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Bootle Bucks back Sefton’s Year Of Friendship campaign

A football club in Sefton, created solely to encourage youngsters with disabilities to get into the sport, is backing a council led campaign to celebrate the importance of mental and physical well-being.

May marks Sefton’s Year Of Friendship’s ‘Active’ month, where the local authority celebrates community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and more.

Sefton Council’s campaign is being supported by a number of groups and organisations across the borough, including Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club, who have been leading the way in inclusive sporting events since 2018.

John Rice, Chairman of Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC, said: “We started the team in April 2018 with a view of giving a handful of kids with a disability an opportunity to play football.

“Since then Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC has really blossomed into a huge event. Now we have up to 70 kids every Saturday turning up to play football.

“But it’s not only football and fitness, it’s friendships that the children have made. They all stay over at each other’s houses, going out for days out and more!

“The parents are meeting up as well outside of football so what started out as just a footballing idea has really turned into a massive family now really which is absolutely fantastic.”

To find out more about Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship visit www.mysefton.co.uk.
More information about Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC can be found on twitter via www.twitter.com/inclusionbucks.

100 Year Old lauds benefits of making friends and keeping fit

A 100 year old woman from Sefton is backing a council led campaign to celebrate the importance of mental and physical well-being.

May marks Sefton’s Year Of Friendship’s ‘Active’ month, where the Local Authority celebrates community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and more.

Sefton Council’s campaign is being supported by a number of groups and organisations across the borough, including Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club, the Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP) and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG).

The importance of making lasting relationships all while keeping fit and active has certainly not been lost on 100 year old Alma Jones from Maghull, who regularly attends an Active Ageing Falls Prevention class.

Bootle born Alma regularly joins other elderly residents at St Andrews Church, Maghull for the weekly classes where skilled instructors help Over 65s to develop muscle strength and improve balance, with the aim of preventing potentially serious falls or accidents.

However Alma says she benefits just as much from the social inclusion aspect of the course.

Alma said: “For one thing the Active Ageing course gets your arms and legs moving, which maybe would not be happening otherwise but also we’re socialising, which a lot of people don’t do when living on their own.

“Some people just stay in their house, just watching television and not speaking to anyone. 

“So I make a point of going out every day, coming to this class, and keep on socialising. Often I will invariably meet somebody and talk to somebody which you should do when you’re older.

“I love coming to the class. I have always been very active and throughout my life I’ve done lots of exciting things like rock-climbing and made sure I always kept fit by swimming, cycling and general good living.”

To find out more about Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship www.mysefton.co.uk.

Sefton’s Year Of Friendship celebrates the fittest friendships in May!

The month of May marks Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship celebration of all things Active.

Throughout May we’ll be taking a look at a host of community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and much more!

From eager centenarians at the local authority’s very own Active Ageing classes to the mighty Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC making their mark on and off the field, Sefton is a hive of fitness inspired friendships.

Every year hundreds of new friendships are forged through various health and wellbeing clubs and sessions across Sefton and there has never been a better time to get involved in your community.

Keep checking this post for updates throughout May on a whole host of opportunities for you to get fit and make friends in our fantastic borough…

Amazing Bowling For Health scheme rolls out across #MySefton

Supported by the MSP (Merseyside Sports Partnership)’, Bowling For Health is a fantastic initiative, developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby. Now the scheme is bowling over many other clubs and residents across Sefton.

Bowling For Health was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Holy Trinity Bowling Club in Formby

Run by qualified and welcoming coaches, older adults are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by heading along to a Bowl for Health course near them.

Currently there are 3 sessions starting in Sefton. They are:

• Scarisbrick Bowling Club, Falkland Road, Southport. Sessions will run from 10.30am -11.30am from Friday, May 10 for eight weeks. Book a place by calling 07821 995055 or email doger.lloyd70@gmail.com

• Victoria Park Bowling Club, Esplanade, Southport. Sessions will be held from 10am starting on Saturday, May 11, for six weeks. To book a place call on 07816287273 or email vpbcbowling@gmail.com

  • Botanic Gardens Bowling Club, Bankfield Lane, Southport. Sessions have already begun and run 10am to 11am for six weeks – to book your place please contact Rod Eckersley on 01704 224167 or email reckersley144@btinternet.com.

To find out more and to keep abreast of future sessions, visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth

Active Alma is still making friends at 100 years old!

Alma Jones is proving that age is just a number as she continues to impress instructors at Sefton’s Active Ageing sessions – at 100 years old!

Active Alma says her local health club helps fight off social isolation

Alma Jones, who celebrated her landmark birthday in March, is a familiar face at her local Active Ageing Falls Prevention class and she insists keeping active is key to fighting social isolation and keeping both her mind and body active.

Alma said: “Not only are the Active Ageing classes fantastic for keeping well and building up your muscle strength, they’re also a great opportunity for people to make friends and have a chat between exercises!”

Read more about Alma and her active adventures here.

 

How a shared love of animals is helping people connect during Year of Friendship

Anyone who has cared for an animal knows the difference they can make to our lives, whether it’s by bringing us companionship, helping us get out in to the great outdoors more or encouraging us to connect with others.

Throughout the Year of Friendship 2019, Sefton Council and its partners are celebrating groups, individuals and organisations who help foster friendship throughout the borough.

For April, we are shining a light on some of the special relationships that exist between animals and humans across Sefton, and those who benefit from having animal companions in their lives.

Freshfields Animal Rescue is a beloved local charity based in Ince Blundell that cares for abandoned, abused and unwanted domestic and small farm animals, along with sick and injured wildlife. Each year they rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of animals thanks to generous donations from the public and the dedicated work of a committed team of staff and volunteers.

Yet as well as helping their residents flourish and recover, the work they carry out has helped build a network of like-mined volunteers who have bonded over a shared love of animals and who enjoy a “tight-knit” camaraderie of their own.

Naomi Clarke, Community Fundraiser at Freshfields Animal Rescue, said: “It’s well document that with regards to mental health and wellbeing there is a unanimous friendship between animals and humans.

“The friendships that animals bring are so worthwhile. I see the relationships all the time between people and animals here at Freshfields – staff have adopted animals and the difference it’s made to both the animal and the person is huge.

“We’ve got a lot of volunteers that have a real camaraderie between them too. They embrace friendship, they do a lot of things together and they encourage other people to join in as well. They bring their own network of people to come and take part.

“It’s a real tight knit of people at Freshfields and when you see some of the cases that come in and some of the situations that arise, it shows how valuable those friendships are. People here are all striving for the same good – everything we do here is for the benefit of the animals, and that is one thing that everybody’s got in common.”

There are many ways you can get involved with Freshfields Animal Rescue, from fundraising to fostering and helping out at the centre. It’s a brilliant opportunity to make new friends, both human and furry, so why not check out their website and see how you can get involved: https://www.freshfields.org.uk/get-involved/

Freshfields Animal Rescue also has a number of events coming up this year, including a sponsored firewalk and a sponsored abseil down Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, and are looking for people to take part. Click this link to find out more and see how you can help: https://www.freshfields.org.uk/events/

Video produced by Sefton Council. Still image courtesy of Freshfields Animal Rescue.

Life After Stroke – Help for residents recovering from a stroke who feel isolated

Throughout Sefton’s Year of Friendship, Sefton Council is dedicated to reducing loneliness by making residents aware of the many groups and activities on offer throughout the borough.

The Council would like to highlight the Stroke Association’s work to tackle isolation for Sefton residents who are recovering from a stroke.

The Stroke Association are an organisation which offers high quality up to date stroke information for patients, their families and carers.

Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. That is one stroke every three and a half minutes. Most people affected are over 65 but anyone can have a stroke including children and even babies.

Feelings of isolation and depression can be common for people who are recovering from a stroke. Sometimes this is the result of mobility issues that make it difficult for survivors to get out. It may be the frustration that comes with the inability to communicate clearly. For some survivors, symptoms are a source of embarrassment. Whatever its cause, the cure for isolation is other people.

Merseyside Life After Stroke Group, meet every Tuesday 10-12pm

Hope Community Church Old Roan, Aintree Ln, Liverpool L10 2JJ.

This is a very popular group with over 40 members from Sefton, attending each week. Patients are offered peer support, exercise and social activities.

South Sefton Life After Stroke Group, meet every Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm,

Orrell Lodge Bootle, Rafter Ave, L20 6PRE.

Peer support is offered along with social activities.

For more information please contact, Dawn Farrell or Jeanette Swift on 0151 305 0011/12

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