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Become a Friend of Sefton Coast

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.

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 January & March 2018, or to get involved, check out the Friends of Sefton Coast Calendar

Find your perfect match in 2018!

Southport Community Centre wants to help you find your perfect match!

The hub, based on Norwood Road, is hosting a Volunteer Speed Matching event on Thursday February 1 from 11am to help pair up budding volunteers with a role that best suits them.

Philip Blocksidge, Southport Community Centre Development Manager, said: “Are you thinking about volunteering, but not sure what it’s all about or what you can do?

“Come along to our Volunteer Speed Match event! It’s a fast, informal and fun way to find your ideal volunteer match.”

To reserve your place or to find our more, please call 01704 517810 or email info@southportcommunitycentre.org.uk

Sefton Council, in partnership with Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer!

The tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers, who give an astonishing 116,000 hours of their time each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

How to Volunteer across Sefton in 2018

Each week volunteers across Sefton give up an astonishing 116 thousand hours to help others, keep our borough beautiful and make a difference to their communities. 

From tinkering with gadgets to cleaning up litter, planting flowers to birdwatching, there’s never been a better time to become a #MySefton volunteer. 

But how can you get involved?

A dedicated ‘hub’ for volunteers past, present and future has been set up here

VolunteeringSefton.org.uk has the very latest events, news and information you need to find the perfect opportunity for you. 

The site can also be used for volunteering groups, charities and organisations who want to get the message out there that volunteers are welcome!

Feel free to post messages, add events and submit opportunities to allow more people to volunteer for your organisation. 

Welcome to Year of the Volunteer!

Sefton Council, in partnership with Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer!

Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers, who give thousands of hours of their time each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

Volunteers make a real difference in Sefton. They touch people’s lives in so many different ways, providing comfort and support, fostering community development, and actively helping to keep Sefton clean, green and beautiful.

Volunteering also has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those who participate in it.

The Year of the Volunteer will be officially launched on Tuesday, February 6 at The Atkinson, Southport. Here partners, community groups and residents can learn more about what 2018 has in store for the volunteer sector and how to get involved.

Throughout the year we will be celebrating a number of different volunteer themes including health and wellbeing, animals and the environment, culture, the armed forces and youth volunteering.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“In recognising the valuable role that volunteers play, it made sense that 2018 becomes the Year of the Volunteer.

“This theme will not only celebrate the vital work that volunteers do, but hopefully it will encourage other people to get involved as well.

“Throughout the year we hope to celebrate the valuable contribution that volunteers make, highlight the volunteering opportunities available in Sefton and increase the number of people who sign up to volunteering activities.”

Sefton CVS Chief Executive Angela White OBE said

“Sefton CVS and the Volunteer Centre Sefton are delighted to be working in partnership with Sefton Council to highlight the work of local volunteers and the organisations across the borough throughout 2018”.

“The Volunteer Centre Sefton will continue to play an active role I supporting local residents to access volunteer roles, and also support local voluntary, community and faith sector groups to recruit, manage and retain volunteers”.  

 Further information about the launch event and themes for Year of the Volunteer will be released in due course here.

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