Maghull Health Park

One of Mersey Care’s main objectives in recent years has been to build a new, state-of-the-art medium secure unit in Maghull, Sefton – this became a priority after its existing facility, called Scott Clinic near St Helens, was deemed unfit for purpose under current care regulations.

It’s been a long process but they have received excellent news with confirmation of approval for a new 123-bed facility for the Maghull Health Park, which will go on its site close to Ashworth Hospital. The new unit will provide innovative co-located mental health and learning disability care as a result of the revised model of care.

A Mersey Care spokesperson said: “We expect building work to start in the next few months with a completion date of by June 2020, followed by a phased move into the new building from later that summer. Work is already underway to look at the practicalities of the transition from Scott Clinic and the Woodview specialist learning disability facility at Whalley, Lancashire, into the new unit.”

NHS England has also confirmed to Mersey Care that in future they wish to commission 40 low secure unit beds for people with learning disabilities, with a 20/20 split for men and woman. Mersey Care has been asked to develop an Outline Business Case for this service, due to be presented to the Mersey Care Board of Directors in June 2018.

A number of options are being considered, including building a new 40-bed unit on the Maghull Health Park or locating them elsewhere, needing approval by NHS Improvement, The Department of Health and possibly the Treasury later this year before any plans can proceed.

Ditch those stabilisers!

The Easter school holidays sees the return of the popular ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from Sefton Council’s Highway Safety Team offer a range of practical advice to children and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

They take place at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane (L21 7LA) on Tuesday, April 3 from 9am-12pm and Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive (PR8 2QZ) on Thursday, April 5, from 9am-12pm.

To register call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845.

Be Active this Easter

Be Active is back this Easter half term with brand new sessions on offer for Sefton’s youngest residents.

New for Easter 2018, dance workshops inspired by hit film The Greatest Showman will entertain Sefton’s future performers while budding adventurers can take part in Active Explorers with sessions dedicated to bush-craft style activities.

The successful Wave Rave pool parties are also set to make a return to pools in Bootle Leisure Centre, Dunes Splash World and Meadows Leisure Centre. Last half term the Wave Raves were a massive hit as everyone enjoyed coloured pools, floats, music and disco lights.

Designed with the Easter holidays in mind, Be Active’s Easter Egg-Stravaganza days will include obstacle courses, adventure games, tournaments, dodgeball and maybe even a bouncy castle!Football easter

The ever popular Everton Soccer School will be back along with Tennis Camp and Active Totz Gymnastics for Sefton’s sportiest youngsters. Those looking to try something new can make the most of the water sports on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre during its Lakeside Adventure sessions.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “There is such an array of activities happening across Sefton that our youngest residents will be spoilt for choice this half term.

“I’m delighted that we have such a diverse sporting offer that will help keep children active and entertained while they’re enjoying a break from school.”

Activities fill up fast so call Be Active on 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799 to book. For the full line-up of activities head to

King’s Gardens launch tac-maps to help people with sight issues

Special maps, which help blind and partially sighted people find their way around King’s Gardens, Southport are now available for hire.

Free of charge, the portable ‘pack’ consists of an interactive audio guide, an A4 tactile map, a walking wallet and an A4 tactile walking guide full of information about King’s Gardens.

The maps were designed and produced by visual impairment accessibility firm TacMap, who create and produce innovative maps for blind and partially-sighted people across the UK.tac-maps-

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “The portable tactile maps are a fantastic addition to King’s Gardens.

“We already have two static maps for the visually impaired on site but to have such high tech portable packs on offer will benefit our visually-impaired visitors even more.

“We have worked closely with the Friends of King’s Gardens on this project and they will be overseeing the distribution and collection of the maps.”

The tactile maps can be requested by emailing or

For more information contact the Friends of King’s Gardens or visit

Easter art exhibition

There is an opportunity to top up on your ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ by popping along to Waterloo United Free Church’s Easter Art Exhibition.

The Five Ways are:

  • connect – social relationships can boost wellbeing
  • be active – reduce anxiety with regular exercise
  • take notice – enjoy the moment and the world around you
  • keep learning – expand your mind and increase self-esteem
  • give – volunteering or acts of kindness raises feelings of wellbeing

So Be Active and head to the exhibition, open from 12pm until 2pm each day from Monday 26  March until Thursday 29 March, and Take Notice of the different pieces of art on display.

Tea and coffee are available and there is no charge for entry to the exhibition.

Art exhibition crosby mar 26

Galloway’s activities in March

Galloway’s Society for the Blind has released its timetable of activities for March in Sefton.

In addition, the society, which is based in Wright Street, Southport, has a number of other events which may be of interest including:

Trip to The Mill Hotel in Chester
On Wednesday 20th June a trip has been organised to The Mill Hotel in Chester, with a meal as you cruise along the canal taking in the sights and, hopefully, some nice weather.

Living with Sight Loss courses
These popular Living with Sight Loss Courses will be back up and running on a quarterly basis in partnership with the RNIB.

The course is for anyone new to sight loss or if someone’s vision has further deteriorated and they would like to know more about the services and support available. This two-day course will cover technology, registration, emotional impact of sight loss, low vision aids and lots more. It is also a great opportunity to meet others living with sight loss and share experiences. You are welcome to bring a supporter along too.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in the next course, call Galloway’s on 01704 534 555 to express an interest and reserve your place.

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Be proud to be a quitter

On this year’s national No Smoking Day, the Smokefree Sefton team will be encouraging local smokers to join the hundreds of people in the borough who have successfully quit smoking with them.

Look out for the team – a partner of Living Well Sefton – on Wednesday, 14 March as they park up their Wellness on Wheels bus to chat with people about their quit attempt and the free support the team can offer to keep it going.

Smokefree Sefton, a service commissioned by Sefton Council Public Health and managed by Solutions4Health, have already been helping shoppers in Waterloo to become proud quitters.

People like Mark Flavell, from Litherland, who dropped in to see them on their Wow bus at the Co-Operative store and has stopped smoking for several weeks. And another proud quitter says: “I couldn’t have done it without the Smokefree Sefton team.”

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Maureen from Smokefree Sefton with Mark Flavell who has started his smokefree journey

The team and the WoW bus will be at the following venues:
Marian Square Netherton by Cash Convertors 9.30am-11.30am
Chapel Street, Southport (next to Café Nero) 1.30pm-3.30pm
And members will also be in the foyer at Asda Supermarket in Bootle 10am-4pm

If people can’t make it to see the team on Wednesday, 14 March then they can also seek support at their clinics. Call 0300 100 1000 to find your nearest.

Keep on running

Friends of Moorside Park have a weekly Run Club which meets every Tuesday at 6:15pm (for a 6:30 start) in the pavilion (during the winter months) and from the outdoor gym equipment (in the summer).

The Run Club has four groups/distances to choose from – just turn up and go at your own pace with some like-minded friendly people.

There are no weekly fees, all that is required is that you are a member of the Friends of Moorside Park group.

The group isn’t just about running from point A to point B and covering certain distances. It’s about encouraging everyone to pop their running shoes on and just getting out and enjoying Crosby while working on health and wellbeing.

For more information, please click here 

friends moorside running club

Volunteer opportunity

The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre is looking for volunteers for their garden project.

The aim is to build a sustainable garden at their base in Marsh Lane, Bootle.

If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity then pop along to their Garden Open Day on Wednesday, 21 March between 12noon and 2pm.

There is going to be homemade soup and a roll.

This is the Year of the Volunteer in Sefton and there are many wellbeing benefits of becoming a volunteer. It fulfils at least two of the Five Ways to Wellbeing in that people who volunteer connect with others and their local environment as well as having a sense of giving something back.

For more details contact the Brunny on 0151 922 3552.

Brunny garden open day

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