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Volunteers brave the cold to explore Sefton’s Sand Dunes

Wintry showers didn’t put off a team of green fingered volunteers, as they explored Sefton’s sand dunes last week.

 The Gems in The Dunes, series of talks and walks, ran a training day all about Bryophytes, the smallest plants on the borough’s coast.

The session took place at Ainsdale Discovery Centre on Thursday November 1.

 Green Sefton’s Land Management Unit Apprentices, also went along as an early part of their training. They are spending the next 2 years with Sefton Council, working towards an NVQ II in Horticulture, through Myerscough College.

 In the morning attendees learnt the theory behind Bryophyte conservation and were given training on how to survey Bryophytes including Bryums and Petalworts. The day also included lessons on identification, life cycle and habitat requirements.

 Afterwards the group donned their warm waterproofs and took a field trip to Birkdale to see the plants in their natural habitat.

 For more information about future training call 01704 571 575 or email

Year of the Volunteer: Become a Clean-Up Champion this Autumn

We love volunteers who continue to keep our borough beautiful – especially during the Year of the Volunteer.

Everybody knows Sefton has few and far between rivals for the title of most beautiful British coastline! 

The 22 miles spanning between Southport and Seaforth are some of the most iconic, idyllic and important stretches of coastline in the UK and are home to a menagerie of fauna and flora.

But it takes a lot of work to make our coastline the sandy success that it is!

Our Coast and Countryside team are supported by hundreds of volunteers called the Friends of Sefton Coast, who give up just a small portion of their time throughout the year to keep our coastline beautiful.

They include the Friends of Crosby Beach, the Rubbish Friends group and many more volunteer teams.

From beach cleans after a storm to buckthorne bashing, there’s always plenty to get your teeth into on the Sefton Coast.

To find out more about our list of events and activities between October and December 2018, or to get involved, check out the FOSC Calendar of Events

To register as a FOSC volunteer, you can email or call 0151 934 

Volunteers needed to help at fun run in memory of Nathan

Volunteers are needed to help out at a charity event in Crosby next week.

Volunteer Centre Sefton is seeking people to help staff a fun run that starts from Crosby Leisure Centre at 10am on Sunday September 9.

This is the second year that the run has taken place in memory of Nathan James Wilson. All proceeds raised will be donated to Papyrus, a suicide prevention charity for young people.

Volunteers are needed to run a raffle at the leisure centre, marshal the route and record runners’ times at the finishing line.

Rachael West, Volunteer and Citizenship Co-ordinator with Sefton CVS, commented: “Volunteering at one-off events like this is a great way to gain skills and experience if you can’t commit to something more regular.

“A fun run like this is also a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together in support of a very important cause.”

Anyone wishing to participate in the event can run or walk and take on a 5K or 10K challenge.

For more information on how to get involved with volunteering at or participating in this event, ring Len Wilson on 07786 150146 or email

If you would like to donate click here.

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!




Green fingered volunteers help spruce up Coronation Park lake

Green fingered volunteers have been working with Green Sefton to help spruce up the lake at Coronation Park in Crosby.

As part of the ongoing Year Of The Volunteer campaign, dozens of volunteers from the Friends of Alexandra & Coronation Parks joined up with the Coronation Park Boating Club & Green Sefton to remove tons of rubbish from the lake.

A volunteer also constructed a small bird house to be placed on the lake to help protect wildfowl.

While clearing out the lake on August 8, the Green Sefton team also came across a sick duck who could not fly and took it to a local bird rescue group to nurse it back to health.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This was a fantastic group effort as part of the Year Of The Volunteer and we managed to fill an entire truck with the rubbish we pulled from the lake.

“The support volunteers gave to our Green Sefton team was vital and we are so proud to have such a dedicated team of people who want to help us keep Sefton a clean, green and beautiful borough.

“Our thanks must go to the Friends Of volunteers, the Coronation Park Boating Club, Community Rangers and Natural Alternatives for their help.”

For more information about the Year Of The Volunteer visit

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