NAVCA: Civil Society Futures Report NOW AVAILABLE

This week sees the launch of the Civil Society Futures report – the result of a two year inquiry into the future of the VCSE orgs & what the sector needs to do to adapt to economic and social challenges over the next decade & beyond.

Aldi’s Christmas Food Donation Campaign – Important information for local charities (applications close Sunday 18th November)

All Aldi stores will close from 6pm on Christmas Eve until Thursday 27th December 2018 to give  staff a well-earned break, and stores will be donating unsold fresh food to good causes in the local community.

Each of the UK stores will select one charity from their local area who may benefit from a donation. 

A New Focus For Advocacy: Sefton Pensioner’s Advocacy Centre (SPAC) & Sefton Advocacy announce merger

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre and Sefton Advocacy are very pleased to announce that they are merging and that the new larger charity will be known as Sefton Advocacy.

Following a period of talks and consultation, the two charities decided that in order to keep providing high quality advocacy services to the people of Sefton it was in their best interests to merge and become a larger, single charity.

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre is currently a leading force in the field of older peoples’ advocacy projects, as one of the largest independent charities with an exceptional local and national reputation.  They have over 20 years’ experience of supporting the voice of older people with specific focus on people living with Dementia, Older people affected by Cancer, Housing & Care Projects and facilitating five older peoples’ forums across Sefton.   Sefton Advocacy’s expertise lies in the fact that it continues to be the only generic service within the Borough that offers one-to-one advocacy, help, information and advice. We have seen a growth of referrals with many more residents turning to our volunteer led service for support throughout the year.  As a charity, we offer a wide range of benefits to ‘Our Sefton Community’, ensuring that there is a long-established service for anyone with a problem to access.

The merger has come about in order to ensure that all residents of Sefton can continue to have the support of Advocacy.  In these times of austerity, the board’s of both organisations decided that to take advocacy forward in a sustainable way it was in everyone’s best interest to merge.  The new charity will be a single place of contact for Advocacy across Sefton and has the potential to develop new and innovative projects and areas of support.

Alison Ayres, Service Manager of Sefton Advocacy, says, “Providing the most vulnerable with an independent voice can have a transforming effect upon the individual and the wider community. A merging of these two organisations will strengthen this service and voice for Sefton residents. “

Andrew Booth, Director of Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre and the new CEO of Sefton Advocacy, said, “The support of Advocates and the strategic role for Advocacy Organisations are needed now more than ever. This merger will help us provide more one to one independent support for our communities, across all age groups and enable us to grow to meet the needs we, and our population, are identifying.” 

Sefton Advocacy, Unit 15 & 16 The Shakespeare Centre, 43-51 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR8 5AB.

Contact: 01704 500500.
Email info@seftonadvocacy.org

Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2017 – ‘Growth through Collaboration’

Sefton residents involved in local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups are being invited to a major event on the theme of collaboration later this month.

The Sefton CVS 2017 annual conference – Growth through Collaboration – will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo from 9am to 4pm on Thursday 19th October.

New funding available from People’s Health Trust for local groups in Merseyside

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.

Using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.

We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.

PLEASE NOTE: Sefton CVS are supporting local groups to apply to the Active Communities Fund, so if you have questions or need some help or advice, please click here for more information

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 9 August 2017. To
apply for funding, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

New funding available from People’s Health Trust for local groups in Merseyside

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.

Using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods or communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.

We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.

PLEASE NOTE: Sefton CVS are supporting local groups to apply to the Active Communities Fund, so if you have questions or need some help or advice, please click here for more information

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 9 August 2017. To
apply for funding, visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

 

 

CROWDFUNDING APPEAL: Let’s Help Feed Sefton’s Children Over The Summer Holidays

 

Many families are telling us that they find the school holidays particularly difficult because they rely on the Free Meals they are able to get during term time.

Sefton CVS is coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations that will be able to offer Children and Young People between the ages of 5 to 18 free meals during the Summer Holidays.

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays.

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF SOUTH SEFTON SERVICES

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF SOUTHPORT SERVICES

Please note: Information is subject to change, and please call 0151 920 0726 for more information. 

CROWDFUNDING

Sefton 4 Good have launched a dedicated BT MyDonate page which we hope to use to crowdfund to support this initiative. Click here to donate

Individuals can also donate by phone by texting SEFT44 followed by the ammount (e.g. £5, £10, £20) to 70070. 

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Funds raised will help our local groups to provide food & drink supplies

Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good are encouraging local individuals, businesses and organisation to give what they can.

If any local business or individuals would like to donate food supplies, equipment  to support this initiative, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk.  

Volunteers Needed!

To support the initiative, Sefton CVS and the Volunteer Centre Sefton are appealing for volunteers to help our network of local organisations in providing free meals to Sefton’s schoolchildren.

Volunteers are needed to help cook and prepare meals and assist with activities at the various centres across the borough. The Volunteer Centre Sefton can also offer any training or support to volunteers as required.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the short Expression of Interest form below, and please included contact details to receive more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parkhaven Trust plans new Nursing Home for people with dementia – Public Open Event (25th June & 9th July 2017)

The Parkhaven Trust plans to build a 45 bedded nursing home for people with dementia on their Liverpool Road South site. The plan will involve the relocation of residential care from Kyffin Taylor Residential Home for people with dementia and Harrison House Residential Home. Click here to read a fact sheet sharing key information of the proposals.

Two engagement events have been planned on Sunday 25th June and Sunday 9th July, as Parkhaven aims to engage on a wider scale with stakeholders. Both events are informal public open days with free arts, crafts, activities, displays and free cake and refreshments! It is a chance for you to find out more and share your views on the plans!

 

Sunday 25th June 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Kyffin Taylor House, Deyes Lane, Maghull, L31 6DJ


Sunday 9th July 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Harrison House, Liverpool Road South, Maghull, L31 8BS

 

Parkhaven Trust Flyer

New ‘Include-IT Mersey’ project aims to get people online

Include-IT Mersey Digital Inclusion project offers IT skills training and employment support for local, unemployed people, especially those aged 45 and over. 

Include-IT Mersey is a new project, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.  The project will provide a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region that are out of work to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to digital technologies and, ultimately, support them towards and into employment.

The project will be delivered by a partnership of 23* not-for-profit and public sector partners spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with specific target areas in each borough.

Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities.  It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point.  In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and it is an honour to be leading such an innovative partnership, spanning the voluntary, public and social housing sectors.  The online agenda is increasingly prevalent in people’s every day lives and can present an additional barrier to those people that are not online, not just in terms of their employment prospects and access to job opportunities, but in their private and social lives too. Developing IT skills and getting online can open up a whole new world to people in many different ways!  We very much look forward to working with our partners to offer this vital service to across the city region and to make a real difference to local people and communities”.

The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at www.includeitmersey.org.uk.

NCVO: “A Snap General Election – What Should Charities Be Doing?”

Source: https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2017/04/18/a-snap-general-election-what-should-charities-be-doing/ 

In a political world where leaks are routine, Theresa May’s announcement of an election campaign seems to have caught everyone by surprise. Charities will not have made detailed plans for an election, so it’s worth thinking about what we should be doing to make sure we’re part of the debate.

What happens next?

The first hurdle to cross will be to call an election under the procedure set out in the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. Labour’s announcement that they will be voting for a motion to call an early election means it should be a formality to get the two thirds of MPs required to satisfy the requirements of the Act, avoiding the need for a formal vote of no confidence and a 14 day period in which another party could seek to form an alternative government.

Parliament will dissolve 25 days before the nominated election date, but this can be amended by statutory instrument, as was done in 2015 to allow a longer campaign. We’ll have to wait to see when the campaign begins in earnest, but in practice it has already begun.

How can charities prepare?

The first thing for charities to do is refamiliarise themselves with Charity Commission election campaigning guidance to ensure they are compliant with charity law surrounding campaigning during elections and the Lobbying Act.

Much has been made of the effect of the Lobbying Act on charity campaigning during elections and you should make sure you are familiar with the law, but remember that most charities are unlikely to meet the definition of controlled expenditure if they campaign on a cross-party basis on the substance of policies.

The dynamics of a snap election are going to be very different than normal, when we have a rough timescale even if we don’t know the exact date. Candidate engagement is going to be much harder, not least because a significant proportion of those who will be standing on 8 June will not have been selected yet, and a major hustings plan will be more difficult to co-ordinate.

Manifestos

One of the key milestones of any campaign is the publication of party manifestos. When an election date is known, parties will be working on the policy contained in those manifestos for a year or more beforehand. Obviously that detailed work can’t be completed before June, so expect shorter Brexit-focused manifestos that draw a lot on 2015 policies.

The parties’ policy gurus will already be thinking about what goes in, so finding out quickly who to submit recommendations to will be important for charities that want their voice to be heard in the campaign and in the next parliament. One word of caution, approval for new radical ideas is going to be much harder to achieve in such a short timescale, so aside from the obvious need to influence policies around Brexit, I would focus on encouraging parties to reaffirm existing commitments.

What will we be doing?

For our part, we’ll be making the case for the voluntary sector and volunteering to help solve many of the country’s problems. We know that volunteering can be an amazing route to improving skills and making new connections, changing people’s lives and bonding communities closer together. We know that voluntary organisations can run high-quality, efficient public services, for example, but that they’re often excluded from doing so. And most pressingly on the policy front, we’ll be highlighting the important role that the sector has to play in shaping Brexit policies. We want to make sure that Brexit doesn’t mean weakening or removing important safeguards for people and the environment. Charities must be involved in advising on and scrutinising proposals at every step of the way.

NCVO’s chief executive, Sir Stuart Etherington, has already called for European nationals in the UK to be allowed to stay. Charities will need visa arrangements that work for sectors such as social care and medical research, which depend on the involvement of staff who’ve moved here from around Europe. And charities must be involved in designing replacements – better targeted, more coherent ones – for EU programmes in areas such as employment and skills training.

It’s going to be a much busier couple of months for charity campaigners than we were expecting, but as always an election provides an excellent opportunity to make the case for the changes we want to see, and to make sure that the voice of charities is heard loud and clear.

Sefton CVS Funding Workshops & Surgeries in January 2017’

Upcoming Funding Workshops and Surgeries

Date

Event

Location

Tuesday 17th January  2017

10am-4pm

Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop Sefton CVS Southport Office, All Souls Church Hall
Norwood Road, Southport PR8 6HQ
Friday 20th January 2017

10am-4pm

Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG
Tuesday 24th January 2017 Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund managed by Grantscape

 

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG
Tuesday 7th January 2017 Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The David Lewis Association Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG

 

Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop

In this workshop will include guidance on how to:

  • look for suitable funding for your project/ group
  • pitch your application
  • evidence need
  • produce your budget
  • demonstrate your achievements

For further information contact Sian Martin Baez (Sefton CVS Group Development Officer) on 0151 920 0726 ext 210 sian.martin-baez@seftoncvs.org.uk


Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund managed by Grantscape.

Sefton CVS is pleased to announce that Liz Payne from Grantscape will be holding a funding surgery at our Waterloo office on Tuesday 24th January 2017.

Thirty minute slots from 10.15 a.m. will be available for you to discuss your project and potential application on a 1 to 1 basis with Liz.

The next closing date for the fund is 29th March 2017. Please note that places will be limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come first served basis.

Also please note the eligibility criteria including the strict geographic criteria. For more information please visit http://www.grantscape.org.uk/fund/burbo-bank-extension-community-fund/


Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The David Lewis Association

Sefton CVS is pleased to welcome Peter Ralphs from The David Lewis Association who will be holding a funding surgery in our Waterloo office on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

 

 

Help yours-elf to stay well this winter and use A&E wisely

With Christmas just around the corner, health experts in Southport and Formby are urging local patients to prepare for minor illnesses and to consider how they use 999 and A&E over the festive period for them and their families.

As many prepare to tuck into turkey, celebrate with friends and family or enjoy a festive night out, the health professionals at NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding residents to think before dialling 999 or visiting accident and emergency departments over the bank holidays. They are also reminding them to examine their options should they become ill over the festive period and to prepare for minor illnesses by stocking up on over the counter medication.

The Examine your Options campaign aims to give people information so that they know where to go to in the first instance, to get fast, expert advice when they need it and how to help themselves and their families if they have a common illness or ailment – and help ease the pressure on A&E and 999 services at the same time.

It also reinforces the message that A&E and 999 services are for serious illnesses and life-threatening injuries only.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair said ““The best advice that I can offer is to be prepared, if you are entitled to a free flu vaccination then make sure you get it, visit your pharmacist to ensure that you have the right at home medication and order your repeat prescriptions through your GP practice well before the bank holiday rush.

“It’s also really important to make sure that we look out for not only family and friends, but also for any elderly neighbours as well, those who may struggle to get out of the house this time of the year, to ensure that they have everything that they need.”

With the increasing pressure on emergency services over the busy Christmas and New Year period, we are stressing the importance of ensuring A&E and the 999 number are kept free for genuine medical emergencies.

Dr Caudwell continues: “It is vital to remember that the ambulance service and A&E should not be used as an alternative to your GP if your surgery is closed. If you or your children require medical assistance outside of normal surgery hours this bank holiday, patients in Southport and Formby have access to a wide range of alternative health services available including GP out-of-hours services and pharmacists who are qualified to offer advice and treat common, everyday illnesses quickly and conveniently.”

Dr Dave Snow, associate medical director for urgent care at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We are not saying don’t use A&E. We are saying use A&E wisely.

“Many people who arrive at A&E, particularly by ambulance following a 999 call, do need hospital care and will be seen immediately. However, there are others whose care needs could be met just as well by their GP, a pharmacist or by treating the symptoms themselves.

“A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes. Please keep our staff free for them.”

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the area there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

For minor ailments and injuries your best route to recover is likely to be self-care. There are a variety of services that can support you to do this:

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues for those who need it. They can help you prepare for many of the common illnesses like coughs and colds.

For your pharmacy opening times over Christmas and New Year please click here www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/pharmacy-opening-times-for-christmas-period

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your local area by visiting the NHS.uk website: http://www.nhs.uk. It also includes a symptom checker.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: http://www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

Patients can also manage their health needs at home using Patient Access which is available on desktop or as a free app where you can arrange appointments, order repeat medications and update your personal details.*

For more information on Patient Access visit: https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/account/login or watch this video for more information: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRM5YzabvVc

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

For more information please visit www.examineyouroptions.info

*please note that some practices may use a slightly different system to patient access so it is worth asking your GP practice for more information

Party-goers being urged by North West Ambulance Service to drink responsibly this festive season

AMUBULANCE chiefs are urging party-goers to drink responsibly during the festive season and to think before they dial 999 so that paramedics are able to deal with life-threatening incidents.

On the Friday before Christmas – known as ‘Mad Friday’ – the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is expecting a spike in emergency calls as the Christmas party season goes into over-drive.

Emergency medical dispatchers, who answer emergency 999 calls to the ambulance service, answer almost 4,000 calls every day. However, ‘Mad Friday’ is expected to present them with further challenges, many of which could be prevented if people were to take sensible precautions.

Recent examples of frivolous 999 calls include:

l A call made by a patient who had banged their knee. At the same time, an ambulance crew rushed to a patient gasping for breath.

lA person who’d noticed a lump on his bottom. One minute later, NWAS were called to a male who was found unresponsive on the floor.

l A call by a man who had hurt his ankle the day before. Shortly after, a call came in for a patient with difficulty breathing.

l A call from a patient who had injured their ankle playing football. At the same time, NWAS was also called to a one-year-old baby suffering breathing difficulties due to an allergic reaction.

In these instances although ambulances were not sent to the first set of calls, they did hold up the line for serious emergencies where time can mean the difference between life and death.

NWAS director of operations, Ged Blezard, said: “The service is incredibly busy and we don’t have spare paramedics and ambulances to deal with the extra calls which occasions such as Mad Friday present us with. We need people to take some responsibility for their own safety during this busy period.

“In genuine life-threatening emergencies, time matters. If people stop and think about their actions and try not to have one too many during the festive period, they can help us to get to the vulnerable and very poorly people that really need us – it could be one of their relatives relying on us.

“It is also important to remember hangovers, headaches and feeling under the weather after a night out can generally be treated using medicine from your local pharmacist and getting plenty of rest and fluid.”

Pharmacy Opening Hours over Christmas (South Sefton)

For those who need it over the festive period, visit your pharmacist for confidential, expert advice and treatment of minor health issues.

You can also pick up over the counter medicines from your pharmacist such as:

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines
  • Eye drops
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicines such as loperamide (Imodium)
  • Soar throat medicines
  • Decongestants
  • Cough medicines

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

Pharmacy Opening Hours over Christmas (Southport and Formby)

For those who need it over the festive period, visit your pharmacist for confidential, expert advice and treatment of minor health issues.

You can also pick up over the counter medicines from your pharmacist such as:

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamines
  • Eye drops
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicines such as loperamide (Imodium)
  • Soar throat medicines
  • Decongestants
  • Cough medicines

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

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Sefton Council recycling schedule over Christmas & New Year

Refuse and recycling collection days in Sefton will not change over Christmas and the New Year for most residents.

Residents are asked to put their refuse and recycling out on their scheduled days as normal over the festive period.

Similar to other years, the green wheelie bin collection for garden waste is now suspended until 2017 and to check any of your collection dates please visit the Sefton Council website.

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member Locality Services, said: “I am sure most people will be delighted that there are no changes to refuse and recycling collections over Christmas and the New Year.

“Anyone who may be affected with a slight change in collections, like commercial waste, has been notified directly.

“Please remember that during and after the Christmas period we all tend to generate extra waste yet so much of this can be recycled. As ever please think about recycling more rather than just putting it in the grey bin and make your Christmas an even greener one.”

To check collection arrangements or for further information on all waste and recycling services, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins or follow us on Twitter @seftoncouncil

Latest Bulletin from Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP)

The Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP) has released it’s latest Funding Bulletin. In this months bulletin you will find all the latest local, regional and national funding information for Merseyside’s Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector, and details on how you might apply.

Click here to see the Bulletin in your browser.

MFIP is administered by Sefton CVS, and supported by local voluntary sector infrastructure organisations across the region – including Halton & St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool and Wirral. For more information on MFIP, or to see more funding opportunities from the portal, please visit our dedicated website: www.mfip.org.uk.

Click here to subscribe to MFIP Bulletin updates, and ensure you receive all the very latest funding opportunities directly to your inbox.

You can also keep up with local funding news by following @MerseyFunding on Twitter!

Services & Support over Christmas & New Year 2016

Will your organisation be providing any services over Christmas & New Year? Or will there be a change in your opening hours? 

Sefton CVS are in the process of finalising dedicated web page to provide details of front line services available to local residents over the festive season – such as foodbanks, health and social care services, luncheon clubs, befriending services, emergency contact information etc.

Whether it’s looking for an emergency contact over the Christmas period or just need somebody to talk to at this time of the year, we hope the this webpage will provide some useful information for Sefton residents.

Please email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726 with details of any services or changes in opening hours . You can also share details via Twitter at @SeftonCVS, or Facebook at the following link: www.facebook.com/SeftonCVS