Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 14th 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 

 

Halton & St Helens Resilience Survey - Urgent 

We are really keen to hear your views on the financial impact of COVID-19.

We would like you to comment on your organisation's current financial situation and what it might look like over the next 12 months. This information will support partners to understand the impact on the sector and help ensure we are able to feed into the Recovery cell conversations

This survey should take participants no longer than 15 minutes.  The survey will close on Thursday 21 May 2020

Halton:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-organisation-funding-and-finance-survey-covid-19-halton

St Helens:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-organisation-funding-and-finance-survey-covid-19-st-helens

 

Halton Womens Centre 

We at the Centre hope you are all keeping well and staying safe, whilst coping with the challenges of these changed times.  For the foreseeable future the Centre will remain closed, however staff will be available for phone consultations. Feedback received from clients is positive and they are telling us that it helps to have this contact.  If you have someone who is anxious, socially isolated or depressed who would benefit from this Telephone Support service, do let us know.

Please leave a message with your name and contact details on 01928 566072

 

St Helens VCSE Forum Meeting 

The next St Helens VCSE Forum meeting will be on Monday 1st June 10am to 12.30pm.  However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we will be conducting it online using Zoom (requires internet access only)  We are bringing key partners together to connect with the sector to provide and share key developments on St Helens Cares and we will update on key work and initiatives in St Helens.   To book a place click here to register

Minutes of the previous meetings can be found at:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/st-helens-vcse-forum

 

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 funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates to your inbox

 

Time to Change Halton

It has never been more important to look after our own mental health and wellbeing and each other’s. For this year’s mental health awareness week starting on the 18th May the theme is kindness.

In Halton they are encouraging as many as possible to take part in a 5 ways to wellbeing activity to be kind to their mental health. They need your help to reach as many people as possible. Click here to find a social media toolkit which provides ideas to help you post about your organisations activities or share posts from other organisations encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.  Thank you for supporting the campaign.

For more information about Time to Change Halton, please contact:

Vicki Geoghegan, Time to Change Halton Coordinator

vicki@mindhalton.org.uk

 

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

Click here to view the infographics for the sector for the week

 

 

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

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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.