Volunteer Centre Sefton to hold Special Events to mark National Volunteers’ Week 2019!

Two special events are being held in Sefton to mark national Volunteers’ Week celebrations.

Volunteer’s Week, which takes place in the first week of June each year, pays tribute to the hard work of volunteers across the country, without whom many organisations would be unable to provide valuable services in their local communities.

On Wednesday 5th June Volunteer Centre Sefton will be hosting a volunteer drop-in event at Southport Library in the Atkinson Arts Centre on Lord Street, from 10am until 4pm.

Volunteer Centre staff will be on hand to talk to residents about the benefits of volunteering, how to get involved and what roles are available locally.

Then on Friday 7th June the focus switches to the south of the borough with a volunteering fair at Bootle Strand Shopping Centre from 10am until 3pm.

Members of the public can come along and speak to representatives from a range of local good causes, who will be talking about the exciting volunteer roles they have to offer.

Our Volunteer Fair at Bootle Strand will also be in partnership with Sefton Community Markets, who hold an indoor market at the Shopping Centre every Friday. They are kindly providing the tables that we will be using for our stalls, so while you are finding out about volunteering, you might also be able to pick up a bargain or two!

There is such a range of volunteering opportunities out there, but many people don’t know where to start in terms of pursuing them. These events will provide the perfect opportunity for you to find out more.

There are also so many benefits to volunteering: from meeting new people and making new friends to boosting your confidence and improving your employability.

For further information about these events or volunteering in general contact Mike Howlett on 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk

Three inspirational Sefton women named finalists in Merseyside Women of the Year 2019

Three inspirational women from Sefton and a Bootle-based voluntary service have been named finalists in the Merseyside Women of the Year awards 2019 and a public vote has been opened to decide the overall Merseyside Woman of the Year.

Laura Hughes, Margot Walker and Brenda Porter will join Bootle-based organisation RASA to make the shortlist of 26 unsung heroes from across the region at the annual independent awards ceremony on Friday 28 June 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool City Centre.

The categories for 2019 are Women’s Group, Young Apprentice, Arts & Media, Entrepreneur, Inspirational Woman, One to Watch, Social Impact, Woman of Courage, Business Leader, Woman Making a Difference and Community Change.

Laura Hughes, Formby, Sefton – Laura Hughes is the sister of Colin McGinty, who was brutally stabbed to death. She campaigns to prevent young people carrying knives and ensure that other families don’t endure the pain hers has suffered.

Margot Walker, Blundellsands, Sefton – Margot’s independent family-run pawnbrokers has survived despite competition from large national companies for over 100 years. For many years she was the only woman representative of the National Council of Pawnbrokers, eventually becoming President.

Brenda Porter, Ainsdale, Sefton – Eighty-year-old Brenda is a tireless “Champion of the Community” in Ainsdale and her impact is far reaching. Brenda has not let much get in her way but her age and gender have meant that she has always had to work harder to prove herself.

RASA, Bootle, Sefton – RASA has worked tirelessly for almost 35 years to support victims of rape and sexual abuse. The small grassroots voluntary service welcomes close to 3,000 new clients each year.

A public vote is now open to decide the overall “woman of the year” (closes 10th June).  The winner will be announced at the annual ceremony on 28th June.

To find out more about the finalists and vote for your Merseyside Woman of the Year 2019 click here.

Get ready for Waterloo Fest 2019!

The line-up has been confirmed for this year’s Waterloo Festival at Crosby Coastal Park on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 June.

More than 200 artistes will join 22 live bands across two stages throughout the weekend with headliners including Chainsaw Haircut, Caramel Dragons, Viva La Coldplay and Led Zed.

In addition to the Logic Music Zone, the festival will also host the Greatest Hits Radio Community Zone with a family fun fair, food and drink fayre, market stalls and activities.

Visitors can enjoy gymnastics, dance and martial arts displays as well as performances from two community choirs.

Adults can access the festival for £6 per day while children aged 15 and under can buy tickets at £2 per day. Concessions (seniors, students and unemployed) can head into the festival for £3 per day and children under 3 are free.

Click here for more information and full line up details.

Waterloo fest 2019

Join the Macmillan Mile

The Macmillan Navigators team from Sefton CVS are supporting this summer’s Macmillan Mile at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre and want to encourage people to get involved. Make a note of the following information and save the date!

What? MACMILLAN MILE – walk a mile around Crosby Marina and surrounding gardens with views as far as the eye can see. The route is flat and everyone is encouraged to walk at their own pace.

Where? The start and finish will be on the grassed area outside the entrance to Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (dry side entrance near the children’s park).

When? Tuesday 9th July 6pm start.

Why? Many cancer patients are encouraged to take part in physical activity before, during and following treatment to help reduce reoccurrence, provide social engagement opportunities  and to support their mental wellbeing. However there are very few opportunities to take part in structured and supported exercise and physical activity. We are hosting this event because it is a short, achievable distance, instead of the likes of a 5k which may not be an option for some!

Who? This event is open to anyone directly or indirectly affected by cancer; patients, family members, friends, health professionals, community groups and those wanting to volunteer on the day! Sefton’s Walking for Health team have helped us to plan the route and will support the day with their walking volunteers. Crosby parkrun are also very interesting in attending to provide support on the day. Children and dogs are welcome to attend (dogs must be kept on a tight lead throughout the walk).

People don’t need to register – everyone is encouraged just to turn up.

For more information about the Macmillan Mile then contact Gina Harvey, Macmillan HNA Project Lead, on 0151 920 0726 ext 218.

Celebrate the environment with Green Sefton

As part of the Liverpool City Region 2019 Year of the Environment, Green Sefton will be hosting a celebration day at Southport Eco Centre on Friday, 31 May, from 10am to 4pm.

Working with the team at the Eco Centre, the free public event will feature exhibits and displays from across the region, looking at green issues including transport, energy and transport.

Guided walks will explore the Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail to enjoy the priceless flora and fauna of the Sefton coast, while there will also be the opportunity to find out more about neighbouring parks, including Kings Gardens and the fabulous border at Rotten Row.

Everyone is invited to drop into this all-day event to learn more about the 2019 Year of Environment and help celebrate what the borough’s greenspaces and coastline have to offer.

Southport Eco Centre can be found on the Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX.

Find out more about the Liverpool City Region 2019 Year of Environment here: http://yoe2019lcr.org.uk/


Southport Food & Drink Festival promises tantalising treats for all the family

If you are heading to this year’s Southport Food and Drink Festival then keep an eye out for a few of our partners who will be joining those who will be offering spectacular street food, live entertainment and much more at the festival which is running from May 31 – June 2 at Victoria Park.

The annual gathering of tasty treats promises to showcase the very best of the North West’s vibrant and colourful food and drink scene.

Southport Food and Drink Festival is a free, family friendly event and this year features a host of tantalising takeaways to suite all tastes; from sweet treats to spicy curries and much more.

Speciality foods confirmed for the 2019 festival include loaded halloumi fries, vegan treats, Thai ice cream, American wings, cheesecakes, artisan sausage rolls and locally harvested honey to name just a few of the offerings.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “Foodie fans will love the hand-picked selection of the region’s most passionate producers, all of whom will be bringing their wares to the festival, including a wide selection of gift ideas and treats to relish at home.

“You can also keep your little ones entertained with a free Children’s Festival, along with arts and crafts, magic shows, storytelling and sports workshops.

“We also have an excellent line up of music throughout the weekend in our Entertainment Arena, with everything from jazz to local soloists

“It’s guaranteed to be a fantastic weekend and we want as many people as possible to come along and enjoy the fun.”

The Southport Food and Drink Festival, sponsored by Arriva, takes place between Friday May 31 and Sunday June 2 from 10am to 6pm.

Our partners the Brighter Living Partnership will be there talking about the activities and groups people can enjoy and the Smokefree Sefton team are going to be on hand to offer free support and information about stopping smoking.

For further information and to plan your day visit: http://www.VisitSouthport.com


People First Merseyside is recruiting

People First Merseyside has been given funding from The National Lottery  Community Fund  for its DAVID (Dignity And Voices In Dying) Project. It is now  recruiting for two full-time workers and these are great opportunities for people to join the team.

The DAVID project is a unique 5-year project that will support people with learning disabilities to know about death and dying, enable them to plan for their future making death a less frightening subject.

The successful candidates will be joining a friendly and proactive team who are passionate about improving the lives of people with learning disabilities.

1) DAVID Project Development Worker – delivery and facilitation (FT)
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The post holder will be responsible for day-to-day project delivery with main responsibilities including: supporting people with learning disabilities to develop the project, facilitating working groups to produce resources, administration and monitoring.
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £22,958 (per annum)
Interview date: Monday 1st July 2019

2) DAVID Project Development Worker – Delivery and emotional support (FT)
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The post holder will have counselling experience and will be responsible for supporting people with learning disabilities to develop the project whilst ensuring their emotional needs are met. They will also be responsible for day-to-day project delivery.
Hours: 35 hours per week
Salary: £22,958 (per annum)
Interview date: Tuesday 2nd July 2019

All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Application packs for these posts can be downloaded here

Closing date for applications 12 noon, Friday 14th June 2019

Why not make someone’s day?

The Brighter Living Partnership, one of Living Well Sefton’s partners, is looking for volunteers to help with their popular weekly lunch club.

There is already a cook who caters for more than 20 people who go along to the Southport Community Centre for a two-course lunch, as well as other support in the kitchen.

What we are looking for are friendly volunteers to greet and serve those who arrive on a Thursday looking to enjoy the atmosphere just as much as the home-cooked meal.

Volunteering is a great way to make you feel better about yourself. You get to: connect with your local community, make new friends, help others. In return, the benefits to you include: feeling happier, more confident, having a sense of purpose.

Angela Bedford, who creates the popular lunches each week, has volunteered with Brighter Living for 15 months and says: “I love preparing and cooking the lunch club meals because I see how much people enjoy eating them, the chatter from everyone talking, the banter and it makes me feel good because I have helped to do that.”

If you enjoy helping out and meeting new people then the Brighter Living Partnership want to hear from you. Call the team on 01704 517818 and ask to speak to Matty.

Angela Sarah and client
Angela Bedford (left), Ron Hough (centre) and Sarah Willis (right), who volunteers as a kitchen assistant. Ron regularly attends the lunch club to socialise and to keep active

Take care of yourself during the May bank holiday

As people make plans for the May bank holiday weekend the NHS in Sefton is encouraging you to also be prepared in case of any accidents or minor ailments.

Health professionals from NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG suggest making sure you have all the necessary supplies and information just in case.

GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday Monday (27 May) but there are several other ways for you to access medical help during this time, if you need it.

Being aware of how to treat minor ailments such as burns, cuts and coughs and ensuring you have all the supplies to do so means you can get back to enjoying the bank holiday quicker.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “One of the ways to take care of yourself this bank holiday weekend is to make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked for minor illnesses such as coughs, colds and sore throats. As GP practices won’t be open as much as usual, self-care is the best way to deal with any common health concerns you may have during the long weekend.

“If you need any further advice, I would recommend calling NHS 111 or visiting your local pharmacy. Both of these services are excellent options for dealing with any non-urgent medical concerns.” 

Most pharmacies have private consultation rooms where they can advise you on self-care treatments and give you advice on your medication. Pharmacists can also advise you check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, among many other things.

You can call NHS111 to speak with a highly trained adviser who will assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

You can also visit 111.nhs.uk to get medical advice on where and when to get help.

If you do need an appointment there are now extended GP appointments of an evening or weekend across Sefton. These appointments can be booked in advance via the GP practice you are registered with or by calling 111.

Jan Leonard, Director of Place at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “The extended access GP service launched last October in Sefton and has been popular ever since. Open 365 days a year the service is really useful over bank holidays and weekends. You can book an appointment via your GP practice or NHS 111 can book an appointment with your nearest service as long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.”

You can find the pharmacy opening times for each CCG area here:

South Sefton: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/

Southport and Formby: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/

For more information on how to treat minor medical concerns visit the Self Care Forum and the NHS website.

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