How to join the Sefton Park addiction treatment programme?


A referral to Sefton Park may come from any source – family, friends, the medical profession, social worker, the probation service or directly from the prospective client.

The assessment process enables the Sefton Park team to ascertain that the programme is suitable for the client and that we are able to meet their needs.

We will endeavour to arrange face to face assessments whenever possible at Sefton Park in order that the client can get the feel of Sefton Park and experience the nurture of the Therapeutic Community.

If an assessment at Sefton park is not possible we arrange an assessment at a mutually convenient location: failing this then a telephone may take place to assess the needs of the client.

How to join the programme?


The programme includes an induction period before joining to the main group and the Integration phase of the programme.

The treatment period is usually 6 months or 3 months although we can be flexible to other lengths of time to suit the client needs funding availability.

Some clients may require further time to fully address their issues and achieve their goal of sustainable abstinence. This will be negotiated between the client, the focal counsellor and the referrer.

After the Integration phase there is a period of preparation for moving on when the Focal Counsellor and Resettlement works support the client in examining and achieving their objectives for the next stage of their life.

How much do we charge?


Our objective is to ensure that the treatment we provide is both affordable and accessible.

We regularly benchmark our fees against other providers so we know our fees are highly competitive.

He will explain the different treatment options available that can be tailored to your specific treatment needs.

When he fully understands your treatment requirements will he provide you with details of the treatment plan charges.

What the client can expect?


Our object is to provide a safe and structured therapeutic environment so that our clients may feel supported whilst they address the issues of their addiction.

During the induction process clients sign a formal contract with Sefton Park. This contract sets out the expected behaviour and the responsibilities of our clients during the programme. Clients are expected to attend all group therapy sessions and encouraged to fully participate. They maintain a daily reflective diary whilst on the programme and have weekly one-to-one counselling sessions.

Clients are allocated domestic duties, such as cleaning, laundry, meal preparation, in order that they have a structure and routine to their day. They are also responsible for keeping their bedroom and bathroom clean and tidy.

During the week, all activities are structured around the therapeutic programme.

At weekends the emphasis is on reflection, relaxation and socialising with peers. There is a therapeutic group Saturday morning with a fellowship or ex-peer share in the afternoon.

Visits are permitted at weekends and encouraged as a way of re-building family relationships.

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Sefton Equalities Partnership Delivering Quality through Equality

“We want all members of our community to be able to fully participate in the economic, social and political life of Sefton”

The creation of Sefton Equalities Partnership in April 2006 represents a dynamic new approach to the delivery of Equality and Diversity in the borough of Sefton. Our newly created multi–agency team based at Sefton CVS is working in partnership with the public, private and voluntary and community sector to deliver change across the borough.

The partners are:

  • Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Sefton Council for Voluntary Service
  • Merseyside Police
  • Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
  • Sefton Primary Care Trust
  • Connexions Greater Merseyside
  • North West Learning & Skills Council
  • National Probation Service, Merseyside
  • Merseytravel
  • One Vision Housing


Our priority is to enable all members of Sefton’s diverse community to fully participate in the social, economic and political life of the borough, through improving access to services, increasing employment rates and promoting community cohesion with specific reference to key areas of the equalities agenda:

Race, Disability, Gender, Sexuality, Religion or Belief and Age.

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Well-being of Sefton Veterans

At present Steve Calderbank is only to be contacted in a emergency as Steve has retired.

Steve Calderbank was a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy who completed 25 years exemplary service and is a trained psychotherapeutic councillor and is a great asset to the project.

Steve’s role within the Veterans in Sefton is that of a Wellbeing Manager for Holistic care and is also the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator his role is vital for the growth and success of our organisation.

Steve holds an advanced Professional Counselling and Psychotherapy Diploma which meets the criteria laid down by the national Counselling Society for Membership and entitles the awarded recipient to practise as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

He also holds an additional Diploma in Hypnotherapy which entitles him to practise as an Accredited Hypnotherapist.

Steve is a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) No: 797624. Professional Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society No: SC00P1612 and has holistic Insurance Services cover: ID Number HIS35729

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Veterans in Sefton Community Program

VIS have established as well as full time staff, who work out of the Brunswick Y&CC (the Brunny) 9am – 5pm Monday till Friday, for our ex-service personnel reservists and their families to provide help and advice with housing, employment, dependency, financial, general well being and mental health issues.

The VIS hold weekly NAAFI Breaks (NBs) at various locations around Sefton.

The NAAFI Break is nothing more than a social gathering in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere; many issues tend to come out in conversation. The mentors will pick up on this and approach the subject.
The NAAFI Break (NB) is where we “pull up a sandbag and swing the lamp” a term that is probably not usually used on civvie street but fully recognised to those who have served within the Armed Forces.

Through out all of are process we offer a unique holistic support programme, Lead by our own Psychotherapeutic Councillor (new Shrink to be introduced shortly) we also provide mentor support when referring to specialist mental heath experts who fully understand a veterans needs and issues such as Veterans in Mind. Through out all of are process we offer a unique holistic support programme, as a project we provide the emotional scaffolding to raise self esteem, build confidence and improve mental well being.

The V.I.S offers volunteering opportunities allowing Veterans and members of the community to give their time and get involved. As a Volunteer people can learn new skills and/or refresh old ones in addition to making a positive contribution to the lives of others. One specific volunteering opportunity is to train as a “mentor”. This will allow people to work with ex-service personnel, providing support to both the


Veterans and their families.

Our very own allotment is now up and running with a group of our veterans “digging” out to enable it to become a safe haven and to encourage its use as a therapeutic tool for our veterans. Also we will be donating part of the allotment to the local schools to help with interaction in the community.

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Veterans Mental Health in Sefton

Veterans in Sefton CIO (ViS), previously known as the Veterans in Sefton project, provides a comprehensive information, advice and guidance service for Veterans in the Sefton (and greater) area including a unique holistic support programme.

As a charity, we provide the emotional scaffolding to help raise self-esteem, build confidence and improve mental wellbeing for all members of the Sefton Armed Forces Community, (veterans, serving personnel and their families). We do this with the help of a number of other bodies including:

  • Brunswick Youth Centre (where the main NAAFI break and head office is located)
  • The Sovini Group (One Vision Housing)
  • NHS South Sefton.
  • Foot in the Door Films


Any member of the Armed Forces Community in Sefton can get advice on a range of issues, including support accessing housing advice, employment advice, advice on health-related issues, family support, and general welfare advice. Anyone can also attend any of the informal weekly drop in NAAFI Break which are based around a number of locations in the Sefton area, please see the location page for the location of the NAAFI breaks.

Our service includes:

  • Smoothing the transition from military to civilian life.
  • Increasing self-confidence and reducing social isolation.
  • Early intervention with mental health issues.
  • improving employment opportunities with training and skill building.
  • Offering support and activities for the whole family.
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Relaxing Places to escape your daily stress

Daily life is getting more and more stressful due to our always on mentality. Visiting the countryside or escaping your laptop is a proven method to reduce stress. getmemymortgage.co.uk have put together a list of the top 5 most relaxing places you can visit in the uk. Take a look and plan your next relaxing trip

1. Cornwall 

Sitting at the top of the list is Cornwall, one of the most beautiful places in the country, rural and coastal settings a plenty and a friendly atmosphere. Cornwall forms a peninsula with wild moorlands and many sandy beaches. The south coast of Cornwall is dubbed the Cornish riviera due to the climate and picturesque landscapes. Cornwall has a host of picturesque villages and seaside resorts

2. Standish 

A small yet humble town in the borough of Wigan has made it onto our list due to the small population, low pollution and lack of traffic jams. The village has a population of less than 14,000 people making it a perfect place to settle.

3.The Lake District 

One of the most beautiful places in the UK, it was always going to make it onto the list. A favourite for nationals and tourists the lake district is a region of Cumbria in the northwest of England. With a low pollution level and beautiful market towns such as Keswick, Kendal, Ambleside and Derwentwater. The lake district is a wonderful place to visit and live.

4. Wales

Wales made it on to the list due to the low levels of pollution and traffic free roads (mostly). Wales is a well known part of southwest Great Britain. With rugged coastlines and famous mountains located there. The celtic culture and welsh language is a draw for tourism.

5. Scottish Highlands

Home to famous loch Ness and many other famous attractions  the Scottish Highland is a wonderful place to move to and relax, benefit from rural locations and lower house prices you can pick up a lot of real estate for a lower cost.

As you can tell the most relaxing places to live in the UK appear to be more rural locations, this goes to show that city life really does have an impact on our health and ability to de-stress. Not everyone will be able to move to the locations or may not even want to but a short visit to a rural location is proven to reduce stress and help relax. If you live in a busy area it can be a great way to relax with a rural weekend away.

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