New Autism support group launches in Southport

Access Sefton has joined forces with Sefton Living Well Centre to launch a new autism support group.

Anyone who has autism, Asperger’s syndrome or cares for someone who has these conditions are invited to the first meeting of the group on Thursday 31 March.

You can also find out more about local support services in your area and meet new people. View more information here.

Southport & Formby Community Services Survey

Since December 2015, Southport and Formby CCG have been asking local residents to give their views about the range of NHS treatments that are known collectively as community services – including blood testing, care for feet and leg ulcers, district nursing, pain control and community matrons.

Take a look at some frequently asked questions about thecurrent review and re-procurement of community services.

The views received up until the 31 March 2016 will inform the re-procurement of these services. People can still tell the CCG about their experiences of using these services after this date using the online form.

Across the NHS, commissioners have contracts with organisations like community health trusts and hospitals, which set out standards for the services they provide. Commissioners also have a legal duty to carry out re-procurement exercises for these contracts from time to time, and this helps to ensure that healthcare constantly meets expected levels of quality.

Find out more about Southp

Grassroots organisations to benefit from Merseyside PCC’s fund to cut crime

Twelve grassroots organisations which work to cut crime and protect communities on Merseyside have been awarded a share of more than £132,000 by the Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy received dozens of bids from community groups, charities and third sector organisations after opening up applications for grants from her Crime Prevention Fund for the third year running. A total of 116 bids were submitted for grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 with the total combined value being requested amounting to more than £1.7m.

The aim of the fund is to help local groups protect their communities, by stopping problems before they occur, reducing the opportunities for crime and by preventing people from becoming involved with anti-social and illegal behaviour.

Today, Jane has announced the 12 successful organisations which will each be given a share of this round of funding to make a difference in their neighbourhoods. Many of the organisations focus on preventing young people getting involved with crime and raising their awareness of key issues.

Among the successful organisations were the Royal Court Liverpool Trust who were awarded £20,000 to continue to run their hard-hitting drama Terriers. Terriers has received rave reviews from schools for helping to raise awareness among young people of the dangers of getting involved with gun and gang crime.

The Commissioner also awarded £15,000 to the Ariel Trust to help run their ‘It’s not OK!’ project aimed at providing resources to support teachers to deliver preventative education to young people on a range of issues, including domestic, homophobic and online abuse.

The funding will also go to Breckfield and North Everton Neighbourhood Council (BNEC) to help them deliver their Making Waves project which delivers both outreach and centre-based services for young people living in areas of high deprivation. £18,000 was allocated to BNEC to help run a free gym and fitness sessions, as well as gun and knife crime awareness workshops.

A scheme to improve the skills, lives and well-being of unemployed young people in some of Liverpool’s most deprived areas will also benefit from the grants. Employability Solutions received £9,000 to help run their ‘This is my Story’ project which focuses on tackling gun and gang related problems in the Speke and Garston area

Other successful projects will look to increase awareness of forced marriage in schools which have been identified as having high-risk students, a scheme to prevent repeat incidents of domestic abuse, increase knowledge and awareness of abusing legal highs and substance in schools, colleges, workplaces and youth clubs across Merseyside and a scheme which supports serious substance misusers to recover from addiction.

The funding will also be used to support Liverpool Pride by providing funding for its ‘COME OUT of the shadows’ campaign which will see popular landmarks across the city lit up to help build awareness of LGBT issues. The project will initially see the Three Graces, the Radio City Tower and the Wheel of Liverpool illuminated.

Jane said: “Once again I received a staggering response to my invitation for bids for my Crime Prevention Fund.  The number and quality of the bids I received demonstrates the wealth of fantastic initiatives taking place across Merseyside to prevent and tackle crime and keep our communities safe.

“I am delighted to announce that 12 organisations will this year benefit from a cash boost from the Fund. Each of these organisations are taking an innovative approach to addressing the issues they have identified in the communities they serve. They each showed genuine passion and a real drive to make a difference.

“Providing these small grants to prevent crime before it occurs can have a huge impact in the long term by helping to deter people, especially young people, from entering the criminal justice system, reducing the number of victims and making our communities better places to live.

“I look forward to seeing all these projects being delivered over the next year.”

Organisations who applied for the funding needed to show how their project would work to tackle the objectives set out in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan. These include tackling serious and organised crime, preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, providing a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style, supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety.

Applications needed to demonstrate how the initiative would deter individuals from committing crime, reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, or lower reoffending. They were also assessed to see how well they would protect vulnerable communities. The fund was administered by Liverpool CVS and Sefton CVS.

Successful projects

 Scheme  Funding (£)
 Ariel Trust (It’s Not OK)  15,000
 Breckfield & North Everton Neighbourhood Council (Making Waves)  18,000
 Community Safe  12,000
 Employability Solutions  9,000
 Evolve Tackling Legal Highs & Volatile Substance Abuse  6,000
 Genie in the Gutter  6,000
 Liverpool Pride Lighting Strategy  4,460
 Merseyside Youth Challenge  5,000
 Moving On With Life & Learning Ltd  4,000
 Royal Court Liverpool Trust Ltd (Terriers)  20,000
 Savera Liverpool  14,300
 WEB Merseyside  18,260
 TOTAL  132,020

Huge success for Southport Macmillan Cancer Centre’s Health and wellbeing event

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched its new Cancer Recovery Programme at the sixth successful ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ on March 17 at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Almost 200 people attended the event and benefitted from the chance to chat to nurse specialists and people from key organisations at the various market stalls. Visitors also listened to talks, took part in activity sessions, had hand massages and watched a healthy food demonstration. Guests were also told about different support groups, such as the new Macmillan gardening group which starts in April.

The regular event, run in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, aims 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.

Feedback on the day was excellent with comments such as: “All fantastic and uplifting for mind, body and soul” and “Thank you for having these magnificent events that can really change people’s lives.”

Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Development Manager, Cheshire West and Merseyside, said: “The event was a real success and the convention centre had a real buzz about it as people walked around the stalls. It is so important for people to come together to find out about the help and advice that is on offer to them so I am glad we had such a good turn out.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “We are proud to support the Macmillan Centre in Southport. A lot of people don’t realise what is available to them on their doorstep so I’m hoping that people went away from the event with a better understanding and that they go on to use the support available to them.”

Jackie Brunton, cancer services manager at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “I speak to so many people who really benefit from the advice given at the regular health and wellbeing events and also from meeting likeminded people too, which is great to hear.

“Physical activity is a key element in the Cancer Recovery Programme, it can really lift people’s mood as well as keeping them fit and well so I would certainly recommend it. Please do sign up sign up to the next event if you have not been before.”

Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is situated within the Living Well Centre on Scarisbrick Avenue and is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (not bank holidays). No appointment is necessary and anyone affected by cancer is more than welcome to drop in for a coffee and a chat; they also have a wide range of Macmillan literature available, along with walking, craft and singing groups to join – and new for 2016 is a new gardening group.

The next Health & Wellbeing Event will be held on Thursday June 30 from 1pm – 3.30pm at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, this event is free and anyone wishing to book a place should call 0151 288 6893 or email

Safe Sleep Edition of the Merseyside CDOP Newsletter

Through this newsletter, Merseyside CDOP aim to raise awareness amongst frontline professionals, parents/carers and families of some of the risks to children that have been identified through the CDOP work.

Click here to download the newsletter

Safer Sleep for Baby Poster 

Click here to download the Safer Sleep for Baby Information Poster

7 Minute Briefings 

Please see below for the latest 7-minute briefings.


No 3 Safer Sleep – 7 min Briefing (Sefton)

7 minute briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI. It is based on research, which suggests that seven minutes is an ideal time span to concentrate and learn. Learning for seven minutes is manageable in most services, and learning is more memorable as it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures.

The Stroke Association: Take a Moment… Know Your Blood Pressure Campaign

Through March and April 2016, the Stroke Association are raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke.

On 1 March the Stroke Association launched the Take a Moment campaign. They will be asking people to take a moment to order a free blood pressure information pack – by downloading the pack they will be taking the first step in preventing stroke. 

The pack provides information about the link between high blood pressure and stroke, details about where to get a blood pressure check and tips on how to maintain good blood pressure control.

High blood pressure can affect anyone of any age and often has no symptoms. The only way to find out if you have hypertension is to get your blood pressure tested.

Take a moment to get your blood pressure tested in order to enjoy more moments doing what you love, with the people you love.

Blood pressure testing is quick, easy and painless and you don’t need to book an appointment with your GP to get yours tested.

The free information pack is available to download from their website at

Success for Sefton’s Summit on Early Intervention and Prevention

Partners across Sefton are embarking on an exciting journey promoting further resilience in people and places across the borough.

More than 38 CEOs and directors from across the area along with 12 national experts including the Early Intervention Foundation, Lord Andrew Mawson, Lord Paul Scriven, Ralph Broad and Anne Hayward all attended the Sefton Summit on Early Intervention and Prevention.

The purpose of the summit was to unite thinking and determine some joint action – to make prevention plans real and bring new solutions to the table.

The day was split into sections with debates looking at what resilience is and what good practice looks like, discussions looking at joint leadership and group work focused on delivering action and impact.

With the support and backing of partners from across Sefton, the exciting event was co-ordinated by Charlotte Bailey, Executive Director at Sefton Council. She said: “The summit was a real success and I have had so much positive feedback from the local executives and directors.

“Many people said it was a real start of a journey and the action that came out of it gave us an opportunity to work in less traditional ways. The engagement of business and the role of economic growth on social mobility was seen as an area of added value in the conversation.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are committed to working with others to try new ways of working and this event has opened the doors for us to be even more creative and forward thinking.

“The response to austerity and its impact on communities, businesses and public services could be a story of doom and gloom if we let it.

“However in Sefton we are rising to the challenge like never before and using innovation and partnership work to build resilience right across the borough.”

There were some core themes that emerged from the summit including an agreement to look at social entrepreneurship from the community, how to establish the right partnerships at the right time and how to work as a collaborative to jointly own the agenda.

Guests heard from national speakers about how the digital revolution is providing a modern day platform to build resilience; how communities’ personal skills and talents create resilience; how social entrepreneurship can take small ideas and grow them into large positive changes; how strategy does not create change but action does; how schools can act as hubs of activity and how investment in vital infrastructure can mobilise a community.

Charlotte Bailey added: “With regards to action that came out of the day, I was impressed with what emerged. We have a commitment to Bootle place shaping and a two-day workshop.

“We had commitment from a multi-agency group to trial a new prototype for working together at Litherland, developing a community-service-business model and an interesting idea at Seaforth about how four houses can enable regeneration around the Port through social entrepreneurship.

“There is a commitment to look at a pilot around asset based development and enhance what we do together around increasing digital skills.”

Angela White, CEO of Sefton CVS, said: “In Sefton we never sit still and wait for problems to happen. Instead we work hard to get ahead of the game and take proactive action.

“The Sefton Summit is a real example of this and a commitment from key leaders across the area to invest time and energy into promoting a resilient borough. These piece of action will help us learn across Sefton about how we grow the prevention and early intervention agenda. This really is an exciting time for us all.”

Chris Burgess, Regional Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, added: “This has been a great opportunity to pick up a joint conversation, to share skills and work together.”

Young people design pioneering safeguarding service in Sefton

A young woman from Southport was recently rewarded for her role in giving a makeover to a pioneering new service for young people in Sefton.

Winning a competition to design the logo and branding for Sefton Council’s Community Adolescent Service (CAS), Emma Currie, who is 14 years old, beat stiff competition with her logo design, which focused on togetherness, community cohesion and young people – three key aspects of the project and design brief. Not only was Emma awarded prize vouchers, she was also invited to spend an afternoon with Nonconform, a design agency in Liverpool’s creative and cultural quarter, to work on her designs and bring the identity of the service to life.

Created by Sefton Council with the help of innovation funding from the Department of Education and Central Government, the CAS is a new way of working to support young people age 12-25 to deal with issues that may lead them to crime or entering the care of the Local Authority.

Under the banner of ‘One Family, One Worker, One Plan’, the Community Adolescent Service (CAS) works with young people and their families to help them deal with risk in their lives, including child sexual exploitation, alcohol and drug abuse in their family or with friends, truancy, running away from home and peer pressure to take part in gang related crime.

Aiming to have one worker and one plan for young people referred to the service (young people can also self-refer), the CAS team only works with young people want them to and is made up of social workers, youth offending support workers, Police, mental health, substance misuse and family support services.

Backing for the service from Central Government, was secured following a successful bid from Sefton Council to obtain funding for projects that work creatively with young people to reduce the need for care and youth detention. CAS is one of only two projects to have won this support in the North West.

John-Joseph Kelly, a local councillor and Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, is a keen supporter of the new service,

“It was a pleasure to be part of the judging panel for the CAS logo competition and hand the winning certificate and prize to Emma, who was a worthy winner.

I am very much aware that the competition was a fun element to what is a service with a very serious purpose: to ensure young people at risk of sexual exploitation, substance misuse and criminal activity are reached before those risks increase or they come under the care of Sefton Council.
It is in the interests of Sefton’s young people, the Local Authority and Sefton’s communities that the CAS is successful and leads the way to a new approach to supporting young people.”

Andrew Weatherstone, Director at Nonconform, said:

“The team and I were very impressed with Emma’s ideas and her clear vision for the branding of the service, which made working on the project both a fun and smooth process. We are proud to have won the opportunity to be involved in such an interesting and innovative service.”

You can learn more about the Community Adolescent Service by visiting or by using #speaktoCAS on Facebook and Twitter.

Hear more about your local NHS (CCG Governing Body Meeting – 30-31st March)

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton have announced the dates of their next governing body meetings and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along.

The CCGs’ hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “The governing body is a formal meeting and it’s a way for people to find out more about what we’re doing. They can also ask us any questions ahead of the meeting getting underway.”

Andy Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “The meetings are also a chance for residents to meet some of the doctors and other professionals that make up the governing body and to listen in on the discussions taking place.”

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 March at The Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

The NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 31 March at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

Anyone who is interest in attending is asked to

Sefton CCGs shortlisted for prestigious student nursing award

A joint scheme between NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG has been shortlisted in the prestigious Student Nursing Times Awards 2016.

The CCGs have made it into the final round of the ‘Student Placement of the Year – Community’ category, after becoming the first accredited hub in the country to offer bespoke placement opportunities to student nurses.

Through the scheme the CCGs provide students with a structured learning environment, offering them the support and experience they need for their future careers.

The placements that the CCGs offer introduce pre-registration student nurses, student quality ambassadors (SQAs) and care makers into a commissioning setting in order to improve quality of care.

The collaborative work the CCGs have been doing with Edge Hill University and the North West Placement Development Network (NWPDN) means that students are mentored by the quality team at the CCGs with the opportunity to interact with board level professionals and attend high level strategic meetings. They are also given the opportunity to input into the development of the CCGs’ strategic plans and commissioning priorities to ensure that quality of care of patients remain at the centre of what they do in a complex commissioning environment.

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse for both CCGs, said: “We are so pleased to be shortlisted in the Student Nursing Times Awards. We have worked extremely hard to put the student placements together working with Edge Hill University and NWPDN, so it means a lot that this has been recognised.

“The feedback that we get from our students is that there is nothing better than getting that hands on understanding of becoming a nurse and here at the CCGs they have the best of both worlds. They can see how it works from the CCGs’ offices and attending high level meetings then they can go into practices to get the wider experience of a nurse’s role. It is invaluable experience for them.”

These awards are the only one of its kind to celebrate the very best in student nurses and nurse education. They pay tribute to student nurses who have demonstrated the academic achievement, clinical prowess and personal qualities that will make them brilliant nurses.

The awards ceremony will take place on 28 April 2016 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Visit the awards website ( for more information.

Sefton Veterans Project helps Seaforth hero receive his father’s lost medals

A WAR hero from Seaforth has been formally presented with the medals of his father who served in the First World War.

Henry Edward Whetnall, 89, was joined by other veterans at the Bowersdale Centre where they were given medals in a touching ceremony attended by the Mayor of Sefton and MP Peter Dowd.

Henry, who served for his country during the 1939-45 period in a bomb disposal team in Palestine, has social media to thank for helping to reunite him with his father’s medals.

The Champion reported in February 2015 how the ex-serviceman was given his own medals which he had lost after getting help from Sefton Veteran’s Project.

The group then shared the story on social media and Henry’s distant cousin, Rita, who lives in America, spotted it while researching her own family tree and decided to get in touch.

She helped Henry locate his father’s medals and a presentation was held on Wednesday, March 2.

David Smith of Expect Ltd and Project Manager of the Sefton Veterans Project, said: “It was an incredible story last year. When Henry told us about his missing medals, we worked hard to track them down from the Ministry of Defence, and it was a very moving presentation.

“As soon as Rita got in touch, we knew we had to present Henry with his father’s original medals to give the honour and respect both men deserved.”

Sefton Veterans Project is delivered by the charity Expect Ltd, a charity providing services to people living with learning disability and mental health problems.

The project’s primary focus is the mental wellbeing of ex-service personnel and their families, and part of its work is to track down and reunite veterans with their missing medals.

Two other local veterans, Tess Cameron and Colin Johnson, joined Henry last week as they also received lost medals.

Tess, who served in the Royal Navy from 1943-46, was reunited with her Second World War General Service Medal and Colin, who served in the Royal Green Jackets, received the Long Service and Good Conduct medal, awarded after 18 years of service.

David added: “Reuniting veterans with lost medals is just one aspect of our work.

“We believe it’s incredibly important to formally acknowledge these military honours.

“It’s bringing back pride, recognising those who risked their lives, and not forgetting theirs and their fallen comrades’ sacrifices.”

The medals were presented by Commodore Gary Doyle, a senior Royal Navy officer and the new regional commander for Northern England and the Isle of Man.

Sefton OPERA’s ‘In Stitches’ events (Wednesdays, 10am-12noon at St Matthews Church)

Are you interested in meeting likeminded people who love to knit/crochet and have a cuppa?

Held on Wednesday 10.00 a.m till 12.00 a.m at St Matthews Church, Stanley Road, Bootle.  If you would like to come along please ring us on the number or just come along and have some fun.

Please contact on 0151 330 0479 or

Sefton O.P.E.R.A
St Matthews Church
410 Stanley Road
L20 5AE

The Northern Club and Sefton Council Hope to Inspire a New Generation of Olympians

Sefton Council has teamed up with Northern Hockey Club in a bid to try and encourage more young people to take up the sport ahead of this year’s Olympics in Rio.

The two satellite clubs, aimed at young people aged 7-18 years old, are run by qualified and DBS checked coaches and will take place at the recently renovated astro turf pitch in Crosby.

Sessions are £2 per person or free for members and will take place Sundays, 10.30-12pm.

Northern has recently benefited from the installation of flood lights as a result of a successful funding application to Sport England Inspire facilities.  This has made hockey and other sports more accessible throughout the year with coaching and games now taking place day and night 7 days a week.

For more information contact Craig Moran either by phone 07902828617 or via email. Alternatively visit the Northern Club website

Schoolchildren Support Police Campaign To Clampdown On Scrambler Bikes

Schoolchildren in Sefton have given their support to Merseyside Police’s campaign to stamp out the antisocial use of off-road and scrambler bikes.

Primary schools in the Bootle, Seaforth and Litherland areas were selected to take part in workshops jointly run by neighbourhood police officers, anti-social behaviour unit staff from Sefton Council and Alder Hey hospital staff.

At the completion of the workshops Year 6 pupils were asked to design a poster on the theme of ‘anti scrambler bike use’.

The best ten posters were chosen by a panel of judges.

Funding for the project was obtained through the Chief Constable priority fund, community engagement fund and Sefton Council.

The 10 winners of the competition – who are from Bedford Primary School and Lander Road Primary School, both Bootle, and Rimrose Hope CE Primary school In Seaforth – will attend a presentation at Bootle Town Hall on Thursday 25 February – which will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, local councillors, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, former Everton FC players and representatives from Merseyside Police.

The prize for each of the 10 winners will be a PGL adventure weekend at Winmerleigh Hall in the forest of Bowland.

Neighbourhood inspector Ian Jones said: “The issue of scrambler bikes is one that that Merseyside Police takes very seriously and we will do everything we can to take them off the streets and find the people responsible for using them in an illegal, dangerous or antisocial way.

“Many riders don’t give a moment’s thought to the consequences of their actions and the misery they bring to decent law-abiding members of the community.

“We felt it was important that we engage with schoolchildren at a younger age to make them aware of the dangers of using off road bikes and the associated links with gangs.

“The posters they submitted for the competition are evidence that they feel very strongly about the issue.

“By involving partner agencies and the community we hope that we can get the message across and combat this problem.”

Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “We were delighted to work in partnership with our many different agencies to tackle the problem which scrambling and anti-social behaviour can cause.

“This initiative enabled us to engage with young people before they could get involved with such anti-social behaviour and it got them thinking about the issues surrounding this.

“Congratulations to everyone involved as the project enabled many young people to use their time in a positive way.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Sue Murphy said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to present the awards to the winners of this competition and meet the young people who have been involved with Merseyside Police’s campaign.

“The Commissioner and I have heard repeatedly from people across Merseyside about the suffering and misery that the dangerous and illegal use of these bikes causes in our communities. That is why it is so important we engage with our young people from an early age and make them aware of the potential dangers and consequences of getting involved with anti-social use of bikes.

“It’s clear from the posters that the youngsters have created that they have really understood these messages and are keen to show their support. I congratulate the winners and all the young people who have taken part, as well as the officers and staff who have worked on this effective campaign.”


Nominations for the Sefton Sports Awards 2016 Now Open

There is set to be some very special sporting moments in 2016, the Rio Olympics, the Paralympics, the World Track Cycling Championship in London, Euro 2016 and of course, the return of the Sefton Sports Awards.

Taking place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 13, the annual awards ceremony recognises and rewards the outstanding talent and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools.

The event, organised by Active Sefton which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, is in its 15th year and online nominations can now be made to recognise those who have made a real difference to grassroots sport across the borough.

Nominations can be made in the following groups:

• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Sefton Sports Awards is one of my favourite events of the year and a fantastic opportunity for those involved with sports across the borough to be recognised for their efforts.

“I look forward to seeing another strong list of nominations this year.”

Tina Pilkington, Development Manager at Sefton Council, said: “Do you know a volunteer who has given up their time to support others or a sports club which has been really successful?

“If so, we want to hear from you so they can rightfully be recognised at the prestigious Sefton Sports Awards.

“Last year’s awards night was a fantastic occasion and it was great to have local Olympian Daniel Purvis in attendance and while we can’t announce this year’s Guest of Honour just yet, I can promise it will be another night to remember.”

Winners in selected categories of the Sefton Sports Awards go on to be nominated at the Merseyside Sporting Champions Dinner. In 2015, Holly Hibbert and Dominic Batty took home the Sefton and Merseyside double, being crowned Young Sports Person of the Year and Volunteer of the Year respectively.

Nominations can be made at The deadline for entries is June 6, 2016.

Ace Fund Grant For Friends of waterloo Seafront Gardens Project

An ambitious project to create a major new flower bed in a disused pond in Waterloo is the latest recipient of funding from a south Sefton environmental grant scheme.

The Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens have received £700 from the Regenerus Ace Fund to transform the ornamental pond in Crescent Garden with a mix of shrubs, plants and herbs.

The pond was the spectacular centrepiece of the garden when it was created in the 1930s, but in recent years it has become difficult to maintain and an eyesore.

Now the Friends, working with Sefton Council Parks and Green Spaces Department, are giving it an exciting new look with almost 200 new plants, chosen to ensure that the new bed is interesting throughout the year.

Karen Abram, who is co-ordinating the project for the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens, commented: “We’re very grateful to Regenerus for this funding which will help to make a big difference to an area of the gardens that had become rather run down.

“Our aim has been to create an attractive, easy to maintain new feature that will benefit both the local community and the many visitors who come to our area to see Sir Antony Gormley’s Another Place sculptures.”

Regenerus Ace Fund Co-ordinator, Eve Money, said: “We’re delighted to be able to fund this project which is exactly the type of scheme that our fund was set up to support.

“The volunteers from the Friends have done a great job in coming up with a sustainable new use for an old, disused feature and I very much look forward to seeing the full results of their efforts later in the year.”

Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Ian Moncur, added: “I am delighted that this new flower bed will bring back to life what once a fantastic feature of the gardens.

“I would like to express my thanks to Regenerus for funding the project and also the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens for their continuing hard work to ensure our parks are beautiful places to visit.”

The Regenerus Ace Fund provides a grant of up to £700 each month to a project that will help to improve life in the organisation’s core south Sefton operating area.

Applications from established community and voluntary organisations are welcome, but the Ace Fund is also open to informal groups of local residents joining forces to work on a one-off project.

For more information about future Ace Fund grant opportunities and an application form visit or ring Regenerus on 0151-934 2637.

For more information about the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens visit

Sefton supports campaign against domestic violence – ‘Be A Lover, Not A Fighter’

Representatives from Sefton Council and the wider community showed their support this week for a new anti-domestic abuse campaign taking place across parts of the North West.

‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ is running across areas in Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire in a bid to encourage people to talk about the problem and know what they should do to help if someone is experiencing domestic abuse. It is asking people to wear the ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ badge and offer another to a friend or family member.


Click here to download information about local services across Sefton 

Click here to download a selection of campaign posters

You can also click here follow the campaign on Twitter (@ilovernofighter)

You can also click here to follow the campaign on Facebook 


This year, the second year that the campaign has taken place, the initiative is focusing on children as a staggering 90% of domestic abuse is witnessed by children.

The face to face engagement event on March 1 at The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, was part of 12 public engagement events taking place as part of the campaign.

Run by public health partners, ‘Be a Lover not a Fighter’ will be seen across seven local authorities in Cheshire and Merseyside areas and across Lancashire, building on the work first delivered by the Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health Collaborative (Champs).


Matthew Ashton, the public health lead for the campaign said:

“Domestic abuse is never acceptable. This campaign aims to highlight the issue of domestic abuse, particularly the impact on children, and stop domestic abuse being a hidden issue in our communities. Domestic abuse is about more than physical violence. The short and long term impacts on children are huge, on behaviour and educational achievement as well as physical and mental health, including increasing the risk of suicide and self-harm. Creating the environment where domestic abuse is understood better and accepted less will help support our local work and we want to encourage people to pledge their support.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing said:

“Domestic abuse has significant psychological consequences for everyone involved especially children in this case. More needs to be achieved and we at Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board are working in partnership to respond. We welcome anything that raises awareness about what domestic abuse is so people can understand the issue and we can help more people.”

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered domestic abuse with two women killed every week and two men killed every month in the UK by their partners. About half of violent relationships involve violence by both partners.

Celebrities including DIY SOS and National Lottery presenter Nick Knowles, Superbike World Champion Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty,  ‘Shameless’ and ‘Cuffs’ star Karen Bryson, Dancing on Ice star Dan Whiston, ‘Benidorm’s’ Crissy Rock, Hannah Hobley and Philip Olivier and singer Russell Watson have all offered support for the campaign.

For more information, where the engagement events are being held or to find out how you can pledge your support go to

Get Involved Group – People First Merseyside

The Get Involved Group, from People First Merseyside, have announced dates and venues for their meetings this year.

Please find attached papers for the Get Involved Group, please note I have attached the Dates for 2016 again as we have had to change the venue for some of the meeting due to the closure of Duningsbridge centre.

Following the closure of the Dunningsbridge Centre, some meetings will now be held in the Community Learning Centre on Cambridge Road.

The next meeting is on Friday 11th  March and as always, is a great chance for attendees to have a say and make a difference.

If you need any more information, please contact Joanne English on 0151 329 2137.    
Click below to download the following:

Get Involved Group Meeting Flyer

Times & Venues for 2016 Meetings.

Where is the meeting?




Free training courses for people with a learning disability (People First Merseyside)

People First Merseyside are offering FREE ‘Road Ahead’ Training Courses in Sefton, for People with a Learning Disability aged 18-30.

The first Course this year is Friday 15th April 2016, with a venue in Sefton to be confirmed.

Each course has 8 sessions and all the training is delivered by other young people with a learning disability. Places are limited to 12 people for each course and it will be on a first come first serve basis.

Please phone 0151 707 6751 to book a place or to find out any further information about the training courses.

Some of the things young people with disabilities said about last years courses:

  • “I stood up in front of everyone and talked.”
  • “It was great fun I loved the giant Jenga game.”
  • “I’ve made lots of new friends.”
  • “I am going to be a trainer on the next course.” 

The trainers said:

  • “I feel really proud of myself I’ve done a really good job.”
  • “I want to do it again it has been amazing.”
  • “I love telling people about my life and where I live.”

The aims of the course are to:

  • Improve people’s confidence and self esteem.
  • To help people be more involved in the community and being less isolated.
  • To help people have happier and healthier lives.

Click here to download a flyer from People First Merseyside. (pdf.)

No Smoking Day 2016

Smokers in Sefton are being encouraged to kick their habit for this years ‘No Smoking Day’, Wednesday 9 March.

Sefton SUPPORT, the local NHS Stop Smoking Service, is supporting the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to help smokers quit by creating a supportive environment and highlighting the help that is available.

Smoking increases the risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions such as cancer, heart disease and strokes; and is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK. Since it’s inception in 2001, Sefton SUPPORT have helped thousands of local residents to quit smoking and live longer, healthier lives.

No Smoking Day in Sefton is aiming to inspire smokers to set their quit date, stub out their last cigarette and access the available across the borough. According to Public Health England smokers are four times more likely to quit for good with the advice, support and medication on offer at NHS Stop Smoking Services.

Sefton SUPPORT offer drop-in sessions across the borough, six days a week. No appointment is needed and clients can receive free one to one support from one of the team’s expert advisers and nurses.

Smokers are asked to call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 to get started and to find out the times and venues of their local stop smoking clinic.

The team will also be on hand at the May Logan Health Centre in Bootle, on No Smoking Day, between 9am and 12pm. So why not make 9th March 2016 the day you kick the habit for good!

Click here to download your NSD2016 Poster

For more information or support to quit smoking contact Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 or visit You can also follow @SeftonSupport and #NoSmokingDay on Twitter to keep up with the action.

Have Your Say on Sefton MBC’s Draft Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy (closing Friday 22nd April)

Sefton Council would like to notify residents that it is consulting on the Draft Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy. The Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy is a strategy that assesses the demand and supply of playing pitches and what the key issues are in relation to playing pitches in Sefton. The strategy also comes up with key recommendations on how to improve the quality of playing pitches in Sefton.

The Strategy covers the following sports:

  • Football pitches
  • Cricket pitches
  • Rugby union pitches
  • Artificial grass pitches (AGPs) (Hockey)
  • Bowling greens
  • Tennis courts
The council is keen to hear from any groups or individuals who are involved in sports or have an interest in sports provision in Sefton.

The draft documents are available at the following address:

Paper copies are also available at the Planning Service offices, at Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ and also at local libraries throughout Sefton.

We would like comments on the draft documents to be submitted in writing by Friday 22nd April 2016. Comments should be made via email to or alternatively in writing to the Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ.

Have your say on the future of Area Committees in Sefton

A public consultation into the future of the three Area Committees in Southport, Bootle and Sefton Central started on 1st February 2016 and will run for 7 weeks, ending on 21st March 2016.

The aim of the consultation is to establish whether Area Committees are the most effective way of talking with members of the public for Council business.

Sefton is also looking to modernise the ways that it engages with members of the public and stakeholders to reflect the new digital society.

As part of the consultation the following areas will be considered:

  • What is the current awareness of Area Committees and should they be retained as a way for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors
  • Functions of the Area Committees
  • What are the current and new avenues of communication for members of the public to engage with the Council and Councillors
  • What are the barriers that people experience in engaging with the Council
  • Any suggestions for improvement

The Council is always looking at the most effective ways for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors and through this process we want to positively look at optimising more modern ways of reaching our wider communities.  The consultation will give all residents the opportunity to have their say on the future of the Area Committees.

All comments received will be included in a consultation report which will then form part of a Cabinet report on the future of Area Committees in Sefton.

A number of events are taking place across the borough which give everyone the opportunity to have their say. These are taking place at:

  • March 7 – Southport Town Hall – 10am, 11am, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 15 – Bootle Town Hall – 2pm, 3pm, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 16 – Maghull Town Hall – 10am or 11am
  • March 16 – Formby Gild Hall – 2pm or 3pm
  • March 16 – St Luke’s Church, Crosby – 5.30pm or 6.30pm

You can register to attend one of the events by emailing or by calling 0151 934 4604.  The deadline to register is March 3rd for the Southport event and March 11 for all other sessions.

If you are unable to attend one of the consultation sessions, you can make your comments in writing or you can post them to Area Committee Consultation, Strategic Support Team, 7thFloor, Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 7UU.  Alternatively an on-line response form is available for you to complete at

The following questions will be considered as part of the consultation sessions and you might find it useful to use them as the basis for your response:-

1.    Are you aware of Area Committees?

2.    If you have have you ever attended one or raised an issue?

3.    Which Area Committee have you attended?


South Sefton

Central Sefton

4.    Should the Council keep Area Committees as a way for members of the public to raise issues with and talk to the Council and Councillors?

5.    What would be your preferred way of raising issues with and talking to the Council and Councillors if Area Committees did not exist?

6.    What do you see as the key barriers to raising issues and talking to the Council and Councillors?

7.    Do you have any other views or comments?

Please feel free to forward details of this consultation to anybody who you feel may wish to be involved.

PCC visits custody suites to see first-hand the work of volunteers

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner joined the chair of her Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) scheme as he carried out a night-time visit to two police stations to check on the welfare of detainees this weekend.

Jane Kennedy accompanied volunteer ICV Advisor Reverend Peter Beaman as he carried out unannounced visits to the custody suites at St Anne Street and Birkenhead police stations on Friday night.

This was the second time the Commissioner has joined the ICVs to witness their work and meet the staff in the custody suites.

The Commissioner is responsible for the ICV scheme, which see volunteers make random visits to custody suites across Merseyside every week to check on the conditions and make sure those who are being kept in the cells are being treated with dignity and respect.

There are currently 33 dedicated volunteers on Merseyside’s ICV scheme and last year they carried out a total of 290 visits speaking to more than 1,850 detainees. Rev. Beaman has been involved in the scheme since 1985 and he invited the Commissioner to join him as he carried out the Friday night visit.

Jane said: “Our Independent Custody Visitors give up their free time to visit police stations at all times of the night and day so they can go and check on the welfare on those who are being kept in the cells.

“They carry out an important public duty which provides reassurance to those detainees, who are potentially vulnerable, as well as to the public, the police and to me.

“I was delighted to accompany Rev. Beaman, who has given more than 30 years dedicated service to this scheme, as he carried out one of his regular visits to both St Anne Street and Birkenhead custody suites during what is a peak time for the police.

“It was really interesting to see for myself the essential work our volunteers do and the interaction they have with both the custody sergeants and officers and those who are being kept in the cells.

“Knowing that Rev. Beaman and the other dedicated volunteers are carrying out these visits on a weekly basis gives me peace of mind and helps the public to know that those who are being detained are kept in safe and appropriate conditions and receiving care of the highest standard.”

The ICV scheme was established following the recommendations of Lord Scarman in 1981 after his investigation into the Brixton riots and first began to operate in Merseyside in April 1984, with 20 members of the public being trained as visitors.

Find out more about the scheme here.

Vote for Southport Community Centre’s Garden with Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative!

Brighter Living Partnership (BLP) has been successfully shortlisted to receive funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.  Visit your local store to vote for the Garden at Southport Community Centre.

bags of help

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England
and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of
£12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

The public will now vote in store from 27 February until 6 March on who should receive the
£12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards

For more information please visit

Sefton Council Launch Disabled Children’s Database

Sefton Council has launched the Disabled Children’s Database to help parents of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities access support and advice from across the borough.

The Sefton Disabled Children’s Database, supported by the Aiming High Team, will host information on a range of organisations that can provide services, help and advice to support parent and child, including respite, short breaks, health, education, childcare, training, travel and more.

Parents who are registered with the database will also receive a copy of the highlyinformative Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter 3 times per year.

The database is voluntary and completely secure.

For more information, visit the Disabled Children’s Database page.

Sefton Sexual Health Service teenager campaign hits 50,000 milestone!

More than 50,000 condoms have been distributed to Sefton teenagers as part of a campaign to encourage safer sex.

Sefton Sexual Health Service has been running a condom distribution scheme for young people aged between 13 and 19 since 2008.

Known as the “C-Card” scheme, it has seen more than 50,000 condoms given out.

To mark National Condom Week, which starts on Valentine’s Day, Sefton Sexual Health Service is out and about during February speaking to young people.

The team will visit sixth forms and further education colleges to promote sexual health. Special promotional condoms will be distributed from jars during this time.

Ann Morris, C-Card coordinator, said: “The C-Card scheme has been a big success and we are delighted to have provided advice to many thousands of young people over the last eight years. To mark National Condom Week, we will be out and about throughout February distributing condoms.”

National Condom Week educates young adults about serious risks involved with unprotected sex. This includes the risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted infections as well as preventing unwanted pregnancies.

Sefton Sexual Health Services provides advice on all contraceptive methods, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatments including HIV, free condoms and pregnancy tests. It has a new website here:

Information on where to register for Sefton C-Card can be found at the website or on the Sefton C-Card Facebook page.

Did you know …?

  • Condoms date back to Roman times when animal bladders were used
  • The first rubber condoms was introduced in 1855
  • Japan accounts for more than a quarter of all condom sales
  • Condoms are still your only protection from someone else’s sexually transmitted infection (other than not having sex)

NHS South Sefton CCG: Sefton veterans inspire local NHS staff

A doctor’s surgery in Bootle has donated funds to the Sefton Veterans Project following a memorable talk from the leader of the project and ex-military himself, David Smith.

It follows a training session, organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) late last year to raise awareness of the Sefton wide project and the work it does to support military veterans.

Practice staff heard how David faced issues in adjusting to life outside the forces after 25 years of service and how he now works for the charity, Expect Ltd. Following discussions, the charity decided to start up the Sefton Veterans Project with the primary focus being the mental health issues ex service personnel frequently suffer on discharge from the armed forces.

The staff at Moore Street Surgery were so touched by the talk that they decided to donate £100 collected from a dress down day to the project.

Practice Manager at Moore Street Surgery, Helen Shillcock said: “Dave and the other veterans talk was so inspiring, it really made us think about how referrals to the project can seriously help veterans by giving them the support that they need.

“When you hear about how Dave and some of the other veterans have turned their lives around and are now helping others like them it is so motivating. We held a dress down day a while back and raised £100, we knew all along that the Sefton Veterans Project was where we wanted to donate the money to and they truly deserve it for all their hard work.”

The Sefton Veterans Project is managed by Expect Ltd, a charity providing services for people living with a learning disability or enduring mental health problems, and is an initiative between Sefton Council, Sefton CVS and the two CCGs in Sefton who have helped to develop the veterans strategy for Sefton.

Together, they have established a one stop facility in Expects Bowersdale Resource Centre, Seaforth for ex-service personnel and their families to provide help and advice with mental wellbeing housing, employment, dependency and financial issues. They also provide mentor support when referring to specialist mental health experts who fully understand a veteran’s needs and issues such as combat stress.

Dave Smith from the Sefton Veterans Project said: “We were overwhelmed when the surgery told us they’d like us to have the money. It is great to know that the talks that we do are so effective when really it’s just informing the public of what services we offer as a project and what experience we have been through to warrant such a service.

“The money will be put towards a retreat that we are taking some of our veterans on in Scotland in May and we are extremely grateful to the practice for choosing us. It is so important that people know about our service and that military veterans are referred to us so that we can help. It is so nice to give something back to those who have been through similar experiences.

”A huge thank you goes to Angela Curran, Locality Development Support at the CCG for organising the talk which has led to more referrals to the Sefton Veteran Project.”

For more information visit:

The NHS currently provides 12 mental health services across England specifically for veterans. They enable specialist staff to care for ex-forces personnel with mental health needs, direct them to the most appropriate service and give them effective treatment.

To help improve future care across the country NHS England are asking armed forces veterans to share their experience of mental health services.

The launch of their national survey will help improve the care available for veterans as they move from military to civilian life.

The survey is a chance for veterans to share their experiences and views of existing mental health services and to understand the reasons why some people have not sought or received support and treatment. You can complete the questionnaire here.

Could your business support Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s heroes?

Businesses are invited to sponsor an award scheme which recognises excellence in the NHS.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Pride Awards are in their eighth year.

They are for hospital staff and teams or those working in community health services who deserve special recognition for their excellence and professionalism.

There are several awards categories including a Patients’ Award. This gives the opportunity for patients and families to show their individual appreciation to a particular member of staff or team.

The Trust is keen to hear from businesses across Formby, Southport, West Lancashire and wider north west, interested in supporting this year’s Pride Awards.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for each of the award categories, starting at £750.

Ann Marr, interim Chief Executive, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “The annual Pride Awards offer a fantastic opportunity for the community to support their NHS heroes.

“We are grateful to our existing sponsors for helping to finance this event but would love more companies to come on board. The Pride Awards are designed to celebrate the contribution made by NHS workers in delivering outstanding care to residents across Formby, Southport and West Lancashire.”

Companies interested in sponsorship should email

Good News Story: Big Dogs, Small Dogs… LOTS of Dogs at Southport Community Centre

HUGE thanks to everyone who helped at our Dogs Trust microchipping event at Southport Community Centre on Tuesday 2nd February – it was a very cold & windy February day!

We had support on the day from our local PCSO Eve, the local dog warden Chris, park ranger James, Mike from the Dogs Trust, Mad Dog training, Lesley from Tesco, Ali, Emma & Alison (local residents)

A big thank you to The Print Quarter for our fabulous banners and a huge thank you to everyone who liked, shared & promoted the event for us – you really did a brilliant job of getting the word out there!

Thank you very much!

125 dogs were microchipped for free during the four hour session as part of the ‘Bag it and Bin it’ promotion we are highlighting over the coming months.

Local school children were invited to enter a competition to produce a ‘Bag it and Bin it’ poster and the event attendees all got the opportunity to vote for their favourites. The winners will be made into large banners to be displayed around the Devonshire Road Park area.

Fire Support Network’s Remove to Improve project – Freephone number now available

The Fire Support Network has launched a FREEPHONE number 0800 953 0065 to give people support and advice regarding keeping themselves safe in their own homes and help with clearing clutter or keeping gardens tidy.

Also as part of their CCG-funded project – Remove to Improve – they can offer Sefton residents a free property and lifestyle MOT visit to minimise hazards and risks, optimise self-care and prevent admission to hospital. As a result of the visit, the resident could get help with things such as grab rails, hand rails, a key safe, external security lighting. Basically, small interventions that can minimise the risk of falls. People just need to ring the FREEPHONE number above and ask about the property and lifestyle visits.