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VS6 Update - November 2020

This is a summary of relevant information, funding, schemes and events for the VS6 partnerships on a regional and national level coming up in November thus far including current Funding and Events throughout the city region...

 Funding Available to Voluntary and Community Organisations

The Government has published guidance for voluntary and community sector organisations on how to apply for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) £5 million funding grant to provide tailored support to members of the public who need extra help in getting their tax and claims right. The programme is open for applications until 27 November...

Job vacancy - Development Officer - All Together NOW!

All Together NOW! is the North West’s unique and multi award-winning newspaper that’s helping hundreds of thousands of people affected by disability and wide-ranging health issues. Based in Liverpool, the free newspaper is a lifeline to huge numbers of people across Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire. They are now looking for someone with the passion and skills who can help make them even bigger and better. The new Development Officer will be self-motivated, possess plenty of successful fundraising experience, and have excellent communication skills...

St Helens Fuel Poverty Focus Group - Winter Warmer 2020/21 and General Update

St. Helens Council is committed to helping our most vulnerable residents stay safe, warm and well throughout the winter period. A warm home is something that many of us take for granted. But approximately 2.4 million households in England live in cold and often damp homes they cannot afford to heat - they are in fuel poverty. Living in these homes contributes to a massive burden of preventable illness such as respiratory infections, premature heart disease, asthma and strokes, as well as exacerbating mental health problems...

Invitation to Cheshire Anti-Bullying Commission Virtual Launch

The issue of bullying is becoming endemic among all generations in our society. This should not be happening; more needs to be done to protect both children and adults from bullying – Cheshire Anti-Bulling Commission is asking you to STAND UP NOT BACK. David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire is inviting you to the Cheshire Anti-Bullying Commission Phase One Report virtual launch on Friday 20 November 2020, 10am-12noon. The event will be an opportunity to hear about the work of Cheshire Anti-Bullying Commission and the recommendations from its report, as well as providing an opportunity to give your commitment to tackling bullying through signing Cheshire’s own Anti-Bullying Charter...

Runcorn and District Foodbank Manager Vacancy

Runcorn and District Foodbank are inviting applications for the post of part time/paid manager of the Foodbank. This is a challenging and very worthwhile role in the Foodbank which is now seeing an increasing demand for its services as the Covid crisis continues. There will be much satisfaction in playing a key role in helping us reach out to the community efficiently and effectively...

Free Life Coaching During Lockdown

Focus Employment are running Free Life Coaching available from 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December call 01744 453696 for an appointment. Life coaching helps you to set, reach and exceed your personal goals. It can help you build confidence, self-esteem and empowers you to make the necessary changes so you can live a more enjoyable life. A person’s emotional and psychological well-being is no less important than his or her physical and practical development of skills in enhancing their effectiveness and capacity to live as an included human being...

Widnes Remembered Again Book

The second book of memories of Widnes gleaned from newsletters of the Widnes Historical Society is now available at £11.50 + p and p £3.50. These are true accounts of old Widnes from people who were there. Their experiences and recollections give a vivid insight into how our town was with articles on industry and employment, church life, crime and justice, health and education, home life, our local areas and memories...

Funding Bulletins from Halton Borough Council – November

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...

Update On The Implementation Of NHS 111 First in St Helens

NHS St Helens CCG has been working with St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and CCG partners in Knowsley and Halton to implement the new national NHS 111 First programme which will go live on Tuesday 17th November...

COVID-19 Updates - New!

You will find all our news items about any COVID-19 items in this section.

What The Restrictions Mean For Voluntary Organisations And Volunteers?

Given the high rate of infection in our area, we are keen to promote safe service delivery for the next 28 days. Please think about the services you deliver. If they are currently face-to-face can you deliver them differently? - By phone? Online? Can they wait? If you choose to continue your services you must fully risk assess them and they should only take place if absolutely necessary to safeguard lives...


NAVCA Policy & Insight Bulletin: Covid-19 News

NAVCA has produced the following update for the new lockdown regulations.  They have also produced a flowchart image in relation to volunteering. As the new lockdown came into effect on 5 November 2020, here are a few key points from the latest Government guidance: Until Wednesday 2 December, we must: stay at home, except for specific purposes; avoid meeting people we do not live with, except for specific purposes; and close certain businesses and venues...

Updated Government Coronavirus Guidance for Volunteering

NCVO have provided the following update regarding volunteering and the new lockdown in England. Where possible, people should volunteer from home. If they cannot do so, they can volunteer outside their home if they follow the social distancing guidance and no-one in their household has symptoms of coronavirus or has tested positive for coronavirus...

Extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

In light of the increased restrictions needed to curb the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government is introducing additional economic measures to support you and your employees. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which was due to end on 31‌ October, will now be extended, with the UK government paying 80% of wages for the hours furloughed employees do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 for periods from 1 November. You will need to pay all employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and pension contributions. You can choose to top up your furloughed employees’ wages beyond the 80% paid by the UK government for hours not worked, but you are not required to do so. There will be no gap in support between the previously announced end date of CJRS and this extension...

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


The following organisations gained board approval at the last meeting:

Affiliated members 

Crownway Community Centre 
Sean Bailey Wellness CIC
Helen Marie Friends
Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group
Lets Go Stroke Club
Halton Table Tennis Club
St Helens Youth Brass Band
Rhythm Reaction CIC
St Helens The Best Me CIC
Park Farm Community Centre
Pilkington Family Trust
MakoDigital Arts CIC
Vees Place Community Support Centre

Non Affiliated members 

Hackschool CIC
Norton Priory Museum Trust


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