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8th February 2023

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

Halton & St Helens Job Vacancy - St Helens Senior Development Officer - Closing Date Friday 10th February 2023

We’re pleased to be bringing together a team to support our development and networking of our communities with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.  We're looking for people who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of others, are confident in meeting people and want to be part of a team that help each other in our common goal. We have a vacancy for a St Helens Senior Development Officer, this post is funded for 3 years and the salary is £28,398, full time (36 hours per week). We want to bring those with first-hand experience of living and working in St Helens into our organisation. We would welcome applications from those with direct experience of St Helens and their unique neighbourhoods and towns, with the skills that can support organisations and individuals working collaboratively to deliver change. As part of this new team you will have a unique opportunity to understand, influence and support neighbourhoods and communities in St Helens. If you’re looking for a challenging yet rewarding role that helps to improve the lives of local people – this could be the role for you...

St Helens Together Drop In Event - Thursday 9 February

We know the rise in the cost of living is impacting everyone right now. Whether that’s a rise in your energy bills, a rise in the cost of your food shop, or an increase in day-to-day expenses, everyone is feeling the squeeze, and this can often have knock on effects on health and wellbeing. To support residents in the borough through this difficult time, local partners have come together to organise an event to provide free, confidential, and impartial advice and support on a range of issues including how to manage your bills and outgoings, managing debt, how to keep warm for less this winter and use less energy in the home, how to access food provision, what support and benefits are available to you that you could be missing out on, and more generally, how to keep well this winter. This event is taking place on Thursday 9 February 2023, between 4pm – 7pm, at St Helens Town Hall...

Awards for All - King's Coronation

The Coronation ceremony for His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey. The Coronation will see people across the UK and the Commonwealth come together to celebrate. The Coronation programme will include the procession and service at Westminster Abbey on 6 May, the ‘Coronation Big Lunch’ across the country on 7 May (with a concert taking place in Windsor in the evening), and ‘The Big Help Out’ community activity on the bank holiday, Monday 8 May. Funding is available of up to £10,000 for events and activities through the National Lottery Awards for All programme. National Lottery Awards for All does not have a deadline, but it can take up to 12 weeks from the point of application submission to receiving funding, which means applications for the Coronation weekend should be made before the middle of February...

Cheshire Refreshed Police and Crime Plan

When the Police and Crime Plan was published in November 2021, they promised to update it so that it would continue to reflect the priorities of Cheshire’s communities. After a public consultation in Autumn last year and liaising with key partners across the county, they are pleased to be launching a refreshed version of the Plan...

Halton VCSE Response Meeting - 17th February 2023

The next Halton VCSE Response meeting will be on Friday 17th February at 11am. The meeting will be conducted online using Zoom (requires internet access only).   We will hear from some new friends, have plenty of time to engage and update one another on projects and  activities, as well as touching base with the local Council and NHS organisations...

Free LGBT+ Awareness Training - St Helens

Would you like to develop your knowledge and understanding of LGBT+? This 1 hour introductory online session on 20 February 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 provides an excellent foundation of knowledge and understanding, alongside meaningful discussion and a safe space for individuals to explore their underlying beliefs and assumptions. It will also help you to feel confident in your understanding of LGBT+ history and its impact today, gender identity and diversity, LGBT+ terminology, and the rights of LGBT+ people under UK law...

Expression Of Interest- Beyond Programme: Engagement/Co-production Partner

Expressions of interest are being sought from an organisation/s to partner with the Beyond Programme to ensure that the work and the development of the programme is shaped by the voices of children, young people and families across Cheshire and Merseyside. Beyond Programme’s objectives are to deliver transformational change through integration and early intervention with a particular focus on addressing the wider determinants of health inequalities and the impact resulting from these. Expressions of Interest providing a comprehensive response to this project brief should be submitted to Beyond, by 4pm on Wednesday 15 February 2023...

Pre-employment Programme for Emergency Medical Advisors

Would you enjoy working as part of the North West Ambulance team, working as a 999 Emergency Medical Advisor (EMA)?  There are some exciting opportunities coming up for Emergency Medical Advisors, to help handle the 1000s of 999 calls that come their way every day! If you think this could be the career for you, North West Ambulance team are offering a Pre-Employment Programme...

Irish Community Care are Recruiting

Irish Community Care (ICC) is a charitable company whose aim is to ensure well informed, empowered, and vibrant Irish communities in the Northwest. They are recruiting dynamic individuals with a track record of leadership and innovation to join our forward-thinking team. ICC offer a competitive salary, flexible working, generous annual leave, birthday leave, an additional bank holiday, a good pension, Medicash, and an Employee Assistance Programme. Irish Community Care is an equal opportunities employer. They welcome all applications from people who identify as belonging to a minority group....

UKSPF ‘Digital connectivity for local community facilities’ grants programme – round 1 application process now open (deadline 5pm Monday 13th February 2023)

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s (LCR CA’s) local investment plan for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) programme - the UK’s successor to EU Structural funds - includes a grants programme focussed on Digital Connectivity for Local Community Facilities. The application process for Round 1 of this grants programme is now open. The Digital Connectivity for Local Community Facilities grants programme is open to grass roots, not-for-profit, Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector organisations with an operational (public access) base in the Liverpool City Region and with an annual turnover not exceeding £1.5 million....

Sessional Workers - Deafness Resource Centre (DRC)

Deafness Resource Centre (DRC are recruiting Sessional Workers. Supporting D/deaf children & young people/young adults) in Halton & Knowsley. Hours will vary. Minimum British sign language level 2, native BSL user or willing to work towards. Rate of pay: £10.00 per hour...

Photography and Wellbeing - Free Course

Explore how photography can help you to improve your wellbeing. Learn how to make the most of your camera on your mobile. Find out how to use composition to add impact to images. Starting soon...

New Memberships and Renewals:

The following organisations gained board approval at the last meeting:

Affiliated members – Paid up members entitled to full benefits (£10)      
Citizens Advice St Helens    
YMCA St Helens    
East Liverpool Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)    
Recharge and Restore CIC    
Power in Partnership    
Non Affiliated members - Free (but only includes access to up to date information on current news, issues and events)    
Mersey Weaver Scout District    

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


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