“Understanding the assets in our Locality” Partnership Development Days (2nd, 10th & 30th March 2020)

Sefton Council in partnership with Sefton CVS would like to invite you to attend to one of three Partnership Development Days taking place next month across the borough. 

The sessions will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (2nd March), Bootle Town Hall (10th March) and The Atkinson in Southport (30th March) and will be an opportunity for local voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector groups and organisations to work together with Sefton Council’s Locality Teams in identifying community assets in the three locality areas across Sefton. 

PLEASE NOTE: Each event is limited to 100 places which are available on a first come first served basis. Please use the links provided below to book your place at one of the events.

Please click here to view the agenda for the sessions (same format for each of the three events)

If your group/organisation works in a particular part of Sefton, then please book your place at the session in your area. If you’re not sure what area your organisation falls under, please click here to view the boundaries map for each of the three locality areas.

Central Sefton Locality Partnership Development Day
Monday 2nd March 2020 from 12:30 – 16:00
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (map)

South Sefton Locality Development Day
Tuesday 10th March 2020 from 09:00 – 12:30
Assembly Hall at Bootle Town Hall (map)

North Sefton Locality Partnership Development Day
Monday 30th March 2020 from 12:30 – 16:00
Studio at The Atkinson in Southport (map)

If you have any questions about the events or you’re not sure which session your group/organisation should book on to, please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk.

‘Working Together To Support Our Communities’ Workshops (Wednesday 3rd & 10th October)

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.

Click here to download the event invitation 

Click here to download the booking form (Word / PDF

The two workshops planned in Sefton are:

Wednesday 3rd  October, 9.30am-2pm – Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (CLAC), Cambridge Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, L22 1RR (click here for map)

Wednesday 10th October, 9.30am-2pm – Waterside Lodge, Marine Drive, Southport, PR8 1RY  (click here for map)


To book your place, please complete and return the attached booking form to events@seftoncvs.org.uk or call 0151 920 0726. Alternatively, please return the booking form to the address below:

Sefton Council For Voluntary Service
3rd Floor, North Wing, Suite 3b, Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
L22 0LG

Please include details of any dietary or accessibility requirements. Bookings are available on a first come first served basis.

New Realities Partnership Award – Help recognise staff or teams at Sefton Council who have helped make a difference!

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. 

Click here to download the Nomination Form (Word / PDF) 

Closing date for nominations: 12noon on Friday 12th OctoberPlease submit all nominations to: communications@seftoncvs.org.uk or complete the online form below. 

What is New Realities? 

Click here to download the New Realities Partnership Agreement, or click here to visit the New Realities web page.

Alternatively please watch the short animation video below:


Online Nomination Form 

Sefton’s ‘Stop Loan Leeches’ Information Videos

Short information film warning that illegal lenders (loan sharks – known as ‘loan leeches’ in different cultures) target migrant workers.

Made for Sefton Council and the England Illegal Money Lending Team. Created and produced in close collaboration with the Migrant Workers Sefton Community charity.

Available in English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Russian language versions.

English:            https://vimeo.com/161895506

Latvian:             https://vimeo.com/161907310

Russian:           https://vimeo.com/161915005

Polish:              https://vimeo.com/161986280

Romanian:        https://vimeo.com/162492897

Lithuanian:        https://vimeo.com/162492896



Sefton MBC recognised at Guardian Public Services Awards

Sefton Council and partners were announced as runners-up for a top prize at this year’s prestigious Guardian Public Service Awards.

The Sefton Multi Agency Child Sexual Exploitation (MACSE) Panel came second overall in the Care Category beating off more than 400 other entries.

The Panel is co-chaired by Sefton’s service manager for Safeguarding Children and a Detective Chief Inspector from Merseyside Police.

It consists of representatives from a number of Sefton Council teams, Catch 22, Merseyside Police, Sefton Rape and Sexual Assault Service, Missing Children Independent Return Officers, Sefton Sexual Health Service, Liverpool Community Healthcare, Probation and the Community Rehabilitation Company.

Individual services working with a child or young people are also invited to attend the Panel, to ensure a partnership plan is agreed to protect the child or young person and disrupt and prosecute anyone considered to be sexually exploiting the child.

As part of the criteria to enter, judges were looking for the best initiatives that put care of patients, residents and clients front and centre and for the projects that highlight best practice in social work.

On coming second, the Guardian judges revealed Sefton MASCE ‘shone’ and said: “Children at risk of sexual exploitation in Sefton are being quickly identified thanks to a community-wide campaign to raise awareness of the tell-tale signs. Pharmacists and taxi drivers are among those providing vital information to the campaign.

“A number of perpetrators have been brought to justice as a result of the innovative initiative from Sefton Council and its partners.”

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “Congratulations to the Sefton MACSE Panel in being recognised like this on a national scale at such a prestigious awards ceremony.

“The award is a true testament for all the hard work put in by the whole team and is a perfect example of partnership working benefiting our local communities.”

Sefton Council announce New Mayor for 2016/17, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne

Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne has been installed as the new Mayor of Sefton for 2016/17.

He was officially appointed as the new Mayor at a special meeting held at Southport Town Hall on May 17 and replaces outgoing Mayor, Stephen Kermode.

Cllr Brodie-Browne is the former Sefton Liberal Democrat leader, a Kew ward councillor from May 1984-87 and has represented Birkdale ward from May 2002 until present. He has also served on Cheshire County Council and Congleton Borough Council.

He is married to Nicola, a schoolteacher, and they have 3 daughters.

Iain is the founder and CEO of Imagine Independence a mental health charity based in Liverpool which provides services in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cumbria and four London Boroughs. He is a Trustee of the Mental Health Providers Forum a consortium of the leading mental health charities in England and Wales. He previously worked for MIND and Age Concern.

His interest in Health and Social Care has also led him to serve on a Family Practitioners Committee and Health Authority. He has also served as a Churchwarden in Birkdale.

In his spare time, Iain has an allotment in Birkdale and along with daughter Mollie has tasted success in the Ainsdale Show as their pumpkin won the ‘Best in Show’ prize.

He supports Southport FC and is a regular at Haig Ave.

Iain enjoys fell walking and has completed several long distance foot paths including The West Highland Way, Offa’s Dyke and Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path. He hopes to do part of the Pembrokeshire Coastal path this year.

As befits a parent with two daughters who have studied English at University he also enjoys reading and the theatre.

Cllr Brodie-Browne said: “It is a real honour to be Mayor of Sefton.

“I am very much looking forward to the year ahead representing Sefton on a local, regional and national level as I believe this wonderful borough has so much to offer.

“I would like to thank the outgoing Mayor, Stephen Kermode, for all his efforts in this civic role and hope my term will be as busy and successful as his.”

Have Your Say on Sefton MBC’s Draft Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy (closing Friday 22nd April)

Sefton Council would like to notify residents that it is consulting on the Draft Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy. The Sefton Playing Pitch Strategy is a strategy that assesses the demand and supply of playing pitches and what the key issues are in relation to playing pitches in Sefton. The strategy also comes up with key recommendations on how to improve the quality of playing pitches in Sefton.

The Strategy covers the following sports:

  • Football pitches
  • Cricket pitches
  • Rugby union pitches
  • Artificial grass pitches (AGPs) (Hockey)
  • Bowling greens
  • Tennis courts
The council is keen to hear from any groups or individuals who are involved in sports or have an interest in sports provision in Sefton.

The draft documents are available at the following address: www.sefton.gov.uk/pitchstrategy

Paper copies are also available at the Planning Service offices, at Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ and also at local libraries throughout Sefton.

We would like comments on the draft documents to be submitted in writing by Friday 22nd April 2016. Comments should be made via email to local.plan@sefton.gov.uk or alternatively in writing to the Local Plan Team, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ.

Have your say on the future of Area Committees in Sefton

A public consultation into the future of the three Area Committees in Southport, Bootle and Sefton Central started on 1st February 2016 and will run for 7 weeks, ending on 21st March 2016.

The aim of the consultation is to establish whether Area Committees are the most effective way of talking with members of the public for Council business.

Sefton is also looking to modernise the ways that it engages with members of the public and stakeholders to reflect the new digital society.

As part of the consultation the following areas will be considered:

  • What is the current awareness of Area Committees and should they be retained as a way for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors
  • Functions of the Area Committees
  • What are the current and new avenues of communication for members of the public to engage with the Council and Councillors
  • What are the barriers that people experience in engaging with the Council
  • Any suggestions for improvement

The Council is always looking at the most effective ways for members of the public to talk to the Council and Councillors and through this process we want to positively look at optimising more modern ways of reaching our wider communities.  The consultation will give all residents the opportunity to have their say on the future of the Area Committees.

All comments received will be included in a consultation report which will then form part of a Cabinet report on the future of Area Committees in Sefton.

A number of events are taking place across the borough which give everyone the opportunity to have their say. These are taking place at:

  • March 7 – Southport Town Hall – 10am, 11am, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 15 – Bootle Town Hall – 2pm, 3pm, 5pm or 6pm
  • March 16 – Maghull Town Hall – 10am or 11am
  • March 16 – Formby Gild Hall – 2pm or 3pm
  • March 16 – St Luke’s Church, Crosby – 5.30pm or 6.30pm

You can register to attend one of the events by emailing yourseftonyoursay@sefton.gov.uk or by calling 0151 934 4604.  The deadline to register is March 3rd for the Southport event and March 11 for all other sessions.

If you are unable to attend one of the consultation sessions, you can make your comments in writing toyourseftonyoursay@sefton.gov.uk or you can post them to Area Committee Consultation, Strategic Support Team, 7thFloor, Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 7UU.  Alternatively an on-line response form is available for you to complete at https://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton/default.aspx.

The following questions will be considered as part of the consultation sessions and you might find it useful to use them as the basis for your response:-

1.    Are you aware of Area Committees?

2.    If you have have you ever attended one or raised an issue?

3.    Which Area Committee have you attended?


South Sefton

Central Sefton

4.    Should the Council keep Area Committees as a way for members of the public to raise issues with and talk to the Council and Councillors?

5.    What would be your preferred way of raising issues with and talking to the Council and Councillors if Area Committees did not exist?

6.    What do you see as the key barriers to raising issues and talking to the Council and Councillors?

7.    Do you have any other views or comments?

Please feel free to forward details of this consultation to anybody who you feel may wish to be involved.

Become a school governor in 2016!

Are you passionate about the education of children and young people?

As a school governor you can play a vital role in your school community and the outcomes for pupils.

Sefton Council’s Governor Services provide a wide range of training and learning opportunities to support you in your role as school governor.

If you think this vital role could be for you, visit the Governor Services webpages, complete the online application form or email Governor Services.


Sefton Council consultation on residential substance misuse services

Sefton Council has launched an online questionnaire as part of a public engagement and consultation into the delivery of medically managed residential substance misuse detoxification services in the borough.

Detoxification is part of integrated drug and alcohol treatment services and any successful recovery requires sustained and coordinated care.  When severe dependency or complex needs are indicated a medically managed residential inpatient treatment may be more suitable and will give the patient 24/7 access to specialist doctors and other clinical staff.

The current service contract expires in June 2016 and the council is seeking to engage a wide range of stakeholders, including existing service users, potential service users and third sector organisations to help inform the service specification ahead of the re-commissioning of the service.

Sefton Council understands that this is a very highly specialised treatment and therefore we are seeking the views of as many service users as possible.

To take part in the questionnaire, visit: www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton