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Volunteers’ Week, 1- 7 June

A time to say thanks: Recognising the contribution of volunteers to communities during coronavirus. Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to recognise and thank volunteers across the UK. This year, the 37th annual VolunteersWeek is taking place during the Month Of Community.  Here at Halton & St Helens VCA with our Volunteer Centre we’re really excited about Volunteers’ Week 2021, and we want you to join in with our celebration and saying thanks to everyone out there who has volunteered some of their time to help get us through the pandemic...

Opportunity For 16-25 Year Olds To Become UK Young Advisors

Leaders Unlocked is currently recruiting for a new group of UK Young Advisors to make a difference to young people and their long-term futures. The UK Young Advisors will work closely with the Health Foundation and selected expert organisations to influence research and policy at the national level. This opportunity is open to 16-25-year-olds across the UK - including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They’re especially keen to hear from young people who are interested in addressing one or more of the issues: Youth employment; Economic security and how to help young people become financially secure; Transport systems to unlock opportunities, experiences and choices. The application deadline is May 26th 2021...

Free Peer to Peer Networks

Peer Networks is a national peer-to-peer networking programme for leaders that want to grow and develop their organisation for future success. Funded by the Government and delivered in Liverpool City Region by Ai Change Management they are gathering diverse cohorts of business leaders to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, they will enable you to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them. From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, their expert facilitators give you the flexibility to create a trusted support network that works for you, helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance... 

Liverpool City Region VCFSE Manifesto 2021-2024 Update

Steve Rotheram was re-elected as Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region. During the VS6 organised VCFSE LCR Hustings, Steve Rotheram agreed to sign up to the sector's manifesto. A full recording of the Hustings and manifesto can be found here...

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2022

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. Nominations for the 2022 Award can be submitted until 15th September...

Sahir House Have Recruited A New CEO

Sahir House is very excited to announce the successful appointment of their new Chief Executive Officer, Helen Wilkinson. Helen was born in Liverpool, and currently lives in North Wales. She is an experienced Director and CEO working with Boards and teams in the public, voluntary and social enterprise sectors in executive and non-executive roles at the national and community level. Her expertise spans leadership and management, governance, policy, media, communications, strategy, service transformation and programme delivery... 

Could You Be A Trustee And Support Willowbrook Hospice

Are you somebody with experience and knowledge of Legal systems relevant to the charity sector? Being a trustee is a great way of making a real difference to a charity. Trustees are volunteers who take on the responsibility to govern an organisation and then act collectively in its best interests. As a trustee you have the ultimate legal responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity and as such, play a key role in its growth and success. At Willowbrook Hospice, the trustees are responsible for ensuring that the charity meets its stated purpose and aims ensuring that it is both solvent and well-run. So it isn’t always about what happens day to day; it is also about seeing and understanding the ‘bigger picture’...

Bridging the Access Gap in Cheshire

A new initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available to residents of Cheshire.  The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may be hard of hearing. Tabassum, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains “There are more than nine million hard of hearing people registered in the UK. We have already worked with social workers, housing staff, teachers, the local NHS, and Royal Mail. We wanted to open our programs to the general public, who might also have an interest in learning sign language, especially now that many people are stuck at home during this third lockdown. We are offering a free 6-week BSL program, which you can enjoy and access from the comfort of your homes, delivered through Zoom”...

Small Charity - Big Space Event

Community spaces are often at the heart of their community providing places to meet and activities to engage the people in the locality. The last year has been difficult for everyone, and the future whilst bright is still uncertain. This is an opportunity to pause, reflect and consider how your organisation can become more resilient and robust moving forward. Community Matters are holding an online advice event for organisations running community spaces on Big Advice day. The event will bring together a range of specialist support providing you with an opportunity to network, talk, and get advice, information and support...

Covid and Beyond

Maximum Edge CIC have made a short video about the work they did during covid and the various stages of lockdown...

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 – Paid up members entitled to full benefits (£10) 

After Silence 
Caterpillar Club
Chain Lane Community Centre
Cheshire Without Abuse
Crownway Community Centre
Focus Employment Hub Limited
Friends of Taylor Park
Friends- play for Disabled Children
Halton Child Contact Centre
Halton Citizens Advice Bureau
Halton Community Radio
Halton Community Transport
Haydock MVC
Hazelhurst Studios
Lets Go Stroke Club
Lucem House Community Cinema Plus+
Maximum Edge CIC
Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust
MIND Halton 
Mission in the Economy 
MPH Training
Newton Le Willows Sea Cadets
Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC
Peter Street Community Centre
Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (Cheshire & Merseyside)
Rhythm Reaction CIC
Sexton Avenue Community Allotment Garden C.I.C.
Skills Up CIC
Social Justice, Diocese of Liverpool
Social Prescribing Northwest CIC trading as Sew Halton
St Helens Carers Centre
St Helens Group of Advanced Motorists
St Helens The Best Me CIC
St Helens Youth Brass Band
St Michaels & All Angels Church
Sutton Badminton Club
The 4F Centre
The Hope Centre
The Wonky Garden
UC Crew - Under Construction Crew
Wat Phra Singh UK
Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group
Worsley Hall (Wigan) Community Centre


Non Affiliated members - Free (but only includes access to up to date information on current news, issues and events)

Standing Tall Foundation
Wildcard ABC



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