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Sefton libraries named Library of Sanctuary

Library of Sanctuary Award - Welcoming people seeking sanctuarySefton Council’s libraries have joined a handful of library services in the UK to be awarded ‘Library of Sanctuary’ status.

Libraries of Sanctuary

Presented by the City of Sanctuary UK, the award recognises and celebrates libraries across the country that go above and beyond in welcoming refugees, people seeking asylum, or anyone in need of a safe place.

City of Sanctuary UK is a nationally co-ordinated network of organisations and services, including councils, universities, theatres and libraries, which welcomes and supports refugees and asylum seekers. They aim to raise awareness of the issues facing people within the asylum system and create a culture of welcome in the community.

Human Libraries

Sefton’s libraries have been recognised by the network for their work in supporting those seeking sanctuary and for their Human Libraries programme.

The programme, at Bootle and Crosby libraries, hosts regular, free workshops, events and community meets. Since its creation, it has led a number of collaborative projects with the community to establish a welcoming space.

In March, Human Libraries won a 2021 Impact Award from Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards for their work during the Covid restrictions.

During lockdown, the programme still continued with online and blended activities, providing residents with social events that they could attend safely.

The announcement has been made in line with Refugee Week, which runs from Monday 20th to Sunday 26th June and celebrates the contributions and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “We are committed to supporting the entire community so I’m extremely pleased that we have achieved Library of Sanctuary status. The award highlights the vital work that our libraries have put in to ensure that refugees and people seeking asylum feel welcome in Sefton.

“Our Human Libraries project in particular showcases the diverse range of skills and inclusivity the members of the Borough have to offer.”

Siân Summer Rees, the Chief Officer of the City of Sanctuary Network said: “We are delighted that Sefton libraries are now a Library of Sanctuary. This team has gone above and beyond to welcome people seeking sanctuary and platform their voices, bring the community together and raise awareness of the reasons people are forced to move.

“This award formally recognises this phenomenal work – work which has never before been so important.”

People can find out more about Sefton Council’s Library Service and the Human Libraries initiative at

Waste Collection Update 16/06

We would like to make residents aware that Sefton Council Waste Collection Crews will be working hard over the weekend to catch up on outstanding green bin collections in the following areas:

  • Crosby
  • Waterloo
  • Bootle
  • Litherland
  • Seaforth
  • Thornton
  • Blundellsands
  • Little Crosby
  • Brighton-le-Sands

Residents in those areas are asked to leave their green bins presented for collection.

We understand the frustration surrounding recent delays and would like to assure residents that we are continuing to make progress towards clearing the backlog.

Southport Market presents flavours from Asia in July

Southport Market is welcoming new vendor Kaizen early next month.

Sushi rolls served at KaizenOffering pan-Asian flavours ranging from hot sushi rolls and salads to small plates for sharing Kaizen, will open Unit 9 of Southport Market on Wednesday 6 July.

And, in preparation for their opening next month, Kaizen are advertising for full and part-time front and back of house staff. Anyone interested is invited to an open day today, Wednesday 15th June from 11am-6pm at the new location in Southport Market.

Since opening its doors in 2021 at Cedar Farm in West Lancashire, Kaizen has committed to only using locally sourced meat, vegetables and sustainably caught fish. Owners Keith Taylor and James Prescott originally met when they were working on the Formula 1 racing circuit. After working together catering for racing teams and guests, the two friends decided to open their own business together.

Southport Market was given a £1.4m refurbishment in July 2021 and is currently home to nine regular vendors serving food and drink from around the .

The market regularly hosts popular events in its Extravaganza Room as well as a weekly artisan market where locally made crafts, artwork and homeware are sold.

Welcoming the arrival of Kaizen, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Kaizen’s opening is another example of the diverse offering of cuisines that make Southport Market so popular, and we’re delighted to be able to support local businesses by hosting them in such a popular central hub.

“Since its refurbishment and re-opening last year, Southport Market has gone from strength to strength.

“Kaizen is the Japanese word for improvement, and the opening of this new vendor will definitely be an improvement to our bustling market.”

People can find out more about Southport Market and keep up to date with upcoming events and what’s available at

Crosby Marina to host 5km Challenge

Runners taking part in an Active Sefton eventSefton Council’s Active Workforce team are hosting their annual 5km Challenge and are opening the doors to anyone who wants to get involved.

Taking place on Tuesday, 28 June, the event will consist of a 5km run or walk around the perimeter of Crosby Marina. As runners make their way around the lake, they will be able to take in the sights of Crosby beach.

The Challenge will begin at 6pm and costs just £15 per entry. Active Workforce members will pay a reduced rate of £10.

Participants can enter as an individual, or as a team of five. Everyone who enters will receive a medal and t-shirt, with an additional trophy for the fastest male and fastest female.

The event, which has been running since 2008, is open to all abilities, with the option to run, walk or stroll the 5km distance. Previous years have seen up to 500 people take part and the Active Workforce team are hoping to see a good turn out this year.

A number of Sefton councillors have already signed up for the Challenge and will be joined by Chief Executive of Sefton Council Dwayne Johnson.

Active Workforce hopes to encourage members of the public to get out and get active while spending time with colleagues, friends and family. The aim of the 5km Challenge is to be a fun event that anyone can enter and complete at their own pace.

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

“I am delighted to be taking part in the Active Workforce 5km Challenge.

“The team have been working incredibly hard to create events that are accessible to everyone, no matter their ability or experience. This challenge isn’t a contest, it’s about exercising at your own rate.

“It is so important to get outside and maintain a healthy lifestyle and this is something we always look to encourage through events such as this.

“I hope we’ll see a great turnout for what should be a fantastic event.”

To request an entry form, people should contact Anyone wanting to get involved needs to contact Active Workforce before Friday 24 June to be guaranteed a place.

To find out more about Sefton Council’s healthy living services and memberships, visit

Healthwatch Sefton looking for new chairperson

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service is seeking a new chairperson to continue and develop the work of Healthwatch Sefton.

Healthwatch Sefton works to make sure that NHS leaders listen to and use local residents’ feedback to improve future care. Last year, they helped nearly a million people have their say and get the support they needed.

The non-profit is part of a national network, who address the key health and care areas with the Department of Health and other national organisations.

Healthwatch Sefton is looking for a chairperson to help them to continue in their mission to help people to get advice, share their experiences and drive further improvements in care.

The successful candidate will be someone with drive, energy and enthusiasm as well as an understanding and experience of governance at a senior or board level. The chairperson will also have a seat on the Sefton Health and Well Being Board and will need to take a leadership role within the newly emerging health and care system.

The role will include leading and further developing Healthwatch Sefton, working as one of the Directors, chairing the Board, chairing the operational Steering Group and working with other partners to set the strategic plan and direction.

Volunteer expenses will be paid, but the position itself is voluntary and unpaid. In order to apply, you must not be employed by an NHS organisation or by Sefton Council.

On average, the role will require 40 hours per month, but this can change each month depending on the workload and any meetings.

Applications for this role close on Wednesday 15 June. If you’re interested in applying, or want to find out more visit the Sefton CVS website.

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