Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 28th 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 


Office for Civil Society Covid-19 Support Update April 2020

Click here for the latest update from the Office of Civil Society, this edition has the following content:

  1. Announcement: Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities
  2. Announcement: Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during coronavirus lockdown
  3. Guidance for your organisation
  4. Guidance on funding and fundraising
  5. Guidance on volunteers and volunteering


Request from Hope Cafe Runcorn

Hope Café Runcorn are seeing generous individuals and organisations donate whatever they can to ensure we keep our medical staff healthy during this CV –19 pandemic.

Steve Illidge - Cafe manager was dropping some provisions to Warrington Halton NHS trust for nursing staff. “I asked what else they needed and was asked for quick noodle and cup soup packs.  The thought immediately came to me that our café has had to close and we could produce quality, nutritious soup that can be heated in minutes and will sustain our NHS teams, ensuring we keep them well both physically and mentally.”

Within 24 hours we had started our ‘SOUPER HERO’ campaign – we are seeking individuals or organisations to crowd fun and match fund the programme.  We are looking to fund as many £2 soup pots as we can for as many each week as we can – so far since Friday we have had hundreds of pounds given by a wide range of people who have become souper heroes.

More details are available on our Facebook page – or call 07395 313050 and let us know your donation. We will send you a secure link for you to pay your donation in to our charity and we will then make soup to keep the team at Halton General Hospital functioning.


Good Sam App/NHS Responders

Halton Council have asked us to ask our membership if they have referred anyone to the Good Sam app/NHS responders Halton and how easy/difficult it is/was to do so. The data from the short survey will be used to feed back to Halton Council.


Update from Halton Health Improvement Team on the COVID-19 Comms Toolkit 

Our PR and comms toolkit has been updated – please download it here: PR toolkit  As you can imagine, a lot has changed in the last few weeks and we have updated this toolkit to reflect that, including: 

  • Updates to HIT services
  • New resources from Public Health England
  • A new domestic abuse campaign from Cheshire Police
  • Physical activity suggestions for all ages
  • Information for older adults about avoiding falls 
  • Our Mental Health Information Point

 The Health Improvement Team and Sure Start to Later Life are continuing to provide support and services remotely via phone and social media for both existing and new clients.  If you have already been sharing these messages, thank you! Together we can reach as many Halton residents as possible, particularly the more vulnerable residents, to support them through this difficult time.
If you haven’t already, please follow The Halton Borough Council social media accounts where HIT will be posting further updates and information about its services over the coming weeks.
Follow us on Twitter @HaltonBC
And on Facebook HaltonBC
If you have any questions about the Health Improvement Team’s services please call 0300 029 0029 or email


 Youth Media Opportunity | Divergent Thinking

Do you work with young people then they may be interested in this opportunity for free training for young people to learn to make videos. May be useful for your young people to skill them up to contribute to what you are trying to achieve, plus something to keep them occupied. Thinking it could be a way to ask young people for feedback on a whole host of things. Click here 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.