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Meet the Funder - The WEA With ESF Funding For Employment Support

Come and join us for an hour on 7th May to hear from the WEA who will be administering the ESF Community Grant Programme for the Liverpool City Region. A £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund. The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion. Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment...


Volunteer Awards And Recruitment Fair

To help celebrate Volunteers Week and Citizens Advice St Helens' 80th celebrations later this year, we are jointly organising an Awards event to recognise and reward the great work our volunteers give to the people and organisations of St Helens.  We are also looking to  showcase some of the great opportunities that people can get involved in and the difference they make to encourage more people to give their skills, time and experience. The event will take place in St Helens Town Hall on Tuesday 4th June during Volunteers Week and all individuals nominated for the “Longest Serving Volunteer” Award will be invited to come along between 10am and 11am so that we can thank each one of them for the great work they do and the precious time they give up to help others with the help of distinguished guests...
 


The Great Get Together

Message from Siobhan Harley, Campaign Director at The Great Get Together...When Jo Cox was killed, we saw what can happen in a culture of intolerance and hate. Yet 3 years later, we still feel more divided than ever. But Jo wouldn’t have given up, and neither will we. This week we’re asking you to pledge to get back together with someone or something in your community you’ve lost touch, argued with or are simply avoiding. And what better time than at The Great Get Together weekend on 21-23rd June...


Staying Strong, Staying Steady Chair Based or Standing Exercise Class

Try it free for 20 minutes or full 50 minutes. It is on Thursday 9th May 10am to 11am (or 10am to 10.20am for mini taster) at the Frank Myler Pavillion, Liverpool Road, Widnes (next to Ditton Primary School, WA8 7HD).  Join for a cuppa and biscuits afterwards, and a chance to get further information. This class will then operate every Thursday and cost £4 weekly...


Willowbrook's Big Big Tea Party

Join Willowbrook Hospics on Sunday 19 May at the St Helens Hotel for their BIG BIG Tea Party – a special traditional afternoon tea but with entertainment, mini-pampering sessions, prize raffle and a range of stalls selling handmade goods and crafts! Tickets are only £15 and available from The Living Well...
 


ACT Peer Support Recovery Widnes and Halton

For anyone who is in recovery from addiction and is looking for an alternative based in the community .  This is Mutual Aid led by peers for peers based on behaviour. Meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 11am to 12.30pm in the Tesco Cafe (cafe upstairs but lift access available). Come and find out more – grab a coffee and a chat with someone who is in recovery.  Free coffee, free chat in private...                                                 
 


Price Parry Charitable Trust Funding

The Price Parry Charitable Trust, are a charitable foundation which helps small projects in the Wirral area, extending to Liverpool (they will consider applications from Widnes, Runcorn and St Helens), with the focus on disadvantaged areas. The Trustees have a meeting twice a year the next meeting is on the 16th May... 


Halton DAA: Free Legal Advice During Dementia Action Week 

One of Halton’s Dementia Action Alliance member organisations, PD Law, are kindly providing free access to legal advice as part of Halton’s Dementia Action Week activities. During Dementia Awareness week they are running a free legal advice drop in clinic at Notcutts Rivendell Garden Centre on Mill Lane on Tuesday 21st May 2019 between 10.30am and 2.30pm. The clinic will be raising awareness of dementia to the local community whilst offering the opportunity for access to free legal advice and guidance to any person living with dementia and/or their carers...


St Helens Mind

Volunteers needed for St Helens Mind Befriending Service, Befriending people in St Helens who have become isolated due to mental ill health.  You can make a difference...


Part time Coordinator St Helens Street Pastors

St Helens Street Pastors are seeking a new Coordinator to manage, promote and develop their work.  The Coordinator will be responsible for the recruitment, training and support of volunteers; the administration and smooth running of the charity; and working in partnership with local churches and other agencies to further the aims of Street Pastors. They are looking for a well-rounded individual who is enthusiastic and self-motivated; who can work well with a variety of people and organisations; and who is able to communicate effectively and inspire others about the work of Street Pastors, whilst keeping the administrative wheels rolling. This post is for 12 hours per week, at a rate of £12 per hour...


ESF Community Grants Programme Opens For Applications

The WEA has launched round 1 of its 2019-2021 ESF Community Grants programme.  It is a £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment, with backing from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); and managed locally by WEA. Over the next two years, the programme will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment...


Trustee Vacancy at Widnes & Runcorn Support Group

Are you passionate about supporting people who have been affected by cancer? Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group are looking to recruit a volunteer Trustee Board Member to join their team at. They have supported people from the Halton area who have been affected by cancer for many years. They are a community based organisation which is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. They have great pride in their service and in their position within the Halton community. They would like to welcome an experienced individual who could offer their expertise in people management, employment and coaching and development...


Staff Moving On

Very sadly, Cole Toward our receptionist, who many of you will have spoken to and worked with over the last 3 years has moved onto pastures news.  We'd all like to wish Cole good luck in his new job and we'll all miss you! GOOD LUCK COLE!!


VCA Membership Offer and Renewal

Have you had received your new VCA membership update and renewal pack?  If not, let us know!  The new membership offer is split into Non Affiliated with basic benefits and Affiliated that gives you access to full membership benefits.  You can find out more by reading our new Membership booklet...


Don't Forget...

Volunteer Week 2019 - Events

Volunteers Week 2019 (1st - 7th June) is an opportunity to recognise the contribution made by volunteers across the UK and raise awareness of the value and impact their volunteering can have on people’s lives.  Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise volunteers who give their time, energy and enthusiasm to helping other.  It is also an opportunity for volunteers to benefit from new experiences, make friends, gain skills and have fun. As part of this volunteer celebration, Halton Volunteer Centre are holding a number of events/days out that any volunteer from either Halton, St Helens or the wider area is welcome to attend / join...


Annual Feedback Survey 2019

We are currently undertaking a root and branches review of what we do.  We are looking towards the future and want to ensure that we are able to support voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises for many years to come.

This survey involves looking in detail at everything we do.  As part of that we would like to hear from all the groups and organisations who have been in touch with us in some way over the last 12 months.  We want to find out what services have groups and organisations used and are most valuable and if there is anything we can improve on.  In such a challenging economic environment, it’s important to us to know that we are providing the right kind of support and that we’re focusing our efforts on the most relevant and appropriate services.  Even if you haven’t used all our services you can also comment on what services you think are important in our section ‘Together Moving Forward’

 


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