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Fast becoming part of Bootle Strand Shopping Centre’s increasingly diverse offer is a community hub, continuing to support a thriving voluntary and charitable sector.

Acquisition of the Strand Shopping Centre in 2017 gave the Council control over the space and how it can be used to benefit the local community and economy. The Council’s aim was to make the Strand more than simply a place to shop and in line with that intention, it is becoming a space where people can spend time, find support, get involved and connect with a strong focus on social as well as financial outcomes.

Since 2017, Sefton Council and the centre have supported a number of voluntary organisations to take up residence in the Strand, as it becomes the heart of the town centre’s physical, social and economic regeneration.

The Strand is now providing a valuable gateway to inclusive support for the local communities. This is particularly the case for those with additional needs or those who need extra support. Organisations now located in the Strand include Y-Kids who run Kingsley and Co, a community children’s bookshop. Books cost as little as £1 to inspire creativity and encourage reading among children. The organisation contribute to the Strand’s community events programme on a regular basis, running events and competitions throughout the year, the latest ‘Dino Dig’ event saw 2000 people attend.

In December 2020, the Big Onion opened, transforming 6000 sqft of unused to let space to provide three layers of opportunity including a market space for 19 independent retailers, an employability hub and a community centre. The Big Onion supports young, local entrepreneurs who run stalls selling everything from craft items, bath bombs to collectibles and plays an integral part of our inclusive strategy to support local entrepreneurialism and talent, create jobs and strengthen communities.

The Strand also hosts Bootle Tool Shed, a community workshop who aim to combat social isolation among Bootle’s older population and produce fantastic products for people up and down the borough.

The community offer covers mental health and wellbeing, social inclusion, craft skills training, provision of musical instrument lessons and reading and employment support.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said:

 “High streets up and down the country have suffered in recent times and we know that regeneration must mean more than solely new retail space.

“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, town centres will have to present a diverse range of amenities and services with a strong community focus to succeed. Therefore, in this new era, the Strand must be more than just a shopping centre.

“I am delighted to see that work by dedicated and inspirational voluntary organisations is creating a community hub at the Strand, in the heart of one of the towns hardest hit by COVID-19.

“Purchasing the Strand Shopping Centre in 2017 gave us the opportunity to support our voluntary sector in the amazing work they do in our community. Our focus remains on economic and social outcomes for Bootle town centre, as well as the financial performance of the Strand. The Council’s ownership of the centre means we can agree tenancy for certain units with these fantastic organisations and create this thriving voluntary space in the centre of our town.

“After the disappointment of our Levelling Up Fund bids for Bootle and Crosby being rejected, we need these community groups more than ever to bring energy and passion to regenerate these areas that have once again been neglected by the Government.”


Rowland Parry, Centre Manager said

 “We have a great respect for the local Bootle community and have worked hard to attract tenants to the Strand Shopping Centre that are aligned to the needs of our population in Bootle and bring great value to local communities.”


Eddie Flynn, Bootle Tool Shed said:

 “The amount of people we reach would not be possible in any other setting, whether we are doing community projects or helping out aged community members, this could be something as simple as fixing a gate for somebody, to bigger park projects, we are grateful for the opportunity and look forward to the future.”


Y-Kids CEO Claire Morgans said:

“Operating out of the Strand allows us to connect with a huge portion of Bootle’s residents and enables us to be truly accessible to the community.

“Our family of charity organisations here at the Strand see the centre as a community hub for people to get support for themselves and to support each other.

“The future of town centres must have community as it’s heart. The passion for Bootle already exists in those of us who have worked in the voluntary sector for many years, the key to Bootle’s regeneration is to harness that energy.”

Sefton Council launch Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board to mark Adult Safeguarding Week

Sefton Council is marking Adults Safeguarding Week with the launch of its Safeguarding Adults Board, focused on the protection of adults and promotion of safeguarding across the Borough.

Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board’s purpose  is to help protect adults with care and support needs from abuse, harm and neglect. It brings together leaders and representatives from local organisations to ensure that safeguarding arrangements are in place and services in Sefton are high-quality and safe.

Partner agencies include senior representatives from acute hospitals, adult social care services, Merseyside Police, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Merseyside Fire & Rescue, probation service, public health, Healthwatch Sefton and the voluntary sector.

The Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board replaces the Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board and provides a focus on Sefton-specific issues and priorities.

The Council will be sharing messages throughout the week to improve understanding of safeguarding adults, types of neglect or abuse that would require someone to need safeguarding and how to raise a concern with the department to secure support for the person(s) involved.


Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said:

“I am glad that Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board has launched in time for Adults Safeguarding Week so we can protect people in Sefton and raise awareness of this crucial issue.

“It can be hard to recognise signs of abuse or neglect and even harder to take action and raise a concern, but we all have a responsibility to each other to speak up if we see signs of abuse or neglect.

“Our fantastic teams will be sharing useful information all week to make it easier to spot abuse and neglect and to explain the process of raising any concerns.”


Nat Hendry-Torrance, designated Safeguarding Adult Manager for the CCGs in Sefton said:

“This year’s theme for Safeguarding Adults Week is ‘Creating Safer Cultures’ . This is about how organisations and individuals can take steps to minimise harm occurring in the first instance, while ensuring correct policies and procedures are in place so that safeguarding concerns that are raised, are recognised and responded to effectively.”

“As a newly formed Board for Sefton, our aim is to protect the most vulnerable members of our society and work together to make Sefton a safe place for all.”


People can find out more about the Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board on our website.




Students in Sefton show they are the climate leaders of the future for COP26

Students in Sefton have been given the chance to take part in their very own COP26 session on the last day of the UN conference in Glasgow.

Students have the chance to quiz local leaders and each other on the future of our planet, our emissions targets and will ask themselves what more can be done at a local and individual level to protect our planet.

Students will take part in a conference of two distinct but linked sessions, moving from UN-style dialogue through to what’s happening locally and what difference students can make.

Key speakers include:

  • Cllr Diane Roscoe, Cabinet Member for Education
  • Jon Gordon, Head of Enterprise at Autism Initiatives, Food (Community Farm)
  • Balazs Nagy from Hungary, our EU Independent Rapporteur
  • Anne-Marie Clegg, Environmental Education Officer, Sefton Council


Cllr Diane Roscoe, Cabinet Member for Education said:

“I was delighted to be invited to the Sefton Mock COP26 sessions to talk about climate action in Sefton.

“The Council declared a climate emergency back in 2019 and pledged to be net zero carbon by 2030 for all council operations so to come to this mock COP26 session and be quizzed on our plans by the climate leaders of the future has been a fantastic experience.

“There is so much passion for our planet among young people in Sefton and from everything I have seen today, we are in safe hands!”

The event was run by the Liverpool World Centre and aimed to bring students closer to global climate negotiations. Y7-Y11 school students were invited along to bring them closer to the international decision-making process, and to inspire local action.

Sefton supports care homes to make improvements for health and wellbeing

Registered nursing and residential homes in Sefton are now eligible to apply for up to £20,000 to make physical improvements or purchase technology. The aim of the grant is to make care homes more dementia friendly, improve health and wellbeing and to enhance outcomes for residents.

Round One saw 38 care homes receive £400k in grant funding and Round Two is open now and runs until Friday 17th December 2021.


Cllr Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council said:

“I am delighted to see the launch the Capital Improvement Programme Round Two and encourage Care Home Providers to engage with this exciting opportunity.

“The programme will help the sector to further enhance the quality of life of their residents and shows the continued commitment the Council has to supporting and developing these important services.”


Round 1 of the funding has led to providers successfully implementing a wide range of projects which have improved the environment for residents. Projects included the installation of sensory spaces both indoors and outdoors, artwork, summer houses and conservatory refurbishments, cool touch radiators, and dementia friendly technology such as interactive tables.


One Sefton Care Home said:

“There is a noticeable difference already in the amount of service users that are spending longer periods of time in the dining areas due to the increase suitability and comfort of the chairs. Staff have found it easier to serve meals to the residents and assist those who need help during mealtimes.”


Another Sefton Care Home said:

“I would like to thank Sefton Council for providing us the opportunity and the grant to make the Home more Dementia-friendly. The council is heading in the right direction in terms of offering support to people with dementia.”


All care homes in Sefton will now have received an application form. For further information and an application form please email

Sefton Council call on government to give them the tools to fight climate change

On Regions and Cities day of COP26, Sefton Council has called on the government to provide more support to local government to tackle the issue of climate change at a local level, empower community led action and address crucial adaptation concerns.

Sefton Council has declared a climate emergency and has pledged to be net zero carbon by 2030 for all council activities.

The Council has now urged the government to revise it’s 2050 target for net zero to reflect the emergency we currently face and to provide more support to local authorities to be net zero carbon much sooner.


Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory and Corporate Services said:

“COP26 has been a big moment for the UK and the international community and we have seen political will across the world to tackle one of the biggest issues facing humanity. Now that COP26 is drawing to a close, we call on the government to tackle this problem together, across all levels of government, right down to our local authorities.

“We want the Government to see the opportunities for bottom-up, locally led climate action to be of equal importance as the Levelling Up agenda and to invest in our regions to enable us to truly lead on this work.

“We need to see greater investment in adaptation measures, particularly for coastal areas and areas at risk of flooding. The carbon we emit will stay in the atmosphere for around 100 years and therefore the effects of climate change will have an impact on us. As a coastal borough, Sefton will be affected more than most by extreme weather events to come and we must be prepared.  

“There is no one thing that the Government alone can do to end this climate emergency and we must approach this problem as a problem for all, to be solved by all. Everything we do has a cumulative positive effect and the Government must provide more support to local authorities to ensure that we can protect our communities from climate change and invest in net zero ambitions.”

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