Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 15th 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 


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


St Helens:


Government Funding to tackle Loneliness


The Government has launched a plan to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing.  As part of this plan, national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5m funding.  There is also a toolkit, resources and advice page on their website which you can delve into.


Halton Faith Sector resources 14th May 2020

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


Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May)

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) and the theme is ‘Kindness’.  The Mental Heath Foundation would love to hear how you’ve been kind to others and others have been kind to you (please see below).  

For employers – please see links to the Time to Change website 

Employer Pledge                      Support for Employers                   

Activities for your Workplace (e.g. zoom pub quiz?)

They're asking people to follow them on social media and share ways in which you've been kind or how someone has made you feel good by being kind to you. It could be something as simple as making a cup of tea for someone at home, or receiving a call from a family member or friend to see how you are.

Local Links

Five Ways to Wellbeing can help you with the skills to be happier, healthier and better able to cope in everyday life.

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line: 01925 275 309 for St Helens, Halton, Knowsley and Warrington

#youarenotalone        #OK2ASK                      #kindtoyourmind 


Coalfields Regeneration Trust - COVID 19 Recovery and Resilience Fund - Capital Funding Revision

Organisations can now apply for capital costs up to 50% of the CRT request to enable the organisation to make adaptations to premises to ensure the health & safety of the public is catered for or if you require equipment for direct delivery purposes or to support your wider project as listed in the guidance notes.

Please keep updated with any further revisions here:


Halton Womens Centre

Halton Womens Centre are continuing with their telephone support with existing clients and any newly referred Clients. Feedback received from clients is positive and they are saying 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 them know - Tel: 01928 566073.


Warning – Open Water Swimming in St Helens

With the Summertime approaching and all public swimming pools currently closed due to Government regulations, St Helens Council has highlighted the dangers of open water swimming to residents.

With several open water locations in the borough and reports over previous years of swimming at these sites, the Safer St Helens Partnership including St Helens Council, Merseyside Police and Mersey Fire & Rescue Services have joined together to advise residents of the dangers of open water swimming.

Open water swimming can be dangerous and have serious consequences - strong undercurrents can cause even experienced swimmers to struggle and cold water below the surface that could cause cramps, cold water shock and hypothermia. There is also the risk of illness and infection to consider in open water also.

Cllr Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Chair of the Safer St Helens Partnership advised:

“As the weather improves over the Summer months and with our swimming pools closed due to Government regulations, it is important that residents understand the dangers of open water swimming. Whilst our open water areas in the borough look attractive, please consider the risks, stay safe and do not use these facilities for swimming. The safest place to swim is in a supervised swimming pool and I would ask residents to wait until these facilities open again and seek alternative forms of exercise during this time.”


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.