National Lockdown: Stay At Home

The government has announced a national lockdown for England from 5 January.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible.

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half-term. Early Years settings, such as nurseries, remain open.


Latest Government Guidance on National Lockdown Stay at Home:


Stay at home


Public Health England - Covid Vaccination Programme
The biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS has now started. A huge thank you to everyone who has worked tirelessly to make the COVID-19 vaccine happen. Click here to find out how Public Health England wil prioritise people to receive the vaccine. Your GP will contact you when it is your turn for the vaccine.

If you have PPE requirements, please contact us.


Until further notice Halton and St Helens VCA will be managing their work as follows:


If you need a contact for our volunteering portal and volunteering across both Boroughs it’s Claire Redford-Kerr


If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in St Helens it’s Annie Lawrenson


If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in Halton it’s Matthew Roberts


You can also contact Sally Yeoman our Chief Officer for issues in both Boroughs. She will also be picking up LCR work with VS6 colleagues


For comms/website and information queries contact


Our phones will be temporarily redirected and you will be able to contact us by using our usual numbers 01744 457100 / 01928 592405


Trustee Vacancies at Halton and St Helens VCA

If you're passionate about supporting #Halton & #StHelens #VCSE sector, have strategic vision, the ability to think creatively, good judgement and a willingness to speak your mind, we're looking for at least three new trustees to join our Board. We are particularly keen to hear from our members and/or anyone with a financial background.  For more information about the trustee role click here



As we move into the next phase of the Covid 19 crisis we will be updating groups with helpful guidance to help you manage the transitions. 

VCA have produced a handy sheet for groups to use to start to plan what you might do next. If your organisation needs help or support with your plans please continue to let us know, click here to access the handy sheet for groups.  Click here for the new Government Guidance on Staying Alert and Safe (Social distancing) and Click here to visit our webpage on recovery and resilience for useful guidance. Click here to find general information that will help your organisation through the Covid-19 Crisis 

Click here to find out how Halton Borough Council can support you during COVID-19

Click here to find out how St Helens Council can support you during COVID-19 


Click here to catch up on all Coronavirus / COVID - 19 updates for the VCSE Organisations from Halton & St Helens VCA

Due to lockdown we will be resuming the Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations this will be on an ad hoc basis so that we can share any important information with the sector as necessary.  We will continue to send the majority of news through our fortnightly ebulletin if you would like to sign up to receive a copy click here



Click here for information relating to engaging volunteers or becoming a volunteer in Halton or St Helens

We are still waiting to hear about the updated Government guidance on how volunteering can be done safely in line with the national lockdown restrictions as soon as it is published we will keep you informed.




Click here to find out about funding opportunities to support organisations in the current crisis






If you live in Halton and St Helens and need some support please click on the links below for more information

Click here to see the Service Status for Halton Groups (updated regularly)

Click here to see the Service Status for St Helens Groups (updated regularly)






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Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF



Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.