Sefton’s Stop Smoking Service has more than 16 years experience helping many thousands of Sefton residents to stop smoking. Their friendly nurses and advisors can provide effective, evidence-based treatments and support to change habits and cope with cravings. They can also help anyone who wants to reduce the amount they smoke before quitting, or who wants to stop using e-cigarettes. The Smoke Free Sefton team will answer any questions via their phoneline and direct callers to the most convenient clinic or local pharmacy for them. As part of the Living Well Sefton service, their team is also available to support those who feel they are not yet ready to stop, by encouraging them to set goals and address any lifestyle issues which may be making it difficult to stop smoking.
The Feelgood Factory is a healthy living centre based in Netherton, Sefton. They deliver services for the Netherton communty and surrounding areas - as far as Maghull and up to Litherland. The work they do is varied and includes the following: Health and wellbeing support and advice (health chats) to support behaviour change; food, nutrition and healthy cooking courses; social inclusion activity; mental health support, including stress anxiety management; confidence and assertiveness courses; bereavement courses; physical activity classes for 50+; allotment and community garden activity; programmes aimed specifically for older adults and also young people. They deliver from the Feelgood Factory’s base in Netherton and other sites across the wider area. The team also have other services that they can signpost people to, including a Credit Union and relevant services in our area.
Citizen's Advice Sefton provide free, confidential and impartial advice to all residents of Sefton. As an independent body they can talk through issues that may be causing worry and stress, such as: benefits, debt, housing, tax and relationships. In addition, Citizens Advice Sefton’s wellbeing team can connect people who are experiencing stress and anxiety to various wellbeing activities, helping them to gain confidence and develop a sense of control over their own lives.
Sefton Carers Centre provides free advice and guidance, emotional and practical support, training and a range of holistic therapies for unpaid carers living in Sefton. Anyone could be a carer - a parent looking after a disabled child, a 40-year-old man caring for his partner who has terminal cancer or an 80-year-old woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer's Disease. To access all their services for free, you will need to register with the team. By providing Sefton Carer's Centre with your details you will receive information and support which is tailored to your individual needs. Once you are registered, the team can offer you a Carer's Assessment which will look at the different ways in which your caring role affects your life. However, if you decline an assessment you will still be able to access the services and those of other local organisations that may benefit you in your caring role.
The May Logan Centre is a well-established Healthy Living Centre based in Bootle. Their remit is to improve the health and wellbeing of local people and, in partnership, work towards this aim by providing dozens of health improving services in the heart of the community. They have a team of experienced Living Well Mentors who work with people on an individual basis to empower them to make sustainable lifestyle changes. The mentors will assess weight, BMI and blood pressure to identify specific health needs. Then together they will set personal health plans, work on their goals and the mentor will signpost onto partners organisations where relevant. Some of the Living Well Mentors have particular remits around nutrition, pregnancy or working with children and families. After setting goals, the mentors will determine what course of action will be most effective eg. 1-1 training, group support or contact with another specialist organisation.
Operating for more than 40 years, Sefton CVS is an independent and registered charity which has assisted voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector organisations and groups to help build resilient and sustainable communities throughout the borough. From supporting groups to get started and helping them to find volunteers, to establishing networks so people can learn from one another, Sefton CVS aims to develop a vibrant VCF sector.
The Active Lifestyles programme aims to provide the whole community with the opportunity to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. The programme offers a range of lifestyle services for all Sefton residents who are overweight or obese, or suffer with/are at risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). The core focus of the programme is improving physical health and mental wellbeing through an increase in physical activity and weight management services to achieve a healthy weight and encourage healthy eating. For added value and to allow further opportunities to the community, the service is also ‘packaged’ alongside the Relax and Revive Programme (to improve mental wellbeing) and, MOVE IT (weight management programme for children and families), which allows participants to access a range of activities, with ongoing support and motivation, thereby instilling behaviour change and positive physical activity and healthy eating habits long term.
The Brighter Living Partnership is a healthy living centre based in Southport, mainly covering the Southport and Formby areas of Sefton. The work they do is predominantly around food and nutrition, and social inclusion. They offer various cookery classes, healthy lifestyle courses and interventions - as well as activities to promote inclusion, such as: activity groups and programmes; a lunch club; an arts and craft group, as well a film club. The Brighter Living Partnerhsip can also provide lifestyle assessments and follow-up support for individuals looking to change a lifestyle behaviour. They are based at Southport Community Centre on Norwood Road, where people can take part in activities such as: our weekly gardening group on site in the community garden, IT courses, chair-based exercise classes, credit union and much more.
The overall aim of the Community Connectors project is to help those aged 18+ who are at risk of loneliness and/or isolation, who may have low level mental health needs and may well access Adult Social Care for help with these issues.
There are two Community Connectors, and they are based in Bootle, Maghull, Seaforth, Litherland, Netherton, Lydiate and Southport. The Connectors and their Volunteer Community Champions can help people to access local groups, activities and services - as well as encouraging them to regain confidence and independence to continue attending post-intervention.
Strand By Me is an in-person addition to the service and allows residents in Sefton to speak to a member of our team face-to-face - they can advise on Living Well Sefton services you can access, along with services from other organisations within the Sefton community to help you improve your general health, wellbeing and lifestyle.