Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action

To unsubscribe from this Mailing or to opt out of all Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action Mailings please use the links found at the bottom of the page.

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

Volunteering Coordinator WHHT

Have you a passion for Health and Social Care and enjoy working with volunteers? This could be the role for you.  Halton and St Helens VCA wants to employ someone who can provide a development role supporting our work in engaging volunteers with Warrington & Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.  This will be a fixed term post until 31st March 2022 with the possibility of seeking further funding...

Meet the Funder - The National Lottery Community Fund - 27th September

Are you considering an application for Reaching Communities? Have you had small grants in the past and thinking about taking the next step? Groups from Halton & St Helens are welcome to attend, in particular those groups with an interest in applying to any of the National Lottery programmes.
The local team from The National Lottery Community Fund for Halton and St Helens will be holding a virtual 'Meet the Funders' event in conjunction with Halton and St Helens VCA to talk about the Reaching Communities programme, how to apply and answer any queries you may have about the process...

Suicide Memorial Evening - Thursday, 9th September 2021

Listening Ear’s Amparo service has organised a Memorial Evening to remember those who have lost their life to suicide.  This will take place on Thursday 9th September 2021 between 7pm and 8.30pm in Rainford, Merseyside and you are welcome to attend in person or to join via a webcast at the same time...

Sahir House Is Strengthening Its Wellbeing Service By Recruiting 2 New Counsellors

Sahir House are delighted to announce the successful appointment of 2 new counsellors, Helen Chinnery and Martin Fenerty, who together bring a wealth of experience to the Sahir House counselling service...

Halton Older Peoples Expert Panel (HOPE)

Do you know of anyone that would be interested in having their say and being a part of something bigger - Age UK Mid Mersey’s friendly and vibrant HOPE – set up to provide the voice for older people in Halton?  In return, they can promise that they will give new HOPE members a warm welcome, keep them well informed as well as provide a great way to meet new people.  They have been busy in the last year or so despite the challenges we’ve all faced. They have been holding virtual sessions and recently a few of their panel members met up for a Panel Picnic.  It was such a lovely day and it was so good to actually be able to see each other and catch up...

Walk, Talk and Focus Sessions

Focus Employment Hub Limited are now offering free walk, talk and focus sessions to people of all ages with long term health conditions or disabilities. This is an opportunity for you to improve your health and look at your personal and professional goals in an informal setting. Four walks will be on offer of around an hour in length, go at your own pace. Benefits include talking to others in a non-judgemental way, improving your emotional and physical health, connecting with nature. The walks will be based in St Helens, but individuals are welcome from across Merseyside...

Funding Bulletins from Halton Borough Council – August

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...

Net Zero Carbon 2040 Survey

In 2019, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, led by the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, declared a climate emergency and set an ambitious target for us to be carbon neutral by 2040.  Broadly speaking, this means that the amount of carbon we generate through how we live our lives (e.g. how we heat our homes, travel around etc.) is offset by the amount of carbon we absorb, meaning the overall amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere from our city region is zero. Reaching this net zero target will require big changes in various aspects of life between now and 2040, many of which are already planned, such as the end of sales of petrol cars by 2030.  They are in the process of developing an action plan which will help us to reach that goal and are keen to know how our citizens feel about these forthcoming changes and about issues pertaining to climate change more broadly...

Warrington Disability Awareness Day

Thanks to support from the Cheshire Community Foundation and the Steve Morgan Foundation, Warrington Disabilty Partnership have free exhibition spaces at their 30th anniversary Disability Awareness Day on Sunday 12th September for up to 120 voluntary sector organisations who operate from Cheshire or Warrington...

Cleaning Operative - Crownway Community Centre

Crownway Community Centre is a high class, modern and inclusive multi-purpose facility offering a wide range of services and activities to the local community and organisations. They are looking to recruit a part time cleaning operative whose role will be to provide general cleaning duties within the community centre. Cleaning experience and knowledge of Health & Safety Regulations required. Working hours 6.30am till 8.30am Monday – Friday...

Lloyds Bank Foundation - Keep the Lifeline Campaign

In October, £20 a week is due to be cut from Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit - meaning six million low-income households face an overnight cut to their incomes of £20 a week, or £1,040 a year. The cut risks further weakening social security support, pulling people into poverty, and causing severe hardship for families who are already struggling to stay afloat. The Keep the Lifeline campaign, led by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and backed by many charities, think tanks and leading organisations (including Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales), is calling for this cut not to go ahead, and for those on legacy benefits not to be excluded...

Lower My Drinking App

A new campaign has launched, led by Champs Public Health Collaborative and funded by Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership to promote the Lower My Drinking app, which is now available for use across Cheshire and Merseyside. During the COVID-19 pandemic harmful drinking has risen significantly, consequently impacting on people, communities, and services. The campaign which includes videos of people telling their stories about why they reduced their drinking aims to increase the downloads of the Lower My Drinking app and ensure that expert advice is accessible across Cheshire and Merseyside. The app is free to download and use for anyone who lives or works in Cheshire and Merseyside (access is by postcode). To download the app visit Google Play or App Store...

Giving World

Giving World are here to help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. They redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK. They have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods. Their website is regularly updated with new stock so register here using the link below (no charge), to receive stock updates and access goods as and when you need them...

YMCA St Helens Welcomes New Community Engagement Manager

YMCA St Helens is excited to welcome Matt Moreton as Community Engagement Manager, a role designed to reach out to all the members of the St Helens community and develop new ways of supporting, serving, and inspiring across the borough. For 135 years, YMCA St Helens has been making a difference and providing a helping hand where it’s needed most – now providing support & advice services, supported housing, family work, health and wellbeing activities, and training & education programs...

West Lancs CVS Job Opportunities

West Lancs CVS is pleased to offer the two exciting roles (Community Development Officer and Project Support Worker) to increase the capacity of the Community Champions team. The roles are funded through the Government’s ‘Community Champion Scheme’ after a successful bid by West Lancs CVS in partnership with West Lancs Borough Council. These funds will aid community-wide recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as building the capacity and resilience of the West Lancs community to work together to improve connectivity and integration within and between local neighbourhoods and residents. Both of these posts are fixed term for 12 months initially, with the potential to extend if further funding becomes available...

The Write Time - New Creative Writing Course

Starting in September 2021, author Charlie Lea will run six free online writing workshops for adults, each lasting 8 weeks, in partnership with Halton Libraries, St Helens Libraries and Livewire Libraries. At the end of the workshops participants will have the opportunity to submit a short story, which can be included into a published anthology that will be placed in all three libraries’ catalogues and further have an extract of their story read out and uploaded onto YouTube. Places are limited, so please book as soon as possible, if you’re interested...

Merseyside Police Commissioner Launches £50,000 Youth Diversion Fund For Projects Over Autumn Half Term

Community groups which will offer safe and engaging activities for young people are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner. Emily Spurrell has announced that she is releasing the first round of funding from her Youth Diversion Fund, using money raised through the Police Property Act which sees money from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police which cannot be returned to be diverted into worthwhile causes. The Commissioner is encouraging community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £3,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime during a time when this traditionally spikes. A total of £50,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims...

Job Vacancy - Halton Child Contact Centre

Halton Child Contact Centre currently have a vancacy for a part time Coordinator, 16 per week flexible and will be home based...

St Helens Borough of Culture 2023 – Community Involvement Sessions

Are you involved in arts, culture or creative activity in St Helens? Do you love watching live music, theatre and dance, viewing art exhibitions, visiting Libraries or heritage sites, creative writing, reading or taking part in the arts yourself? Or are you just passionate about all things St Helens? If so, please join in to celebreate St Helens being the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture* in 2023 – a time to shout about our great town...

Commemorate The Key Workers - Sunday 19th September

Dean Sue and Dean Tony from Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral would like to invite you to join them for a service to Commemorate the Key Workers Sunday 19th September, 2021 - 3pm at Liverpool Cathedral...

Liverpool and Manchester Community Rail Partnership

It is hoped to establish a Community Rail Partnership (CRP) for the Railway lines connecting Liverpool and Manchester. CRP's are all about communities so at this early stage we are trying to make contact with ordinary local people who care about their communities and who are interested in trying to  improve the impact that the railway has on their local community. The proposed CRP covers the following stations which fall within the boundaries of the St Helens and Halton Local Authorities...

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  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) 

Activ Engagement & Education CIC
Apex Charitable Trust
Business For Youth
Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group
Clairs Parents Meeting Parents ADHD Support Group St.Helens
Halton Community Radio
Halton Play Council
Helen Marie Friends 
Hough Green Arts 
Maximum Edge CIC
Mersey storm (Wheelchair rugby league sport and physical recreation ) club
Radio Halton
Recharge and Restore CIC
St Helens and District Scout Association
The Hargreaves Dementia Trust
Torus Foundation 
Trinity Safe Space
Vision Support
Widnes Historical Society
Willowbrook Hospice
YMCA St Helens

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

Heart of Glass



Please feel free to forward this email onto any other organisations/individuals who you feel would be interested. Apologies if you receive this email more than once.

If you have any comments you would like to tell us about this e-bulletin, please send an email to ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or if you have any news/events you would like us to publicise, please complete our News/Events webform: https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vca-newsevents-template


Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action

View this mailing as a web page

Click here to unsubscribe from this mailing
Click here to opt out of all Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action mailings
Tel: 01744 457100 | Fax: 01744 457101 | Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk
Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action, incorporating Volunteer Centre Halton and Volunteer Centre St Helens, is Registered in England & Wales as a Registered Charity No. 1106001 and a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 2539153.

St Maries
Lugsdale Lane
Widnes, WA8 6DB

This email, and any attachment, is confidential and intended solely for the person(s) to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, or if you believe it was transmitted to you in error, any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing or copying of this email is strictly prohibited. The contents of this message may contain personal views which are not the views of Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action, unless specifically stated.

Email transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses.The sender therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of this message, which arise as a result of email transmission.