‘Working Together To Support Our Communities’ Workshops (Wednesday 3rd & 10th October)

Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sefton Council and NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport & Formby CCG to host two upcoming workshops looking at a community-based model of services in Sefton.

These workshops will give you and your organisation the opportunity to both hear in more detail about these ideas but also to shape the way you or your organisation wants to be involved.

Click here to download the event invitation 

Click here to download the booking form (Word / PDF

The two workshops planned in Sefton are:

Wednesday 3rd  October, 9.30am-2pm – Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 1RR (click here for map)

Wednesday 10th October, 9.30am-2pm – Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport, PR8 1RY  (click here for map)


To book your place, please complete and return the attached booking form to events@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. Alternatively, please return the booking form to the address below:

Sefton Council For Voluntary Service
3rd Floor, North Wing, Suite 3b, Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
L22 0LG

Please include details of any dietary or accessibility requirements. Bookings are available on a first come first served basis.

The Great Get Together in Sefton! (22nd June)

The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed in 2016. The weekend aims to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us through a weekend of neighbourhood celebrations across the country from the 22nd – 24th June. It’s promising build on the success of last year with to be the biggest community celebrations this year!

In the words of The Great Get Together themselves; “We’re inviting people to get together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we hold in common. It could be a street party or a shared barbecue, a picnic or a bake off. What matters is that we have fun and bring communities closer together.”

What’s on in Sefton

If you would like to get involved there are several events happening on the 22nd throughout the borough.

North Sefton at Southport Community Centre

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For more information about Southport Community Centre – southportcommunitycentre.org.uk

Central Sefton at the Feelgood Factory

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For more information about about the Feelgood Factory – www.feelgoodfactory.org.uk

South Sefton at Strand By Me Shop

Will be holding a Get Together at their shop in the Strand Shopping Centre from mid-morning until the afternoon. Volunteers from the Strand will be leading the event, however members of the public are welcome to drop in throughout the day.

For more information about Strand By Me  – seftoncvs.org.uk/projects/strandbyme/

If you are inspired to hold your own Get Together further information of how to get involved throughout the weekend is available at – www.greatgettogether.org



Feelgood Factory’s Summer Quiz night fundraiser! (Thurs 27th July)

Thursday 27th July
7.00pm – 9.00pm
The Feelgood Factory, Netherton, L30 5QW

The Summer Quiz night will be held here at Feelgood Factory and it is £3 per ticket which includes entry to the quiz, prizes available to be won on the night.  We will sell refreshments on the night and have a raffle, spot the ball and a few games of Play your cards right as well as the Summer themed Quiz.  All money raised on the night will go towards the Feelgood Factory continuing to provide various groups and services to the community.

Summer Quiz 2017 - Poster.jpgNetherton Feelgood Factory is a community-led, healthy living centre, operating in Sefton in Merseyside. Our mission is to help local people improve their health, well being and quality of life.

The Feelgood Factory provides services for the whole community from childhood to old age, in order to promote health and well-being as holistically as possible.  Our programme of activities are delivered both in the centre and through outreach work elsewhere in Sefton.

For more information on the Netherton Feelgood Factory Click here.

Waterloo school pay tribute to ‘best lollipop man in the world’

Popular character Neville Hymus, who recently died as he was about to attend a Buckingham Palace garden party, was called the ‘best lollipop man in the world’ by the headteacher of Stanfield School, Crosby in a letter she wrote to parents paying tribute to him.

The 67-year-old was well known in the community and for years used to help youngsters from Merchant Taylor’s Junior School (better known as Stanfield School) and Sacred Heart Catholic College cross the busy Liverpool Road.

He died outside Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, May 23 where he had been about to attend a ceremony in recognition of his services to the community. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.

Stanfield School headteacher Julie Yardley wrote in her later to parents: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Neville, the ‘best lollipop man in the world’ died, following a short fight against cancer.

“Neville was on his way to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, an invitation presented to him, in recognition of his years of dedicated service to our local community, including his extensive charity work.

“Neville was nominated for an award by Mr Coyne, of Coyne Learmonth Solicitors, opposite our school.

“Neville was very excited to receive the invitation, eagerly anticipating the day, and whilst it is a shame that he did not get to the Garden Party, he had laughed and enjoyed his train journey to London, before dying peacefully in a London taxi; “Neville was always one to do things his own way.

“Neville brought joy to our lives.

“A highly intelligent and sensitive gentleman, he touched all of our lives by his generosity, his warmth and his enthusiasm for a life, well lived.

“His final journey to meet the Royal Family was a fitting end to an extraordinary life, lived by a very special human being.

“Thank you Neville for everything, ‘Rest in Peace’, and love from us all.”

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 2348@aircadets.org or find them on Facebook as 2348 (Maghull) Sqn.



Maghull Young Adults Social Club (MYASC) recently celebrated 15 years of monthly social nights for adults with various learning difficulties in Maghull.

Held on the last Friday of every month at Maghull British Legion, MYASC now has hundreds of members who travel to the popular club night to socialise in a safe, friendly environment with a professional DJ and licensed bar.

As part of the 15th birthday celebrations for the club, organisers provided a buffet, balloons, free raffle and special guest appearances from Star Wars characters Darth Vader and Boba Fett (pictured).

The intergalactic appearance was made possible by members of the Star Wars Appreciation Society organised by former MYASC DJ Phil Marshall.

Club organiser Viv Penn said “Our 15th birthday celebrations were fantastic, and a big thank you must go to members of the Star Wars Appreciation Society for coming along and surprising our members”

“On behalf of the club, I wanted to extend a special thank you to Maghull Art Group who continue to support the club both financially and by volunteering on the night”.

For more information about Maghull Young Adults Social Club, please contact Viv Penn on 0151 526 6610 or email penn1945@blueyonder.co.uk.

Ainsdale’s MeCycle cafe and bike workshop supports Big Bike Revival (BBR)

Workers at a special bike cafe in Ainsdale have been shifting gear to help fix well over 100 bikes for free in just seven days.

Staff at MeCycle cafe and bike workshop say they are delighted with the success of the Big Bike Revival (BBR).

MeCycle, which is part of Autism Initiatives and supports young adults with autism in work placements, is taking part in BBR – a national campaign to encourage people to enjoy the benefits of cycling – by making bike repairs for free.

Vicky Jones, MeCycle Manager, said, “During the first week we serviced or fixed 138 bikes, which was more than we did in a two week period last year.

“People were queuing up outside before we opened and as the week went on we had to turn some people away.”

MeCycle mechanics will make straight forward repairs such as brakes, cables and inner tubes, until Saturday May 27.

Bootle Tool Shed receive £1,000 donation from the Asda Foundation

A popular Community Group have been handed £1,000 by the Asda Foundation.

Bootle Tool Shed, where people come together to take part in practical skills and activities, are based at the Strand Shopping Centre and are run completely by their own members.

They provide opportunities for people to share tools, resources and skills in order to create, learn and develop social networks.

Eddy Flynn, Trustee of the Bootle Men’s Shed said: “Our members see the Shed as a lifeline, and we the trustees see this funding as a lifeline to enable us to keep this vital resource open.”

Julie Ward, Senior Manager of the Asda Foundation said: “The Asda Foundation is one of the many ways we can give something back to our local communities.

“That’s why we lend a hand to a wide range of good causes with which our colleagues are involved with, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK.

“We see the Sheds programme as making a real difference at a grassroots level and are proud to support this initiative.”

The Shed movement follows a blueprint from an Australian project and since the first Men’s Shed opened in the UK six years ago, there are now over 300 in the UK with three new Sheds on average opening a week.

Sheds are often places for older men to come together and work on either individual or community projects – but are now increasingly seeing younger men and women getting involved.”

Southport College students take over community art boxes at Kings Gardens

Art and Design students at Southport College have been chosen to exhibit their artwork in Kings Gardens as part of an ongoing community project.

The students’ creative designs are being showcased in art boxes around the seafront gardens, which were originally opened by King George V more than a century ago.

Artwork currently on display includes designs by Level 3 Extended Diploma and Level 4 Foundation Diploma students and will be changed every few weeks.

Curriculum Leader of Art and Design, Kelly Broughton, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to get their work seen by the public.

“We are always keen to produce work that has an impact within our local environment and enhances the area for the local community.

“The Art Boxes were installed as part of the ongoing regeneration of Kings Gardens, a project which commenced in 2012 after the park was awarded more than £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) through their Parks for People programme.”

A group of students from Southport College will also be painting a mural in Kings Gardens during April.

Southport-based Home Instead Senior Care celebrate 10th birthday

A Southport private care company have this week celebrated their tenth birthday.

Home Instead Senior Care was delighted to welcome their caregivers, clients and family members to their ten year anniversary celebration at the Royal Clifton Hotel.

The event was well attended by Home Instead caregivers and staff along with over twenty of their clients who live in the local community. The guests were thoroughly spoiled with a buffet supper, entertainment, music and a delicious celebration cake.

Anthea Pilkington and Irene Hough, owners of the award winning at-home care company, have led the business to considerable success and popularity, creating a strong reputation for caring for older people across Southport.

Anthea said: “We would like to thank all the guests for attending and of course, our fantastic caregivers and staff, who continue to provide phenomenal support to all of our clients.

“It was one of our proudest moments seeing everyone celebrate what we have achieved over the last ten years.”

Home Instead now employs over 110 members of staff across the town.

Southport Foodbank receives helping hand from Sacred Heart Brownies group

Southport Trussell Group Foodbank received a welcome helping hand last week when they were visited by the Southport Brownies unit

Members of the all-girls 58th Southport Sacred Heart Brownies have been busy collecting donations for Southport Foodbank at Kew Tesco and

The girls, who meet at Sacred Heart Church, Ainsdale, recently visited the Foodbank facility at Lakeside Church to follow the process of what happens to the donations.

Tesco Champion, Leslie Kirkbride, helped organise the event which raised awareness for the charity.

The event encouraged families to donate food in Tesco and share with their children the importance of helping others. Without support from the community, the Foodbank would not be able to continue functioning so successfully.

Southport Foodbank, which manages six outlets in the Southport and Formby area, is part of the Trussell Trust’s UK-wide food bank network. The Trussell Trust helps local communities to open foodbanks, providing emergency food to thousands of people nationwide every year.

Southport Foodbank works with members of the public donating non-perishable food, which is then sorted and packed by volunteers into emergency food boxes.

Frontline care professionals, organisations and charities give vouchers to people in crisis and these are exchanged for three days of food at the food bank.

Latest figures released in April reveal that 45,216 meals were given out by the Southport Foodbank network to over 5,000 local people in crisis in 2016-17.

Southport Foodbank Manager, John Sullivan, states that there are many reasons as to why clients require food including, low income, benefit changes, delayed wages and domestic violence.

He said: “During the last financial year, local people have donated over 44 tonnes of food to Southport Foodbank and more than 120 volunteered to help with the scheme.

John believes progress can only be made through support and raising awareness.

He said: “It’s not a handout, it’s a hand up. Together we can help those in need move forward.”

Unfortunately, cutbacks are causing problems for the charity. However, volunteers are still able to take the time to listen and provide further support for clients.

The Lakeside Church Foodbank is open on both Monday and Friday, from 1 pm to 4 pm, and clients referred to it can be given three days of food up to three times in any six-month period. Other branches in the area are located at Grace Baptist Church on Market Street which is open on a Tuesday, Southport Community Centre and Scarisbrick New Road Baptist which both open on a Wednesday, Ainsdale Methodist Church on a Thursday, and Holy Trinity Formby on a Friday.

The charity is on-going and non-perishable food items can be donated directly to Lakeside Church or Tesco at Kew.

For information visit: southport.foodbank.org.uk or to offer help or make a donation, email: foodbank@lakesidecc.org.uk

Living Well Sefton announce second round of community resilience grants (launching Thurs 4th May)

Living Well Sefton has announced it is launching the second round of its Community Resilience Grant to support local community groups and individuals in delivering health and wellbeing projects.

The grants have already benefited many communities when the first round of funding was distributed at the beginning of the year. Applications for the second round will be opened at a networking event in Waterside Lodge, Southport on Thursday, May 4 from 2pm.

As in the previous grant round, groups can apply to receive up to £2,500, with individuals being able to apply for smaller grants of up to £500 providing they are supported by a community partner.

A spokesperson for Living Well Sefton said: “Living Well Sefton expects the grants to be used on projects looking to actively engage local people in making positive changes to their health and wellbeing.

“Everyone is invited to come along to the networking and grant launch event to link in with other health and wellbeing providers, meet grant recipients, discuss the grant process with Anne-Marie Morrison, Living Well’s Community Resilience officer, and also discover more about Living Well Sefton.”

To book a place visit Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk).

Refreshments will be provided and booking early is recommended.

Bootle’s Brunswick Youth & Community Centre turns 70!


The Bootle community came together last week to celebrate the 70 year anniversary of the Brunswick Youth and Community Centre.

One of Bootle’s best known community facilities, known as ‘The Brunny’, turns 70 years old this year and staff, local residents, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher,  MP Peter Dowd and children who use the Marsh Lane centre gathered on Friday, April 21 to mark the special occasion.

The Brunny  was formed in 1947 – two years after the end of World War  Two – by a group of British  prisoners of war held in the German camp of ‘Oflag 79’ in Braunschweig.

The soldiers in the camp wanted to open a facility in Liverpool to  offer a new facility for local boys, and they  decided to start a fundraising campaign.

Two years later and the Brunswick Boys Club was founded after the local community managed to raise £13,000.

It initially opened up in Toxteth but then moved to Marsh Lane in 1964 where it has remained ever since.

In 1995, the building was extensively re-developed and offers an indoor football pitch as well as a number of rooms for classes and meetings.

It is also regularly used by former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher, who grew up in Bootle.

Guest of honour at the celebrations was Bob King, who was captured by the German army in 1942 and held in  Germany until he was was liberated in 1945.

He was given a standing ovation by other guests, which also included a Merseyside Army Cadet Unit, who have been given permission to parade two nights a week at the centre.

Ian Fazakerley, Group Executive Director and Armed Forces Champion at One Vision Housing, said: “We have a strong relationship with the Brunswick, and were more than happy to support them in celebrating 70 years of success.”

Keith Lloyd, Centre Manager at the Brunswick, said: “We’re extremely grateful to One Vision Housing, Sefton OPERA and the 156 Regiment for their support – not only for this celebration but throughout the year.

“We pride ourselves on the opportunities we offer.”

Community groups come together to make Southport even better!

TWO community groups in Southport have joined forces to help make the resort look even better.

Following on from an article which appeared in the Champion which highlighted Lord Street in Bloom group’s need to gain insurance for their work making the town centre bloom with floral displays, the Southport Rotary Club have come to the rescue.

Kevin Long, a member of the Southport Meols Rotary group spotted the article and rallied his fellow members to lend a hand – and the generosity has not stopped there!

A spokesperson for Meols Rotary said: “As friends of Meols Rotary the gardening group would be covered by us for the work being carried out.

“Kevin was put in touch with Pauline Morris the ‘guiding light’ of Lord St in Bloom and put the proposal to her which then had to be ratified by Sefton Council before the arrangement could be formalised.

“Once agreed, the group became Friends of Southport Meols and, as such, they now wear hi vis vests proudly declaring the fact they are covered by Rotary Public Liability Insurance

“The group have even acquired some new volunteers from Meols Rotary who are now hooked on gardening!

“We recently helped Lord St in Bloom to plant 5000 crocus bulbs outside the Town Hall, which along with 5000 more donated by Southport Rotary, which are outside Sainsbury’s, and a further 1000 by Sunrise Rotary will create a splash of purple along Lord Street next Spring.

“2017 is the centenary of Rotary Foundation and one of their key projects is End Polio Now; when a child is immunised their pinkie is marked by a purple stamp to indicate that they have been vaccinated.

“So, as part of the activity to raise awareness and support to eradicate this disease worldwide, which is within our grasp, the Rotary Clubs of Southport are painting Lord Street purple!”


Public Health Report: How VCSE organisations contribute to wellbeing, health and care

This report (click here) sets out recommendations for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the health and care sector.

This is a joint review by the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England. The aim of the review is to:

  • describe the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes
  • identify the challenges and opportunities in realising the sector’s potential
  • address challenges and maximise opportunities

The report makes recommendations for government, health and care system partners, funders, regulatory bodies and the VCSE sector. It emphasises putting wellbeing at the centre of health and care services, and making VCSEorganisations an integral part of a collaborative system.