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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.

Over 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.

For more information and full line up details visit www.waterloofestival.co.uk

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 Queens 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.

We would like to invite you 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.

We hope you can join us to learn more about the 2019 Year of the Environment on May 31st.

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/

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, which will take place 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 visit https://merseysidewomenoftheyear.co.uk/mwoty-finalists

Top marks for Mark! Sefton’s principle social worker scoops top award

Mark Waterhouse, Principle Social Worker at Sefton Council, has been recognised for the positive difference he has made to the health and social care sector at Liverpool Hope University’s Leaders Club Awards 2019.

The awards celebrate individuals who have made a significant impact to the Liverpool City Region by demonstrating excellent leadership skills and promoting excellence in leadership in others.

Mark’s work with Sefton Council’s Integrated Re-ablement and Assessment Service has been key to developing a multi-agency collaboration that has delivered transformative support care for those with support needs across the Liverpool City Region.

This work has led him to be awarded the top prize in the award’s health and social care category.

In each category, the judges have looked individuals that demonstrate a number of leadership values, traits and qualities including honesty, integrity, courage, empathy, competency, communication, co-operation and impact.

Mark’s career in social work began 30 years ago when he mistakenly applied for a job in the civil service while looking for work in the catering industry. However, he quickly fell in love with the social care profession and has gone on to do great things for Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.

Dwayne Johnson, Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton Council, said: “Congratulations to Mark for all his hard work with Sefton’s Integrated Re-ablement and Assessment Service – his contribution has helped deliver joined-up care for some of our most vulnerable residents. Well done Mark, this award is very well deserved.”

Mark added: “I’m delighted. I have never won anything before and it was a huge surprise – I didn’t even know I was nominated let alone that I’d won the award! It means so much as I was nominated by the NHS clinical commissioning group. I’m proud of my contribution to the project.”

Macmillan to hold family fun day

Southport and Formby Macmillan Cancer Information Centre is doing something a bit different this summer to support children and young people whose lives are affected by cancer, with a free family fun event on Saturday 22 June.

Taking place from 1pm – 4pm at The Salvation Army, Shakespeare Street, Southport and Formby residents are invited to come along. 

As well as some entertaining and free activities, the event is a chance for the team from the Macmillan Centre to raise awareness of the support available to children, whether they have a close relative who has had cancer, is undergoing treatment, or has passed away.

The afternoon will give children, parents and carers the opportunity to speak to relevant professionals such as Child Bereavement UK, Access Sefton, Parenting 2000, Sefton Carers and Queenscourt Hospice. 

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Information and Support Centre manager at the centre, said: “We wanted to do something specifically for children so that they can have access to the help that they might need whether they have lost someone to cancer or have a relative who has cancer. There will be  craft activities, a dance workshop, mindfulness and yoga for all the family to relax and enjoy.  The event will be opened at 1pm by a special guest from Starkidz.

“We’ve also been given a signed football from Everton Football Club which will be up for a prize in our free raffle draw on the day. Myself and colleagues from the centre will also be available on the day to talk to adults about the practical and emotional support we can offer.”

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said: “It’s so important that families and carers are aware of the help they can access for their children which is the main reason for planning this event. We hope everyone who attends has an enjoyable day and that the information and resources provided will be useful, either now or in the future.

“We are hoping that as well as giving children and their families the chance to see how they can get support it will also raise awareness of the centre in Southport for those affected by cancer.”

Refreshments will be provided for adults and there will be party food for children on the day. Parents / guardians are asked to stay with the children during the afternoon. Booking is essential, to book your place please call the centre on 01704 533024 or email sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

Set up by Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and St Marks Medical Centre, Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre is located on 20 Stanley Street. Those affected by cancer, whether it be them directly or a friend or family member are invited to pop in anytime for a chat or you can visit: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

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