Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 20th 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 


Community Project/Development Worker (Community Services Enablement Officer) x 2

Henshaws Knowledge Village Community Services enable people of all ages living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to make informed choices about their future. Independence and friendship are at the heart of what they do to help people find the confidence to go beyond their expectations. 

As a Community Services Enablement Officer you will support people throughout their journey offering expert support, guidance and skills, helping people to fulfil their potential. Key responsibilities will include delivering and coordinating Henshaws wellbeing programmes with specific focus on; person centred planning, independence matters and friendship matters programmes.


Smallwood Trust - Community Grant Partnerships Funding - Deadline 19/06/2020

Smallwood Trust are looking to fund a range of specialist women’s organisations and services in Liverpool/Merseyside to become Smallwood Trust Community Grant Partners.

Organisations will be able to use the funds to provide small cash grants (up to £1,000) for individual women to help them overcome personal and financial barriers, helping them to make changes in their lives. They will also fund up to 20% management costs to run the programme. They are also particularly interested in applications from services led by and/or supporting BAME women. The fund is open to charities, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations who have existing projects that support women to become financially resilient.


Free Digital Communications support for Charities 

Media and marketing experts are offering their time and expertise for free to help charities meet the digital communications challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The support is being offered trough the Media Trust’s Volunteer Platform, which matches communications experts with charities in need of help.  The Media Trust has also made a digital resource hub available to offer further help.  Charities are being urged to register for the volunteer platform and begin logging in the details of the support they need.  Experts across media, creative and technology industries are also being asked to sign up to offer their help. The Media Trust has also produced a guide to volunteering to help those in the media and creative industry learn more about employer supported skills based volunteering initiatives.


Vacancies With Raise

Raise (benefits and money advice at home) are looking to recruit the following two posts to their Money Advice Team:

  • Money Advice Supervisor 25hrs
  • Money Advice, Advice Assistant 21hrs

The closing date is Wednesday 3rd June and interviews will take place week beginning 8 June 2020. If anyone wishes to have an informal chat about either position then please email Linda Daley, Deputy Manager,  More details can be found on their website


#LCR Keeping Well at Home Guide

Thanks to our colleagues at Age UK Mid Mersey for sharing the #LCR keeping well at home guide. Click here for a copy


Halton Faith Sector resources 18th May 2020

Click here for the latest updated information from Halton Faith Sector on resources for use during the Covid 19 shutdown


iCAN Warning: Bogus District Nurse in Halton

Halton Trading Standards have had reports of a bogus district nurse operating in Halton. The nurse arrived at a resident’s home in Widnes, stating they were there to check on the residents health, but firstly they wanted to use the residents bathroom. After appearing from the bathroom, the nurse stated they did not need to check the resident’s health and left the property. It is highly likely this was an attempted burglary.  Residents should be wary of carers/nurses turning up for non-scheduled visits and should always check the carers/nurses ID or ring the care provider, if they have any concerns about their authenticity.

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


DWP update 20th May 2020 

Click here for the Latest update from DWP with the latest job vacancies. 


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



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.