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Resort workshop need more volunteers

MakeIt Workshop, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Southport, are on the lookout for more volunteers.

The MakeIt team run fundraising shops in the town and a workshop where they test and repair items such as renovated telephones and other interesting and quirky items.

They are currently looking for volunteers to join their team.

A spokesman for the workshop said: “We need volunteers to help in our very busy shop in the heart of Southport.

“The shop is open from 12pm – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and we need you to serve on the till, greet customers, receive donations and help to keep the store neat and tidy.

“No qualifications or previous experience necessary as training will be given.

“With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.

“We really look forward to hearing from you.”

For more information call 01704 535123 or email

MakeIt Workshop are based in Cambridge Walks, Cambridge Arcade, Southport.

Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 12 noon till 5pm.


Keep Warm, Keep Well event at The Atkinson

Sefton continues to help vulnerable people get through winter by hosting a Keep Warm, Keep Well event next month.

The Local Authority, alongside Sefton OPERA are supporting the National Energy Action’s Warm Homes Campaign by organising an event at the Atkinson Arts Centre, Southport on February 19 from 11am.

A recent report highlighted that over a million families won’t be able to meet basic costs of living this winter, facing an income shortfall of up to £9,331 per year.

Many vulnerable people will be hit hard, including older people and those in ill-health, living in energy inefficient homes that are difficult and expensive to heat.

Cllr Catie Page, Sefton Council’s Fuel Poverty Champion, said:

“Living in a cold damp home can lead to extremely poor health, especially for the more vulnerable members of our community.

“There is however excellent work going on locally to tackle this problem. I urge anyone living in a cold home or concerned about their energy bills to come along to our Keep Warm, Keep Well on February 19.”

Information stands will be open between 11am and 12.30pm, followed by a free tea dance from 1.30pm.

If you are unable to attend but would like to know more about help with your energy bills, contact Sefton’s Affordable Warmth Team on 0151 934 2222.

Litterbugs in court after being caught dropping rubbish

Litter louts who have been caught irresponsibly disposing of rubbish in Sefton have been convicted in court this week, leading to fines totaling more than £1,000

Three people, all from the Southport area of Sefton failed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates court this week (Tuesday, January 16) after they were spotted by enforcement officers littering in the borough.

Phillip Coates, 57, of Scarisbrick New Road, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

Stephen Knight, 33, of Central Avenue, Birkdale was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

Malcolm Webb, 34, of Part Street, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £350.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“It’s simple. If you drop litter and our enforcement officers catch you, you will be fined £75.

“If you fail to pay and your case goes to court, then the fine can be considerably higher.

“It’s a criminal offence to litter and we will not hesitate to fine those who deliberately make our beautiful borough untidy.

“People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught. Either take it home or use a bin.”

For more information about litter, visit

Sefton residents can take control of their energy bills

Switching your energy tariff with the Merseyside Collective Switch is both quick and easy, and it could save you hundreds of pounds a year.

Run in partnership with your local authority, the Merseyside Collective Switch aims to negotiate the cheapest energy tariff on the market, which will only be available to its members.

Registration is now open and the winning offers will be announced after February 14.

Two thirds of UK households are on their energy supplier’s standard (and often most expensive) tariff. There are savings to be made by shopping around, and you may find a better deal with your existing supplier with no disruption to your service or billing.  

Delivered by local charity, Energy Projects Plus, and the six Merseyside local authorities, the Merseyside Collective Switch has saved local people over £1.3 million on their energy bills so far.

Previous winning tariffs have included Big 6 suppliers such as British Gas, E.on, SSE and EDF Energy as well as smaller suppliers such as Ovo and Green Energy.

Offers have been included for prepayment meter (or pay as you go) customers as well as direct debit and pay on receipt of bill customers, so there’s something for everyone.

The winning tariffs have often been the cheapest on the market, so better than you could get elsewhere and exclusive to members.

The Merseyside Collective Switch also includes a full market comparison, so if the winning deals aren’t right for you, you can find one that is.

The service is free, and there’s no obligation to switch if you decide not to.

Help and support is available from Energy Advisors who can guide you through your top offers and help you complete your switch.

It only takes 15 minutes to switch and members saved an average of £260 a year on their energy bills in our last round.

By registering, you will have access to the exclusive offers and can make sure you’re not missing out on a great deal on your energy.

Registration closes at midnight on February 14.

To join the Collective Switch visit or call the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151, where you can also get free and impartial advice about saving energy at home.

Become a Friend of Sefton Coast

Everybody knows Sefton has few and far between rivals for the title of most beautiful British coastline! 

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

Our Coast and Countryside team are supported by hundreds of volunteers called the Friends of Sefton Coast, who give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

From beach cleans after a storm to buckthorne bashing, there’s always plenty to get your teeth into on the Sefton Coast.

To find out more about our list of events and activities between January & March 2018, or to get involved, check out the Friends of Sefton Coast Calendar

To register as a FOSC volunteer, click here

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