Free Junior and Adult Hockey at The Northern Club (starts Tuesday 6th June 2017)

The Northern Club in Crosby are pleased to offer Free Junior and Adult Hockey sessions starting on Tuesday 6th June 2017.

Click here to download the information flyer

Promoting England Hockeys ‘Back to Hockey’ National Campaign
(*Running for a minimum of 10 weeks as open, turn up and play sessions. Age 7+)

From children aged 7 and above – or adults who just want to come and give it a go or want to brush up their skills to get back to competitive hockey. Adults’ and children’s groups will be run separately but on the same pitch at the same time so you can come down as a family too!

On the Astro @ The Northern Club, Elm Ave, Crosby, L23 2SX

We recommend you wear trainers or astro shoes (no studded trainers/boots), shin pads and a gum shield. Hockey sticks and balls are available to borrow.
For those interested in Goal Keeping there are also club kits available to borrow.

The Northern Club has a range of women’s and men’s hockey teams playing in Saturday leagues, as well as a growing junior section which would welcome participants to engage with should you enjoy the summer taster sessions. The Northern club also offers a range of other sporting opportunities including cricket, bowls, squash and social events.

For further information contact:
Simone McCaskill: 07939864592
Alternative contact number is Craig Moran: 07902828617

New crackdown on child groomers comes into force

New offence of sexual communication with a child introduced today (3 April 2017).

Care at the Chemist scheme to continue

Health commissioners in Sefton have confirmed that following a recent review the Care at the Chemist scheme, available via community pharmacies, will continue from the 1st April 2017 although it will be available from fewer pharmacies.

Pharmacists ordinarily and routinely provide health advice to their customers regardless of Care at the Chemist but the scheme additionally ensures residents have access to a range of medicines for minor illnesses for which they might otherwise consider a trip to the doctor.

Medicines that are supplied to a patient as a result of their Care at the Chemist consultation are free for those who do not already pay for their prescriptions. All items available on the scheme are also available to buy over the counter.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, like many other CCGs, are required to make savings where possible but are keen to keep this valuable service where they can to help those residents who need it.

Following reviews of current services the CCGs have informed pharmacies that the consultation fee for the scheme will be reduced for 2017-18 which has led to a number of pharmacies choosing to no longer provide the additional  service. There will however be 14 pharmacies across Sefton who will continue to offer the service.

The range of medicines currently available is also being reviewed in order to make the scheme more efficient.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “In this challenging financial climate we are having to make savings on many of our services but we do understand how valuable Care at the Chemist is, particularly for the borough’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. We are therefore pleased to be able to support the pharmacies who voluntarily wish to offer this service to patients.”

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We are still reminding people to use their pharmacy for health advice for minor illnesses. Whether it is through the Care at the Chemist scheme or not, pharmacists can offer you advice on a wide range of minor health conditions and offer medication to assist.”

A full list of pharmacies offering Care at the Chemist as of 1st April 2017 can be found on each CCG web page below:

£10,000 grant for Southport’s St Lukes Church roof repair work

ST LUKES Church is set to benefit from a £10,000 repair grant to help fix its dilapidated roof.

The National Churches Trust Repair Grant t is designed to help the church on Hawkshead Street to fund urgent roof repairs which will help to remove it from the Heritage at Risk register.

Consecrated in 1882 and enlarged and embellished in 1897, St Luke’s has been a friendly, open and welcoming parish in Southport and the Diocese of Liverpool for over one hundred years.

Water penetration in the kitchen, toilets and south aisle are causing dampness and deterioration to internal surfaces. If left much longer timber decay in the roofs will become a real risk.

Former Sefton student Emma makes international film debut in brand new Peppa Pig movie!


A FORMER high school student from Formby is preparing to make her international screen debut!

Emma Arends, a familiar face in her youth as a starlet of the Southport Dramatic Club, will be the face of a brand new cinema screening of the much loved children’s TV show Peppa Pig.

The film will be broadcast across the United Kingdom, Australia and America from April 7 this year.

An excited Emma, who will be recognised by many sandgrounders as an ex Farnborough Road and Formby High pupil, caught the acting bug from an early age during her time ‘treading the boards’ the resort.

She trained at a youth theatre school in London and even starred alongside Pauline Daniels at the Liverpool Empire.

Nowadays Emma will be a familiar face for hundreds of thousands of parents and young children as ‘Daisy’, the human compatriot of popular kids cartoon figure Peppa Pig during live theatre productions.

And she is now set to become an even bigger star when she takes ‘Daisy’ to the big screen as part of a special initiative to encourage more pre-school age children to visit the cinema.

Emma said: “I’ve been touring with Peppa Pig’s Live shows ‘Peppa Pig’s Surprise’ and ‘Peppa Pig’s Big Splash’ for the last couple of years as Peppa’s human friend ‘Daisy’.

“But they have now made a movie called ‘Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience’.

“Its an exciting new preschool cinema experience that involves lots of dancing, singing and jumping around.

“The film is made up of nine brand new episodes and then connected with never before seen interactive entertainment with Peppa and George’s new friend ‘Daisy’ – played by myself. Its a very colourful, fun world.

“The children – and of course the adults too – are encouraged to join in, sing along to well known nursery rhymes, jump up and down in muddy puddles and play games.

“It’s very exciting as Peppa Pig is such a hugely loved children’s programme, I’m very proud to be a part of it.

“I grew up in Southport, going to Farnborough Road and then Formby High. I loved being involved with the SDC during my early teens.

“From the age of 14 for two years I used to travel back and forth to Sylvia Young Theatre School in London on a Saturday.

“I then trained at Arts Ed Drama School.

“When I graduated my first professional job was playing Young Helen alongside Pauline Daniels at The Liverpool Empire.”

Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience opens all around UK on April 7.

To book tickets visit It also opens in Australia and America later in the year.

Bootle Strand Shopping Centre plan Easter activities for all the family

SHOPPERS at the Strand Shopping Centre will be given an Easter treet with a giant chocolate scented egg and huge butterflies being just some of the features in upcoming activitivies!

The popular Strand Kids Craft Zone will be making a welcome return to Mons Square between Tuesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 6 with families invited to help create a giant butterfly sculpture on Wednesday, April 5.

Lucy Kirk, the marketing manager at the Strand, said: “We plan to focus our family activities around art in 2017 and we hope these ‘For the Love of Art’ sessions will see the creative talents of our young visitors unleashed as they work with pen and paint, collage and crayon.

“We know how creative our youngsters can be and this year we want to nurture this talent and provide opportunities for families to create and display their inspired endeavours.”

The Craft Zone then returns for further dates from Tuesday, April 11 to Thursday, April 13 with more activities for young artists.

On Wednesday, April 12 shoppers will find that a giant five metre high Easter egg has been laid in Mons Square.

This giant inflatable egg is scented with chocolate and children will be invited inside for storytime sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Storytellers from the Ting Tang Children’s Theatre Company will be telling the tales, including the Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck.

Leading the troupe will be local actor Hannah Jenkins, 25 from Liverpool. Hannah studied Creative and Performing Arts at Liverpool Hope University and has toured in a host of productions from the Wizard of Oz to Shakespeare.

As well as enjoying story-time sessions children will also be invited to pose with a big Peter Rabbit soft toy for a Facebook album where their image will be enhanced with bunny ears and whiskers.

The events are all free but parents and carers are invited to stay with their children and join in the fun.

The House of Lords Report on Charities: What You Need To Know!

The House of Lords select committee on charities has now published its report, entitled Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society (PDF, 1.7 MB). This is a substantial, wide-ranging and important piece of work that should and will shape our sector going forward. The analysis and recommendations of this cross-party committee’s report recognise that Britain benefits greatly from our sector. But that for that to continue, charities, and those who support them, need to adapt so that they can better make an impact in the changing world around them.

You can read more here:

Sefton Adult Mental Health And Wellbeing Consortium (SAMHAWC) campaign puts spotlight on eating disorders

A SEFTON-wide initiative to improve the mental health and wellbeing of residents,  put the spotlight on the problem of eating disorders at its latest event.

A training programme for voluntary and community sector staff working with adults  facing mental health difficulties was held at the Bowersdale Resource Centre in Seaforth.

The event was organised by the Sefton Adult Mental Health And Wellbeing Consortium (SAMHAWC), a partnership of eight health and wellbeing organisations in the borough supported by South Sefton and Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups.

It was delivered by Beat, a UK charity for people affected by eating problems or difficulties with food, weight or shape.

According to Beat, estimates suggest that more than 1.6 million men and women in the UK have eating disorders, but the charity stresses, that with the right support, they can be treated and full recovery is possible.

The training programme covered the background to eating disorders, the signs and  symptoms and causes and risks.

The event also focused on the sources of help available to people affected by the  condition, and how delegates can help to develop support strategies to set them on the road to recovery.

George Harvey of SAMHAWC partner Venus, the co-ordinator of the event, commented: “This was a lively and absorbing programme which provided delegates with a wealth of useful information on the theory behind eating disorders.

“They will now be able to put this to good use in their day-to-day roles, when they come across people affected by what is widely acknowledged as a serious and growing problem in this country.”

Over the past year SAMHAWC has been running a number of promotional campaigns around mental health issues including alcohol awareness, tackling stress and suicide prevention.

The eight partners in the consortium are Sefton CVS, Venus, the Swan Centre, Parenting 2000, Netherton Feelgood Factory, Expect, Compass Counselling and Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton.

Popular School Holiday Programme Returns With Premiership Partnership

Be Active returns this school holiday with a host of egg’cellent activities for youngsters and a brand new partnership with Everton Soccer School.

The programme, designed by Sefton Council’s Active Sefton team, will ensure that young residents get a healthy dose of outdoor fun to burn off those sweet treats and encourage them to try out new sports and games.

Mini Blues and Reds will have the chance to learn from Everton trained coaches and develop their skills at the new soccer schools.  While there is also a chance for youngsters to enjoy Come and Try sessions covering gymnastics and archery.

The Easter Egg’stravaganza Day will see children take part in a number of enjoyable and challenging activities, such as obstacle courses, adventure games and dodgeball.

Other events taking place across the week include preschool swimming crash courses, Crosby Lakeside Adventure days, discounted Swim and Splash sessions and many more.

Sefton supports Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) health campaign

This month sees the launch of the Sefton GULP Campaign.  Across Sefton, 24.7% of reception age children are overweight or obese, rising to 35.2% at year 6 and 69.7% of adults. And whilst dental health is better than some of our neighbouring local authorities, 22.7% of five year olds still have decay in their milk teeth.

Children and young people are consuming more than three times as much sugar as the maximum recommended daily intake, most of which comes from sugary drinks.  A recent World Cancer Research Fund study found that our young people are drinking three bath tubs of sugary drinks per year!

The recommended daily maximum is no more than five cubes of sugar for 4 to 6 year olds, no more than six cubes for 7 to 10 year olds per day and no more than seven cubes for 11 years and older, including adults.  Now bear in mind that one can of Cola can contain nine cubes alone, this is before we have considered any added sugar contained within food and other drinks.

Sugar is not necessary in the diet and especially when consumed in the form of sugary drinks can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Excess sugar intake has also been linked to certain cancers.

An easy way to reduce sugar intake is to cut out or reduce sugary drinks.  And this is why along with Food Active, Sefton Council are running a borough-wide campaign to encourage residents to Give Up Loving Pop (GULP).

The GULP campaign is aimed at young people and families to encourage them to switch from sugary drinks to water or milk.  The Sefton campaign involves working with schools through the delivery of PSHE lessons at both Key Stage 2 and 3, along with school assemblies suitable for all year groups.  Sefton Council and Food Active have teamed up with Everton in the Community to deliver theory and physical activity sessions to year 5 and 6 students across schools in the borough.  Using community coaches to deliver health messages, such as GULP, has been shown to be effective in changing behaviour.

During April we will be challenging students, teachers and parents to give up sugary drinks. Residents can sign up the challenge via a website and will receive encouraging emails, there will be a prize draw for those who let us know whether they were successful or not.

Sefton schools will also be challenged to enter an inter-school competition.  Primary schools classes will be asked to design and deliver an assembly to the rest of the school to encourage reduced consumption in sugary drinks, whilst secondary schools will be asked to design a campaign based on soft drinks industry tactics. With just one entry per school, the students must choose which entry to take forward.  A panel will judge the entries with a prize-giving ceremony at the start of June.

Keep it Local Guide to Councillors and Commissioners

Faced with limited choices when it comes to providing quality, cost-effective public services, commissioners are being pushed into inefficient, centralised services and mega contracts in a bid to answer austerity’s challenges.

But there is a better way: The Keep it Local campaign calls for locally-commissioned and delivered public services which provide substantially better outcomes and value than standardised, one-size-fits-all services.

Locality’s new How to Keep it Local: Five step guide for councillors and commissioners  is the handbook for pioneering councillors and commissioners across the country who prioritise local commissioning and delivery, leading to improved services for local people, savings for councils and economic resilience in their communities.

Based on five key principles of how to Keep it Local, the guide busts myths around commissioning locally and showcases the benefits of working with community anchor organisations.

Download the How to Keep it Local: Five step guide for councillors and commissioners guide.

World Book Day: Bootle’s Stanley High School appoint popular author as new writer-in-residence

A WELL known children’s author who has recently been appointed writer in residence at Stanley High School in Southport was the VIP guest at its World Book Day celebrations this week.

The school welcomed Wirral-based Jon Mayhew, the multi-award-winning author of numerous popular children’s books, who led a series of writing-related activities for Stanley students and pupils from local primary schools.

Jon Mayhew’s writing success began with the spine-chilling Mortlock trilogy, books set in Victorian London and described by one critic as ‘exciting, dark and gruesomely gothic chillers’.

He has subsequently produced the equally popular Monster Odyssey series which feature giant sea beasts, pirates and weird inventions set in a real historical world.

During his World Book Day visit to Stanley, Jon spoke to year 7 students about how he become an author, and the various sources of inspiration for his work.

These pupils then joined children from years four and five at Marshside Primary, Larkfield Primary and St. John’s Primary Crossens at other sessions which focused on Jon’s suggestions for different techniques that can help to make narrative writing more interesting.

All the year groups then worked with Stanley’s year nine Literacy Leaders on developing pieces of writing using Jon’s tips and ideas from the previous sessions.

Stanley Lead Teacher in English, Gill Navin, commented: “Having a writer in residence is a really exciting development for the school.

“Jon’s gift is that he manages to make students believe that becoming an author is something they could achieve in the future, inspiring them to work on improving their reading and writing skills today.

“Before becoming a full-time author Jon worked as an English teacher for 25 years, and this experience was apparent in the great  rapport he developed with pupils of all ages during the day,” added Miss Navin.

Headteacher Neil Moore added: “We were delighted to welcome children from our local primary schools to work with Jon and our Literacy Leaders here at Stanley.

They will be delivering sessions at other local schools over the coming weeks and we look forward to welcoming Jon back to Stanley soon.”

Sefton residents to write a new chapter by fostering children this Spring

Sefton Council’s Fostering and Adoption Service is asking local residents to think of fostering this spring and make a huge difference to local children.

Using the campaign strapline ‘Make their next chapter a happy one’ the local authority has launched a new fostering recruitment website to make the enquiry process easier and to tackle myths about fostering that can discourage potential foster carers.

In Sefton there are approximately 400 children who are looked after, with a broad mix of carers providing them with loving, stable family lives, but there is still a need for more carers from a wide range of backgrounds to join the service.

Recruiting new foster carers will mean that the local authority can better support hard to place children, such as older children, teenagers and sibling groups.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “I want anyone who thinks that they cannot foster children to think again and make an enquiry that will profoundly change both their life and that of local children for the better.

“People often think that they will not be approved if they apply to become foster carers. It does not matter if you are married, single, LGBT, straight, older or rent your home, what does matter is that you have room in your home and the time, compassion and energy to dedicate to children who need those qualities more than most.

“Please don’t hesitate to come forward.”

Maria Spatuzzi, Team Manager at Sefton’s Fostering Service, said: “Our team here at Sefton has a saying along the lines that no-one goes it alone when fostering with us. We help you every step of the way, from your first enquiry through to approving you as a foster carer and beyond.

“You will receive round the clock support from a dedicated social worker, excellent training and a competitive financial package. As a local authority fostering agency, we are the best equipped to make sure that once approved, you will not have to wait for placements and build your career as a foster carer.

“Whether you’ve only just begun thinking of fostering or have considered it for many years, our friendly experts will be happy to talk to you and answer any burning questions you have.”

If you would like to make an enquiry or simply find out more about fostering in Sefton, visit the Sefton Fostering Service website

You can also contact the service on 0800 923 2777 or by email:

Sexual Health Training Survey 2017

Sefton Sexual Health Service would like to hear your views to help shape their plans to put on free workforce sessions.

You can CLICK HERE to take the survey

Sefton Sexual Health Service is commissioned by Sefton Council to deliver a combined clinical service alongside sexual health promotion. The service is expected to provided targeted work and support for young people and other members of the community who are known to be more vulnerable to poor sexual health. Part of this support is building capacity within the teams of professionals who support these groups.

This questionnaire is a scoping activity to help understand how that training should look so that a workforce development programme that is tailor-made specifically to Sefton.

The questions ask a little about your organisation and role in supporting young people. It then goes to ask questions about the types of training that would be useful and whether accreditation is something which is valued.

The Treasures of Ancient Egypt come to Bootle in partnership with The Atkinson

School children in Bootle are taking part in a unique project that brings Ancient Egypt to life … in their school.

The Atkinson is working in partnership with Christ Church Primary School on Writing Through Time, a project that uses the remarkable Goodison Egyptology collection to develop children’s writing and literacy.

As part of a celebration event in the school on Friday 10 February at 9am, The Atkinson will be unveiling a remarkable new acquisition Trial Piece of Akhenaten/Nefertiti, so that the teachers and children will be the first to see before it goes on show at The Atkinson.

Merseyside’s very own prize-winning poet Mandy Coe and Egyptologist Claire Ollett have been working with pupils at Christ Church primary school on Writing Through Time.   Mandy is helping the children to develop their ideas and understanding about Mrs Goodison and her superb collection of Egyptology. They have been finding out about this ancient civilisation and making a personal connection with the past.

Writing Through Time was funded by The Atkinson Development Trust and it aims to develop children’s writing skills and levels of literacy across the curriculum at Key Stage 2; it is hoped to share the project outcomes with all Bootle’s primary schools.

Mrs Goodison – the local enthusiast who put together an astonishing collection of over 1000 Ancient Egyptian objects – lived in Waterloo during the late 19th century and had a museum in her house.  So it is only right that school children learn about their local hero and use her collections to inspire their own creative writing.

Very little is known about Mrs Goodison, not even what she looked like.  But The Atkinson has done some sleuthing and discovered some of her letters in a museum in New York.  This has made Writing Through Time a brilliant opportunity for letters from the past to inspire stories about the journeys embedded in simple objects from long ago – and how these have ended up far from home – on Merseyside.

Trial piece of Akhenaten/Nefertiti was originally owned by The Met in New York and will have a central role in The Atkinson’s major exhibition later this year commemorating 130 years since Mrs Goodison first visited Egypt.

This important acquisition for The Atkinson was only possible because of the generous support from The Atkinson Development Trust, the Art Fund and the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Christine McGregor, Chair of The Atkinson Development Trust said:

“The Atkinson Development Trust is passionate about supporting access to these remarkable collections and to encourage their use to inspire children to enjoy writing and reading. Projects like this are vital if we are to test how children learn and engage and to see if we give them confidence and a love of words!

The Atkinson Development Trust was set up to make a difference using The Atkinson and its collections, to work across communities and to be at the centre of learning for those who may not normally get the opportunity. This project has had amazing success and the children and teachers have been incredible. “

Writing through Time has shown how Museum objects can be used to nurture young inquisitive minds and inspire imaginations as well as the project aiding children’s confidence in using words. The other side of the 5 week residency was to equip teachers with new knowledge and skills to apply in their teaching making it more fun for everyone!

For more information on this project or if you would like to support The Atkinson Development Trust and the work it delivers please visit

If you would like to arrange a school visit to The Atkinson please email . Workshops themed on our Egyptology Gallery are available. 

Paralympian Rik Waddon gives sporting tips to Southport high school pupils

Students at Stanley High School in Southport received some sporting tips from a top Paralympian at a special event this week.

The Marshside school welcomed cyclist Rik Waddon who worked with a selected group of year 8 students for the day as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.

Chester-born Rik, who suffers from cerebral palsy, took up cycling at the age of 14 after being inspired by watching the Tour de France on TV.

He began to compete in disability cycling in 2001, and was selected to train with the Great Britain team just months later.

Unfortunately injury ruled him out of the Athens Paralympics in 2004, but he went on to win silver medals in Beijing in the 1km time trial CP3 and in London in the mixed team sprint C1-5.

In recent years Rik has turned his attention to road time trialling, and recently returned from Spain after winning a bronze medal in the World Road Race Championships.

During his visit Rik led practical sessions on team work and communications, and also offered some motivational tips on overcoming adversity and setbacks to achieve a sporting dream.

He also highlighted the Sky programme’s six keys to sporting success which are mental toughness, a hunger to achieve, people skills, sport and life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success.

Mike Smethurst of Stanley High, who organised the visit, commented: “This event went really well and our students found what Rik had to say really inspiring and motivating.

“In addition, they also realised that in addition to being used in a sporting context, the six keys to success are valuable life skills which have a much wider application.”

A comment from one year 8 student summed up the feelings of the group: “It was great to work with Rik today.  His journey has been really inspiring, and has spurred me on to do by best and think positively in the future.”

Southport foster carers launch campaign to boost fostering numbers in Sefton

A FOSTER family from Southport are lamenting a critical shortage of foster carers in the North West after it was revealed over there are 5,250 children in need of homes.

Louise and Mark Fisher are now  campaigning to reduce the severe shortage of foster carers in the region.

The couple have been carers with independent foster care agency Fostering Solutions since 2014, and currently have a young mother and her baby in their care.

They want to share their story to encourage more people in the local area to consider becoming foster carers.

Louise, 44, has a background in teaching in the Liverpool area, and Mark’s mum used to be a foster carer when he was younger. This gave Louise and Mark, 49,  an insight into the difference they could make to young lives.

Louise said; “I used to teach underprivileged girls at a school in Liverpool. As the final school bell went I would often wonder about the challenges the girls might face at home.

“I decided I wanted to help and fostering just seemed the right thing for us to do.

“I knew being a mum myself I could pass on my parenting skills to support someone to become a good parent, and so we decided to provide care for young parents and their babies. Parent and child fostering is completely different to any other type of foster care as you are there to teach a parent how to care for their own baby.

“The young mum we have with us at the moment was just 16 when she had her baby. She is just a child herself and wasn’t used to staying in, putting the baby first, or saving money to buy a microwave instead of spending it on herself. These are all things she’s had to learn to do.

“She’s such a lovely mummy and her true motherly instinct is really shining through. The run up to Christmas was extra special; we went out shopping and bought presents for my children and her baby.

“She was so excited, not just for herself but for her baby’s first Christmas too. One night we had to visit the on-call doctor as her baby had a virus, and whilst we were sat in the waiting room she turned to me and said ‘Thank you for being here for me, my life would have been so different if you’d fostered me when I was 12’. It is little moments like that when you realise why you foster in the first place. It’s just so rewarding.

“To anyone thinking of fostering, I would say go for it. Every small step forward you take with the young person in your care is so rewarding. It’s in these moments that you just know you’ve done the right thing.”

The North West has a critical shortage of foster carers, with over 5,250 children in local authority care in need of a safe and stable home.

Pam Larsen, Regional Director for Fostering Solutions, said; “We know that 1 child is taken into foster care every 17 minutes in the UK and you can help to make a big difference to a child’s life by becoming a foster carer.

“We know that becoming a foster carer is a big step, so we support our carers both practically and emotionally, whilst they become carers and throughout their fostering lives. Fostering Solutions is there for our carers 24 hours a day, offering foster carer buddies who are experienced carers, therapists and dedicated social workers. We also provide nationally recognised training and qualifications, as part of our learning and development programme – all of which allows our carers to become experts in the field. It’s hugely rewarding.”

If you think you can help to urgently find foster homes for children in the North West please register for Fostering Solutions’ free fostering information event by visiting

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Working Group established

A Working Group looking into Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Sefton has been set up.

Sefton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services and Safeguarding) have established the group and are keen to speak with parents or guardians who are or who have accessed the service.

Councillors on the committee and members of Healthwatch will form part of the working group.

There are various ways in which parents or guardians can share their views and experiences and we will try our very best to accommodate you:-

  • As part of a group with parents and guardians; or
  • Individually; or
  • By way of a written submission.

All information will be anonymised.

Anyone interested in sharing their views and experiences of the service are invited to contact Ruth Harrison, Senior Democratic Services Officer, by either telephone or e-mail: 0151 934 2042 or

‘Ditch Those Stabilisers!’ February Half Term – for children over 4yrs (14th & 16th Feb)

Children across the borough are being encouraged to ditch the stabilisers from their Christmas bikes this February half term.

The School Holidays will see the return of the popular ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events. Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Ainsdale.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from Sefton Council’s Highway Safety Team, offer a range of practical advice to children and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. They take place at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane (L21 7LA) on Tuesday, February 14, and at Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive (PR8 2QZ) on Thursday, February 16.

Both sessions will start at 9am and finish at 12noon.

To register, call Sefton Council, on 0345 140 0845.

New year, new you? – tips and advice from NHS South Sefton CCG

With 2017 now in full swing, health experts in south Sefton are highlighting the benefits of eating healthier and being more active to patients as they focus on New Year’s resolutions.

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, local GP and NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chair, said: “Now that we are in 2017 why not think about the year ahead and perhaps set some targets to improve your health?

“After indulging over the festive period, many of us naturally start to think about cutting down at the start of the new year, whether it be taking part in Dry January, deciding to stop smoking or just generally eating healthier and cutting down on treats. All of these can help with health issues along with being more active. It is important though that we try and maintain all of these things throughout the year.

“The gym isn’t for all of us, and for some, being more active might be walking to the top of their road to get the newspaper. For others it will be joining a gym and getting a personal trainer. We all have different targets but it is proven that regular exercise can lower the risk of many health conditions including type 2 diabetes, depression and dementia and it doesn’t need to be costly.”

Talking about Dry January, Dr Mimnagh continues: “We really encourage Dry January as it has been proven that after taking part many people have more energy, get more sleep and many cut down on alcohol in the months following it so it does have its benefits.”

Evidence shows that one month after participating in Dry January in 2016:

  • 79 per cent of participants saved money
  • 62 per cent had better sleep and more energy
  • 49 per cent lost weight

If you are thinking about stopping smoking but would like some advice you can call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000.

You can also find lots of information on where to start with exercising on the NHS choices website here:

The Emmaus furniture transformation project ‘Upcycle It’ supporting homeless initiatives

A project supporting homeless people in Sefton is using upcycling and furniture restoration training to enable homeless and unemployed people to get back into their own accommodation and gain valuable employment skills.

The ‘Upcycle It (Sefton) Project is run by the Emmaus Merseyside charity, and has been supported by a £8,000 Community Fund Grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund to set up the project which produces a range of upcycled and restored furniture to be sold in their Superstore in Sefton.

The project is currently training 6 individuals including Margi Allen who said “The Up-Cycle It project is great. We get training in how to change old shabby pieces of furniture into attractive articles again. We improve our skills whilst things that might be thrown away can be given a new life! Everyone wins!”

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Board of Trustees for Emmaus in Merseyside said:The training will give our volunteers even more useful skills which we need to reuse and recycle more household items donated by the public. Many of the volunteers are unemployed so we hope the skills training and volunteer experience will ultimately help them get back into employment.  The project also helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA said: “We’re pleased to be supporting a project that proves its value by not only improving people’s lives – but also diverting furniture from landfill.”

Carl Beer MRWA Chief Executive said: “It’s great to see items that would have been thrown away get a ‘second life’.”

The project is running for the next 3 months – with the hope that the training will continue and will be integrated into the operations of the Superstore.

All upcycled furniture is available to buy from the Emmaus Superstore, 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton, L21 3TW

Tel: 0151 9281588, Opening hours Mon – Sat 10.00am – 4.00 pm

Could your little one be the next local gymnastics star?

Sefton Council is set to help find the next Sefton Olympians with the launch of its new Jump into Gymnastics programme.

Developed in partnership with British Gymnastics, the sessions offer a fun introduction into the sport and will help children build new skills, including balance, co-ordination, self-confidence and dedication.

Sessions for children aged 5-8 will take place on Monday’s from 4.30pm-5.30pm and costs £33 per half term. For those aged 2-4 years, the programme is charged on a class by class basis at £3.50 and takes place Tuesdays, 10am-11am.

All Jump into Gymnastics instructors are trained by British Gymnastics and no special kit is required to attend.

For more  information visit or call 0151 288 6286

Has your 2, 3 or 4 year old had their flu vaccination?

Parents in Sefton are being urged to get their children vaccinated against flu.

All healthy children aged 2, 3 and 4 are eligible to have free flu vaccinations as part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign.

Pippa Rose, a practice nurse lead for NHS South Sefton clinical commissioning group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Flu can be far more dangerous than parents realise and of course, when they get it, they tend to spread it around the whole family. Every year, thousands of children get sick and it is not uncommon for them to be admitted to hospital.

“Children with flu are “super spreaders” of the virus, however, children can have a simple nasal spray vaccine that protects them and stops them spreading the flu virus. For children aged 2, 3 and 4 year old, the nasal spray is given at your GP practice. For children aged 5, 6 and 7 years old, they are offered the nasal spray at their school.

“We’re now seeing an increase in flu across the North West and we urge parents to get the free vaccination if they haven’t already done so. It’s not too late.

“Ask your GP about the free flu vaccine for your 2, 3 or 4 year old.”

Flu can be horrible for little children; they have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.

Reducing transmission by children can potentially help cut the number of GP appointments and unplanned admissions for children and adults, reducing winter pressures on the NHS. The programme will be extended gradually to older age groups in primary school in future years.

For more information on the flu vaccine for children please visit:
And for a full list of who is eligible for a flu vaccine please visit:

Sefton CVS Funding Workshops & Surgeries in January 2017’

Upcoming Funding Workshops and Surgeries




Tuesday 17th January  2017


Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop Sefton CVS Southport Office, All Souls Church Hall
Norwood Road, Southport PR8 6HQ
Friday 20th January 2017


Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG
Tuesday 24th January 2017 Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund managed by Grantscape


Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG
Tuesday 7th January 2017 Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The David Lewis Association Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)
3rd Floor, Suite 3B,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo
L22 0LG


Sefton CVS Bid Writing Workshop

In this workshop will include guidance on how to:

  • look for suitable funding for your project/ group
  • pitch your application
  • evidence need
  • produce your budget
  • demonstrate your achievements

For further information contact Sian Martin Baez (Sefton CVS Group Development Officer) on 0151 920 0726 ext 210

Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund managed by Grantscape.

Sefton CVS is pleased to announce that Liz Payne from Grantscape will be holding a funding surgery at our Waterloo office on Tuesday 24th January 2017.

Thirty minute slots from 10.15 a.m. will be available for you to discuss your project and potential application on a 1 to 1 basis with Liz.

The next closing date for the fund is 29th March 2017. Please note that places will be limited and appointments will be scheduled on a first come first served basis.

Also please note the eligibility criteria including the strict geographic criteria. For more information please visit

Sefton CVS Funding Surgery in conjunction with The David Lewis Association

Sefton CVS is pleased to welcome Peter Ralphs from The David Lewis Association who will be holding a funding surgery in our Waterloo office on Tuesday 7th February 2017.



Free Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Knowledge Twilight Workshops (January & March 2017)

Sefton CVS will be running a free Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Knowledge workshop in January and March 2017.

The workshop aims are:

  • To increase knowledge and ability to recognise signs and indicators of CSE
  • To improve confidence to respond to CSE in line with Sefton procedures in order to protect children
  • To improve appropriate information sharing by the VCFS in order to protect children experiencing CSE and assist Merseyside Police in their prosecution of offenders where appropriate.

Click here for a flyer with more information on the workshops.

If you are interested in attending one of the free sessions, please complete this booking form (click here), and return to

Latest Bulletin from Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP)

The Merseyside Funding Information Portal (MFIP) has released it’s latest Funding Bulletin. In this months bulletin you will find all the latest local, regional and national funding information for Merseyside’s Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector, and details on how you might apply.

Click here to see the Bulletin in your browser.

MFIP is administered by Sefton CVS, and supported by local voluntary sector infrastructure organisations across the region – including Halton & St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool and Wirral. For more information on MFIP, or to see more funding opportunities from the portal, please visit our dedicated website:

Click here to subscribe to MFIP Bulletin updates, and ensure you receive all the very latest funding opportunities directly to your inbox.

You can also keep up with local funding news by following @MerseyFunding on Twitter!

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 .

New home for the Southport Macmillan support centre

Macmillan’s Cancer Information and Support Centre in Southport has moved premises and is celebrating with an event for the public.

Previously on Scarisbrick Avenue, the new centre, now at 20 Stanley Street in Southport, will be holding its Macmillan coffee launch on Thursday 13th October from 10am – 2pm.

The centre, set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), supports people affected by cancer. The launch event will be a fun filled day with coffee and cake, a raffle, mini make-overs from Boots, hand massages from Sefton O.P.E.R.A, singing from the Macmillan singing group and lots more.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “It is important for us to let people know we have moved but also to invite them along to see the new premises. Whether you’ve been to see us before or are interested in the support we can offer to people affected by cancer, we’d really like to see you. It will be an action packed event with some of our groups on hand to showcase their skills and talk to people about joining them if they are interested.”

The centre offers people the chance to get involved in support groups such as crafts, singing and gardening, it also gives emotional and financial support and counselling to those on its cancer recovery programme who might need it.

The group holds a Health and Wellbeing Event three times a year bringing likeminded people together. The next event is on Thursday 3rd November at 1pm at Southport Theatre & Convention Centre.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre team are available Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm on 01704 533024 or email For more information, please visit:

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.