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Reminder To Book Your Place on the Negotiating Leases Successfully in a Covid World - 3rd December 

The Ethical Property Foundation - the property advice charity for the UK voluntary sector - is delighted to offer this free property webinar for non-profit organisations in partnership with Halton & St Helens Voluntary & Community Action. Expert 1:1 advice with a property professional is available after the webinar and you will receive an information pack via email...

VCA Trustee Network - Review of First Meeting

Last week Halton & St Helens VCA held our first ever VCA Trustee Network meeting. The star of the show was Robert Nieri, Principal Associate from Shoosmiths Solicitors, Manchester who delivered a superb presentation entitled “Equipping charity trustees to lead their organisations with assurance as we emerge from Covid-19.” It’s our hope that future meetings of the VCA Trustee Network will allow attendees to share best practice & advice and in times as challenging as these, it’s reassuring to come together and hear that others have similar concerns and face similar challenges...

St Helens Christmas Toy Appeal

We have recieved the message below from Cathryn White the Place Project Manager at Invest St Helens about this years St Helens Christmas Toy Appeal. Donations, in the form of new toys, gifts, food, toiletries and other items can be taken to a number of drop off points across the borough listed below between the hours of 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closing date for drop off is Tuesday 8th December...

New I CAN Project

The I CAN project is a brand-new project delivered by the Deafness Resource Centre, working across Merseyside to support people of all ages who experience deafness and hearing loss. The project is aimed at supporting families from the point of diagnosis and throughout their journey by providing impartial information and guidance on issues relating to a range of situations...

C&M Personalised Care Summit - 9th December, 1pm to 3pm online event

You are warmly invited to the C&M Personalised Care Summit 2020 (Part I).  This is a great opportunity for the C&M Peronalised Care Partnership to explore what personalised care feels like from the perspective of individuals, communities, services and commissioners. This will be a participatory session and will encourage debate around what matters to you...

Have You Used Maternity Services During Covid-19?

If so Healthwatch St Helens would like to hear from you. They want to know the impact of covid-19 on your experiences...

Cheshire Anti-Bullying Commission

Cheshire Anti-Bullying Commission has published its phase one report which looks into bullying among under 25s in Cheshire. The report details recommendations for education establishments, local authorities, Cheshire Police and all other workplaces across Cheshire to come together to eradicate bullying in our society. One of the recommendations was to develop a Cheshire-wide approach to tackling bullying and as part of this, they have developed Cheshire’s first ever county-wide Anti-Bullying Charter for all organisations in Cheshire to sign to show their commitment to challenging bullying...


Youthquake, an 18-week long traineeship starting in January for young people from the Liverpool City Region who are not in education, employment or training.  Participants will find out first-hand what it’s like to plan and run a business.  They’ll work in groups and their your own to come up with a unique proposal for a business, looking at products, branding, websites, ethics, audiences, and more!  As part of the programme they’ll hear inspirational talks from local business leaders, go on site visits, and get real work experience with an 8-week placement. There are 20 places available and the registration process ends on 4th December... 

No Going Back - In Conversation with the North West’s Metro Mayors

VSNW invites Metro Mayors Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram to expand on their vision for our sector's involvement in Building Back Better.  Taking place online from 4.15 to 5.15 on Wednesday 9th December 2020, this event is intended for all VCSE sector organisations from across the North West. It will see Metro Mayors Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram expand on their vision for “Building Back Better” and detail the role they see our sector playing in this. The event will begin with presentations from both Steve and Andy, before opening the floor to questions and discussion from attendees...

COVID-19 Updates - New!

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

Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund for Merseyside

Do you have an idea or programme that can help underrepresented groups to stay active? Tackling Inequalities Fund through Sport England.  The National Lottery is open for applications from organisations that need funding to survive the COVID-19 pandemic...


Covid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer

Covid-19 is having a major impact on the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VSCE) sector. Nottingham Trent University, Sheffield Hallam and NCVO have begun a monthly barometer survey to track the impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VSCE) sector. This dashboard shows the results from WAVE 1 of the research. It allows you to see how VSCE sector organisations have responded...


Charity Commission & UK Finance Anti-Fraud Resources For Charities

Following Charity Fraud Awareness Week (19-23 October), the Charity Commission and UK Finance have published a suite of resources to support charities to protect themselves from fraud during the pandemic. They are warning trustees and donors to strengthen their defences as it fears the pandemic has created environments that are enabling charity fraud. Charities have reported being victims of fraud or cybercrime 645 times since the start of the pandemic in March, amounting to £3.6 million in total losses to charities. The true scale of fraud against charities is believed to be much higher, as fraud is known to be underreported...



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




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