Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 1st 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

As we move into the next phase of the Covid 19 crisis we will be updating groups with helpful guidance to help you manage the transitions click here for Recovery and Resilience resources and information. 

Below is the latest news / updates for VCSE organisations in Halton and St Helens 


Volunteers Week 2020

Here at the Volunteer Centres we are preparing for a week packed with celebrations of everything that is volunteering.  Some of the features we will be highlighting include:

  • Interviews with some of our volunteers on their experience of volunteering through the pandemic and what it means to them.
  • Interviews with some of our local authority partners to thank everyone in our community that has stepped up and supported those most vulnerable.
  • Interviews with some of our members who engage volunteers in the work they do and how important it is to them and the people they support.
  • A virtual Volunteers Week Quiz - with some raffle prizes and hopefully a special guest (we're working on this).
  • A national "Cheers for Volunteers" campaign to say a massive thank you from the nation to every single volunteer for their help and support - not just through the pandemic.  Volunteers have been engaging in many ways throughout the year supporting you as organisations too.
  • We also want to know what you are doing and how we can support you in promoting the fantastic work you do with your volunteers.

Here’s What We Need You To Do:

  1. We want to feature you and your organisation in celebrating all that volunteers have done for you over the past year. We want to know why they mean so much to you.  Click here for a document which you can download and print or replicate in your own way and write on "I love volunteers because"... If you could either get someone to take a photo or if you're happy doing a quick video of no more than say 10 seconds and email that in to our email address - we will be able to pull together a short animation that we will use on our social media, website and future celebrational material.  Submission of any media will be providing us with consent to use it for the purposes outlined.
  2. Tell us what you are doing to celebrate – do you have any case studies we can feature throughout the week alongside our current programme to say how great Halton and St Helens are in engaging volunteers to enhance your services and provide additional benefits to the people you are there to support?
  3. Engage in the national campaign #CheersforVolunteers – spread the word so we can make a big noise about Volunteers and the difference they make to our communities.
  4. If you would like us to invite a volunteer to our Volunteer Quiz and have them take part in the raffle – send us their name, postal and email address so that we can send them an invite and a raffle ticket.  If you’d like to come along you can register here

  1. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  For now Thank You for putting yourself forwards in the first place, it shows the true altruism of volunteering.

Cheers for Volunteers 

It's National Volunteers Week and some of our staff have contributed to this national appreciation of Volunteers across England to say thanks with @NAVCA


Test and trace system kicks off 1st June

A team of 25,000 contact tracers will text, email and call those who test positive for the virus and find out who they have been in contact with over the last couple of weeks. Any of those thought to be at risk of infection will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was confident that the "vast majority of people" would participate in the voluntary system

Read the full article here.


Christmas Challenge 2020 Applications Now Open

The Christmas Challenge gives your donors the chance to double their donations as you raise vital funds for your work.  Deadline for the stage 1 application is 5pm Friday 3rd July. The deadline to collect the pledges is 5pm Friday 28th August. Remember you can start collecting your pledges as soon as you have submitted your stage 1 application, so the sooner that is submitted, the more time you have to collect the pledges.

For more information and to register, pease click the link below:


iCAN Warning: Grants Scams

Halton Trading Standards has recently seen an increase of Grant scam emails. These emails suggest that you have been selected to receive a grant, there is no cost to receiving the grant they just need you to complete a form with your personal details. This is a scam, they are after your personal details. Below is the wording from one of these scam emails:

We screen your profile and see that you qualify based on your income
level to receive grant that you do not need to repay. A group of donors
sponsor the grant to help people and businesses during this Covid-19.

If you are interested, contact us to fill out the grant form. We have
been paid to screen and process the grant, no fee is required from you
or information which could lead to financial loss or identity theft.

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


Social media image size guide – Infographic

Ever wanted to design a really good profile pic or image header for your Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn page but couldn't quite get the dimensions right?  Then click here. This is a handy guide setting out the dimensions for each profile/header image across all the main social media sites. 


HMRC Update 

For the latest information on furloughing staff click here 


Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 25th May 2020

Click here for the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 25th May 2020.  Email to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox


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

Thanks to all the groups who responded to our request to share your data so we can demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers. Click here to view the latest infographics for the sector 


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.