Shaping Care Together – Have your say

West Lancs CCG needs your views to help inform Shaping Care Together, a new engagement programme run by NHS leaders in Southport, Formby, and West Lancashire, which looks at new ways of working and delivering health and care services in the local area.

Shaping Care Together builds on the national NHS Long Term Plan and wants to help patients get the right care in the right place, at the right time.

Find out more about the programme by visiting, where the significant challenges facing us in the future are outlined.

The webpage also has a link to the survey, which gives you the opportunity to tell them your thoughts. They would particularly like to hear your thinking on what they could do to improve the care provided to patients in the following key areas:

  • Care for the frail and elderly
  • Care for those who need urgent or emergency treatment
  • Care for children
  • Maternity care for pregnant women and new-born babies
  • Care relating to women’s reproductive and urinary systems (gynaecology)
  • Sexual health care
  • Planned care (for example, outpatient appointments)

Alternatively, you can also get in touch via email,

Volunteers Week – a time to say thanks!

Celebrating Social Prescribing

Eric Wright Small Grants funding

Trustees’ Week – Nov 2nd-6th

As Trustee Week begins, voluntary groups and charities in West Lancashire are looking for special volunteers to help lead their organisations.

Trustees Week (2-6 November 2020) is an annual event to highlight the great work that trustees do and encourage people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

There are different roles in running a charity including the Treasurer who has financial and fundraising skills, the Secretary who provides organisational and administration skills and Chairperson who manages meetings and provides leadership. Between them and the Board of Trustees they make important decisions about running the charity.

West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) currently has 12 opportunities to become a trustee for a diverse range of local charities. It also has over 200 other volunteering opportunities available.

To find out about these roles, or to volunteer as a trustee, contact the Volunteer Centre at CVS on 01695 733737 or email:

Greg Mitten, CVS Chief Officer says:

“A special thanks to all our West Lancashire CVS trustees past and present and to all charity trustees in West Lancs, Lancashire, the North West and beyond.  Your voluntary roles have always been essential and never more so than in the pandemic.”

Find out more about Trustees’ Week 2020 here:

Congratulations to West Lancs Queens Birthday Honours Award recipients

West Lancs CVS would like to join with our voluntary sector colleagues in offering our congratulations to Margaret Highton from Evermoor Community Hub and Stella Connell from The Birchwood Centre for the well-earned and great honour they have received in the latest Queens Birthday Honours Awards.

Margaret Highton was given a British Empire Medal for her work as director of Evermoor Hub, helping people in Skelmersdale.

Chief Executive of the Birchwood Centre, Stella Connell, OBE has been recognised for services to homeless and vulnerable people (based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire).