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Are you living with cancer? Southport Macmillan Centre can help

Without the right support, living with cancer can be lonely and isolating. The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre provides a free, confidential drop in service for anyone who is affected by cancer.

As well as the drop-in service, there are lots of groups which you can join and meet new people.

They are led by volunteers who make new members very welcome. The groups are about offering peer to peer support for people affected by cancer whether it is someone recently diagnosed or someone going through treatment.

The centre also offers cancer specific support groups which can reassure you that you are not alone. You can talk about treatment and side effects with people who have gone through a similar experience.

Support groups include:

The Macmillan Singers – No audition needed.

In stitches – Craft Group

Walking Groups – All abilities

Growing Stronger Together – Gardening Group

To find out more about the groups, contact the centre on 01704 533024

Or visit; www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk

Would you benefit from a ‘Bootle Buddy’?

Throughout the Year of Friendship, Sefton Council are celebrating specialist groups who are tackling loneliness by promoting friendship throughout the borough.

The Orrell Trust is a small grass roots charity based in Orrell, Bootle and has been running since 2002. It is committed to supporting people who may be isolated or vulnerable living in our community. Several activities and projects are run from St John & St James Church and Community Centre as well as outreach work thus bringing the community together.

Their aim is to provide encourage community cohesion and bring benefits to individuals and the wider community.

Three main areas of focus are:

  • Developing work with Older people
  • Community cohesion
  • Developing work with children and families

The Orrell Trust is currently managed by a team of 8 Trustees who volunteer their time, skills and knowledge to support the charity. The trust also employs 5 members of staff who manage, develop and deliver projects with the vital support of team of 20 volunteers.

Bootle Buddies is one of The Orrell Trusts newest projects. It is a free befriending service that provides support to local people in their own homes, offering a friendly face and ear. The project where possible encourages participants to attend social activities, working to reduce barriers such as mobility, lack of family or friend support and lack of confidence or motivation. The project aims to improve physical and mental well-being and reduce loneliness and social isolation for some of our most vulnerable community members.

If you would like to know more about Bootle Buddies or any other projects at the Orrell Trust please get in touch with Tanya McGibbon – 0151 933 2116

Bootle Buddies are also looking for local people to become a volunteer befriender to socially isolated people living in the community. You don’t need any previous experience as full training will be provided. For more information please call Mary – 0151 933 2116

Appeal after dog attack on Ainsdale beach

Merseyside Police have issued an image of a man they believe may be able to assist detectives investigating an incident involving dogs on Ainsdale beach in February.

At around 3pm on February 19, a woman was walking her dog on the beach when she was knocked to the ground by a dog off its lead which then attacked her own dog. The woman attended hospital for treatment for a knee injury, and her dog required veterinary treatment including surgery.

Inspector Beth Blake said: “We are asking the man pictured to come forward as we believe he may have information that could assist our investigation into this incident.

“It is a criminal offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control, and in this case both a dog and its owner were left requiring treatment for injuries caused by the dog.

“Anyone walking their dog in Merseyside needs to be mindful of their dog’s behaviour at all times and keep their pet on a lead if it is liable to be aggressive towards people or animals. We will not tolerate irresponsible dog ownership here in Merseyside.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 19100064022 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

Life After Stroke – Help for residents recovering from a stroke who feel isolated

Throughout Sefton’s Year of Friendship, Sefton Council is dedicated to reducing loneliness by making residents aware of the many groups and activities on offer throughout the borough.

The Council would like to highlight the Stroke Association’s work to tackle isolation for Sefton residents who are recovering from a stroke.

The Stroke Association are an organisation which offers high quality up to date stroke information for patients, their families and carers.

Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. That is one stroke every three and a half minutes. Most people affected are over 65 but anyone can have a stroke including children and even babies.

Feelings of isolation and depression can be common for people who are recovering from a stroke. Sometimes this is the result of mobility issues that make it difficult for survivors to get out. It may be the frustration that comes with the inability to communicate clearly. For some survivors, symptoms are a source of embarrassment. Whatever its cause, the cure for isolation is other people.

Merseyside Life After Stroke Group, meet every Tuesday 10-12pm

Hope Community Church Old Roan, Aintree Ln, Liverpool L10 2JJ.

This is a very popular group with over 40 members from Sefton, attending each week. Patients are offered peer support, exercise and social activities.

South Sefton Life After Stroke Group, meet every Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm,

Orrell Lodge Bootle, Rafter Ave, L20 6PRE.

Peer support is offered along with social activities.

For more information please contact, Dawn Farrell or Jeanette Swift on 0151 305 0011/12

Freshfields Rescue host pub quiz double-header to celebrate 40th birthday

Freshfields Animal Rescue is continuing its mammoth 40th birthday celebrations with two charity pub quizzes in April.

As part of the yearlong commemoration of the much loved animal rescue shelter, Freshfields have teamed up with a Southport pub quiz host for a double header of trivia and game nights in April.

Oragnisers are hoping the quiz nights, hosted at the Freshfields Pub, Formby and Kokomo Wine Bar, Southport will raise much needed funds to help abandoned, abused and unwanted animals who have been rescued by the shelter.

Naomi Clarke, Community Fundraiser at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, said: “Everyone loves a good quiz and we’re inviting everyone to come down to either night to tickle your trivia tastebuds and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes!

“They are both guaranteed to be fantastic evenings and we are formally laying down the challenge for you to pit your knowledge of pop culture, music and current affairs against some of the finest quiz brains in Sefton – and it’s all for a great cause.

“At Freshfields Animal Rescue the need for our services never stops, and we simply would not have reached our 40th year without the fantastic support of our local communities across Sefton.

“Our quiz host, Ollie Cowan, has been a close friend of Freshfields for some time, and in the spirit of Sefton Council’s ‘Year of Friendship’, this is another brilliant way for us all to come together and change lives for the better.

“Invite your friends, spread the word, and we look forward to seeing you there.”

Ollie, who hosts Jolly Olly’s Quiz Night at Kokomo Wine Bar, Southport every Wednesday evening, said: “The team at Freshfields Animal Rescue do some incredible and selfless work helping animals and I am delighted to be able to play a small part in helping celebrate their 40th birthday.

“We’ll have games, trivia, raffles and lots of prizes to give away so please get your teams together and join us at the Freshfields Pub, Massams Lane, Formby on Friday April 12 and Kokomo Wine Bar on Bold Street, Southport on April 17 from 8pm.”

For more information about both quizzes visit www.facebook.com/jollyollysquiz.

Find out more about Freshfields Animal Rescue via www.freshfields.org.uk

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