Local NHS Staff and Asda Celebrate the NHS’ 70th Birthday

Local NHS and Asda staff brought the national NHS 70th celebrations to shoppers in Bootle.

Staff from NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a morning roadshow in Bootle’s Asda on the NHS’ Birthday (5 July).  Local people were able to share their experiences of the NHS in the past, present and importantly find out about future plans for local healthcare. Many shoppers also signed up to receive regular updates from their local CCG.

A pharmacist from the CCG’s team was on hand to answer patients’ questions about staying healthy and managing their medication effectively.

Asda in Bootle also donated cakes to the CCG’s staff to help mark the anniversary and to say thank you for the hard work and dedication of NHS staff.

Dr Craig Gillespie, acting chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We would like to thank everyone at Asda and the local shoppers who took part in our NHS 70th celebrations.

“This important milestone is an opportunity for us to thank all our staff, listen to local people’s experiences of services and seek views on how we can improve care for the future. Our Big Chat/Annual Review meeting takes place in September and I would like to encourage local people to take part in the celebrations.”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions and to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives. It is also a time to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

The NHS 70th celebrations will continue locally with an NHS@70 Big Chat/Annual Review event on Thursday, 27 September 1- 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club. A marketplace is being organised by the CCG to showcase local health services, share information on the future of the local NHS and give people the chance to have their say.

If you’d like to attend the NHS@70 Big Chat / Annual Review or find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email communications@sefton.nhs.uk or call 0151 317 8456.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 closing 31st July

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will reopen on 26th June 2018 at 10am and close on 31st July at midnight.

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups in England the support to start setting up their community business. Groups accepted onto the programme will receive one to one business development support and be invited to apply for a small grant to fund development and start-up costs, such as feasibility studies, legal and other fees connected with developing governance, taking ownership of a building or other asset, community engagement, business planning and more.

The programme is run by Locality and offers:

  • Specialist support with creating a development plan for your community business
  • Mentoring and visits to inspire you and enable you to learn from peers
  • Regional networking and events to learn from experts in the field
  • The opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £15,000

Interested community groups can already read the guidance and register for the ‘Is Bright Ideas right for you?’ webinar on 18 June.

The Sovini Group help local Merseyside family with autism-friendly garden

Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group have been working together in collaboration with Cobalt Housing Association to create an autism-friendly garden for a local Merseyside family. Cash for Kids has facilitated the project, whilst The Sovini Group have delivered the works.

The Sovini Group which incorporates One Vision Housing, Pine Court Housing Association, Sovini Property Services, Sovini Trade Supplies and Carroll Group is a property management and development group based in Merseyside operating throughout the UK.

Cash for Kids mission is to respond to the needs of children in their communities, they aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential. They support children ages 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect. In 2017 they raised over £23 million and supported more than 709,000.

The family were in need of some outdoor space for their two children, George and Jack Knowles who suffer from autism. After approaching The Steve Morgan Foundation for sensory toys the family realised their garden wasn’t autism-friendly or suitable for the sensory toys, for example the fences could be easily climbed on, and they needed artificial turf as the little ones often enjoyed playing in the mud and putting bits of plastic from the ground in their mouths. The children couldn’t play in the garden without constant supervision.

Soon after discovering the garden wasn’t suitable, the family began to search for the costs involved in transforming it into an autism-friendly escape for the kids. They quickly realised the costs involved would be completely unaffordable at around £6,000, this was when they were put in contact with Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group.

A sensory garden stimulates all senses in a non-overwhelming way; sight, touch, taste, and sound, through the use of different artificial plants, materials and toys.

Plaza Cinema to Hold Special Screening as part of its 20th Birthday Celebrations

Plaza Cinema has been showing a selection of specially chosen films this year to help celebrate its 20th birthday – but next month will be extra special as  the screenwriter of the chosen film will be one of the guests and will even hold a question and answer session afterwards!

The community venue turns 20 in July and manager Martin Fol is showing 20 films across 2017 to help celebrate.

On Sunday, June 11th, at 8pm, the Plaza will show 2004 comedy-drama film Millions, with screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce scheduled to attend and answer questions from fans.

The writer, who lives in Blundellsands, created the screenplay for the film while it was actually being made by adapting his previously published book of the same name.

The novel Millions was subsequently awarded the Carnegie Medal, which is a British literary award that annually recognises one outstanding new book for children or young adults.

The Plaza Cinema officially turns 20 on Tuesday, July 18th and more details on event plans will be revealed closer to the time.

Formby Festival Returns this Summer

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Formby Festival.

Organisers of the three day event, which aims to celebrate the best in entertainment, food and drink say they are planning a festival which will be bigger and better than ever before.

Between July 20th and July 22nd, hundreds of people are expected to descend on Formby Village centre for the festival, with special tribute nights planned to honour both Robbie Williams and Cilla Black on the Friday evening (July 20th).

A spokesperson for the Formby Festival said: “With cuisines and delights from across the globe there’s something to satisfy each person’s taste.

“Are you an artisan enthusiast? With home-made gifts, specialist snacks and much more you won’t be disappointed!

“We have chef demos throughout the Saturday and Sunday with our resident celebrity BBC Fusion Chef of the Year;  Aazam Ahmed with guest chefs as well. Our main stage is jam packed with the finest talent the UK has to offer.

“From Friday night right through to Sunday evening you’ll hear local bands, choral groups and even see performances from TV stars!

“Every year we aim to make Formby Festival even better than the last. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be having a tribute night on Friday.

“This will be a must-see, so make sure you’ve got your tickets.

“The World’s No. 1 Robbie Tribute and The Cilla Show: Step Inside Love, will both perform

“Our Saturday night musical firework and laser display has become a legendary feature of the weekend. You won’t want to miss it!”

For more info visit www.formbyfestival.co.uk.

Tom proud to be part of Royal Air Force team set to carry RAF 100 Baton across the UK

Tom, from Maghull, is among a team of mechanical engineers from the Royal Air Force who have been selected to carry the RAF 100 Baton across the country to celebrate the service’s centenary.

They will be taking the baton with them as they attempt to complete the ‘three peaks’ challenge in 24 hours for charity.

Tom Carr, 22, will be among a team of ten who will take on the challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon.

The specially designed baton set off on a journey around the UK and abroad on April 1 and will be carried by different volunteers that all have a connection to the RAF, and will visit 100 sites around the UK associated with the service.

The team will be raising money for the four main RAF charities, which are: The RAF Benevolent Fund; The Royal Air Forces Association; the RAF Museum; and RAF Charitable Trust.

The RAF 100 Baton will be delivered to The Queen in London on July 10 at Horse Guard’s Parade.

The group are all based at Number 4 School of Technical Training at MOD St Athan. The group are training to be general technicians.

Tom said: “We will be pushing ourselves to the extreme to climb the three highest mountains in the UK in under 24 hours.

“It will be tough, but being part of the RAF 100 Baton Relay and also raising money for the RAF 100 appeal is a great privilege for us all.”

The team will set off from MOD St Athan in Wales on June 15 and stay overnight at Lochaber Air Cadet Squadron.

They will then tackle Ben Nevis first, followed by Scafell Pike and then Snowdon.

Tom added: “I am doing this because it is important to remember and thank the veterans who fought and died for the sake of our country, and the Air Force.

“It is also important to thank the people serving today in uncertain times and also to inspire the next generation to ensure the Royal Air Force can last another century.”

Commemorative plaque honours Litherland church volunteer Stan Martin

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at a Litherland church in memory of a popular community volunteer.

Stan Martin, who passed away in May last year at the age of 87, devoted 47 years to a Church Lads’ Brigade in Litherland and was a sides-person at St Philip’s Church for a remarkable 74 years.

To honour his legacy, a plaque was unveiled on Sunday, May 6th by Reverend Alan Finch and Stan’s wife Pat Martin.

During the service, Stan, known fondly as ‘Mr M’  was described as a “loving and caring person” who helped transform the church through his role on the building committee and the time he spent maintaining the grounds and woodland garden.

The service culminated with Rev Finch carrying out a dedication of a cross, which was placed in the church in memory of Pat and Stan’s daughter, Susan Tracey. As well as devoting nearly five decades to the Lads’ Brigade at St Philip’s Church, Stan was also the commanding officer for two decades and ran its 40-strong bugle band which had a superb reputation.

In 2013, Stan and Pat were given the Sefton CVS Community Award in recognition of their combined 130 years of community work.

Pat and Stan received the award from the former Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Maureen Fearn, at Sefton CVS’s annual general meeting and annual conference at Linacre Mission in Bootle.

Mersey Community Groups Funded to the tune of £115,000

Fourteen community groups from Merseyside and Halton have received funding to help boost recycling, re-use and waste prevention in the region.

£115,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006. The financial support will help the selected groups to reduce waste, encourage recycling and materials re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • The reduction of food waste through cookery clubs and growing local produce
  • Re-using and upcycling unwanted furniture
  • Creative sewing classes to encourage textiles re-use
  • Creating a school garden green space with used plastic bottles
  • A pop-up re-use shop selling donated goods
  • Refurbishing and redistributing furniture, clothes and tools

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said:

“Giving local groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“These projects can have a significant impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“The successful applications made it clear that they understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

This year projects must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled.

The impact of the 2017/18 Fund saw 12 projects deliver 28 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 479 volunteers, 29,178 people directly engaged and 1024 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill.

Projects have until March 2019 to deliver their schemes.

Park Nights return for May Half Term

Active Sefton’s successful Park Nights are set to return this May half term!

The free evening events are designed to give youngsters across the south of borough the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Hosted at various locations throughout South Sefton, the early evening events aims to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour by encouraging them to take part in fun filled activities

Throughout the week (Tuesday May 29 – Friday June 1) youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including street golf, ultimate frisby, climbing walls and more!

Park Nights is organised by Active Sefton and funded by the Merseyside Police Community Cash Back Fund.

Activities include:

  • Dodgeball and Games at Bowersdale Park (5-7pm) Tuesday May 29
  • Street Golf and Football at Kirkstone Park (6-8pm) on Tuesday May 29
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Games at Derby Park (5-7pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Climbing Wall at Netherton Activity Centre (6-8pm) on Wednesday May 30
  • Street golf and Football at Crosby Coastal Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball at Kirkstone Park (5-7pm) on Thursday May 31
  • Street Golf and Football at North Park (5-7pm) on Friday June 1

For more information contact the Active Sefton Team on 0151 288 6286.

 

Sefton CVS recognised for contribution to the NHS

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) has been awarded the NHS 70 community partner of the year award, as voted for by staff of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG.

‘Volunteering 4 Good’ Grant Funding – DEADLINE EXTENDED! (closing 5pm, 1st June 2018)

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Sefton 4 Good  is pleased to announce that our latest round of grant funding, ‘Volunteering 4 Good’, is still open!

As part of the Year of the Volunteer 2018 campaign, Sefton Council, Sefton CVS and Living Well Sefton have teamed up with Sefton 4 Good to launch a special grant initiative specifically aimed at groups and organisations who work with volunteers.

Plaza Cinema; Next Dementia Friendly Film Screening – 24th May 2:00pm

On Thursday 24th May The Plaza will be featuring Elvis in ‘Blue Hawaii’, at the usual time of 2.00pm. Click here to see the poster for the event.

TITLE: Blue Hawaii (U)

LENGTH: 1 hour 42 mins.

CATEGORY: Comedy, musical

SCREEN PLAY: Alan Weiss, Hal Kanter

DIRECTOR: Norman Tuarog

STARRING: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury and more …

STORYLINE: Chad Gates has just left the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency.

 

PREVIEW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyIJ2vMIuDg

Bowl for Health – See how playing Bowls can help your health & well being

Residents across Sefton are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a free beginners course in bowls. Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.

‘Bowl for Health’ is an eight week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match. Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, the programme is available in Waterloo, Formby and Southport.

The programme is being led by MSP and Active Sefton, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The idea was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby, and is now being rolled out by more clubs across the borough.

One participant – Gail, in her early sixties from Formby, explained how taking part in bowls has transformed her life, “I found that I became much stronger, more flexible and fitter since taking it up. The game itself is great fun and my fellow bowlers are very welcoming and friendly – I’m so glad that I decided to try bowling!”

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said, “Being active doesn’t need to mean joining a gym, it’s about finding an activity that you enjoy – people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment. Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with – it doesn’t matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is.”

Sessions are starting up in May and June in Waterloo (Brooke Hotel Bowling Club), Formby (Holy Trinity Bowling Club) and Southport (Victoria Park Bowling Club and Southport Bowling Club) – completely free for any Sefton residents who would like to improve their physical health and wellbeing, with all equipment provided.

Helen Birrell from, Sefton Council, said, “Bowl for Health is great way to increase your activity levels and enjoy the outdoors. We are delighted to be able to support the project to enable Sefton residents to lead an active lifestyle”.

For further information about the programme or to book your free place then please visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth or call MSP on 0151 728 1811.

Basic Computer Skills Workshop – Thursday 2pm at Waterloo United Free Church

Basic Computer Skills Workshop
Dates:
May, June & July
Time: Thursdays 2pm
Waterloo United Free Church, Crosby Rd North

An OPEN Arts & Community Event
May: 17th / 24th & 31st
June: 28th
July: 5th & 12th

For more information and to book you place call Linda on; 07599 011 374

Waterloo United Free Church - Open Computer 1

Easter Bank Holiday Opening Times for Pharmacies and Walk-ins

As part of the ‘Examine your Options’ campaign South Sefton and Southport & Formby CCG’s have release the opening times, see below, for local pharmacies and walk-in centres over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2018.

All Sefton editions of the Champion newspaper will be covered with a useful ‘Examine Your Options’ guide to services and opening times over the holiday period.

Pharmacy Opening Times

Visit your pharmacist for confidential, expert advice and treatment of minor health issues.

You can also pick up over the counter medicines from your pharmacist to treat common conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Fevers
  • Sore throats
  • Coughs
  • Indigestion

Your pharmacist will be happy to advise if you’re not sure.

Please note that the opening times below are only for the pharmacies we know are open, do check with your local pharmacy if they are not on the list.

South Sefton Pharmacy Opening Times

Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday
Alexanders Pharmacy Ltd
49 – 51 Stuart Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 0RY

0151 928 1457

Closed 12:00pm to 2:00pm Closed
Asda Pharmacy
81 Strand Road, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4BB

0151 955 4110

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Asda Pharmacy
Asda Superstore, Ormskirk Road Aintree, Liverpool, L10 3LN

0151 520 2921

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
The New Strand, Bootle, Liverpool
L20 4SX

0151 922 1006

8:30am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy
Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool
L23 5SF

0151 924 4338

9:00am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy
35 Seaforth Road, Bootle, Liverpool
L21 3TX

0151 928 3733

Closed 2.00pm to 4.00pm Closed
Cohens Chemist
12-13 The Marian Square, Bootle, Liverpool, L30 5QA

0151 525 9541

Closed 12.00pm to 2.00pm Closed
Crosby Road Pharmacy
59 Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 4QD

0151 928 3169

Closed 2.00pm to 4.00pm Closed
Day Lewis Pharmacy
5 The Crescent, Bootle, Liverpool
L20 0DX

0151 525 2567

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Kellys Pharmacy
195 Altway, Aintree, Liverpool
L10 6LB

0151 526 8140

Closed 12.00pm to 2.00pm Closed
Lydiate Pharmacy
28 Liverpool Rd, Lydiate, Liverpool L31 2LZ

0151 526 3879

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Superdrug Pharmacy
New Strand, Bootle, Liverpool,
L20 4SP

0151 922 6282

9.00am to 5.30pm Closed Closed

Southport and Formby Pharmacy Opening Times

Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday
Asda Pharmacy
Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TY

01704 502260

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
131 – 135 Cambridge Road, Churchtown, Southport, PR9 9SD

01704 232464

8.30am to 6.30pm Closed Closed
Hillside Pharmacy
72 – 74 Sandon Road, Southport,
PR8 4QD

01704 563 364

Closed 10.00am to 12.00pm Closed
Lloyds Pharmacy
St George’s Place, Lord Street, Southport, P9 0AF

01704 531046

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Rowlands Pharmacy
15 Chapel Lane, Formby, L37 4DL
Closed 12.00pm to 1.00pm Closed
Superdrug Pharmacy
10 Eastbank Street, Southport,
PR8 1DT

01704 530994

9:00am to 5:30pm Closed Closed
Tesco Pharmacy
Town Lane, Kew, Southport,
PR8 5JH

0345 677 9628

9:00am to 6:00pm Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm
Whitworth Chemists Ltd
11 Norwood Avenue, Southport,
PR9 7EG

01704 509394

Closed 2:00pm to 4:00pm Closed

Walk-in centre opening times

Simply drop in to one of the centres and receive treatment for illnesses you can’t treat yourself – there’s no need for an appointment

Litherland Walk-in Centre

Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year, including Good Friday and Easter Monday
Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Road, L21 9JN
Tel: 0151 475 4667

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre

Open 8am to 8pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday.
116-118 The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ
Tel: 01695 588 640

West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre

Open from 8am to 8pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday.
Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ
Tel: 01695 588 800

NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIRD ROUND OF CITIZENS 4 GOOD SCHEME!

Nominations are now being accepted for the third round of a major scheme that recognises Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities.

Citizens 4 Good was successfully launched last summer as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office.

The scheme aims to highlight the good deeds, support and kindness that local people show to other members of their community.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local councillors.

The process is quick and simple, using a short nomination form available via the Sefton 4 Good website.

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, commented: “Since last August we celebrated 27 Citizens 4 Good in Sefton, and the programme has proven very popular.

“However, we know there are plenty more people out there who deserve recognition. We want to encourage people to nominate any Sefton residents they know who have made a difference to their community.”

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special celebration event where they will be presented with a certificate recognising their good works by the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson.

Councillor Robinson said: “We have been delighted with the response to Citizens 4 Good so far and look forward to hearing about even more Sefton residents having a positive impact in their neighbourhoods.”

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 14th March with the celebration event taking place on Wednesday 28th March in Bootle.

For further information about Citizens 4 Good ring Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk.

To make a nomination online visit www.sefton4good.org.uk/citizens or alternatively you can to download the appropriate form here.

Bike lovers get in gear for March Sefton Cycle event

Anyone with an interest in cycling is encouraged to attend the next Sefton Cycle Chat at the MeCycle Café on Station Road, Ainsdale.

The evening session, on Tuesday March 6, runs from 6pm until 8pm and is an ideal opportunity to talk about cycling issues and news around Sefton.

The latest of many regular meetings, a number of riders, enthusiasts and local groups are set to come together and debate the top topics that affect cyclists in the borough.

The previous session, which took place in November, dealt with a number of issues including the new crossing at Fishermans path and updates on the roll out of Safe Urban Driving (SUD) courses for professional drivers.

All local cyclists will be warmly welcomed at the March session and will be encouraged to engage with their ideas and thoughts on topical matters.

If you are interested in attending please contact us to book your place on 0151 934 4576 or via the contact form on http://www.activetravelsefton.co.uk

OPEN Arts Centre at Waterloo United Free Church – Starting 3rd April 2018

OPEN Arts Centre
Date: Tuesday 3rd April 2018 (Then weekly)

Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Waterloo United Free Church, Swiss Life House, 16 Crosby Rd N, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 0LQ

OPEN Arts Centre is setting up a Community Art Group, commencing Tuesday 3rd April 2018 at Waterloo United Free Church. The sessions will run from 1pm – 3pm weekly from 3rd April and the cost starts at £3 per week.

For more information please contact Mike;
Telephone: 07786 381 961
Email: m.s.newton@btinternet.com


Waterloo United Free Church - Art Group April 2018

The £115,000 Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund for 2018/19 has launched! Deadline 28th February 2018

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions.

The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

What are we looking for?

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens
– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes
– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton
– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton
– sewing classes in Knowsley
– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool
– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

What should I do next?

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA.

If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry.

Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June 2018.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (pdf)
– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (Word)
– Download the Guidance (pdf)
– Download the Terms and Conditions (pdf)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: 28th February 2018

Contact the Authority by:

Email: communityfund2018-19@merseysidewda.gov.uk
Telephone: 0151 255 1444

Ability Plus; A new Forum for those with Disabilities in Sefton

Ability Plus is a new forum which aims to provide a voice to people living with a disability in the borough of Sefton. The aims of Ability Plus will combine the purposes of previous groups Sefton Access Form and The Ability Network to become a vehicle for anyone wanting to consult or engage with Sefton’s disabled community to get a better understanding of the needs of disabled people and the experiences they have of services. Members will also have the chance to share their experiences with other members of Ability Plus.

Ability Plus is a pan disability network, meaning it is open and represents people of all disabilities. Members of Ability Plus are all experts by experience, and  will act as a critical friends to services across the borough giving feedback on their services and the experiences disabled people have.

 The overall aim of Ability Plus is to make Sefton accessible, safe and welcoming to any disabled people living, working or visiting Sefton. Ability Plus is supported by Sefton Council and Sefton CVS.

 You are invited to the first meeting of Ability Plus which will take place at Bootle Town Hall on Monday 19th February at 1.30pm. At the meeting, we will discuss the terms of reference for the group and agree the scope of future meetings – we hope to see you there.

 If you have any queries about Ability Plus, or would like to attend the meeting, please contact Paul McCann on 0151 934 3202 or Paul.McCann@sefton.gov.uk

The Prince’s Trust Programme returns to Southport

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is coming back to Southport. Team Programme is 12 weeks long with an additional 3-week work placement at the end. It focuses on promoting community engagement, employment skills and teamwork. Team is for those between 16 and 25 years old, who are NEET or working under 16 hours. We have two modules called Community Project and Supporting Others in the Community aimed at engagement and giving back to the local area.

If you know of any young people suitable for team, or a project and you need volunteers for in the Sefton area, please refer them to our phone numbers on the Prince’s Trust Leaflet attached or contact us directly for a chat.

We are based in the building behind Parenting 2000 on Mornington Road, Southport. Feel Free to pop in Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Our next team start date is 22/01/2018.

For more information contact the Southport team on mobile;
07849 069 574 or 07860 839 294
Or download the informational flyer here;
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme 2018

Good News for Adults as Youth Club taking on New Members

Sometimes for parents or carers of 11-17 year olds is having them out of your hair for a few hours, even more so if you know they are enjoying fun, educational activities and making new friends.

The Alchemy Youth Club in Crosby is accepting new members and takes place every Monday and Wednesday, 6pm – 9pm.

For the small price of £1 subs, young people can chill out, spend time with their friends in a safe managed space, while also taking part in a wide range of fun activities including sports, arts and crafts.

They can also gain advice and support from qualified youth workers.

Learn more at the Parenting 2000 website.

Help Sefton Stay Clean and Green!

The green fingered and community conscious are invited to take part in litter picks and gardening at Killen Green Park in Netherton, March 2, 10am and The Pinfold woodland in Crosby, March 9, 10am.

The litter pick at Killen Green Park will be followed by refreshments and a talk about the park at the L30 Community Centre in Netherton.

Entries now open for Sefton’s Community Triathlon

Entries are now open for the Sefton Community Triathlon which will take place on April 29th 2018.

Sefton Council is working with Epic Events to launch the event which, as well as the triathlon, will also include music, entertainment, stalls and other activities for the family.

Open to both children (aged 8+) and adults, it’s the perfect opportunity for novices to experience their first ever triathlon. The distance for the adult event will be a 200m swim in Crosby pool, a 6km cycle on grass and a 2400m run along the prom. Distances are shorter for children.

Active Sefton has put together a timetable of swim, cycle and run activities taking place throughout the borough to help those who need some extra training support.

The swim section of the event will be held at Crosby Leisure Centre’s swimming pool before athletes complete the cycle course on grass followed by the running element of the race which will take place along the prom.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s great to see that sporting events like a triathlon are on offer in Sefton.

“The Sefton Community Triathlon will offer beginners the chance to try their hand at an incredible sporting feat and where better to do it than on our wonderful coast.

“Good luck to all those taking part and most importantly, have fun!”

For more information about the race and to find out how to sign up, visit http://www.epicevents.co.uk/triathlons/sefton-community-triathlon.html

Pupils rewarded for Anti-Scrambler Bike Project

On Tuesday, 9 February, Merseyside Police will host a prize-giving event which rewards Sefton schoolchildren who have been involved in an anti-scrambler bike education project during the Autumn term in 2017.

The project was set up by Constable Alan Thompson from Bootle Neighbourhood team, Sefton Council, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and aims to highlight the impact off-road bikes have on local communities in Sefton.

The five schools involved are:

  • Hatton Hill Primary School, Alwyn Avenue, Bootle
  • Lander Primary School, Pennington Road, Litherland
  • All Saints Primary School, Chestnut Grove, Bootle
  • The Grange Primary School, Waterside, Bootle
  • English Martyrs Primary School, School Lane, Litherland (will not be at the event)

Early in 2017, Year 5 pupils at the schools received education on the dangers of off-road bikes and impact they cause in their communities. Assemblies have been given to each of the primary schools from Merseyside Police, Sefton Council Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and Alder Hey Hospital. Once the pupils returned to school to begin their Year 6 studies, they each designed and filmed a 90-second video. They have also taken part in a trip to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and an awareness day in the Yorkshire Dales, where demonstrations were given on how to use bikes appropriately at designated locations.

The 15 winners of the video competition will be presented their certificates by Andy Grant, former Royal Marine, motivational speaker, athlete and star of ITV show Paragon and Pete Price, DJ from Radio City, before the grand unveiling of the top-secret children’s prize, a ski trip to Scotland. Their videos will also be used in a publicity campaign in the Sefton area.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke said: “We know that these bikes can cause significant nuisance, stress and danger to members of our communities across Merseyside, and we will continue to stand alongside our partners and communities in our commitment to eradicating the problem. We strongly believe that education and engagement is vital, so that parents, guardians and future generations understand the impact and harm that we see on a regular basis. Together, we can all make a difference to make our streets safer.

“We hope that by getting involved in this exciting project, these young people have learned some valuable lessons to share far and wide, and that they enjoy tonight’s event and their reward.”

Merseyside Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “I’m delighted to see this great local initiative running for a second year.

“Nuisance bikes are a blight on the whole community. That is why it is so important we engage with young people from an early age to make them aware of the potential dangers and help steer them away from getting involved with the anti-social and illegal use of bikes. It is clear from the videos which have been produced that, once again, the pupils involved have shown real enthusiasm and energy for this project. Their work will be used to send out a strong message about the harm these bikes can cause.”

“I congratulate the winners and all the young people who have taken part, as well as the officers and staff who have worked on this fantastic campaign.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “It is really pleasing to see so many Sefton school pupils being recognised like this through such an important project.

“Our local communities have told us how scrambler bikes are a problem for them and through this initiative important messages about the risks and dangers of using them have been learnt.

“It is also another great example of partnership working and engaging with our communities to make Sefton a safer place for everyone.”

Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2017 – ‘Growth through Collaboration’

Sefton residents involved in local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups are being invited to a major event on the theme of collaboration later this month.

The Sefton CVS 2017 annual conference – Growth through Collaboration – will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo from 9am to 4pm on Thursday 19th October.

Residents enjoy a ‘Big Chat’ at NHS annual review

Over 40 south Sefton residents turned out for the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) ‘Annual Review meets Big Chat’ event on Thursday 21 September.

For the third year running, NHS South Sefton CCG combined its annual review meeting with a ‘Big Chat’ style event held at The Park Hotel in Netherton.

Sefton GPs asked to keep things simple when seeking patient feedback

As part of the #ItStartsWithYou campaign, Healthwatch Sefton and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are calling on GP practices in Sefton, as the front line of the health service, to send a strong cultural signal to patients that the NHS is open and interested in listening to their views.

Healthwatch Sefton and the CCGs are also encouraging GPs and other primary care staff to share their own stories to tell them how patient feedback has helped them to learn and improve the way they provide care.