Merseyside Police introduce ‘The Herbert Protocol’ for missing or vulnerable people.

Merseyside Police would like to introduce you to The Herbert Protocol – an initiative named after George Herbert – a War veteran of the Normandy landings – who lived with dementia.

‘We appreciate that caring for people with dementia is challenging – and that planning ahead and keeping safe is really important.  More than 60% of people living with dementia can at some point start to “walk about”.  Whilst this may only be into the garden or street and returning a short time later, people can get lost and go missing; leading to feelings of confusion, fear and vulnerability – particularly at night time or at times of extreme weather.

As part of making reasonable life adjustments, we want to help by putting a system in place that will help to give the emergency services the best possible information should there be a need for them to become involved in a search for someone with dementia.

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.

Share your views on Children’s Centres

Sefton Council is looking at new ways in how people access information, advice, activities and receive support for children and their families.

An 8-week consultation, which launched this week (25 September) looks at merging Children’s Centres and Family Centres across the borough.

Summer fun for Sefton’s Children & Young People

– Summer of Golf –

School holidays will not yet be in full swing as The Summer of Golf takes over Southport during the week of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Families can enjoy a huge range of golf themed activities, from playing some of the world’s most famous holes in the golf simulator to competing on the putting course and more…


– Head to the Coast –

Sefton’s beautiful coastline will be a hive of free activities for the whole family, whether hunting mini-beasts in woodlands or going wild on fun days, there is lots to enjoy. You can discover what is happening on Sefton’s coast by visiting 2017 The Year of Sefton’s Coast.

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Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre will be helping young people to harness their skills on the water with the KIDZ H2O programme. During the Summer school break, they can take part in Adventure Days where they will enjoy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, bell boating, open canoeing, climbing, raft building, rowing, problem solving and stand up paddle boarding. Adventure Days take place Monday-Friday, 9.30am -4.30pm, with wraparound care for working parents from 8.30am – 5.30pm. Adventure Days are priced

Splash World in Southport is offering visitors a free splash every fourth visit from 1 May – 30 September. Find out more about this fantastic offer  and admission prices at the Splash World website


– Be Active –

The coast is not the only place where children and young people can let off steam, as the Be Active summer programme gives them lots of fun physical activities and some respite for parents too! This summer’s programme includes gymnastics, archery, Rampworx, Judofit, Born to Move music classes, carnival themed dance classes, baby ballet and fitness bootcamps.

Be Active will again be hosting the very popular football camps, which will be in partnership with Everton FC.


– Out and about in Sefton’s parks –

There will be lots of excitement in Sefton’s parks at the Community Fun Days where families can enjoy bouncy castles, go-karts, fairground rides, circus skills workshops, face painting, crafts and more. Fun days take place 22 August, Sandbrook Road, Ainsdale, 25 August, South Park, Bootle, 29 August, Hightown and 1 September, Rainbow Park in Melling.


 – Outdoor Cinema Screenings –

Southport’s King’s Gardens will be hosting another series of the popular outdoor cinema screenings, showing Hairspray (21 July), Grease (16 August) and Pete’s Dragon (2 September). While the screenings are free, the Friend’s of King’s Gardens ask that visitors consider a minimum donation of £2. Food is available on site but visitors can bring their own. It is also recommended that visitors bring their own seating and blankets.


– Cultural pick ‘n’ mix at The Atkinson –

The Atkinson in Southport will he hosting another cultural pick ‘n’ mix for families during the summer holidays.

Whats-On-at-The-Atkinson-2-300x200The museum and gallery will offer a world of escapism and education, as Ancient Egypt and the tales of Sefton’s historic coast are brought to life.

The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show takes place 31 July and is for children aged 2 years and over. It is a magical performance that combines music and singing with children’s favourite Hairy Maclary tales.

The popular family film showings will be returning throughout August, showing every Wednesday at 2.30pm. This summer, families can enjoy Finding Dory (2 August); Sing (9 August); Jungle Book (16 August) and Beauty and The Beast (23 August). Tickets for these films are priced at £3 per person.


– Create your own story with Sefton’s libraries –

Young visitors to Sefton’s libraries will be able to write the story of their own Summer by getting involved in a rich variety of activities and events, including: The Summer Reading Challenge, mobile zoo, Sefton Rangers wildlife sessions, print workshops with artists from Liverpool’s Bluecoat, Lego club, arts and craft sessions, family fun days and more.


– Aim High with Family Fun Days for disabled children –

Sefton’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service will be giving children and young people in Sefton a fun summer of engaging activities. In order to take part in this fantastic short breaks programme, children need to be registered with Aiming High’s Short Breaks team.

For those not already registered with the service, they will be hosting a series of Family Fun Days at Christ the King High School in Southport and Rowan Park School in Litherland. These special events are a great chance to find out more about the service and register your child(ren) with them while enjoying activities such as the mobile zoo, bouncy castle, face painting and more.

To find out more, contact Aiming High on 0151 288 6811 or by email


– Young people look North for a unique summer arts project –

Young people in Sefton will be using their creativity and artistic talents to think about their place in the world as part of a special exhibition during the school holidays.

The Our North project is a series of workshops and culture walks at The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, created especially for young people in Sefton to work toward an Arts Award accreditation.

Derived from the North exhibition at The Open Eye,  the workshops look at issues of identity, discrimination and culture through photography and fashion, especially through the lens of young people and their identity.

The workshops take place 1, 8, 10, 15, 22 and 29 August and are a partnership between Sefton Council’s youth services, the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool John Moores UniversityFACT and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To take part in this unique opportunity, contact Sefton Council’s Integrated Youth Service on 0151 934 4899 or by email

The Atkinson, Southport, launches Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy is always a big pull for The Atkinson and this May they are starting a Comedy Club 4 Kids – which they are aiming will be a great way for all the family to have a laugh together.

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits!

A decade later, the company has expanded from one London residency to being countrywide, running shows and workshops all over the UK from Peebles to Portsmouth, even producing a book on how to write and perform stand-up.

The show is family friendly, but without any patronising idiocy. In fact, it’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in, and thus there is a higher than usual chance of heckles like “why is that your face!?”

Comedy Club 4Kids takes place at The Atkinson on Saturday, May 27 at 2.30 pm.

Comedy Club 4 Kids will be back at Christmas with Comedy Club 4 Kids Christmas Cracker on December 16.

For more information about the event or to book, visit theatkinson.co.uk or call Box Office on 01704 533333 or buy over the counter during opening hours.

Are you ready to Ditch Those Stabilisers?

Back by popular demand during the May half term school holidays – Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential. Join the team at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, 30 May between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, 1 June from 9am to 12pm.

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

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 www.seftonfostering.co.uk

You can also contact the service on 0800 923 2777 or by email: Fostering.Adoption@sefton.gov.uk

Introducing… Almitas Trust CIC

Almitas Trust CIC are a non-profit organisation, working innovatively to provide quality accommodation and support to vulnerable families.

As a novel service provider, they offer a new approach to providing parents and their babies with the support that they need, while they work with professionals to make long term plans for the children. Almitas support parents and professionals to help childrens needs to be met and their primary focus is the best interests of the child. Whilst parent/child foster placements are available, they are not the best fit for every family group that needs support. The individual circumstances, or needs of a parent or their family, can often preclude them from accessing a foster placement. Almitas Trust aims to bridge that gap, by providing true 24/7 professional, individualised support, which may not be provided within the regular family setting of a foster placement.

Almitas Trust work with other local non-profit organisations including the Venus Project, the Whitechapel organisation, Sefton Women and Children’s Aid and the Rotunda, providing clients with access to a wide range of services at minimal cost to overstretched Local Authorities.

Where possible, couples are supported to build a family unit, with access to houses or flats for young parents and their children.

Support can also include:

  • Facilitating contact transport and supervision
  • Childcare & development information and mentoring
  • Development of basic life skills such as time management, cooking, health and hygiene
  • Access to benefits advice
  • Access to counselling services

By working with parents, families and associated professionals, Almitas aim to promote positive parenting in a safe environment for children, and to empower our clients to adjust, learn and grow.

Click here to visit the Almitas Trust CIC website, and find out more about the work that they do.