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Halton and St Helens VCA Learning Curve Issue 1

Halton and St Helens VCA are pleased to share with you our first issue of Learning Curve.  Learning Curve will give you details of the learning and training opportunities being provided by us, with support from the National Lottery Community Fund, helping to support staff, volunteers and trustees as we operate during these difficult and unprecedented times...


Free PPE Supplies to Support VCFSE Organisations Across the Liverpool City Region

Have you claimed your free PPE Supplies from us?  We have obtained hundreds of PPE supplies to support Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) organisations across the Liverpool City Region.  All of our member organsations can claim their free PPE Supply, if you've not claimed it yet, contact us to do so...


Apex Trust Are Looking For Speakers For Womens Hub

Due to current restrictions Apex are unable to run their Women’s Hub at The Hive so they are looking for help to deliver some zoom sessions for their women for an hour a week.  The sessions can be on any subject which meets their aim of creating a safe and welcoming environment for all women in St Helens.  They are looking for topics relating to well-being, creativity,  or topics such as domestic violence, self-care but are open to ideas...


Mind Halton - Listening Service

Mind Halton have launched a project which can make a positive difference to the negative cycle of loneliness and isolation in Halton. With even greater restrictions on seeing friends and loved ones this is going to be a difficult time for many people across Halton. MInd Halton are here to offer empathic listening and help to relieve the burden of loneliness and isolation. There is no formal referral process...
 


Arts Council News for World Of Glass

The World of Glass in St Helens has been awarded £200808 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced. The World of Glass is one of 588 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support – with £76 million of investment announced today. This follows £257 million awarded earlier in the week to 1,385 organisations, also from the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks...
 


Bridgewater Community Healthcare AGM 2020

You are invited to the Virtual Annual General meeting on 12th November at 4pm.  To register for the event and submit a question please email by mid day on Thursday November 5th...


Onward Community Fund

Got a great idea for a community project, but need a little help to get it off the ground? The Onward Community Fund aims to support local groups and projects. Underpinned by their mission ‘To make a positive difference in the communities we serve’ groups can bid for up to £5000 for their neighbourhood. Examples could include: IT training, youth projects or community events...
 


Halloween and Bonfire Night

As you will know Halloween and Bonfire night will not quite be the same this year. That does not mean that we still cannot have fun. St Helens Council with Merseyside Fire Service have produced a guide to have a safe and fun few days...


Free WEA Lowland Walk Leader Qualification Level 3

This WEA course is for people over 19, currently unwaged and living in Merseyside. The course is for 7 days spread out over several months and includes indoor and outdoor activities, direct study time and a minimum of 4 hours volunteering...


Free Guide Helps You Become a Charity Trustee

Becoming a charity trustee is an amazing way to give back to the causes you love, connect with your community, boost your career, confidence, happiness and health. So what's stopping you?Getting on Board’s new, free guide How to Become a Charity Trustee has everything you need to get on board as a charity trustee...
 


Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is run by Social Investment Business (SIB) who Charity Finance Group are partnering with as an introducer to the fund. If a member is successful in receiving a loan, CFG will receive a small commission. The fund has already approved loans and grants totalling £13m to 35 organisations and has another £13m still available.  However time is running out, as the deadline for applying is 13th November...


Halton Borough Council - Kickstart Merseyside

Our colleagues at Halton Borough Council have asked us to circulate information about a new project; Kickstart Merseyside...Bouncing back and returning to business? Thought about employing a talented local young person? Well we can help!!! Fully funded placements, for 6 months at 25 hours per week. You receive funding to support training and equipment needs...


Empowering Women Free Online Sessions

St Helens The Best Me CIC are holding a number of Empowering Women - Group life coaching sessions. These are delivered bi-monthly run up to December 2020. Next session is on Thursday 29th October 8-9pm. No need to register. They only check to see the participants are female. They have a Principles of Engagement that is read out at the beginning of each session...


Job Vacancies with Age UK Mid Mersey's Wellbeing Staff Team

Age UK Mid-Mersey offers a pivotal wellbeing service for adults aged 50+ across the Mid Mersey region.  They are looking for enthusiastic and motivated applicants to join them as Wellbeing Officers supporting their Wellbeing Model. You must be passionate about supporting older people, with an empathetic approach and the ability to provide a range of services on behalf of Age UK Mid Mersey. The successful candidates will be working collaboratively and creatively with colleagues, volunteers, clients and key stakeholders across Mid Mersey...


Smallwood Trust Funding For Women's Organisations

The Women's Resilience Fund and the Covid 19 Frontline Women's Fund are both currently open for applications. The deadlines for these programmes are coming up soon (10th and 16th November respectively). In order to support women’s organisations to apply for these funds, Rosa will be hosting a webinar with Smallwood Trust on Tuesday 3rd November, 11.00am – 12.00 noon...


British Red Cross Update on Halton at Home Service

The British Red Cross Halton Support at Home Service is a short-term service that can help to support people within the local community who are struggling to cope or who have recently returned home from a hospital stay and would not be able to manage without their intervention. Anyone over the age of 18 can self-refer or be referred to the service. This is a short-term service, which can be provided for up to six weeks. Due to the current pandemic, Halton Support at home team have had to adapt and work remotely...


COVID-19 Business Support - Updated List of Links

Our collegues at Halton Adult learning have sent over an updated list of business support available (Updated 26th October 2020)...


NHS Halton CCG - Social Prescribing Link-Worker Service

NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) are working on behalf of NHS Halton CCG who wish to procure a Social Prescribing service for patients living in the CCG area. The Halton Social Prescribing Link-Worker Service aims to assist people in the Borough by referring them to local, non-clinical services in order to improve both their physical and mental health and wellbeing. The potential contract will be valued at approximately £310,000 per year; and the contract duration will be for 3 years with the potential to extend for a further 1 x 2-year period...


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'd like to find out about your membership status, click on the link below which will take you to our current list of Affiliated and Associate members, or contact Lynne Daffern (ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk) or Debbie Morris (dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk) for more information

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vca-membership-list


 

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