formby visit: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/7-day-gp-service/

To find your local health services and to check pharmacy opening times in South Sefton, visit: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/find-nhs-services/

To find your local health services and to check pharmacy opening times in Southport and Formby, visit: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/find-nhs-services/

For more information about Litherland Walk-in Centre, visit: https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/walk-in-centres

For more information about the West Lancashire Walk-in Centre visit: https://westlancscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/our-services/west-lancashire-urgent-treatment-centre/

For more information about the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre visit: https://westlancscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/our-services/skelmersdale-walk-centre/

Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education pays tribute to children’s workforce as Sefton returns to school

Families are getting ready as schools open their doors to all pupils in Sefton from Tuesday 2nd September.

In the following video, Vicky Buchanan urges parents and carers to visit their school’s website to find the arrangements put in place for pupils returning during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Vicky also took time to thank all of the children’s workforce in Sefton, including teachers, early help workers, social workers and the many volunteers who generously give their time.

Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership warning people that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated

We are warning that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated as organisations across Sefton urge people to continue to be sensible on the Sefton coastline this Bank Holiday weekend.

The agencies who make up the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership include Sefton Council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Transport Police, National Trust Formby, Natural England, the RNLI and other key partners.

The partnership has again joined forces to remind visitors to the area to respect local residents and the beaches, parks and beauty spots in Sefton.

21 acts plus five films showcasing Waterloo will be streamed for Bank Holiday Virtual festival

A unique virtual music festival will be streamed online over the August Bank Holiday weekend to replace the cancelled Waterloo Festival.

Nineteen of the bands originally booked for the June Festival, which could not take place owing to the coronavirus pandemic, have recorded a 30-minute set at a ‘Covid-secure’ studio in Bootle on a full-sized stage with special effects. Plus, there are two international bands, from Brazil and France, taking the total number of acts to 21.

You can see the line-up poster here.

Neighbours from Litherland transform their overgrown alleyway into an amazing community garden

It all started during the lockdown, when the residents of Rufford Road, Jenny and Helen setup a Facebook group to keep an eye on their neighbours, making sure everyone was OK during this worrying time.

Realising how little outside space they have whilst working from home and seeing how much potential space was going to waste in the alleyway.

The residents decided to give the alleyway a new lease of life and started to transform it into a community garden for all the residents to enjoy.

After getting in touch with their local councillors to help with the removal of the bulky waste and rubbish, the resident set about pressure-washing and weeding the cobbles before putting out garden furniture and planters.

Upcoming FREE online training – Make Every Contact Count for COVID Recovery (16th + 24th September)

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is a national program which provides advice and support for healthy chats to address behaviour change, so that people can have better health and live longer, healthier lives. The aim of the training is to maximise the opportunities participants have to increase the number of healthy chats in Sefton.

This special edition of MECC will address the specific issues related to COVID-19, lockdown and recovery, such as poor mental wellbeing, limited access to exercise, unhealthy eating and drinking habits and loss of confidence and mobility; also tips and hints for remote or telephone conversations.

These 1.5 hour sessions are being offered:

Wednesday 16th September 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Thursday 24th September 2020, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Please click here to book on using Eventbrite, or alternatively please call us directly if you have any questions on 0300 323 0181

Sefton New Directions are recruiting 2 x Non-Executive Directors (closing Friday 25th September)

New Directions is delighted to announce we are looking to recruit two new Board Members to support our adult social care business.

Our work is centred around four key values, which were co-produced and defined by individuals using our services.  We are proud of our values which run through the veins of the organisation, determining how we make decisions, run the company, and implement change.

Our Core Values are: 

  • Big hearted – we are proud of the quality of care, empathy, and kindness we offer to the people we support and each other
  • Count on us – you can rely on us to meet the needs of those we support and each other
  • Together as one – we take pride in working as a team to deliver a person-centred service
  • People focused – we recognise the importance of transparency, trust recognition and development within our workforce.