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A healthy start to the new year

Sefton residents are being encouraged to take advantage of activities offered by local community groups to kick start a healthy new year.

Local partners of wellbeing organisation Living Well Sefton have something to appeal to a wide range of people looking to keep to their new year resolutions. Additionally, the Living Well Sefton mentors work on a one-to-one basis over a period of time with people to set – and achieve – realistic lifestyle goals.

Active Lifestyles – the Active Ageing Programme is a free 12-week programme designed to help with the prevention of falls for those aged over 65 in South Sefton with classes held once a week at different sites. People’s strength and balance will be improved through a series of exercises and there is also a social element to the programme.

Brighter Living Partnership – a free16-week Brighter Mondays course covering arts and crafts, cooking and healthy eating sessions as well as learning coping skills and days out starts on Monday, 29 January between 1pm and 4pm at its base in Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, PR8 6HQ. “Through the programme we want people to meet new friends, learn new skills and pass on their own knowledge and experience,” explains Matty Smith, senior Living Well Sefton mentor.

Citizens Advice Sefton – whether it’s wondering if you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to, needing help with benefit forms or trying to cope with debt after Christmas then the Living Well Sefton mentor can help. “These types of money worries can affect your health and wellbeing but the mentor supports people over a period of time and it could be that our other partners can also help,” says Jane Groves, Operational Development Manager. 

Feelgood Factory – to help increase people’s mental wellbeing, the Netherton-based healthy living centre is running several Think Differently, Cope Differently courses. The first of these free five-week sessions to learn coping skills begins on Thursday, 8 February from 10am to 12noon at the Feelgood Factory, Glovers Lane, Bootle. A further one is being run at the Woodvale Community Centre, Meadow Lane, Ainsdale, PR8 3RS at the same time on Thursday, 21 February.

Fun4Kidz – social activities include craft classes and photography club, plus a job club, food banks and, through a Reaching Communities grant, the L30 Community Centre group is planning to extend these in 2018 to include programmes, workshops and events that the Netherton community say are important to them. Debbie Stephens, Chief Executive, remarks: “These additional sessions will help local people and families to start friendships which will also strengthen the Netherton community.”

May Logan – the Bootle-based healthy living centre has just the thing for those in pursuit of a healthy life. There is a free health walk every Thursday starting at 10am when people can have a chat while strolling and on a Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm the Roots gardening project welcomes anyone interested in learning about growing fruit and vegetables.

Living Well Sefton mentor Natasha Wilksberg is starting a free body yoga fusion session at the Knowsley Road centre from Thursday, 25 January at 4pm until 5pm involving a mix of kettle bell, body weight and yoga exercises for women aged over 18. Steven Richards, a Living Well Sefton mentor, explains: “We are aiming to improve healthy eating behaviours and fitness levels for residents living within Sefton by providing exercise sessions which can be sustained within a home environment.”

Smokefree Sefton – Public Health England’s new year smokefree campaign highlights how smoking kills 79,000 people per year in England (1).  Smokefree Sefton is an e-cigarette-friendly service which can help anyone wanting to stop smoking and have clinics throughout the borough offering free advice and support. “By quitting cigarettes 2018 can be wealthy as well as healthy,” says Colette Kearney, Team Leader.

For more information on the partners and their activities, ring the central number 0300 323 0181, email: or visit the website:

Missing From Home- Anthony Fisher Jones

Merseyside Police is appealing for help in tracing a 32 year-old man missing from home in Aintree.

Anthony Fisher Jones was last seen on Taunton Drive at 8.30am on Wednesday 17th January.

He is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, of stocky build with short dark brown hair and stubble.

When last seen he was wearing dark coloured pants, dark coloured shoes and a dark coloured bubble coat.

Mr Jones is known to travel to the Lake District.

Anyone who has seen Mr Jones or anyone matching his description is asked to call Merseyside Police on 101 quoting 1104 of 17th January 2018 or the Missing People charity on 116 000 or by emailing

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

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