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Animal volunteers reveal secrets behind caring for creatures great and small

Volunteers at an animal rescue centre in Sefton have revealed the secrets of what it’s like to help and support a vital service as part of the Year Of The Volunteer.

August is Animals month in Sefton’s Year Of The Volunteer campaign we met with a number of volunteers at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre who told us that they absolutely adore what they do day in, day out.

A spokesperson for Freshfields said: “We are really happy to be part of this initiative by Sefton Council which celebrates the incredible contribution made by the volunteers across the borough.

“Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do here at Freshfields, and they fulfil the values and principles of our charity every day in helping abused, abandoned and unwanted animals across Sefton.”

Below are just a few of the many volunteers who give up their time each day to help care for unwanted, sick or homeless animals…

Gabi- Ambulance Driver 

Gabi is extremely modest and, like all our volunteers, seeks no recognition for what she does and gives the credit to others. Gabi is totally committed to saving the lives of the foxes.

She said: “I love volunteering for Freshfields. The dedication you all put in is just amazing. Paul, Freshfields’ resident Fox Man, is great, and he pulled me through my first ambulance rescue tears when the fox died. I feel honoured to volunteer alongside such heartwarming humans!”

Dave Cox & Friends – Volunteer

Dave, who volunteers from Barclaycard, said: “I first became involved with Freshfields in about 2010 when we adopted a cat. They were going through the recession and staff were explaining how it hits them hard.

I obtained a £100 donation from our Barclays charity fund, but I wanted to do more.

I spoke to Helen and explained I wanted to do a Barclays EV (Employee Volunteering) Group. I was expecting about 5 people to sign up, I got 30. 

Barbara Calvert – Wildlife Volunteer

Barbara has dedicated her time to working in the Wildlife Unit at Freshfields for over 10 years.

No job is too big or small for her and she is full of compassion and care for these vulnerable creatures,.

A spokesperson for Freshfields added: “We were rather sneaky and surprised an astonished Barbara when Bill Esterson called her up to the stage at our recent White Rabbit Day and presented her with our 2nd ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award.”

The Year of the Volunteer is a joint campaign between Sefton Council and Sefton CVS designed to celebrate the wonderful work that thousands of volunteers do every day of the year across Sefton. 

To watch an interview with fellow Freshfields volunteer Kim, who looks after the cattery, click below!

 

 

 

Sefton tourism worth a staggering £555m to the local economy

Tourism in Sefton is worth a staggering £555m to the local economy and continues to grow.

The findings are contained in the latest independent research for 2017 commissioned by the Visitor Economy Team at Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

On a local level, some of the key findings for Sefton include:

• Visitor Numbers – 9.1m – 4.2% increase
• Staying visitors – 755,000 – 4.6% increase
• Economic Impact – £555m – 7% increase
• Total Employment – 6,755 – 4.8% increase

These figures are published by the STEAM (Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity) model, which is used throughout the UK tourism industry to measure economic impact of the visitor economy, and International Passenger Survey.

The results are calculated using a range of tourism inputs including hotel occupancy, transport figures, attractions attendance figures and event figures.

Long term trends show that from 2009 to 2017, there has been 66% growth in the economic value of the visitor economy to the Liverpool City Region, rising from £2.73bn to £4.53bn – this is equivalent to an average growth of around 6.5% per year. Over the same period there has been an increase in the number of day and staying visitors, rising annually from 52.3m in 2009 to 64.2m in total by 2017.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “These figures are hugely impressive and clearly show that tourism across Sefton continues to rise and the borough really is open for all businesses.

“Visitors come from all over the UK and beyond to Sefton and our attractions and events programme really stand out with the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2017 a perfect example of this.

“Tourism is crucial to the success of our borough and the wider Liverpool City Region supporting thousands of jobs while generating millions of pounds to the local economy.”

Peter Sandman, Head of Visitor Economy for the LEP, added: “In the ten years since Liverpool became European Capital of Culture, the city, and region as a whole has seen the visitor economy experience a healthy growth and the sector continues to contribute significantly to the region’s economy.

“It is particularly encouraging to see our overseas visitors staying longer, as well as the number of jobs supported by the sector continuing to grow – which covers a wide range of employment options across accommodation, food and drink, recreation and retail.”

For more information please click here

Police ask for dashcam footage to help find missing Adam Seaton

Officers appealing for help to trace missing 20-year-old Adam Seaton are asking drivers who used a Southport car park to study dashcam footage.

Adam is believed to have gone missing from his home address in Melrose Avenue on Thursday 9 August.

He is described as a white male, 6ft 2in tall, of slim build with brown hair, pale complexion and brown eyes.

When last seen he was wearing a burgundy tracksuit top with ‘France’ embossed on the arm, black and white T-shirt, blue jeans and burgundy Puma trainers.

Adam is known to frequent the Churchtown area of Southport.

Merseyside Police Inspector Allan Pennington said: “We are appealing directly to any drivers who used the car park at the junction of Marshside Road and Marine Drive in Southport between 12.25pm and 6.10pm on Thursday 9 August.

“If you used that car park and have dashcam footage, we would ask that you check for a red Ford Fiesta car with the registration MK59 GHA. If you do not have a dashcam but believe you may have seen this vehicle we would also be very keen to hear from you.”

Anyone who has seen Adam or knows of his whereabouts is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Missing People on 116 000.

Mayor’s Musings

Wednesday 1st August (10:30): Southport Charity Committee Coffee Morning

It is always a pleasure to be invited to the Southport Charity Committee Coffee Mornings and this one was no different! The Charity Committee Coffee Mornings are a great way to get to know and understand the hard work and dedication which gets unnoticed. It is also a fantastic way to keep up to date of how the charities are using the money and how we as a community are raising funds for the charities as well.

Thursday 2nd August (13:45): Princes Trust Team Presentation

The Prince’s Trust is a charity in the United Kingdom founded in 1976 to help young disadvantaged people. They run a range of training programmes, provide mentoring support and offer financial grants to build the confidence and motivation of disadvantaged young people. This presentation was to celebrate Southport Prince’s Trust team 2 for their success over the past 4 months. It was an honour to be invited to the presentation and I was thankful that I was given the opportunity to thank appreciate all the hard work which the members of team 2 have put into the program to be such a success.

Thursday 2nd August (19:45): United Voice Choir ‘Joseph’ Production

I accepted this invitation for the United Voice Choir ‘Joseph’ Production with great excitement and delight as I have heard many great things about the production, especially as it has been a community Choir that has been running for 10 years. The organisation has also been invited to participate in the next Armed Forces Day in the Diana Gardens which speaks volumes of how good they are and how well the production ran.

Tuesday 7th August (10:00): Citizenship Ceremony

It always fills me with great pride when I get the chance to welcome new citizens into the United Kingdom on behalf of her Majesty, and Thursday was no different. It was a pleasure to present 8 new people their United Kingdom Citizenship. These 8 new citizens came from all over the global, from Asia all the way to Africa. These ceremonies are always very interesting as it gives me the opportunity to find out where some of the new Citizens came from and even sometimes I get the opportunity to find out how and why they came to the United Kingdom.

 

 

Friday 10th August (10:30): Athena Healthcare Coffee Morning

I always find the Charity Coffee Mornings very intriguing and fascinating as it gives me the opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes and it is a great reminder of how the community rallies together to aid others who need the support. Athena Healthcare gave me the opportunity to speak to both staff and residents about the fantastic job which is being done here and how the Athena Healthcare Centre is more than just somewhere people come and get treatment, it’s also a place where residents get the opportunity to take their minds off their health issues just for a little while and have a little laugh with friends and family.

All you need to know about getting to the Southport Flower Show

The Southport Flower show returns this week and thousands of people are expected to flock to the town for the annual four day extravaganza.

A staple of the annual Southport events calendar, Southport Flower Show in Victoria Park is a huge crowd pleaser following the Southport Air Show in July and ahead of the British Musical Fireworks Championships in September. 

As with other fantastic events, Southport is expected to be increasingly busy between August 16 & 19 and we are encouraging residents and visitors alike to plan their journeys in advance.

Traffic & Travel

Visitors to the Flower Show are advised to take advantage of public transport and a Park & Ride shuttle service operating from Birkdale Common. For more information about this shuttle service and additional transport information, click here

Residents who are not attending the Southport Flower Show are advised to plan ahead and travel via alternate routes around Southport. 

Signage will be in place to minimise as much disruption as possible.

Parking

Parking and directional routes to the Flower Show will be clearly signposted upon arrival into Southport.  Two main public parking areas will be made available for an all-day rate of £7 at both Princes Park and Birkdale Common. 

While Princes Park is within walking distance of the Southport Flower Show, Birkdale Common parking will accommodate a shuttle service with a drop off/pick up point at the Duke Street Gate entrance of Victoria Park.

Shopping

A visit to the Southport Flower Show is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the town. 

After taking in the show each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Southport has to offer? Lord Street is only a few minutes walk away from Victoria Park.

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street to the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street’s high street giants, Southport has it all. The town’s Northern Quarter comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while the town centre is renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars 

For additional ideas on what to do during your stay, check out Visit Southport.

Rubbish

Southport is one of many beautiful places across Sefton and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner. 

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

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