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Grants available to help your community flourish

Do you have an idea that could benefit your community? Wonder how you could do something to support people’s wellbeing? Then Living Well Sefton, the local collaboration of wellbeing partners, could help.

It launched the third round of its Community Resilience Grant recently at the Sefton CVS conference and is particularly keen to hear from individuals who want to improve their local community.

Karen Nolan, co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, explains: “We have grants of £500 for small projects that are designed to increase people’s wellbeing and our partners can support individuals to deliver these projects.”

Already several individuals have been successful in securing a £500 grant. These include Bim Bam, which provides a place for families who don’t speak English to socialise and build friendships.

Another Southport individual project is Art for Arts Sake which received £500 towards therapeutic art classes for older people where they could brush up on their painting skills as well as meet other people.

Karen adds: “If someone has an idea but is unsure of what organisation they need to approach as a support partner then they should contact us and we would be happy to discuss this.”

In addition, there are grants available to organisations working in partnership to improve health and wellbeing. The maximum grant available is £5,000 per partnership. Deadline for all applications is Friday, 17 November 2017.

The Living Well Sefton team is looking forward to receiving your application. For further details of the grant visit the website: call the team direct on 0300 323 0181 or email


Sign Up to News Alerts from Sefton Council

Residents and businesses can now sign up to receive the latest news, events and important information from Sefton Council via email.

Following the launch of Merseynow, users can access the latest details on a range of themes straight to their inbox. 

Topics will cover information on the latest news and events across the borough, as well as reminders about bin collections, activities during the school holidays or changes to Council services. 

You can even include multiple addresses making it an ideal way for people such as business owners, individuals looking after family members or landlords to keep up-to-date with news from specific postcode locations. 

The Merseynow system is already being used by Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council, and it is hoped that this will become a quick and efficient way for residents to receive communications that they are interested in from across the region. 

It’s completely free to register and all email addresses and personal data will be securely stored.

All you need to do is go to and register your details to start receiving the alerts.

Sensational summer for Coast volunteers

Over the summer we’ve enjoyed spending time on the Sefton Coast with visitors to our dunes, woodlands, beaches and parks.

Over the summer (April – September), the Friends of Sefton Coast have had over 750 volunteer visits, giving more than 1500 hours of time to help clean up beaches, woodlands and parks, and  keeping access routes clear and carrying out wildlife surveys.

We held several Beach Clean Ups over the summer and our volunteers recovered over 550 bags of debris, they then separated the debris into recyclable and non-recyclable materials, this produced almost 100 bags recyclable plastics.

If you were one of the brilliant volunteers who helped out over the summer, we’d love to hear from you and capture your experiences of working along the Sefton coast. We would love to be able to share your feelings and experiences with people living and working in Sefton and hopefully inspire others to help maintain Sefton’s natural beauty and share in its huge capacity to improve health and wellbeing amongst our local communities.

Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols Local Nature Reserve are now under the management of the National Trust. For the Friends of Sefton Coast who volunteer at these sites, you may still do so, but you might want to discuss your voluntary contributions with the National Trust also. If you are happy for us to forward your contact details to the National Trust, please let us know.

All of our volunteers who have previously gone through the grazing animal’s welfare training will be aware that as winter approaches, the sheep and cattle will be back on the grazing enclosures at Ainsdale and Birkdale Local Nature Reserve. If you can help with welfare checks, please get in touch with us at the Ainsdale office and we will make arrangements with you. If you have not been through the stock animals training, but are still be interested in helping us to monitor the winter grazing animals, then please get in touch because we can arrange to provide you with suitable training.


Don’t forget that you can contact the Friends of Sefton Coast group or email Gordon White, Coast & Countryside Officer for Sefton Council – Email: at any time. Equally, if you know anyone who is interested in visiting, exploring and enjoying the coast, who might like to volunteer, then please ask them to get in touch, everyone is welcome.

Adoption Appeal for Sefton Siblings

64% of the children in the North West who are waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more according to new information published to mark National Adoption Week (October  16-22). 
Based on the latest Government information, and figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, it shows that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a ‘forever family’. 

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “As in previous years, the need to find families for some of our most vulnerable children remains at the heart of this year’s campaign. 

“We’re asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could parent siblings?

“There’s no denying that having more than one child comes with real challenges but it also has advantages and brings great rewards. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Sefton Adoption Service today.”


The new research, by Adoption Match and based on data from the Adoption Register for England also reveals that:

  • 52% of sibling groups awaiting adoption in the North West are children aged over 4
  • 59% of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys
  • 11% of the siblings groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children


Elaine Jamieson from Sefton Council’s Adoption Service, added: “The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family. 

“Also, it is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group finds a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated. 

“This presents an extra challenge for social workers and these factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family.”

Sefton adopters, Chris and Julie, said: “Adoption has meant we’ve got the family we’ve always wanted, perhaps slightly less conventionally then some people do it but we’re proud to have a part in shaping their world.

“When our girls were placed with us it was exciting and bewildering but you just take a leap of faith! The moment they called us mum and dad meant everything to us.” 

The regional adoption agency, Adopting In Merseyside (AIM), covering Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral are holding an information evening on October 18. For more information on adoption or to register for the event, contact Sefton Adoption Service on Freephone 0800 923 2777 or visit 

Bootle Stories in The Strand

A shop in The Strand shopping centre will be transformed to chart Bootle’s past and look to the town’s future.

The former Blue Inc unit in the Sefton Council owned shopping centre will become a pop-up history event as well as hosting information about the proposed Bootle Town Hall Heritage and Cultural Centre consultation.

The unit will be open during the school half term holidays (October 23-28) and November 6-11 from 10am-4pm. There will be a range of activities in the unit, including exhibitions and objects, relating to local history.

Visitors will be able to take part in a consultation about the town as Sefton Council explores opportunities to create a cultural and heritage facility within Bootle Town Hall complex of Grade II listed buildings.

In October 2016, Sefton Council published the Bootle Town Centre Investment Framework – a high level strategic document which looked to harness Bootle’s current assets and help reshape the town into a desirable residential, educational and business location.

Feedback gained from the Investment Framework highlighted the Bootle Town Hall complex as a great regeneration opportunity with the desire for increased cultural activity a key theme.

Now a consultation and engagement exercise is underway looking at the potential to create a new cultural and heritage facility in the former Bootle Free Library and Museum within the town hall complex. Other civic functions within the town hall would still be maintained.

Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council’s Labour leader, said: “The event in the Strand will give people a chance to look back at Bootle’s history and also give them a chance to get involved in the consultation which looks to the future.

“By transforming Bootle Town Hall into a new home of arts and culture, we believe this would be a major statement of the Council’s ambition for the town.

“Potentially this refreshed physical space will be supported by a learning and skills infrastructure, reaching out to the local community and developing materials that can be used in local schools, adult education centres and beyond.

“We believe this project will help ensure the town hall remains the civic focus of Bootle and also deliver a new cultural offer that will be sustainable and manageable over the long term.

“Please pop down to The Strand in the coming weeks and take a look at the unit and give us your views about the amazing town hall complex.”

To get involved in the consultation visit and click on the ‘take part in a consultation’ tab.

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