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Tell us your thoughts on NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check programme is a national programme designed to identify early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2-diabetes or dementia and to help find ways for individuals to lower their risk. 

Local authorities across England are required to provide local Health Checks for all eligible patients aged 40-74 who are not known to have a long term condition. 

We want to hear from local residents and Patient Participation Groups (PPG), and will use feedback to improve the service.  Closing date for this survey is the end of November 2017. Fill in the survey here.

Grants available to help your community flourish

Do you have an idea that could benefit your community? Wonder how you could do something to support people’s wellbeing? Then Living Well Sefton, the local collaboration of wellbeing partners, could help.

It launched the third round of its Community Resilience Grant recently at the Sefton CVS conference and is particularly keen to hear from individuals who want to improve their local community.

Karen Nolan, co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, explains: “We have grants of £500 for small projects that are designed to increase people’s wellbeing and our partners can support individuals to deliver these projects.”

Already several individuals have been successful in securing a £500 grant. These include Bim Bam, which provides a place for families who don’t speak English to socialise and build friendships.

Another Southport individual project is Art for Arts Sake which received £500 towards therapeutic art classes for older people where they could brush up on their painting skills as well as meet other people.

Karen adds: “If someone has an idea but is unsure of what organisation they need to approach as a support partner then they should contact us and we would be happy to discuss this.”

In addition, there are grants available to organisations working in partnership to improve health and wellbeing. The maximum grant available is £5,000 per partnership. Deadline for all applications is Friday, 17 November 2017.

The Living Well Sefton team is looking forward to receiving your application. For further details of the grant visit the website: call the team direct on 0300 323 0181 or email


Macmillan centre now hosting drop in sessions in Formby

The sessions are being held at Formby Library on the second Tuesday of every month from 1pm – 3pm and the next one is Tuesday 14th November. 

Helen Jones, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, said:

“We know it’s not always easy or convenient for Formby residents to pop into our Southport centre, so these drop ins at the village’s library provide an alternative for anyone wanting information or support about living with cancer.”    

The centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), provides a free, confidential drop in service for anyone affected by cancer.

The centre is staffed by Macmillan information and support staff and trained volunteers, who are able to provide:

  • Literature and internet access on all aspects of living with cancer, including work and travel issues
  • The opportunity to talk to someone in a friendly environment, and advice on how to access emotional support
  • Help with accessing financial advice and grants
  • Information about practical help that is available
  • Information on living well, physical activity, relaxation and healthy eating
  • Support groups and a team of volunteers
  • Links with health and social care professionals

You can find the team at 20 Stanley Street, Southport, PR9 0BY or call them on 01704 533024.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please visit the website:

Bootle Town Hall Heritage Complex Centre

Sefton Council is exploring opportunities to create a cultural and heritage facility within Bootle Town Hall complex of Grade II listed buildings.

 In October 2016, Sefton Council published the Bootle Town Centre Investment Framework – a high level strategic document which looked to harness Bootle’s current assets and help reshape the town into a desirable residential, educational and business location.

 Feedback gained from the Investment Framework highlighted Bootle Town Hall as a great regeneration opportunity with the desire for increased cultural activity a key theme.

 Now a consultation and engagement exercise is set to start, looking at the potential to create a new cultural and heritage facility in the former Bootle Free Library and Museum within the town hall complex. Other civic functions within the town hall would still be maintained. 

 The consultation will run from October-December and a pop-up heritage centre looking potential options will also be in the Strand Shopping Centre during the school October half-term.

 Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said: “By transforming this historic building into a new home of arts and culture in the town, we believe this would be a major statement of the Council’s ambition for Bootle.

 “Potentially this refreshed physical space will be supported by a learning and skills infrastructure, reaching out to the local community and developing materials that can be used in local schools, adult education centres and beyond.

 “We believe this project will help ensure the town hall remains the civic focus of Bootle and also deliver a new cultural offer that will be sustainable and manageable over the long term.

 “At the moment we are only exploring opportunities and want to gauge what local people think about this. Please take the time to look at the consultation and get involved and help shape the future of this wonderful grade II listed building.”

The consultation will go live later this month via 

Cllr Ian Maher – Land East of Maghull

Sefton Council has recently received two planning applications for development on a large site known as Land East of Maghull.  

 Like any other planning applications, it will go through the statutory planning process the council is legally obliged to carry out. 

 However, the manner in which these applications have been submitted has both surprised and disappointed the Council.

 Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said:

“I am really disappointed in the approach the developers have taken over these planning applications.

 “Sadly, there has been no meaningful dialogue with communities or local councillors before these plans were submitted, which smacks to me of arrogance and a desire to ride roughshod over the views of local people.  

 “While this is bad enough, they have also failed to recognise that these developments must be of good quality and design, preferring instead a rushed application which has no overall coherent masterplan and scant documentation to justify their approach. 

 “Local people are quite rightly concerned about these applications and while the planning process will take its legal course which we have to follow, I want to be assured that these developers understand that we will not stand by and see local people and councillors ignored.  

 “Council officers are already discussing our concerns with the developers and I expect to see a much better approach going forward.”

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