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Sefton promotes public service professions for UN campaign

Sefton Council is shining a light on the important roles of our staff as part of an international celebration to recognise public servants who go above and beyond to help others.

The United Nations has designated June 23 International Public Service Day, using the date to recognise the value of public service to communities across the world. The day is also used to encourage young people to consider careers in the public sector.

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader of Sefton Council said:

“International Public Service Day isn’t only a chance to celebrate the amazing work of our staff in local government but also our partners such as the police, fire service and more. It’s also another chance to say that despite the challenges we face in local government, it is still a rewarding and fulfilling career path across a huge array of professions.

“I’m rightly proud to lead Sefton Council, an organisation that employs nearly 3,500 people, most of them from the local area and all of them doing something to make a difference for Sefton’s communities.”

Members of staff from a breadth of Council services will be sharing their experiences on social media as they give their insight into the things that make working in the public sector such a fulfilling role.

Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive at Sefton Council said:

“As someone who started my journey in social care to become a CEO, I know that public service and local government in particular is not only a fulfilling role but also offers genuine opportunities for progression in the many careers on offer.

“I’m proud of our workforce but the Local Government Association said it best during our peer review when they said that Sefton has a motivated and dedicated workforce that is resilient, adaptable and willing to embrace new challenges. Sefton’s workforce embodies what is great about a career in local government during International Public Service Day.”

If International Public Service Day has motivated you to think of a career in the public sector, check out the latest vacancies on the Sefton Council website and on LinkedIn

Transgender Employability Course to be piloted in Sefton

A bespoke initiative to help unemployed transgender and transitioning people back in to work is being piloted in Sefton.

The Butterflies Programme, the first ever Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)-funded transgender eligibility course, will be held in Southport in July.

The course has been commissioned by DWP following feedback from members of the transgender community and people undergoing transition, and will provide support and advice to address additional barriers faced by transgender people when looking for work.

The free two-week programme involves one-to-one and group sessions to offer support with:

  • Confidence building and personal development
  • Employment skills and tools
  • Handling difficult questions and situations
  • Preparing for interviews

It is open to any Merseyside resident, aged over 18, who is unemployed and in receipt of one of the following benefits; Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance. The course begins in July 2019 in Southport and all travel costs will be covered.

For more information or if you are interested in joining contact Jan Morrell on 0788 027 5733 / or Gary Bell on 0755 725 4010 / Alternatively you can approach your JobCentre Work Coach.

Sefton businesses invited to look to the future

Over 100 business leaders from across the city region will attend the latest Sefton Economic Forum to find out how they can expand and plan for future successes.

Hosted by InvestSefton, the summer Sefton Economic Forum and Growth Hub Marketplace will take place at The Park Hotel in Netherton, June 13, 4.30pm – 7.30pm.

Helping local businesses to capitalise on the rapidly growing technology at their fingertips, with a special focus on Artificial Intelligence and how it can work for them.

This event is for businesses only and they need to book a place by contacting Invest Sefton on 0151 934 3452 or by email

Sefton looks out for best of friends as special year reaches a big milestone

National Best Friends Day (June 8), marks the halfway point in Sefton’s Year of Friendship, a perfect time for Sefton Council to look back on the year so far and look ahead to the rest of what promises to be an exciting 2019.

Throughout the Year of Friendship Sefton Council is dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation of local residents by making them aware of the many groups and activities on offer throughout the borough.

So far, the campaign has shone a light on specialist groups and organisations such as Sefton Carers Centre and the Life After Cancer group; discovered the power of companionship through pet ownership, met a very special centenarian leading a very active life and cheered on an inclusive football team making great strides for disabled young people.

Sefton communities, voluntary sector, charities and businesses have embraced the campaign, including on social media where over 270,000 people have seen the Year of Friendship, and over 6000 taking the opportunity to engage with the local authority.

Upcoming themes for the rest of the Year of Friendship include learning, diversity, food, children and young people and older people.

Cllr. Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member – Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services said

“Best Friends Day is a chance for us all to celebrate the special friendships that we have, or those wonderful friends we have lost down the years.

“Social isolation and loneliness have a detrimental effect on all aspects of a person’s life. The Year of Friendship has not only gained exposure for local groups and services dealing with these issues, it has also given people who need them a chance to discover them.

“Running through the Year of Friendship is Sefton’s warm community spirit, with those small instances of kindness that make a world of difference coming to the fore. I really look forward to seeing what the rest of the campaign holds.”

To learn more about the Year of Friendship, enjoy the many uplifting stories of the year so far and discover the many befriending services in the borough, visit the MySefton website or follow Sefton Council on Twitter and Facebook

Come along to Sefton Community Learning Centre’s Summer Fair

Sefton Community Learning Service is celebrating summer with a Summer Fair and Car Boot Sale on Saturday, June 22.

Taking place at the Sefton Community Learning Service hub at 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth from 12-3pm, the event promises lots of fun for all the family with a variety of workshops and activities on offer.

Workshops include self-defence, Italian dessert-making, healthy pizza decorating, recycled jewellery making, self defence awareness and flower arranging.

Freshfield Animal Rescue will be at the fair running games and stalls to help support their charity.

Merseyside Police will be bringing along a ‘police media gaming van’ providing information on personal and home security (including bike marking) and Bluebell Stalls, who run local gift, craft and produce fairs will be offering plenty of products crafts to buy.

The Canal & River Trust and Living Well Sefton will also be attending the event, and there will be plenty of traditional stalls including ‘hook-a-duck’, ‘hoopla’ and balloon modelling.

To find out more about the event, book a place on one of the workshops or secure a pitch for the car boot sale, call 0151 934 4546. Admission is free and entry is £5 per car for the car boot sale.


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