Adam Connolly, Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Co-ordinator is celebrating being presented with a prestigious Butler Trust commendation by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal at St James’s Palace in London, on 21st March.
Adam Connolly received the commendation from the Butler Trust, which has The Princess Royal as its patron; his commendation was one of just 20 granted from over 400 nominations across Britain.
Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Sefton Council and NHS South Sefton CCG & NHS Southport & Formby CCG to host two upcoming workshops looking at a community-based model of services in Sefton.
These workshops will give you and your organisation the opportunity to both hear in more detail about these ideas but also to shape the way you or your organisation wants to be involved.
Sefton CVS are asking local voluntary, community and faith sector groups to nominate an individual or a team within the local authority who have demonstrated the key principles of the New Realities Partnership Agreement and provided help or support to local non-profit organisations.
The New Realities Partnership Award will go to the individual or team that have adopted a ‘can-do’ attitude when working with voluntary, community or faith sector groups.
Demonstrated a positive ‘can-do’ attitude when working with a local group or organisation
Providing assistance in overcoming a barrier or obstacle that would otherwise impact on the group’s work
Understood the value and role of the local voluntary, community and faith sector in making Sefton a great place to live and work
Demonstrated a ‘common sense’ approach to working in partnership with the local voluntary, community and faith sector.
Any of which that results in a positive outcome, promotes the benefits of partnership working and makes a difference in the local community.
From supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society to the work of charities, community groups and businesses helping good causes, civil society is part of the fabric of our society. The UK Government want to have an open conversation about civil society, what is working well, and what the government can do to strengthen it further. If you want to help create a stronger civil society, we want to share your ideas on how Government can work with and support civil society.
Have your day on how Government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future. This consultation closes 9am on 22nd May 2018, and for more information or to take part click here!
Civil Society Strategy: Sefton Roundtable discussion event – Wednesday 9th May, 10 am – 12 noon
Locally Sefton CVS are facilitating a round table discussion to capture the views of local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups in relation to the Civil Society Strategy.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday 9th May, 10am-12pm at the Sefton CVS Offices (click here for map), and if you would like to attend please email email@example.com, and please include details of any accessibility requirements. Alternatively please call 0151 920 0726 to book your place. Places are limited and are available on a first come, first-served basis.
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.
Sefton Council, in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer!
Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers, who give an astonishing 116,000 hours of their time each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.
Sefton’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) network Embrace are launching a new social evening in Bootle starting on Thursday 28th September and are inviting local LGBT residents to come along and find out more about the group.
The evening will take place at Kindfulness Coffee Club on Knowsley Road in Bootle from 7pm until 8.30pm, and will be an opportunity for local residents to find out more about the Embrace network, meet new people, and access support and advice related to LGBT issues.
Embrace is one of the Equalities networks supported by Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who live, work or play in the borough of Sefton are welcome to be involved.
The network exists to be available to decision makers in Sefton and to be consulted on matters affecting the LGB community in Sefton. Embrace also provides a social and support outlet to LGBT people in the borough of Sefton.
To find out more information about the Embrace social and support evening, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Embrace’s Co-Chairs Dr Mike Homfray on 07970 680483 or Rach O’Brien on 07903 773395. Residents can also follow Embrace on Twitter at @EmbraceSefton or find the group on Facebook.
The achievements of community groups within Sefton have come under the spotlight with the launch of a new report.
The Working Together For A Healthier Community report showcases the work of organisations and groups in the voluntary, community and faith sector after receiving grants from the CCG VCF Fund.
Over more than three years, the two NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in Sefton invested £2.5million into projects designed to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.
Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, says: “The main aim of the grants was to improve people’s sense of inclusion and involvement which, in turn, helps their health, wellbeing and independence.
“The grants, managed by Sefton CVS, have clearly highlighted the potential ‘reach’ of the funding – far beyond the direct beneficiaries – but deep into people’s families and communities.”
There were 52 different projects delivered throughout Sefton ranging from those looking to tackle childhood obesity, reduce social isolation for older people or help people improve their mental wellbeing.
More than 10,500 people engaged with the projects that delivered around 54,000 meals and more than 590 volunteers gave their time in supporting the projects.
Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chief Executive of Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), explains: “As a result of this vital investment we can say that more children are now confident to face the challenges of growing up, more adults are positively equipped with skills to deal with managing their wellbeing and more older people can lead an independent life where they don’t have to feel alone.”
A new Place of Welcome has opened in the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle last week in the Strand by Me Centre which is a joint initiative by Sefton CVS, Sefton Council, South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Strand Centre. It offers an open approach to people shopping in the Centre and is also staffed by volunteers from the Strand House Residents Association and others.
Conal Devitt the centre lead commented, ‘We are really pleased to offer a Place of Welcome to people in our Centre whoever they are or wherever they have come from. This, we believe is a unique partnership offering a wide range of services including developing hospitality and bringing people’s skills together.’
Pictured above are John Davis (second from left) with friends and visitors at the opening of the Place of Welcome which will be open to all comers on Tuesdays at 10am until 12 noon for refreshments. Places of Welcome harness people’s gifts and energies over a cup of tea and a biscuit and a warm welcome. Pop along anytime.
Strand By Me is located on the ground floor of Bootle Strand Shopping Centre opposite Wilko, for more information click here!
Places of Welcome is a network of small community organisations, including faith communities, who offer an unconditional welcome to local people for at least a few hours a week.
The primary aim of the Places of Welcome network is that “Every neighbourhood has places where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute.”
If your church or community organisation would like to give it a try or would like more information contact our team or go to http://www.placesofwelcome.org/
Click here for contact information of locations around the UK.
Sefton CVS’s ‘Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project’ has been successful in securing National Lottery funding to work with offenders released from HMP Liverpool (regardless of sentence/ license circumstances), to deliver a mentoring service which will respond to individual offender needs (including employment, addiction, housing, education and training).
This service is further supported by a bank of Volunteer Mentors who will help and stabilize the offenders on release and help them with their action plans to reduce re-offending.
There may also be opportunities to volunteer with young offenders subject to completion of a probationary period.
To provide one to one support to a newly released offender, through a befriending relationship, enabling the mentee to re-integrate back into their community, support them with identified issues and guide them in a positive way with an overall aim to instigate them into leading a more stable and secure future.
Skills and Qualifications
o Must be able to relate and communicate well to build a rapport with offenders.
o Strong personal and professional boundaries
o Non-judgemental attitude towards Mentee but has ability to judge a situation.
o Experience of dealing positively with challenging situations and people.
o Experience of the criminal justice system preferred but not essential.
o Passionate about supporting the community and the ex-offender in helping to reduce
Training; 6 mandatory modules including safeguarding, confidentiality and criminal justice. Plus we ask other agencies to come in and give additional training.
Expenses are covered ( travel and other out of pocket.)
Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Burlington House, Suite 3B
3rd Floor, North Wing Crosby Road North Waterloo L22 0LG
Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher was the VIP guest at the launch of a new community and health service shop in Bootle.
The former Reds defender officially opened the Strand By Me outlet at the Strand Shopping Centre, which will be used as a local base by a range of organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the town.
Other guests at the launch included representatives of the partners in the new venture – NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton CVS.
The Strand By Me shop – based on a an idea by GP practices in Bootle to make sources of support more accessible to residents – is available for organisations to hire to promote their health-related services and offer information and advice to local people.
These organisations include public sector health providers, charities and voluntary, community and faith sector groups, who offer support with everything from stopping smoking and welfare rights to keeping fit and ageing well.
Speaking at the launch Bootle-born Jamie – who also runs his own young people’s charity, the 23 Foundation – gave his enthusiastic backing to the new facility.
He said: “As a local lad I’m passionate about anything that helps to improve community services in Bootle and the health and wellbeing of the people who live here.
“This new shop is an exciting new resource for the area which will provide a base for a wide variety of organisations that can help to achieve these objectives.”
Dr Craig Gillespie, Chair of South Sefton CCG, said: “This is a good example of how our local GP practices are working together with partners like Sefton CVS to develop new services, and it’s great to see their idea for Strand By Me become a reality. We hope people find the shop useful in providing them with information and advice about their health and wellbeing and we’d encourage anyone to pop in and take a look for themselves.”
Sefton CVS Deputy Chief Executive, Nigel Bellamy, added: “Strand By Me demonstrates the strength of partnership working across the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Dedicated volunteers from Southport, Formby, Crosby and across Sefton have been honoured for their outstanding contribution to their local community.
More than 100 volunteers attended a presentation ceremony at Bootle Town Hall which was organised by Volunteer Centre Sefton, part of Sefton CVS, to mark national Volunteers’ Week 2015.
The VIP guests at the event were the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Robert Owen JP DL, and the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Stephen Kermode.
Volunteer Centre Sefton figures show that the organisation recognised a total of 148,000 hours of volunteering during the last financial year.
Based on the average earnings for Sefton, this equates to an investment of around £1.9 million in the borough by volunteers over the 12-month period.
The Volunteer Centre also used the Bootle Town Hall event to officially launch its new Sefton Volunteer Involving Project of the Year Award (VIP Award).
This new annual honour will recognise organisations who create a range of interesting volunteering opportunities, provide positive experiences for the volunteers who support them and excel in volunteer best practice.
Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural award. The closing date for entries is September 30th.
Vicky Keeley, Manager of Volunteer Centre Sefton, said: “Our annual celebration at the Town Hall is a great way for us to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment of volunteers throughout the borough over the last 12 months.
“I want to thank them all for making a real difference to the lives of a huge number of local people, in particular some of Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.
“I would also like to encourage volunteers to nominate their organisations or groups for the VIP Award which will recognise excellent work in volunteer management,” added Mrs Keeley.
To find out more about volunteering in Sefton and the new award ring 0151-920 0726, email email@example.com or visit the Volunteer Centre Sefton website – www.volunteeringsefton.org.uk