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Welcome to the last edition of the Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action E-Bulletin for 2018...

Beating Loneliness, Stress or Sadness This Festive Season

The festive season can be a joyous time for most, celebrated with friends and loves ones. However, many people can be gripped by stress, anxiety and loneliness. To help people cope with loneliness, Northwest Boroughs Healthcare have produced a short animation, with handy tips and advice on how to maintain good mental health and wellbeing...

Funding Bulletins from Halton Borough Council – December

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 Arts, Community & Voluntary, Environment & Heritage, European, Faith, Health, Schools, Sports and Youth...

Applications For The Weston Charity Awards Now Open

Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation would like to announce that the Weston Charity Awards are now open for applications. Established to celebrate and support ambitious charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community, we are looking for charities who would like mentoring and coaching support to get their organisation to the next stage in its development. This year the Awards are will support 20 charities across the North, the Midlands and Wales. Winners will receive £6,500 unrestricted grant funding alongside business mentoring support from award-winning charity Pilotlight...

Pride of St Helens Business Awards

Halton and St Helens VCA were very proud to sponsor one of the awards at the inaugural Pride of St Helens Business Awards, which were organised by Invest in St Helens (in partnership with the Steve Prescott Foundation and the St Helens Star). The evening was a tremendous success as representatives from public, private and voluntary organisations gathered at the Totally Wicked Stadium (home of St Helens legendary rugby league team) to celebrate local success stories. With a fun casino, excellent musical performances and a host from Sky Sports, it was an evening full of glamour and entertainment. The award we sponsored was “The Community Impact Award” and there were 3 superb nominees: Apex Trust, Co-op Lea Green Distribution Centre and Groundwork. We’d like to offer heartfelt congratulations to Groundwork who won the award...

Basic Bid-Writing Training and Monitoring & Evaluation Courses

The next series of Basic Bid-Writing Training and Monitoring & Evaluation Courses run by Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team have been announced. The training will be provided for free to Halton groups and to those groups who do work in Halton. For any other organisations, there is a £40 charge...

Fraudsters Targeting Online Gamers

Action Fraud is warning parents and online gamers of the risk of fraud involving Steam Cards and Fortnite. Action Fraud has seen reports, made mainly by parents on behalf of their children, of fraudsters who are taking advantage of Fortnite gamers. In most reports, the gamer has seen an advert on a social media channel which claims that by following a web link and entering some information, they will receive free Vbucks (currency for the game). Fraudsters will ask the victim for information about their account which will then allow them to log in and create fraudulent charges...

Borough of Culture Logo Design Competition

The Borough of Culuture have launched an open competition to design the official logo for the Borough of Culture initiative and want residents and artists (amateur and professional) from across the Liverpool City Region to get involved. The Borough of Culture initiative is designed to utilise many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities, both formal and informal, wherever they can be found. They want you to help them to inspire and make more people aware of the fantastic cultural and creative opportunities on offer across the Liverpool City Region by creating a logo for Borough of Culture. The winning submission will receive a prize of £800 and will be developed into the Borough of Culture official logo from 2019 onwards...

Halton Carers Centre - New Widnes Office

Halton Carers Widnes office has now moved! They are no longer based in Peelhouse Family Centre. Every Wednesday & Thursday 10am - 4pm the Carers Support Worker will be based in our Halton office on Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB (the old St Maries Church, next to Tesco). Their weekly Therapy & Podiatry appointments will also be here! If you wish to telephone to speak to their worker in Widnes you can ring 01928 592405 (which is Halton & St Helens VCA number) and we will transfer you to them...

New Community Shop Restores Hope In St Helens

A new shop in the heart of St Helens is rescuing unwanted furniture from the scrap heap while providing practical skills for job-seeking residents. The ReStore St Helens shop is the brainchild of Changing Communities – a Community Interest Company established by local charity The Hope Centre – and sees unwanted household furniture repaired and re-used instead of being thrown away. The new shop houses an on-site workshop where volunteers repair, restore and upcycle donated furniture. Any waste wood or by-product is used to create new items such as garden planters, benches and ornaments. The ReStore shop was officially opened by local MP Marie Rimmer OBE, Director at The Hope Centre Angela Metcalfe, and Carl Beer, the Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority who have provided £8000 towards the project as part of their Community Fund for waste prevention, re-use and recycling initiatives...

New Programme Launches To Improve Third Sector Access To European Funds

Civil Society Involvement (CSI) will work to help third sector organisations access European Funding ahead of Brexit and to shape future legacy funds. The new programme has launched to help voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across England access European funding for the remaining 2014-2020 programme. The project will also work to influence the shape of future legacy funds post-Brexit, including the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). CSI will work with the third sector to understand the issues within the current European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme, which are preventing organisations from accessing the funds. These findings will be communicated through skilled representation on the national Growth Programme Board and its nine national sub-committees, meaning that the voice of the sector will be heard at a national level. The CSI team are calling for third sector support organisations to share the resource with colleagues from across the sector. Those wanting to be kept up-to-date with current funding calls and industry news are also been encouraged to sign up to the CSI newsletter...

Halton Christmas Toy Appeal Receives A Generous Donation From Local Boy

VCA would like to express a huge thank you to Harrison Lightfoot, a pupil at Wade Deacon High School, with the help of his family and a generous donation from Uncle John they have donated a large amount of toys to the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal.  All of the toys collected will go to help make Christmas special for less fortunate children who otherwise might not have very much to celebrate. We will still be collecting until the 14th December at our Halton Office, so if you'd like to donate any new and unopened toys for children aged between 0 and 18 we would be very happy to accept them...

Christmas Message From Everyone at Halton & St Helens VCA

We would like to wish all our member organisations, partners and volunteers a very happy christmas and best wishes for the new year.  We all look forward to working with you again during 2019!

Our offices will close Friday 21st December and re-open Wednesday 2nd January.




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