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Volunteer fever hits Sefton!

Volunteer fever is taking over Sefton as the Year of the Volunteer campaign inspires more and more people to make a difference in their communities. 

Hundreds of people have already pledged their time and support via Volunteering Sefton, with many more expected to do the same at a special celebration later this year.

Sefton CVS, in partnership with Sefton Council, will hold a special Volunteer Celebration event on Monday June 4 at Bootle Town Hall.

Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7), the event will provide an opportunity for local Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector and other not-for-profit organisations to recognise and celebrate the contribution of their volunteers.

Sefton-based groups or organisations can bring up to ten volunteers who will be presented with certificates of recognition for their volunteering by the Mayor of Sefton.

Places are limited and booking is essential for groups. To download a booking form click here

All forms must be returned by May 21 by email to info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk

For more information contact Mike Howlett on 0151 920 0726

Year of the Volunteer: Become a clean-up champion!

April is the Year of the Volunteer’s Clean, Green and Beautiful environment month, where we celebrate volunteers who help keep our borough beautiful. 

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 April and June 2018, or to get involved, check out the FoSC April – June Calendar

To register as a FOSC volunteer, you can email coast.countryside@sefton.gov.uk or call 0151 934 

Year of the Volunteer: Food banks & Anti-poverty

March is the Year of the Volunteer’s Anti-Poverty and Food Banks month.

Each month the Year of the Volunteer campaign focuses on a special theme, with March being dedicated to those who give up their time to help those who find themselves in difficult circumstances.

We’ve been catching up with a number of volunteer organisations and individuals, including South Sefton Foodbank and Lakeside Foodbank, Southport, who regularly spend hundreds of hours each month to help families and those in need of emergency food supplies.

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

Check out our feature video from South Sefton foodbank below. You can volunteer with them here

 

Year of the Volunteer: Families

Each month the Year of the Volunteer campaign focuses on a special theme, with February being dedicated to those who give up their time to work with families and children.

We’ve been catching up with a number of volunteer organisations and individuals who regularly spend hundreds of hours each month to help families, whether it be by giving emotional support, respite, entertaining young children or just having a cup of tea and a chat.

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

Check out our feature videos below with the Sefton Home Libraries team and HomeStart Southport & Formby

HomeStart Southport & Formby

Sefton Libraries Home Visits

For more information on how to volunteer or to get involved in the Year of the Volunteer campaign, click here

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.

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