Sefton CVS Upcoming Free Masterclasses – November to December 2017

Upcoming Training & Masterclasses 

Please see below for a list of upcoming training and development opportunities from Sefton CVS. For more information and to book onto any of the Masterclasses Click Here or email

Capital Schools Mental Health

More than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests.  Just one in 10 “strongly agreed” with the statement that they felt they had the necessary training to feel confident about what action to take when a child was experiencing a mental health problem, compared with 54% who disagreed.

Mental Resilience in Schools

Mental Resilience is not something that people either have or do not – resilience is learnable and teachable and as we learn we increase the range of strategies available to us when things get difficult.  Sefton Council is working with the charity YoungMinds to improve mental resilience in schools.  28 schools have joined a training session to support schools to improve the mental resilience of pupils, staff and parents.

Staff work on their Wellbeing

Paying attention to wellbeing was the aim of Living Well Sefton’s recent staff development day.

The focus of National Work Life Week is wellbeing at work and the partners of Sefton’s wellbeing collaborative came together for an afternoon of activities and work updates.

Living Well Sefton supports World Mental Health Day (10th Oct)

To coincide with its first anniversary, Living Well Sefton – the local wellbeing organisation – is supporting a World Mental Health Day event at Hugh Baird College.

On Tuesday, 10 October Living Well Sefton and the Feelgood Factory – one of its partners – will be at the Bootle-based college to raise awareness of how paying attention to your mental wellbeing is an important part to feeling good.

It’s Time to Change our views about men’s mental health

The men of Sefton are being encouraged to step in if they think their friend is acting differently than usual.

This comes as research released by Time to Change, the campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, shows that most men would be comfortable supporting a friend with a mental health problem – but there are still barriers for some.

Roadshows Reveal New Hospital

Southport residents, local organisations and health service users are welcome to drop-in see the latest design visuals for the town’s new mental health hospital prior to construction starting here this autumn.

Think Differently, Cope Differently

‘Think Differently, Cope Differently’ is a 5 week mental health and wellbeing programme led by Living Well Sefton.

The programme comprehensively covers the important areas associated with positive mental wellbeing i.e. Stress Management; Challenging negative thinking; encouraging healthier lifestyles and affective goal planning.

Access Sefton

Find your balance with Access Sefton this World Mental Health Day 2017 (October 10).

Held at Hugh Baird College’s L20 Centre, the free event will feature stands from a range of local wellbeing organisations, along with activities and workshops people can get involved with, including crafts, mindfulness, hand and shoulder massage, and more.

Health and wellbeing organisations will be at hand to offer information and advice to anybody who needs it.

There will also be lots of opportunities to win great prizes in a free-to-enter wellbeing treasure hunt, including EFC tickets, signed LFC memorabilia and vouchers for local stores and restaurants.

The event will take place October 10. 10am-3pm.

Access Sefton is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

For more information follow @AccessSefton on Twitter.

Sefton Council celebrates ‘Allotment Fortnight’ – Put your mental health in bloom

Get your green fingers at the ready and go outside to do some gardening to mark allotment fortnight and support the 30 days of Sefton in Mind Campaign.

The benefits of gardening are endless, not only does it get you outside and moving but it also helps make your surroundings a lovely place to be in.

Getting involved with community gardening projects like can also help you to connect with others and keep active together.

Feelgood Factory – Bereavement Support

The Feelgood Factory offers group and individual one to one bereavement support. The support is delivered from a suitable venue within Sefton.

Bereavement may be one of the most difficult feelings we ever have to face. For many, cultural changes have resulted in death becoming a ‘taboo’ subject, no longer talked about, so when the inevitable happens we are often not equipped to deal with either our own or other people’s reaction.

May Logan Health Walks

Living Well Sefton is a free service available to people in Sefton.  As one of the main partners – The May Logan Health Walks are a great opportunity to build some social and physical activity into people’s week and ties in with the Public Health England One You campaign, which encourages regular walking.


The Venus Centre in Bootle invites the women of Sefton to join them at its coffee mornings.

The coffee mornings are held every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at Venus’ Linacre Road based centre.  This is the perfect opportunity for women to get together to talk, make friends and support on another.

Age Concern

As part of the Befriending and Re-ablement Service Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton hold free bi-weekly Companion sessions throughout Sefton. The Companion groups are held in Southport, Bootle, Seaforth and Maghull.

  • Southport – Atkinson – bi weekly – Thursday afternoons
  • Bootle – May Logan – bi weekly – Thursday afternoons
  • Maghull – The Methodist Church – bi weekly Tuesday mornings
  • Seaforth – Sing – bi weekly – Tuesday morning

St. Joseph’s Hospice

St. Joseph’s Hospice provides a Family Support and Bereavement Counselling Service at the hospice for patients and their families.

The hospice’s family support and bereavement counselling service helps patients and their family members to talk about their feelings, fears and practical matters with someone outside of their family. It’s important for families both before and after the death of their loved one and is available to families for as long as they need it.

NCS to include mental health awareness course

Theresa May has announced that a mental health awareness course will be developed with mental health experts and NCS graduates and be delivered as part of the organisation’s programme to prepare young people for the challenges of adult life and work. Set to benefit ‘thousands of teenagers’, measures will include:

  • a dedicated mental health awareness course for teenagers talking part in NCS
  • new mental health training for more than 10,000 frontline NCS staff to improve support to young people
  • a new network of young NCS graduates to champion mental health awareness


Young leaders are Champions of mental health!

Young people from Sefton and Liverpool are leading the way towards better mental health for them and their peers.

Those age 13-18 years make up the Neurochampions – a group who recently delivered an eight week mental health workshop to their peers with support from leading scientists, youth workers and researchers.

The workshops covered the full spectrum of well being and mental health support, taking a closer look at young people’s brains, emotions, wellness and behaviours.

The group gained new experiences and skills in digital and traditional media, along the way learning practical production and digital skills to create their own videos, animations and more!

Each session drew on their own personal experiences and developed their confidence and leadership skills.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“The Neurochampions have helped young people from lots of different backgrounds to learn something about themselves. 

“The variety of those taking part reflects the way that mental health can affect us all. Working with experts and developing digital skills for their future has clearly given these young people aspirations, which I hope will lead to further success” 

Neurochampions is a programme that equips young people with the knowledge and skills  to become effective leaders in mental health.

To find out more about the work of the Neurochampions, visit their website here.

To find out more about services to support young people age 11-21 years in Sefton, visit the Sefton Youth website

Child and adolescent mental health services: Learning from case reviews

The NSPCC has published a summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) based on findings from case reviews published since 2015. The summary highlights issues for learning including: listening to young people; understanding how young people use social media and awareness of the influence of websites which promote destructive thinking and behaviour; working with young people who don’t want to engage; and intervening early.

Source: NSPCC

Young people and mental health resources: NICE

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched two new resources to support the improvement of mental health transition.

Working with young people to plan person-centered care and support for admission to and discharge from inpatient mental health settings.


Working with Young People resource


Working with adults to ensure person-centered care and support for admission to and discharge from inpatient mental health settings.


Working with Adults resource

Southport Lifeboat crew help kickstart Emergency Services mental health campaign

Southport lifeboat crew were called out to an unusual task last weekend as they ‘rescued’ a special package from the sea near Blackpool.

The team from the Southport Offshore Rescue had been asked to help kickstart the Merseyside leg of a special national baton relay promoting mental health in the British Emergency Services – bringing the baton ashore at Southport Promenade before taking part in a special procession along Lord Street.

The baton was then passed to the team from Merseyside Fire and Rescue to be held overnight at the Manchester Road Fire station before resort paramedics gave the baton a guard of honour through Ainsdale and Formby before it was passed on to emergency services in Bootle.

Taking place until September 22 this year, the relay will see staff from emergency services across the UK, including fire and rescue, police, ambulance, prison services and the NHS, carry a baton across England.

The baton will travel to different cities throughout its journey and each weekend local emergency services will hand it to another emergency service team for it to be taken to its next location.

On Saturday April 29, the Merseyside leg of the relay launched from Blackpool Promenade when the baton was taken to Southport Community Fire Station on Manchester Road by crew from Southport Lifeboat.

The next day the baton was placed in a vintage ambulance and traveled in convoy with three fire engines and vehicles from HM Coastguard Southport along Lord Street in Southport through Ainsdale, Formby, Ince Blundell, Thornton and Netherton before arriving at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service headquarters on Bridle Road in Bootle.

Entitled ‘Our Blue Light’ the campaign is designed to raise awareness of mental health and the stigma around it.

Southport Merseyside Fire and Rescue Watch Manager Steve Bousfield was in charge of coordinating the resort leg of the relay.

He said: “Our Blue Light aims to bring our services together, as an emergency and essential family, to improve mental health and reduce the stigma surrounding it.

“At the same time we are also raising awareness of general health and wellbeing and how we can improve this?.

“The relay will be stopping off at different cities and location throughout its journey.

“Every weekend there will be an event, with the local emergency and essential services and community groups getting the torch and taking it to the next location, via any means, whether that be run, cycle or even kayaking!”

Cycle tribute to Paul raises over a thousand pounds for charity

A charity cycle ride in memory of a Southport man, raised more than £1,000 for a mental health charity.

The family and friends of Paul Carapanagiotu jumped on their exercise bikes at Marshside Health Club and rode an impressive 304 miles for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

The distance of 304 miles happens to be the distance it takes to complete a full cycle journey around the island of Kefalonia, which was a happy place for Paul during his life.

Paul’s daughter-in-law, Amy Carapanagiotu, said: “In March 2016, we lost somebody close to our hearts.

“Our challenge was to cycle the distance of the Island of Kefalonia.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t exactly cycle in Kefalonia but we are very grateful to Marshside Health Club for letting us use the facilities at  to cover the mileage!

“We chose Kefalonia as it meant so much to Paul.

“He loved spending time in his second home out there.

“We have shared  many happy times on this beautiful Greek Island, and he often dreamt of retiring on sandy beaches drinking ice cold Mythos!

“Campaign Against Living Miserably is a charity working to help prevent male suicide.

“Through our challenge we hope to raise as much awareness as possible.

“CALM provide a helpline where men can pick up the phone, and talk to trained staff confidentially, and anonymously, seven days a week, from 5pm till midnight.

“We hope that by fundraising for CALM, we are helping to prevent men from suffering in a way which is more common than most of us realise.

“Afterwards, in Paul’s memory, myself and Andy, Paul’s son, staged a balloon release.”

Smoking, Stress & Mental Health

Debunking the misconceptions between Smoking & Stress

4th February marks ‘Time To Talk’ Day 2016.  A national initiative that hopes to tackle the stigma around mental health, and end the misconceptions around it.

1 in 4 of us live with mental health conditions in the UK, with some sufferers using smoking as a self medication to cope with times of anxiety. In fact, most smokers of all backgrounds tend to think of their habit as a “stress relief”.

But according to NHS Choices, the idea that cigarettes relieve stress is a complete myth. And smokers are actually more likely to develop mental health issues, like depression or anxiety disorders, than non-smokers.

So why would anyone falsely believe smoking improves their mood?

Scientists think it’s because smokers confuse the ability of cigarettes to abolish nicotine withdrawal as a beneficial effect on their mental health.

Smokers tend to feel irritable, anxious and down when they haven’t smoked for a while and these unpleasant feelings are temporarily reversed when they light up a cigarette. That creates the impression that the cigarette that has improved their mood, when in fact it’s just temporary relief from psychological disturbances that were caused by smoking in the first place.

Studies show that people’s anxiety, depression and stress levels are lower after they stop smoking when compared with those who carry on smoking and that their quality of life and mood improves. Also, the improved levels of oxygen in the body means that ex-smokers can concentrate better.

Sefton SUPPORT are encouraging local smokers to begin the fight against mental health conditions by quitting smoking.

Sefton SUPPORT are the local NHS Stop Smoking Service and have helped thousands of people to quit and live longer healthier lives. Their drop-in clinics run across the borough 6 days a week, and offer a chance for smokers to get specialist NHS support to quit. To find your local clinic here at the Healthy Sefton website, or call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000.

Follow Sefton Support on Twitter by clicking here, and Facebook by clicking here.

You can join the conversation on Time To Talk  by searching the hashtag #TimeToTalk on Twitter and Facebook.

Swan Centre: Women’s Social & Therapeutic Allotment Project

The Swan Centre are offering women the opportunity for personal growth and confidence building through their ‘Social & Therapeutic Allotment Project’. And with research showing that green activities improve mental health in over 94% of people, the Swan centre are inviting Sefton women to attend every Wednesday morning over the next year to reap the full therapeutic benefits.

The project will allow women to meet others and make new friends in a relaxed therapeutic environment. They will benefit from improved physical and mental health, as well as learning new skills at their own pace.

Please click here to download a project flyer from The Swan Centre.

If you are require any further information, or you are interested in getting involved, please contact: Jane Payton on or 0151 933 3292