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Wellbeing boost for communities

Living Well Sefton, the local collaboration of wellbeing partners, is pleased to announce the fourth round of its Community Resilience Grant is now open.

Launched on national #TimetoTalk day, the theme for the grants is mental health. Community groups and community-minded individuals are being encouraged to apply for funding for projects designed to improve the mental wellbeing of their local communities.

The Community Resilience Grant has already supported local communities on a range of projects including enhancing wellbeing through gardening or craft workshops, tackling social isolation, providing cooking classes to improve healthy eating, and lots more.

Karen Nolan, co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, explains: “Many people in our communities have benefited through the projects we have already funded. We’d love to discuss your ideas on how to improve wellbeing in your neighbourhood. A small grant can make a big difference!”

Grants available include up to £2,500 for applications from organisations and £500 to individuals, who are supported by a organisational partner. Grants are subject to specific criteria being met and will be approved by a judging panel. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 3 April.

Anyone interested in applying can complete the online application form on the Living Well Sefton website: where there are also guidance notes on how to complete the form as well as the criteria for applying. Paper versions of the organisation and individual application forms can also be found on the website.

For further details of the grant call the team direct on 0300 323 0181 or email

‘Groundbreaking’ unemployment programme returns to Sefton

Sefton Council’s successful Aspiring Instructors training programme is set to return for 2018.

 Developed by the council and part funded by the Ways to Work ESF programme, it will help to improve the skills and employability for residents across the borough.

 The 16 week course is targeted at unemployed Sefton residents and designed to help get people into a new career within the sports and fitness industry.

 Set to begin in March, the ‘life-changing’ programme will combine a mix of coaching and work placement with attendees’ receiving nationally recognised qualifications on completion of the course.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Aspiring Instructors has proved very popular in previous years, with many attendees qualifying as Outdoor Activities Instructors, Fitness Instructors and Lifeguards.

 “This is a brilliant opportunity for anybody who is looking for a career in health and fitness and who in the future will have the skills to promote health and wellbeing across the borough.”

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, added:

“This is a ground-breaking unemployment programme that has helped Sefton residents to learn new skills, increase employability, socialise and get active.

“Despite the financial challenges the council is facing we remain committed and use every opportunity we can to build resilient communities in line with our 2030 vision and this is one of the examples of how we are doing it.

“I urge anyone interested in a career in sport and fitness to get in touch with Sefton@Work and book a place on the open day.”

 Jo O’Brien was a part of the 2016 Aspiring Instructors course and now does casual coaching hours for Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre as well as getting involved in other Active Sefton programmes. She said:

“Being part of the Aspiring Instructors programme was one of the best things that I have ever done – it has changed my life.

 “I gained skills I would never have dreamed I was capable of, and I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to take part.” 

 An open day for the 2018 programme will be held at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, to find more about the scheme or to book on to the open day contact Sefton@Work on 0151 934 2610.

Bootle-based YKids is on the look out for volunteers!

Are you over the age of 18? Would you like to to volunteer for a charity, working to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Bootle?

Join Ykids in their newly refurbished building- 98a Linacre Lane on Thursday February 8 at 6pm to find out about the range of opportunities available for volunteers.

Most roles are children & youth work focused and YKids is particularly looking for people who have time in the evenings- ideally at least one day per week. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has, or is looking to work in education to help our in its after schools program.

During this evening the team will let you know all about Ykids as an organisation, the work it does, and what roles are available. It will give both staff and volunteers a chance to get to know each other.

Please note, this is an information evening- all new volunteers will also have to complete an informal interview, induction process and DBS check (criminal record). If you have any questions about this please contact:

There are also be opportunities to work within an office environment on tasks such as admin or fundraising- please contact YKids for further information about this sort of opportunity.


Entries now open for Sefton’s Community Triathlon

Entries are now open for the Sefton Community Triathlon which will take place on April 29 2018.

 Sefton Council is working with Epic Events to launch the event which, as well as the triathlon, will also include music, entertainment, stalls and other activities for the family.

 Open to both children (aged 8+) and adults, it’s the perfect opportunity for novices to experience their first ever triathlon. The distance for the adult event will be a 200m swim in Crosby pool, a 6km cycle on grass and a 2400m run along the prom. Distances are shorter for children.

 Active Sefton has put together a timetable of swim, cycle and run activities taking place throughout the borough to help those who need some extra training support.

 The swim section of the event will be held at Crosby Leisure Centre’s swimming pool before athletes complete the cycle course on grass followed by the running element of the race which will take place along the prom.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s great to see that sporting events like a triathlon are on offer in Sefton.

 “The Sefton Community Triathlon will offer beginners the chance to try their hand at an incredible sporting feat and where better to do it than on our wonderful coast.

 “Good luck to all those taking part and most importantly, have fun!”

 For more information about the race and to find out how to sign up, visit

Be Active launch’s February half term programme

Sefton’s youngest residents are in for a half-term filled with fun and games as the ever popular Be Active programme returns in February.

 With activities catering for children from reception age to 12-years-old, Be Active’s programme is available at leisure centres across the borough.

 February Fun Day’s will see children take part in a number of enjoyable and challenging activities including obstacle courses, adventure games and dodgeball.

 School of Rock dance mash-up workshops will give Sefton’s young performers the chance to learn new choreographed dance routines inspired by their favourite films and songs. There will also be the opportunity to take part in singing and enjoy dance and drama based games.

 Be Active will also be taking advantage of the new and improved swimming facilities across the borough with a range of pool-based activities on the cards including a Wave Rave pool party complete with disco lights, music and pool dye.

 Sefton’s youngsters can also take a break from dry land and enjoy the perks that come with living on the coast at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre where they can have a go at water sports including bell-boating, raft building and climbing.

 The ever popular Everton Soccer School will also be returning to the sports-filled line-up catering for future sports stars of all abilities.

 In a bid to get more young people into different sports, Sefton Council is running a number of ‘Come and Try Sessions’. The classes cover a range of activities, including archery, gymnastics and fencing.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“I’m delighted to see the latest half term line-up from Be Active.

 “It is wonderful to see so many activities on offer across Sefton that are not only fun, but also provide fantastic opportunities for Sefton’s young residents to try out new things and learn exciting new skills.

 “I look forward to seeing another packed half term of activities across Sefton!”

 For more information or to book your place please call Be Active on 0151 288 6286 or visit

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