Vital information for rough sleepers in Sefton this winter

Sefton Council has a range of services for rough sleepers throughout the borough which are available all year round.

This is especially important during the cold winter months between November 2019 and March 2020.

If you are concerned about someone’s wellbeing, please direct them to their nearest Sit-Up services available at both New Start in Southport and Bosco in Bootle.

Services are provided at BOSCO House, Merton Road, Bootle (0151 944 1818) or New Start, Leyland Road Hostel, Southport, (01704 547 741).

Bosco’s Sit-Up provision is available nightly and people can book in between 8pm to 9pm.

An enhanced Sit-Up provision, which will be open and offer more flexible presentation hours, will be offered at New Start’s Leyland Road Hostel and will be open from 8pm until 12pm the next day with light refreshments and a warm, dry, safe environment for people to access with showers and laundry facilities available to people.

As part of this service, outreach teams will proactively seek out rough sleepers and encourage them to access the Enhanced Sit-Up to ensure nobody sleeps rough in Sefton this year.

The help of the public is always appreciated and to report an incident of rough sleeping in Sefton please call the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team via Light for Life on 01704 501256 or 07918 746042 outside normal office hours and weekends.

Alternatively, email and provide details of the location and any description of the person. We will acknowledge your email and give you a response to your report.

Veterans in Sefton have also been commissioned to provide support to people who are currently serving or who have served in the Armed Forces, both regular and reservists, their families and dependents, who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

ViS are based at The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre in Bootle.

For any further information call 0151 257 6371 or attend the ‘NAAFI Break’, Wednesdays 10.30am – 12pm.

Give what you can this December in Sefton

Sefton’s successful Year of Friendship is drawing to a close and we’re excited to announce that the final theme for December is ‘Giving’.

For many people in Sefton, the festive period can be especially difficult so we want to encourage as many people as possible to do what they can to offer a token of friendship whether it’s by donating to a foodbank, supporting the Mayors Toy Appeal or even joining in on Sefton 4 Good’s Christmas Jumper Day.

There are lots of collections and awareness days taking place throughout December and there are opportunities to get involved in lots of different things across the borough. Local people are encouraged to give what they can, even if it’s just signposting someone to a helpful group or service.

Here are a few of the things you can support this month across Sefton:

Sefton 4 Good’s Christmas Jumper Day

Sefton 4 Good is encouraging people from a across to Sefton to wear a Christmas Jumper to work on Friday, 13 December.

Donations are welcomed and all funds raised will support the Sefton 4 Good Grant Pot which helps local causes in Sefton.

To donate to Sefton 4 Good you can text ‘SEFTON’ followed by the amount to 70085.

The Mayor’s Toy Appeal

You can make Christmas extra special for some of Sefton’s vulnerable children by getting behind the Mayor’s Christmas Toy appeal.

New gifts unwrapped for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle, Maghull or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Wednesday, 18 December. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children.

All presents will then be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor.

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 07837863075.

Sefton Food Bank Network – Reverse Advent Calendar

Residents are encouraged to support Sefton’s Food banks this festive period and this year Sefton food banks have launched a Reverse Advent Calendar which encourages more people to give, rather than receive, this Christmas.

The calendar gives a suggested donation for each day of the Advent and includes essential items like tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, instant mash and tinned fruit as well as toiletries and Christmas items like chocolate, nuts, stuffing and gravy.

Get festive with Merseyrail this December

The festivities have well and truly begun on Merseyrail with Father Christmas and carol singers appearing up and down the network this December.

Father Christmas gift competition
On Monday Father Christmas delivered a special gift to Liverpool Central’s Mtogo store flanked by security, signalling the launch of a special competition across three stations.

Mystery gifts will be situated at Mtogo stores in Liverpool Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Southport stations. Passengers must guess what the gift is to be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of high street vouchers.Strand station 1

The competition will run until December 23 and passengers can enter by filling out a form in one of the three stations.

Father Christmas checking tickets
Father Christmas will be leaving his reindeer at home and travelling by Merseyrail trains on 7 and 8 December from 11:00 to 13:00, checking tickets and wishing all of our customers a very merry Christmas.

Carol choirs
Furthermore, carol singers will be performing your favourite Christmas songs at the following stations:

  • Liverpool Central
    • December 5, 7pm onwards
    • December 8, 19 & 20  times TBC
  • Southport
    • December 22 throughout the day

Free Costa hot drinks
Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy a free Costa hot drink on Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 December at participating Costas across the network.

Great value and enhanced services
To add to the festive cheer across the Liverpool City Region, Merseyrail passengers will be able to enjoy late night and Boxing Day trains.

With return tickets from just £2.10 and Day Savers available to purchase online, Merseyrail is the perfect way to get around this Christmas.

The rail operator will be running a special service between 9am and 7pm on Boxing Day, calling at selected stations across the network.

There will also be late night trains on the two weekends before Christmas, helping passengers get home from festive events across the city.

For full timetable information, Christmas shopping and event guides passengers can visit or the Destination Merseyside portal at

The customer service team can also be contacted via Twitter @merseyrail or WhatsApp on 0151 555 1111 for service updates and information.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director at Merseyrail, said: “Christmas is a very special time of year at Merseyrail and we want to make it as festive as possible for our passengers.

“These events across the network ensure passengers have a fun-filled journey complete with carols and appearances from Father Christmas as they travel to parties, visit family or do some Christmas shopping.”


Spare a gift for a child this year

You can make Christmas extra special for some of Sefton’s vulnerable children by getting behind the Mayor’s Christmas Toy appeal.

Each year thousands of toys, gifts and stocking fillers are lovingly donated by kind hearted residents from across the borough and given to our most deserving families.

New gifts unwrapped for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle, Maghull or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Wednesday December 18.

Residents can also donate at the Asda store in Bootle and Southport. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children.

All presents will then be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor.

Cllr June Burns, the Mayor of Sefton, said: “The generosity of the people of Sefton is amazing and every year thousands of people donate a present to the annual Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal.

“Putting smile on a little one’s face at Christmas is one of the best things a person could do and so I urge as many people as possible to get involved.

“Any donation is welcome and we are looking for gifts for all ages from babies and toddlers to teens.

“To ensure we can get the right gift to the right child may I please ask that the gifts be new and are left unwrapped.”

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 07837863075.

Flicks and Friends for December

There is another great film lined up by Age Concern Crosby for December’s Flicks and Friends at the Plaza Community Cinema, Waterloo.

Especially for those aged over 60, there will be a showing of Knives Out next Tuesday (10th) with doors opening at 12.30pm and the film starting at 1pm.

The £1 entrance also includes biscuit. Bring along a friend to this popular event.

The film – Knives Out – is a dramatic thriller about a detective and a trooper who travel to a lush estate to interview the quirky relatives of a patriarch who died during his 85th birthday celebration.

It stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and many more.

There is no need to book, just turn up in plenty of time on the day itself.

Flicks Dec 2019

Your help needed to keep antibiotics working

Sefton residents are being asked to play their part in this year’s Public Health England’s (PHE) ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign this winter and all year round by ensuring they use antibiotics correctly and understand when they are not required.

Healthcare professionals at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are teaming up with Sefton Council to support the campaign.

Antibiotics are medicines that treat bacterial infections by killing or preventing the spread of that infection. They are only prescribed when:

  • the condition is unlikely to clear up without them
  • the infection could spread to others
  • antibiotics could significantly speed up recovery
  • the illness is serious.

Antibiotics are not prescribed for viral infections such as colds or flu because they are not effective in fighting these types of illnesses. Viral infections can be treated with a combination of self-care and over the counter medicines. antibiotics-gh-web-slider

Susanne Lynch, a pharmacist and head of the medicines management team at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “We’ve done a lot of work already to explain to people that antibiotics are not always the answer but this campaign will hopefully add to this, helping GPs and pharmacists spread the word more and remind people about the risks of taking antibiotics when it’s not necessary.

“We need to preserve antibiotics for when we really need them and we are calling on the public to join us in tackling antibiotic resistance by listening to your GP, pharmacist or nurse’s advice and only take antibiotics when necessary. Taking antibiotics just in case may seem like a harmless act, but it can have negative consequences for you and your family’s health in the future.”

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health, Sefton Council, added: “It is really important that you use antibiotics properly to keep yourself well this winter. Always make sure that your antibiotics have been prescribed to you, that you are taking the recommended dose and that they are in-date.”

If you have any questions about any of your antibiotic prescriptions, you should visit your local pharmacist. They will be able to answer any questions you have and give you advice.

If you believe that you have a bacterial infection, it is recommended to call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacist for advice.

Feeling under the weather this winter? Think NHS 111

Local residents with an urgent but non-life threatening medical concern this winter are being encouraged to use NHS 111 by health commissioners in Sefton.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are supporting the national ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign, focussing on different services over winter, one of which being NHS 111.

NHS 111 is operated by fully trained advisers 24 hours a day, seven days a week who will listen to your medical concerns and, if necessary, arrange for you to speak to relevant healthcare professionals, such as a nurse, doctor or emergency dentist.

You can access the service by dialling 111 or online at

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “NHS 111 is a service that all local residents can benefit from if they need health advice. Using 111 can save time that would be spent in a GP practice or walk in centre.”NHS_111_CALL OR GO ONLINE_1920x1080_GP Screen

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “If you have any mobility issues or are having trouble leaving the house because of your illness, NHS 111 allows you to get help from the comfort of your own home. Staying at home will also limit the spread of germs to vulnerable people in the community.”

NHS 111 will advise you on whether you should book an appointment with your GP or extended GP access service, give self-care advice, or direct you to an appropriate, local service if needed.

Whatever the need is, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible.

So, if you think you need urgent medical help, call 111 or visit

To find out what services are available in Sefton visit either NHS South Sefton CCG’s  or NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s websites.

Pop-up memory cafe in Bootle

Alzheimer’s Society Sefton is bringing a pop-up Memory Café to Bootle to help support people living with dementia.

Staff from Alzheimer’s Society will be on hand to offer professional support and advice and can help people find out more about local support services.

A spokesperson from Alzheimer’s Society Sefton says: “If you are worried about your memory, have dementia or care for someone with this condition, come and join us for a chat and a cuppa.

“There is no need to deal with dementia on your own, we are here to help. Worrying changes nothing, talking changes everything.”

As Sefton continues to celebrate its Year of Friendship, events like this are a great way for those who may be feeling lonely or socially isolated to meet new people.

The café will be based at the Strand By Me shop in Bootle Strand Shopping Centre on Friday, 29 November from 10am to 12pm.

Tea Dance to offer hot tips on keeping warm

Sefton residents are invited to come along to a special event on Monday at The Atkinson in Southport and boost their health and wellbeing.

The Keep Warm Keep Well event, organised by Sefton OPERA in conjunction with Sefton Council, will offer people the chance to get advice on keeping warm and healthy in their homes, meet new friends and take part in some fun activities.

Our partner, the Brighter Living Partnership, will be there to chat with people about the activities and services they offer.

The market place at the event on November 25 is on between 10.30am – 12.30pm which is then followed by a free tea dance from 1.30pm to 4pm.

If you need advice but can’t make the event, call the Affordable Warmth Team at Sefton Council on 0151 934 2222.

For more information on Sefton OPERA, call 0151 330 0479.

Contact Brighter Living Partnership on 01704 517810.

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