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Sefton Sports Awards 2017 – The Winners

Last night saw the region’s sporting stars and unsung heroes celebrated once more. Sefton Council was proud to host the Sefton Sports Awards 2017 which was once again held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 12. 

Organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, the awards this year welcomed guest of honour, Paralympian Lora Fachie. 

Born with a hereditary sight condition, para-cyclist Lora lost her sight at the age of 5. Lora won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, and is also a two-time world champion on the road. Add to that a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships. 

The awards encourage nominations for any volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport. Award categories and winners on the night are as follows:

  • Primary school of the year – Churchtown primary school
  • Secondary school of the year -Greenbank High School
  • Services to sport and physical education -Mr Richard Carr
  • Supporter of the year -Porters Engravers
  • Club of the year -Winwood Junior Netball Club
  • Coach of the year award -Craig Moran
  • The Richard McGrath Award -Aiming for the stars musical theatre group
  • Service to Sport Award -Simon Burnett
  • Sports club volunteer of the year award -Jacqueline Westhead
  • Young Volunteer of the Year -Callum Benson-Murray
  • School team of the year award -Merefield Sports Team
  • Team of the year award -Firwood Waterloo Ladies RFC
  • Junior male sports personality award -Jacob Wishart
  • Junior Female sports personality award -Emily Brough
  • Disabled sports personality of the year award -Jack Britton
  • Male sports personality of the year winner -Jamie Wilson
  • Female sports personality of the year joint winners -Holly Aitchison and Holly Hibbott
  • The lifetime achievement award -Thomas Law

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I was delighted to attend another fantastic Sefton Sports Awards and meet so many talented and hardworking individuals be recognised for their efforts.”

Images: Daniel Hill

Fun4Kids awarded Lottery funding

Fun 4 Kids in Netherton have celebrated in style at the L30 Community Centre after being awarded 4 years of Reaching Communities Lottery Funding, to build on the many strengths of the organisation and nurture future talent in the community.

The aims of Fun 4 Kids have always been to enable the community to become more engaged and connected, so local people can feel happier and less isolated. The new funding will ensure that local people have the opportunity to get involved and play an active part in their community, this may be through volunteering opportunities, or helping others and solving larger scale community problems together.

Fun 4 Kids hopes to help people living in Netherton the opportunity to develop themselves, giving people the chance to learn new thing,  help with upskilling and employment prospects, they also hope to promote healthier lifestyles to ensure people have the chance to become more active, and healthy.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing for Sefton Council said, 

“It’s wonderful for everybody from Fun 4 Kids and the whole Netherton community to have been awarded this funding, it will help them to expand of the amazing work that they do.”


You can find out more about Fun4Kids here


Nurse recruitment open evening at Southport hospital

Southport hospital is hosting a recruitment event for nurses interested in working at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. 

This open evening follows a number of successful events during the past year and is an opportunity for newly qualified and experienced nurses to meet other nurses and team members, and discover what opportunities are available. Nurses wanting to return to practice are also welcome. There are vacancies available across all specialties. 

Informal interviews will be held on the day, applicants are asked to bring along identification. 

The event will be held at Southport hospital Clinical Education Centre on Thursday 29 June between 3.30pm and 7pm. Light refreshments will be available for all those attending. 

To view all current vacancies at the Trust visit and search for Southport and Ormskirk.

Sefton and Liverpool CCGs pause their plan to merge

Clinical commissioning groups in Sefton and Liverpool are pausing their plan to merge the three organisations. 

NHS South Sefton CCG, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS Liverpool CCG have made the decision so they can spend more time considering the implications of a merger for their patients, staff and partners. 

Governing body members agreed the pause at a joint meeting on 6 June 2017 and their decision will now be recommended for approval at their next governing body meetings.

The three CCGs were required by NHS England to submit their formal merger application by July 2017, ahead of any agreed organisational change from April 2018. Governing body members have instead agreed to delay submitting their application and revisit their proposal in a year’s time. Importantly, this step takes account of the increasing challenges and demands placed on the NHS as a whole and, in particular at this time, by the three local health commissioners.

At the tri-governing body meeting, members agreed that the original July 2017 application deadline would divert the CCGs’ efforts away from their priority work over the coming year – a crucial period for each CCG.  

So, this additional time created by a pause will allow the CCGs to concentrate their efforts in two areas. Firstly, in ensuring the CCGs continued focus is on improving financial and health service performance for the distinct populations they serve in line with their individual statutory duties, whilst secondly, developing a more considered and robust business case that clearly demonstrates the benefits of merging to their GP practice members, local residents and other key partners. 

Membership of the North Mersey Local Delivery System (LDS) means the CCGs will continue to work together on system wide programmes that benefit and affect the populations they serve. Good progress and pace has already been made, without the upheaval that organisational or structural change would bring to the CCGs at this present time.

Current areas of joint work include work to transform hospital services. Other areas for future closer collaboration will now be explored and could include RightCare benchmarking, continuing healthcare and funded nursing care.

Tell us about your local pharmacy

Sefton Council are seeking your views about your local pharmacy, please help us to make sure that your local pharmacy is providing the right services and support for you and your family by completing a short survey.

Your response will help Sefton’s Health and Wellbeing Board to produce its local Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), and will help to ensure that your local pharmacy provides the service that your need both now and in the future.

The survey will take less than 5 minutes, and closes on Friday 8th September.

Paper versions of the survey are available by calling 0151 934 3070 and providing your name and postal address.

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