Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action

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24th August 2022

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

Healthwatch St Helens Event

It's been a long time since we all got together to talk about Healthwatch St Helens, our work locally and how you can get involved as a volunteer. So we want to invite you to a lunch on the 20th September between 12.30 - 2.30 pm to hear about what Healthwatch St Helens has been doing and to hear about the changes to local NHS Services and how they are organised. You will also get a chance to help shape our coming year’s work and sign up to get more involved in the work of Healthwatch St Helens...

One Halton Voices

Would your VCFSE organisation like to be involved in conversations about the design of health and social care services in Halton? If so, One Halton colleagues would love you to add your voice (as well as those of your staff, volunteers & service users) to a new project; One Halton Voices. The project will have two components. Regular meetings for attendees to be engaged on a variety of topics, as well as a wider network of willing participants who will help to engage with local residents...

Home - Start St Helens - Job Vacancy

Is training your passion? Do you have the skills to engage with people and build relationships? Are you interested in recruiting and training family support volunteers? Do you want the opportunity to become part of a successful organisation who helps to make a real difference to the lives of families in St. Helens? Home-Start St. Helens a small local charity, are recruiting a Training and Development Co-ordinator. You will benefit from a flexible 21-hour working week helping to improve your current home and working life balance? Deadline for applications 9th September... 

Diamond Heroes 2022

Do you know someone that deserves special recognition for their outstanding work or support? Nominations are now open for the Diamond Hero Awards 2022, recognising individuals and organisations that have gone above and beyond to help others or make a difference in their community. The shortlisted Heroes will be announced on 7th of October via Facebook and on their website, and the award ceremony will take place on the 19th November...

All Together Active: Launching Cheshire and Merseyside's Physical Activity Strategy

Cheshire and Merseyside’s Population Health Board has commissioned the two Active Partnerships in the subregion, Active Cheshire and MSP, supported by Sport England, to develop a new strategy to develop a new strategy to increase levels of physical activity.  The new strategy, All Together Active, will be launched at an online event on Wednesday 12th October 2022, where you’ll hear from a range of influential people from health and politics about why the strategy is important and what role partners can play in bringing the strategy to fruition. This event is open to anyone working across the public, private and third sector in Cheshire and Merseyside who has a specific interest in health inequalities and the health and wellbeing of the subregion’s residents...

St Helens Community Governance Review

Notice of a Community Governance Review Parish Councils in St Helens Borough Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. St Helens Borough Council has commenced a Community Governance Review covering the whole of the St Helens Borough. The purpose of the Review is to enable the Council to consider what changes might be needed to parish arrangements. The Council are also in receipt of a valid petition requesting the creation of a Town Council covering Newton-le-Willows East and Newton-le-Willows West wards. Whilst undertaking the borough wide review the Council will invite representations in relation to the petition. The Council will conduct the first stage of the review process and invite residents and interested organisations to submit their views on existing arrangements, together with any proposals for change, from 3 October 2022 to 30 December 2022...

Funding Alerts With Imminent Deadlines

Halton External Funding Team have sent over three recent grant funding alerts that may be of interest and whose imminent deadlines prevents inclusion in the next (September) monthly bulletin... 

Anti-Racism Training Consultation

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has commissioned Jane Eme-Power, a Human Resources consultant specialist with over 30 years’ experience, to undertake research on hearing the voices of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic businesses, community groups and residents on Your experiences of racism, discrimination and harassment as a user of services provided by the LA’s including your wider experiences of racism, and secondly to hear your views on what you would expect to see in the design of a RE training programme for staff...

Free Office Furniture

Change, Grow, Live (CGL) St Helens have some office some office furniture they no longer need and wanted to see if any organisations would benefit from it. They have around 30 + desks which they no longer need...

Funding Officer - Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Community Fund are looking for a new part time Funding Officer to join the passionate, vibrant and friendly team in the North West Region to be part of ensuring their funding supports a wide variety of communities and places locally.  The role will cover two areas – Sefton and St Helens, 0.8 FTE. The team is based remotely across the North West of England and this role is to support delivery in Liverpool City Region. Ideally the successful candidate will live in one of these areas, or within Liverpool City Region and will be part of the local team, led by a Funding Manager, and comprised of several other Funding Officers. As a member of the funding team you will assess applications for funding and manage grants from the Reaching Communities and Partnerships programmes. You will use your local knowledge and experience, and the experience of  grant holders and local stakeholders, to ensure they are making the best decisions on the grants they make...

Trinity Safe Space and Partners Project are looking for Volunteers

They are looking for dedicated volunteers who can give up to 2 hours a week for 6 months to support asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in the Borough of Halton. As a Peer Supporter/Listening Ear you will befriend one of their client group, to offer support, plan activities and enable access to appropriate events, to reduce their social isolation and improve their mental health and wellbeing. We have a budget to enable them to participate. This is a flexible role which enables you to meet at mutually convenient times and in agreed places with a view to enabling them to feel more included in their community...

St Helens Suicide Memorial Event - Thursday 29th September 2022

St Helens annual Suicide Memorial Service will be held on Thursday 29th September 2022 this year at St Helens Town Hall, Library Street, St Helens, WA10 1HP. The event will start at 7pm with arrivals from 6:30pm. The memorial service aims to support the community and families who have lost a loved one to suicide and bring them together to remember and honour their loved ones. Families and community members are encouraged to attend and relax as well as sharing lived experience with others and access support from services, if they feel they would like to. Families are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one they want to remember and share with others...

Maternal Mental Health Service - Silver Birch Hubs

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is working in collaboration with the Improving Me Local Maternity System in Cheshire & Merseyside and Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to deliver the maternal mental health service which supports local communities to access treatment and care if they’ve experienced loss, distress or trauma during pregnancy and birth. It’s been four months since they launched the pilot service for patients in Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Wirral and they've received more than 80 referrals. From 22 August, they will extend this offer and accept referrals for patients in Cheshire East, Cheshire West, Halton, Sefton and Warrington...

Include-IT Mersey Project: Volunteer Coordinator

Sefton CVS is seeking to recruit a Volunteer Coordinator on its Include-IT Mersey digital inclusion project, funded by the European Social Fund and National Lotter Community Fund as part of its Building Better Opportunities programme.  This full-time post covers the six boroughs of the Liverpool City Region, providing an excellent opportunity to work with a range of voluntary sector organisations and volunteers to help support the project’s work.  The role presents an fantastic opportunity to help shape the volunteering element of the project, building on its excellent achievements to date; and will be a perfect opportunity for a motivated, self-starter with a passion for volunteering. Closing date for applications is Sunday 4th September 2022...

New Memberships and Renewals:

The following organisations gained board approval at the last meeting:

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

Foundry Community Church
The First Step
Helen Marie Friends
Halton Table Tennis Ltd
Willowbrook Hospice
The 4F Centre
Birchfield Ward Community Association

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

Northwest HIV Support CIC
Pentecostal Residences Charity
Medaille Trust

If you would like to find out more about VCA membership and the full list of benefits, our new website has all the details including the online membership form

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