The 2020 iNetwork Awards celebrate, share learning and innovation across the local public sector, and its partner organisations. To find out more about the awards click here

This year we are pleased to announce that Halton & St Helens VCA together with Team Kinetic won awards in the following categories:

 

Partner Excellence Award -Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action with Team Kinetic – St Helens Together Volunteer Portal

This award is to recognise outstanding performance from partner organisations. The award celebrates innovation, collaboration, efficiency and going the extra mile in partnership working
 

COVID-19 Response Recognition Award -Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action with Team Kinetic – St Helens Together Volunteer Portal

This award recognises the response and recovery to the unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, making a difference to the lives of people adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic and/or the extent to which old, established ways of working have been challenged to build back better.
 
We would also like to congratulate St Helens Borough Council on their win in the Transforming & Innovating Public Services category for their St Helens WoW (Ways of Working) Programme
This award is to celebrate excellence in the transformation of public services. It recognises teams and organisations that have successfully implemented change for people and places. Submissions demonstrated evidence of improved outcomes through innovative citizen focused solutions in the areas of data, technology and/or culture change.

 

 


 

(COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do

29 March: What’s changed

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (roadmap)’ for more information on the roadmap out of lockdown in England. It is underpinned by law.

Latest Government Guidance on Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#march-whats-changed

Coronavirus Vaccines – Frequently Asked Questions

 


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  credford-kerr@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in St Helens it’s Annie Lawrenson alawrenson@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in Halton it’s Matthew Roberts Mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

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 syeoman@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

For comms/website and information queries contact dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk  ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

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


 

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE FOR VOLUNTARY GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS / NEW AND EXISTING VOLUNTEERS IN THE HALTON AND ST HELENS AREA

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
Widnes
WA8 6DB

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

Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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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.