Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 11th June 2020

Halton and St Helens VCA

If you need a contact for our volunteering portal and volunteering during the Covid-19 response across both Boroughs it’s Claire Redford-Kerr

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in St Helens it’s Annie Lawrenson

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in Halton it’s Matthew Roberts

You can also contact Sally Yeoman our Chief Officer for issues in both Boroughs. She will also be picking up LCR work with VS6 colleagues

For comms/website and information queries contact  or

Our phones will be temporarily redirected and you will be able to contact us by using our usual numbers 01744 457100 / 01928 592405

To access all resources relating to volunteering, involving volunteers, funding or local/national news click on our homepage

Below is the latest news / updates for VCSE organisations in Halton and St Helens 


Two U.K. Mayors Are Facing Off in a DJ Battle For Charity

In contrast to the current political unrest happening Stateside, two mayors in the U.K. are engaging in a bit of playful competition for a good cause this weekend.  On Saturday, June 13, Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, and Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, will take part in a livestream DJ battle intended to establish which city has a richer musical history, while also raising money for COVID-19 related charities.  Viewers of the free stream can comment to vote for a winner while making donations to support the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, which addresses homelessness, and LCRCares, which is supporting various organization in the region during the coronavirus pandemic.  Originally scheduled to happen on June 7, the stream was postponed, with organizers announcing that "this weekend does not feel like the right time to be celebrating. Instead, we are following the lead of the music industry and making sure that nothing detracts from the message people need to hear: Black Lives Matter."  

Click here to find out more and how to join in.


Liveable Streets in St. Helens

Help St Helens Council identify locations that need traffic calming measures during the COVID19 crisis.  It’s important they introduce enhanced spaces for pedestrians and people on bikes across the Borough. This will enable social distancing for safe essential journeys and exercise.  They want to hear your thoughts to help shape and deliver this ambitious project. It’s really easy to get involved, just drop a pin on the map to quickly comment about a specific location. Once you’ve left a comment you can also share it with friends and family using social media. Please submit your comments by the end of 31 August 2020. Click here to find out more and submit your comments



Age UK Mid Mersey Minibus for Sale

Age UK Mid Mersey have a Charity Minibus For Sale £2,950 (ovno) Volkswagen LT2.8 TD 46 Crew Cab Chassis 3dr (LWB) 2005, to find out more details click here


Charity Bank - Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It offers:

  • Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k) 
  • Interest-free & fee-free for the first 12 months
  • Faster than applying for a standard loan

To find out more click here


Halton Business Brief - COVID-19 Business Information 10th June 2020

Click here to read the latest edition


Message from Community Fund North West Officer 

As you may be aware COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on some of our communities. The National Lottery Community Fund are explicitly looking to address inequalities through the Coronavirus Community Support Fund funding, especially focusing on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, LGBT+ communities and disabled people-led organisations (DPOs).  The Coronavirus Community Support Fund is Government Funding which is being distributed on a first come first served basis so we encourage all groups to apply as soon as possible, but if you know any groups working in these communities please encourage them to apply.

Further information can be found here:


We Want To Hear From You - Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Has Your Group, Organisation Or Service Responded? 

We are asking that if you are delivering services and interventions in direct response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic then we would welcome you to share your data on a weekly basis so we can bring it all together to demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers.

For organisations which choose to contribute we will also provide you each week with your own infographic which you can share with your beneficiaries, volunteers and funders.  This survey is made up of tick-box questions, and the occasional free text question. The survey should take 10 minutes to complete each week.

Halton Data Collection Survey

St Helens Data Collection Survey

To see the weekly infographics for Halton and St Helens, please click the link below:



If you have volunteering requirements please register them here 

and also encourage people wanting to help out to do that safely by registering here 


Service Status Updates From Our Member Organisations

We have been sent a number of service status updates from our member organisations to let us know their current working practices during Covid-19.  The link to Halton Organisations is here and the link to St Helens organisations is here. If you have a service update that you would like to tell us about, please email and we will add your organisations details to our lists.


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Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF



Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.