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Welcome to the Spring edition of Wirral Well Being magazine Laura Seymour Editor/creator Welcome to the Summer issue of Wirral WellBeing Magazine. I hope you are all looking forward to a lovely summer break to revitalise your soul. Well the last few months have gone by in a blink with so much going on. I have started working with Be Well to help battle the stigma attached to mental health. I'm enjoying every minute of it! I have also got involved with The Open Door Charity by becoming a mentor.You can read more about this wonderful charity inside and how to get involved with the amazing work they are doing. We want to tell you about The Oliver Mcgowan Learning Disability and Autism Training Trials and the incredible work Be Well are doing alongside Mencap and NAS to raise awareness and knowledge. Last but not least I wanted to let you know about The Wirral Well-Being Awards we have launched. The first one goes to the lovely Mel Neilson from The Holistic Hub in Liscard |(07956 887796) for her Stress Buster massage.

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SAVE HOYLAKE BEACH! For improving your mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic, what better than a brisk walk or relaxing stroll on a Wirral beach? Our little peninsula is blessed with beautiful beaches, from New Brighton, along the North Wirral coast to Hoylake, and West Kirby, all much loved as great, fun, therapeutic amenity beaches since at least the early 20th Century. But hang on! If you venture to Hoylake beach this summer, take a stroll, perhaps with your dog, from King’s Gap, Hoylake to Red Rocks or jog along the promenade to beyond the Lifeboat Station, you are in for a shock. You will see here, not the soft golden sand of years gone by, but a huge area of unsightly, unhygienic grass which has turned a lovely sandy beach into a festering, fetid swamp the size of several football pitches. Not forgetting the spiky clumps of Cord Grass (‘Spartina’ Grass, introduced into the Dee estuary a hundred years ago) spreading invasively across the beach from Meols, beyond Hoylake Lifeboat station along to Red Rocks. It is even starting to encroach upon the beach at West Kirby. In the past, most of this has been sprayed (Spartina) or raked (weeds and the proliferation of meadow grasses) by Wirral Council in order to keep them under control. However recently, Wirral Council has declared a ‘Climate Emergency’ and has banned Glyphosate weedkiller use on the beach, though they are continuing to use it on other public spaces across the borough Without consultation with residents in Hoylake and Meols the Council has stopped raking the beach (it bought a £40,000 sand raking machine in 2019 which stands idle) and declared that it wants to halt raking until the outcome of a ‘Natural Survey’ of the beach in 2023, by which time the beach will be lost. Residents are outraged and heartbroken in equal measure. Our campaign, SAVE HOYLAKE BEACH has been set up to fight for our right to preserve our glorious amenity beach. The Council says that the weeds and other grasses growing on Hoylake beach are ‘natural’ (they aren’t – they are carried onto the beach through inadequate drains)




and propagates the view that the beach should be left ‘to return to nature’. But Hoylake is not a natural beach. It is the product of many different ‘events’, including the dredging of the River Mersey, which encourages a buildup of sand, which in turn allows plants to thrive and by the terrible state of Hoylake’s drains, which empty water and plant and road debris onto the beach daily. Nor, due to the position in which it lies, will Hoylake Beach, as Wirral Council and ‘grass-lovers’ (there are some) suggest, ever produce sand dunes. The Council also says it is illegal for them to rake the beach as it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the large number of wading birds which roost and feed there. Ironically, the very birds the SSSI protects, are being forced to move as the grass prevents them from accessing the invertebrates on which they feed in the sand. Natural England, which ‘polices’ the beach, concedes, in its advice to Wirral Council that Hoylake is an amenity beach and we believe that it is not illegal to rake. To date, despite representations by our group and other residents’ groups in Hoylake and Meols, the Council has continued to bury its head in the sand (sorry!) and is ignoring the wishes of the vast majority of locals. So, if you do go down to Hoylake Beach today in the interests of your good health and wellbeing, don’t let your children dig in the grass, its unhygienic; if you are disabled, beware, you will probably not be able to access the beach as the slipways have silted up with vegetation and the grass is very difficult to navigate. We believe a clear majority of residents and businesses want to retain an accessible, golden, sandy beach. Will you lend us your support? If you would like to see our beaches kept clear of grass, please sign our petition, which currently has more than 10,000 signatures and is available here: Visit our Facebook page: Friends of Hoylake and West Kirby Beaches. More information here


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BEYOND RECOVERY Beyond Recovery is an independent community mental health creative project that started in late 2011. We are a small group of people who have been gathering ‘expert by experience’ mental health art pieces and literature in the Merseyside area of England. We want to pass on the wisdom gleaned by people recovering from mental distress about staying well to other people, as well as pointing out local, national and international organisations people can turn to for help and information. We have printed two booklets featuring articles and artwork from service users in Merseyside on recovery in mental health. They also featured a guide to local mental health services. We distributed the booklets throughout Merseyside’s shops, bars, cafes and health centres – keep your eyes peeled! We produced our first booklet in early 2016 and distributed the 2000 copies as widely as possible in the local area to a variety of organisations, cafes, barbers, libraries and to national mental health organisations via email. For issue 2 we held creative sessions at The West Kirby Drop-In during 2016 to obtain some of the material after gaining funding from The Wirral West Community Fund. For further details you can contact us via, social media or this blog. As for this blog, please feel free to download a copy of either or both editions of our booklets from the links. Many of the personal stories and pieces of writing we received and used here in this blog are taken from written work we gathered and used in putting together the booklets. If you look through the links we have included you will see the information comes from where the authors have learned most on journeys through mental health systems, diagnoses, education and experience. This is what we aim to share with as wide an audience as possible. The website list is not exhaustive but is a very valuable resource. Above all we would like to share what we have learned about the field of mental health if possible to provide hope and support for others experiencing similar challenges to help them through, to learn and to grow from what they have been through. The following contains extracts from some ‘SoMe’ profiles the group did for a recent event here on Merseyside. We put on a successful screening of the documentary ‘CrazyWise’ on Friday 1st June 2018 in a local arts centre. We reached capacity for the venue, something we were very proud of. There was a Q and A session afterwards. The audience were very receptive and positive throughout. The following excerpts are from our profiles which we wrote up beforehand for an introduction to the group. We had also affiliated the event with Emerging Proud’s SoMe coordinated events. These profiles were a requirement as we combined the screening with the introduction to an alternative framework around mental distress that the SoMe events were looking to foster.




MeditationA Way to Reduce Stress If you find that you are stressed or anxious, why not try meditation. Anyone can practice meditation. It's simple, free, and you have nothing to lose except maybe a few minutes a day, compare these minutes of calm to what can be stressed hours spent on social media. You can practice meditation almost anywhere and at any time, when you are out walking, waiting in a queue, it’s not necessary to be sitting on a cushion. Don’t think that you won’t be able to meditate in the ‘right’ way as this will only discourage you, causing you to give up before you even try. Later if you find that you may benefit from a more formal meditation, then you can find a group with instructors, or a type of meditation that you can connect with. Try different types of meditation, and you'll likely find out what works for you. So, let’s try a simple breathing meditation: Start by finding somewhere quiet and peaceful, silence your phone and other distractions. As you get better at meditation you will find it easier to practice under almost any circumstances. Get yourself comfortable, you can sit on the floor, lay down, in a chair or stand, the important thing is not to slouch. The correct posture reduces pain, and helps you breathe properly. The aim is to be relaxed and alert. Then think of a length of time that you will be comfy with, don’t go for longer sessions at first. Its better to have quality rather than quantity. So maybe set yourself an alarm or download a meditation app that includes a timer, start with five- or ten-minute sessions.

So, we are now sitting in a comfortable position, hopefully in peaceful surroundings. Close your eyes, then starting at the crown of your head, mentally scan down through your body, making sure that you are relaxed, check that your jaw is not clenched, shoulders are relaxed and so on, if possible, try to keep a straight but relaxed back. Now focus your attention on your breath. Breathe naturally through your nostrils, don’t force the breath, just breath naturally, allow your mind to settle and become calm and present for a few minutes. Don’t try to control your breathing, just focus on the sensation of the air entering and leaving the nostrils, the rise and fall of your chest. Use this first part to check for any physical discomfort, adjust your position, if necessary, but try to imagine that each time you breath out, you are breathing out these tensions. Continue breathing out all you mental and physical tensions until you are completely at ease. We are now all set, so just enjoy the rest of the meditation. When you notice your mind has wandered from the breath, which it will, just gently bring it back to the breath. Do this until the end of the meditation period. Spending just a few minutes a day in meditation can be helpful in restoring your calm and inner peace, and this feeling of calm will gradually carry over into those periods between your sessions. Wishing you Peace and Happiness Bill Seymour – Buddhist Practitioner




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FOLLOWING THE STREAM By R. Bailey (RAW-i Studios) Whilst none of us are immune to psychological vulnerabilities it is our inherent ‘resources’ that give us the mechanisms to cope. Whilst developing her current series of work Wendy [Connelly] was struck by how Art can be used in response to mental health. Two pieces currently on exhibition at the Doncaster Art Fair were selected for show. There is a clear interaction between the psychological vulnerabilities and the psychological strengths in her work. Wendy consciously filters and makes use of the extraneous details from the landscapes she explores. The Fog is a mirror of self, layers shifting and leaving traces that are muted and transformed by each other. Forms are fighting to be at the fore, the image of self is lost in the moment, as a swell takes over and you are at sea. An artist's need for depression to be a fuel or muse for their creativity has been a prevalent, if not somewhat stereotyped sentiment that has given rise to the terms "tortured artist" and "mad genius". Some of the greatest names in the world of Art - whether painter, poet, writer, musician, dancer or photographer - have well documented 'mood disorders' attributed to their creative genius. One only needs to look at the painting ‘Scream’ by Edvard Munch to see an inner torture of some kind. He wrote in his diary at the time of completing the ‘Scream’ that ‘[My] fear of life is necessary to me, as is my illness…. Their destruction would destroy my art”. Are artists therefore, more susceptible to a range of mental illnesses? Do some artists require a certain ‘mental torture’ to produce works of creative genius?

The Fog - W. Connelly Professor Kay Redfield Jamison suggests that ‘to assume that such diseases [bipolar disorder, manic depression] promotes artistic talent is a falsehood and only ‘reinforces a simplistic notion’. Several studies have identified that many accomplished artists ‘do not suffer from recurring mood swings’, and conversely, Jamison continues, ‘most manicdepressives do not possess extraordinary imagination’. Yet we can observe, through the annals of time, that some artists have indeed suffered for their art, and for others clearly their art has stemmed from suffering. But as Scott Barry Kauffman (American psychologist) propounds, there is an inaccuracy ‘to say that all creatives run the risk of mental illness’. The conclusions to a study into that compared the brains of creatives and those suffering with mood disorders suggest that they take in more information and are less able to ignore extraneous details. Put more simply, ‘the brain does not allow them to filter’. That an artist/creative is able to filter and is consciously able to do so too, gives rise to an extraordinary and contradictory situation of [a creative] being ‘occasionally crazier and yet adamantly saner than the average person’

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(Frank Barron 1963). These psychological vulnerabilities (degrees of stress, anxiety and depression) can, and often do, interact with psychological resources or strengths (selfacceptance, autonomy, hope, ego-resilience). Largely, when one is experiencing more symptoms of psychological vulnerability one is less likely to be psychologically well (Zorana Ivcevic Pringle). Fewer than 10% of people have high degrees of both and researchers at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence conclude that this ‘tends to predict creative achievement’. The need for Art as a form of therapy is more crucial than ever, as we emerge from the pandemic. We all need support in myriad ways to find our new normal and since creativity can be healing, people with mood disorders may instinctively turn to art to themselves cope or heal. RAW-i Studios ( offer a range of Art courses for all ages and abilities. Wendy Connelly - Professional Artist ( WIRRAL WELL



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Who are we?

We are brother and sister team, Robert and Karen Quinn, born and bred in Wirral. Our parents created and ran their own successful funeral business setting us a wonderful example. Having been raised in the profession we are passionate about we are proud to own and run our very own.

Our facilities

We want our families to feel relaxed and less trepidatious when visiting our office. We have therefore ensured our office is bright and welcoming. We have dedicated parking, easy access to our facilities as are on one level for those with mobility concerns and visiting rooms with garden views and a private decked area.

Arranging a funeral

It can be a daunting task to arrange the funeral of someone close, particularly if you have never had to do it before. Not only are you grieving, but there are also many practicalities to address. It is our job to guide you as to what must be done, advise you how best to proceed and to make the process as straightforward as we can for you.

Our Ethos

Each funeral is as individual as the person it’s for. There’s no such thing a right or wrong, just what’s right for you and your loved one – saying goodbye the way you want to.

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Our Projects Bazaar: Bazaar is our innovative and creative therapeutic intervention for 14 -30-year-olds, who are experiencing mild/moderate anxiety, low mood, panic attacks and/or stress. Bazaar has a very strong evidence basis of significantly reducing symptoms of depression and/ or anxiety. The programme is intended to help people in the short term and equip the person with workable skills for life, to maintain feeling good both now and in the future -preventing issues reappearing. Electric Islands: Electric Islands. By young people. For young people. Our 6-week support initiative for 11–13-year-olds. Members will learn the important life skills in CBT and mindfulness from Bazaar but packaged in a video game formatted programme. Electric Islands is about exploring emotions to help maintain good wellbeing and give young people the skills to challenge and help themselves in a safe, fun and comfortable setting. Colours: Colours is a 4-week programme, delivered 1-1 by a mentor for one hour per week. Colours provides support to individuals at the earliest possible opportunity by focusing on proactive solutions through empowering and building resilience. The programme is aimed at over 18’s and is intended to provide learning, opportunities for reflection and enabling individuals to practise new techniques that can be invaluable in everyday life and challenging situations. Oomoo: Oomoo is our new project for 12–18-year-old, in which we have been entrusted to support Looked After Children (LAC) on Wirral in a way that has never been done before. Oomoo is a unique project reimagining how we can provide support in dynamic, engaging and effective ways with three key ambitions to Inspire, Connect and Shape Change for our local LAC. Crucially, oomoo is designed by LAC, for LAC, allowing them to create a support offer that is curated for their needs. Hatch: Hatch is an emotional wellbeing service for young people aged 6 and above in Wirral. Hatch is all about rethinking the process, shape and content of emotional wellbeing intervention throughout the education sector. Making modern, creative and progressive therapeutic services available when they are needed, delivered in a way which young people can relate to and understand. Transforming the support process into a journey of optimism learning and opportunity. L.E.A.F: L.E.A.F is aimed at inter family dynamics which may result in aggression or communication breakdown between parents and children. There will be an option to complete a four-week stress management course as well as attending monthly support sessions which any family member will be invited too. These support sessions aim to break the stigma surrounding family conflict and aggression. To access support for yourself or on behalf of someone else, please head to the Get in Touch page on, use the drop-down to select access services. You will then be contacted for your free, immediate support.


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Did you know that our service extends beyond care? With over 30 years’ experience provding high quality home support, we understand that care is more than just assisting with your dayto-day routines. It’s about giving you the additional help you need to live a safe, happy and comfortable life at home; whether that’s folding the laundry,

cooking nutritious meals or helping to look after your beloved pets. Our bespoke service extends to more than just care; it is a friendly face to bring you comfort; a helping hand around the house; and arm to lean on whilst you are out and about; and peace of mind that you have everything you need to feel safe and independent at home.

Care that supports every element of life In addition to assisting with personal care, medication administration and mobility support, our carers can also help you with:




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Your local branch would be happy to arrange additional support for you. For more information please contact your local care manager, Wirral on: 0151 318 9938 © Helping Hands Home Care, a division of Midshires Care Limited 2005 to 2020. All rights reserved. Registered office: Head Office 10 Tything Road West Alcester Warwickshire B49 6EP. Registered in England and Wales no. 3959933. Helping Hands Home Care is registered and therefore licensed to provide services by the Care Quality Commission (ID: WIRRAL BEING 1-101671690) and the CareWELL Inspectorate Wales (certificate number: W15/00000831/O001/0001).


HYPNOTHERAPY FOR HEALTH CONDITIONS Hypnotherapy can help with many physical health conditions including IBS and the menopause. Over the last decade, more and more research shows there are benefits of hypnotherapy for medical problems. In addition to IBS, a number of rigorous studies have found the practice is effective at mollifying chronic pain and reducing stress and anxiety before surgery. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is routinely treated with hypnosis, and is recommended as a treatment by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Evidence shows that over 60% of sufferers show a significant improvement in their symptoms. Menopause Hypnotherapy has been shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes in addition to helping with mild depression and anxiety. Research has shown that focusing on cooling imagery whilst in a state of hypnosis allows for greater control over hot flashes and can help prevent them altogether. In fact, hypnosis has been shown to reduce hot flashes and night sweats by up to 74%, showing it to be as effective as HRT in managing these symptoms. (Elkins, G, Fisher, WI, Johnson, AK et al (2012) Clinical hypnosis in the treatment of postmenopausal hot flashes. Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society DOI: 10.1097/gme.0b013e31826ce3ed Fibromyalgia Hypnosis is emerging as one of the best alternative therapies in alleviating the pain of fibromyalgia. Many doctors are now recommending hypnosis as a viable treatment in the management of pain. A recent study carried out at the University of Iowa studied what happens to the brain during hypnosis. Researchers monitored chronic sufferers of fibromyalgia in a hypnotic trance. It showed that there was reduced activity in the pain network area of the brain particularly in the area of the brain responsible for ‘feeling’ pain. It would suggest that using hypnosis as a treatment actually has a physical effect on the brain. Pain management Hypnotherapy is often an effective therapy for people living with chronic, diagnosed pain. It has also been used to support those who need to manage their level of discomfort during medical treatment, after surgery or other procedures.

Hypnosis has been used throughout history as a form of anaesthesia and many people today undergo surgery and dental work using hypnosis as anaesthetic. Your therapist can teach you selfhypnosis techniques to manage the symptoms of a diagnosed condition, both physically and emotionally. As pain is a warning signal, therapists will not seek to remove all sensation unless for a short period of time in the case of hypnotic anaesthesia. Migraines The causes of headaches and migraines are varied, from stress and tension to hormonal changes. Most are not an indication of a serious health condition, but occasionally there is an underlying medical condition that needs investigation. It is therefore essential that if you have persistent headaches that you consult with your GP before seeking an appointment with a hypnotherapist. Skin conditions Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis may respond well to hypnosis. Like many chronic conditions, skin problems can be triggered by stress. I use visualisation techniques and stress management in sessions with you and teach you self-hypnosis for relaxation and positive imagery. Menopause Hypnotherapy has been shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes in addition to helping with mild depression and anxiety. Research has shown that focusing on cooling imagery whilst in a state of hypnosis allows for greater control over hot flashes and can help prevent them altogether. In fact, hypnosis has been shown to reduce hot flashes and night sweats by up to 74%, showing it to be as effective as HRT in managing these symptoms. (Elkins, G, Fisher, WI, Johnson, AK et al (2012) Clinical hypnosis in the treatment of postmenopausal hot flashes. Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society DOI: 10.1097/gme.0b013e31826ce3ed) It is important to understand that Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy and is best used alongside medical treatment and not as an alternative to. If you’d like to see if hypnotherapy is for you, get in touch to book a £10 “Intro to Hypnotherapy” session. I can answer any questions you may have and you get to experience a blissful relaxation. Call 07394 973981 or email WIRRAL WELL



Ear Piercing at Jewellers & Diamond Merchants of Heswall

Prices start at £29.95 which includes the consultation, piercing, selected studs, aftercare solution and a six week check up.

Hallmark have an excellent reputation for earpiercing with over 40 years experience. We have two excellent ear piercers in Viccy and Lesley, both are fully qualified and insured. How it works

To begin, we have a consultation with the client when the piercer will check the earlobes to establish what earrings would be suitable, including long posts if required. Care and attention is given to mark the ears before we pierce to ensure an even result. We use the studex cartridge ear piercing system and have a wide range of earpiercing studs including hypoallergenic, gold and titanium studs. After the ears are pierced we use the cleansing solution to cool the ears. Our customers are delighted with our sterile conditions and the professional care and attention shown to them by our two excellent members of staff and as a result we get many recommendations. Ear piercing is to be booked in advance to ensure an earpiercer is available and we will, at that point, answer any questions you may have.

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Creating Calm After Covid Nikki Parry and Holly Clark - Be Well Learning Directors Be Well learning is a training and consultancy company who specialise in delivering qualifications and courses which promote mental wellbeing. This issue we celebrate our second birthday. Due to current restrictions we haven't been able to have the party that we'd hoped for but that wont stop us celebrating all of the wonderful achievements of our team, clients and learners. Be Well Learning works with all organisations to help them understand and support their workforce with a wide range of disabilities including mental health issues.


The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism

Be Well feel incredibly proud and excited to announce that we are a training delivery partner with Royal Mencap Society's consortium in these trials. We will be delivering across the Liverpool City Region and Cheshire from July to November 2021. What this means is free training (funded by Health Education England) for anyone working in health and social care. There are two tiers of training available. You will find full details about the training trials and how to get involved in the additional article published within this issue of Wirral Well-Being magazine. #oliverscampaign

I nt r o du c in g B e We l l's ne w Le a r n i n g a n d D e ve l op me nt P art ner S uz a n ne M c Ne e Suzanne is responsible for designing and delivering a wide range of learning solutions for Be Well Learning. Developing the practice, knowledge and skills of our much valued learners and stakeholders. Suzanne has enjoyed a 20 year career as a primary school teacher, wellbeing lead and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator. Suzanne is a trained Wellbeing Life Coach, Mental Health First Aider and Suicide First Aider. Mindfulness is a tool that is central to Suzanne’s own wellbeing and she has been trained by the British Mindfulness Association to deliver Mindfulness courses for professionals. Suzanne’s mission in life is to “Make a Difference” to the wellbeing of society.

If you work or volunteer in the NHS or have been a Covid-19 patient this workshop may be for you. The British public hold the NHS in high regard but never has the importance of the NHS been so vital as during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our NHS staff and volunteers have been at the frontline fighting this invisible enemy often putting their own safety at risk. This life saving role was recognised by so many, especially Captain Sir Tom Moore. Through Captain Sir Tom’s fundraising, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership have secured funding to provide support and training to NHS staff, volunteers and patients to help them to “Create Calm after Covid.” Be Well are privileged to have been asked to deliver training that gives participants the opportunity to learn about resilience and the affect stress and anxiety have on our wellbeing. This 3 hour free training will include a series of exercises and activities. Participants will increase their understanding of what resilience is, recognise barriers to staying well and work on small life changes that can have a big impact. There will be the time and opportunity to reflect on their own stress container and to look at a range of strategies to improve their wellbeing, including mindfulness techniques. This course will be delivered online on - Thursday 12th August 10:00 - 13:00 - Tuesday 14th September 10:00 - 13:00 If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more about “Create Calm after Covid” please get in touch.







WIRRAL HOSPICE ST JOHN’S Specialist Palliative Care Consultant, Dr Richard Latten, to run Virgin London Marathon to raise funds for Wirral Hospice St John’s Wirral Hospice St John’s esteemed palliative care consultant, Dr Richard Latten, is going to run the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise funds for our local adult hospice. You may have already seen him from time-to-time, running around some of Wirral’s most famous and some not-so-famous landmarks, preparing hard for the gruelling 26-miler which is taking place once again on Sunday October 3rd, 2021. Back in 2019 Richard joined some of his Wirral Hospice St John’s colleagues in the Birkenhead ParkRun, a free weekly 5k fun run around Birkenhead Park for people of all abilities. Now, from having to stop every few hundred yards for a breath and a walk, he’s confident he’ll finish the marathon, even if it’s not in a world record time! Richard explained, “Before a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have stood a chance of completing a marathon. Back in 2019 I was finding things really tough with the challenges that work in our field can sometimes bring to the surface while also dealing with a bereavement a few years before which had had an emotional impact on my own family. Joining some of my hospice colleagues, friends and family, in running in our local Parkrun was the turning point in getting myself back on track. Since that pivotal moment, my running and my mind have improved in parallel. From staggering round that

first 5km in Birkenhead Park, I’ve gradually increased my running distance, doing hospice events, the ‘Mucky Mudder 5K’ in 2019 and then ‘Race around the Wirral’ with some colleagues and friends during last year’s lockdown. The hospice is close to my heart for many reasons. It’s a privilege to work alongside some really wonderful colleagues, all focused on providing the best possible care and support for patients and their families who are going through their own challenging circumstances. As a charity, the hospice can only continue to provide its vital services to patients and their families through the kind generosity of our whole Wirral community. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to run the London Marathon for the hospice and hopefully raise some vital funds. I’m looking forward to proudly wearing my hospice t-shirt running around the streets of London.” Now, in just under 3 months’ time, Dr Richard is adding a marathon fundraiser to his ‘to do’ list in 2021, we’re sure everyone in Wirral will be wishing him all the very best. Go for it, Dr Richard! If you’d like to support Richard’s Virgin Money London Marathon effort with a kind donation to Wirral Hospice St John’s please go to his fundraising page at https:// or call fundraising on 0151-343-0778 if you’d like to donate to Richard’s effort in another way





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Convenience Gallery CIC is a contemporary and community not for profit arts organisation based in Birkenhead. Our new programme ‘In Cahoots’ will feature free to access exhibitions, workshops, talks, and more placed in Bloom Building a progressive & innovative mental health space ran in partnership with Open Door Charity.

Convenience Gallery ‘In Cahoots’ 2021/22 Programme (July 2021 – May 2022) 31.07.21 - 06.08.21: Horizons exhibition 12 noon – 3pm 13.08.21 - 27.08.21: On the Bright Side by Jon Edgley, 6:30pm launch night

02.09.21: Hilbre Island Trip w. Paddy Rogers 17.09.21 - 01.10.21: Space is the Place

by Paddy Rogers, Angelo Madonna, 6:30pm Launch Night

02.10.21: Birkenhead International Film Festival Animation

15.10.21 - 29.10.21: Aesthetics 6:30pm Launch Night

12.11.21: Matthew Lomas 19.11.21 - 03.12.21: Reece Griffiths & Ellie Towers 6:30pm Launch Night

21.01.22 - 04.02.22: Roxy Topia & Paddy Gould 6:30pm Launch Night

25.02.22 - 11.03.22: TBA 01.04.22 - 15.04.22: Blip!

by Dan Chan, 6:30pm Launch Night

06.05.22 - 20.05.22: Nil00 6:30pm Launch Night

TBC: Challenging Love Launch Life Drawing: Every 3rd Tueday of the Month (£12) WIRRAL WELL For more info & content visit: where are we: bloom building, 3 abbey close ch41 5fq Socials: @conveniencegallery



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LEVERHULME SUMMER CYCLE Saddle up for the return of Wirral's Leverhulme Summer Cycle Residents of Wirral can soon explore tree-lined tracks of Wirral's historic Leverhulme Estate in a popular event returning later this year. The Leverhulme Summer Cycle was last held in 2019 with hundreds of cyclists of all ages enjoying the opportunity to explore some of the hidden paths of the Estate. It was cancelled last year, because of Covid-19 restrictions, but now Leverhulme, along with event organiser Rethink Now, have confirmed that the event will return on Sunday, September 12. A leisurely bike ride, it will include the opportunity to sample the delights of various independent stall-holders located on the cycle route and outlets at Brimstage Hall and courtyard. Two years ago, hundreds of cyclists, ranging from young children to grandparents, got on their bikes to explore more than four miles of tracks despite the muddy conditions. Others chose to walk the paths which extend from Brimstage to neighbouring Thornton Hough.

We all have our own reason to start cycling. It’s the perfect eco-friendly form of transport and of course the fitness benefits are huge. However, although the physical benefits are widely documented, what is often forgotten is how much it can benefit our mental health too. The importance of exercise is often underestimated by individuals and even some health care professionals. Aerobic exercise – including walking and cycling – have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression. Exercise improves your mood because it has several significant impacts on your brain. When you exercise and your heart rate increases, oxygen is pumped to your brain which has been shown to help manage anxiety and depression. So grab your bikes and head to the Leverhulme Summer Cycle! It’s free to attend but we’re asking people to register so we can keep everyone up to date with routes to the start point, guidance on how the tracks are looking and of course those all important weather updates. Visit for more information and contact Rethink Now on social media with any questions.




Anne Roberts, as the name would suggest, is the owner of Anne Roberts Hair and Beauty in Oxton, Wirral. Since 1989, her salon has been at the forefront of Wirral beauty and her industry knowledge is well respected. Here are some of Anne’s favourite products all available from her salon in Birch Road, Oxton. 0151 653 7979

Clarins SOS Primer UV SPF 30 30ml

SOS UV PRIMER preps your skin for make-up application, improves its hold, and instantly corrects and boosts your complexion's radiance. This primer hydrates your skin and what I particularly love….it adds an additional SPF barrier to protect from UV rays.

CLARINS UV PLUS [5P] Anti-Pollution Rose

NEW Clarins Calm-Essentiel

A new range of skincare formulated with essential ingredients for treating all types of sensitive or weakened skin, to guarantee optimal skin tolerance. Occasionally or over a long period of time, skin sensitivity can result in invisible symptoms such as tingling, tightness, itchiness amongst others, as well as visible signs such as widespread or localised redness or flaky skin. This brand new range consists of 3 gorgeous products; Redness Correction Gel, Soothing Emulsion & Restoring Treatment Oil. Soothes. Hydrates. Protects.




This is a beautifully light & easilyabsorbed gel cream that protects and gives you an instant rosy glow. I always carry one in my handbag. Clarins’ UV and pollution screen protects against 5 pollutants encountered in every day life: atmospheric, indoor, pollen, blue light and photo-pollution.

My Clarins RE-FRESH Roll-On Eye De-Puffer

My Clarins is aimed at the younger market but I think this is great for all ages to refresh & moisturise around the eyes. Roll-on eye treatment infused with Organic coconut water to nourish, Alpine rose extract to detoxify and natural caffeine & horse chestnut to diminish dark circles and puffiness, the perfect balance of fruit and plant extracts. The super fresh aqueous gel refreshes the eye contour whilst visibly diminishing signs of fatigue around the eye.

Get Bespoke Care to Match Your Needs with Better Life Care Packages

“Everyone has the right to feel independent and enjoy some quality time. This is why we’ve structured our five care packages around your different levels of needs.” - SUZANNE JANVIER - Director and Registered Manager

If you’ve got a long-term health condition requiring personal care, or you just want a little help around the house dusting the places you can’t reach while you have a cup of tea and a chat, we can tailor our package to you. We know that paying for your care hour by hour doesn’t allow for the flexibility that life demands, so we’ve designed these packages to let you pay a monthly fixed fee. That way, you can relax knowing what’s going out of your bank account each month and also knowing you’re going to be looked after. Each package corresponds to your level of need. Regardless of the package you select, we guarantee you nutritional guidance, contact with the community, regular updates for your loved ones, access to a 24-hour emergency and an activity that promotes your wellbeing. If you’re a family member with a loved one you’re currently looking after, Better Life Care Packages can help take some of the pressure off.

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