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22nd Feb 2023

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

Halton & St Helens VCA Health Inequity Survey

As you know, the people of Halton and St Helens experience wide ranging health inequalities compared to other parts of the country, and you; the voluntary sector organisations have been successfully helping local people overcome the challenges brought about by inequity for many years.

But, the last few years has seen the introduction of new challenges, the likes of which have not been seen; ranging from the impact of the cost of living crisis, reduction in statutory service provision, and the legacy of Covid-19 – all of which has led to lower than average life expectancy, and increased hardship for our community.

Funded by the National Lottery, Halton and St Helens Connected is a new project hosted by Halton & St Helens VCA. Designed to look at health inequality, and how the voluntary sector can help to address it, the project will begin with this baseline survey.

We would be very grateful if you could complete the survey – it is very short and shouldn’t take more than five minutes...

Job Vacancy Halton & St Helens VCA - St Helens Community Connector

We have a vacancy for a St Helens Community Connector – South West & Central, this post is funded for 3 years and the salary is £12,879 part time (18 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...

One Amazing Day in One Amazing Year: Community Group Call Out - St Helens Borough of Culture 2023

St Helens Borough Council and Walk the Plank, as part of St Helens Borough of Culture 2023 are looking for community groups to get involved in the Amazing Parade and Town Fayre celebrating the talents and creativity and heritage of St Helens on Saturday 29th April 2023. For one amazing day, St Helens Town centre will be transformed into a carnival of music arts, crafts, and magical street performance.
The amazing parade: showcases something “Amazing” you may have collected, found, or made during the run up to the event. This could be a costume, banner, puppet, artwork or invention or an object that you already have at home or represents your community worthy of a place in the amazing parade. To get more information about how your group can get involved and join in one amazing day in one amazing Borough of Culture year...


Merseyside Police - VAWG Survey 2023

Merseyside Police and partners want to understand from a women and girls perspective about how safe you feel in the area you live, work and socialise. They need to understand what impacts those feelings so that we can take action to support you. Please help them by taking part in their survey and sharing your experiences to help them tackle & prevent violence against women & girls. Your responses will remain strictly confidential and anonymous, and your personal details will not be forwarded to a third party. It should take approximately 12 minutes, and anonymised responses will be used by Merseyside Police and partners...


The Finnis-Scott Foundation: Grants to Support Projects in Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Fine Art & Art History

UK charities and charitable organisations, including schools and colleges are eligible to apply for grants to support projects in the areas of horticulture, plant sciences as well as the study, exhibition and conservation of fine art. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting horticultural training through bursaries and apprenticeships. The Foundation will consider applications for one-off grants up to £10,000, but because of the high demand, most grants are currently £5,000 or less. Exceptionally, when funds permit, grants of as much as £60,000 are made, payable over several years. The next closing date for applications is 4pm on the 10 March 2023...

Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning

DAC Planning have been commissioned by St Helens Borough Council to deliver neighbourhood planning support to community groups on behalf of the Council up to October 2023. DAC Planning are a professional planning consultancy that specialise in providing plan-making support to local authorities, parish councils and community groups across the country. Over the next year, DAC Planning will be providing a programme of support to raise awareness and understanding of neighbourhood planning among residents of the Borough, and to encourage communities, particularly in deprived wards and areas impacted by growth allocated in the Local Plan, to consider producing a neighbourhood plan...

Digital Mental Health Support Is Now Available For Everyone Aged 11+

Free instant access digital mental health support is now available everyone aged 11+. These services provide free, safe and anonymous online mental health support whenever you need it. There are no waiting lists for support and no referral needed. Access to these platforms is available instantly 24/7...

St Helens Borough of Culture Launch

St Helens will officially kick start its role as the Liverpool City Region's Borough of Culture next month in style with a packed day of family activities featuring some of the very best local and regional artistic and cultural talent. The special launch event at the World of Glass on Saturday March 4th will see a host of talented local performers providing entertainment for visitors throughout the day showcasing what everyone can look forward to this year, with theatre, cabaret, music and art all playing a special part in the activity programme which will offer something for all ages...


Diane McCormick - Bereavement Notice

We have received some very sad news from Lorna Plumpton, Halton PPG plus Vice Chair:

Dear all,

With permission off her son John Mccormick…. John would like me to inform you that unfortunately our dear friend and colleague Diane Mccormick has passed in the early hours of  Sunday 19th February 2023.

Diane had a recent chest infection that couldn’t be controlled and turned into double pneumonia which she heartbreakingly couldn’t fight off.

It's not often we meet someone as special as Diane, she was a friend and colleague to so many in lots of areas and made an impression on each of us I'm sure you'll agree.

 Diane  fought hard for the Patients Voices to be heard in the borough and for those in the community she lived in. She is in my mind irreplaceable.

 Diane was the most caring thoughtful and loyal friend and colleague and I know she will be greatly missed by all of you as well as me.

We already miss her and will be in touch soon with her funeral details.

As she knew many people, we wanted to make sure everyone knew.

 May I ask that you delete Diane's personal contact details and email address from your database and phone records as these are no longer current.

With great sadness

Lorna Plumpton

Halton PPG plus Vice Chair


Everyone at VCA would like to send their deepest sympathy to Diane's family, friends and colleagues.  She will be very much missed.


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