Well Sefton News and Updates

Ykids create Garden to Remember to commemorate end of Great War

Ykids Bootle are set to launch their ‘Lest We Forget – A Garden To Remember’ in North Park next month as part of Sefton’s ongoing commemorations to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

For three days in November, North Park Community Garden in Bootle will be transformed into an emotive garden of remembrance where the community can pause to think, pray and give thanks to those who lost their lives in the Great War.

The garden will be open to the public on November 10 (11am-3pm) and November 11 (12pm-3pm) while November 9 will be dedicated as a private day for schoolchildren to come and learn more about WW1.

As well as meditation and a chance to reflect on all aspects of the war, there will also be a host of informative and educational activities including history lessons of Bootle’s role in the war, poppy crafting, wreath making and the opportunity to taste trench food from the era.

For more information about the Garden please contact Ykids via 0151 944 2111 or visit www.ykids.co.uk.

Bootle Music Festival

Safe Regeneration's inaugural Bootle Music Festival was a great success and testament to working in partnership by bringing together the whole neighbourhood including community, public & private sector organisations, and the wonderful people of Bootle and beyond.

The focus as always was on quality and the musical line-up didn’t disappoint with performances from Hue Cry, Space, The Real People and more.

A big part of the fun was the Wellbeing field, which attracted people of all ages offering everything from face painting and wall climbing to reiki and yoga. Well Sefton partners Living Well Sefton even brought their brilliant ‘Juice Bike'.

Matthew Dodgson, Director at festival sponsor ICS Liverpool said: “You can definitely count us in for next year. In the 30+ years I’ve been around this area I never thought the day would come that I would see an event like that bring the community together. It was an absolute joy to be a part of. You should all be very proud of yourselves!”ything from face painting and wall climbing to reiki and yoga. Well Sefton partners Living Well Sefton even brought their brilliant ‘Juice Bike’ which proved very popular.

Local resident Stefanie McGinty added: “Amazing weekend hosted by amazingly wonderful people. Thank you for everything you all do, not just this weekend, but all year round, between the Lock and Safe Regeneration. Inspirational people and a place and atmosphere that you get nowhere else.”

Watch the incredible video from the event here.

Zendoodling on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal

The #destinationbootle programme involves an ongoing series of linked community projects which enhance our local canal-side neighbourhood and create an environment that encourages visitors to work, play and live in our town.

SAFE’s partnership with the Canal and River Trust has progressed to a formal adoption of the Bootle stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, where its is busy cleaning, greening & zendoodling! A local artist has worked with local people, many of whom are in recovery from addiction, to create a series of artwork along the canal.

Ben Riley, apprentice at SAFE, said: “I never thought I’d be given an opportunity to be involved in something like this. It’s been brilliant and I’ve learned so much.”

Bootle resident Barbara Rouse added: “This is wonderful. Walking along the canal is so much nicer with all the improvements made. It’s a lovely place to be and I’m proud to live here!”

Awards success for Well Sefton


Well Sefton is delighted to announce that two of its partners have been celebrated it this years Echo Environment Awards.

SAFE Regeneration won the award for Community Project of the year for its #DestinationBootle project. This project, largely made possible thanks to funding from Well North, aims to make Bootle a better place to live, work and create.

Regenerus' Taking Root in Bootle project was a finalist for the Environmental and Health Project Award.

Well Sefton pays it forward


The Well Sefton partners honoured Pay It Forward Day 2018 by performing random acts of kindness across Bootle! From free coffees, umbrellas, planters and positivity pouches, there were lots more smiling faces in Sefton thanks to everyone's hard work. Read more about the activities here!


Well Sefton lights up Oriel Road's underpass

The Oriel Road rail underpass, in Bootle, has undergone a major transformation thanks to the collaborative work of Sefton Council, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Safe Regeneration. Forming part of the Well Sefton project, which aims to create a better Bootle, the regeneration aimed to breathe new life into the underpass which had fallen into a state of disrepair. Read more about the project and see some great photos of the transformation here.