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Young Carers Awareness Day in Sefton

On Thursday 30 January – Young Carers Awareness Day – Sefton Carers Centre will be celebrating its work identifying and supporting young carers, alongside schools and colleges in Sefton.

The Sefton Young Carers Team (from left to right: Eve Bicker, Michelle Spencer and Ruth Kinahan)

The Sefton Young Carers Team will be spending the day speaking to students at Southport College and Hugh Baird College, as well as highlighting their work with primary and secondary schools across the borough.

Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.

Through the Count Me In! campaign Carers Trust is calling on compulsory education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve.

Vicky Keeley, CEO of Sefton Carers Centre, said: “Our Sefton Young Carers Team are encouraging schools and colleges in Sefton to ensure that young carers are properly identified and supported so that their education does not suffer because of their caring role at home.”

“Through programmes such as Young Carers in Schools we can give staff the tools to support young people and help make sure that all young carers in Sefton are given the best chance to succeed.”

In addition to their work with education providers the Sefton Young Carers Team also run groups to support young carers after school and organise fun activity breaks during the school holidays – a time when young carers can be at their most isolated.

To find out more about all of the free support services that Sefton Carers Centre provides please visit or call 0151 288 6060, Monday – Friday (9.00am – 4.30pm). Sefton Carers Centre is a registered charity in England and Wales No. 312443.

Hornby’s in the driving seat for the Sefton Stories project

Frank Hornby has steamed ahead, reinvented himself and engineered top spot in the Sefton Stories Project launched as part of Sefton’s Borough of Culture year!

The inventor from Maghull, topped the list of 10 stories synonymous with Sefton, by claiming 28% of the total vote. Southport social and welfare rights activist, Christiana Hartley, came second in the poll with 20% of all votes cast.

Late last year we launched the Sefton Stories Project, highlighting 10 stories that have shaped the borough’s history, and asked people to vote for them on Individuals championed each story and videos were released explaining more about the people on Sefton Council’s and the Borough of Culture’s social media channels (@Sefton2020).

There was also a blank box for people to highlight other stories they thought should be recognized during Sefton’s Borough of Culture year.

More than 850 votes were cast on the mysefton poll with thousands of other people watching, sharing and commenting on social media. People had until early January to cast their vote with the results now in.

Sefton Council’s Borough of Culture sponsor, Cllr Trish Hardy, said: “The focus of our Borough of Culture year is on stories, looking at two key elements, local history and the environment.

“Through the Sefton Stories Project, we are already planning to celebrate narrative around the Bootle Blitz, VE Day, the borough’s amazing coastline, and tourism across the whole of Sefton.

“But as Sefton has so many other different and unique stories and individuals behind it, we wanted the public to get involved and help shape our year through an online poll.

“The poll has now closed and what a fantastic response we have had! The top four stories include the inventor Frank Hornby, Christiana Hartley, Sefton’s maritime history and the Seaforth comedian Kenny Everett.

“People in their hundreds also gave us food for thought with other stories that they think we should celebrate during 2020.

“We will now go through all the results and comments and include them to our ever-growing events calendar for the rest of the year.

“Thank you so much to everyone that took the time to vote in this interesting project and don’t forget community groups can still apply for funding for Borough of Culture events they want to host in 2020.

All the details are on”

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.

Online Sefton Stories Project poll results:

Frank Hornby – 28%
Christiana Hartley – 20%
Kenny Everett – 9%
Sefton’s maritime history – 8%
James Dunwoody Bulloch – 4.8%
Albert Pierrepoint – 4.1%
FJ Hooper – 3.9%
Thomas Fresh – 2.8%
Dame Beryl Bainbridge – 2.7%
Sir Henry Segrave – 2.5%
Other – 14.2%

Local health professionals have a brew on Blue Monday

Health leaders at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG encouraged their staff to take a break on Monday, January 20 for Brew Monday.

 Talking to someone about any subject, from the weather to that new TV programme everyone’s watching, can have a positive impact on the way you’re feeling. That’s why the staff at both CCGs took time out of their day to chat to each other over tea and cakes.

 Fiona Taylor, chief officer of the CCGs, said: “A lot of people struggle with their mental wellbeing at this time of year. Events like these are a great way to encourage people to take a break from their busy day and spend a few minutes looking after their mental health.

“It was good to see so many staff taking part in Brew Monday and turning what is often thought of as the most depressing day into a positive experience. Brew Monday is a brilliant way for people to connect over a warm cup of tea.”

 During the event, donations were collected for the local Samaritans group, a charity which supports people in emotional distress.

‘Brew Monday’ was originally launched by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust who host events across the region each year to raise awareness of their ‘zero suicides’ initiative, which is a commitment to eliminating suicide for all those in their care.

 If you are feeling anxious or depressed, you can contact Access Sefton for free NHS talking therapies for common mental health conditions. The service is available to anyone aged 16 and over and registered with a Sefton GP. For more information visit Access Sefton online at or call 0300 303 2708.


Get fit in February with fantastic BeActive Half Term fun!

Young sports fans will be delighted to hear that Active Sefton’s bumper BeActive programme is returning for the February half term.

Featuring a host of thrilling fun days, sports and splash sessions, schoolchildren across Sefton will be able to experience a week of none stop sporting entertainment between Monday February 17 and Friday February 21.

As well as returning favourites, Active Sefton will be launching brand new sessions including a Swimming crash course, Frozen dance workshops and Gymnastics and Yoga sessions.

Due to exceedingly popular demand the LFC Foundation are back providing their Football Camp in partnership with Active Sefton, booking is essential!

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Be Active line-up constantly gets better with each half term and I am delighted that we are able to provide a huge range of activities targeting a variety of abilities and age groups.

“The camp days are fun and affordable and provide a brilliant way to keep children active while they’re not in school.”

To see the full list of activities visit and to book a place please call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799.

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

Members of the public interested in local health issues are invited to the forthcoming governing body meetings of their local health commissioners.

 NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so that people can listen to the discussions and the decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums. 

 Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “I would highly encourage anyone that is interested in local health issues to attend. It’s a great way to find out about the work we’ve been doing over the past few months and what we have coming up.”

 Attendees have the opportunity to ask governing body members questions before the formal meeting begins.

 Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG added: “It’s really important to us that people in Sefton are involved in the work that we do and that’s why it’s always great to see members of the public in attendance.”

 NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body will meet on Wednesday February 5 at 1pm at the Family Life Centre, Ash Street, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH.

 NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body will meet on Thursday February 6 at 1pm at Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3DL in the 3rd floor boardroom.

Agendas and papers will be published on the CCGs’ websites in advance of the meetings:

 Anyone planning to attend either meeting is asked to call 0151 317 8456 to confirm their attendance and to advise about any communications or accessibility requirements they may have.

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