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The 2020 iNetwork Awards celebrate, share learning and innovation across the local public sector, and its partner organisations. To find out more about the awards click here

This year we are pleased to announce that Halton & St Helens VCA together with Team Kinetic won awards in the following categories:


Partner Excellence Award -Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action with Team Kinetic – St Helens Together Volunteer Portal

This award is to recognise outstanding performance from partner organisations. The award celebrates innovation, collaboration, efficiency and going the extra mile in partnership working


COVID-19 Response Recognition Award -Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action with Team Kinetic – St Helens Together Volunteer Portal

This award recognises the response and recovery to the unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, making a difference to the lives of people adversely affected by COVID-19 pandemic and/or the extent to which old, established ways of working have been challenged to build back better.


We would also like to congratulate St Helens Borough Council on their win in the Transforming & Innovating Public Services category for their St Helens WoW (Ways of Working) Programme

This award is to celebrate excellence in the transformation of public services. It recognises teams and organisations that have successfully implemented change for people and places. Submissions demonstrated evidence of improved outcomes through innovative citizen focused solutions in the areas of data, technology and/or culture change.


Other News

Halton & St Helens VCA Online Funders Fair Held on Friday 5th March

We were very pleased to meet so many colleagues at the Funders Fair held on 5th March and would like to extend a big thankyou to all the funders who joined us throughout the day to give presentations and answer questions. For anyone who was unable to attend we have a copy of all the presentations...

St Helens OK2ASK Campaign - What's Behind Your Mask

Talking about suicide saves lives. There's no easy way to ask, "are you thinking about suicide?" But it's one of the most important questions you can ask someone who is feeling suicidal.  Through the "It's Ok to Ask" website you can learn about the warnings signs, how to ask the question and where to go for help...

Faiths4Change Recruitment: Bookkeeper

Faiths4Change (F4C) is a dynamic environmental charity established in 2010. The Team is predominantly active at strategic level and local level across the Liverpool City Region; working in and with communities to co - create climate change and resilience projects. Their work is deeply rooted in values and beliefs of actively caring for the Earth and communities as an integrated whole. Their values and roots are interfaith, although shared by many who do not have a religion or adhere to a belief system. They are not a religious organisation. They are recruiting a Bookkeeper to provide financial support to the Faiths4Change Team and Trustees... 

Halton Adult Learning - Online Safety Workshops

Now that Halton Adult Learning Team is able to begin to open their centres they are pleased to be able to give you details of 2 Online Safety Workshops to be held at Kingsway Learning Centre, Widnes. Safeguard yourself online - Do you want to become more knowledgeable about online safety Then why not try one of the free workshops. Workshops will be held at Kingsway Learning Centre, Widnes...

St Helens Public Consultation - Active Travel Fund

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has been awarded £7.8m from the Active Travel Fund, with over £1m allocated to St Helens Borough Council to make walking and cycling safer, more accessible and more enjoyable. They are proposing walking and cycling improvements. The project builds on the proposals for the Lea Green scheme which they recently consulted on. They are asking you to help shape the project and understand if you like their proposals... 

Census 2021 Sunday 21st March

The census is happening this Sunday, and it makes a difference to everyone. By taking part and telling the Office for National Statistics (ONS) about yourself, you will help make sure you and your community get the services and support needed. It’s important you fill in your census questionnaire online because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales. The census asks you about your ethnicity, national identity and a voluntary question about your religion. For the first time, it also asks anyone aged 16 years or over about service in the UK Armed Forces and a voluntary question about gender identity and sexual orientation...

Graffiti Art Project Raises Awareness Of Loan Sharks In St Helens

A skate park in St Helens has been given a striking makeover to ramp up efforts to tackle loan sharks. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) worked with UC Crew and Kingsyze Graffiti to transform Victoria Park into a canvas of new graffiti art to highlight the dangers of loan sharks on social media. Loan sharks are turning to social media to hook people into a dangerous cycle of debt and charge extortionate interest rates on loans. The murals installed in Victoria Park include messages about how to avoid and report loan sharks online. The project, which has been funded from cash recovered from loan sharks, will see more awareness murals installed in St James Haydock and Mesnes Park in Newton-le-Willows over the coming weeks...

Liverpool City Region VCFSE Draft Manifesto 2021-2024 Consultation Assembly

Thanks to all of those who attended the first Liverpool City Region VCFSE Draft Manifesto 2021-2024 Consultation assembly which took place on Monday 8th March. This is to remind you that the second event will take place on Monday 22nd March 2021. You are very welcome to attend this event whether or not  you attended the first event. The purpose of these events is to share with you our 2021 – 2024 VCFSE manifesto for the City Region and to gather your views and feedback on the manifesto in advance of the upcoming LCR Metro Mayoral elections in May. The manifesto has been developed following VS6’s sector engagement over the past few years, drawing out key areas and recommendations for action from publications developed following various events held with the sector to ensure that the manifesto is produced in collaboration with those it represents...

Ways to Work

Looking for help with finding work, training or education?  Are you considering self-employment?  Would you like to improve your maths and English?  Do you live in Halton? Ways to Work will give you the tools and support you need to achieve your goals. One to one information, advice and guidance is available from our dedicated and experienced advisors...

Sahir House Trustee Recruitment

Sahir House has been recognised as one of the best small health charities in the country and they have recently expanded their charitable objects to reflect their experience in engaging with and supporting not just people living with HIV, but also LGBT+ people and those seeking asylum. They are now looking for new trustees to help us with their work at this exciting time. They are seeking people who are committed to the values of their charity; who are able to communicate with diplomacy and who can exercise fairness and good judgement. They are seeking a mix of skills and experience to complement the current board members. You do not have to have been a trustee before...

2027: Applications Are Open

Do you have experience working or volunteering in a frontline-based role in your community, or have lived experience of issues affecting working-class communities? Are you keen to develop your career, getting paid whilst undertaking first-class professional development and having a say on how funding is spent? Do you consider yourself to be from a working-class community? You may like to consider applying for 2027 – but hurry, applications close at midday on 31st March 2021...

VCA Membership

We recently sent out this years membership renewal forms, if you've not received yours yet, please let us know. Thanks to everyone who has submitted their renewal forms.  We are currently working through them and will send inovices out in the next week.

 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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