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VS6 Metro Mayor Hustings: The Vision for Liverpool City Region

The first ever Mayor of Liverpool City Region will be elected in just three months, with a historic opportunity to use devolution to forge a social partnership that puts people and place first, creating a healthy, happy and socially just Liverpool City Region. It's clear that communities and citizens will need to be at the heart, and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector can drive this. In the run up to the election  VS6 is holding a special hustings to give members of the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector the chance to quiz the candidates as they lay out their visions, priorities and strategies for the future of Liverpool City Region. This is your chance to ask the candidates how they plan to work with us to bring that change...

Suicide Prevention Advisor - Job Vacancy

Papyrus are looking for Suicide Prevention Advisors to work on HOPELineUK, the national helpline based in their Warrington office. Hours are part time, 18 per week, with unsocial, evenings and weekends...

Newton Family and Community Association Centre Development Manager

Newton Family and Community Association are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual who is aligned to the values of their charity. They are small but thriving charity that is the heart of the community of Newton le Willows. You will enhance and develop this well established organisation and drive forward new initiatives to ensure they are supporting all areas of the community. You will be responsible for the day to day management of the community centre in particular; you will be responsible for managing a small team of paid staff and volunteers. Your role will be responsible for implementing the 3 year Big Lottery Newton Community Hub project as well as other associated projects...

Affordable Winter Warmth Strategy Launch

Halton Borough Council and its partners would like to intive you to an event to launch the Affordable Winter Warmth Strategy for the borough.  The strategy was developed by a multi-agency group across the Borough. It aims to reduce ill-health and Excess Winter Deaths caused by living in cold homes. Over 5000 household in Halton are in fuel poverty and at risk of living in cold homes...

Fundraising Assistant - PAPYRUS

PAPYRUS requires a Fundraising Assistant to provide administrative support within the charity across all areas of the fundraising team’s activities and to work closely with other team members. To build relationships with new and existing supporters who contact PAPYRUS, by providing excellent supporter care particularly in their community fundraising efforts for the charity...

How To Manage Paid Or Volunteer Drivers In Voluntary Organisations - NCVO

A new article has been uploaded to NCVO's website -  do your employees or volunteers use their own, borrowed or leased vehicles for your business? Do you know how to manage these drivers and what you should do to reduce risk where the vehicle they’re using doesn’t belong to your organisation...

Administrative Assistant - PAPYRUS

To provide administrative support within the charity in all office matters with focus on the general administration duties in the office, responding to all enquiries, assisting in preparation for training courses, events and workshops, marketing, supporting and working closely with other Team Members. The post offers an exciting opportunity to learn and develop new knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas...


Young Addaction Halton are pleased to present RISE (Reducing Isolation to Support Engagement) a targeted programme to engage young females who are at risk of isolation and support them to build their resilience and develop strategies to make a positive change...

Six Exciting Job Vacancies- Wellbeing Enterprises CIC

Wellbeing Enterprises  are delighted to announce that they will be expanding into the Liverpool area and consequently are looking for passionate, caring and entrepreneurially minded individuals to help to kick start a social movement for health across the city. Working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support this two year project aims to revolutionise the care provided to people living with a cancer diagnosis and their carers. The project will connect patients with community centred support that will complement the care provided by clinicians...

Halton Diabetes UK - AGM

The Halton Diabetes UK Group is a support group for people who live in Halton and have diabetes. They are a small ,friendly group of people who have regular meetings which alternate between Widnes and Runcorn where they have guest speakers from the healthcare profession who give lots of information about the various aspects of diabetes in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. The first meeting of the year will be the AGM on Tuesday, February 21st... 

Don't Forget...

Volunteer Co-ordinators Forum Halton

The next Volunteer Managers/Co-ordinators Forum will be on Tuesday 28 March. The Forum meets six monthly to share information, discuss issues, monitoring and anything else to do with volunteering. The meetings are informal and enjoyable. We hope you will feel able to participate...

Cheshire Victim Services Directory

Halton & St Helens VCA, working with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire have compiled a directory and on-line resource for Victims Services in Cheshire in the voluntary and community sector. The directory is for anyone who has been affected by crime in Cheshire, the website will help to find the advice and support needed. This information is provided to anyone who may need support regardless of whether a crime has been reported or when it happened...

Thought For The Week...

The Goose Story – Teamwork

When you see geese flying along in “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.     

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. 

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone — and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.  If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are. 

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. 

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. 

What messages do we give when we honk from behind? 

Finally — and this is important — when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group. 

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that. 

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