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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:

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 / or Gary Bell on 0755 725 4010 /

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



How you can volunteer to help visually impaired people in Sefton during Year of Friendship

For Formby resident Derek Thomas, being visually impaired is no barrier to living a full life thanks to the help of his guide dog and great friend Sooty.

Not only does Sooty, who was paired with Derek by Guide Dogs Liverpool in November 2018, help him navigate but he has also helped Derek make new friends and connections across Sefton.

This July, Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship campaign is celebrating diversity across our borough and shining a light on the many groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote diversity and foster friendship.

Derek said: “Sooty is my first ever guide dog. We try to get out every day, if only to go to the library or gym. These are things I used to do with a long white cane but it’s nice to be able to go out with Sooty and have somebody to talk to. Of course I don’t expect him to answer me, it’s just nice to have someone there.

“I’m safe with Sooty, and I find that because I’m with him people tend to see you a lot more and react better. Our relationship is brilliant, it’s different to having any other pet. He’s a one-man dog and we have bonded very well together. He’s a lovely dog and he’s great with me.”

Guide Dogs Liverpool is currently appealing for volunteers in Sefton to take part in its fantastic ‘My Guide’ scheme to help visually impaired people get out and about and meet new people. The scheme involves training sighted people to assist visually impaired people within their own communities.

Volunteers undergo specialist training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, helping them navigating environments, build self-confidence and increase social interaction.

Penny Anderson, Engagement Officer at Guide Dogs, said: “My Guide is a really exciting initiative that involves training sighted people to support visually impaired people within their community. We’re looking for sighted volunteers within the Sefton area to support people that have been waiting to have a My Guide volunteer. If you can spare a few hours a week, and would like to train and support someone visually impaired in Sefton, we’d love to hear from you.”

If you would like to find out more about the My Guide scheme call 0118 98 38 749 or visit

Watch a video of Derek and Sooty, and Penny explaining more about the My Guide scheme, below.


Sefton awarded £240,000 cash boost for Human Library project

Sefton Library Service is celebrating after being awarded almost £240,000 in National Lottery funding to support the Human Library project.

The National Lottery Community Fund, distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK.

The award will provide 3 years funding to Sefton Libraries to offer a programme of creative activities that invite local people to meet spend time together, and make their neighbourhood a better place to live.

It builds on a successful pilot project supported by Arts Council England.

The project will see a year-round creative programme in Bootle Crosby and Netherton libraries, volunteering opportunities, and new initiatives including creating a garden space for Bootle library, and programmes of work with young families and refugees.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.

“Sefton’s libraries are creative, innovative and support the local community and individuals to flourish.

“Libraries are vital community spaces, with a key role in the cultural life of our borough.”

Tanya Wilcock, Sefton Council’s Head of Communities, added: “Through this project we are creating a sense of wellbeing and supporting people in their own community. People don’t just use our libraries to read books.

“Through The Human Library local people can enjoy the arts, be creative, learn skills and make friends, creating a network and community that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.”

Human Library is a project by Sefton Library Service in partnership with local arts organisation Rule of Threes. The idea behind the project is that everyone has “gifts of the heart, the hand and the head” to offer their community. Artists projects, commissions and events help local people find and share these gifts. A new season of events will begin in September.

To find out more or to take part please see

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