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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

Appeal to find Halewood Women who changed course of history

June 2017 will mark 50 years since women sewing machinists at Ford’s plant in Dagenham walked out in a row over equal pay.

The strike is now regarded as a watershed moment in the fight for equality and the role played by the women in Dagenham has been told on stage and on screen.

However, the role of ladies working at Ford’s plant in Halewood, who downed tools in solidarity with their southern colleagues, is a part of the story that has largely been forgotten.

The strike, which started because of the pay grading system used by Ford at the time, eventually resulted in production grinding to a halt as the supply of covers for car seats ran out.

It was only due to the intervention of Barbara Castle, Secretary of State for Employment, that a resolution to the dispute was found, but by that point, momentum was on the side of the women workers, and it was just two years later that the Equal Pay Act (1970) was passed by Parliament.

As we approach 50 years since this historic event took place, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram is trying to track down some of the women who were involved in the walk out at Halewood, and invite them to a commemoration event that is being organised in conjunction with Dagenham Council.

While the women of Dagenham are now famous in their own right, due to the success of the film Made in Dagenham, the Halewood ladies have proven more difficult to track down.

Attempts by Unite the Union to find them some years ago were not fruitful. It is clear that, although the women worked at Halewood in the 1960s, they could now be living anywhere in the city region or further afield.

Speaking about the upcoming anniversary, Steve Rotheram said: “The women who worked at Halewood in 1968, and walked out in solidarity with their colleagues from Dagenham, played an instrumental role in the fight for equality.

“The car industry at that time was very much a man’s world, but the women were not intimidated – and were relentless in their demand equal pay.

“Without the stand they took, we would not have had the Equal Pay Act.

“They are an inspiration to young women here in our city region and throughout the country.

“It would be great if we could find some of them and give them the recognition they deserve.”

If people wish to get in touch with information, they can contact: 0151 330 1467 or info@liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk

Volunteer fever hits Sefton!

Volunteer fever is taking over Sefton as the Year of the Volunteer campaign inspires more and more people to make a difference in their communities. 

Hundreds of people have already pledged their time and support via Volunteering Sefton, with many more expected to do the same at a special celebration later this year.

Sefton CVS, in partnership with Sefton Council, will hold a special Volunteer Celebration event on Monday June 4 at Bootle Town Hall.

Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7), the event will provide an opportunity for local Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector and other not-for-profit organisations to recognise and celebrate the contribution of their volunteers.

Sefton-based groups or organisations can bring up to ten volunteers who will be presented with certificates of recognition for their volunteering by the Mayor of Sefton.

Places are limited and booking is essential for groups. To download a booking form click here

All forms must be returned by May 21 by email to info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk

For more information contact Mike Howlett on 0151 920 0726

Well Sefton aims to spread the love on Pay It Foward day

Well Sefton, the project dedicated to creating a brighter Bootle, has prepared a raft of activities aimed at spreading the love this Pay It Forward Day.

Pay It Forward Day is a worldwide movement that promotes random acts of kindness with the idea that those who experience an act of kindness pass it on to others.

Well Sefton has planned a series of activities that will embrace the power of giving and hopes to encourage the people of Bootle to spread the love among the community that will take place from Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, April 28.

Well Sefton is a collaborative programme that is working to improve the health and wellbeing of the people living and working in Bootle by creating a vibrant and connected community, living in a more pleasant environment.

The collaboration is made up of Living Well Sefton, Regenerus, Safe Regeneration, Sefton Council and YKids.

Volunteers from YKids will be found at Bootle Market from 9.30am to 1pm on Friday, April 27 where they will be handing out vouchers for a free drink at North Perk, positivity pouches and offering free face painting.

Groups of community gardeners from Regenerus’ Taking Root in Bootle project will be creating wooden planters with plans to distribute them around the local neighbourhood to brighten up the area. The team will be planting up and gifting at South Park on Friday from 10am to 12pm.

Living Well Sefton will be working with the Orrell Trust, Venus and the May Logan centre to facilitate a raft of activities to promote random acts of kindness this week.

SAFE Regeneration will be using Pay it Forward Day to build on its ‘Green Dream’ environmental work. The focus will be on creating more habitats for local wildlife by distributing wildflower seeds to local community groups.

Matt Ashton, Well Sefton lead and Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said: “Pay it Forward Day is an opportunity for the Bootle community to truly come together and make acts of kindness something that happens throughout the year.

“The Well Sefton collaboration has lined up an exciting series of activities that we hope will engage the community and encourage the people of Bootle to pay it forward and commit to making a random act of kindness this weekend.”

While Well Sefton’s activities will be based in Bootle, there will be lots of random acts of kindess taking place in the north of the borough thanks to Sefton CVS.

To find out more about the activities taking place check the hashtag #PayItForwardSefton or follow the Well Sefton Twitter Moment.

5K Challenge to return to Crosby Lakeside

Active Sefton has announced that the 12th Annual Active Workforce 5K Challenge will take place on Thursday, June 21 at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.
 

The challenge, open to individuals or teams of 5, will see competitors run a double lap around the idyllic setting of Crosby Coastal Park, before settling down for a post-race BBQ. 

 Competitors can run, walk or stroll at their leisure to complete the race and bottled water will be provided.

 The Lakeside bar and bistro will also be fully operational and open to purchase food and drinks before, during and after the event making it ideal for spectators as well.

 The cost for team entry is £35 and £7 for individual entries. All entries must be received by Friday, June 8.

 Participants are also welcome to raise money for a chosen charity.

 To register a place for an individual runner or a team or for more information please email  active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 2079.

 

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