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Free cancer support event taking place in Southport

Local people in Southport who have been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, are invited to an upcoming ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’. The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is holding the event on Thursday March 19 from 2pm-4:30pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport.

 The event aims to support people following a cancer diagnosis by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally, as well as healthy living activities. The event is free and friendly, on the day there will be around 40 local organisations, clinical nurse specialists and representatives from local support groups – all available to offer their expertise and help.

 Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and clinical cancer lead for NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“These events are ideal for people to come and meet others who have had a similar experience. We have had great feedback from previous events and many people who attended have gone on to join one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group. These are a great way to meet people and get out and about during or after treatment.”

 As usual the wonderful Singing Group will be opening the event. There will also be Volunteers from Sefton OPERA offering free complementary therapy tasters and there will be a healthy food demonstration.

 During the event there will be a breakout session which will cover the HOPE course, the centre volunteer counselling service and mindfulness. The HOPE course is a 6-week course aimed at helping people get their lives back on track following a cancer diagnosis. There will then be the opportunity to discover for yourself what mindfulness is all about.

 Tanya Mulvey the Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager said: “The feedback we get from these events is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or people from support groups.

“Many people who come to the centre, or one of our events, have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.”

 Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome. The event runs from 2pm – 4.30pm and refreshments are provided.

To book, please call 01704 533024 or email:

Make sure you’re protected against mumps

With cases of mumps in England at their highest level in a decade, health leaders in Sefton are urging residents to make sure they are protected against the infection.

 Provisional data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that there were 5,042 lab-confirmed cases of mumps in England in 2019, compared to 1,066 cases in 2018. This is the highest number of cases since 2009.

 Mumps is highly contagious and tends to spread quickly in settings such as schools and offices, which can lead to outbreaks. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is the best protection against this infection.

 Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Mumps is often very uncomfortable and can sometimes lead to serious complications including viral meningitis and infertility.

“The most effective way to avoid getting mumps is to get both doses of the MMR vaccine. It prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps and even if a vaccinated person does get mumps, they will likely have less severe illness than an unvaccinated person.”

 Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG added: “If you are a parent, make sure your child has received both doses of the vaccine, the MMR vaccine is very safe and effective at preventing mumps.”

 Young people who are away at university or in college are particularly at risk of catching mumps because they are in close quarters. In addition, those born in the late nineties and early 2000s did not receive the MMR vaccine when they were younger.

Rob added: “If you haven’t received both doses of the vaccine, or are unsure if you have been vaccinated, please contact your GP for advice. It is never too late to get the MMR vaccine.”

The symptoms of mumps include painful swelling of the glands at the side of the face, giving the sufferer a distinctive “hamster face” appearance. Other symptoms include headaches, joint pain and fever, which may develop a few days before the swelling. If you suspect that you or a family member has mumps, contact your GP.

For more information on the vaccine for mumps visit the NHS website at:

First glimpse of the new Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre

Sefton council have released images of how the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre could look following its £3million refurbishment later this year.

 The existing bistro, conference facilities and bedrooms will close from 1st April 2020 to refurbish the hospitality facilities and improve the accommodation.

The leisure side of the CLAC, including the gym and the water sports activities, will be open for business as usual throughout the work.

The artists impressions show how the brand new 120 capacity restaurant and coffee lounge will appear next to 4 new event spaces, outdoor decking areas and beautifully refurbished bedrooms once the centre relaunches in early Summer 2021. 

Once refurbished, the centre will provide an improved range of facilities and services for the local community, guests and visitors alike.

The plan is to transform the hospitality and events facilities at the Centre which include:

  • New bar and coffee area with capacity for 120 people
  • Fully glazed restaurant extension on the lakeside terrace
  • New decking on the outside spaces for events
  • Four new events spaces
  • Complete revamp the hotel rooms
  • A brand new self-contained, purpose‑built, self‑catering accommodation called THE BUNK BARN with an extra 36 beds
  • New rooftop decking and garden and seasonal ‘pop-up’ facilities

For more information on Crosby Lakeside visit or email

Enjoy a night of entertainment at the Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Gala Ball 2020

Join the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, for an evening of live entertainment at the 2020 Mayor of Sefton’s Charity Gala Ball.

Taking place at the beautiful Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Saturday March 28, all money raised from the evening will go to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Starting at 6pm you will enjoy a drinks reception followed by a 3-course meal. Entertainment is brought to you by the fabulous Julie A Scott, and the fantastic rock and roll band Searchin’.

Tickets, which cost £40, are on sale now but be quick! They are sold on a first come first served basis.

This year the Mayor is offering an amazing sponsorship package for just £1500. This includes, recognition as sponsor throughout the evening, full page promotional advert in the ball brochure and priority seated table of 10 with £300 bar tab.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr June Burns, said: “The evening promises to be an exciting occasion and I am very much looking forward to welcoming guests on the night.

“All the money raised from the event goes towards the Mayor’s Charity Fund, which will help so many wonderful charitable and voluntary organisations right across the borough.”

For more information or to book your tickets call 0151 934 2062 or email

National Apprenticeship Week at Sefton Council

Across the UK employers and apprentices alike will be celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (February 3 –9).  

Sefton Council is proud to be taking part and helping dispel the myths as well as stereotypes surrounding Apprenticeships. 

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is Look Beyond. The aim is to encourage everyone to look beyond the outdated stereotypes surrounding apprenticeships whilst celebrating the diversity of opportunity and value that they bring. Sefton Council will be highlighting a few apprentices on the Council’s Instagram and Facebook Story features, to show the value that we as an organisation place on apprentices!  

An apprenticeship can unlock fantastic long-term career options across a diverse range of roles and industries. Apprentices can be any age, a new employee or a current employee looking to retrain. 

Another misconception about apprenticeships is that apprentices are ‘just employed to make the tea’. Today’s apprentices are making impact, not tea!  

The game has changed. Every day, right now, thousands of businesses and apprentices are succeeding together. Apprentices get a win-win – real work, in a real company, training to get the skills companies really want, with the bonus of a guaranteed salary.  

Employers get to see a fresh injection of talent, keen, inquisitive and bursting with new ideas. Engineering, business administration, agriculture, digital marketing– if you can think of it, there’s probably an apprenticeship available.  

So, whoever you are, whatever your background – your new career could be out there. What are you waiting for?,-training-and-volunteering/apprenticeships.aspx 

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