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Foster for Sefton in 2022! Make a difference to a young person’s life by being their #EverydayAngel

The dedication and support Sefton’s Foster Carers provide to vulnerable children in the Borough means many of these young people see their carers as ‘Angels.’

This New Year, Sefton is launching its #EverydayAngel campaign to show its appreciation for all the fantastic work they do and for the care they provide.

Sefton is also urging local people to think about becoming an #EverydayAngel themselves by fostering a local child and help to turn their life around.

Angela and Paul have fostered with Sefton Council for three years and are helping to spread the important message about this rewarding role.

Angela said “We’re just ordinary people. We don’t class ourselves as angels but as a foster carer it is almost like you are a guardian angel to some of these children.

“At the moment we are fostering two beautiful little girls as well as working full time. If we can do it, anyone can”

Christine and her daughter Olivia foster for Sefton and really see the difference they are making to children’s lives.

Christine said: “I love fostering, it’s so rewarding to help children and watch them grow and become more confident”

Olivia said “I love to help my mum out, putting them to bed and giving them cuddles and kisses. To me my mum is an angel and I know our foster children think that too” 

Cllr Mhairi Doyle MBE, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“Our foster carers are naturally loving people with big hearts. We know that they see themselves as normal people but to Sefton and the children they care for, they are a lifeline and they truly are our ‘Angels’.

“Through our #EverydayAngel campaign we want to highlight how Sefton really values all of our carers’ hard work and dedication.

“If you think you have those nurturing qualities and feel you have something to give then please get in touch with us and find out more.”

Sefton’s Foster Carers are paid for their skills, receive full training and support, plus allowances. Anyone who is thinking about fostering can find out more by speaking to one of the team or by visiting the dedicated website at 

Or they can call the freephone number – 0800 923 2777

Advice on fuel bills and housing ahead of forecast cold snap

Frost covered fir treeWith a cold snap forecast, Sefton Council is reminding people in the Borough living on low incomes can find support through its Affordable Warmth Team.

People can contact the team at or by calling 0151 934 2222, for assistance and advice on a range of topics.


Also, the Council is reminding the Borough’s landlords that they should advise tenants facing difficulties with the cost of heating their homes to visit the Simple Energy Advice website at or call their helpline on 0800 444 202.

Ofgem also provides advice on getting help if you can’t afford your energy bills through its website at


Depending on their circumstances, tenants they may also be eligible for support through:

Stark choice

Last month, Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said that rocketing energy bills could result in some of the Borough’s families making the stark choice between eating and heating their homes this winter.

Cllr Hardy said: “Energy price rises, combined with the Government’s cutting of £20 per week from Universal Credit in October, has resulted in families across Sefton facing a tough winter ahead.

“I want to reassure our communities that our dedicated Affordable Warmth Team are here to help.”

Housing difficulties

People facing housing difficulties that could put their home at risk, who have received an eviction notice or have rent arrears should get in touch with our Homeless Prevention Service at or by calling 0151 934 3541.

The Homeless Prevention team works with tenants to help them maintain their tenancy or with moving on to more affordable and suitable accommodation, and they can also assist landlords that are facing issues such as rent arrears and late or inconsistent rent payments.

Landlords who have concerns about vulnerable tenants can also contact the team for support in resolving the situation.


Sefton Council appoints new Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education

Martin Birch
Martin Birch

Sefton Council has appointed a new Executive Director of Children’s Social Care and Education.

After a thorough recruitment process, the Council has appointed Martin Birch, who is currently Director of Children’s Social Care at Together for Children, in Sunderland. Together for Children is owned by Sunderland City Council but controlled by an independent board to ensure operational independence.

Track record

Cllr. Mhairi Doyle, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care said: “Martin has a strong track record and I am pleased that we have now appointed him to head up our Children’s Social Services teams at a time when they are facing unprecedented levels of demand.

“Sefton Council is well on with addressing the challenges raised by a recent OFSTED inspection and Martin will focus on driving those developments and improvements forward.

Sefton Council committed an extra £6 million to children’s social care in April and in September announced a further £4 million investment in staffing. Extra staff have already been appointed and the Council has established a transformation team supported by the Department for Education.

Committed and skilled

Cllr Doyle continued: “The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that demands on our committed and skilled Children’s Social Care teams is unlike anything we’ve known before.

“Martin joins us at a time when we are putting in place the high-quality, responsive service that families, children and young people across Sefton need.”


Martin Birch who has been with Sunderland Council since 2018, but who hails from Merseyside said: “I am thrilled to have been given this wonderful opportunity. It’s an exciting time to join Sefton Council with significant investment within the Children’s Services, providing the impetus for the next chapter of the improvement journey.

“I am looking forward to working with colleagues to provide the very best services to children, young people and families within the Borough”.

Mobile COVID testing in Sefton – January 2022

Throughout January , drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough.
These sites are for people with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting
Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations:

Dates and locations for January 2022

  • Saturday 1 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Tuesday 4  NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Wednesday 5 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 6 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 7 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 8 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 9 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 10 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 11 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 12 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 13 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 14 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 15 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 16 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 17 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Tuesday 18 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 19 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 20 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 21 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 22 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 23 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 24 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Tuesday 25 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 26 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 27 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 28 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 29 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 30 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 31 Litherland Sports Park

Our mobile Swab Squads are out this week.

Check our @SeftonCouncil Twitter feed for dates and locations. 

Walk-through test centres

In addition, four local walk-through test centres are open , providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Lane, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

They are open from 8am to 6pm every day,

Those with symptoms wanting tests, need to book ahead of going to either the walk-through or drive-through sites. It’s quick and easy to book by calling 119 or going online at

Find out more about COVID in Sefton, including testing and vaccinations.

Don’t miss your chance to help shape the future of Bootle

Sefton Council is urging local residents not to miss out on the chance to give their views on ‘Our Future, Our Bootle’, an Area Action Plan which will set out a clear vision for the town for the next twenty years and beyond. Residents are urged to participate in the consultation so that the right strategy can be put in place to deliver for the needs of our communities.

Residents now have more time to submit their comments with the consultation deadline extended to Monday 31st January 2022.

The Area Action Plan aims to act as a catalyst for further investment in the town, creating more opportunities for local people and businesses. It will also help to secure the homes that people need and want, help address the challenge of climate change, provide good quality open spaces and facilities, seek local environmental improvements as well as securing job opportunities.

The Issues and Options document can be read online at There you can provide feedback using the online form. You can also provide feedback by emailing or by calling 0808 168 8296, leaving a message and a member of the team will call you back.

Following the close of consultation all feedback received will be reviewed and used to develop the ‘preferred options’. This will be the next stage of consultation which is due to take place later in 2022.


Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said:

“This is a great opportunity to tell the Council what you think about Bootle and what you would like to happen in the town. We want as many people as possible to get involved and there are several ways you tell us what you think and help to shape the future of your town.”


Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member for Planning added:

 “This is the first stage of the process and it’s important that we understand what residents think to help ensure that we protect all the things that are positive in the town and look at ways to make necessary improvements.”


The Issues and Options document is also available to read in full at Bootle Library, Stanley Road; Magdalen House, Trinity Road and Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road.

Feedback forms are available to complete at these locations.


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