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Cllr Trish Hardy shares support for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence campaign

Cllr Trish Hardy,  Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities shares support for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence campaign.

The issue of gender-based violence has never been more pertinent. In the last 12 months there have been several high-profile cases of violence against women and girls, including the tragic death of 12-year-old Ava White.

Friday 10 December marked the International Day for Human Rights, as well as the end of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. The campaign has been an opportunity for us to raise awareness and learn more about the different forms of violence faced by women and girls.

These include, domestic violence and abuse, rape and harassment, as well as more hidden harmful practices like ‘honour’-based abuse, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

As a Council, we want to make clear that there is no excuse for abuse and that we are completely committed to the elimination of gender-based violence from our society.

I want to take this opportunity to provide an update on the work being led by the Sefton Domestic Abuse Partnership Board, a multi-agency partnership, which has been established as part of the new Domestic Abuse Act legislation.

To ensure we have a full picture of the current services across Sefton and the needs of victims and children to inform future planning, we have commissioned a Domestic Abuse Needs Assessment.

The outcomes from the Assessment will be used to review Sefton’s Domestic Abuse Strategy early next year.

We as a Council are proud to have been a part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. We are committing to keeping the issue at the forefront for not just 16 days, but 365 days of the year, as we continue strengthening our response to it in all its forms.

Sefton Council does not tolerate any kind of domestic abuse and we have processes in place to help safeguard people and help ensure it does not happen. Where it does, we will provide help, support and guidance to our residents and families, as well as challenge those perpetrating the abuse.


If you are a Sefton resident and are experiencing domestic abuse or believe someone you know is support is available. Please see the different support services below:

Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Team

Free crisis specialist support for anyone 16+ experiencing domestic abuse, including practical help in safety planning for the whole family, support through the criminal justice system and advocacy support with other services.

Telephone: 0151 934 5142

Email: – please note this is not a secure email address

Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid

SWACA help women, young people and children survive the impact of domestic violence and abuse by giving free practical and emotional support.


Phone: 0151 922 8606



Venus work with women, families, children and young people and homeless adults in Sefton.

Phone: 0151 474 4744



Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (RASA) Merseyside

RASA can provide:

  • essential crisis and therapeutic support to individuals of all ages who have been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.
  • specialised counselling, support and an Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA service, which includes support through the Criminal Justice process.
  • the opportunity to give anonymous intelligence in relation to sexual violence if an individual does not want to make a formal complaint.
  • Helpline support is available:
    Tuesdays & Thursdays 6.00pm – 8.00pm
    Friday 12.00noon – 2.00pm

Phone: 0151 558 1801



National Domestic Violence Helpline

Free available 24hours a day 0808 2000 247

The Hideout
Provides online resource for children and young people living with domestic violence

SAFE Place Merseyside
This is a sexual assault referral centre
Tel : 0151 295 3550

Helping men escape from domestic abuse
Tel: 01823 334 244

Respect Phoneline
Is a confidential and anonymous helpline for anyone concerned about their violence and/or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner. Freephone 0808 802 4040


NHS to offer Booster booking to every adult by end of December

The NHS vaccination programme will offer every adult the chance to book a covid-19 booster vaccine by the end of the year in a race to protect the nation against the Omicron variant.

As part of the biggest and fastest vaccine programme in health service history, online bookings are available for all those in their 30s and above from today.

The national booking service will then open up to everyone aged 18 and over from Wednesday this week.

The NHS is prioritising bookings for boosters and is urging people to book a slot to guarantee their vital jab. Some vaccination sites may offer a walk-in service for 18s and over  from tomorrow if they have spare capacity.

As the most complex and challenging phase of the rollout expands even further and faster, the NHS has asked every local area to dramatically increase the number of appointments they have in place for vaccinations.

Over the next week, opening hours for vaccine centres will be extended and every area of the country should have centres available that are open seven days a week.

More pop-up sites will be coming online with local areas looking at the most convenient sites for their communities – from trucks and buses in parks and shopping centres to sports stadiums and leisure centres.

There are already almost 3,000 sites across the country – more than at any point of the NHS covid-19 vaccination rollout. Even more new sites will go live throughout the week and dozens of new sites are available from today in the Midlands alone.

GP teams will be asked to clinically prioritise their services to free up maximal capacity to support the covid-19 vaccination programme, alongside delivering critical appointments such as cancer, urgent and emergency care. This might mean that for some people, routine appointments are postponed as part of the national mission to roll out boosters.

Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive said: “NHS staff were already working incredibly hard to deliver covid vaccines as swiftly as possible but the threat posed by Omicron is grave.

“Scientists are very concerned about the spread of Omicron due to the speed with which it spreads and because two doses do not appear to provide much protection but thankfully, a booster dramatically improves this.

“That is why the Government have asked us to prioritise boosters over other routine care.

“I know NHS staff will again, do everything in our power to rise to this extraordinary challenge and ensure the covid-19 vaccination programme provides as much protection as possible as we prepare for a new wave of infections that could be even greater than those that have gone before.

“The online booking system is already open to millions of people and will shortly open to all adults – please don’t hesitate with your booking and get boosted now.”

Dr Emily Lawson, director of the NHS covid-19 vaccination programme said: “The NHS is turbo charging the booster vaccination programme so that as many adults in England as possible can top up their immunity against the virus quickly.

“We know that speed is of the essence and so we will take every opportunity to improve access to the jab, from pop up sites in the community, GP teams doing even more vaccines each day and new sites opening up across the country

“The best way to get your vaccine is by booking online or by calling 119 – please do keep checking availability as we load more appointments onto the system every day.”

Following the launch of a recruitment drive last week, the NHS is continuing to encourage people to come forward and help the NHS to save lives either as a volunteer or in a paid role in the programme.

NHS staff will also be redeployed so that they can focus on protecting the entire country as quickly as possible and military aid will be in place in every region across the country to support NHS staff with planning for the extra vaccinations.

Saturday was a record day for booster vaccines with 483,000 top ups reported in just one day and since the booster rollout started in September, more than 19 million doses have already been delivered in England.

NHS chiefs are urging people to not delay their booster and book their jab in the run up to the Christmas break.

The NHS has advised that the best way to get your booster quickly is by booking online or by calling 119 but if walk in centres have capacity to do so, they can vaccinate adults aged 18 and over immediately.

Residents in parts of South Sefton to have their say on bin collections in the new year

Sefton Council is to consult with areas of South Sefton in January on how their household waste and recycling waste is collected and how the Council can reduce fly-tipping and keep our streets clean.

The Council will be asking residents in parts of South Sefton who currently receive a sack collection to share their views on two proposed collection methods aimed at cleaner, safer streets.

Currently, many homes in the area have re-usable hessian sacks for their recycling, which are emptied weekly, while the rest of their household waste is collected in black non-reusable sacks.

However, waste sacks  left on the street for collection can cause local environmental issues. These can include increased litter on pavements and roads and encouraging fly-tipping and considering most bags contain food waste, attracting vermin.

After successful trials in local areas across the Borough, issuing each household with wheelie bins for each waste stream on an alternate weekly collection regime has seen an improvement in the local environment and has resulted in a noticeable reduction in litter and fly-tipping.


Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member for Locality Services said:

“I am pleased to see our consultation ready to launch in the new year and I hope everyone who receives our letter takes part and has their say.

“We all want cleaner streets and the two proposals put forward address these issues and make for a safer, more hygienic collection and reduces flytipping in our Borough.

“I urge people to get involved and work with us to find cleaner, safer solutions that work for everyone.”


A letter will go to all affected homes in January with details on how to take part online or via phone.

Implementation of any new system will follow the consultation later in the year.



Despite new Omicron regulations, advice still applies says Sefton Health Chief Margaret Jones

Get Boosted Now campaign logoAlthough more of the Government’s new regulations in response to the Omicron variant come into force this week, Margaret Jones who is Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, is saying her message is remaining largely unchanged.

Two jabs & booster

Margaret said: “Making sure you are fully vaccinated, which means jabs one and two and a booster, is still the best protection from the COVID-19 virus.

“Anyone who has not yet had their first or second jab can book them now at or by calling 119.

“And anyone aged over 30 or over can now go to or call 119 to book their booster and make sure they are fully protected.”

Last night the  Prime Minister said booster jabs would be offered to everyone over 18 in England from this week,  and set a new target of giving boosters to all adults who want one by the end of the month. The NHS will prioritise those at greatest risk, so people are being asked to wait to be contacted by the NHS for their booster appointment.

Find a nearby walk-in vaccination and booster site.

Risk assessments

Mrs Jones added: “From today, the Government says that everyone who can do, should work from home, which has been Sefton Council’s message all along.

“Where people do have to go into work, risk assessments must have been carried out and protection measure put in place. And we all need to follow the safety measures and guidance such as wearing face coverings, not congregating in communal areas and not sitting at desks that are marked as not in use.

“All along we have been urging people to wear face coverings in busy spaces and on public transport and since Friday, the Government regulations mean face coverings are required in most indoor settings, including cinemas and theatres.

“Global research has shown masks provide the best non-medical form of protection. The help prevent us from catching the virus and help stop us passing it on, which helps make sure we’re not taking home any uninvited and potentially dangerous guests this Christmas.”

Same symptoms

Margaret continued: “Despite these new Government measures being introduced as a result of a new variant, the main symptoms we all need to watch out for are the same, a high temperature a persistent cough and a loss of taste or smell.

“Develop any of these and we need to book a PCR test straight away by calling 119 or visiting

“But even with no symptoms, we need to keep on using rapid home test kits, which are available from pharmacists or online, twice a week.  And if a rapid test shows a positive result don’t hesitate. Start isolating and book a PCR test.”

The other new measure coming into force this week is the requirement, from Wednesday (15th December), for those aged 18 years or over to show proof of vaccination or a negative test in the last 48 hours. This applies to nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather and include unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.

Consistent advice

Margaret added: “Once again, while this is a new requirement, our advice remains consistent and that is to exercise care and common sense when attending an event of any size.

“All of these measures are about protecting ourselves but also helping to stop us passing on the virus to others.

“We know that we can carry the COVID-19 virus even when vaccinated and without even feeling its effects, which means we can then pass it on to people around us, including our family and friends, who may be at high risk.

“Christmas, as we all know, is a time for giving. Let’s make it one to remember for all the right reasons.”

More information can be found at


Sefton says thanks with launch of ’12 Days of Kindness’ campaign

12 Days of Kindness campaign image featuring Sefton Council and Toy Appeal logoSefton Council is saying a huge “thank you” to individuals and organisations who have continually supported the Mayor of Sefton’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

Each year thousands of toys, gifts and stocking fillers are lovingly donated by kind-hearted residents, Sefton Council staff, partners and community groups to put a smile on the faces of Sefton’s children.

Since its introduction in 1996 by Council staff, over 8,000 vulnerable children have been supported. Last year 565 received gifts.

Gifts are collected each year at a number of locations across Sefton and then distributed by volunteers from across the Council on behalf of the mayor. Online & cash donations are also welcomed.

This year the Council is shining a spotlight on 12 individuals and organisations to thank them for their support for the Christmas Toy Appeal over the years. Each day from Thursday 9th December to Monday 20th December, a different individual or organisation will feature on the Council’s social media channels with a special festive thank you message.

The ’12 Days of Kindness’ individuals and organisations are:

  • Litherland Youth & Community Centre
  • Asda Bootle
  • Asda Southport
  • Tesco Litherland
  • Sandway Homes
  • St Robert Bellarmine Catholic Primary School
  • Birkdale High School
  • Sefton Library Service, Bootle Library and The Atkinson
  • St Marks Methodist Church Netherton
  • Active Sefton Leisure Services
  • Joseph Farrell, Sefton Council staff member
  • Sefton Council staff

Sandra Coventry, Head of Business Operations and Marketing, at Sandway Homes said:

“As well as bringing much-needed quality housing to the Borough, Sandway Homes, the Council’s wholly-owned housing development company, shares a strong commitment to delivering wider social value to our residents and communities.

“With our Managing Director, Louise Davies, we jumped at the chance to support the Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal to light up a smile on the faces of some of our most disadvantaged children this Christmas.

“And, with our partners, Barnfield Construction, Turner & Townsend, Abode Group and Stanza Style, we have aimed our gifts and donations at older teenagers, knowing this age range is often overlooked.

Cllr Clare Louise Carragher, the Mayor of Sefton, said:

“The generosity and kindness from people across Sefton towards the Christmas Toy Appeal each year never ceases to amaze us.

“For many of our families across Sefton, Christmas can be a time of real pressure and hardship and the gifts & cash received through this campaign go a long way in ensuring all our children can enjoy some festive cheer.

“I want to extend a special thank you this year to the 12 individuals and organisations who go above and beyond each year to ensure the Christmas Toy Appeal is such a success. Your support is very much appreciated and is vital to ensuring we can spread as much festive cheer across the Borough as possible.

“And don’t forget, it’s not too late to donate.”

Donations of gifts such as new and unwrapped toys, gift vouchers, toiletries, pyjamas and stocking fillers for all ages can still be made and are welcomed until Monday 20th December.

Online gifts can be sent to ‘Sefton Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle L20 7AE’ and must also be received by Monday 20 December 2021. The deadline for sending cash donations via bank transfer is Wednesday 15 December 2021. Bank details are as follows:

Reference – Mayor’s Toy Appeal
Account Number – 382 96 888
Sort Code – 60 20 23

To find out how to donate to the Mayor of Sefton’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal please visit Updates can also be found on the Council’s social media at:

Twitter @Sefton_Council

Instagram @SeftonCouncil

Facebook @OneSefton

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