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New Friendship Cafe launching in Southport

A Friendship Cafe sponsored by Southport Salvation Army is set to launch on Sunday, 7 July at The Salvation Army Coffee Lounge in Southport.

This is a perfect opportunity during Sefton’s Year of Friendship to meet up with old friends and make new friends.

Following the launch, the cafe will take place every Sunday from 1pm to 3pm and is completely free of charge.

The cafe aims to provide a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for anyone looking for a bit of company, a cuppa and a bite to eat.

If you would like to offer a helping hand, the Salvation Army is also looking for volunteers to help coordinate the cafe each Sunday. If you’d like to get involved please call 01704 547805 or email        

The Salvation Army Coffee Lounge can be found at 65 Shakespeare Street, Southport, PR 5AJ.

For more information call 01704 547805 or email        


Get ready for Waterloo Fest 2019!

The line-up has been confirmed for this year’s Waterloo Festival at Crosby Coastal Park on Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 June.

Over 200 artistes will join 22 live bands across two stages throughout the weekend with headliners including Chainsaw Haircut, Caramel Dragons, Viva La Coldplay and Led Zed.

In addition to the Logic Music Zone, the festival will also host the Greatest Hits Radio Community Zone with a family fun fair, food and drink fayre, market stalls and activities.

Visitors can enjoy gymnastics, dance and martial arts displays as well as performances from two community choirs.

Adults can access the festival for £6 per day while children aged 15 and under can buy tickets at £2 per day. Concessions (seniors, students and unemployed) can head into the festival for £3 per day and children under 3 are free.

For more information and full line up details visit

Celebrate the environment with Green Sefton

As part of the Liverpool City Region 2019 Year of the Environment, Green Sefton will be hosting a celebration day at Southport Eco Centre on Friday, 31 May , from 10am to 4pm.

Working with the team at the Eco Centre, the free public event will feature exhibits and displays from across the region, looking at green issues including transport, energy and transport.

Guided walks will explore the Queens Jubilee Nature Trail to enjoy the priceless flora and fauna of the Sefton coast, while there will also be the opportunity to find out more about neighbouring parks, including Kings Gardens and the fabulous border at Rotten Row.

We would like to invite you to drop into this all-day event to learn more about the 2019 Year of Environment and help celebrate what the borough’s greenspaces and coastline have to offer.

We hope you can join us to learn more about the 2019 Year of the Environment on May 31st.

Southport Eco Centre can be found on the Esplanade, Southport, PR8 1RX.

Find out more about the Liverpool City Region 2019 Year of Environment here:

Three inspirational Sefton women named finalists in Merseyside Women of the Year 2019

Three inspirational women from Sefton and a Bootle-based voluntary service have been named finalists in the Merseyside Women of the Year awards 2019 and a public vote has been opened to decide the overall Merseyside Woman of the Year.

Laura Hughes, Margot Walker and Brenda Porter will join Bootle based organisation RASA to make the shortlist of 26 unsung heroes from across the region at the annual independent awards ceremony, which will take place on Friday 28 June 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in Liverpool City Centre.

The categories for 2019 are Women’s Group, Young Apprentice, Arts & Media, Entrepreneur, Inspirational Woman, One to Watch, Social Impact, Woman of Courage, Business Leader, Woman Making a Difference and Community Change.

Laura Hughes, Formby, Sefton – Laura Hughes is the sister of Colin McGinty, who was brutally stabbed to death. She campaigns to prevent young people carrying knives and ensure that other families don’t endure the pain hers has suffered.

Margot Walker, Blundellsands, Sefton – Margot’s independent family-run pawnbrokers has survived despite competition from large national companies for over 100 years. For many years she was the only woman representative of the National Council of Pawnbrokers, eventually becoming President.

Brenda Porter, Ainsdale, Sefton – Eighty-year-old Brenda is a tireless “Champion of the Community” in Ainsdale and her impact is far reaching. Brenda has not let much get in her way but her age and gender have meant that she has always had to work harder to prove herself.

RASA, Bootle, Sefton

RASA has worked tirelessly for almost 35 years to support victims of rape and sexual abuse. The small grassroots voluntary service welcomes close to 3,000 new clients each year.

A public vote is now open to decide the overall “woman of the year” (closes 10th June).  The winner will be announced at the annual ceremony on 28th June. 

To find out more about the finalists and vote for your Merseyside Woman of the Year 2019 visit

Top marks for Mark! Sefton’s principle social worker scoops top award

Mark Waterhouse, Principle Social Worker at Sefton Council, has been recognised for the positive difference he has made to the health and social care sector at Liverpool Hope University’s Leaders Club Awards 2019.

The awards celebrate individuals who have made a significant impact to the Liverpool City Region by demonstrating excellent leadership skills and promoting excellence in leadership in others.

Mark’s work with Sefton Council’s Integrated Re-ablement and Assessment Service has been key to developing a multi-agency collaboration that has delivered transformative support care for those with support needs across the Liverpool City Region.

This work has led him to be awarded the top prize in the award’s health and social care category.

In each category, the judges have looked individuals that demonstrate a number of leadership values, traits and qualities including honesty, integrity, courage, empathy, competency, communication, co-operation and impact.

Mark’s career in social work began 30 years ago when he mistakenly applied for a job in the civil service while looking for work in the catering industry. However, he quickly fell in love with the social care profession and has gone on to do great things for Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.

Dwayne Johnson, Director of Social Care and Health at Sefton Council, said: “Congratulations to Mark for all his hard work with Sefton’s Integrated Re-ablement and Assessment Service – his contribution has helped deliver joined-up care for some of our most vulnerable residents. Well done Mark, this award is very well deserved.”

Mark added: “I’m delighted. I have never won anything before and it was a huge surprise – I didn’t even know I was nominated let alone that I’d won the award! It means so much as I was nominated by the NHS clinical commissioning group. I’m proud of my contribution to the project.”

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