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Get back into Netball with Active Sefton

Active Sefton is encouraging residents to get active with England Netball’s Back to Netball initiative.

 The netball sessions provide women of all ages with a gentle re-introduction to the sport with classes led by passionate and enthusiastic coaches. Sessions will cover the basics of the game including passing, footwork and shooting before finishing with a friendly game, to put new found skills into practice.

 Sessions are held every Wednesday at Chesterfield High from 6.30pm to 7.45pm and new sessions will launch at Crosby Leisure Centre on Monday, May 14 and will take place every Monday from 8pm-9pm.

 This is a great way to get active in a team sport environment where, as well as keeping fit and healthy, participants can meet new people and have fun while they exercise.

 No special kit is required and anyone who’d liked to participate is welcome to wear anything they’re comfortable exercising in.  

 Tina Pilkington, Health and Wellbeing Development Manager at Sefton Council, said: 

“Perhaps riding on the success of England’s gold medal winning Commonwealth team, netball has recently burst back into prominence.

“It is a game that many of us enjoyed at school, but for some reason never continued to play in later life. Back to Netball initiative brings together exercise and healthy competition in a way that makes keeping fit and active truly enjoyable.”

 For more information about the sessions contact Active Sefton on 0151 934 2340 or or Louise Moss on 07726692701 or email

Aim for greater impact with new adoption support service

Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) recently commissioned After Adoption to deliver adoption support services across the region. 

Recognising the impact adoption has, After Adoption, with over 28 years’ experience of supporting to all parties affected by adoption, will offer a proactive and flexible service.

This will include support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families, including search services and counselling, and counselling for adopted adults seeking to access their records post adoption.

It will also provide information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their child adopted – helping them navigate the complexities of the adoption process through a combination of information and advice and face-to-face counselling. This approach aims to help them deal with grief and loss, explore their own life story as part of this, and negotiate and maintain appropriate levels of post adoption contact. For birth parents and relatives who want to reconnect with adopted children who have reached adulthood, there will also be the ability to access search and intermediary services.

Iain Moore, Head of Business Development at After Adoption, commented: “We are passionate about ensuring everyone affected by adoption can access the support they need, so are delighted to have won this contract. We are confident that our expertise in this area will ensure we deliver a high quality service and make a real difference.”

The full list of services to be offered on behalf of the Adoption in Merseyside includes:

  • Support for adopted adults seeking to trace their birth families
  • Information, advice and support for birth parents and birth relatives who have had their children adopted
  • Counselling for those seeking intermediary services
  • Counselling for those seeking to access their records post adoption
  • An intermediary service for birth relatives
  • Access to Letterbox to maintain contact agreements (delivered on behalf of Liverpool by After Adoption and internally for other local authorities).

The service will be available in the geographical area covered by the newly formed Adoption in Merseyside (AiM), a regional adoption agency covering Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral.

Jenny Ness, Head of Service for AiM commented: “We are delighted that AiM will be working in partnership with After Adoption. This is a new contract covering the city region and will ensure adopted adult’s, birth parents and birth relatives will receive the advice and support needed with a prompt and empathic approach.”

To find out more or make a referral, call the After Adoption action line on 0800 056 8578 or email

Volunteer to help young people in Sefton

Would you like to help young people in Sefton learn new hobbies and skills or feel more listened to and supported?

If so, then Southport Alchemy Youth Club would love to hear from you!

Southport Alchemy Youth Club offers a safe and inclusive environment for young people aged 11-17.

The club, run by charity Parenting 2000, holds sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm  at Alchemy Hall on Mornington Road, Southport.

As well as providing young people with  informal education sessions on a range of topics, the club offers advice, support and information to 11-17 year olds and hosts a range of activities and events.

The youth club is now seeking volunteers to help facilitate the sessions and provide young people with a friendly, listening ear.

Volunteering roles can be tailored to suit the amount of hours needed and a variety of volunteering roles opportunities are available, including:

  • Taking names and subs on the door.
  • Staffing the kitchen to make tea and toast for attendees.
  • Teaching young people a new hobby or skill such as playing cards, first aid or languages.
  • Supervising the outdoor recreation area and play equipment.
  • Teaching young people bicycle maintenance, as part of the affiliated ‘Tyred Rides’ community cycle project.

Working with children and young people requires a DBS check which would be funded for any volunteer successfully completing a three month probationary period.

For more information please contact Youth Worker Sue O’Connor at 01704 380 047 or email sue.o’

Southport Alchemy Youth Club is grant funded by Sefton Council.

No Parking on Southport beach

Southport beach is temporarily closed to vehicles due to poor ground conditions.

This year, the combination of wet weather and estuary silt deposition has combined to create conditions where it is not currently safe to access and park within the normally defined area.

The beach is expected to reopen to vehicles for parking once drier conditions are in place and we will release details when this happens.

Residents and visitors are advised that there is alternative parking available locally and across Southport.

Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

Sefton Council has agreed to enter into talks with Bliss Hotels regarding a short term operating agreement at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre (STCC).

The Council owned STCC is a crucial component to the borough’s visitor economy as the primary conference venue for Sefton. It is also the biggest theatre in the borough with a seated capacity of over 1,600 regularly attracting popular acts and bands.

It has operated for the last 18 years under a management agreement and lease by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG). This arrangement will end at the end of May 2018.

Sefton Council is committed to ensuring that the STCC has an ambitious future and is working with ATG to ensure a smooth transition to a new operator. Detailed negotiations have commenced with Bliss Hotels who now own & operate the entire Waterfront complex including The Ramada Plaza Hotel which adjoins and is connected to STCC.

Margaret Carney, Sefton Council’s Chief Executive, said: “The current operator has issued a notice to quit the venue leaving on May 31, and we are moving swiftly to get a new operator in place and ensure there is a seamless transition. We have ambitious plans for the STCC and I am confident that we have the right people around the table to deliver them.

“Bliss Hotels are as ambitious as the Council for the waterfront area and there are great synergies with the hotel operation. We are therefore in direct negotiations with them about this exciting proposal.

“STCC is great asset for the borough and a building that benefits visitors and residents in a key location in Southport.”

Daniel Broch, from Bliss Investment Partners, said: “We have big ambitions for both the Waterfront and Southport and we are invigorated by the energy and creativity we have encountered from Margaret and her team at Sefton.

“Together we are excited by the prospect of being able to integrate STCC fully into the new Waterfront destination for the first time ever and look forward to revealing plans for the entire site which aims to create Waterfront as a landmark local and national leisure destination.”

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