Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 26th 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   

credford-kerr@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in St Helens it’s Annie Lawrenson alawrenson@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in Halton it’s Matthew Roberts 

Mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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

syeoman@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

For comms/website and information queries contact

dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk  or ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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 www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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

 

Final reminder to book a place on the St Helens VCSE Forum on Monday 1st June 

The next St Helens VCSE Forum meeting will be on Monday 1st June 10am to 12.30pm.  However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we will be conducting it online using Zoom (requires internet access only)  We are bringing key partners together to connect with the sector to provide and share key developments on St Helens Cares and we will update on key work and initiatives in St Helens.   To book a place click here

Minutes of the previous meetings can be found at:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/st-helens-vcse-forum

 

Welfare, Benefit and Employment Support survey we need to hear from Halton Groups 

Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership recognise that the skill, energy and compassion of the VCSE sector is proving vital in keeping our communities strong and safe. We also recognise the huge pressure that this is putting on the sector’s staff, volunteers & budgets. 

One of the areas that we would like to find out more about is how the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector can support people who require welfare, benefit and employment support at this time in Halton . 

This will help us formulate a view about whether we need to try and influence for greater investment in this area and what additional capacity may be needed to manage the additional demand on these types of services. 

This piece of work is being led by staff from Halton and St Helen's VA and CVS Cheshire East who have been seconded to work for the CM Health and Care Partnership.   

We would appreciate your support by completing the following short survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BLGWD9G

 

Hospital Discharge survey, we need to hear from St Helens Groups 

Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership recognise that the skill, energy and compassion of the VCSE sector is proving vital in keeping our communities strong and safe. We also recognise the huge pressure that this is putting on the sector’s staff, volunteers & budgets.

One of the areas that we would like to find out more about is how the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector can support the process around discharging people from hospital in St Helens.

This will help us formulate a view about whether we need to try and influence for greater investment in this area and what additional capacity may be needed to manage the additional demand on these types of services.

This piece of work is being led by staff from Halton and St Helen's VA and CVS Cheshire East who have been seconded to work for the CM Health and Care Partnership.  

We would appreciate your support by completing the following short survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CM_Out_of_Hospital

 

VS6 online consultation event for VCSE organisations working with children and young people – next Wednesday 27th May, 2.00 – 3.30pm.

Limited places (40-50 max).  1 person per organisation.  First come first served.  Deadline for bookings next Tuesday (26th) 12 noon.   VS6 would encourage any of our members working with children and young people to attend to provide their insight and feedback.

Bookings via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vs6-children-young-people-vcfse-assembly-tickets-105791057902

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 topic 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). 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.  This meeting will be hosted on Zoom and a link will be sent out the day before. Please see a QuickStart guide to using Zoom here.

 

iCAN Warning: Cervical Screening Text Messaging Scam

Halton Trading Standards have been made aware of scam regarding cervical screening. Some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details. These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

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

 

Latest COVID-19 update from HMRC 

To read the latest information on the coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme click here  

A word about scams Stay vigilant about scams which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic and unthreatening. Search 'scams' on GOV‌.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.

 

Larger grants now available from the Heritage Emergency Fund

They are now welcoming applications for grants of £50,000-£250,000 to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. These new grants are in addition to the existing £3,000-£50,000 level we launched in April. Applications for both are open until 30 June.  To read the latest bulletin dated 26th May click here 

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update - St Helens CCG

Friday 22 May
Current Situation  Covid-19 continues to be the forefront of public debate and national headlines. We are working together as a health and care system in St Helens, along with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England taking guidance from the government and World Health Organisation, to monitor progress and work to delay the virus spreading. The situation locally and nationally is under constant review and we are doing all we can to keep our public safe.

National situation  As of 9am on 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May. 2,144,626 people have been tested of which 254,195 tested positive.  As of 5pm on 21 May, of those who tested positive for coronavirus across all settings, 36,393 have sadly died.  The government announced this week that a loss of smell or taste (known as anosmia) has been added to the UK’s list of coronavirus symptoms that people should look out for and self-isolate with. A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.  If you or someone you live with has any symptoms of coronavirus (anosmia, new and continuous cough and/or fever), you need to stay at home for seven days to stop the risk of passing coronavirus on to others. NHS England has warned of higher risks for diabetics as third of Covid-19 deaths are linked to the condition. However, for those under 40 with type one or type two diabetes, the threat was very low.  New NHS has revealed that 32% of the 24,739 Covid-19 deaths recorded in English hospitals up to May 17 were patients with diabetes, which is a rise on data last week which showed people with the condition made up more than a quarter of all deaths.  A dedicated helpline has also been introduced which is part of a package of measures already in place for people with diabetes or at risk, including the Diabetes Prevention Programme, which has helped almost 90,000 people who were at risk of type 2, to lose weight.

Actions being taken locally

Primary Care  Primary Care continues to function as a total triage model whilst plans are developed to reintroduce services in a ‘safe’ manner. All Practices are open and initial contact remains as online or by telephone but patients will be seen face to face if clinically necessary. Practices are still continuing to provide routine childhood immunisations and 6-8 week baby and new Mum checks. All St Helens Care Homes are now aligned to Primary Care Networks/Practices which ensures they will have a clinical lead overseeing the care of residents. Further communications regarding this will go out to Care Homes in the next week.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (STHK)  As of 21 May the Trust has 81 positive COVID -19 inpatients with 85 pending results. The total number of patients that tested positive for COVID-19, who have been discharged since the beginning of the outbreak is 338 Sadly, the total number of patients that tested positive for COVID-19 and have died since the beginning of the outbreak is 185.  The Emergency Department is operating as normal; average daily attendance in the last 7 days is 257 compared to a usual figure of 350 per day. However this is a 4.5% increase in the past 7 days St Helens UTC is operating as normal; average daily attendance in the last 7 days is 76 compared to 120 per day. However this is almost a 5%increase in the past 7 days

Acute Hospital Services:  The Trust currently has no issues with bed capacity. In line with NHSE guidance The Trust is drawing up plans with social distancing and infection prevention measures in mind to undertake some additional operating and outpatient consultation for urgent patients, in addition to cancer patients, as part of our restoration plan.

Ann Marr joins Roy Lilley for live Webinar:  Ann Marr, Chief Executive, Rowan Pritchard Jones, Medical Director, and Rob Cooper, Director of Operations, will join NHS Commentator Roy Lilley to discuss the Trust’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the great work taking place across the Trust to continue to care for patients.  The Trust was announced as the North West Hub for the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) in February, and the webinar is the Institute’s latest online Healthchat series.

When: 5pm, Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Topic: HealthChat with Ann Marr & St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

Register in advance for this Zoom webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vEsMjbEsSJKP7FYerf8roA

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NWB)

Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18 – 24 May) and the theme this year is kindness. The Trust has worked with partners to share messages about kindness and mental wellbeing and has been encouraging people to celebrate acts of kindness, to and from others. We’ve been delighted to see so many of our staff getting involved in their own acts of kindness and you can see some of these in our weekly #NWHeroes video  If you took part in acts of kindness this Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d love to see these too. You can share you acts of kindness tagging @NWBoroughsNHS on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Service delivery during Covid-19  Information about how services are operating during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on the Trust’s website: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/changes-to-our-services

Advice for the public

Key messages

The updated summary public guidance can be found at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus  The latest health advice for the public is available at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus Handwashing remains the most effective way to kill the virus – washing more often for longer with soap and hot water – especially after you have been outside your house.  The ‘help us to help you’ campaign from NHS England urges patients to seek urgent care if they need it following concerns that patients who have suffered strokes and heart problems have stayed away because of fears over coronavirus.  The campaign next week will focus on mental health services to tie with mental health awareness week and the week after, heart problems. Regarding the link between diabetes and Covid-19, the advice is that If you are concerned about your diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS is here to help. Contact your GP Practice or Diabetes team.

 

 

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   https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/halton-covid-19-data-collection

St Helens Data Collection Survey  https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/st-helens-covid-19-data-collection
 

 

 

If you have volunteering requirements please register them here

https://volunteering.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vk/providers/registration_provider.htm 

and also encourage people wanting to help out to do that safely by registering here 

https://volunteering.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vk/volunteers/registration.htm 

 

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 info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk 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:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vca-newsletter-sign

Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road
Widnes
WA8 6DB

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF

Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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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.