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Wildflower meadows, literary festivals and more join the #SeftonCrowd!

The first round of projects on Sefton’s very own crowdfunding platform have now launched.

Seven ventures are now live on the SeftonCrowd – an online platform which allows volunteers and community groups to gain the financial support of people across the borough and further afield so they can create life changing projects.

Projects, ranging from the creation of wildflower meadows, a Children’s Literary Festival and a wheelchair-accessible horseback nature trail are now open to receive backing from residents and businesses in Sefton.

They are:

Empower Our Flowers (The Atkinson, Southport)
Crosby Youth Cafe (The Mix, Crosby)
Stafford Moreton Way Wildflower Meadow (Maghull Town Council, Maghull)
Bees, Blooms & Butterflies (Rimrose Valley Friends, Seaforth)
Lean, Grow Share (Regenerus, Bootle)
Bootle Children’s Literary Festival (Ykids, Bootle)
Horseback nature trail (Shy Lowen Sanctuary, Sefton)

Anyone can support a project for as little at £2 and funding may also be available via Sefton Council’s Community Transition Fund and other national funding pots.

Tanya Wilcock, Sefton Council’s Head of Communities, said: “We could not be more delighted with the reception of our SeftonCrowd initiative and the first round of projects which are now open for support.

“Throughout the creation of SeftonCrowd we wanted to encourage the creation of community projects which make a huge difference to our brilliant borough and we feel that these projects from across the borough really reflect our hopes.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the SeftonCrowd website and give their support to those projects which resonate the most with them.”

For more information or to support a project in your area, please visit www.spachehive.com/movement/seftoncrowd

Suspected stolen property found in Hightown – Is this yours?

Merseyside Police are issuing images of suspected stolen property found earlier this week in Hightown in an effort to reunite the items with their owners.

On Monday, April 15, various items were found in Blundell Road following a report from a member of the public that two men had discarded them on being seen. It is not yet known from where these items were taken, but they are described as follows:

Carrera Vulcan mountain bike


Apollo Evade mountain bike

Panasonic Toughbook laptop


Various coins, some antique

If you recognise any of these items as yours or belonging to someone you know, please contact @MerPolCC with reference number 19100178859 and be in touch.

Anyone with information about suspected burglary can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or our dedicated Operation Castle team operation.castle@merseyside.pnn.police.uk or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111 #OpCastle #BeatTheBurglar

Pay It Forward in Sefton with acts of kindness

Sefton’s Year of Friendship has shone a light on the selfless way the borough’s residents support each other.

Sefton’s Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) is calling on that community spirit to lead Sefton’s contribution to Pay It Forward Day on April 28. The theme this year is “Our Gift to You, Your Gift to Give”.

Sefton CVS are hosting two Year of Friendship themed community events at Strand By Me in Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, Friday, April 26, 10am – 1pm and Southport Community Centre, Saturday, April 27, 11am – 4pm. Each event will see volunteers come together, share ideas, stories and create friendship bracelets to mark the occasion.

Building on the success of last year’s Pay It Forward Day, Sefton CVS and Sefton Council are asking residents to let them know about any events, activities or simple acts of kindness they are performing so they can spread the word throughout the borough.

In the spirit of the day, Sefton CVS are asking individuals and organisations to take part in and organise events across the weekend from Thursday April 25 – Sunday, April 28.

Activities may include:

  • A community meal
  • Sowing a Wild flower meadow
  • Giving books away
  • Giving away planters and bulbs
  • A free music concert
  • Giving away bunches of flowers
  • Buying a coffee for a stranger
  • Free cakes in the cafe
  • Free car wash
  • Paying for someone’s parking

To make Pay It Forward Day a special day in Sefton, let Sefton CVS know your 0rganisation’s plans by email or alternatively, you can tag both Sefton CVS and Sefton Council on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #PayItForwardSefton

Protecting children’s rights in the workplace

Sefton Council is reminding businesses that employ children aged between 13 and 16 years old that they need permits to comply with employment laws. These permits are free of charge from the Local Council that the place of employment resides.

No child aged below 13 is allowed to work in England unless they are taking part in a performance and have a performance licence.

There is a National Awareness Campaign which takes place across the country this April, where councils will be reminding employers that children aged between 13 and 16 years old require Work Permits to enable them to undertake part-time work.

The welfare of children is paramount and if they are taking part in part-time work opportunities, we need to ensure that their needs are being met by employers and that children who do work are doing so safely.

During next month’s Child Employment fortnight, County Council officers will be visiting places of businesses across the borough during the fortnight to make sure that young people in part-time jobs are safe and working legally.

Under byelaws regulating the Employment of Children and Street Trading by persons aged under 18 years old, which was introduced over 50 years ago, teenagers aged between 13 and 16 years old can take part in light work in a number of different areas including: shop work, office work and working in cafes, restaurants, car washing and riding stables.

No child may be employed before 7.00 am or after 7.00 pm on any day.  No child may work for more than 4 hours without a break of at least 1 hour and no child can work for more than 2 hours on a Sunday between the hours of 7.00 am and 7.00 pm.

During term time, no child can be employed for more than 12 hours per week and there are also other guidelines for the number of weekends and hours during holiday times that children can work.

For more details on Child Employment fortnight, please visit; https://www.sefton.gov.uk/schools-learning/child-employment.aspx

http://www.nncee.org.uk/legislation-employment-a-entertainment/uk-child-employment-legislation/national-child-employment-month

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LCR Pride Foundation to lead Liverpool City Region bid for Gay Games 2026

LCR Pride Foundation has revealed its intention to bid for the Liverpool City Region to host the 2026 Gay Games, a move that has been backed by the region’s Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.

The news also comes alongside the announcement of British Paralympian, Claire Harvey MBE, as its newest Patron. Recognised as a world leader in diversity and inclusion and culture, the former LJMU student is now the Director of Culture and Inclusion for EDIT Development.

The Gay Games is a worldwide sport and cultural event that takes place every four years, welcoming more than 10,000 athletes competing in 30+ sports. It attracts tens of thousands of spectators who also attend to take part in the event’s extensive cultural programme, which includes music, visual arts and mass participation events such as fun runs.

Speaking of the announcement of the intention to submit a big for the 2026 Gay Games next year, LCR Pride Foundation Co-Chair, Andi Herring, said: “The Gay Games is a globally recognised sporting and cultural event that empowers and celebrates the LGBT+ community, as well as supporting local regeneration in its host cities.

“The Liverpool City Region has a proven record for delivering large-scale, world-class sport and cultural events, as last year’s wildly successful Liverpool 2018 programme demonstrated.

“We believe that this experience, combined with the foundation’s commitment to collaborative working and making the city region the most LGBT+ friendly in the UK, makes Liverpool City Region the perfect host city for the 2026 games.

“Our bid as the Liverpool City Region will encourage relationship building with local authorities, community groups and sports organisations throughout the six boroughs, as we work together towards a unified goal.”

Co-Chair, John Bird, added: “Welcoming Claire Harvey MBE as a Patron as we embark on this journey will only strengthen our offer to the Federation of Gay Games. We are extremely grateful for her support and recognise how invaluable her expertise will be to creating a bid that we believe could bring the 2026 games to our region.”

To date, only Brisbane in Australia has highlighted its intention to bid for the 2026 Gay Games. Bids will be submitted in 2020 and the successful city will be announced by the event’s sanctioning body, the Federation of Gay Games, at its Annual General Meeting in Hong Kong in 2021.

Speaking in support of the bid, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“Diversity, respect, equality, and solidarity for all are the foundation blocks on which the Games are built, and they are values we share.

“Our region is well accustomed to holding sporting events that attract a worldwide audience.   The Merseyside Derby, Rugby Super League, The Open and the Grand National are regular features in our sporting calendar but never before have we held anything on the scale of the Gay Games.

“I relish the opportunity to build on our strong track record of supporting LGBT+ rights, empowering communities and creating lasting social change. And that is why I am proud to support this bid.”

New LCR Pride Foundation Patron, Claire Harvey MBE, said: “Becoming a Patron of the LCR Pride Foundation as they make this exciting announcement is incredibly special for me, not least because I attended university here.

“I know first-hand the power and benefit that sport can have on a person’s life and on a community. Sport is a vehicle that can bring people together and bridge differences to start a culture change.

“I am backing this bid to enable more people to see the breadth and depth of LGBT+ people who already love sport, as well encouraging more people from the community to access its benefits. I also want to showcase the Liverpool City Region as a diverse and inclusive LGBT+ friendly area, with a strong and positive LGBT+ community.

“One of the great things about being part of London 2012 was the ability to break down fears and myths about disability and, as a participant, feeling like a member of a huge family. I am keen to ensure Liverpool has the opportunity to do the same for Gay Games.”

For more information visit www.LCRGayGames.com or  follow us on Twitter @LCRGayGames or Facebook at LCR Gay Games 2026.

 

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