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Adult Community Learning Centre reopens after substantial renovations

The adult learning centre on Cambridge Road in Waterloo has reopened following substantial renovations. The centre offers courses for adults to learn something new and develop their skills.

Speech by MP Pete Dowd at the adult learning centreThe centre has been improved with new facilities, including woodworking tables and an immersive room. This is in addition to the redecoration which has give the centre a fresh, new look while maintaining important pieces of the centre’s history. Those in attendance of the opening included MP for Bootle Peter Dowd and Cllr Ian Maher, who gave speeches discussing how far the centre has come and its importance for the community.

Several of the school’s former attendees were present at the opening. Terry Liggett, a pupil of the years 1966 – 1971, said “I saw the what it was before the repairs were carried out and it’s quite amazing to see what’s happened. It’s an opportunity for new generations to come back and enjoy their learning process. I think it’s fantastic, and great for the community.”

More information on courses available can be found here

Sefton Council continues free school meal vouchers scheme for summer holidays

With support from local schools, Sefton Council will again assist eligible families with free school meal vouchers during the long summer holiday.


In addition to the rollout of vouchers, worth £15 per child per week, the Council is encouraging as many residents as possible to find out from their child’s school if they are eligible so than claim the support, which can be used to buy food in supermarkets and online.


Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said:

“With local families struggling to cope with the spiralling cost-of-living, I am pleased that Sefton Council, with support from schools to distribute, has again been able to continue providing these holiday vouchers.


“This additional £15 per week for each eligible child will help families manage over this difficult period but if people are experiencing severe hardship, a disaster or emergency over the long summer break, or at any other time, details of our Emergency Limited Assistance Scheme can be found at the ELAS webpage.”


Sefton Families that don’t receive free school meals at the moment but think they might qualify should contact their child’s school or visit the Free School Meals webpage.


The vouchers, which the Council is providing through its Household Support Grant funding allocation from the Department of Work and Pensions, are for buying food and essentials only. They cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, phone top-ups or stamps.


Cllr Hardy added:


“In addition to the school meals vouchers, we have now paid out over £12.5 million of the one-off, £150 Council Tax Energy rebate payments to the almost 83,500 eligible Council Tax Band A to D households, which will also provide them with some help.


“And, over 20,600 households have responded to the letter we sent them by using the secure code to provide their details and register to receive the payment.


“I would urge anyone who has received the letter to register today, and if they have any concerns about the process to visit the Council Tax Energy Rebate webpage where they can find out more.”

Have you booked your cervical screening test?

This Cervical Screening Week (20-26 June), NHS professionals in Sefton are encouraging everyone who is eligible to get their cervical screening test as soon as they are invited.

All women and people with a cervix, aged 25 to 64, are invited to have a cervical screening test to help reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer affects around 3,000 people in the UK every year. The cervical screening test detects human papillomavirus (HPV) and signs of early abnormal cells, which can turn into cervical cancer if not treated.

Dr Debbie Harvey, Macmillan GP at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Those aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every three years and 50 to 64 year olds are every five years. When it’s time for your next screening, you should be sent a letter inviting you to make an appointment.

“Almost 1 in 3 people don’t go for their cervical screening test but it is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the risk of cervical cancer.

“The test only takes 5 minutes and your nurse or doctor is there to make you feel comfortable and help you with any questions you might have.”

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and primary care cancer lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “The screening test significantly reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer so it’s really important to make an appointment when invited.

“If you are aged 25 to 64 and think you’re overdue your cervical screening test, contact your GP practice.”

Eligible patients who are registered at a local GP practice will receive an invitation letter in the post with information about how to book their cervical screening appointment.

Patients are also advised that if they become aware of any of the following symptoms before their next cervical screening test is due, to not wait to be screened, but to get in touch with their GP practice or community sexual health clinic:

  • unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • pain or discomfort during intercourse
  • unexplained pain in your lower tummy

Sefton residents can also book their screening test during evenings or weekends, via the GP Extra service in south Sefton or the 7 day GP service in Southport and Formby. These evening and weekend appointments can be booked by calling the patient’s own GP practice.

For more information on cervical cancer and what the screening test involves, please visit:

To find out more about what to expect at your cervical screening appointment, watch this video: 

Cervical Screening Awareness Week is an event run by national cervical cancer charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

During the week they are also encouraging people to share their tips and experiences, and positive messages about screening online. You can find tips and stories by following the hashtags #CervicalScreeningTip and #CervicalScreeningAwarenessWeek on social media, or following the charity on Twitter: @JoTrust or Instagram: @JosCervicalCancerTrust.

Sefton Council continues its march towards net zero carbon by 2030

Sefton Council confirms it is on track to be net zero carbon by 2030 after it submitted its Climate Emergency Annual Report to cabinet, confirming a 13% reduction in total emissions from the baseline, rising to 28% once projects started this year are complete.

The fall was partly driven by staff continuing to work in an agile way. Staff emissions generated at home are included in our calculations but staff related emissions are significantly lower as fewer staff commute in to offices.

Additionally, the street lighting LED replacement project has already saved a whopping 812 thousand kwh electricity…. Which is enough to power 262 homes for a year!

Hands holding small replica of EarthSome projects started this year will soon start to result in carbon savings including a 59tCO2 saving from the retrofit of Southport and Bootle town halls and the green electricity contract due to start in April 2023, which alongside the project above will result in a 55% carbon saving from the baseline.

The 2030 target, which was set out in Sefton Council’s Climate Emergency declaration in 2019, is ambitious but critical to preventing further damage to the climate. All Council decision making reports now have to consider climate implications and training has been developed for all staff to ensure that all areas of the Council are on board with this ambitious but necessary work.


Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Regulatory and Corporate Services said:

“I am delighted to see that we continue to make progress towards our 2030 net zero target. It is testament to the hard work of everyone at the Council to have seen so many projects in the pipeline that contributes to the reduction in our carbon footprint and it’s great to see we are still on track to reach that critical date of net zero carbon by 2030.

“We have continued to take positive from the pandemic in terms of the way we work and ensuring our impact on our climate is as small as we can make it.

“A 28% reduction in emissions when this year’s projects have been completed is so encouraging and I hope we can keep up the momentum as we move into 2023 and start to be powered by green electricity.”


You can find further information on Sefton’s Climate Emergency progress at Sefton Council’s website

Strand shoppers breathe easy on Clean Air Day as extension of the Strand ‘Living Wall’ is unveiled

Shoppers at Bootle Strand Shopping Centre will see a wall of green as they head to the shops on Thursday 16th June as an extension to the existing ‘living wall’ is installed.

The Washington Parade entrance has boasted a living wall packed with greenery and shrubs since 2020. The wall is designed to be visually appealing and also add an element of urban green space to a busy built up area.

The plants play a vital role in absorbing carbon dioxide from the nearby road and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere, thereby contributing in a positive way to the environment.

Councillors Gordon Friel and Christine Maher with Deputy Leader of the Council, John Fairclough standing in front of the new living wall extensionThe wall increases green space in this urban area, improves air quality and supports health and wellbeing for the community. There are benefits to local wildlife too providing a brand new habitat in the town centre, encouraging bees and other pollinators to new areas.

Ward members for Linacre ward have now funded an extension to make the health and social benefits even greater for Strand regulars.

This project is the latest in a line of projects aimed at improving the environment for the community and fulfilling the Council’s climate emergency commitments to promoting green activity.


Sefton Council Linacre Ward Members said:

“We are thrilled to unveil our extended living green wall today which will not only enhance the experience of visiting this cornerstone of the Bootle community but also has so many health, wellbeing and environmental benefits.

“Green spaces in town centres can be few and far between and this is a great way to introduce biodiversity and green space and improve the look and feel of our town centre.

“Given that today is Clean Air Day, I’m sure Strand shoppers will breathe a little easier today knowing that we are fully committed to ‘greening’ our town centres and showing our commitment to climate change..”

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