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Third And Final Round Of Funding Available Through The Small Grants Fund

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme (WVCGS) is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. You can apply for a grant of between £300 and £2,000 for activities to mark the centenary in your community. Small Grants are available for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There have previously been two bidding rounds in 2018, this is now the third and final bidding round. The fund is open to organisations and activity in England only. Round 3 of Small Grants Fund is now open and the closing date is 23:59 Tuesday 16 October 2018. This will be the last opportunity to apply for grant funds under this scheme...

Board Member Vacancies

St Helens Third Sector Consortium are looking for individuals who can commit to driving forward the work of an established consortium which has already enjoyed many successes, including the acquisition of the contract to deliver the Information and Advice Service in St Helens. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to become an integral part of an innovative way of funding and delivering Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector services in St Helens...

Halton Haven Looking For Brave Soles To Tackle Firewalk

“Would you walk on hot coals for your local Hospice?” That is the question that Halton Haven Hospice are asking the local community. The Halton Haven firewalk will see brave members of the public walk on red-hot wood embers at a temperature of around 800 degrees Fahrenheit (around 425 degrees Celsius). With registration currently open, you can register now to take part on the day! Taking place on the evening of Thursday 15th November at the Hospice in Murdishaw, Runcorn, the firewalk itself will be built by leading firewalk company Time 4 Change. All the proceeds raised from the event will support Halton Haven Hospice in caring for local people who are living with life-limiting and end of life conditions such as cancer, MS, motor neurone disease, heart failure and COPD. It costs around £6,800 a day to run the Hospice and they rely hugely on the support of their local communities to ensure they raise enough to keep going...

Remedi Recruitment - Young Victim Case Worker

Remedi are recruiting 2 x Young Victim Case Workers to work as part of the ‘Got Your Back’ team in Cheshire. The Role will be supporting young people aged 17 and under emotionally and practically to help them Cope and Recover from an offence. They require 1 x 35 hour & 1x 20 hour per week over 5 days (including some evening and Saturday work) based in the Halton area. The post is subject to Police Vetting clearance...

Volunteer Cycle Ride Leader

Do you love cycling and would you like to lead short local bike rides and help people achieve a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle? At the local cycle hubs in St Helens (Taylor Park, Bold Miners, FourAcre and Sankey Valley) they are committed to getting people out bikes to help enable them to do short, everyday journeys. They do this through a range of activities and platforms, including social media, travel advice, cycling skills development, learn to rides, puncture repair lessons, bike renovation, Dr Bike sessions and led rides. They are looking for someone to help with the current led rides and skills and confidence sessions as an assistant...

Funding Bulletins from Halton Borough Council – October

Our colleagues from Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team have prepared some Funding Bulletins containing valuable information for voluntary organisations looking for grants to get projects off the ground. The Monthly funding bulletins offering information on funding opportunities in the following areas: Arts, Community & Voluntary, Environment & Heritage, European, Faith, Health, Schools, Sports and Youth...

Civil Society Strategy

Following publication of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, NAVCA recently shared some of the key policy take outs with particular relevance to local infrastructure organisations.  The Civil Society Strategy is now in the public domain giving time for reflection and critique of its content, and in the attached summary, NAVCA sets out a more detailed look at some of the key policy implications for our sector. NAVCA feels that the Strategy is a step in the right direction, yet doesn’t go quite far enough. In the attached paper, they outline their key policy asks of government and look in detail at a selection of proposals from the Strategy, analysing how they might impact on local infrastructure and where government needs to do further work to address policy gaps...

Willowbrook Hospice Invites Local Community To Public Meeting

Willowbrook Hospice is inviting members of the local community to come along and find out more about its work, what it’s achieved over the past 12 months and the plans the charity has for the future. Willowbrook CEO Neil Wright, who will be presenting the session, said the hospice receives incredible support from the community. “It takes a community to make a hospice and we simply couldn’t provide the support to families living with life limiting illnesses without the generosity and support of local people,” he said. “We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to hear about our work and how we are making a difference to people in their community. The meeting is our chance to do that and I’d like to encourage anyone who is interested to come along and find out more about our future plans.”...

Funding Opportunities

Community Foundation for Merseyside have a number of funding opportunities opening this autumn, with grants available from £50 right up to £10,000...

St Helens Pedal Power Newsletter

From learning how to ride to becoming a ride leader or reading about one man's journey from the couch to crossing the width of the country by bike, this newsletter will hopefully inspire you to join in and begin an amazing journey. Working in partnership with St Helens Council, Pedal Power began the process of developing a programme of work around the idea of promoting a healthier and sustainable community within the borough. By creating a pool of trained and dedicated volunteers the aim is to offer the local community a range of cycling activities which would enable people to develop their confidence and get them outside on a bike to enjoy the beautiful and often unused trails around St Helens...

Halton Mental Health Festival

Active Halton are launching Haltons first Mental Health Festival in order to raise awareness of activities available in Halton that help to keep us feeling and coping well, as well as tackle mental health stigma locally. The Mental Health Festival is taking place 6th to the 14th October. More details and the full programe of events of the festival can be accessed...

APEX Charitable Trust, Merseyside Is Seeking A Treasurer And Trustee(S)

Apex Charitable Trust is a Merseyside based charity with a registered office in St Helens town centre. Apex has a mission to deliver services that enable offenders and those at risk of offending to be the best that they can be and inspire breakthroughs in the way society treats them. They have worked in the Merseyside region since 1996 offering a tailored service to ex-offenders and those at risk of offending to move away from a life of crime to employment, training, and education (ETE) & voluntary work. They work holistically with local adult ex-offenders to release their full potential & support them in breaking down the barriers they face. As a trustee you are likely to attend 6 board meetings, one away day, as well as other occasional celebratory events within a 12 month period...

Queens Award for Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group

Halton based Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group has received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of outstanding work in their community and beyond. The award is the highest given to local volunteer groups in the United Kingdom – it is the MBE for voluntary groups – and with a small team of six they, CAVSG, are the smallest group in the country to receive it. CAVSG was formed in 1992 by volunteers who had been actively involved in campaign issues relating to asbestos since the early 1980’s.  The group gained charity status in 1994. Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mr David Briggs MBE. Presented the group with the Certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen, and a crystal keepsake, at Runcorn Town Hall in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Halton, John and Marjorie Bradshaw, and guests...

Coalfields Community Investment Programme

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them. The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities...

NEW!! Strategic Meeting Updates

This new section will contain updates about strategic meetings that our members have attended and kindly sent an update in to share around the sector. 

Halton Integrated Community Team

Nicola Donoghue from Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support group has sent the following update in from the Halton Integreated Team Meeting:

The groups is still developing so there was a lot of discussion around Terms of Reference, questions about decision making and governance etc. One of the key points was that any pilot or trial of change would be done at GP Hub level and that intelligence on the current hospital admissions and details of the area would be used to inform and determine which hub/hubs would be identified as the first to undergo any trial/change.  All attendees were asked to consider if they were in the appropriate work stream.  Aside from that, the meeting was more about how things will work and meeting schedules rather than what will be done so I am sure there will be more to report after future meetings.


Halton Carers Strategy Meeting - 3rd September

Hitesh Patel from Citizens Advice Halton has sent in the following update from the Halton Careers Strategy meeting.  

This meeting focused on two main issues: 1) Young Carers in Halton and 2) Developing the next Carers Strategy. Regarding young carers it was agreed that more work needs to be done to ensure frontline staff can better encourage the identification and registration of Young Carers so that carers can better access support. There was discussion about how we can influence local procurement processes so that all commissioned services are "Carer friendly" and that Carers are given the same priority as other vulnerable groups e.g. victims of domestic violence, homeless people, etc.  It was also agreed to feedback to the One Halton programme about the needs of Carers. Regarding the next Carers Strategy it was agreed that the next Carer Strategy document would be kept succinct and easy to read. The action plan was amended to now include a section on: a) Training for front line staff, and b) a marketing/communication plan (because we recognised that we need to raise awareness of what support there is for Carers in Halton. At the next meeting (1st October, 2pm, at Runcorn Town Hall) we will be looking at Adult Carers in Halton.

If you attend a strategic meeting in Halton or St Helens and would like to share an update about it to the sector, please email a short paragraph about the meeting to ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Don't Forget...

Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Volunteer Centre Halton are holding a Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Tuesday 9 October from 11-2pm at Riverside College, Kingsway Campus, Kingsway, Widnes WA8 7QQ. The event is open to both students and the general public. If you would like to book a table at the event please, contact Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk. Places are limited, so book your table asap...

VCSE Connect

Information about the voluntary, community, charitable sector still remains one of the key issues raised by professionals and clinicians when you ask the question “What could the voluntary sector do?” or “How can I refer this person to something more appropriate?”

As the gateway into the sector, Halton & St Helens VCA holds lots of information and data about local voluntary action.  We have produced that in great detail, in “Here to Help”, provided a search facility on our website, share information with key organisations and have many different ways of sharing what groups do, but still people say they don’t know what groups exist, what they do and how they get to them or refer to them.  So Halton & St Helens VCA has been working on an extension to our database which will display information about groups in an easy format, tell you what they do and when, allow clinicians and other key professionals to log-in directly and make a referral directly to the group (as long as they have agreed to receive referrals).  This means for the first time there will be a single place where referrals to the local voluntary and community sector can be made.

If you would like your organisation to be included in the VCSE Connect directory...

And Finally... Thank You Jean 

Halton & St Helens VCA’s 2018 Annual Conference featured the retirement of Jean Mulford MBE from her position as Chair of the Board of Trustees, a role she had held since 1996. Friends & colleagues of Jean made a short film to pay tribute to her as she stepped down from her role after 22 years. It’s difficult to express how much she’ll be missed and to express just how grateful we all are for her hard work.  We hope that by watching the film contained in this news item, you will get a feeling for the scale of the impact that she had on the borough. Thank you, Jean!

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