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Sefton’s Graham pens first book to help Alder Hey children

A Sefton Council officer is marking a new chapter as he realises a lifelong dream of becoming a published author.

Graham Parry, a Strategic Housing officer for the local authority, has published his first ever book, ‘Alder’, about a boy who, while sick in hospital, is able to travel through a passage he has drawn on the hospital room wall to a magical world, called “Alder”, where he encounters all kinds of adventures.

Proceeds from each sale of ‘Alder’ will go towards Alder Hey Hospital in Aintree.

The Liverpool  born author, 43, who now lives in Melling said that he couldn’t wait for children to read and enjoy his book, saying: “the idea for the story came to me when I awoke from a sleep one night and all the details of the story were clear right from the start!

“This is my first attempt at a writing book and I am delighted that some of the proceeds from each sale will go to supporting the brilliant and important work of Alder Hey.

“For any parent of a poorly child in Merseyside, having such a fantastic institution as Alder Hey on our doorstep is so comforting – I am happy, in my small way, to be able to help them.”

“I would also like to thank my incredibly supportive colleagues at the Council while I was writing ‘Alder’ and I am touched that copies will be available across our Sefton library network.”

Graham was recently invited to Alder Hey to launch his new book, before hosting a special reading of ‘Alder’ at Formby Library. 

Copies are available to buy at local bookshops, Alder Hey Hospital and online via www.blossomspringpublishing.com.

South Park set for action packed family fun day

Preparations are well underway for the annual South Park Family Fun Day in Bootle.

Each year Sefton Council and its partners host the South Park Family Fun Day, which this year takes place on Thursday August 22 from 12pm – 4pm

The day will include a live DJ, inflatable games, bike marking, face painting, go karts, horse rides, bouncy castles and much more!

Be sure to bring a picnic – and of course the ice cream man will be there too!

The family fun day is a popular event in the local calendar and attracts hundreds of families each year to the beautiful park on Balliol Road.

The event is free to attend with activities starting from 12pm.

Freshfields Animal Rescue launch appeal to help funding ‘crisis’

Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre in Sefton  is facing a funding crisis, which they say is threatening their  mission to rescue and rehome abused, neglected and unwanted animals.

Due to the never-ending stream of distressed animals who need their help, the centres in Ince Blundell and North Wales are always full to capacity with many more animals waiting to be admitted.

Despite the soaring costs and intense financial pressures this brings, most of the time we survive and thrive, thanks to your support over the past 40 years.

At this moment however, Freshfields is experiencing a serious cash flow crisis – like many charities, they rely on Legacies and Gifts in Wills for around 30% of their funding.

Emma Jensen, Fundraising Manager, said: “This is a worrying situation for us, and a real shame that this has happened in our 40th anniversary year. The last time we launched an appeal like this was February, 2017.

“We need to be here for the next 40 years to help the hundreds of animals and birds who need Freshfields every day.

“We need to buy food and medicines for over 600 animals, who get the care and love they so desperately need. We need to pay our bills, and avoid the need to close our doors to new admissions. It’s an ongoing battle, and we’re currently at crisis point.”

You can donate online by clicking here or you can call 0151 931 1604

Sefton Council lauds Kicks partnership with Police & LFC Foundation

On Friday (26 July), Merseyside Police attended Netherton Activity Centre in partnership with LFC Foundation and Sefton Council to confirm that the Premier League Kicks programme will continue to be provided to young people in Sefton.

Football coaching events have been run at the Glovers Lane centre every Friday, and a total of 18 sessions are run every week by the charity across high-need areas in Merseyside. This will now continue into next season, restarting in September.

Matt Parish, Director of LFC Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be delivering our Premier League Kicks programme in Sefton in collaboration with Merseyside Police and Sefton Council.

“Their support means that we can continue to provide free sessions that help to inspire young people using the power of football in some of the most high-need areas.

“Our Kicks programme is a huge success and has been running across the Liverpool City Region for over 10 years. Last season (2018/19) we engaged with over 1,600 young children and young people at the 15 sessions we run weekly.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “The Premier League Kicks programme is a wonderful initiative which keeps our young people active and engaged. It’s just what they need and they love having the opportunity to work with the LFC Foundation.

“I am proud of the effort that Merseyside Police continues to make to work alongside organisations like the LFC Foundation and Sefton Council for the benefit of our young people and I thank all those involved for the time and energy they are investing in a brighter future for the next generation.”

Merseyside Police Community Policing Sergeant Ray Mavrakakis said: “It’s great to see the success of the LFC Foundation’s programme of free sessions in Sefton, which will now continue into next season.

“This is all part of a co-ordinated national and local approach to tackling issues of serious and organised crime.

“Our local officers work closely with partners and the communities to help those who might be drawn into gangs, preventing them becoming involved in a life of crime and offering them different pathways and a more hopeful future.”
Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our sporty youngsters in South Sefton.

“Our ongoing partnership work with Merseyside Police and the LFC Foundation works incredibly well and I am delighted to see that this wonderful programme has returned to Sefton once again.”

You can find more information on LFC Foundation at: https://foundation.liverpoolfc.com/programmes/sports-and-health/premier-league-kicks

Bespoke job club for transgender and transitioning community launched in Southport

A bespoke monthly job club called ‘Butterflies’ is being launched in Southport to support transgender people and those undergoing transition when looking for work.

Following feedback from the transgender and transitioning community, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is working with Find The Light Foundation to help trans people address the additional barriers they face when seeking employment.

The Butterflies Job Club will include support with:

  • Confidence building and personal development
  • Mindfulness and stress reduction
  • Job and training opportunities
  • One-to-one support from DWP staff
  • Support from a specialist adviser regarding health conditions

The job club will take place at Southport Jobcentre, 68b Eastbank Street, Southport, PR8 1HE from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on the following dates:

  • Friday, July 26 2019
  • Friday, September 6 2019
  • Friday, October 4 2019

If you are interested in attending the course, or if you would like some more information, contact Jan Morrell on 07880 275 733 / Janice.morrell@dwp.gov.uk or Gary Bell on 0755 725 4010 / gary.j.bell@dwp.gov.uk

If you are a benefit claimant, speak to your work coach about support with travel costs.

 

 

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