Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Coordinator receives national commendation from Princess Royal

Adam Connolly, Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Co-ordinator is celebrating being presented with a prestigious Butler Trust commendation by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal at St James’s Palace in London, on 21st March.

Adam Connolly received the commendation from the Butler Trust, which has The Princess Royal as its patron; his commendation was one of just 20 granted from over 400 nominations across Britain.

Emmaus Resident Receives Community Award from Friends Group

A member of the Emmaus Merseyside community which supports people who have experienced homelessness has received a special award from Friends of Bowersdale Park.

On Thursday 2nd August, Phil Gibbon, who lives and works at homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside was presented with The Community Award by Friends of Bowersdale Park. The presentation was made at the annual Bowersdale Park Family Fun Day, in recognition for the work Phil has undertaken in the Seaforth community.

Phil said: “I was very surprised to get the award from the Friends of Bowersdale Park. I think I got the award for supporting local events and helping to organise and run the community litter picks with my fellow Emmaus Merseyside companions. The Community Award presented to Phil Gibbon

“Since we first had a stall at last year’s Family Fun Day, Emmaus Merseyside has got more involved in the local area, helping as much as we can. It’s great that the local kids and adults are engaging in these activities and we’re seeing a general improvement in the area with people becoming more invested in what they’ve got.”

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.

Bruce Mercer, Support Worker at Emmaus Merseyside, commented: “We’re very proud of Phil and others within our community who have got involved in activities to improve the local area. This community recognition is fantastic for Emmaus Merseyside and we hope to contribute even more to Seaforth and Sefton over the coming years.”

To find out more or support Emmaus Merseyside, head to

If you would like to get involved or donate an item call 0151 928 1588 or visit the visit the Emmaus charity reuse shops or superstore at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.

Budding biologists from Southport’s KGV hailed in prestigious competition

Budding biologists from Southport’s King George V College have been awarded prizes in a prestigious biology competition.

A handful of talented Biology A level students from KGV took part in the event, organised by Edge Hill University.

The ‘Biology Olympiad’ saw KGV students undertaking intricate activities such as DNA extraction, insect identification, thermal imaging processes and a demanding quiz.

Two teams of KGV students competed against 17 teams from all over the North West, including Manchester, Wigan, Wirral, Cheshire and Liverpool.

Sophie Feeney, Course Leader for A level Biology at KGV, said: “We were delighted to have this amazing opportunity to take part in this fascinating event.

“This event really showcased the practical and manipulation skills needed for Biology A level, and was a really interesting opportunity for KGV students to see biology in action at university level.  Our students also got to meet students from other colleges and it was lovely event.”

A level Biology has a long standing record of academic success at King George V College, with more than three quarters of KGV A level Biology students achieving high grades as part of KGV’s best ever A level results last summer.

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.”

Atkinson wins top family friendly award

THE ATKINSON, Sefton’s family arts venue won the Most Family Friendly Venue award at the 2016 Southport Ambassador Awards.

The venue, run and managed by Sefton Council has been working hard to put families at the heart of its offer, for residents, visitors and tourists to the region since opening in 2013 after a major redevelopment.

As a destination it offers a holistic family friendly offer with an interactive Museum and Discover Ancient Egypt Gallery, Exhibitions, a Children’s Theatre programme and a welcoming Children’s Library.

The recognition has come just weeks after Linaker Children’s Centre recently started delivering its family services from the Children’s Library in The Atkinson, strengthening the offer and support for families even further.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member Communities and Housing said: “This is a great result for The Atkinson. They work with many partners across Sefton to deliver a great offer for families and the work it does is important to the region. I hope that lots of new families will now be encouraged to see what the venue has to offer.”

Emma Anderson, The Atkinson Director, added: “This demonstrates that The Atkinson is a fantastic place for all families to have a wonderful time together here. My team has done a brilliant job in developing this offer and we are delighted that Linaker Children’s Centre is now part of this.”

The Atkinson will continues to develop its family offer with the launch of the new Star Wars exhibition; May The Toys Be With You opening on Saturday November 19 and sponsored by Chris Tinsley Estate Agents (Christmas Light Switch On Day), the Arts in Libraries project and the fantastic year round children’s theatre programme .

It is also in the process of launching its Schools Membership Scheme which we hope will encourage relationships with schools to visit and make the most out of the support the venue and its team can offer with onsite learning, creative play and local history.