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‘Health is Wealth’ is theme of latest InvestSefton event for Borough’s businesses

Net Zero event at Formby Hall, hosted in partnership by InvestSefton and Liverpool John Moores University.
Net Zero event at Formby Hall, hosted in partnership by InvestSefton and Liverpool John Moores University.

Sefton businesses of any size or sector are being invited to a ‘Health is Wealth’ workshop focusing on mental health wellbeing.

InvestSefton has teamed up with PACT Mantality to host the workshop at Maghull Town Hall, from 10am to 1pm on Thursday 23rd March.

More productive

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration said: “Good mental health at work and good management are acknowledged as going hand-in-hand and workplaces with high levels of mental health wellbeing are more productive.

“Our ‘Health is Wealth’ event will provide ‘food for thought’ and highlight practices that Sefton’s business leaders can incorporate to create a positive impact in their personal and professional lives and on their companies and workforces.”


InvestSefton is Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service. PACT Mantality is a Sefton based business who are passionate about raising awareness and transforming people’s mental health.

To book places at ‘Health is Wealth’, Sefton businesses should call Dom or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email

Resounding success

Local online news channel Stand Up for Southport recently described InvestSefton’s latest event, the first ever ‘Sefton Huddle’ for digital, creative and tech companies, as ‘a resounding success’.

Also, the InvestSefton team was recently praised for its Economic Forum and Growth Hub Marketplace event which was attended by over 120 business delegates.

As Sefton Council’s enterprise, business support and inward investment service, InvestSefton offers free information and advice and access to a wide range of services and is there to help any business, of any size, in any sector.

People wanting to find out more about how the InvestSefton can help support their business, can visit  or contact the team on 0151 934 3452 or .

Some reminders on how to break the habit in Sefton for national No Smoking Day

Road sign saying 'Quit Smoking'
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To mark national No Smoking Day on Wednesday 8th March, Sefton Council is reminding people about Smokefree Sefton, which can help people across the Borough break the habit.

Anyone of any age

Anyone of any age who lives, works or studies in Sefton and wants to stop smoking can contact Smokefree Sefton or get a reference through their GP.

Support is also available to anyone, including parents and carers, who is concerned about young people who are smoking or vaping. Information and advice are available by telephone, text and email and there are resource packs as well as information for schools.

1-to-1 help

Young people can speak to specialist advisors and 1-to-1 help is available in in schools, youth clubs, sports clubs, or any venue that works with young people. There are also training sessions for people professionals who work with young people, so that they can offer advice.

You can find out more about Smokefree Sefton here.

The freephone number to call Smokefree Sefton is 0300 100 1000.

Life-saving lung check-up 

People aged 55 to 74 in south Sefton with a history of smoking and registered with a local GP surgery are being invited to take part in a ground-breaking lung check-up scheme, which has already saved hundreds of lives across England.

NHS England’s Lung Health Check programme, which targets those most at risk of lung cancer, has improved significantly the earlier detection of the disease. Within the Merseyside and Cheshire region, targeted lung health checks have identified 111 lung cancers so far, of which, 68.5% were at stage 1. This has enabled 74 people diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer to receive curative treatment.


Cllr Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Sefton Council said: “The Government has said that seven years from today’s No Smoking Day, in 2030, smoking prevalence in England will have been reduced to 5% of the adult population or below, but unfortunately the country will not reach that target until 2039.

“In Sefton, we are working to make every single day a No Smoking Day when someone gives up the habit. I know how difficult it is so would encourage people to find out more about the excellent range of support that is available through Smokefree Sefton.

“And I would also urge older, former smokers in the South Sefton area to take advantage of the NHS England’s Lung Health Check programme, even if they feel well. The vast majority of those who have a scan will be fine but for the few who do have something wrong, spotting it early can make all the difference.”

People can find out more about the Lung Health Check programme here. 

‘Living Well’ bus is returning to Sefton In March offering COVID vaccinations and free health checks

Living Well BusThe ‘Living Well’ bus is calling at Bootle, Birkdale and Litherland in March.

Catch up

During its visits, Sefton residents can catch a free NHS health check and catch up on first and second COVID-19 vaccines, as well as third primary doses for those who are immunosuppressed. Operating as a drop-in service, the bus offers a range of physical health checks, COVID-19 vaccinations, and referrals to talking therapies.

The bus will be at the following locations from 10:30am-4pm and no appointments are needed:

  • Tuesday 7 March – LIDL car park, Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 5BQ
  • Saturday 18 March – Park Hotel, Weld Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2ED
  • Friday 24 March – LIDL car park, Wellington Road, Litherland, Bootle, L21 6PD

You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine, who is eligible, and to book an appointment online or find other walk-in vaccination sites on the NHS website here.

Consistent care

The Living Well bus service, which is delivered by the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It was launched in June 2022 to offer a consistent health and care approach across communities across Cheshire and Merseyside. All activity is recorded and shared with your GP, ensuring ongoing understanding and support for your health is in place.

People can find out more about the service on the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.



Time running out to nominate your ‘Pride of Sefton’

The inaugural Pride of Sefton Awards are taking place on 28 April 2023 and time is running out to nominate worthy winners from communities across the borough.


While sponsoring the Diversity and Inclusion Award, Sefton Council is encouraging local residents to nominate the amazing and selfless work of local heroes across all thirteen categories – you have until 6 March to make your nomination.


The award categories are listed below:


Main Award – Pride of Sefton

For a person or organisation who judges believe has made a truly inspiring or outstanding contribution to Sefton over the past two years.


Diversity and Inclusion Award

For those who have gone out of their way to promote diversity and inclusion in Sefton.


Sefton Arts Award

For those who have achieved remarkable things in the world of stage, screen, and music.


Charity Champion Award

For those charities who have raised money in inspiring ways that have made a real difference in Sefton.


Child of Courage Award

For young nominees who have shown immense courage in the face of adversity, whether battling illness, performing acts of bravery or doing something truly remarkable.


Courage Award

For adult nominees who have shown immense courage in the face of adversity, whether battling illness, performing acts of bravery or doing something truly remarkable.


Unsung Hero Award

For a person who makes a huge difference to Sefton’s communities, organisations or teams but is rarely in the limelight.


Community Impact Award

Who has had the biggest impact on their community? How have they made Sefton a better place or helped people?


Sportsperson of the Year

Whose achievements in the sporting arena have been the brightest over the past two years?

We want nominations from all sporting fields – from amateurs to professionals, and from coaches to players.


Young Sportsperson of the Year

Which of Sefton’s sporting juniors have recorded the biggest achievement? (Nominees must not have reached their 19th birthday by 1 March).


Business In The Community Award

For those businesses who have made a real difference in Sefton’s communities.


School Of The Year Award

Which school have gone further to really improve their community and the world around them?


Lifetime Achievement / Special Recognition Award

This award recognises a person who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to life in Sefton.


Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The inaugural Pride of Sefton Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the very best of the best within our communities across the borough.


“We are a truly welcoming borough, which means we are rich with everyday heroes, both young and old, who represent the great and good of Sefton across the region and beyond.


“As a Local Authority we are sponsoring the Diversity and Inclusion Award and we would love to see nominations for those community champions who have gone out of their way to promote diversity and inclusion within our borough.”


To find out more, visit the Stand Up for Southport website. To nominate someone for an award, please email Andrew Brown of Stand Up for Southport with a testimonial up to 250 words to support your chosen nomination(s).

Bootle Strand’s Tuesday & Thursday pop-up shops are place to find Eurovision opportunities

Sefton@Work and Job Centre Plus are inviting people to a Pop-Up Shop at Bootle Strand to find out about job and volunteering opportunities during the Eurovision Song Contest and Festival.

Eurovision Pop-Up

Open Wednesdays and Thursday between 10am and 2pm until mid-April, the Eurovision Pop-Up Shop is the place to find out about the wide range of opportunities at the May events. 

A wide range of roles is available including Baristas, Security, Catering and Bar staff, hospitality and cleaners. There are paid roles as well as opportunities to volunteer.

Eurovision Pop-Up shop at Bootle StrandHost of opportunities

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration said: “Although sadly, it is not possible for the Eurovision Song Contest and Festival to take place in Ukraine as it should, holding it here is creating a whole host of opportunities for local people, including those Ukrainian people who are currently staying in Sefton.

“So, if you’ve been thinking about getting involved in the Eurovision Song Contest but have been having trouble making your mind up, visit our Pop-Up shop at Bootle Strand on a Wednesday or Thursday.

“They won’t offer you a glass of Bucks Fizz, but they will help you find a Eurovision role that might be suitable for you.”

Call the team

People can also find out about the Eurovision roles by emailing calling the team on 0151 934 2610 or speaking to their Work Coach at Job Centre Plus.

Sefton@Work’s Advisers and Employer Liaison Staff can support people with job searches, help with CV development and interview skills and provide assistance with job applications.

They can also help people’s development by identifying transferable skills and through career coaching and they can help local employers with recruitment by advertising vacancies, pre-screening applications and conducting online/telephone interviews.

You can find out more about Sefton@Work here.

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