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Sefton celebrates #VolunteersWeek and says THANK YOU

Sefton Council is showing its support to the hundreds of volunteers across the borough as part of the national Volunteers’ Week celebration.

Volunteers have a huge impact on the lives of residents across Sefton, not just during this time of crisis, but all year round.

Working with Sefton CVS, Sefton Council has created a volunteer network to help coordinate and share resources.

This has been vital in helping to support our elderly and vulnerable residents at this time.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone in Sefton working hard to ensure that we support local people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Throughout our incredible borough we have seen an amazing community response.

“These are difficult and challenging times for us all. Sefton’s response means that we are confident that by continuing to work together we will be able to support local people.  We are so proud to be part of Team Sefton.”

Tanya Wilcox, Sefton Council’s Head of Communities, said: “Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to our communities every day. This support has really come to the fore at this time. As a Council we are delighted to support Volunteers’ Week and salute the hard work of people who make such a difference to so many lives in Sefton.”

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “Volunteers are an integral part of our borough. Year after year volunteers give up their own time to step up to the plate and help others, from delivering food parcels to running food banks. Our volunteers are so important in these hard times, helping us deliver the services that people need. Since COVID-19 we now have an extra 2,000 volunteers. We have such a strong, dynamic volunteer system in the borough and it exemplifies the spirit of the people of Sefton.”

For more information about volunteering in Sefton during this time visit

Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Library to be illuminated tonight to support equality and diversity across the world.

Responding to events that have taken place across the United States over the past week, Sefton Council will be illuminating Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Library tonight.

The Council has also re-stated its determination to stand together when anyone faces racism, discrimination, bigotry or oppression.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council said;

 “The Council has a proud history of supporting equality and diversity across our beautiful Borough and beyond and remains committed to providing and supporting an environment and communities where all our people are valued for who they are at all times.

“Current events are striking a chord with many of us across Sefton, Merseyside, the UK and the world and illuminating Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Library tonight is to mark that resonance.”

Sefton Council’s commitment to diversity has been acknowledged in a number of ways including receipt of the Navajo Merseyside and Cheshire LGBTIQ Chartermark Certificate, shortlisting for a national award for its work with people who are learning disabled and an award in 2016 for work to combat child sexual exploitation.

Sefton Council is also part of the Department for Work and Pensions’ national Disability Confident Employer scheme.

Council providing door-to-door support to residents shielding from Coronavirus

Sefton Council’s Area Coordinators and ward councillors are out knocking on doors across the Borough to identify people who are shielding due to Coronavirus and who may need help.

There are almost 3,000 Sefton residents the NHS says should be shielding due to Coronavirus whom the national contact centre has been unable to contact and has referred to the Council to follow-up.

Sefton’s door-to-door approach aims to make contact with these local residents and identify any needs or support they may have. This is particularly the case for those who may be vulnerable due to age or underlying health conditions.

Sefton Council is reminding residents that anyone carrying out these calls will be wearing ID and will also be happy to provide a telephone number residents can use to check if they are unsure or concerned.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “We have names and addresses for these people who should be shielding due to Coronavirus but the national contact centre has told us it has not been able to get in touch with them and has passed their details onto us.

“So, the Council’s Area Coordinators and ward councillors are out pounding the streets, knocking on doors to make sure these people are managing OK or to offer help and support they might need.”

Cllr Cummins has been among the Sefton ward councillors who have been carrying out these visits.

Cllr Cummins added: “In my experience, even where the people we’ve contacted have been receiving support from family and friends and are doing OK, which has been the case with most I’ve spoken to, they have really appreciated us calling, which has been heart-warming.”

Anyone who is shielding from Coronavirus and needs support can contact Sefton Council’s team, who are working closely with Sefton CVS (Community Volunteer Service), on 0345 140 0845.

They can help with things like food deliveries, loneliness, prescription collection and assistance with getting online.

Find more about the local support available.  

Council doubly disappointed at mess left on Sefton’s beaches as weekend visitors descend

Litter being collected from Ainsdale beach

Sefton Councillors have described themselves as doubly disappointed by the many people who ignored advice to avoid local beaches this weekend and by the level of parking issues and rubbish that was then left behind by people.

Large numbers travelled to Sefton’s beaches from as far afield as Manchester, Wigan and Birmingham over the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday there was an average of 7,000 people on the beaches each day at any one time.

Leader of Sefton Council, Ian Maher said, “Sefton’s coast line is stunning, and we understand why people want to visit, especially when the weather is nice.  However, it’s really worrying that people are ignoring Government advice and appear to be completely ignoring social distancing guidance.

“As well as risking their own safety, and the safety of our local residents, the state in which some of those visitors have left certain parts of our coastline is simply an insult to our local communities.

“In addition, there were a number of people who as well as ignoring the requests from Council and the Police to stay away, put the Southport Lifeboat team at additional risk by getting themselves in the situation where they needed to be rescued from the incoming tide.

“Visitors need to remain respectful and protect our public spaces. Don’t leave your litter behind or use camp fires or barbecues.

“We also understand that many people living in our coastal areas have experienced an increase in parked cars.

“Sefton Council is doing everything it can to address the issue and our enforcement officers were issuing parking tickets all weekend to cars parked irresponsibly and dangerously. Unfortunately, the high volume of vehicles and people on all the restricted roads around the seafront meant our officers could not cover all areas safely.

“Some people have suggested we close the beaches but with 22 miles of coastline, with hundreds of individual access points, this is simply not possible.

“We have restricted access to the car parks and worked with Merseyside Police to restrict access to local roads, but the real answer is people taking responsibility for their behaviour and showing some consideration for others.”

David Mercer, senior reserve manager at Natural England, said: “We have had several serious wildfires on the National Nature Reserves in Merseyside this week due to visitors lighting campfires and barbecues. This has not only endangered people’s lives and the wildlife of the site but also tied up several fire crews for days at a time.

“If visiting the countryside, please follow the Countryside Code and do not light fires or use disposable barbecues. Even a discarded cigarette can start a fire at this time of year. If you do come across a fire do not attempt to tackle it but ring 999 with your location.”

Guidance on staying safe outside your home.


Coronavirus Mobile Test Centre in Litherland this week

After several successful sessions in Southport and Maghull, Litherland will play host to its first Coronavirus Mobile Test Centre this week.

Located at Litherland Sports Park on Wednesday 3rd, Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June, the site will provide clinical diagnosis tests that tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus.

Tests will be available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at  or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through

Through the Government’s new NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

Those people identified as having been in close contact with someone who has had a positive test result will then be required to stay at home for 14 days. They must do this even if they do not have symptoms, to prevent them spreading the virus without knowing.

People in isolation who develop symptoms can book their own test at  or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Last week, the Government announced it was starting to provide Antibody tests, which indicates whether someone has previously had the virus but this is currently only for NHS workers and patients.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enable key workers who test negative to return to that work and almost 2,500 people have already been tested at the Borough’s previous Mobile Test Sites.

Questions & Answers on Test and Trace and Antibody testing.



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