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


Moving from Crisis Response to the first stages of lockdown easing and beyond.

Given the update from the Prime Minister yesterday and the expectation about further guidance this week about how we transition back from the current arrangements for lockdown, we have produced a handy sheet for groups to use to start to plan what they might do next. If your organisation needs help or support with your plans please continue to let us know.  Click here for the information sheet.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Has Your Group, Organisation Or Service Responded? 

Thanks to all the groups who responded to our request to share your data so we can demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers. Click here to view the infographics for the sector for the week of the 27th April to 3rd May or click here to contribute to this weeks data. 


Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council

Click here for the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council.  Email to sign up to recieve bulletin updates to your inbox


iCAN Warning: Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs

iCAN Warning: Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Morrisons has taken the precautionary step of recalling Market Street Living Herbs because the products might contain Listeria monocytogenes.  Product details: All products purchased between 3rd May and 9th May 2020

  • Morrisons Market Street Living Basil
  • Morrisons Market Street Large Living Basil
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Chives 
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Coriander
  • Morrisons Market Street Large Living Coriander
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Dill
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Flat Parsley
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Mint
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Parsley
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Thyme

If you have bought the above products, do not eat them. If customers are making an essential trip to any Morrisons store, they can return the item in-store for a full refund.


 DWP Update 110520 

Pension Credits - now available via apply online applications from 06/05/20 –  Pension Credit Online

Domestic Abuse - Recently, it was confirmed that there would be an additional £10 million for domestic abuse accommodation services over the coming months. Domestic abuse charities can apply for vital funds This is part of a £76 million package of government support for the most vulnerable in society, including those affected by domestic abuse. 


National Suicide Prevention Alliance online discussions May

NSPA online discussions 11-22nd May

Following the huge interest in and engagement with the online discussions, NSPA have planned dates for 6 further conversations starting on Monday. 

Next week’s discussions will be to share concerns about the needs of specific populations and how to support them, and the following week we will again hold sector-specific discussions.  The dates are below – please do share with your colleagues and networks, as all are welcome.  

13th 10-11am: Older adults
15th 11.30-12.30: Children and young people

18th 2-3pm: Public health only
20th 10-11am: Charities only
22nd 11-12noon: NHS staff only

If you would like to attend, please email


Supporting people who are  bereaved 

Southampton Voluntary Services have produced an online video on 'Supporting the Bereaved'. You may find this particularly useful if you are telephone befriending someone who has been bereaved.  Southampton VS have also shared additional resources to sit alongside their bereavement video.  

Click to watch it.


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



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.


If you'd like to sign up for your own copy of the daily update, please follow the link below and sign up for our ebulletin:

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.