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Health Network

You don’t have to be a health professional or deliver health services to have a positive impact on the health of the community you serve.

The CVS Health Network supports and informs organisations and individuals who engage with the community and who are therefore well placed to cascade opportunities, news, training and resources.  This in turn benefits and informs that community – consequently having a positive impact on health.  Anyone may join the Health Network – this is an open-information resource.  Local information circulated will link either directly or indirectly to health.  Contact Vicky Attwood for more information.

Health Information

Digital psychosocial interventions for alcohol and substance misuse available

Inspire North and Central Lancashire will now be providing digital psychosocial interventions for (low level) service users via phone, Skype, email etc.

Some examples of referral types

  • Those who are working full time and therefore cannot access groups or key working appointments in the day or evening or for personal reasons that they cannot be seen to engage with the service
  • Those with illnesses (physical and mental) that prevent from getting out of the house/ cause mobility issues
  • Those in rural areas where engagement with the service activity is restricted
  • Those who may ask for digital work so long as they are suitable

Read more or for more information please email georgina.butler@cgl.org.uk

New ADHD Service

West Lancashire CCG have commissioned ADHD North West to provide a range of services for families affected by ADHD and associated conditions. The service will commence in September. See poster . Please promote this service to parents.

See referral form .  Parents can also self-refer.

For more information please contact Barbara Worrall – reception@adhdnorthwest.org.uk

Children & young people’s wellbeing coaching

Free service working with children aged 10-18 (not currently being seen by CAMHS) to help them make different choices to improve their mental wellbeing.

Please see flyer.

It consists of an average six 45 minute sessions over a number of weeks. The focus can be on any issue – low self-esteem, motivation, managing emotions, stress etc.

Places are still available for the summer holidays. The sessions can be held at local Youth Clubs or other similar public venues around West Lancs.

This coaching is funded by Children in Need.


EFFECT is a peer led initiative aimed at supporting our local communities.

  • Are you a family member or a loved one of someone in addiction?
  • Are you feeling isolated and struggling to connect?
  • Have you felt powerless over a loved one’s addiction?

Come and visit one of their accredited family coaches at an informal weekly drop in session at: P.U.L.S.E, Unit 73 Concourse Shopping centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LN every Tuesday morning from 10.00am – 12.00pm. 

Cancer support group helped John on the road to recovery

A year on from a life-saving operation at Southport hospital a pensioner has described his care as “brilliant” and said his care has continued in the community.

Hospital staff and Macmillan Cancer Support are continuing to monitor and give advice and guidance to John through telephone conversations as well as informal monthly meetings of a colorectal support group.

The Colorectal Cancer Support group meets on the second Friday of each month between 1pm and 3pm at The Grove Community Centre, Station Approach, Burscough, L40 0RZ (next to Burscough Bridge train station). For further information please telephone 01704 704250.

Read full press release.

Stop Smoking Drop In Sessions

You can also refer yourself (or someone can refer on your behalf) Click here for poster.

Quit Squad 1-1 appointments

(appointment only).  See more.

Mental Health Access Line

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is providing a Mental Health Access Line (MHAL) that will support people’s mental health needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The project aim is to divert as broad a range of mental health issues as possible away from A&E and into the lowest intensity appropriate care as possible.

Calls transferred in to the Mental Health Access Line will come from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) 111 where staff will be able to appropriately triage people in to the right care and service. The service aims to patient experience by preventing people experiencing mental health difficulties being transferred to A&E departments unnecessarily or being detained in the wrong environment. The MHAL will improve multi-agency working and collaborative decision and improve the wellbeing of individuals and support their carers or families.

The facility is based within the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) office at Broughton and is available to callers across Lancashire over the age of 16. The MHAL will also support the professional MH helpline by offering advice and information to Lancashire Police via a dedicated telephone line. The MHAL will use a Directory of Services and available locality based clinic slots to support patients in to the right care.

Health Literacy Toolkit

Health Education England, in partnership with Public Health England, NHS England and the Community Health and Learning Foundation, have launched 

West Lancs CVS