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


St Helens Middle-Aged Men’s Health VCSE Community Of Practice (CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative).

Community of Practice Programme – Funding closing date extended 

As part of the Champs Public Health Collaborative, St Helens Council have secured funding to further develop and enhance the community-led suicide prevention offer in the Borough. St Helens recently launched the OK2ASK campaign, enabling people with lived experience to champion mental health, to organise and deliver local anti-stigma and discrimination activities, give access to free training and free campaign resources. We know we are in unusual times but we think extra resources to support and improve mental health is going to be critical now more than ever. We would encourage groups to apply and to think about how they can offer their support during the Covid-19 crisis.

The funding will enable Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise groups to develop and deliver a range of men’s projects in line with the Edge Hill University Evidence Review. Halton & St Helens VCA will run a small grants programme and establish a Community of Practice that is linked to the Community Led Suicide Prevention Group and will bring funded organisations together to share best practice and to look at ways in which we can work together to make a real difference in our communities. Groups who are applying for funding must be willing to commit to working as part of the Community of Practice.

For an application form contact applications must be submitted by 22nd May 2020.

Please note that all funds must be spent and your programme completed by 31 March 2021

Groups should also be aware that there are two key dates for monitoring information. These will be in September 2020 and February 2021 and groups must be able to commit to supplying their monitoring information by these dates.

Funding Criteria. We want to:

  1. fund projects that will support the reduction of the number of suicides in middle-aged men in St Helens Borough
  2. enhance men’s awareness and their ability to improve their own mental health: including help seeking skills
  3. support programmes that mean men are better able to manage in a crisis
  4. support projects that are co-produced with those with lived experience.


Free mental health awareness e learning for people who work or volunteer in sports and physical activity 

Halton Sports Development team, Merseyside Sports partnership and Time to Change Halton are working together to offer FREE mental health awareness e learning for local people who either work or volunteer in sports and physical activity.  The e learning training should take no longer than 2-3 hours but can be done flexibly at your own pace.

Completing this course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, and create a positive environment that ensures they enjoy the benefits of being active and keep coming back for more.  The four modules will increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health, providing you with the practical skills and strategies to be able to:

  • build people’s resilience, self-esteem and confidence
  • adapt your sessions to make them more inclusive
  • enable and support mental health recovery, and
  • tackle stigma and discrimination.

You will also get access to an extensive bank of resources that you can start using straight away.  After completing the course you will be able to download your certificate of completion.

The course has been awarded 3 CPD points by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

E Learning - mental health awareness for sport and physical activity 

Once you have completed the e learning they recommend signing up to be part of  Minds Northwest Network to help share learning around physical activity and mental health.  You can sign up for FREE here: Mind Northwest Network

If you have any questions please email Kyle Tunstall

Finally you may want to take advantage of a FREE webinar the Mind Northwest Network are hosting on the power of physical activity on our mental health on Thursday the 21st at 2pm for Mental Health Awareness week


VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assembly

On behalf of the VS6 Partnership, We would like to invite you to our first online VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assembly. This is themed around issues facing the Children & Young People's sector.  This event will give you the opportunity to share your views on the specific issues facing Children & Young People's organisations at the present time. Specific topics for discussion will include:

  • Practical return to safe working and the plans that exist
  • Issues and needs of young people as we come out of lockdown
  • Organisational impact on sustainability and funding

You will also hear from the Combined Authority about the research they have undertaken into the impact of Covid-19 across the region (speaker TBC).  To book your place please visit:

Please note that spaces are limited and so are restricted to one person per organisation.  This is the first in a series of themed online-Assembly events to be hosted by VS6. Further dates and topics will be announced in due course.

Best wishes,



iCAN Warning: Coronavirus contact tracing app scam

Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents aware of scams that have already begun regarding the Governments contact tracing mobile phone app. The mobile phone app is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight and is expected to be rolled out nationwide soon.  The text message asks the recipient to click on a link to a bogus website, which then asks for your personal details. Scammers then use the information to gain access to bank accounts and commit other forms of identity fraud.  The scam text reads: "Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for Covid-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested. More at…"

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our 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


One Halton Newsletter 

Although the majority of meetings in relation to One Halton have been temporarily postponed, they are still working in the background, following up on programmes and linking work together.  They have put together key bits of information to share amongst the One Halton partners.  Click here for the first edition of the One Halton Newsletter.  Frequency will be determined by volume of content, but they anticipate on a monthly basis.  Therefore if you have anything you wish to share amongst the One Halton Partners, any contributions are very welcome. Please send them either directly to Angela Cole on or the generic email which is they would love to hear from you sharing good news stories and innovation.


Quick Service Update From UC Crew

UC Crew are providing a weekly Hip Hop dance class every Monday at 7:00pm and are providing a variety of Hip Hop activity workshops online including Graffiti, Music creation and Circus skills.

They are also running #stayathomechallenge activities on TikTok and Facebook for young people to get involved with, young people who have completed dance challenges and give progress to their dance moves, will win a weekly prize of a £10.00 voucher for a store of their choice.

They have recently set up their 'Youth Social Action Squad' to give everyone the opportunity to support people through the crisis in their own way, through a variety of creative and micro volunteer opportunities.

To get involved please join the 'Freebie & Email List' and contact by email at


Christmas Challenge 2020 Applications Opening on Wednesday 20th May at 12pm (midday). 

 Christmas Challenge 2020 Applications Opening on Wednesday 20th May at 12pm (midday). 

One donation, twice the impact.

The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Christmas Challenge.

For seven days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled. Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, the Christmas Challenge has raised millions of pounds for thousands of charity projects since it launched on the Big Give in 2008.

How does the Christmas Challenge Work?

The Christmas Challenge is a match funding campaign where donations to participating charities are doubled. The match funds come from two sources - charities secure some of these (Pledges) over the summer. These funds are then boosted by funds from a Big Give Champion who contributes to the match fund. This collective pot is used to double donations from online supporters when the campaign is live.

To fnd out more, and to register, please click the link below:


Enterprise and Skills presents Managing in a Crisis – Be Resilient

If you’re running your own business, working or have currently been furloughed from your job – this 2 day course will help you build your resilience to manage during difficult times.  

Thursday 28th May and Thursday 4th June 10.30am to 12 noon via Zoom

The programme is open to Women living in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens or Halton)

Click here to book tickets or get in touch by emailing


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

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


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.