Strand By Me – A new Place of Welcome opens in Bootle

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

Click here for contact information of locations around the UK.

Sefton: John Davis at

Twitter: @PlacesOfWelcome

Facebook: @placesofwelcome


Power of Music instruct West Lancashire and Southport Breathe Easy members

MEMBERS of the West Lancashire and Southport Breathe Easy group were given the opportunity to ‘stretch’ their lungs when they played host to three members of the Power of Music group.

Singing is a useful and helpful activity for patients with respiratory problems by exercising the muscles of the chest and expanding the lungs, as well as boosting emotional well-being.

After enjoying a full hour of singing with gusto, the hosts expressed their thanks to the Power of Music trio, Ken Holt, Jacquie Sutton and Nicola Sutton, who all live in the South West Lancashire area.

The three also told members about their Songbirds Community Choirs, which meet each Tuesday evening at Ormskirk’s Brookside from 6.30 to 8pm and at All Saints Church, Hesketh Bank on Friday morning from 10.30am to noon. New members are always welcome at both.

Later on the same day, the Power of Music group also appeared at a big event at Ormskirk Fiveways organised by the British Lung foundation, at which the speakers included Dr. S. Youzguin, a respiratory consultant at both Southport and Ormskirk hospitals.

More than 100 invited guests, respiratory patients from local GP surgeries, were able to learn more about the local NHS and charity services available to them, including theBritish Lung Foundation and local Breathe Easy Groups.

A public meeting of the West Lancashire and Southport Breathe Easy Group also took place on Monday (April 24) at the Girl Guide HQ in Green Lane, Ormskirk when the speaker was specialist occupational therapist, Sally Sharrock.

Free Christmas Gift Wrapping at Strand By Me!

Want to take the hassle out of Christmas? Why not pop in to the Strand By Me shop and take advantage of our new, free present wrapping service!

Drop in with your presents, big or small, and our elves will take care of the rest! You can have a cup of tea and a mince pie while you wait, or simply pop back in when you’re ready to pick your gifts up.

The present wrapping team will be in the shop on:

Thurs 8th December (10am -6.30pm)
Thurs 15th December (10am -6.30pm)
Thurs 22nd December (10am -6.30pm)

This service is completely free, but if you’re really happy with our wrapping we will be accepting donations to local charity Sefton4Good!

Click here to download a flyer for the Wrapping Service.

Strand By Me is a Community & Health Services shop located at the Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle managed by Sefton CVS in partnership with NHS South Sefton CCG. While at the shop you’ll also be able to find out about other events and services in the borough that you may be interested in.

The Strand Shopping Centre can be found at: 73 The Hexagon, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4SZ, and “Strand by Me” is located on the Ground Floor of The Strand, opposite “Wilko” store.


Breathe Easy event success at Strand By Me

Over 35 people took part in an event which included a lung health check, at Strand By Me, the community and health services shop in Bootle, during Breathe Easy week.

The event, organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton South Breathe Easy Group supported by Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) came together with Julie Morris, a nurse from Primary Care Respiratory Training Centre (PCRTC) to offer advice to residents.

Mick Maher, chair of the Breathe Easy group, said: “The event went really well. Along with raising awareness of the support on offer to people with breathing difficulties in south Sefton we also offered people a lung health check called a spirometry test. We recruited eight more members to the group and also encouraged four people to get help to stop smoking, which is great.

“I was diagnosed with a lung condition a while back now and had no idea what it was or how to deal with it, so I went on a self-management course. Then I thought, along with others on the course, that people in the community would really benefit from having that knowledge whether it’s for them, or for someone they know. So, we set up the group and decided to put this event on during Breathe Easy week.”

Jenny Kristiansen, respiratory lead at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We invited Julie, a nurse from the respiratory training centre to offer the lung health checks. A person’s breathing can be affected by lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, so having the lung test can help detect any issues early on.

“I can’t recommend the Breathe Easy group events enough and I was glad to see that the day at Strand By Me was really beneficial to those who popped in.”

One person out of seven in the UK is affected by a lung condition and the British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy group, NHS South Sefton CCG and Sefton CVS want those people to know support is available for every one of them. Sefton South Breathe Easy group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month 1pm – 3pm at Strand by Me shop, located in Bootle strand on the ground floor facing Wilkinsons.

After attending a respiratory and self-management training course organised by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton CVS, the patients decided to launch the new Breathe Easy group. It was officially launched in June 2015 and they come together once a month with local residents in south Sefton to share their knowledge.

For more information on ‘Breathe Easy Sefton South’ or to become a member, please visit:

What’s On at Strand By Me Community & Health Service Shop (15th-28th Feb)

This week:

Thursday 18th – Friday 19th February

Promotion of free computer courses to eligible Sefton residents. 

Saturday 20th February

Bootle Town Centre Investment Strategy Consultation – come and have your say!

Next week:

Monday 22nd – Sunday 28th February

Promotion, advice & guidance on a range of services including: Supported lodgings, Bullybusters, Oakmere Community College project, Fuel water debt, Homelessness, Homecare, Carers, Liverpool Watersports Centre project.

We also offer DROP IN SERVICES from the shop: 

*Please note Mental Health Mondays no longer run from the shop*

May Logan Centre
Every Friday 10am – 1pm
Blood pressure checks, BMI (body mass index) measurements, mental wellbeing support.

For more information please email

South Sefton CCG to hold event in support of World Cancer Day

In support of World Cancer Day, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding a raft of events at the recently opened Strand by Me shop in Bootle.

Global World Cancer Day takes place on 4 February uniting the planet population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and educating people about the illness.

The event at the community and health shop inside Bootle’s Strand shopping centre will take place over five days from Monday 1 February. It will see the CCG, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK, Aintree University Hospital and Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre (SPAC) offering advice to those living with and beyond cancer.

WCD graphic

Dr Debbie Harvey, a Macmillan GP from NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “The event is a chance for those affected by cancer in the area to come together and meet like-minded people as well as getting some useful advice.

“We want to make it easier for people to get the information they need to support them living with cancer. People often say they are not aware of the help available locally so we want to improve that. We hope that this event builds awareness of what is out there in the community and is beneficial.”

A practice nurse from NHS South Sefton CCG will also be on site to speak to people about cervical cancer and how important it is for women to have regular screenings, following on from Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (24-30 January 2016).

Davina Hanlon, consultant and cancer screening lead at Public Health, Sefton Council, said: “We really support events like this as they are so beneficial in reminding people what is out there to support them. Thousands of lives are saved each year from people going for cancer screenings and I can’t stress enough how important it is to have them.

“There are three types of screenings; cervical for women aged 25-64, breast for 50-70 year old women and bowel which is a home testing kit offered to men and women aged 60-74. You will receive letters when you are due an appointment and I would urge you to book.”

The full schedule for the week-long event at Strand by Me is below:

  • Monday 1 February

Macmillan information and resources drop in

  • Tuesday 2 February

Specialist nurses from Aintree University Hospital will be on hand to speak to visitors about Breast, Bladder, Kidney, Prostate and Bowel Cancer.

  • Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February

Cancer Research UK will have ‘Smokerlyzer’ Carbon Monoxide breath tests and can offer BMI checks and general health checks over the two days.

A practice nurse from NHS South Sefton CCG will also be on site to chat to those affected by cancer and to encourage women to go for regular cervical screening tests.

  • Friday 5 February

Sefton Pensioners’ Advocacy Centre (SPAC) information day

No need to book, just pop in on the day and there is also a private room available for confidential meetings if required.

Strand by Me opened in September 2015 and is managed by Sefton CVS in partnership with NHS South Sefton CCG. For more information visit: