National Youth Agency (NYA) – Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19 (4th November 2020)

The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.

This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and your existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to.

Everyone should read the guidance document below and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England. (Version 3) Click on the image below to view the guidance document.

** Following the recent government announcement (31st October 2020), we can confirm that the youth sector moves into RED on the readiness framework.
Please read the new Red Readiness Fact Sheet below.**

Additional tools and resources to support this guidance can be found here

Information about access to food during the summer holidays (Summer 2020)

As with previous years, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council to coordinate a network of community venues and local organisations to offer children, young people and families access to food during the school holidays – especially those who would normally be in receipt of free school meals during term time.

The Access To Food initiative is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays, and we hope this offer will complement the service being provided by Sefton Council’s Family Wellbeing Centres in the South, Central and North localities.

All voluntary sector locations will be offering packed lunches to children and young people during the times provided and social distancing measures must be maintained at all times.

Please click here to download the information leaflet (PDF format). Alternatively, please see below for the image of the information flyer

VS6’s Children and Young People VCFSE Sector Assembly – Build Back Better: Recommendations for a Six Point C&YP Recovery Plan

The VS6 Children and Young People’s VCFSE Assembly was held via Zoom on 27th May 2020, and the key findings and recommendations have now been published into a report (download here). Gill  Bainbridge, MYA, chaired the event and 44 participants from 39 organisations attended.

Young people of the Liverpool City Region and the Metro Mayor – A conversation on COVID-19 #LCRListens (Wed 3rd June, 3.30pm)

The Coronavirus pandemic has completely transformed life as we knew it and has had a major impact on every citizen of our area. One of the groups most impacted by the effects of the virus is young people. Steve Rotheram invites the young people of the Liverpool City Region to take part in a live conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on your lives.

Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Upcoming Training Opportunities (March-June 2020)

Please see below for training and development opportunities from Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). To book a place on Sefton LSCB Training Courses visit our website. 

Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People NOW AVAILABLE

Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton 4 Good have teamed up to produce a brand new Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People – packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!  

Maghull Town Council Youth Survey (Closing Date: Friday 8th June)

Maghull Town Council are currently conducting a survey to find out what the young people of Maghull are looking for in regards to services and activities.

Maghull Town Council are actively looking to expand what is available within the town and hopefully create new opportunities.

The survey is open to all young people aged 11 to 21 years old. It will take no more than three minutes. Please share your views with us!

Click here to complete the survey


Sefton Council urge residents to #PawsForThought when buying a puppy this Christmas

Sefton Council is asking residents to give ‘Paws for Thought’ to ensure they don’t buy illegally imported puppies, following the culmination of a high profile case in Southport.

The “Paws for Thought” campaign has launched this week in a bid to educate people about the financial and emotional dangers of buying illegally imported puppies, especially in the run up to Christmas.

Paralympian is Special Guest at this year’s Sefton Sports Awards

The date for the next big sporting occasion has been set and the region’s sporting stars and unsung heroes will be celebrated once more.

Sefton Council is proud to host the Sefton Sports Awards 2017 which will once again held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 12.
The annual awards ceremony recognises and rewards the outstanding talent, dedication and commitment of local athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools supporting grassroots sport across the borough over the last 12 months.
Organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, this year welcomes guest of honour, Paralympian Lora Fachie MBE.
Born with a hereditary sight condition, para-cyclist Lora lost her sight at the age of 5. Lora won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, and is also a two-time world champion on the road. Add to that a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships.
Tina Pilkington, Development Manager at Sefton Council, said:

“We’re so pleased to welcome Lora as our guest speaker to. I’ve no doubt that this brilliant athlete and role model will inspire the youngsters at the event.

“The awards night is always a wonderful celebration and we’re certain this will once again be a night to remember.

“If you know a volunteer or coach who has given up their time to support others or a sports club or person that has been really successful, we urge you to submit a nomination.”

Nominations are now open and can be made in the following categories:
• Club Of The Year
• Coach Of The Year
• Lifetime Achievement
• School Of The Year
• School Team Of The Year
• Sports Personality Of The Year
• Supporter Of The Year
• Team Of The Year
• Volunteer Of The Year
• Young Volunteer Of The Year
Nominations can be made at The deadline for entries is June 5, 2017.

The Diana Award for young people is seeking nominations (closing date 17th March)

The Diana Award is presented to young people who are going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change. They can be nominated for a variety of activities not limited to: campaigning, volunteering, fundraising, tackling bullying, overcoming extreme life challenges.

As well as the Award, the 20 recipients will also be given access to a unique Development Programme, providing them with the opportunity to enhance their skills in four key areas; leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology for good. In order to be eligible for The Diana Award or Legacy Award nominees must be aged 9-18 and have been carrying out their activities for a minimum of 12 months.

Click here for more information


Talent Match – A local project supporting young people look for long term employment

Are you aged 15-29 years old looking for work?

Have you been unemployed or out of education for 12 months?

Do you feel your ideal job is out of reach?

If yes, then Talent Match can support you!

A Big Lottery funded project designed to provide support to young people looking for long term employment.

Part funded by The European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative offering support to 15-17 year olds and 25-29 year olds.

The Talent Match has a team of mentors throughout Merseyside who will work closely with you, providing intensive support to gain sustainable employment.

The Sefton Intensive Mentors are: Lynne Evans, Marie Hall, Clare McGrory and Megan Gamble. We offer various types of support and opportunities including:

  • Therapeutic support (counselling/anger management etc)
  • Substance misuse support
  • Housing issues
  • Confidence and motivation
  • Employability skills CV’s, Interview prep, Application, UJM support
  • Work and volunteering placements
  • Travel funding
  • CSCS card and Health and Safety Test
  • Apprenticeship support
  • Business start-up support
  • Post-employment support
  • Access to Breaking down barriers funding

Click here to download a referral form


For any enquiries please contact or 0151 702 0700 .

University of Cumbria and Brathay Trust’s Child, Young People, Family & Community Annual Events (2016-17)

The Child, young person, family and community practice development group,founded by the University of Cumbria and Brathay Trust, are hosting a range of educational and informative events between October 2016 and throughout 2017.

Please click here to download full details

Work with children, young people, families and communities is as important as ever. Yet resources seem to be stretched tighter than ever, and the range of issues people face ever more complex. With restricted time and resources it can be easy for sectors to work in silos as there is limited time to conduct core business, let alone work with others.

The child, young person, family and community practice development group is an open and inclusive group who strive to achieve the opposite. By working together we believe that we can achieve more than we can alone. By bringing together young people, students, practitioners, leaders and managers, commissioners, academics and researchers, we can develop and exchange knowledge that will enhance what we all do.

YMCA Sefton launched in Southport

A youth organisation that first opened its doors to children and young people in Southport more than 150 years ago is entering a new era by expanding borough-wide.

YMCA Southport has relaunched as YMCA Sefton with a vision to become one of the lead organisations for children and young people both north and south of the borough.

It will now provide services to many more children and young people, with a focus on health and wellbeing and family work.

Initiatives planned for the coming years include programmes to tackle obesity in children with Type 2 diabetes, school holiday provision that encourages youngsters to be fit and active, an increase in nursery places and new drama and climbing clubs.

A series of events are being held to mark the launch including fun days when families can try a range of activities together including climbing, drama and roller blading.

Lee Humphreys, chief executive of YMCA Sefton and chairman Tony Dalton MBE, said: “These are exciting times for the YMCA in Sefton as we announce a major expansion, from providing services just in Southport to across the borough.

“We are introducing a raft of new services that focus on encouraging health and wellbeing in our young people to ensure they thrive and play an active and full role in their communities. We will also be encouraging families to get fit and active together, all in the spirit of the YMCA’s beliefs and ethos.

“We have the support of many organisations including Sefton Council for Voluntary Service and now look forward to reaching out to many more children and young people.”

Initiatives also include development of YMCA Sefton’s headquarters in Hoghton Street, Southport, where an official launch recently took place attended by dozens of guests including Bootle MP Peter Dowd and young people from Sefton Young Advisers.

Two family fun days will be held at YMCA’s premises in Hoghton Street, Southport this month, on Saturday, 10th September and Sunday, 25th September.

Bulger charity team to conquer Kili climb in memory of James

A TRUSTEE of the James Bulger charity has taken fundraising into his own hands by pledging to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

Anthony O’Brien, along with friend Jamie Campbell, will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, which is 5,895 metres above sea level.

The challenge is in aid of the James Bulger Memorial Trust, which was set up in memory of the murdered Bootle toddler following his death in 1993.

The aim is to raise £3,000 and the pair are well on their way having already generated more than £1,200 already.

Anthony said: “In September Jamie and I will be attempting to summit the world’s highest freestanding mountain. We will be off the ‘beaten track’ and on the uncrowded route to the peak, walking for up to 14 hours a day for eight days.

“We will be raising money and awareness for the James Bulger Charity. James Bulger will never be forgotten. He was a fun-loving, innocent little boy whose life was so cruelly taken away from him.

“To this day James’ mother Denise Fergus continues to receive messages of sympathy and support from people all over the world.

“The aims and objectives of the James Bulger Memorial Trust are to benefit and support young people who are disadvantaged by reason of having become the victims of crime, hatred or bullying. To reward those who are judged to have shown exemplary conduct, making a positive contribution to the welfare of others, or society in general.

“As a trustee for the charity, I cannot think of anything more fitting or deserving of my donations.”

A spokesperson for the James Bulger Memorial Trust said: “Anthony will be raising money and awareness for the James Bulger Charity to enable us to send disadvantaged children and families on the holiday that they deserve.”

If you would like to donate, visit the website

Double National Awards Success for Sefton Young Advisors

A project which enables the voices of young people in Sefton to be heard in community life has landed two top national awards.

Members of the Sefton Young Advisors (YAs) team are celebrating after their Co-ordinator Laura Goad was honoured as YA Lead of the Year, and they also collected the Community Project of the Year award for an initiative with Sefton Council.

Both awards were presented at the recent AGM and conference of the national Young Advisors charity held at Hope Valley in Derbyshire.

The Young Advisors – based at the Waterloo HQ of charity Sefton CVS – are trained consultants aged from 15-23 who help organisations to understand the interests of young people, and how to get their message across to them in a more youth-friendly way.

They also help agencies to ‘youth proof’ the way they operate, and to attract and maintain the interest of young people in their work.

According to the award citation, Laura Goad was recognised for her outstanding leadership, her inclusive approach and her commitment to the YA team members, both in and out of work.

Meanwhile, the Young Advisors received the second award for their consultation work around Sefton Council’s 2030 vision for the borough.

This involved adapting the vision kit to make it accessible for a younger audience, and consulting with more than 200 children and young people aged from four years old upwards, including those with additional needs and looked-after children.

Sefton CVS Chief Executive, Angela White, commented: “To win these two prestigious awards is a fantastic achievement and I would like to congratulate Laura and the whole of the Young Advisors team on their success”.

“I am delighted that their creativity and hard work has been recognised at national level in this way,” added Mrs White.

Sefton Council Chief Executive Margaret Carney said “It’s fantastic to be recognised for what you do and an added bonus to be given an award. Thanks for all your hard work – it is really valuable and your input will really shape the borough.