Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 12th 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   

credford-kerr@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in St Helens it’s Annie Lawrenson alawrenson@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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

Mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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

syeoman@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

For comms/website and information queries contact

dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk  or ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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 www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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

 

New Guidance from Government on Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Click here to find the new Government Guidance on social distancing and their plan for returning life to normal

 

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 4th May or click here to contribute to this weeks data. 

 

Sport England emergency funding 

Some good news! @Sport_England have announced emergency funding for community sports clubs & physical activity orgs who are experiencing financial hardship due to #COVIDー19 

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

 

Halton Faith Sector resources 11th May 2020

Click here for the latest updated information from Halton Faith Sector on resources for use during the Covid 19 shutdown

 

Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme
  
The latest round of the Energy Redress Funding Scheme is now open for applications. There is £13m available to help support vulnerable energy consumers and reduce fuel poverty.  If you want to find out more about the application process and future funding rounds head over to their website

 

New Free Music Project- The Studio Widnes

Making Waves is funded by Young Music and is a response to the current situation but can also carry on after lockdown. Places are limited for both musical instrument lessons ( working in partnership) with Halton & Warrington Music Support Services and the mentoring element which has a budget to allow the purchase of equipment for the young people. For this first round we are asking for people to contact us by the end of Friday 15th May but it will be open until we use the budget up. We will ask the applicants to fill in a short survey to assess their suitability for the project and the impact it would make to their ability to engage in music during lockdown but there are no restrictions other than age (14-24) and living in or around Halton. Click here for more details 

Email info@thestudiowidnes.org.uk for more details 

 

Age UK Mid Mersey - CV19 Short Guide for Older People

Thanks to our collegues at Age UK Mid Mersey for sharing a useful guide for older people.  The short guide is for older people and those who look after them, and covers information on Coronavirus, how to stay safe and well at home, what to do if you are worried about someone else and useful organisations to contact. It has contact details for Age UK MId Mersey and has been produced with the kind help of their older peoples National engagement forum members and is in easy read material.

 

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   https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/halton-covid-19-data-collection

St Helens Data Collection Survey  https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/st-helens-covid-19-data-collection

 

If you have volunteering requirements please register them here

https://volunteering.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vk/providers/registration_provider.htm 

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

https://volunteering.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vk/volunteers/registration.htm 

 

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 info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk 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:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vca-newsletter-sign

Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road
Widnes
WA8 6DB

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

Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

About

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.