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Discover opportunities at Sefton’s festival of learning

A special event is taking place in Sefton to encourage local residents to try something different and learn new skills while having fun.

Sefton’s Festival of Learning Summer Fair takes place Saturday June 16, 12-4pm at Sefton Community Learning Centre, 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth.

The air will be filled with tantalising smells from festival goers trying their hand at making tapas and other Mediterranean dishes as the more artistic among them give charcoal drawing and water colour painting a go.

There will be workshops that everyone can take part in and try something new, with the added bonus of free food for children when they or an adult they attend with complete the workshop.

The eclectic mix of fun learning activities will vary wildly, from learning about Viking culture to building bird boxes and much more besides, there will be lots to see and do.

The festival will have lots to offer for all ages, whether whizzing around on go karts, tackling the assault course and giant slide or sparking their creative side of little ones with family craft sessions.

Visitors will never be short of food or entertainment as local businesses from across Sefton will set up shop on the day.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities at Sefton Council said:

“Learning new skills can be very positive for our happiness and mental well being, as well as equipping us for life in new ways.

“Sefton Council’s Community Learning Service has a brilliant array of courses all year round, but this festival is a fun way to learn more about the service, learn new skills on the day and just as importantly, have fun.”

To find out more about this fantastic event or to book your place, contact Sefton’s Adult Community Learning Service on 0151 934 4546 or visit their website to find out learning opportunities throughout the year.

Sefton champions local carers for national celebration

Sefton Council is joining organisations across the UK to celebrate the amazing contribution of carers to their families and communities.

Carers Week 2o18 takes place 11-17 June, raising awareness of the roles of unpaid carers, the difference they make and the challenges they face.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who would not manage their daily lives or would see a decline in their health without them. A carer can be almost any age, with children and young people also taking up caring roles.

People often do not identify themselves as being carers, just seeing their actions as something they expect to do for their loved ones.

In Sefton there are strong support networks and a wealth of information available from Sefton Carers Centre, or via Sefton’s Adult Services Directory

As part of Carers Week, Sefton Carers Centre is hosting Get Connected, an event to highlight the free support and services available to carers in the borough and beyond. At the event carers will receive specialist guidance from the centre’s Welfare Benefits Advisors and Parent Carers Team. Sefton Young Carers Service will be available to meet families of children with caring roles, as well as helping professionals such as teachers and social workers to identify young carers. ‘Get Connected’ takes place June 13, 11am-2pm at Sefton Carers Centre, South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council said:

“Sefton is a borough for everyone, no less so our fantastic and selfless carers, who carry out their caring roles in addition to the everyday pressures we all face.

“While Carers Week is an opportunity to shine a light on our selfless carers, it is also important that we reach people who may not yet realise that they are carers themselves.

“Having see first hand the vital support offered by Sefton Carers Centre, I advise any carers in Sefton to drop in to Get Connected, or make contact with the centre to see how they can help you.”

Sefton Carers Centre can be contacted on 0151 288 6060 or by completing the online form



New dementia friendly housing in Sefton

One Vision Housing have completed dementia-friendly refurbishments of three of their Independent Living schemes as part of a £1m plan to make all their schemes more energy efficient and inclusive for people living with dementia.

Included in these new developments is Kenyons Lodge in Maghull. The property has been given soft colour schemes, with feature walls, carpets and different wallpaper throughout to make each floor easily identifiable and therefore easier to navigate for those living with memory loss and visual impairments.

The residents were consulted throughout the refurbishment, and chose the fabrics and colours to create a sense of well being and luxury within the communal areas.

One Vision Housing and Sovini Property Services have been holding afternoon tea events to thank the residents for their patience and cooperation during the refurbishment works.

OVH Independent Living Manager, Suzanne Meylan said: “With dementia affecting more people in our communities, it’s important we respond to this need and create communal living environments which promote a sense of wellbeing and comfort for our customers.”

To find out more, visit the One Vision Housing website

Sefton to get ready for the future at Economic Forum

Businesses and professionals will be looking to the future at a popular event being hosted by Invest Sefton, Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service.

Taking place June 8, 8.00-9.30am, the Sefton Economic Forum is open to any business in Sefton and will see attendees gain insight from leaders in the field of business and journalism before learning about practical support to help them grow their own enterprises. There will be networking opportunities as well as the forum itself, which will include the following panelists:

• Tony Evans – Journalist, author and former football editor of the Times
• Peter Moore – Head of Commissioning, Sefton Council
• Rob Capleton – International Business Festival, Liverpool Vision
• Robin Tudor – Liverpool John Lennon Airport
• Q & A Session

The Forum will be chaired by Kevin Murphy, Director of Rent A Space, a Sefton based business.

The Growth Hub Marketplace following the Forum will provide an opportunity for businesses to browse a range of funded support available to businesses from Sefton Council and the wider Liverpool City Region.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Sefton is very much open for business and ready for the future, and Sefton Council has an important role in facilitating that growth.

“One way we can help is to expose local businesses to vital experience and expertise, as well as signposting them to funding opportunities to help their businesses grow and in turn, create employment opportunities in the borough.

“The economic forum embodies the way we do this and I encourage all local businesses to sign up and take part.”

To find out more, visit the Invest Sefton website or to book your place at the Forum, call Dominique or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or by email


Sefton gears up for fun during May half-term

Sefton Council is set deliver another busy schedule of affordable fun for children, young people and families during the May half-term (May 28 – June 1).

Active Sefton will host an action packed week of sporting activities for little charges and older children alike to let off steam and make new friends. The Be Active programme will be spread across the borough and activities will include Wave Rave pool parties in Splash World, water sports at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Everton Soccer School at Netherton Activity Centre and much more besides. Find out more at Be Active

Splash World, Southport’s splashtastic indoor all weather water park, will be open for thrills and spills in the water throughout the May half-term, 10am-5pm. Find out about the fantastic range of flames and water rides, as well as ticket prices at the Splash World website

Staying with water based fun, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre will be taking it outdoors with adventurous activity camps, keeping children and young people active from 8.30am- 5.30pm every day, with a wide range of activities, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, climbing, archery, raft building and much more besides. Camps are priced at £27.50 for the day. Find out more at the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre website

The light nights will make Sefton’s parks and green spaces the ideal place for young people to let loose and have fun. As well as activities throughout the day, they can enjoy evening sports with Active Sefton’s Park Nights programme. These drop-in, free sessions include:

  • Dodgeball and games at Bowersdale Park in Seaforth (5-7pm) and street golf and football, Kirkstone Park, Litherland, May 29
  • Ultimate frisbee and games, Derby Park in Bootle (5-7pm) and climbing wall at Netherton Activity Centre (6-8pm), May 30
  • Street golf and football, Crosby Coastal Park (5-7pm) and ultimate frisbee and dodge at Kirkstone Park (5-7pm), May 31
  • Street golf and football at North Park in Bootle (5-7pm), June 1

Rowan Park School in Litherland is the setting for a Family Fun Day for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Organised by Sefton Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service, it takes place June 1, 10am-2pm and for a very small cost, children can enjoy donkey rides, face painting, tattoo making and more. To find out more, contact Aiming High on 0151 288 6811 or by email  To learn about support across Sefton for children and young people SEND age 0-19, visit Sefton’s Local Offer website

The Atkinson in Southport will open up its cultural pick ‘n’ mix for families with entertaining and interactive shows and exhibitions for children. Getting a head start before half-term, the programme kicks off with Keepy Uppy on May 26 (1pm & 3pm), a play for children age 3+ inspired by World Cup 2018. The rest of May half-term will include:

  • Two performances of the timeless classic ‘Wind in the Willows’ for children age 6+ on May 29 (3pm & 6pm)
  • The CBeebies award winning show ‘Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday on June 1 and
  • Construction Club on June 2
  • The popular Viking and Ancient Egypt exhibitions will also be open.

Find out more at The Atkinson website

Sefton’s libraries will continue to be a haven of learning and fun during the holiday.

Bootle Library will be helping Sefton to be ready for the future, as the next generation of techies take part in the Code Playground, May 26, 10.30am – 12.3opm. On May 30, children will gather round for Storytime at 10.15am then jump into a riot of colour at a drop-in colouring session, June 1, 2-4pm.

Crosby Library hosts more popular Lego Club sessions, May 26 and June 2, 10.30am- 12.30pm; Baby Bounce sessions, May 29, 10.30am; craft sessions, May 30, 2pm and the buzz of the Bees Workshop, May 31, 2.30pm. Half-term will also see a special event take place at Crosby Library, as a young person’s photography publication is launched on June 1, 2-4pm.

Formby Library will host drop-in children’s craft sessions, May 29, 2-4pm, followed by a honey bee forage mapping workshop on June 2, 11am-1pm, although booking is required for this very popular event.

The May holiday will also see the launch of an exciting photography book titled ‘Our North’. A collaboration between local young people from Sefton and Runcorn and professional photographers, it explores the fashions, heritage and culture of the North. You can pick up a free copy at: Formby Library, May 29, 1-3pm; Southport Library, May 30, 1-3pm; Bootle Library, May 31, 1-3pm and Crosby Library, June 1, 2-4pm.

There really is something for everyone in #MySefton during half-term.

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