New Realities Partnership Award – Help recognise staff or teams at Sefton Council who have helped make a difference!

Sefton CVS are asking local voluntary, community and faith sector groups to nominate an individual or a team within the local authority who have demonstrated the key principles of the  New Realities Partnership Agreement and provided help or support to local non-profit organisations. 

The New Realities Partnership Award will go to the individual or team that have adopted a ‘can-do’ attitude when working with voluntary, community or faith sector groups. 

  • Demonstrated a positive ‘can-do’ attitude when working with a local group or organisation
  • Providing assistance in overcoming a barrier or obstacle that would otherwise impact on the group’s work
  • Understood the value and role of the local voluntary, community and faith sector in making Sefton a great place to live and work
  • Demonstrated a ‘common sense’ approach to working in partnership with the local voluntary, community and faith sector.

Any of which that results in a positive outcome, promotes the benefits of partnership working and makes a difference in the local community. 

Click here to download the Nomination Form (Word / PDF) 

Closing date for nominations: 12noon on Friday 12th OctoberPlease submit all nominations to: or complete the online form below. 

What is New Realities? 

Click here to download the New Realities Partnership Agreement, or click here to visit the New Realities web page.

Alternatively please watch the short animation video below:


Online Nomination Form 

NHS Commissioners ‘Proud’ to have been Shortlisted in Prestigious National Awards

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG say they’re proud to have been finalists in the prestigious HSJ Value Awards 2018, recognising the best efficiency and improvement across the NHS.

Together, the CCGs were awarded the title of highly commended in the communications category for their work associated with communicating their Repeat Prescription Ordering Scheme (RPOS) at the national ceremony in Manchester.

RPOS was designed to significantly improve medicines safety for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents, by reducing the amount of wasted and unused drugs stored, without supervision, in their homes. At the same time, the scheme aimed to reduce the high cost of these wasted medicines, achieving at least £500,000 savings in its first year of operation.

The CCGs worked one-to-one with vulnerable patients, created short videos and also toured Sefton to help explain the scheme by explaining the risks caused by stockpiling drugs at home, and helping patients to have medications reviewed regularly to fit their needs.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “It was a real honour to be at the awards ceremony and to be judged the only highly commended scheme in the communications category. We’re really proud of the work we have done to be shortlisted.

“We identified early that close collaboration with our communications and engagement team would be central to the success of RPOS.”

Lyn Cooke, head of communications and engagement at the CCGs, added: “It was essential for the communications and engagement team to be involved from the inception of the pilot and its initial design, through to its evaluation and wider roll out to the rest of Sefton.

“Through working closely with the medicines management team, we maximised on their expertise as pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to speak to people about their medicines and to ensure that the repeat prescription ordering scheme would work for them.

“To be shortlisted in the HSJ awards has been a real honour and recognition for all the hard work carried out by our colleagues in medicines management supported by our communications and engagement team.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said “In July the prime minister has promised to reveal a historic funding settlement for the NHS. However, this welcome and long overdue boost will not remove the need for the NHS to deliver high quality healthcare which is also value for the money spent on it. Indeed, the extra money is likely to come with even greater scrutiny on NHS efficiency.

“The finalists and winning entrants of the HSJ Value Awards all demonstrate that the NHS is constantly seeking ways in which to enhance both the quality of care while making every penny count.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG were one of nine organisations shortlisted in the communications category of the HSJ Value Awards 2018, with local specialist mental health, addiction, learning disability and community health services provider Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Calling all Sefton schools! The Educate Awards launches for 2018

The Educate Awards is thrilled to announce entries are now open for 2018’s ceremony, in association with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors.

Many Sefton schools were celebrated at last years ceremony including Netherton Moss Primary School, Formby High, St Michael’s CofE High School and Bedford Primary.

The awards, founded by Kim O’Brien in 2012, is the largest education awards in the North West and celebrates every aspect of the school’s curriculum, teaching and staff.

From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognise the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.

The awards are free to enter and open to all government funded and independent private educational establishments, including primary, secondary, further education providers and special needs schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Kim O’Brien says:

“The Educate Awards is an important platform to celebrate education and give those working in schools who transform learning, the credit they deserve.

“We would love to hear about the teachers, support staff and exciting projects happening in schools right across the Liverpool city region!

“We are delighted to launch the call for entries for 2018 and are looking forward to celebrating another year of outstanding education in the North West.”

Associate sponsors include Winstanley College, All About STEM, Liverpool John Moores University, CER, Progress Schools, Liverpool Learning Partnership, School Improvement Liverpool, The Foundry Agency, LSSP, The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches and BMD Law.

The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 24 June 2018. The shortlist will be announced prior to the awards ceremony and the winners will be revealed on 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral.

For further information including full details of how to enter, please visit

 Award categories

  • The Communication Award
  • Eco School Project of the Year
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • SEND Provision Award
  • Innovative and Creative Literacy Award
  • STEM Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Arts in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School
  • Career Aspiration Award
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Primary School
  • Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School
  • Community Partnership Award
  • Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills
  • Innovation in Education Award
  • School Support Star of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Leadership Team of the Year
  • Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider
  • Most Inspirational Secondary School
  • Most Inspirational Primary School
  • Wow Recognition Award



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

Medals and recognition for Maghull Squadron Air Cadets

Five members of staff at 2348 (Maghull) Squadron Air Cadets have been recognized for their hard work within the organization recently and have been awarded medals.

Flt Lt Taylor, Flt Lt Mulally, Fg Off Cave, Fg Off Tomlinson and AWO Manning were all presented with their service medals on the units annual presentation evening held at The Maghull British Legion on May 12.

After 12 years of service, Flt Lt Jaqueline Mullaly was awarded her Cadet Forces Medal whilst Fg Off Simon Cave and AWO Nick Manning were awarded their first clasp for a further six years service.

Finally, Fg Off James Tomlinson and Commanding Officer, Flt Lt Ian Taylor were awarded their second clasp, in recognition of a further 12 years service, a total of 24 years service each.

Katie Dabrowski Thomas from the HQ 2348 (Maghull) Squadron said: “It is very rare that a squadron is awarded one medal, let alone five, and it really shows the commitment of our staff and their passion for our service.

“Maghull Squadron has been one of the best units on Merseyside wing for many years and with these presentations, it isn’t hard to see why.”

Maghull Squadron parade on a Monday and Friday from 7pm until 10pm. To request an Information Pack or to register for the Recruitment Evening call 0151 520 2348 during the mentioned opening hours, email or find them on Facebook as 2348 (Maghull) Sqn.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Pride Awards 2017

BUSINESSES across the area are being invited to help support and celebrate the vital work of NHS staff in hospitals and in the community.

The Pride Awards, now in their ninth year, celebrate the excellence and professionalism of health employees who work at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

The awards are also an opportunity for staff to recognise the achievements of one another and for patients to highlight staff who have given outstanding care.

The Trust is keen to hear from businesses and organisations across Southport, Formby, West Lancashire and the North West who would be interested in giving financial support to this year’s Pride Awards.

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available for each of the award categories. Iain McInnes, interim Chief Executive, said: “The Pride Awards are a fantastic opportunity for our community to help celebrate their NHS heroes.

“We are grateful to our existing sponsors for their continuing support but I know there will be many others who want to show their appreciation to staff by supporting this event.”

Companies or organisations interested in sponsorship should contact Joanne Chorley at the Trust on 01704 704714 or email

The Pride Awards will be held at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre in June. Nominations for the Patient Award will open later in February.

Sefton celebrates children in care at No Limits Awards

Local children in care recently took to the red carpet as they shone at an award ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
Ben Willan Winner Pic

Held on November 18 at the Floral Hall in Southport’s Theatre and Convention Centre, the Sefton No Limits Challenge Awards are now in their 15th year. This year’s ceremony was bigger than ever, with over 200 children and young people nominated for 25 prizes by foster carers, social workers and teachers.

The awards acknowledge a young person’s achievement in a learning environment, whether in school, further education or an alternative setting through diversity, effort, attitude, progress and challenge.

Awards are not based solely on academic progress as they can be won by showing improvement in attendance, personal development, skills and knowledge.

No Limits was opened by local care leaver Joanne Lee, who was followed by The Worshipful Mayor of Sefton, Cllr. Iain Brodie-Brown, who handed medals, certificates and prizes to children and young people.

While everyone deserved their nomination, there could only be one winner, with the first prize handed to Ben Willan by John-Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding at Sefton Council, for his outstanding improvement and progress in his personal development. He was closely followed by joint runners up Jaydon Lavelle and Kayleigh Pilcher, who were recognised as great examples for other children by “going the extra mile” inside and outside school.

Sponsorship is vital to No Limits and this year’s event was possible with support from local organisations and teams at the Local Authority including:  ‘Our Place’ Sefton Care Leavers Centre; Homescope; Parenting 2000; Southport Soroptmists; Crosby Soroptimists; Sefton Governors Association; Sefton CVS; Children’s Services, Library Service and the Integrated Youth Service at Sefton Council.

An award was sponsored for the first time by Sefton Council employee Margaret Porter and her son Mark in loving memory of her late husband Alan.

Cllr. John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “It is great to see that the No Limits Challenge Awards are still going strong and continue to celebrate the efforts and achievements our looked after children, which is so important for their development.

“While rightly proud of the children and young people, I want to extend congratulations to the tireless team who organise the event, as well as the many social workers, foster carers, teachers and special guardians who took the time to nominate winners and nominees.”

Nicky Walsh, Head at Sefton’s Virtual School for looked after children and project lead for No Limits also commented: “Seeing first-hand how hard our children and young people work and the way the aspire to be the very best they can be, makes it all the more rewarding to be involved in an event such as the No Limits Challenge Awards, where we have the chance to celebrate their achievements.

“It was great to see so many children and young people filling the floral hall and looking so smart as they received their certificates. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Sefton CCGs hailed finalists for prestigious HSJ award

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were named a finalist at the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award held at the InterContinental O2 in London on 23 November.

Their apprenticeship scheme with Hugh Baird College was shortlisted under the workforce category with ten other entrants across the UK.

The bespoke course designed and shaped by the CCGs with Hugh Baird College gave apprentices the chance to train whilst working in a GP practice to get the hands on experience that they need. Many of them still work in practice and some have gone on to complete further training.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse at the CCGs said: “We were absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the award, the team here worked so hard to design the course with Hugh Baird and all of the apprentices who took part have expressed how beneficial it was to them.

“In this climate where it isn’t that easy to source funding for further qualifications or to get jobs easily, they relished the opportunity and gave it their all. We are just happy that they found it so worthwhile. A big well done goes to all of the winners on the night, especially to London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the workforce category.”

Alastair McLellan, Editor, HSJ, said: “With the NHS experiencing a tough time as funding fails to keep up with demand, the HSJ Awards were once again the best reminder of the excellence the service is capable of. Taken together the entries to the HSJ Awards represent work which, directly or indirectly, has saved thousands of lives and enhanced many times that number.”

Now in their 35th year, the most sought after accolade in British healthcare recognises, celebrates and promotes the finest achievements in NHS, and showcases them to the service’s most influential leaders.

To view a short video about the CCGs’ apprenticeship scheme please visit please visit:

For the full winner list please visit:

A Blooming Lovely Borough!

Sefton is the pick of the bunch after scooping a number of awards in the prestigious North West in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions.

In the national awards, Southport in Bloom was crowned Overall Winner in the Large Coastal Resort category for the first time since 2002, beating strong competition from across Britain.

Regionally, Maghull in Bloom was awarded Gold in the Large Town Category, while there was also triple Silver Gilt success with Ainsdale, Crosby & Waterloo and Melling in Bloom all announced as winners.

Judges visited various locations across the borough over four days in July to see the excellent efforts made by local Steering Groups, volunteers and various community organisations and were clearly impressed by what was on display.

The groups, who have been supported by Sefton Council and its contractors, were judged on horticultural achievement, along with ‘community involvement’ and ‘environmental responsibility.’

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the efforts of our community groups, volunteers and Steering Groups have been recognised by the judges.

“The various groups and volunteers’ work tirelessly to make our borough sparkle and it is great to see such fantastic partnership working with the Council.

“North West in Bloom also informed us that the 32 entries from Sefton into the Your Neighbourhood competition was higher than any other area, which demonstrates the pride that our residents have for their borough.

“I would like to thank everyone for their efforts this year.”

There was also a number of Sefton based winners in the Your Neighbourhood entries, including Maghull Station Volunteers who won the Best Station in the North West.

CCG shortlisted for top award

A campaign to reduce the annual £2 million cost to the NHS of wasted or unused medicines in Sefton each year has gained national recognition after being shortlisted for a top accolade at The Pharmacist Awards 2016.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s head of medicines management, Susanne Lynch and her team were nominated in the community innovation category of the awards for their “only order what you need” campaign.

On her nomination, Susanne said: “I am so happy to have been shortlisted for this award and I have to say I couldn’t have got this far without the help of my team who have been out and about speaking to the residents of Sefton.

“People have taken a real interest in our campaign and a lot were shocked about how much waste we see from repeat prescriptions and people over ordering so I do think it will make them think twice before ordering next time.

“As head of medicine management it is extremely important to me that the message is passed on and I can’t stress enough how important it is to only order or accept medicines that you need as unused prescriptions cost the NHS in Sefton an estimated £2million a year.”

The team went out on a ‘winter tour’ to local supermarkets and community events to tell people about the savings that could be made if people were to ‘only order what they need’. On the tour they also advised on how people should take their medicine properly so they are as effective as possible but also how to dispose of medicines should they or someone they know have medicines at home that are no longer needed.

The Pharmacist Awards hosted by Zinc Media were held on 30 June at The Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London.

Awards recognition for Sovini Group partners

A number of Sovini Group partners have been recognised in various awards over the last two weeks.

There were multiple successes in the shortlist of the North West Regional Construction Awards as Sovini Trade Supplies (STS) and Sovini Property Services (SPS) were shortlisted in the SME of the Year and Contractor of the Year categories respectively.

Sovini Property Services also made the shortlist for both Contractor of the Year and Customer Service of the Year categories at the Housing Excellence Awards, while Pine Court Housing Association made the cut in the Social Landlord of the Year (Small) category.

SPS Multi Trades Apprentice Charlie Symes has also been named North West Apprentice of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Housing. She will now be put forward for the national awards, highlighting the success of our apprentice programme.

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.