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#SeftonInMind: Sefton Women and Children’s Aid

Sefton Women and Children’s Aid (SWACA) is dedicated to helping women, young people and children survive the impact of Domestic Violence and Abuse by giving free practical and emotional support.

Services are offered regardless of Age, Disability, Sexuality, Race or Religion.

Domestic abuse can have a profound effect on the well-being of women and children affected, in terms of both mental and physical health aspects, if resulting emotional and practical needs are not addressed.
Sefton Women and Children’s Aid Case Workers provide comprehensive and person-centred emotional and practical support to women and children affected by domestic abuse.

Effective case work support is often complex and time intensive, but can make a significant positive difference to the well-being of service users and their children.

Those seeking support can contact SWACA via phone on 0151 922 8606, text on 07779745594 or email via .

To find out more about SWACA and the services offered visit
Sefton Women and Children’s Aid is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Active Workforce are supporting 30 Days of Sefton In Mind

Small and medium businesses in Sefton can help contribute to the wellbeing of their staff with Active Workforce/Health Service for local companies to improve the health & wellbeing of their employees

The average employee spends approximately 60% of their waking day at work.  As such, the government white paper “Choosing Health” identifies the workplace as an ideal setting for promoting healthy lifestyle choices

With 70% of the population not active enough to benefit their health and nearly 40% of deaths from Coronary Heart Disease attributed to inactivity, the Active Workforce programme enables employees to build exercise into their working lives by providing a wide variety of physical activity alternatives.

Anne-Marie Morrison from Sefton CVS said: “We have invested into Active Workforce for some years and now have 100% of the staff engaged in the programme, the events have improved our team morale, and we are all a lot fitter and healthier thanks to the workplace activities. We even managed to achieve the Wellbeing Workplace Charter with thanks to Active Workforce.”

For more details about Active Workforce: ring 0151 934 2079 or email

Active Workforce are supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.

Ex Marine helps launch Sefton In Mind campaign

Sefton Council is working alongside ex-marine Andy Grant to support veterans in the run up to World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday September 10.

With 27,000 veterans under the age of 65 living in Sefton, the Council is dedicated to promoting the support and guidance available to them within the borough.

Bootle-born Andy suffered life changing injuries following an explosion during his first tour of Afghanistan, which resulted in him having to have his leg amputated.

He found that after leaving the Marines his mental health declined as he attempted to adjust back to normal life.

He says:

“For me it was a case of little things going wrong that quickly spiralled. I am not sure if it was depression as such but I knew my mental health was not good and it was probably the lowest I had ever felt.

“That feeling of not having a purpose any more hit me hard.”

He realised he needed support and sought help.

Turning his life around he is now a personal trainer, and Andy’s strength and positive outlook on life has made him the perfect ambassador for raising awareness of the mental health support available to Sefton’s veterans.

One source of support in the borough is Veterans in Sefton, a one stop shop offering advice and assistance on a range of issues including health, housing and employment.

It holds NAAFI breaks every Wednesday morning at Brunswick Youth and Community Centre where former and serving Armed Forces Personnel and their families get together for a brew and friendly banter in a relaxed atmosphere.

Having lost a friend who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to suicide, Andy knows all too well about the mental health struggles faced by those who have served in the armed forces.

Andy urges veterans:

“Speak to people or get involved with organisations sooner rather than later. You will be surprised how many people actually care and want to help.

“For me, my mental health is boosted by the little things like eating healthy food, working out, walks with the dog, fresh air and above all speaking to people when there is a problem.”

Sefton Council is promoting 30 stories a day for the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and World Mental Health Day (October 10).

To see the rest of the stories follow #SeftoninMind on twitter.

Foragers find floral treats in the heart of Bootle

Members of the highly successful One Pot Meal club at Bootle library had a hands on lesson in foraging recently.

The group, led by the Fairland Collective and Sefton Libraries, took a break from cooking up a homemade minestrone soup, to set about foraging for natural table decorations in and around Stanley Road.

Bootle Library assistant Louisa Harrison was on hand to lead a team of intrepid explorers around Bootle to find decorative flowers and plants that could easily be crafted into a bespoke table decoration. 

The initiative has already inspired a number of residents to join the Bootle Library’s Human Library scheme.

Thanks to a grant of almost £100,000 from Arts Council England – a brand new project will aim to support adults living in Bootle through the creation of a ‘human library’ where people can ‘gift’ their talents or experience to someone in need.

The concept is based around a place where real people are on loan instead of books. They provide gifts that might range from preparing and hosting a community meal or one to one sessions with someone living with a mental health condition.

A series of creative programmes will aim to uncover local talents which, in turn, will build a sustainable bank of volunteers who can pass their ‘gift’ or experiences on.

Public welcome at NHS Trust board meeting

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Thursday 27 July 2017 at 9am. Please note this is a week earlier than previously advertised.

The meeting will be held in the Innovation Centre at Ormskirk and District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704783.

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

To reach the Innovation Centre (IT department): from the main entrance, leave the hospital building at the automatic doors before the restaurant; head towards the car park behind the restaurant and up a short flight steps; go across the car park and the Innovations Centre is the second of two buildings ahead on the right. Directions will be signposted from the main hospital building.

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