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


Job Vacancies Halton & St Helens VCA

  1. (Temporary) Volunteering Services Officer, Part time 21 hours funded until 31st March 2021

Salary: £11,663 (9 months), 26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

We are looking for someone who can provide an operational and development role supporting the work of our Volunteer Centre.  This will be a temporary post until 31st March 2021 with the possibility of seeking further funding.

Duties include:  Developing and promoting the benefits and profile of volunteering across Halton and St Helens working with local people and organisations.  Applicants need to have experience of working with volunteers and partnership working with a variety of organisations have good IT skills and be proficient with Social Media as a platform for engagement.

  1. (Temporary) Volunteering Coordinator WHHT, Part time 28 hours funded until 31st March 2021, 

Salary: £15,550 (9 months), 26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

We are looking for someone who can provide a development role supporting our work in engaging volunteers with Warrington & Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.  This will be a temporary post until 31st March 2021 with the possibility of seeking further funding.

Duties include:  Supporting the development of volunteering within the Trust, supporting staff in the supervision and management of volunteers; promoting volunteering; delivering training

You will need to have experience in working with volunteers and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, CRM systems and Volunteer management platforms to be able to manage competing demands and prioritise workloads. 

You can download a Job description and application form from our website links below.

Volunteering Services Officer

Volunteering Coordinator WHHT

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 26th June 2020, with interviews taking place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020.


Small Charities Week Day 4 and Day 5 

Due to there being no update mailing yesterday here is Day 4 and Day 5 from Small Charities Week.

Day 5            Charities Big Impact Day 

 IMPACT!!  Small does not mean amateur or insignificant, in fact here is the impact that small charities have had during the current crisis.  Click here to see the results.

Day 4            Fundraising Day 

Merseyside Funding Information Portal is funded and supported by the CVS network across the Liverpool City Region. Led by Sefton CVS we use it to provide information and resources about funding for local small charities. We are also working with St Helens Borough Council and Halton Council to think of new ways for local groups and projects to raise funds through #sthelenstogether spacehive and the Halton Foundation


Liverpool City Region’s Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board is seeking new members.

Established by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram in 2017, the Advisory Board is the first of its kind in the country and brings together people from a cross section of our local communities, reflecting the diversity of the city region. It acts as an independent sounding board, ensuring that issues of fairness and social justice are considered in every strategy that the Combined Authority develops.

As the work begins on recovery from COVID-19, and realising the Metro Mayor’s ambition to ‘Build Back Better’, there is vital work for the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board to do. The Advisory Board currently meets by virtual means on a monthly basis. Membership is unremunerated, although reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

The Advisory Board is especially keen to strengthen representation from residents of Halton, Knowsley and St. Helens, as well as from those with lived experience of the LGBTQI+ community, the retired community, neurodiversity, and sensory disabilities. Applications from people resident in the above local authority areas and/or with the lived experience referred to will therefore be particularly welcomed.

Further information about the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, together with the expression of interest form to complete, go to:


Furlough fraud

Employers that believe they may have abused the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will have a 30-day period (starting in July) to admit their mistakes under plans being fast-tracked through Parliament.  Almost £20bn was paid out to more than one million employers in furlough claims as of 7 June 2020 and a further £7.5bn has been paid to 2.6 million SEISS claimants in the same period.

Full details are here.


Thinking about... Merger, during Covid-19

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has published 'Thinking about… Merger, during Covid-19' which is for senior staff and trustees of small and medium-sized voluntary organisations.  This report brings together the experiences of a wide variety of voluntary organisations and advisers that have contemplated or carried out merger to highlight different dimensions of ‘thinking about merger’. It includes:

  • Reasons for thinking about merger
  • Stages in the merger process
  • What makes a successful merger?
  • A collaboration spectrum

Read the report here. 


Innovative Solutions Open Call Announcement!

Sport England has announced its first Open Call for Innovative Solutions. They are looking for solutions that remove barriers for communities least well served due to the impact of Covid-19: women, older adults, from a BAME background, on a lower income, disabled or living with a long-term health condition. 

For full details head to their website.


NEPT Offer- Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) local links and customer fees - Social Care - TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS FREE OF CHARGE Click here for more information


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.