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Southport firm Cumfybus to run Park & Ride services

Sefton Council is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Southport company Cumfybus to run the town’s Park and Ride service.

Running from the Esplanade, through the Town Centre and to the Southport Eco Centre, at just £2 per car, the regular 10 minute loop service is incredibly popular with tourists, shoppers and commuters alike.

Cumfybus will run buses specially equipped with hybrid technology to reduce emissions and compliments Sefton Council’s action plan to help minimise the impact of of air pollution across the borough.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “This is a fantastic partnership with a local Southport company who have hit the ground running and are already offering a great service.

“The eco friendly busses which run every ten minutes are actively combatting air pollution and helping keep our borough clean, green and beautiful.

“We are delighted to be working with Cumfybus and we are confident that people who use the facility will be really impressed with its value for money and how quick and efficient the service is.”

“We would also like to place on record our thanks to Arriva who previously ran our Park and Ride service for many years.”

Cumfybus Managing Director, Marshall Vickers, added: “As a Southport company it gives me great pleasure to be operating the Park and Ride service in the town and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Sefton Council.

“To be able to use two of our fleet of Eco-friendly hybrid buses is the icing on the cake.”

The service runs from 7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 6:30pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Find hundreds of Volunteer opportunities in #MySefton

Residents will be able to find out more about hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Sefton at a regular new event in the town.

As part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Year of the Volunteer initiative, The Atkinson and Volunteer Centre Sefton are launching a monthly drop-in service to alert people to how rewarding volunteering can be.

The first event takes place at The Atkinson library between 1.30pm and 4pm on Wednesday August 15, and it will then run every third Wednesday of the month, at the same time and venue.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Southport drop-in event, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects, to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Rachael West, Sefton CVS Citizenship and Volunteer Worker, commented: “In an age where everything is going online, it’s good to know that there’s still a place you can go to talk to someone face to face about how you can give back to your community through volunteering, and there is an opportunity for everyone.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this regular new event,” added Rachael. “Our message to all would-be volunteers is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

New technology to make a splash in Sefton’s pools

Sefton Council’s new swimming programme has launched brand new technology that will allow swimmers to keep on top of their swimming progress.

 Swimmers in Bootle Leisure Centre, Dunes Splash World and Meadows Maghull can now use SWIMTAG to help monitor their swims.

 SWIMTAG allows users to keep a record of their swimming progress, helping them to keep a tab on their training progress with a single click.

 A small device that can be worn on the wrist or ankle will record swim performance and feed back to an online system where users can access their results including swim distance, pace and length count.

 All of this comes as part of Sefton’s new revamped swimming offer, made possible by grant funding from Sport England.

 The installation of high tech sound systems and lighting at the three centres has opened up a world of opportunities for the kind of pool sessions that can be offered in Sefton and now SWIMTAG is set to add even more to the growing offer.

 The SWIMTAG is free to those with a swim membership, or an extra £1 for casual swimmers.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The swimming offer in Sefton just keeps getting better. We want to show that we truly listened to the feedback we received from over 3,000 residents and are working hard to make swimming a sport that everyone can enjoy.

 “Swimming is a great way to keep fit and healthy and the new SWIMTAG technology will help swimmers improve their ability, train for an event or just meet personal goals. It’s wonderful to see this kind of thing available in Sefton!”

 For more information on SWIMTAG visit www.sefton.gov.uk/swimsessions

Family fun day in Southport to celebrate World Environment Day

The Eco Centre, Southport will be hosting a family fun day to support World Environment Day on Saturday June 9.

The event has been put together in partnership with the centre’s award winning education service and the popular on-site cycle hire to celebrate its 10th season.

It is also supported by United Utilities who have funded the Eco Garden transformation and one of the centre’s education topics.

With loads to do for both children and adults, the event will feature:

  • The chance to contribute to the design of a legacy sculpture made from reclaimed bike wheels
  • A large wooden cycle ramp course to test your cycling skills!
  • Explore the Eco Garden and take part in our activities to win prizes!
  • The computrainer – a virtual cycle race where you can compete with your parents/friends
  • Does your bike need a bit of TLC? If so, bring it along for a free health check by Dr. Bike!
  • Prize draws, free eco-friendly gifts, special offers on cycle hire

Merseyside Police’s Safer Roads Problem Solving Team will also be in attendance to promote safe passing distances and will bring with them a HGV for children to sit in.

Visitors also have the opportunity to check out Community and partner stalls which will highlight the good work taking place in Sefton.

For more information, or if you would like to showcase your community project, please contact 0151 934 2728 or teachers@southportecocentre.com

Couch to 5k launching in Southport

Active Sefton has announced that its hugely successful Couch to 5k programme will be heading to Southport next week.

 Taking place every Tuesday and Thursday, from 6-7pm, at Hesketh Park, the classes will run for 10 weeks from May 1.

On street parking is available and classes will meet at the greenhouse near the lake.

 The free sessions are perfect training for those looking to prepare for a summer running event and will help attendees slowly build up to running 5K at their own pace. Classes are drop in, drop out but it is recommended that runners take part in as many as possible.

 At the end of the programme all runners will be invited to take part in the Southport Park Run on Saturday, July 7.

 Running has many health benefits, including improved heart and lungs; and when combined with a healthy diet can result in weight loss. A more active life style is also known to improve mental health and can act as a great stress reliever.

 

 For more information about Couch to 5k, contact Active Sefton on 0151 934 2340 or email active.sports@sefton.gov.uk

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