Sefton Council leader calls on Government for funding needed for Covid-19 response

Sefton Council bosses have called on the Government to urgently give local authorities the funding they need to respond to Covid-19, and to continue to support vulnerable people and plan for a sustainable future.

At a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet this week, where a minute’s silence was marked for the 278 Sefton residents who sadly have died from Covid-19, Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson presented an update on the Council’s response to Covid-19, raising concerns about the economic impact of the pandemic.

LCR Listens – Liverpool City Region ‘Bring Back Better’ Recovery Survey

Liverpool City Region

Liverpool City Region is developing an economic recovery plan which sets out how we will respond to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are keen to get your feedback on our recovery plan, which we have been developing to help the City Region ‘Build Back Better’.

The plan is based around 6 themes:

  1. Opportunities to Build Back Better
  2. Business Ecosystems
  3. People
  4. Place
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Green Recovery

Please be assured that any information you provide will be confidential and used for research purposes only. We’ll process your data, in line with our Fair Processing notice, with any personal data such as age and ethnic origin used to assess whether we are receiving feedback from a representative cross-section of society. Please read the ‘Fair Processing Notice’ for more detailed information on how we will process your data.

Click here to have your say in the LCR Listens Recovery Survey

COVID-19 Community Research: Understanding Unmet Need survey (closing 24th July 2020)

We are supporting researchers from the Public Health Institute, LJMU, to carry out a survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector organisations across our local region. This research will provide evidence about:

  • The needs of voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector organisations and the support required to support infrastructure and sustainability in the short and longer-term; and,
  • Whether there are specific groups within communities who are vulnerable and for whom there are specific concerns, and where an appropriate response is required to ‘reach out’ to provide immediate support.

Coronavirus Mobile Testing in Sefton (Maghull 7th-9th July + Litherland 10th-12th July)

A Coronavirus Mobile Test Site returns to Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre for three days from today, 7 July. 

Supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, Mobile Test Sites are providing clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus. Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through

After Maghull, the next scheduled Coronavirus Mobile Test Site visit will be back to Litherland Sports Park, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 July.

Please note that we do not know when the local sites will become an option on the booking system.

Sight loss charity Galloway’s thank volunteers who have ‘rallied around the community’

Chiefs at a sight loss charity have thanked their volunteers who have ‘continued to provide support to blind and visually impaired people across Lancashire and Sefton’ during the pandemic.

Sight loss charity Galloway’s revealed that their volunteers have been rallying around the community even while face-to-face activity has temporarily been suspended.

Safeguarding Adults on Merseyside during the COVID-19 crisis

Issued on behalf of Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board 

During the COVID-19 crisis, it is particularly important to safeguard adults with care and support needs. They may be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect as others may seek to exploit disadvantages due to age, disability, mental or physical impairment or illness.

These groups may be targeted because of a number of factors. Generally speaking they may need assistance with some tasks, be less up to speed with technology, more welcoming of new contacts, more trusting and – for many older people – wealthier. There is evidence that social isolation increases the likelihood of abuse. Many older and disabled people spend long periods at home alone, and now as the whole nation is being asked to stay at home the same groups are more likely to be alone rather than in a family group.

Merseyside Police issue Stay Safe At Home guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Merseyside Police have produced a short Stay Safe At Home guide for local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please click here to download the guide 

About the guide

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented public health emergency and the  ongoing requirement to stay at home is an essential part of the national effort to fight the virus.

Being at home should be the safest place for us to be and for the vast majority of people, this is true. Sadly though, Merseyside Police is aware that spending more time at home means some people in our communities may become more vulnerable to certain types of crime.

Sefton Family Wellbeing Centres during COVID-19

Issued on behalf of Sefton Council

Some of our Family Wellbeing Centres may be closed* but you can still keep in touch via our Facebook page @SeftonFamilyWellbeing.

During the COVID-19 crisis, it is more important than ever to keep in touch and look out for one another.

Like or follow our Facebook page for information and links to resources for parents, carers, children, young people and their families. We also share ideas for activities for all the family to try at home.

*Three Family Wellbeing Centres remain open for emergencies only:

  • Talbot Street, Southport – 01704 534975
  • Netherton – 0151 282 1405
  • Marie Clarke, Bootle – 0151 330 5260

If you are self-isolating or require additional community support please call the Sefton Council COVID-19 helpline on 0345 140 0845.

RNIB: Advice for blind and partially sighted people during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Issued on behalf of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

We appreciate that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may be causing you many additional challenges so we’ve brought together some key contact numbers and advice on how to get support in your local community below. You’ll also find answers to the questions we’re being asked the most, but please don’t hesitate to call if you need help.

Domestic Abuse Charities can apply for Vital Funds

Charities can bid for a share of £10 million funding to support victims of domestic abuse.

Details on how domestic abuse charities can access the vital funds they need to support vulnerable groups over the coming months have today (7 May 2020) been set out by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Last week, it was confirmed that there would be an additional £10 million for domestic abuse accommodation services over the coming months.

This is part of a £76 million package of government support for the most vulnerable in society, including those affected by domestic abuse.

This funding will support domestic abuse safe accommodation services who not only provide beds, but also offer the critical help victims and their children need.

The support can be used to ensure existing services remain open as well as to create additional capacity and support during these unprecedented times.

The fund will be open for domestic abuse charities in England, including refuges, to bid for a share. Charities providing Domestic Abuse Safe accommodation (including refuges) in England can apply for this funding.

In order to ensure the funding can be shared as quickly as possible, the bidding process has been streamlined meaning people can access the help they need as soon as possible.

Further information on funding streams for charities providing other domestic abuse services will be made available in due course.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said:

Domestic abuse leaves vulnerable people, including children, living in fear in the very place where they should feel most safe and secure – inside their own home.

Protecting victims is an absolute priority and the funding charities can now apply for from today will help them meeting the challenges and support those that need it the most.

As well as this emergency funding, the government has also set out plans to support survivors of domestic abuse in the long-term by giving them better access to local housing services.

Government will bring forward legislation to give domestic abuse victims ‘priority need’ access to settled housing, ensuring they can find a home which is safe, secure and away from the threat of abuse.

Sandra Horley, CBE, chief executive of Refuge says:

Refuge welcomes the government’s promise of extra funding for domestic abuse services. Over the last few weeks, calls to Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline have risen by around 50%, showing the sheer numbers of women needing support.

This extra funding will help ensure those providing specialist domestic abuse services can give abused women and children life-saving refuge accommodation. No woman or child seeking sanctuary and support should ever be turned away.

Linked to this, an additional £6 million will be made available for frontline homeless charities. This funding will be shared amongst organisations who are on frontline, keeping vulnerable people without a home safe and giving them the help they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This follows the appointment of Dame Louise Casey to spearhead a new government taskforce on the response to rough sleeping during the coronavirus pandemic.

The taskforce will work hand-in-hand with councils and agencies across the country on plans to ensure rough sleepers can move into long-term, safe accommodation once the immediate crisis is over – ensuring as few people as possible return to life on the streets.

For more information visit;

What to do if you have a dental problem during COVID-19 pandemic

If you have a dental issue during lockdown, it is important that you know how to access help when you need it.

All high street dental and orthodontic practices can give advice, guidance and prescriptions, which you can collect from your local pharmacy.

If you are in pain or in need of support and need help or advice, please telephone your dental practice in the usual way.

If you are not registered with a dentist you can go to call the Cheshire and Merseyside: dental helpline on 0161 476 9651

This may be because you have severe toothache or a dental infection, or you have noticed other changes inside your mouth such as a white orred patch, a lump or an ulcer that won’t heal.

You will be assessed and given advice over the phone, which may result in a remote consultation with a dentist.

In addition, the Liverpool University Dental Hospital is also operating an Emergency Dental Care service for patients registered in Cheshire and Merseyside.

To access this service, please call the Dental Emergency Helpline (Monday to Friday 8.30am –4.30pm, Saturday 8.30am-12noon)

  • 0151 706 5307
  • 0151 706 5309

To support NHS services, it is important that you do not visit hospitals or doctors’ surgeries with dental problems.

Where to get Medical Advice over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend

Health leaders from NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) want to reassure residents that the NHS is here for them if they need it this bank holiday weekend.

For those who need to see their GP, the majority of local practices will be open on bank holiday Friday (8 May) – practices can be contacted online or by phone. People are advised to refer to their GP practice website for opening hour details.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “Most community pharmacies in the area will be open 2-5 pm on bank holiday Friday – people can check their local pharmacy’s website for more details.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG said: “If you have any health concerns, I urge you to not delay seeking advice and help during this period. GP practices and pharmacies will be available over the bank holiday to make it as easy as possible for people to get the help they need.

“However, it is important, that people do not go to their GP practice unless they have been specifically advised to do so by a member of the practice staff.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Remember, if you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, you should seek help and advice first using NHS111online services at: – and only call NHS111 if you cannot get help online.”

For the latest on Coronavirus visit: or

The NHS App is a great way to access medical advice and means that you can do so while staying home, allowing you to protect yourself and those around you. Some features of this free app allow you to:

  • Check symptoms
  • Find out when you need help urgently
  • Book/manage GP appointments
  • Order repeat prescriptions.

Visit this NHS 111 website and the NHS App website for further details.

COVID-19 Sefton VCF Sector Survey for groups and organisations (closing date Wednesday 20th May)

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service recognises the amazing work you are doing in the VCF sector during this very difficult and testing time and we are committed to supporting you not only to carry on now, but also to continue past the COVID 19 pandemic and to look at the future recovery phase.

To understand the impact on our local VCF sector, we are undertaking this local survey, which is being done by each CVS in the City Region, to enable us to have a clear picture of what you are doing, the pressures you are facing as a result and what you think would help your organisation. This isn’t just about this moment in time, we are also looking at how we can future proof the VCF sector so that afterwards the sector is as resilient as possible as we consider the recovery phase.  This information can then be fed into Sefton Council, the CCG’s, the Liverpool City Region structures and grant makers, to aid their planning and implementation in response to and following the COVID 19 crisis and have a clearer understanding of the issues facing our VCF sector and those that we support.

We have developed a short questionnaire for you to complete which can be found here:

The deadline for completion of the survey is 12noon on Wednesday 20th May. We will be assembling the responses and intend to hold an online seminar once the survey results have been analysed. ​

Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to complete this questionnaire.

COVID-19 Funding – VINCI UK Foundation announce €400k fund to help UK Charities

Following the message from VINCI announcing an extraordinary €10m of funds made available to help charities in the fight against COVID-19. We are extremely pleased to announce that €400k of these funds have been allocated to the VINCI UK Foundation.

We are therefore actively looking to make this fund work quickly to support charities assisting in the fight against COVID-19.

Sefton Council and local NHS helping people to be Kind to Your Mind during the Coronavirus outbreak

A new campaign ‘Kind to Your Mind’, to help lift people’s people spirits during the Coronavirus outbreak, has been launched in Sefton.

Designed to support mental wellbeing of people living and working in Merseyside and Cheshire, ‘Kind to your mind’ links to the new ALMA wellbeing website, an online portal with a suite of mental and physical wellbeing resources.

When they visit ALMA, people can access a range of online therapy courses, developed by medical professionals, to help them work on their mental wellbeing. The site also includes a knowledge base of free health and wellbeing apps that have been evaluated by a medical professional for their clinical effectiveness.

Two additional sites for collecting community medical equipment from from today (Tuesday 21st April)

From Tuesday 21st April 2020, there are two additional Sefton sites where referrers and family members can pick up community medical equipment that has been ordered for people being discharged from hospital.

This is in response to Hospital Discharge Guidance from the Government on COVID 19.

Borough of Culture 2020 projects to go ahead digitally to help raise spirits in the face of Covid-19

Sefton Comedy HUB, detailed instructions of how to make an origami squirrel and Community by Nature play packs are among the re-profiled Sefton Borough of Culture 2020 projects going ahead in the face of Covid-19.

Members of Sefton Council’s Borough of Culture 2020 team worked swiftly with local arts, culture and community groups with successful grant applicants to adapt their projects for digital delivery. The aim is to enable people to enjoy and take part in the activities online or by post.

The Borough of Culture team awarded over £15,000 of one-off grants for cultural activities at the heart of its communities. The outbreak of the coronavirus meant successful bidders working closely with the council and its partners to change tack, while still creating fun, engaging things to do for residents everywhere.

Launched already via Facebook, Sefton Comedy Hub is a chance for local residents to submit clips of themselves telling their favourite joke, recalling amusing anecdotes and humorous stories and reciting funny poems and comedy impressions.

Hosted by local comedian Bren Riley, the project is for people of all ages and ‘clean’ clips should be submitted to the page. There will be weekly feedback on the clips and e-vouchers provided for the funniest clips.

People will also be able to register to play Bingo via Zoom through the Sefton Comedy Hub Facebook Page. Tickets for the six sessions will be emailed to local residents and e-vouchers will be given as prizes.

Find out more about the Sefton Comedy Hub.

Through Origami Pulse, people will be able to follow a detailed video showing them how to make their very own red squirrel from folded paper. People will be invited to share pictures their squirrels online and these pictures will be used to create a large artwork at the Atkinson later in the year.

In conjunction with Venus, Community by Nature will be working with three artists to develop three ‘Playing In’ packs for vulnerable families, least likely to have access to art-making materials at home during the Covid-19 restrictions. Provided with food parcels, the packs will provide free, fun ways for families to enjoy themselves at home and to keep children occupied.

Downloadable versions of artist-designed play activities will also be available for wider use by anyone across the Borough as well as video and online workshops introducing creative play ideas via Facebook and Instagram. People will also be able to submit memories of games they have played in the past and photographs showing people playing out.

Birkdale Community Hub and will be running a photography competition that will see residents invited to take photographs of their gardens or what they can see out of their windows while they spend this time at home. Participants will be able to submit their snaps via email and social media and there will be a future exhibition at the HUB.

Through SING Plus, older people in the community who do not have access to the internet or social media will be provided with materials and maps to chronicle their recollections of Sefton. The memory boxes they create will be used as part of the local archive held at Crosby library.

Also, SING Plus will see young people asked to keep a diary of their thoughts and daily life at the present time and the effect of the current situation is having on them and their families. Activity boxes and snacks will also be provided for the young people taking part.

After the Covid-19 crisis is over both groups, old and young, will meet up after the need for social distancing has ended, to share memories.

Words of Wisdom is an inspirational project that will see young people being encouraged to keep in touch with the elderly community around them, online and through social media, as well as using simple pen, paper and telephone.

With the help of their parents and carers, the young people will be asking their elderly neighbours, family and friends to share their words of wisdom based on a lifetime of stories and experience. The best 100 lines of wisdom on topics such as family, fun, friendship, finance, fears, fulfilment, farewells, fitness and the future will be captured in a book as part of the legacy of the Sefton Borough of Culture 2020. People can find out more about Words of Wisdom by contacting Peter Hawkins at The Windmills Foundation on 01704 874 903 or

Through Aintree Racecourse Sefton’s Borough of Culture 2020 Grand Poetry Competition, budding young poets are being asked to get creative and tell us what they are missing.

Entries are being invited for the 4 to 8-year-old, 9 to 12-year-old and 13 years and above categories and winners will win family tickets to Aintree Racecourse’s Family Day in October and Liverpool’s Day or Grand National Day in 2021. This follows the recent unveiling of the spectacular Red Rum wall mural in Southport, commissioned by the Sefton Borough of Culture programme and painted by Paul Curtis, to celebrate the three-time winner in the town in which he lived and trained.

Poems’ subject should be about something or someone they love, miss or find amazing. Poems, with a maximum of 200 words, should be handwritten and decorated and sent to in an emailed which includes the child’s full name and age.

Cllr Trish Hardy Sefton Council’s main Borough of Culture sponsor said: “At this time when it’s so important that people maintain social distancing to beat Covid-19, I am delighted that our Borough of Culture 2020 team has been able to work with these arts, culture and community groups to develop projects that will help lift local people’s spirits and provide fun things for people of all ages to do.

“I look forward to seeing all the creativity contained in our local communities expressed and on display through this exciting range of projects.

“Taking culture to people’s homes, phones, laptops and tablets, they have created exciting activities that will keep people entertained and go a long way to helping them cope during periods of isolation, whether alone or as a family.”

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Newsletter – COVID-19 special edition

Sefton Local Safeguarding Chidren Board (LSCB) have published the latest edition of their newsletter which includes information and resources in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Click here to download the April 2020 Newsletter

For more information, including previous issues of the newsletter, please visit


Urgent request for PPE for Sefton’s frontline workers: COVID-19

An urgent call has gone out for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline key workers supporting the region’s most vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

Dedicated workers in Sefton are providing vital support to ensure people can continue to live independently in their homes or are providing more specialist care in care homes.

The equipment they need to protect not just themselves but the people they care for is running lower with each day and the health and social care sector in the borough is struggling to get essentials like masks, disposable gloves and aprons as quickly as it is needed due to the huge surge in demand.

Accessing Your Health Services over the Easter Holidays

This Easter, NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reassuring residents that they will still have access to medical advice and support over the bank holiday weekend.

Unlike previous years local GP surgeries will be operating regular weekday opening hours on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April) to help the NHS cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak GP practices have made some changes to the usual way that you access their services. This means in the first instance you should phone your practice or contact them online to get advice, rather than visiting your surgery in person.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It’s safe to say that none of us have ever experienced the changes in our society that we’re experiencing due to coronavirus but we are determined to provide our residents with the best healthcare possible over the Easter Bank Holiday and throughout this period for all their healthcare needs.

“To help stop the spread of coronavirus, if you do need to contact your GP it is important that you telephone first, rather that visit the practice.

“Our pharmacies will be open on both Good Friday and Easter Monday from 2-5pm and some will be open on Easter Sunday. Please be aware that beyond the bank holiday the opening times for pharmacies and the way that they operate has also altered due to coronavirus.

“All these measures are essential to protect all of our patients and staff and to provide you with continued advice about the usual range of ongoing and non-coronavirus illnesses.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Don’t forget that there’s support for you and advice on our websites and in this digital age you can download the NHS App for free, which allows you to order repeat prescriptions.

“Remember, if you can’t get out to pick up your medicines due to the current Government advice on coronavirus you can ask a trusted family member, friend or neighbour to collect your medicines once the prescription is ready for collection. If you have no one to help and are shielded or self-isolating then contact Sefton Council’s helpline for support – 0345 140 0845.

“Finally, I would urge you to follow the guidelines and advice about dealing with the coronavirus and above all – Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”

If you require urgent medical help you can call 111 or visit, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; please remember that the service is experiencing a huge demand during this time, so your patience is appreciated.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Litherland Walk-in Centre is open 8am-8pm every day. However, all patients are now being asked to call 0300 100 1004 where they will be given advice on the call and where necessary, an appointment will be allocated at the walk-in centre.

The Urgent Treatment Centre in Ormskirk and the Walk-in Centre in Skelmersdale will be treating minor injuries only and have moved to booked appointments. Call 01695 402180 first.

In addition, local NHS Walk-in Centres across Liverpool will continue to operate daily between 8am–8pm, with the exception of the city centre one on Hanover Street. However, people need to call first on 0300 100 1004 to arrange an appointment.

The NHS App is available to download and has some really useful options that can help to support you and your family at home such as reordering prescriptions, and up to date

COVID-19 advice access 111 Online, for advice on self-care and whether urgent help is needed.

Pharmacies will be open on both Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April) from 2-5pm and some will be open on Easter Sunday (12 April). You should contact your local chemist directly for its exact hours of business on all of these days.

You can find a list of pharmacies open on Easter Sunday on your CCG website along with more information about current changes to the way you can access local services and how they are delivered or

Sefton’s Foodbanks Request for Provisions

Foodbanks across Sefton require a number of provisions to help them continue to provide support to those most in need in our communities during the COVID-19 crisis. 

South Sefton Foodbank, Trussell Trust
St Leonard’s Youth and Community Centre, 60 Peel Road, Bootle, L20 4RW

Drop off daily between 1pm and 3pm at St Leonard’s

  • Instant Mash
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned fruit
  • UHT milk
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Rice Pudding
  • Nappies
  • Coffee
  • Carrier bags


Christchurch Youth and Community Centre (CYCC)
8 Oxford Road, Bootle, L20 9HW

Drop off Wednesday 10am-1pm at CYCC

  • Baked Beans
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Tinned Tuna
  • Long life Milk
  • Tinned Tomatoes
  • Rice
  • Dried pasta and sauce packs
  • Noodles
  • Tinned soup
  • Tinned chicken/steak and kidney pies (Frey Bentos)
  • Rice pudding
  • Cereal


Southport Food Bank, Trussell Trust
Lakeside Christian Centre, Promenade, PR9 0LA

Drop off at the following locations; One Stop Shop at Formby, Waitrose at Formby, Tesco Extra at Kew, Coop Ainsdale, Ainsdale Methodist Church – 9am to 3pm in their porch, ASDA at Central 12, Salvation Army on Shakespeare Street and Lakeside Church side door – 10.30am to 12.30pm weekdays (except Thursday)

  • Tinned meat
  • Fruit juice
  • UHT milk


Southport Sit Up
40-42 Leyland Road, Southport, Merseyside PR9 9JQ

Drop off at Southport Sit Up

  • Cereal
  • Butter
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Bread
  • Cordial
  • Face masks
  • Knickers
  • Socks
  • Underpants
  • Towels
  • Deodorants
  • Tooth brushes and Paste
  • Soap / Hand wash
  • Sponges/ Flannels


Shoreline Church Foodbank
9 Mornington Rd, Southport, PR9 0TS

Drop off locations include; Sainsbury’s Lord, Street, Sainsburys Bispham Road, Sainsburys Birkdale, One-Stop Belmont Street, and Lidl Virginia Street. For anyone with larger donations of food, then it can be dropped off at the Foodbank at around 4pm Monday to Friday.

You can also donate online at;

  • Vegetables
  • Rice pudding/ custard
  • Biscuits
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Tea or coffee
  • UHT milk
  • Tinned meat


PH Holt Foundation – COVID-19 Emergency Funding Now Open

We welcome applications from small and medium sized Merseyside charities operating in any Merseyside borough. Our funding can provide help as you deliver new programmes to reach people affected by the pandemic, or help keep your vital charity services running

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

Tesco Bags of Help is responding to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities. Due to the need to respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application process and payment process to make it easier to get funds distributed quickly.

If your application is successful the fund will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups. The programme is set up to support organisational need in this time of crisis rather than fund specific projects.

Click here to apply and for more information

COVID-19 & Sefton: A letter from Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, Sefton MBC

Date: April 2, 2020

A letter from Councillor Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, Sefton MBC


Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in Sefton working hard to ensure that we support local people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Throughout our incredible borough we have seen an amazing community response.

National Lottery Heritage COVID-19 Emergency Fund Announced

National Lottery Heritage Fund is making £50million available for a Heritage Emergency Fund to support the UK heritage sector as an immediate response to the COVID-19 crisis.

They will be investing the £50m where it is needed most, by providing short-term funding for organisations delivering heritage projects or running previously funded projects, and safeguarding heritage sites they have previously invested in to ensure they are not lost to the public.

BBC Radio Merseyside – Make a Difference Campaign

Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, all 39 BBC Local Radio Stations will be taking part in the ‘Make A Difference’ campaign and if you’re making a difference in your community BBC Radio Merseyside want to hear from you!

BBC Radio Merseyside Make a Difference

BBC Radio Merseyside will be providing on-air Make A Difference Updates at Quarter past and Quarter to each hour from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week.

It could be something you’re doing in your street or town or if your helping people via a community or voluntary group – please let us know via;

Phone: 0800 731 9333

For more information visit BBC Radio Make a Difference

Click here to download a flyer to share the campaign on social media

LCRCares COVID-19 Community Support Fund

LCR Cares Fund Banner

LCRCares is a new crowdfunding campaign to raise £1million to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline of helping the city region’s communities cope with the impact of Coronavirus. Local people are volunteering their help in so many ways. They are our community heroes and they urgently need our support.

The money raised will be distributed to local organisations who are providing essential support to communities such as:

  • Foodbanks
  • Food/care package delivery to vulnerable people self-isolating
  • Delivery of services and projects supporting the most vulnerable, such older people e.g. a telephone support/friendship service or delivering online activities to help reduce isolation
  • Emotional and mental health support
  • Financial Inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice

The fund is being managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, a registered charity that has distributed in excess of £40m to grass root community groups and charities across the Liverpool City Region and a long held reputation for ensuring funding is provided to the most vulnerable.

Please give whatever you can to #LCRCares to help those most vulnerable in the Liverpool City Region as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Click here for more information and to donate


About this Fund

In this time of national crisis, CAF has launched this rapid response Fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19. Grants of up to £10,000 will help them to continue to deliver much needed support to our communities across the UK.

This is intended as a rapid response fund, and they aim to make payments to selected organisations within 14 days of application.

They anticipate high numbers of applicants and unfortunately it is likely that we will not be able to offer a grant to all eligible applicants.

Who can apply?

Organisations with a charitable purpose and charitable activities, which had income of £1million or less in their last financial year.

This includes:

  • UK registered charities (registered with Charity Commission, Scottish Charity Regulator or Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, or as shown in the Charities Act 2010)
  • Organisations registered with Companies House or the Public Mutuals Register, as a charitable or not-for-profit entity, e.g Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and others
  • Unregistered entities and social enterprises.

How much can you apply for?

Organisations in the UK with charitable activities can apply for up to £10,000 to support day to day activities in the current health emergency or your Covid-19 emergency response activities.

It is possible that not all grants will be made at the full amount. Please apply for an amount that will make a suitable difference to the size and activities of your organisation.

What can you apply for?

You can apply for unrestricted funding for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas.  You must be able to describe how an emergency grant will improve the situation for your organisation and community.

Please make only one application. Multiple applications will slow the process down and only one grant is possible for any organisation.

Please remember that this is intended as an emergency fund to enable your charitable activities to continue at the moment in whatever way is needed; it is not designed to replace other lost income in the longer term.

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Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 – Guidance & Information from Sefton Council

Many residents will be following the national advice around household isolation and social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This advice is in place to limit the spread of the virus and keep as many people as safe and well as possible.

We know that there are vulnerable people in our communities who will be more concerned than others about the prospect of staying at home for a number of reasons, including those who have been the victims of domestic abuse such as violence or coercive and controlling behaviour.