Aim for greater impact with new adoption support service

Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) recently commissioned After Adoption to deliver adoption support services across the region. 

Recognising the impact adoption has, After Adoption, with over 28 years’ experience of supporting to all parties affected by adoption, will offer a proactive and flexible service.

This will include support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families, including search services and counselling, and counselling for adopted adults seeking to access their records post adoption.

It will also provide information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their child adopted – helping them navigate the complexities of the adoption process through a combination of information and advice and face-to-face counselling. This approach aims to help them deal with grief and loss, explore their own life story as part of this, and negotiate and maintain appropriate levels of post adoption contact. For birth parents and relatives who want to reconnect with adopted children who have reached adulthood, there will also be the ability to access search and intermediary services.

Iain Moore, Head of Business Development at After Adoption, commented: “We are passionate about ensuring everyone affected by adoption can access the support they need, so are delighted to have won this contract. We are confident that our expertise in this area will ensure we deliver a high quality service and make a real difference.”

The full list of services to be offered on behalf of the Adoption in Merseyside includes:

  • Support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families
  • Information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their children adopted
  • Counselling for those seeking intermediary services
  • Counselling for those seeking to access their records post adoption
  • An intermediary service for birth relatives
  • Access to Letterbox to maintain contact agreements (delivered on behalf of Liverpool by After Adoption and internally for other local authorities).

The service will be available in the geographical area covered by the newly formed Adoption in Merseyside (AiM), a regional adoption agency covering Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral.

Jenny Ness, Head of Service for AiM commented: “We are delighted that AiM will be working in partnership with After Adoption. This is a new contract covering the city region and will ensure adopted adult’s, birth parents and birth relatives will receive the advice and support needed with a prompt and empathic approach.”

To find out more or make a referral, call the After Adoption action line on 0800 056 8578 or email

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.


A NEW campaign designed to encourage victims to come forward and report loan sharks after the Christmas period has launched this week.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) – a specialist team that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – have launched their ‘Why I Borrowed’ campaign to encourage people to report illegal money lenders if they or someone they know have been bitten.

The ‘Why I Borrowed’ campaign tells the real-life stories of victims who have been put through a harrowing time because of a loan shark.

One victim – who fell into £7,000 worth of debt with a loan shark – almost took his own life because of the distress caused by the lender.

Another victim, who had a loan to purchase a vehicle to be a taxi driver, was beaten up in front of his wife and told by the lender that the women in his family would be raped if he fell behind on repayments.

The IMLT worked with North-East Scriptwriter, Debbie Owen, and the Prison Radio Association to produce the videos warning others against borrowing from loan sharks.

Tony Quigley, Head of the Illegal Money Lending Team, said:
“Loan sharking can have such a detrimental impact on our communities; it is a crime that often goes unreported because victims are scared of the repercussions or they don’t realise that what is happening to them is illegal.
“We want to reassure victims that they are not the ones breaking the law and that help and support is available. We hope this timely campaign warns others against borrowing from loan sharks and encourages more people to come forward and report.
“If you or someone you know has been the victim of a loan shark, we urge you to seek help by contacting us on 0300 555 2222 or visit We will take information anonymously and in confidence; we have a team of dedicated support officers who will be with you every step of the way from the moment you make the call.”

Another video tells the story of a Filipino nurse who was threatened by a colleague who she had a loan from. The lender threatened to start rumours and expose Danao on Facebook if she did not pay up.

A recent survey conducted by the IMLT revealed over 15% of loan shark victims met the lender in the workplace. Over 60% of borrowers said they were in a state of worry, stress, depression or severe anxiety because of their involvement with a loan shark. When questioned about the abuse they received from the lender, a shocking 46% said they had been abused verbally and/or threatened with physical harm by the loan shark. The survey also revealed that nearly a third of victims had also considered committing suicide; 25% of those said this was due to their involvement with a loan shark.

The campaign videos can be viewed on the Stop Loan Sharks YouTube channel:
Danao’s Story:
Jay’s Story:
Matthew’s Story:

(also available to view on (a website offering inspirational, bespoke content, information and support to people involved in the criminal justice system).

Nationally, Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 380 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 328 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off £72.5 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 27,500 people.

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.

Bullying survey

Ditch the Label has published the annual bullying survey for 2017 measuring young people’s experiences of bullying and looking at what it’s like to grow up in a digital world. Findings from a survey of more than 10,000 young people aged 12-20 across the UK show that: 54% of young people said they had been bullied at some point; of those bullied in the past year 37% developed social anxiety, 36% developed depression and 24% had suicidal thoughts; 69% of respondents said they had done something abusive to another person online. 

Source: Ditch the Label 

Further information: The annual bullying survey 2017

Services & Support over Christmas & New Year 2016

Will your organisation be providing any services over Christmas & New Year? Or will there be a change in your opening hours? 

Sefton CVS are in the process of finalising dedicated web page to provide details of front line services available to local residents over the festive season – such as foodbanks, health and social care services, luncheon clubs, befriending services, emergency contact information etc.

Whether it’s looking for an emergency contact over the Christmas period or just need somebody to talk to at this time of the year, we hope the this webpage will provide some useful information for Sefton residents.

Please email or call 0151 920 0726 with details of any services or changes in opening hours . You can also share details via Twitter at @SeftonCVS, or Facebook at the following link:

‘Think Local Act Personal’ – Care & Support Jargon Buster

The Care and Support Jargon Buster is a plain English guide to the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean. The definitions are plain English rather than legal, and were developed and tested by a steering group that included people who use services, carers, representatives from local authorities, information providers and key stakeholders from across the social care sector.

The Care and Support Jargon Buster won a Plain English Campaign Award in 2013.

Click here to visit the Jargon Buster website.

Support Seaforth Community Shop’s hampers appeal this Christmas with Sefton 4 Good!

Seaforth Community Shop operate a Community Pantry providing emergency food during times of crisis throughout the year. To access this support, families are referred by Health Visitors, Midwives, GP, YOT, IMPACT, FIT, Social Workers, School mentors and Teaching staff.  The families have at least two children. They are not entitled to Food bank vouchers but do live in significant food poverty.

Seaforth Community Shop try to alleviate extra pressure put on families during school holidays such as Easter, Summer and Christmas by providing food and hygiene hampers.  So far this year, they have supplied approximately 700 hampers to families across Sefton.

The shop anticipates requests for support at Christmas for 400 families. We get some of our food from membership of Fare Share and buy the rest ourselves, apart from a meat voucher which is supplied by 23 Foundation for our families.



Click here to visit the Sefton 4 Good fundraising page

Click here to go straight to BT MyDonate and support the work of Seaforth Community Shop

In addition to donating to Seaforth Community Shop, they are also seeking a number of items to be included int he hampers. Please see below for a list of items which can be donated to Seafroth Community Shop:

  • Tuna
  • Soup
  • Corned Beef
  • Ham
  • Hot dogs
  • sweet corn
  • carrots
  • peas
  • Coffee
  • tea
  • sugar
  • cereal
  • jam
  • rice pudding
  • tinned fruit
  • custard powder
  • pasta sauce
  • pasta
  • curry sauce
  • long grain rice
  • biscuits
  • tub of sweets such as roses/quality street
  • soap powder
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • washing up liquid
  • shower gel
  • baby wipes
  • AA batteries

For more information, or to contact Seaforth Community Shop directly, please see below:

Seaforth Community Shop
73 Seaforth Road
L21 3TX


Phone: 07806 286990


Introducing… Sefton Cancer Support Group

The Sefton Cancer Support Group is a registered charity, based in Formby, which gives support to Cancer Sufferers and their Carers.

The Support Group is available as a resource for information, financial advice, and support. They also offer a social opportunity away from the stress of dealing with cancer, providing aromatherapy and relaxation, acupuncture, chiropody, reflexology, and Reiki to unwind the client and re energise them. They also provide social opportunities for the people recovering from the trauma of cancer, such as day trips or going out for meals.

An after hours helpline is available for those who need a human voice to talk to at night. The number is 01704 876 613 and the call will be answered by a volunteer whenever possible.

To call the main office line, dial 01704 879 352, or you can call into the centre at 1 Duke St, Formby, L37 4AL.  Office hours are 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am to 1pm on Fridays. You can also email the team at

For any further information you can visit or click here to download a leaflet.