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Volunteer Awards And Recruitment Fair - Closing Date for Registration is This Friday!

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...

Funding Bulletins From Halton Borough Council – May

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...

Commissioner Re-Opens Fund To Help Communities Prevent Crime

Organisations which help to prevent crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping building stronger, safer communities. This is the fifth year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour. A total of £135,000 is available from the fund and the Commissioner is inviting groups to submit bids of between £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will run over the next 12 months. For the last three years, the Commissioner has specifically urged organisations that are working to tackle the underlying causes of serious and organised crime to apply for funding and this has again been made a priority for this round of funding...

Vision Support Mobile Unit Visiting Halton

The Vision Support Mobile Information Unit will be visiting on Thursday 16th May 10am to 3pm at Widnes Market (by Morrisons) and also on Tuesday 21st May 10am to 2pm at Runcorn Library (Halton Lea Shopping City) so you can call in to see what support they can offer. They can help with: Independant living; low vision and daily living aids; home visiting; volunteering opportunities; welfaire and benefits advice and much more...

Willowbrook Hospice’s Moonlight Colour Walk

Join the party! Register now for Willowbrook Hospice’s fabulous Moonlight Colour Walk on Saturday 8 June. It’s great fun for all the family (you can even bring your dog along!) and the walk helps to raise much needed funds so that Willowbrook can continue to care and support local people with life limiting illnesses across St Helens and Knowsley. There are two routes to choose from (10k or 6.5k) and there’s an optional ‘colour splash’ where you’ll be covered head to toe in rainbow powder. At the end of the walk, you’ll be rewarded with one of our special medals as well as a well-earned bacon butty (or pastry)...

A Fresh Approach To Improving Health

Transcendental Meditation (TM), as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is a simple, effortless technique practised for 15-20 minutes twice daily. TM is taught by qualified teachers who have completed an extensive training programme. It requires no belief, nor any change in life-style or diet, and can be easily learned by anyone regardless of age, education, or culture...

Type 2 Diabetes – Widnes Focus Group

Are any of the volunteers or service users from your organisation diabetic? Do they also live in Widnes? If so, please let them know about an upcoming focus group. We’d love to hear from them. Widnes General practices have recently come together to review the diabetic patient care they each deliver with the aim of delivering the same high standard care across all of the practices.  As part of this work they would like to speak to a number of Type 2 diabetic patients (aged 17 years and over) to share with you the work they have done and get some feedback and comments to further inform this work. The general practices have asked Halton & St Helens VCA to carry out a focus group on Tuesday 4th June, 7-9pm at St Maries, Lugsdale road, Widnes...

Active St Helens Campaign

The Active St Helens campaign will contribute to improving overall health and wellbeing of adults and children across St Helens in a bid to encourage inactive residents to become active by signposting walking, running, swimming, cycling activities offered by St Helens Council and partner organisations.  The campaign will contribute to improving the overall health and wellbeing of adults and children across St Helens. The aim of the campaign to increase physical activity levels in the Borough, encouraging inactive people to walk, swim, cycle or run and to make a pledge to be more active. There are monthly competitions to win a Fitbit and other prizes and a competition to win £1500 holiday voucher so please encourage anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough to visit the website, make a pledge and get active...

Invitation - Launch Event Halton Children and Young People Safeguarding Partnership

Halton Children and Young People Safeguarding Partnership would like to invite you to the launch event on 11th July, to give you an opportunity to find out about the new local safeguarding arrangements. Senior Leaders from the three safeguarding partners will introduce the new Partnership arrangements. The event is aimed at Senior Leaders within organisations, for information about the new arrangements to be cascaded to staff/teams that work with children, young people and their families...

NHS - Have Your Say On Policy In Merseyside And Cheshire

Six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Merseyside and Cheshire are currently working together to review more than 100 local NHS policies and treatments to ensure that they have the best possible outcomes for patients, are in line with the latest clinical guidance and are making the best of the limited NHS resources available. CCGs in Halton, Liverpool, Southport and Formby, South Sefton, St Helens and Warrington are currently reviewing treatments and procedures relating to Continuous glucose monitoring systems; Cough assist devices; Insulin pumps; Secondary care peripheral steroid joint injections; Surgery for Prostatism or lower urinary tract infection; Transanal irrigation. They are looking to understand the views and experiences of individuals/families who have received or are currently receiving one or more of the above treatments.  Clinicians, providers and community groups with an interest in the above treatments or policy changes, are also encouraged to share their views in the survey...

VCA Membership 

Halton and St Helens VCA are pleased to welcome our new and re-registered affiliated, non-affiliated and associate members.  We all look forward to working with you.  If you want to find out more about the benefits of becoming a member click on the link below or call Lynne Daffern or Debbie Morris on 01928 592405 / 01744 457100  for more information. 


Affiliated Members
ADHD Foundation
Apex Charitable Trust
Caring Connections
Carousel Community Mutual Aid
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum Trust Ltd
Caterpillar Club
Centre 8 Theatre Group
Chain Lane Community Centre
Chrysalis Centre for Change
Crownway Community Centre
Deafness Resource Centre
Enjoy Football CIC
Friends - Play for Disabled Children
Friends of Taylor Park
Halton Face 2 Face
Halton Hospital League of Friends 
Halton Stroke Association
Halton Table Tennis
Haydock Male Voice Choir
Hazelhurst Craft Studios CIC
Helen Marie Charity
Hough Green Arts Group
Lets Go Stroke Club
Lucem House Community Cinema Plus+
Maharishi Foundation
Mersey Storm Wheelchair Tag Rugby League Club
Nurture and Thrive CIC
Peter Street Community Centre
Runcorn Locks Restoration Society 
Sam’s Diamonds Cancer Support
St Helens Coalition of Disabled People
St Helens Group of Advanced Drivers
St Helens Mind
Sutton Badminton Club
Talking Through Music
The 4F Centre
Umbrella Halton
Victoria Music
Vision Support
Wat Phra Singh UK
Watch This Space Dance
Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group

Non-Affiliated Member 
All Saints Pre-School Runcorn
Cabbage Hall Allotments
Halton & District Junior Football League
MPH Training
The Hope Centre 
The Parr Sports & Community Centre CIO

Associate Member
Halebank Parish Council

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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