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Midge Ure brings his new tour to The Atkinson

Scottish music legend Midge Ure returns to the UK theatre circuit in early 2019 with a special concert experience – Midge will tour his Songs, Questions and Answers in the UK from March to May 2019.

25 years ago, Midge presented a theatre show with a Q&A element to it and in 2019 he will revisit that concept with an updated version entitled “Songs, Questions and Answers”. Each show will entail a Q&A element and a musical element.

Accompanying Midge are his multi instrumentalists Cole Stacey and Joe O’Keefe. Stacey and O’Keefe will also open the show playing their own original material as India Electric Company.

There is plenty to talk about too while covering a 40-year professional career from Ultravox, Midge’s solo work to Band Aid and his Orchestrated CD from 2017 as well as anything else the audience can think of to ask him.

Midge will perform songs from the Ultravox catalogue alongside his solo work. There will be an opportunity for suggestions from the crowd to pick a song for him to perform. The show will be a selection of material that will satisfy the fans and please the curious. It’s not often the audience gets to suggest the playlist.

The tour arrives at The Atkinson on Saturday 20 April and tickets are £20 and selling fast! To book please visit https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/midge-ure-2019/ or call Box Office on 01704 533333 (booking fees apply).

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Macmillan event to focus on wellbeing

People affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of support available to them on Thursday 1 November. The regular event in Southport takes a slightly different focus this time with the emphasis being on wellbeing and feeling better about yourself despite everything that you are going through.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

Cancer can cause changes to people’s appearance that can be hard to cope with affecting how they see themselves and how they feel about their body. The centre has asked some of its service users to demonstrate some examples of how people can dress to feel more confident about how they look. 

For this event only, they have also invited companies that sell organic cosmetics and wigs to give people an idea of the products that are available. To make the afternoon even more enjoyable there will be a caricaturist and a table magician. 

On the day, as always, there will be lots of information stalls for people to visit and you will have the chance to speak with cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations. Volunteers from Sefton OPERA have also been welcomed back to offer complimentary therapies.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Community Navigator Manager at Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre said: “Following feedback from previous events we wanted to try something a little bit different this time.  

“From our experience of some of the things we do at the centre like our Boots No7 Pamper sessions, yoga and support groups, people appreciate finding ways to feel good about themselves even when they are going through difficult times.  We wanted to try and translate this into a Health & Wellbeing Event that appeals to all ages.”

Sarah McGrath, planned care lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “This regular event aims to help people affected by cancer as well as their friends and families. We think it’s important to show them the different types of support on hand. This time is slightly different with the focus on wellbeing and appearance to boost confidence and I do hope that it helps those who need that help and support.”  

The first 100 people to register before the event will get a goody bag on the day containing some lovely products donated to the centre around the theme of wellbeing.

Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event. It is free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email: sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk.

Introducing Sefton’s positive mental health map!

A map of Sefton that highlights the best places in the borough to promote positive mental wellbeing has been launched by Sefton Council to conclude its 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign.

Now in its second year, the campaign uses the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10) to promote positive mental wellbeing across the borough.

This year, the Council encouraged residents to share their favourite places in the borough for their mental health and these submissions have helped to shape the positive mental health map. The campaign has been a huge success and has reached up to 250,000 people on Twitter and had the backing of Sefton’s own football legend Jamie Carragher.

Residents have used the past 30 days to tell inspiring stories of the places in the borough that have helped them in their times of need including various spots along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Lunt Meadows Nature Reserve, Southport’s Marine Lake and of course various locations across the Sefton Coast.

The map also features services available in borough to those who need additional support including Access Sefton, Ambition Sefton and the Life Rooms in Southport.

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Living Well Sefton, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I hope that the positive mental health map will encourage people to get out and about across the borough and visit places on the map that have helped other residents.

“Unfortunately, social isolation and depression often come hand in hand so I’d like to think that over the past 30 days we have managed to reach people across the borough and made them aware of the services that are available to them and the places that they can go to feel better.”

To view the positive mental health map visit www.mysefton.co.uk/PositiveMentalHealthMap

Community marks centenary of the women’s vote at One Vision Housing’s Older Person’s Day

One Vision Housing (OVH) tenants and local community groups came together to celebrate Older Person’s Day with a themed afternoon tea which marked the centenary of the women’s vote.

The event, organised every year by social housing provider OVH, brings together older members of the community and celebrates their positive impact on society.

OVH tenants and members from Sefton Veterans, Veterans HQ, Sefton OPERA, Alzheimer’s Society, Sefton Advocacy, Feel Good Factory, Kindfulness Coffee Club and Linacre Bridge Community Hub joined in the celebrations which took place at Bootle Firwood Cricket Club.

This year’s event saw 250 guests greeted by real life suffragettes – staff and volunteers dressed in iconic long skirts complete with rosettes and ‘Votes for Women’ sashes.

Alongside the champagne afternoon tea, guests enjoyed raucous live entertainment from local comedian PJ Laine and the Bootle Belles as well as an empowering set by acclaimed singer Victoria Jones (Liver Bird).

Displayed throughout the venue were banners and boards with information about the women who fought for the cause. These were provided by Crosby Library and produced with support from OVH’s own Community Development Fund.

The event received National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, as part of a series of four OVH community events which aims to bring people together and tackle social isolation.

International Day of Older Persons is a United Nation initiative started in 1991 to raise awareness of health and social issues important to the elderly and to celebrate their continued contribution to society.

Half term camps return to Sefton

Be Active has prepared a ‘spooktacular’ line-up of activities for Sefton’s youngsters this October Half Term (October 22-26).

Registration is now open and parents across the city region are encouraged to sign their youngsters up before the places are filled.

Be Active offers half term camp days and activities at leisure centres across Sefton including Bootle Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure, Litherland Sports Park, Maghull Meadows Leisure Centre, Netherton Activity Centre and Dunes Splash World.

Designed with October Half Term in mind, Spooky Spectacular camp days will include obstacles courses, archery competitions, hand ball, sports tournaments and more. Children are invited to attend in Halloween fancy dress on Friday, October 26.

The LFC Foundation will return with its popular sessions that include sports drills, challenges and small sided games with prizes to be won each day.

Dance Mash-ups will also return this October with sessions dedicated to The Greatest Showman and Disney villains.

Camp days are priced at £13 per day which is reduced if multiple days are booked. Discounted prices are also available to Active Choices card holders.

Be Active will also be launching a series of pool-based activities including Wave Rave pool parties, inflatable parties and a range of swimming sessions.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “As we approach the winter months it can become more difficult to find things to do with your children and keep them entertained and active.

“Be Active’s half term offers continue to grow and offer an exciting and affordable range activities to keep Sefton’s younger residents busy while they are not in school.”

As well as it’s half term camps, Active Sefton delivers a number of after-school and weekend activities throughout the year. Jump into Gymnastics classes for ages 2-8 are held weekly at Crosby Lakeside and Crosby Leisure Centre and Football for ages 2-10 is held on Saturdays at Dunes Splash World and Sundays at Netherton Activity Centre.

To book a place on any of the activities or to find out more information call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799.

To find out more about the activities on offer this half term visit www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive

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