Choices for Living – A Week of Information Sharing, Advice and Support

Choices for Living – A Week of Information Sharing, Advice and Support

The Atkinson will be hosting a special event on health and wellbeing as part of Choices for Living, in partnership between The Atkinson, Sefton Carers, NHS and Sefton Council

The event being held at The Atkinson begins at 10am and runs until 3pm and includes a full a public back-stage tour of the venue from 11am, Creative Alternatives workshop activities in The Art Box from 12pm, Sefton Opera Band from 12.30pm, a drama performance from Smile at 1.30pm and guided walks with Sefton Active Walks from 2pm.

The Mayor of Sefton will be attending the event to celebrate the achievements and the opportunities that such partnerships create for Sefton residents.

Emma Anderson, The Atkinson’s Director will welcome the visitors and partners from 12pm and highlight The Atkinson’s role and ambitions to become a wellbeing hub for Sefton.

Organisations with a stall at the event include: The Atkinson, Public Health, Merseycare, Healthy Lifestyles, Healthwatch Advocacy, ISIS Sexual Health, Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust, Medicines Management, Brighter Living Partnership, Creative Alternatives, SMILE Drama, Sefton Opera, Parent Carer Team, McMillan Cancer Care, Active Walks, Inclusion Matters, Access Community Services, Bridge Inn Farm.

The events are aimed at providing customers of day care services in Sefton the chance to see the range of opportunities there are available from a wide range of support services. These services can offer health advice or cultural and leisure activities designed to promote wellbeing and social engagement

The Choices for Living week begins on Monday 29 September until Monday 6 October and brings together community information and events for people living with disabilities. The programme of events takes place at May Logan Centre Bootle, Dunes Splashworld, Living Well Centre, Southport.

The Choices for Living programme also includes information stands, networking opportunities and practical arts and physical activity workshops from Monday 29September to Wednesday 6October and will take place at the and The Atkinson in Southport.

The health and wellbeing theme continues at The Atkinson from Monday 6-Friday 10 October with its first Festival of Wellbeing. Over five days, there will be dozens of free activities and events for both the public and healthcare professionals.

Cllr Paul Cummins Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health said: “The Festival of Wellbeing is a fantastic way of highlighting The Atkinson as a wellbeing hub for the North of Sefton. The event is aimed at everyone including carers, the public, healthcare organisations and local businesses.

“The Atkinson is the natural place to hold this event in Southport as it is home to Sefton’s award winning arts on prescription service – Creative Alternatives and hosts activities and displays from health and wellbeing organisations including Mersey Care, Alzheimer’s Society, Public Health, CVS, Age Concern and Homestart.”

Keep active, sociable and creative is the take-home message from a five-day-long wellbeing festival at The Atkinson, being held to coincide with World Mental Health Day (Friday 10 October).

Philip Wroe, The Atkinson’s Community Partnership Manager said: “The Atkinson is a venue that truly offers something for everyone. The holistic programming approach means we are able to bring together creativity and wellbeing together under one roof. We are proud to be pioneering new ways of delivering health and wellbeing support to promote active living and a stronger body and mind.”

For more information on the Choices for Living event and The Atkinson’s first Festival of Wellbeing please visit or call the Box Office on 01704 533333.





Choices for Living

Wednesday 1 October

10am – 3pm – Stall Holders on display offering advice and support

11am – Full backstage tour of The Atkinson

12pm- Creative Alternative workshop activities – The Art Box

12.30pm – Sefton Opera Band

1.30pm – Smile drama

2pm – Guided walks with Sefton Active Walks


Festival of Wellbeing

Monday 6 – Friday 10 October


The Atkinson
Lord Street




In person: Visit The Atkinson box office on Lord Street

For tickets: visit the website call Box Office on 01704 533333


Notes to Editors

For more information, interviews, images or review tickets, please contact Emma Lloyd at The Atkinson on 0151 934 2129 |

About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wonder through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.

In October 2014 The Atkinson becomes something even more exciting for visitors, with the opening of the museum which will tell the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. It will also be the new home for the Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not seen for over 40 years.



Posted on 1 October 2014 under General news

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