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Fast-growing Sefton business creates cutting-edge medical training facility for LJMU

A Southport tech firm has created a cutting-edge immersive training room for nurses after receiving business growth support from InvestSefton.

Immersive Interactive worked with Liverpool John Moores University to create and install a bespoke cloud-based experience, providing students the experience of delivering clinical care under realistic, high-pressure conditions.

The immersive room, designed and built by the Southport firm, uses pioneering technology to bring training scenarios to life.

Having received business support from InvestSefton, Immersive Interactive has enjoyed significant growth over the past six years and has received funding through the Local Growth Hub to further develop the cloud-based software on which its technology is based.

Immersive Interactive now has a global reach, providing its technology for all aspects of healthcare.

Chris Porter, Director at Immersive Interactive, said: “The financial and advisory support has really helped us to bring our immersive rooms to life, develop our technical capability, and push into new territories. We’re set to keep on growing and pushing the boundaries of immersive training.”

Mike Mullin, Service Manager at InvestSefton, said: “We are delighted to see Immersive Interactive receive this funding and support which has enabled them to use their technology in such an exciting venture with LJMU. This brings great economic benefits to both Sefton and the Liverpool City Region and we look forward to seeing how this and other projects develop.”

Immersive Interactive worked with John Moores University to create realistic clinical environments. The platform also allows students and lecturers from the University’s nursing faculty to design and produce their own interactive learning programmes to tailor course content to their needs.

The room will be officially launched as part of the University’s Adult Nursing programme.

Jan Williams, Senior Nurse Lecturer, at Liverpool John Moores University, said “Immersive Interactive developed the basis of the room for us and set it up within the University so staff could see if this was something they could use. Overwhelmingly, the staff felt that the room would enhance the students learning experience. We worked with Immersive Interactive to make the room as interactive as possible – students have created a range of scenarios which mimic real life. Clinical scenarios don’t happen in silent, sterile rooms – they happen at roadsides, or busy A&E departments – so this technology is key in helping our students become effective practitioners out in the real world.”

CCTV appeal launched following Poppy Tin theft in Ainsdale

Merseyside Police have issued a CCTV still of a man who may be able to assist with an investigation into the theft of two charity tins and food on Saturday, 26 October.

The incident happened on Liverpool Road, Ainsdale at around 10.30pm. One of the items stolen was a charity tin for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Sergeant Jenni Bowman said: “Any type of stealing is unacceptable, but to take from a charity is absolutely despicable and I’m confident members of our community will be just as angry.

“If anyone has any information which may help us to identify this individual please come forward. We will act on all information and bring those responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact @MerPolCC quoting 19100624754, call 101 or contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Star performers help Sefton sparkle for Constellations weekend

A stellar line up of local entertainment is set to dazzle Crosby as part of this weekend’s constellations switch-on.

Crosby Coastal Park will be lit up with an amazing light constellation to signal the start of Sefton’s build up to the Borough of Culture.

The Borough of Culture (BoC) title is awarded by the Liverpool City Region’s Combined Authority to one of its six local authorities (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) on a rotating, annual basis.

2019 is currently Wirral’s year while 2020 will be dedicated to Sefton with a raft of new, existing and community led events planned for the year.

To start the build-up to Sefton’s year, a huge light constellation – Parabolic Lightcloud – will be switched on in Crosby Coastal Park on Friday, November 8.

On November 8, there will be an evening of activities including local bands, choirs, food and drink stalls and Spark! Spark! are a street theatre show performed by five to seven characters that combines high-impact drumming, dynamic choreography and beautiful lighting design.

The light constellation will be located at the bottom of South Road, Waterloo and will be there all weekend (November 8-10) along with entertainment from 4pm each evening.

The event is free to attend although there are drop off points to welcome any foodbank donations on any day for South Sefton Foodbank. Please consider using public transport to attend as well with Waterloo being the nearest Merseyrail station. Toilets will be available at Crosby Lakeside.

Visitors to the event are encouraged to get a photograph of the constellation and widely share it on social media tagging Sefton Council in and using #Sefton2020.

The full running order is:

Friday, November 8
16.15 – 16.45 Spark!
17.00 – 17.30 Voice Your Voice
17.45 – 18.15 Sarah Jones
18.15 – 18.30 Speeches & switch on
18.30 – 19.00 Spark!
19.15 – 19.45 The Secret Ukulele Band
20.00 – 20.30 The Travelling Wannabes
20.45 – 21.15 Soul Declaration
21.30 – 22.00 Spark!

Saturday 9th November
16:15 – 16:45 Mark James
16:50 – 16:55 Fire Breather
17:00 – 17:30 How Many
17:45 – 18:15 Sanny Moyles
18:30 – 19:00 Make Noise Choir
19:05 – 19:10 Fire Breather
19:15 – 19:45 Paul Iwan
19:50 – 19:55 Fire Breathers








Sunday, November 10
16.15 – 16.45 Maghull Parish Bell Ringers
17.00 – 17.30 Georgia Campbell
17.45 – 18.15 Nocturnal Coast
18.30 – 19.00 Paul Anderton
19.15 – 19.45 Top Slice

Have a chatter and a natter in Formby this month

Chatter and Natter events are taking place every week day in cafés around Formby, offering people the chance to pull up a chair and strike up a conversation.

Dedicated tables will be set up for café customers who wish to chat with fellow customers.

Chatter and Natter is part of the national Chatty Café scheme aimed at bringing people together at participating venues.

To date more than 900 venues have signed up nationwide.

Chatter and Natter takes place at the following cafes in Formby:

  • Mondays – Delish, Brows Lane – 10am – 6pm
  • Tuesdays – Formby Pool Café, Elbow Lane – 1pm – 3pm
  • Wednesdays – Derbyshires, Chapel Lane – 10am – 11.30am
  • Thursdays – The Bakery, Halsall Lane – 10am – 12noon
  • Sundays – The Kitchen, Chapel Alley – 10am – 3pm

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Remembrance Day Services: All you need to know

As many people as possible are encouraged to join Remembrance Day services taking place across the borough next week, to remember those who died in conflict.

 The Mayor of Sefton, Councillors and other Sefton Council representatives will be present at a total of 11 services being held on Sunday, November 10.

 The Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, will attend a morning service at the War Memorial, Five Lamps, St George’s Road, Waterloo at 10.30am.

 Other services are to be held in Aintree, Ainsdale, Crosby, Bootle, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Litherland, Maghull and Southport.

 As with previous years members of the public are asked to arrive at a service in plenty of time. This is due to the high volume of residents expected to turn out to pay their respects.

A spokesperson from Sefton Council said: “Every year councillors and council officers from Sefton make every effort to be present at the many services taking place across the borough.

“Hopefully as many people as possible will join one of the services happening across the borough to take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave service men and women.”


Aintree: Sefton Parish Church, Sefton Village, L29 (10.30am)
Ainsdale: Village Green War Memorial (10:30am)
Bootle: King’s Garden’s War Memorial, Stanley Road (10.25am)
Crosby: Alexandra Park War Memorial Garden, Coronation Road (10:45am)
Formby: Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane (2.50pm)
Hightown: St Stephen’s Road War Memorial (10:35am)
Ince Blundell: Lady Green Lane War Memorial (12:05pm)
Litherland: Sefton Road War Memorial (10:30am)
Maghull: St Andrew’s Church, Damfield Lane (9.50am)
Southport: Lord Street War Memorial (10:25am)
Waterloo: Five Lamps War Memorial, Gt George’s Road (10:30am)

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