URGENT VOLUNTEER REQUEST: MARSHALS NEEDED THIS SUNDAY FOR 10K RUN IN AID OF YOUNG SUICIDE CHARITY

Parents who lost son to suicide have organised a 10K run to raise awareness and funds, but urgently need volunteer marshals to help on Sunday 17th September. 

The 10 kilometer run is taking place at Rimrose Valley Country Park, and will raise funds for PAPYRUS, a charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Gail and Len Wilson lost their son Nathan to suicide and have organised the run in his memory to raise awareness of the issue and to support PAPYRUS.

The event has proved very popular, and more volunteer marshals are needed to ensure its success.

Volunteers will be needed from 9am for approximately 2hrs 30mins. The role will involve helping to set up the course,  directing runners and helping to tidy away at the end of the event.

The event will start at the section of Rimrose Valley Park between Queensway and Glenwyllin Road in Waterloo. This is where volunteers will need to meet at 9am on Sunday.

If you can help, please contact Len Wilson on 07786150146 or 0151 928 3313.

Donations towards PAPYRUS can be made at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gail-wilson6

NEW CITIZENS 4 GOOD SCHEME HONOURS FIRST COMMUNITY HEROES AT TOWN HALL CEREMONY

 


A major new scheme to recognise Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities has honoured its first recipients.

Citizens 4 Good has been launched as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office, and current Mayor of Sefton Cllr Dave Robinson was the VIP guest at this week’s inaugural presentation ceremony at Bootle Town Hall.

Citizens 4 Good aims to pay tribute to local people whose kindness, support and good deeds improve the lives of their fellow borough residents.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local Councillors.

The 14 residents honoured at the Town Hall event ranged from a man who continues to volunteer for a local charity at the age of 92, to a woman who has helped to establish one of the Southport foodbanks.

Councillor Robinson said he was delighted to attend the event and to hear the man examples of the excellent work that people are doing in their local communities.
He commented: “So much good takes place in Sefton and we want Citizens 4 Good to shine a spotlight on those people making a difference to life in their area.”

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, said: “Everyone who has been recognised here tonight has made a really positive impact on their local community, and inspired someone enough to nominate them.
“We’re really delighted at the encouraging response to the inaugural call for nominations, and now plan to make the scheme a regular event,” he added.

The full list of recipients is:

*  John Simpson who retired recently after leading the 58th Southport Cubs for more than 40 years.

*  Julie Woods who helped to establish the foodbank at the Shoreline Church in Southport.

*  Pastor Peter Cunningham who founded the Green Pastures social enterprise in Southport to help the homeless.

*  Sara Lace who organises Christmas Day meals for older people at Southport Fire Station.

*  Anne Long from Formby for her tireless work as an ambassador for several cancer charities.

*  Frankie Meadows who has been the driving force behind Crosby Stuart Junior Football Club for more than 25 years.

*  Gillian Cuthbertson from Crosby for helping to establish the Veterans in Sefton armed forces charity.

*  Jan Mullin for helping to establish Crosby Parkrun, a weekly 5K run along Crosby beach.

*  The late Neville Hymus for his work as a volunteer in Crosby’s community gardens, and creating a World War One memorial garden in Moor Lane.

*  George Higgins who is still volunteering with Bootle-based charity Sefton Opera at the age of 92.

*  Nandy Allen who helped to establish the community Art By Me project in Bootle.

*  Phil Brown who has helped to tackle litter in Bootle for seven years via the Bootle Action  Group.

*  Vicky Hanagan who runs the foodbank at Bootle’s Christchurch Youth and Community Centre.

*  Rita Addison for helping residents in Maghull and Lydiate by setting up a luncheon club and home library scheme.

For more information about future opportunities to nominate people for Citizens 4 Good recognition ring 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk.

Include IT Mersey: Volunteers needed to help improve local people’s computer skills

New Liverpool City Region project Include-IT Mersey seeks volunteer digital champions to work in local communities.

Include-IT Mersey is looking for volunteers to encourage local people to improve their digital skills by accessing free training across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral.

Volunteers will support participants to access digital training and raise awareness of the benefits of getting online in a variety of community centres and locations across the region. 

“Digital Champions don’t need to be experts in IT and computing, but will need to be friendly and comfortable in working with the public” said Lauren Jones, Volunteer Coordinator for Sefton, Liverpool and Knowsley.

“The project aims to help 750 participants to renew their motivation to learn and progress in life and gain, what will in many cases, be their first qualification”.

Include-IT Mersey volunteers will not be directly involved in delivering the training programme, but will have the opportunity to help project organisers at Digital Surgeries across the region and will provide hands-on support to learners.

“By volunteering with the Include-IT Mersey project, Digital Champions can build their own confidence and self esteem whilst helping participants to build theirs too!”said Sally Dobbing, Volunteer Coordinator for Halton, St Helens and the Wirral.

This opportunity is a chance for volunteers to help members of their local community, and the role is flexible around your own availability”.

The Include-IT Mersey project is funded by The Big Lottery and European Social Fund, and is lead by Sefton CVS in partnership with VOLA consortium and partner organisations throughout the Liverpool City Region.

For more information on this role, or to find out where your nearest training venue is, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or for those online, email includeitmersey@seftoncvs.org.uk. Full details are also available online at www.includeitmersey.org.uk.

‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event at Linacre Mission (1.30pm-5pm, Monday 24th July 2017)

Sefton CVS, Sefotn Council, One Vision Housing and Job Centre Plus invite you to next week’s ‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event at Linacre Methodist Mission, 1.30pm-5pm.

 ‘Responding to Universal Credit in Sefton’ Stakeholder Event

Monday 24th July 1.30pm-5pm 2017
Linacre Methodist Mission
119A Linacre Rd, Bootle, Liverpool L21 8NS

This will be an opportunity to listen to presentations and participate in a number of workshops around the changes to universal credit, and find out more about local partnership working on the Welfare Reform and Anti-Poverty (WRAP) agenda.

Click here to download the agenda for more infromation

Places are strictly limited and individuals must book in advance by emailing events@seftoncvs.org.uk. Alternatively, please complete the short form below:

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteering opportunities with Merseyside Offender Mentoring (MOM)

Sefton CVS’s ‘Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project’ has been successful in securing National Lottery funding to work with offenders released from HMP Liverpool (regardless of sentence/ license circumstances), to deliver a mentoring service which will respond to individual offender needs (including employment, addiction, housing, education and training).

This service is further supported by a bank of Volunteer Mentors who will help and stabilize the offenders on release and help them with their action plans to reduce re-offending.

There may also be opportunities to volunteer with young offenders subject to completion of a probationary period.


Organisation Description

To provide one to one support to a newly released offender, through a befriending relationship, enabling the mentee to re-integrate back into their community, support them with identified issues and guide them in a positive way with an overall aim to instigate them into leading a more stable and secure future.

Skills and Qualifications

o Must be able to relate and communicate well to build a rapport with offenders.

o Strong personal and professional boundaries

o Non-judgemental attitude towards Mentee but has ability to judge a situation.

o Experience of dealing positively with challenging situations and people.

o Experience of the criminal justice system preferred but not essential.

o Passionate about supporting the community and the ex-offender in helping to reduce

Additional/Specific Suitability’s

Training; 6 mandatory modules including safeguarding, confidentiality and criminal justice. Plus we ask other agencies to come in and give additional training.

Expenses are covered ( travel and other out of pocket.)

Contact Info

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project
Burlington House, Suite 3B
3rd Floor, North Wing
Crosby Road North
Waterloo
L22 0LG

Email:  merseyside.mentoring@seftoncvs.org.uk 
Tel:
0151 920 0726 ext. 229

Click here for a Role Description 

St Joseph’s Hospice appeals for charity shop volunteers across Sefton

The hospice has a number of stores across Sefton, and are particularly keen to find workers for their Southport and Formby branches.

Volunteering is one of the most valuable ways of supporting the hospice as its shops are a crucial source of income, raising over £100,000 each year.

This money goes directly towards caring for patients at the hospice in Thornton.

Gill Jones, 59, from Maghull, started working at the St Joseph’s Hospice shop, on Westway in Maghull, just four weeks ago.

Gill spent her career working for the family flooring business but, as the business grew, her son took over and she found herself with more time on her hands.

She said: “I still work at our flooring business a few days a week but I was so proud to step back and hand the business over to my son. However, after such a busy career, I found myself bored at home and so I decided to see it as an opportunity to do something else, something rewarding.

“As I had retail experience, I decided to visit the local hospice shop and they were so welcoming from the moment I walked through the door. I just help out one morning a week so it’s not a huge commitment but it is great fun. There’s a real family atmosphere between the volunteers in the shop and with the shop manager Susan.

“I’m very proud to support my local hospice and it keeps me entertained. I have made some lovely new friends too.”

Maggie Linge, 69, from Maghull, and Dorothy Reynolds, 73, from Lydiate, have volunteered at the hospice shop in Maghull since it opened at its previous location on Central Square.

In fact, they have both worked there since it was an Oxfam shop over 30 years ago!

Maggie said: “We both do the same morning shift we always have done. It’s great company when you’re retired. It gets you out and about and doing some good for an important local charity.

“My husband, Keith, passed away seven years ago and working in the shop helped me a lot. It gave me a real purpose to get up and do something positive. The support network was wonderful too.”

Dorothy added: “We have a really close-knit community at the shop which offers friendship and companionship. As shop volunteers, we really feel like we’re contributing to an important local charity.”

If you can spare a little time each week to help, call 0151 932 6046 or email siobhan.clinton@jospice.org.uk.

Third Sector Trends in the North West of England research report

Tony Chapman, honorary professor at the University of Durham, has produced a report in partnership with IPPR North regarding third sector trends across the North and the North West of England.

The statistics produced from the report showed that across the North West, 133,000 people are in full-time employment combined with 430,000 volunteers contributing 30 million hours (per annum), worth between £475m and £816m. The total GVA from these figures equates to £2.5bn.

Across the north as a whole, statistics showed that 233,000 people are in full-time employment combined with 930,000 volunteers contributing 66 million hours (per annum) with a total GVA of £5.4bn.

Number of full-time employees and volunteers working in the voluntary sector

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Source: Third Sector Trends in the North of England (IPPR North, 2017)

Not only does the data highlight the number of people involved within the sector; it also indicates the contribution from the North West to the region as a whole. These figures highlight the value and importance of the voluntary sector across the North not only at a fiscal level, but also in showing the amount of hours that volunteers invest over the year.

As the report concludes, one of the main strengths of the sector is its sheer size as a whole; as well as the strength of the positive relationships between organisations (both formal and informal), between TSOs and with the public and private sector; and the crucial role of volunteers in sustaining third sector activity.

It is because of these strengths that the sector continues to show great resilience and the capacity to adapt in the face of a stagnating economy, increasing demand, and the continuation of the government’s austerity agenda.

The full report is available here

VSNW and infrastructure partners in the North West have supported the research conducted by and thank groups who contributed towards the project.

Emmaus Merseyside’s Seaforth Green is opened for the community

A ‘participation garden’ and community green space have been opened in Seaforth.

The space, to be called Seaforth Green, is next to homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside, and was officially opened on Monday, May 8 by Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne.

Other guests at the event included formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Merseyside along with Seaforth residents.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, said: “The Emmaus project is really inspirational. I was particularly impressed with their emphasis and getting people into meaningful work.”

Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it.

The charity runs three social enterprises in Merseyside, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac and vintage pieces.

Phil Gibbon, one of the community members at Emmaus Merseyside who now maintains the gardens said: “We hope Seaforth Green and our participation garden will become hubs that bring the local community together.”

The project to revitalise Seaforth Green has been supported by Sefton Council. Dong Energy via GrantScape, provided funding through the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund towards the first phase of the works.

Nigel Mellor, chair of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “I would like to thank all of our supporters who have contributed to the creation of the Emmaus Merseyside community and these two green space sites. We are well underway with our growing project and we will now begin to transform the rundown green into an asset for the local community to enjoy, learn and grow together.

“It will provide training and opportunities for volunteers and homeless people to work with the local community groups and schools.”

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.

Volunteers needed to reach for the stars for Queenscourt Hospice!

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the upcoming 2017 Queenscourt Hospice Star Trekk walk.

Every year hundreds of people join in the Star Trekk and take to the streets of Southport to raise much needed funds for Queenscourt Hospice.

This is only possible thanks to a team of volunteers.

For this year’s event, on Friday, May 19, the hospice are in need of volunteer stewards who can help them marshal the seven mile route throughout the night.

A spokesperson for Queenscourt Hospice said: “Our stewards play a really important role at Star Trekk.

“As well as ensuring our walkers stay safe and well, they also help to create the great atmosphere and provide much needed encouragement along the route.

“They are also on hand to offer important information for walkers about facilities etc, which will all be provided.

“If this is something you think you’d like to help with then we’d love to hear from you!

“The walk starts and finishes at Southport Pleasureland, at the slightly earlier time this year of 8.30pm.

“The route travels along the old Coastal Road, where it turns left on to Weld Road and continues through to Birkdale Village.

“Birkdale Village Traders are kindly supporting Star Trekk, with many traders opening up late and the village will be decorated with balloons and bows, making it look even more wonderful and helping to encourage our walkers along the way!

“After the village we will continue along Liverpool Road before turning left up Clifford Road and Lyndurst Road.

“We take a left on to Guildford Road, along to Town Lane and head past Christ the King School, Dobbies, Southport Hospital and Queenscourt Hospice.

“At Queenscourt Hospice the Lights of Love in our beautiful trees will be turned on for this special night, shining out to welcome all our participants and spur them on for the second half of the walk.

“At the main Kew roundabout, we will turn left onto Scarisbrick New Road and continue straight on up to Lord Street.  Here we will head left and take a right hand turn up Coronation Walk before heading to the finish line at Pleasureland.

“There is a great party atmosphere with our walkers dressing up, wearing tiaras, sparkly cowboy hats and flashing bunny ears etc… our stewards are key to making it as fun as possible and cheering the walkers along the way, so they are of course welcome to join in with the dressing up!

“We would also love it if any residents or businesses along the route would be kind enough to step out and give our walkers a cheer as they go past!

“Last year the 1139 people who joined in with Star Trekk managed to raise an incredible £87,000 which all went to benefit the local people being cared for by Queenscourt Hospice.”

If you are interested in volunteering as a marshal, contact the fundraising office on 01704 517420 or e-mail fundraising@queenscourt.org.uk.

Green-Fingered Friends of Duke Street Park

A number of garden enthusiasts have been making their mark on the local area.

Eight volunteers have joined forces to create a new Friends of Duke Street Park group in Formby.

 Working together with Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces service, the group are helping to make improvements to the park and continue the work that was started by the garden volunteers at the park.

In the last 12 months, the popular attraction in Formby has had new trees planted, a multi-use games area installed courtesy of local funding, and a unique wooden carving created on-site. The park has now been nominated for a national Green Flag award which recognises the high-standards of outdoor spaces.

Regular events take place throughout the year, including the Formby Festival in July – a three-day extravaganza of food, music and drink as well things for all the family.

The Friends of Duke Street Park meet monthly at Formby Library and new members are always welcome. In addition, the garden volunteers continue to meet on the first Thursday of each month to look after the rose garden and new volunteers will be given information and support.

For more information on how to get involved please contact parks@sefton.gov.uk or 0151 934 2421.

Southport bus driver’s sky dive for Cancer Research UK

  • A SOUTHPORT bus driver is pulling out all the stops to raise vital funds for cancer research – by jumping out of a plane for his fiance!

    Paul Welsh, who is a familiar face on the busses around the town, will be taking the plummet next week alongside the love of his life, fiancée Gemma Cottam, who is recovering from skin cancer.

    The Arriva bus driver, who lives in Skelmersdale with Gemma and his family, will jump out of the plane on April 2 in the skies above West Lancashire in a daring bid to raise £1,000 for the charity which saved his partner’s life.

    Paul, 41, will be joined by Gemma herself and two other friends for the daunting task and he is hoping to gain as much support as possible, especially from his regular passengers!

    Paul said: “We’re raising money for Cancer Research by taking part in a sky dive all in the aid of raising awareness of the deadly dreaded word we all fear – cancer.

    “Everyone knows someone who’s fought, survived or have sadly lost to cancer.

    “Gemma made international headlines in 2015 as she bravely launched a campaign to make more people aware of how common melanomas can be in people under the age of 30.

    “And we were overjoyed when results last year showed that she has now beaten the disease.

    “She has now put her efforts into making sure her campaign, mela-no-more, helps others who are either fighting or recovering from melanomas.

    “The motivation is simple. Gemma has had a few scares since her all clear last year, which has only egged us on. She is currently undergoing laser and steroid treatment for her surgery scars and has to have full body mole checks every three months and will do for the next 10 years.”

    Gemma said: “We want to show cancer who’s the boss. Compared to the fight I’ve been through already, jumping out of a plane seems like nothing but I won’t lie and say we’re not a little bit terrified!

    “You only live once to you have to live it everyday and do stuff that creates amazing memories so why not do this and raise some money and awareness too.

    “But like I’ve said before, I nearly died because of this horrible, cruel disease and unfortunately there are people who do – there are so many people right now fighting this disease so this challenge is for them too!”

    To find out more about Paul and Gemma’s skydive or to sponsor them visit http://www.gofundme.com/my-sponsored-charity-sky-dive.

Retired friends Don & Charles raise £400k for St Joseph’s Hospice

TWO BUCKET collectors have raised a staggering £400,000 for St. Joseph’s Hospice over the last 17 years.

Don Franks and Charles Callaghan, retired friends, have faced all weathers and have spent, in total, 800 days standing outside train stations, sports grounds and shopping centres, wearing their yellow hospice vests and greeting passers by. They have collected on average £25,000 per year in aid of the Thornton-based hospice, which cares for local people living with life-limiting conditions.

Don, 85, from Formby, and Charles, 79, from Ainsdale, are well-known characters around Merseyside.

The duo started collecting in 2001 when Don’s wife, Francis, heard that the hospice was trying to raise money for a new bed.

Their determination and passion for the hospice led them to completely smash their target of £1,000 in the first year, by raising £14,000 in the first four months!

Fourteen years later, they hit £300,000 enabling many terminally ill patients to die peacefully in the beautiful surroundings at St. Jospice’s Hospice.

Don said: “We collect for the hospice for around three days every month and raise on average £500 each day between us. Our best day ever was in 2003 when we collected at Woolworths just before Christmas and took £1,350. Everyone was incredibly generous.

Charles added: “We enjoy it so much and we’re always bowled over by how generous people are. We are very grateful to the people of Sefton and Merseyside for their magnificent generosity as without them, this huge figure would never be possible.”

“We have met some wonderful people over the years, including celebrities and VIP’s but also so many generous, kind and supportive people from our local community.”

Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “There simply aren’t words to describe the contribution that Don and Charles have made.”

The House of Lords Report on Charities: What You Need To Know!

The House of Lords select committee on charities has now published its report, entitled Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society (PDF, 1.7 MB). This is a substantial, wide-ranging and important piece of work that should and will shape our sector going forward. The analysis and recommendations of this cross-party committee’s report recognise that Britain benefits greatly from our sector. But that for that to continue, charities, and those who support them, need to adapt so that they can better make an impact in the changing world around them.

You can read more here: http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2017/03/26/the-house-of-lords-report-on-charities-what-you-need-to-know/

Carole claims volunteer of the year award win for her services to Rotten Row

A FORMBY woman who helps keep a road in Southport  blooming has been awarded with the Friends of Rooten Row Volunteer of the Year award!

Every year the Chairman of Friends of Rotten Row gets the privilege to choose a member of the Volunteers to become our Volunteer of The year. This year it was Carole Sedzimir’s turn to take up that position.

Chairman Brian Quinn said: Caroles dedication is fantastic.

“Last year she gave up part of her annual holidays to represent The Friends of Rotten Row at their stand at the Southport Flower Show. Not only that her sense of humour and dedication in helping to maintain Rotten Row is outstanding.

“She travels in from from Formby, by train, for every work session and hardly ever misses a session.

“It is volunteers like Carole who help us to keep Rotten Row looking so good and receiving the accolades that the Friends have recieved not only from passers by but also from National Institutions like North West in Bloom and Green Flag.

“If you would like to become one of the Award winning Volunteers of Rotten Row why not come along to one of our work sessions on a Monday and Thursday afternoons also on a Tuesday morning, you will be most welcome.”

Recognition for Two British Legion Volunteers from Netherton & Sefton Branch

Two volunteers from the Royal British Legion, Netherton & Sefton Branch, were honoured at a meeting in Bootle Town Hall recently.

Jimmy Kavanagh and Alan Kelly were both nominated by the Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Robert Brennan, in recognition of their hard work within the Sefton Borough community, local schools and for their support of Sefton’s veterans.

The certificates were presented on the day by the Lord Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne said: “It was a great pleasure to honour Jimmy and Alan for all the hard work they do in their local community. This includes them going into schools to give talks to the children on the history of the 1st & 2nd world wars and retelling some of their own experiences.

“Jimmy and Alan also monitor the war memorials in the Bootle & Netherton area, reporting any issues or damage that they find.”

For information about the war memorials in Sefton, visit sefton.gov.uk/warmemorials

Friends of Kings Gardens in Southport set out 12 month plan

The Friends of Kings Gardens have announced their initial twelve month roster of events to take place in the promenade based park.

Beginning on February 8, health walks will take place at 10:30am and able walkers should meet at the carousel before embarking on the stroll around the gardens.

A similar event takes place on both March 4 and March 8.

May will be a busy month for the Friends of Kings Gardens team as they host the Classic Parks show on May 1 followed by the first Open Air Cinema display of 2017 – a viewing of Pete’s Dragon on May 6.

The cinema returns again on June 16 when Grease will be shown for the second time.

A heritage event looking at Southport’s past and the history behind Kings Gardens will be held on July 15 with full details being announced near to the time.

Finally a screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be shown at the open air cinema on September 1.

A spokesperson for the Friends of Kings Gardens said: “all events are held within the Community Garden (which is opposite the Royal Clifton Hotel.

“This list will be updated as and when we have details

“If anybody would like to organise an event or hire Kings Gardens, call 0151 934 2497/2421.”

Sefton Council organise In Bloom Celebration for local groups

Sefton Council recently organised an In Bloom celebration at Bootle Town Hall for volunteers and groups, as a thank you and to celebrate last year’s success.

The In Bloom competition encourages communities, the Council and other partners to come together to make our neighbourhoods more attractive places to live, work, and visit by independently judging entries based on Horticultural Quality, Environmental Quality, and Community Involvement. In 2016, Sefton’s borough wide campaign entered five town entries and 32 community led ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood‘ entries, and the results were our best ever!

In attendance were the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne and Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, Margaret Carney.

Speaking on behalf of all the groups in Sefton was guest speaker, Brenda Porter, who stressed the importance of partnership work and continued support from the Council to volunteers with In Bloom.

All the groups who attended were each given a certificate of appreciation.

The Council also gave certificates to the following groups regarding the Green Flag Award Special Innovation Award, which they recently received from Keep Britain Tidy (these were two out of only fifteen Special Innovation Awards given nationally):

• Friends of Hatton Hill Park (Hatton Hill Park Pavilion Community Garden)
• Gateway Collective (North Park Community Garden) – was highly commended

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne said: “It was a pleasure to show our appreciation to the various groups and volunteers who worked tirelessly to produce all the beautiful displays and made the whole borough proud.

“We have a real army of volunteers who support the In Bloom competition and make our neighbourhoods, and many parks and greenspaces sparkle, and to get involved just contact our Parks Team.”

In 2016, Southport triumphed in the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition by scooping a Gold award.

The resort also took the top honour by winning in the Coastal Town (over 12 thousand residents) category at a special awards ceremony held at Edgbaston Cricket Club, Birmingham. This was the first time the authority has won at a national level since 2002.

Any organisation or individual who would like to get involved by volunteering in the borough, can contact parks@sefton.gov.uk or 0151 934 2421.

Volunteer Centre Sefton Introduce New System “VC Connect”

Sefton residents will have easier access to a wide range of volunteering opportunities following the launch of a new simple online tool.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – part of Sefton CVS – has just launched its new Volunteer Connect system which features positions with organisations throughout Sefton and beyond.

The centre has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

In the past the centre has used the national Do-It platform to promote volunteering opportunities, but it has now developed the Volunteer Connect database which has been customised to Sefton and neighbouring areas

Would-be volunteers simply need to visit www.volunteeringsefton.org.uk and click on the Volunteer Connect icon.

After specifying their areas of interest (for example, older people or mental health), the type of work they want to do (such as counselling or gardening), and how far they’re willing to travel, the system will immediately display a list of suitable opportunities.

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer & Citizenship Lead, commented: “We’ve launched this new system to make it easier for Sefton residents to find volunteer roles in their local communities on the basis of their interests and location.

“We believe it’s also very timely to be launching the Volunteer Connect system in January because volunteering can help many people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

“Whether they want to be more active, meet new people or make a difference to their local community, we have volunteer roles to suit them,” added Mr Howlett.

Meanwhile, people who are less confident about using the internet can find out about volunteering opportunities at a face-to-face appointment with Volunteer Centre Sefton.

These meetings can be held in the Sefton CVS offices in either Waterloo or Southport, but need to be booked in advance.

For more information on booking an appointment, or on volunteering in Sefton in general, ring 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk

Dogs Trust Merseyside Foster Scheme – Could You Help?

Dogs Trust Merseyside are looking for safe, loving foster homes who can help care for some of their dogs.

Not all dogs thrive that well in a kennel environment, and the Huyton-based charity would love to see them in foster homes while they await their forever homes.

The Dogs Trust will provide food, toys and bedding, and all veterinary care and expenses will be covered along with training advice and support.

If you would like more information, please contact the Dogs Trust on 0151 480 0660 or email alexandria.bickerstaff@dogstrust.org.uk.

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Sahir House and Trans Health Merseyside are Recruiting New Volunteers

Below is information from Sahir House about their volunteer vacancies & recruitment process


Sahir House is the HIV support, information & training service in Merseyside.

We need your help with buddy support, raising HIV awareness across the public, World AIDS Day campaigns, reception and front of house as well as general support for the charity.

Trans Health Merseyside is the trans peer led wellbeing project.

We need Trans volunteer peer mentors to provide health information and peer mentoring by those, for those who identify as transsexual and transgender and gender non-conforming people to help alleviate isolation and related stress and promote empowerment.

To find out more about both projects:

New Volunteer Open Evening to find out more about all opportunities to volunteer: Thursday 22nd September, 6pm start at Sahir House

Informal interviews: week of 26th September, call 237 3989 for an appointment and ask for Cath Turner (appointments are about 20 mins)

Induction training course: Friday 7th Oct (eve) and day time of Sat 8th Oct, Sun 9th Oct, Sat 15th Oct and Sun 16th Oct. (mandatory training for both projects, required to attend all dates)

Volunteer training, induction, support and travel expenses provided. Induction training will be held in the city centre location.

Sahir House continually aims to address its skills shortage and under representation and welcomes interest from all sections of the community, especially people with some day time availability, those living with HIV, local BME communities, LGB and Trans people.

Trans Health Merseyside welcomes interest from trans people who ideally have some evening availability (Tuesdays) for when wellbeing sessions and support group activities take place.

For a Volunteer Info Pack & enquiries visit www.sahir.org.uk/volunteer or call 237 3989 and ask for:

Cath Turner, Development Manager or Kathy Charters, THM Project Worker

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust seek Dining Companion Volunteers!

What is a Dining Companion?

A dining companion is a volunteer who sits with a patient on a one to one basis and provides assistance to help them eat.  As well as helping the patient with eating, the dining companion can chat to the patient and encourage them to eat.  They keep nursing staff informed about what the patient has eaten and whether the patient has enjoyed their food.

 The Problem

In 2006, AGE UK produced a document called Hungry to be Heard as part of a national campaign to increase standards within all hospitals.  Hungry to be Heard provided a seven step improvement plan for hospitals to ensure elderly patients received better care and attention during mealtimes. 

Often elderly patients need some assistance with cutting up their food, holding utensils etc., and there is a risk they may become malnourished if they don’t have the support they need.  Malnourishment increases the risk of infection and can significantly increase recovery time. 

The Solution

The Trust operates a ‘Red Tray Scheme’ and volunteers are placed on wards to assist with menus, mealtimes, drinks and other social duties such as chatting to patients to alleviate the boredom and loneliness that can be experienced whilst staying in hospital.  Patients who are identified by staff as requiring additional support at mealtimes will have their food served on a ‘Red Tray’.  Ward staff and volunteers then ensure help is given with the meal.  This is vital to some patients who do not receive any visitors and could be lonely or anxious or may be suffering from a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s. 

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteers go through an application process including a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check and Health Assessment Check.  They will be invited for an interview and if they are successful, will be recruited as a volunteer at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. 

The process is kept as informal as possible as good communication skills are vital in the volunteer role and it’s important for the applicants to feel comfortable. 

If you would like any further information, please contact Chris Pilkington on 01704 704955 or email chris.pilkington@nhs.net

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers in Southport!

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers to befriend children and young people who are looked after (in care) with Cardiff Local Authority in the Southport area. These are often children and young people who have little or no contact with their own family and who would really benefit from a long term relationship with a trusted adult.

We ask our volunteers to spare 2-4 hours once a month to visit the young person they are matched up with to undertake a joint activity together. Independent Visitors may become a significant person to a child. NYAS Independent Visitors help them to have fun, feel valued, feel listened to and help to increase their self-esteem. NYAS Independent Visitors can make a real difference in a child’s life by acting as role models and helping them to make the most of themselves, from simply listening , to helping with school work or getting them involved in activities in their communities they would never had experienced otherwise.

We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 years and that you are age 18 +. We do not ask for any specific qualifications or experience, just an ability to relate well to children and young people. NYAS provide comprehensive training, great support from experienced staff and the opportunity to meet up with other volunteers at regular intervals.

The role is hugely rewarding and really is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to a child or young person’s life. Here’s what one of our volunteers has said about the role:

I love seeing the world through the eyes of the little girl with whom I’m matched, talking to her, sharing my insight and experiences and doing activities together. Just by being there for her every month I hope that she’s starting to know that in the chaos of her life I’m a quieter, calmer little oasis for her! The hug she gives me when I drop her off after we’ve been out on a visit makes me realise that she’s starting to see that I’m someone that she can trust. She can and that feels good!”

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for us, then please get in touch with Elly Jones or Sylvia Lucano at our local office in Cathays, Cardiff on 02920668956, or email elly.jones@nyas.net , sylvia.lucano@nyas.net