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102 year old volunteer Lillian backs Sefton campaign

Sefton’s oldest and longest serving volunteer has given her backing to the Year of the Volunteer campaign.

102 year old Lillian Dash, from Maghull, has been a volunteer across Merseyside since the age of eight and now benefits herself from home visits by Sefton Library Volunteers.

Mrs Dash gave her full backing to the 2018 Year of The Volunteer campaign, launched jointly by Sefton Council and Sefton CVS, saying she hoped it would encourage a new generation of community spirited helpers.

The centenarian said:

“I think the Year of the Volunteer is a great idea and I hope it encourages people to get involved and give up some of their time to help others.

“I’ve been volunteering all my life. My mother died when I was eight and I used to go and do messages, looking after old people in our street and all sorts of bits and pieces.

“That’s how it all started!

“I was once given an award for volunteering over 400 hours in what was then Walton and Bootle hospital.”

Nowadays Mrs Dash benefits from regular home visits from Sefton Council’s home library service volunteers, who bring her new books to read as well as keeping her company each week.

“I think they’re marvellous,” Mrs Dash said of the Home Library volunteers.

“Where would we be without them? We need volunteers. I don’t know where I’d be without that person to talk to, the person who has a little bit of time.

“Time is precious to everybody and it’s so good that volunteers than give up theirs, to give to others.”
To find out more about the Year of the Volunteer visit www.mysefton.co.uk/category/year-of-the-volunteer.

Children help spruce up Bowersdale Park

Green fingered litter pickers as young as five have helped spruce up Bowersdale Park in Seaforth.

Ten children and dozens of adults descended on the park last week, collecting an astonishing forty full bin bags worth of litter which inconsiderate visitors had dumped there.

The community litter pick was organised jointly by homeless charity ‘Emmaus’ and the Friends of Bowersdale Park group, along with support and assistance from Sefton’s Parks and Greenspaces team.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We were delighted that so many people, including passionate youngsters, came out in force to clean up Bowersdale Park.

“A big thank you must also go to Emmaus and the Friends of Bowersdale Park for organising the clean up.”

“The children especially were shocked that there are people who treat our parks with such disrespect by not disposing of their litter in a responsible way.

“While the park now looks immaculate, to have forty bags full of rubbish just goes to show how irresponsible people can be.

“At the end of the afternoon you could see the huge difference the volunteers had made to the park.

“We look forward to welcoming many more likeminded litter-pickers throughout as part of our Year of the Volunteer campaign.”

If you would like to get involved with the Year of the Volunteer by helping our in our parks and greenspaces, please email parks@sefton.gov.uk.

Disabled young people consider their next steps

Young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN) have been invited to a special event where they can learn about the options available to them as they leave school.

Moving On takes place in Splash World, Southport, 10am-2pm, March 8. It is an open day for families and young people aged 14-25yrs with an SEN or disability.

Young people will meet providers and will find out about colleges, supported employment, volunteering, welfare rights, social service support, other local opportunities and much more.

The Transitions Coordinators at Aiming High have worked hard to make sure there are lots of fun, interactive activities for young people as they make their way around the event.

Moving On is a free, with no ticket or booking required.

To find out more, contact Sefton Council’s transitions coordinators on  0151 934 3887 / 4354 or by email

Important investment works start at Netherton Activity Centre

Important investment works are set to start at Netherton Activity Centre to support the local community.

The improvement works have started at Netherton Activity Centre as part of Sefton Council’s commitment to invest in its local communities and support some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough.

The important building works will benefit children, families and regular visitors to the NAC and will make a positive difference to the Council’s new ‘Early Intervention and Prevention’ offer.

Works are expected to take approximately 20 weeks to complete and every effort is being taken to minimise disruption, with the building remaining open throughout.

Parents and carers who use the NAC have been sent letters in advance of the works starting to allow them to prepare for any disruption.

Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said:

“This work is an important step in making sure that our community base at Netherton Activity Centre is fit for purpose, financially sustainable and it will contribute directly to supporting some of the most vulnerable residents in Sefton.

“As people will appreciate, there will be some noise and unfamiliar workers on site, and we’re working closely with parents and carers to minimise any anxiety or distress for the children and young people who take part in the Aiming High activities or use Jakes Sensory World.

“We’d like to reassure people that works will be carried out as sensitively as possible, with users’ needs in mind, and all services will still be available.

“The end result will help us to deliver our ambitions set out in Vision 2030 – ensuring we’re investing to create a borough for everyone.”

Appeal launched to find missing Southport man

Merseyside Police are urgently appealing for information to help trace a missing 72-year-old man from Sefton.

 

James Hall, also known as Jimmy, from Bretton Fold, Southport was last seen in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 12th February) at around 2am.

 

Extensive enquiries and a search of the nearby area have taken place overnight, however officers have been unable to locate James.

 

He is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, slim build with grey hair and a grey beard.

 

He is wearing a dark coloured bomber style jacket, blue jeans and black trainers. He is also believed to be walking his dog, a white Bichon Frise.

 

James, who is from the Southport area of Sefton, has links to Maghull and Ormskirk. He is also known to frequently visit the Scottfield (Oldham) area.

 

We are making extensive efforts to find James and return him home safely. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to get in touch by calling 101.

 

 Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

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