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Welcome to the last edition of the Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action E-Bulletin for 2020...

COVID-19 Updates - New!

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

Public Health England - Covid Vaccination Programme

The biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS has now started. A huge thenk you to everyone who has worked tirelessly to make the COVID-19 vaccine happen. Public Health England have produced a graphic which explains how people will be prioritised for the vaccine. Your GP will contact you when it is your turn for the vaccine...


Volunteers Needed For Community Testing Station Support Role In St Helens

A call for registration volunteers to support new community testing stations has been made by St Helens Borough Council and Halton & St Helens Voluntary Community Action. Community testing stations are being established for people who are asymptomatic – they are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19 – and registration volunteers are needed to support their delivery. Full training, guidance and appropriate PPE will be provided for the role. Volunteers will need to be confident in dealing with the general public and regularly use smart phones or other tablet-based devices if supporting the registration process...


No symptoms COVID-19 testing (SMART) – Could your VCFSE organisation be involved?

Halton Borough Council and colleagues from the local NHS are about to launch a Covid 19 SMART Testing project.  Organising two SMART Test Centres with very little notice will not be an easy endeavour. As such, Halton Borough Council want to know if your VCFSE organisation could play a role? Could your staff team stop doing their normal roles in order to support the Test Centres for one day? You would be fully reimbursed for your staff’s time and they would receive appropriate training and PPE. They wouldn’t be involved in the actual testing itself, instead they’d be helping residents to register, managing the queues & car parks and providing information for people as they leave the site.


Our Halton Grants - Revised Return Date

Halton Borough Council, working in Partnership with the Our Liverpool Programme, wishes to offer the opportunity for voluntary and community organisations to apply for one or two year funding grants.  Organisations will need to demonstrate that they can help achieve the agreed aims, objectives and outcomes of the programme (outlined later in this guide), with the focus being on working with asylum seekers and refugees.  In light of the current Global Pandemic – they are asking Partners to focus on how they would deliver services in light of Covid 19 restrictions...


Shining a Light on Good Governance Across the UK

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK, allowing large and small not-for-profit organisations to inspire and learn from one another. We all know that effective governance makes a difference. For 2021, the Charity Governance Awards will recognise inspirational success stories of charity boards responding to the COVID-19 crisis from the frontline of the pandemic with a new category, ‘COVID-19: Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk’. It is one of five categories in the Charity Governance Awards 2021 programme...


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...

Mental Health Sustainability Fund - Closing 13th December

Association of Mental Health Providers is pleased to announce the launch of the small grants fund as part of the Mental Health Sustainability Programme. This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £25-500k. They are looking at funding costs that can positively impact the sustainability of an organisation – specifically those that are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19; with a focus on organisations that are led by and/or are supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities...

Covid-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose commmunity facilities

This is national guidance of a general nature and should be treated as a guide. In the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail. From Wednesday 2 December, the government have introduced new local restriction tier systems in England which set out what you can and cannot do in each tier...

Non Covid-19 News

NAVCA Heart Of The Commuity Awards

We are very proud to congratulate our fantastic Chief Executive, Sally Yeoman, on being awarded the NAVCA Heart Of The Community CEO of The Year Award! It's been a year of challenges but she's worked tirelessly for both boroughs and beyond to bring our members the resources and information they need to respond quickly. Even if we do say so, it's an amazing place to work...

Halton & St Helens VCA AGM 2020

Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action invite you to their Annual General Meeting  being held on Friday 18th December at 1pm, due to current restrictions the meeting will be held online via zoom. Once you register you will receive zoom details and a link to download paperwork for the meeting...

Calling For Your Good News Stories

As always our voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations have been even more vital in supporting those who are most vulnerable in our communities. As a support organisation we continue to hear the real tear jerking, heart warming stories of what a massive difference you are making to individuals, families and our communities. We would like to share these stories with you all and so need you to share these with us first, the publication which we are hoping to get out before the Christmas break will be called Brighten Your Day...

Funding Bulletins from Halton Borough Council – December

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...

Healthwatch Halton - Maternity & YP Mental Health Surveys

Healthwatch Halton are running 2 surveys to find out peoples views about Maternity and Mental Health services in Halton...

Free Online Employability Courses

Halton Adult Learning Team have a suite of employability workshops take can help to refresh skills. You can sign up for a workshop and then have a one to one session with one of their experienced tutors to look at specifics such as online and face to face interviews, writing a job specification or have a practice online interview. All courses are free...

Wellbeing Enterprises - Programme of Activities Jan to March 21

Wellbeing Enterprises have announced their exciting new adults programme for January to March 2021...

Households Into Work

Households into Work is a unique and innovative programme of support for people living in households across the Liverpool City Region, who because of their circumstances have difficulty finding and sustaining employment. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the understandable uncertainty this is causing, they would like to assure you that whilst a large number of services are being cancelled / suspended the Households into Work Team will continue to be available to offer support...

Personalised Care Engagement Officer Cheshire and Merseyside - Closing Date 13th December 

As a key member of the Personalised Care team, you will contribute significantly to ensuring that Cheshire & Merseyside is at the forefront of driving the co-production of personalised care by undertaking targeted work with communities that is driven by local intelligence and you will work collaboratively across a number of functions, priority clinical pathways and priority population groups with a single point of contact for organisations, communities and other stakeholders...

Halton Winter Wellbeing Fund – Bringing Smiles & Good Cheer to Local People

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC are delighted to launch their Winter Wellbeing Fund in Halton which offers grants of up to £500 to individuals and organisations who would like to improve the wellbeing of people living and working in Halton during the winter months. If you have an idea that will bring some cheer to people this winter they would love to hear from you. Applicants are invited to apply for a grant of up to £500 by completing a short grant application form. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Sunday 20th December 2020...


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



Christmas Message From Everyone at Halton & St Helens VCA

We would like to thank all our volunteers, member organisations and partners for all their outstanding hard work, in what has been an extremely difficult year for everyone.  It has been very much appreciated.

We hope that everyone has a very peaceful and safe Christmas.

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