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Sefton Pushes the Boat Out for our Fostering Families

Sailing activities organised for Sefton’s fostering households were underway as families came together for a fun day at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

Children and young people, their foster carers and the children of foster carers took the helm as they enjoyed riding electric and sailing boats.

The event is part of some collaborative work between Sefton Council’s Fostering and Leisure Services. Working jointly means that Sefton has been able to improve their lifestyle offer for foster children and their carers. This includes free gym and golf membership for the whole fostering family.

James is a foster carer with Sefton and brought his family along to enjoy the sailing. James said:  

“Today has been so good to get out in the fresh air and have some family time and catch up with other foster carers.

“The children have had a go at everything and have loved being out on the water. It’s great because it brings us closer together and we’ve never done anything like this before and it’s something we can all enjoy.”

Sefton Fostering Services’ Assistant Team Manager Tracy Millward said:

“We want to show our carers and their families how much we appreciate them by putting on these great activities and events. Days like these bring foster families together and help to create those special memories.

“Here at Sefton Fostering we are always looking for new and exciting opportunities to give our carers and all the children they care for the chance to meet up with friends and meet new ones.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to our Leisure Services who we have been working closely with. This work means foster children and their foster families can access Sefton’s leisure facilities for free and have the opportunity to try different experiences and possibly find new talents and interests, building confidence and self-esteem.

 Jeff Jones, Locality Manager for Sefton Council’s Leisure Services said:

“We are really pleased to be able to support the fostering service. Seeing the children and young people smiling and having so much fun is just brilliant.

“We wanted to give them the chance to get out and enjoy themselves but also experience something they have never come across before.

“We’re also delighted to be offering carers and children free passes to leisure facilities and really hope this will make a difference to the lives of our foster families.”

Anyone who is thinking about fostering can find out more by speaking to one of the team by calling the freephone number – 0800 923 2777

Or by visiting the dedicated website at 

To find out more about Sefton’s Leisure offer please visit Sport & Leisure (

Sefton Council to lead pilot well-being programme

Sefton Council will be leading a pilot well-being programme available to all planning services staff in the region. The events involved include cover a mixture of on-line talks and face to face events, which will have a social element. If the events are successful, other Liverpool City Region Councils will get involved and keep the programme running into the future.

Coastal path at CrosbyThe programme will include a Social circular walk on Crosby Coast, a raft building and racing experience at Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre, a fun rounders tournament at Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre and well-being online meetings.

Planning services staff just need to contact the lead for each event to book a place. Details on contacts and event times can be found below:


Social circular walk on Crosby Coast – 6th July 2022

Meet at 6pm with option for meal afterwards – meet at 6pm



Well-being online meeting – 29 July

Teams meeting 1pm – 2pm



Raft building and racing experience at Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre – 8th August 2022

Meet at 6pm – discounted cost of £5 per person for equipment



Well-being on-line meeting – 19th August 2022

Teams meeting 1pm – 2pm



Fun rounders tournament at Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre – 22nd  August 2022

Meet at 6pm


Southport Market presents flavours from Asia in July

Southport Market is welcoming new vendor Kaizen early next month.

Sushi rolls served at KaizenOffering pan-Asian flavours ranging from hot sushi rolls and salads to small plates for sharing Kaizen, will open Unit 9 of Southport Market on Wednesday 6 July.

And, in preparation for their opening next month, Kaizen are advertising for full and part-time front and back of house staff. Anyone interested is invited to an open day today, Wednesday 15th June from 11am-6pm at the new location in Southport Market.

Since opening its doors in 2021 at Cedar Farm in West Lancashire, Kaizen has committed to only using locally sourced meat, vegetables and sustainably caught fish. Owners Keith Taylor and James Prescott originally met when they were working on the Formula 1 racing circuit. After working together catering for racing teams and guests, the two friends decided to open their own business together.

Southport Market was given a £1.4m refurbishment in July 2021 and is currently home to nine regular vendors serving food and drink from around the .

The market regularly hosts popular events in its Extravaganza Room as well as a weekly artisan market where locally made crafts, artwork and homeware are sold.

Welcoming the arrival of Kaizen, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“Kaizen’s opening is another example of the diverse offering of cuisines that make Southport Market so popular, and we’re delighted to be able to support local businesses by hosting them in such a popular central hub.

“Since its refurbishment and re-opening last year, Southport Market has gone from strength to strength.

“Kaizen is the Japanese word for improvement, and the opening of this new vendor will definitely be an improvement to our bustling market.”

People can find out more about Southport Market and keep up to date with upcoming events and what’s available at

Huge 130 year old map on display as part of special Southport exhibit

From golden sandhills to a bustling and busy seaside town – Southport has a rich and ever changing history.

That’s the theme of a new exhibition created by the Southport Townscape Heritage Project, which runs at The Atkinson from Saturday, June 18th through to September 2022.

‘Built on Sand – 200 years of Southport’s changing street scene’ highlights how key town centre streets like Nevill Street and the Promenade have evolved over two centuries to meet the needs of residents and visitors.

The exhibition also puts the spotlight on how our shopping and leisure habits have had an impact on our streets.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to explore a giant floor map of Southport 130 years ago, discover how the streets got their names, and see how artists and photographers have shown the town over two centuries.

Activities will also run throughout the summer, which include family workshops and guided walks. Furthermore there will a number of opportunities for people to look more closely at Southport’s startlingly varied buildings by sketching, taking photographs and sharing memories.

Cllr Daren Veidman, Cabinet Member for Planning, said “Southport’s character is all about its streets and buildings and this exhibition reminds us to look at them properly and appreciate the wonderful heritage that surrounds us.

“Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Southport Townscape Heritage Project is providing to grants to help owners preserve the historic features of their buildings and give them a new economic future”.

Southport Townscape Heritage Project is a regeneration and community project to bring new life to historic buildings on Southport’s streets, and to inspire local people and visitors to discover the town’s heritage. It was awarded £1.6m by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in September 2019.

David Renwick, Director, England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Investing in heritage means investing in the community it belongs to, which is why we are proud to support Southport Townscape Heritage Project, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. The project is not only preserving the town’s important heritage to be enjoyed by locals and visitors from further afield, but will also play a significant role in boosting the local economy and aiding its wider regeneration. We’re also thrilled to see the exhibition and activities taking place over the summer that will allow the community to explore and discover the fascinating heritage and history that sits on their doorsteps.”


Waste Collection Update 10/06

We would like to make residents aware that collections for outstanding brown bins that were due to take place on 9th and 10th June will take place on Saturday and Sunday this weekend in the following areas:

Molyneux Ward

Derby Ward

Netherton & Orrell Ward

Church and Ford Wards

Manor Ward

Please leave your brown bin out for collection.

We are also continuing to work through the backlog of green bins and ask residents to please leave their bins out for collection.

We understand the frustration caused by recent delays and we assure residents that we are deploying extra resource to address the backlog and progress is being made

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