Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 21st April 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 


LCR Cares Funding

We have produced a walkthrough video, showing how to apply for emergency funds from #LCR Cares during the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. If your organisation is providing support to individuals across St Helens and Halton and needs extra funds - find out more here and get in touch with us if you need support in putting together a bid.


HMRC Update & Guidance for Furloughed Staff

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live yesterday.  There’s now updated guidance on how to calculate your claim and a simple step-by-step guide.  There will also be a calculator available for you to check your calculations online before you make your claim.  Please have all your information and calculations ready before you begin your application. If you have a payroll provider, they will be able to help you with this. You should retain all records and calculations in case HMRC need to contact you about them.  Please only call HMRC if you can’t find what you need on GOV‌.UK as HMRC want to leave lines open for those who need their help most.


Wellbeing Enterprises - During The Covid-19 Outbreak

Wellbeing Enterprises has a range of support services for patients the public and key workers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Here's how they can help you:

  • A wellbeing telephone helpline - call us for a friendly chat
  • Signposting support - we will review your wellbeing needs and connect you to support
  • Social activities - we are running free online courses and activities
  • Self-help resources - we have access to a wide range of materials

T: 01928 589 799 E:

For more information and to access their publicity flyers please click the link below:


Anthonys Travel

Local Halton Bus Company Anthony’s Travel, is keen to help out where they can and would like to share an offer with the voluntary and community sector, if you have anything that you think they could help with please email them on the email address below to request support.  


iCAN Warning: HMRC Coronavirus Scam Expands

Halton Trading Standards wants to warn residents about a scam perpetrated by individuals falsely claiming to be from HMRC. The scam has now expanded from text and email to telephone calls as the Coronavirus lockdown continues.  The HMRC-branded scam texts claimed that the government is offering lump-sum payments “as part of its promise to battle Covid-19.” Each text specified a particular sum and asks the recipient to tap the link to a bogus website which requests payment details from the recipient. It is simply a means for criminals to gain access to bank accounts.  Recently, this scam theme has expanded from text and emails to telephone calls from bogus civil servants.  This week, HMRC advised the public that all of these messages and phone calls are fake, with the government department advising the public that it will, “never text, email or phone to ask for bank details, PIN or passwords.”
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of 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.


Cruse Bereavement Service - Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief

During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances.

Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.

Cruse Bereavement Service have put together resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. It covers some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with. They will be adding to and updating this information as the situation develops.

Click here for resources


Mental Health resources in Halton

North West Boroughs Health Care NHS Trust have launched a crisis line to provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages including children and young people who need urgent mental health support.  The Crisis line is first port of call for Halton residents experiencing a mental health crisis 01928 275309.  You can also go online to Halton’s Mental Health Info point to find out more


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.