Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 17th 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 3     I Love Small Charities / The Impact of COVID-19 CRISIS on the VCFSE Sector  in Halton and St Helens Report 

Every day small charities make a huge difference across Halton & St Helens. Their work during the Covid-19 crisis has been obvious to many more people. We wanted to share with you the impact that small charities have had in Halton & St Helens over the last 12 weeks click here for report.


New Psychological First Aid training during COVID-19 open to all frontline and essential workers and volunteers

On 15 June Public Health England (PHE) launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19.  PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and PHE has been developed this new course as part of our national incident response, and in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and others.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required.  By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.


Job Vacancy with Age UK Mid Mersey

HEAD OF SERVICES Development and Performance 

21hrs per week worked over 3 days

£28,000 pa FTE

This post holder will lead the strategic development of Age UK Mid Mersey services to ensure the value, relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of all service activities undertaken by Age UK Mid Mersey within the communities it serves; and ensure that targets and objectives set by funders are responded to appropriately. Work closely with the CEO to build good relationships at a strategic level with those responsible for the planning and commissioning of health, social care and well-being services across Mid Mersey, as well as with other external agencies and funders who could contribute to this work. 

The Head of Services – Development & Performance post is an active, integrated and cohesive member of Age UK Mid Mersey Senior Management team, contributing fully to strategy development and delivery of the organisation’s vision. Although this role has its own set of duties and responsibilities, the role is part of a split role and the post holder will work collaboratively with the Head of Services for Delivery and Projects, in terms of working together to actively deliver the overall strategic objectives for the Services area. There will also be a requirement to provide cover for each other during periods of absence.

For more details and an application pack: Visit the website; to download an application pack or email for more details.

Closing date: 30th June 2020 Interviews: w/c 6th July 2020


iCAN Warning: Disconnecting your internet scam

Halton Trading Standards have received information that consumers in Halton are again being targeted by bogus telephone calls threatening to disconnect their internet.  The calls are automated and state they have detected fraudulent activity on the consumers internet connection and it will be disconnected. It urges the consumer to press 1 on their telephone keypad and it is highly likely they will then ask for the consumers personal details and/or ask them to make a payment. This is a scam, please hang up the phone.

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of the specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133


Ways to Work programme

Please click here for the latest information about Halton Borough Council's Ways to Work programme, which is keen to accept new customers onto the programme.  Please circulate amongst your own networks.  


Latest update from DWP 18 June 2020

Click here for the latest update in full.  Includes information on

Support Package for Debt Advice Providers £37.8 million support package  will be available to debt advice providers so they can continue to provide essential services to help people who are struggling with their finances due to Coronavirus. The Money and Pensions Service will oversee the allocation of the funds to charities and other money guidance services.

New British Sign Language (BSL) videos  have produced a range of BSL videos on coronavirus and benefit changes. These include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay. You can view these videos on the DWP YouTube Sign channel. Videos about Access to Work, PIP, Carer’s Allowance and Child Maintenance will be added soon.


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.