Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 16th 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 


Small Charities Week 

Day 2            Big Advice Day 

If you are a small charity it’s important you get access to the right support and advice. If you’re in Halton or St Helens you can start with us at Halton & St Helens VCA. Our website is a great place to start for information and advice and the right person to contact whether that’s Jane Williams our Community Accountant or Lynne Daffern for information on how to get on our mailing lists  It's important you know about the Charity Commission and the regulation for charities  

There’s lots of other resources too that can offer information and advice in your journey as a small charity. Here’s a few:


ACAS information on Working safely during coronavirus

ACAS have new guidance to help those who may be beginning to return or are now planning on returning to work in accordance with government advice. This includes guidance for how to start the discussion, what fears people might have and where they can go to get more help and advice. Check the website for the following information:

Extending or ending furlough - includes links through to downloadable letters
Changing an employment contract - key considerations when varying contracts
Rights at work - a new page linking through to key areas of guidance on rights at work 
Redundancy process map - outlining steps and providing links to further guidance

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Help Mamafit create their NEW NORMAL!

 Mamafit are looking for feedback and the opinions pregnant women, mums, dads & families to help them shape their current and future activities:

✓ Provide feedback on the Mamafit @ HOME online programme

✓ Help plan the return of face-to-face classes

✓ Let Mamafit know what you would like to see available in the future 

 Take the SURVEY ➡︎


Focus Employment Hub Ltd - Radio Show and Podcast Launching Soon

Focus Employment Hub Ltd will be launching and presenting their podcast and radio programme soon. The programme and podcast will be focusing on equality and diversity issues and the whole community. They would like to hear from individuals, groups and organisations, who may wish to provide content or guest speakers. See the link below for some of the topics that they may be including and feel free to suggest some of your own.


Halton Borough Council Adult Learning

The Centres are currently closed but the Adult Learning Team are still taking enquiries for September 2020 If you would like to improve your maths, English or IT, learn a new skill or retrain for a new career, they are here to help. They have lots of courses including some new online wellbeing and craft courses so if you are interested, please get in touch with the Learner Services team  

Phone 0151 511 7788



Final Infographic showing the Impact of the sector in the boroughs of Halton and St Helens

We have been asking that if you are delivering services and interventions in direct response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic you would share your data so we could bring it all together to demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers.  As we move to a new phase in the COVID-19 crisis we will no long be collecting data but have produced a final infographic consisting of all data for each borough during April to June click here  

We would like to thank everyone who took part


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.