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Children help spruce up Bowersdale Park

Green fingered litter pickers as young as five have helped spruce up Bowersdale Park in Seaforth.

Ten children and dozens of adults descended on the park last week, collecting an astonishing forty full bin bags worth of litter which inconsiderate visitors had dumped there.

The community litter pick was organised jointly by homeless charity ‘Emmaus’ and the Friends of Bowersdale Park group, along with support and assistance from Sefton’s Parks and Greenspaces team.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We were delighted that so many people, including passionate youngsters, came out in force to clean up Bowersdale Park.

“A big thank you must also go to Emmaus and the Friends of Bowersdale Park for organising the clean up.”

“The children especially were shocked that there are people who treat our parks with such disrespect by not disposing of their litter in a responsible way.

“While the park now looks immaculate, to have forty bags full of rubbish just goes to show how irresponsible people can be.

“At the end of the afternoon you could see the huge difference the volunteers had made to the park.

“We look forward to welcoming many more likeminded litter-pickers throughout as part of our Year of the Volunteer campaign.”

If you would like to get involved with the Year of the Volunteer by helping our in our parks and greenspaces, please email parks@sefton.gov.uk.

Volunteer led animal charity scoops national award

The volunteer led Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre has won a top national award with the help of the Year of the Volunteer Campaign

The Ince Blundell based rescue centre  won the Charity Today Magazine’s ‘Animal Welfare Charity of the Year’ award after residents across #MySefton were asked to nominate them on social media through the Year of the Volunteer.

Debbie Hughes, PR coordinator for Freshfields, said:

“This prestigious award recognises the selfless dedication and profound compassion of our incredible staff team, who transform the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected animals every day.

“To win the Animal Welfare Charity of the Year award is an absolute honour. We’ve been bowled over by the level of support from our friends and supporters and genuinely moved to receive so many lovely messages.

“That in itself was encouraging and moving, to see how much you value and respect our work. We can’t thank each and every one of you enough.

“There is no doubt that with more and more animals arriving at our door every day, our devoted staff team will be working harder than ever in 2018.

“This is their award, and the national recognition it brings will benefit abused, neglected animals in the North West for years to come.”

Find out more about Freshfields at our website at www.freshfields.org.uk.

Bootle-based YKids is on the look out for volunteers!

Are you over the age of 18? Would you like to to volunteer for a charity, working to improve the lives of children, young people and families in Bootle?

Join Ykids in their newly refurbished building- 98a Linacre Lane on Thursday February 8 at 6pm to find out about the range of opportunities available for volunteers.

Most roles are children & youth work focused and YKids is particularly looking for people who have time in the evenings- ideally at least one day per week. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has, or is looking to work in education to help our in its after schools program.

During this evening the team will let you know all about Ykids as an organisation, the work it does, and what roles are available. It will give both staff and volunteers a chance to get to know each other.

Please note, this is an information evening- all new volunteers will also have to complete an informal interview, induction process and DBS check (criminal record). If you have any questions about this please contact: alihorton@ykids.co.uk

There are also be opportunities to work within an office environment on tasks such as admin or fundraising- please contact YKids for further information about this sort of opportunity.

 

Could you help someone with dementia keep doing the things they love?

Alzheimer’s Society will be holding a drop-in volunteer recruitment event to encourage people to sign up and help Sefton residents in need of support.

Side by Side is a new free service that links a volunteer to someone living with dementia to help them get out and about and continue enjoying the activities they love. From joining a local club, going to the football, or just going for a stroll in the park, Alzheimer’s Society wants people with dementia to live the lives they want and deserve, and Side by Side volunteers can help make this possible.

The drop in will be held at Linacre Bridge Community Hub on Tuesday January 30, 10am-12.30pm. 

Whether you’re a social butterfly, shopaholic or nature lover, Alzheimer’s Society needs volunteers like you to help people in Sefton who are living with dementia.

The information event is an informal drop-in opportunity for members of the public to come and find out about the different types of volunteering they can get involved in.

Both staff and current volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions that may help you to decide if volunteering is for you or not. 

You can volunteer on weekdays, evenings and weekends at various times, either in person or over the phone- so it’s a flexible way to give your time and really make a huge difference to someones life.

For more information phone 0170 453 9967 or email sidebysidesefton@alzheimers.org.uk 

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

To register as a FOSC volunteer, click here

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