Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 4th 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 


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 Check out both videos and see if you recognise anyone


Volunteers Week 2020 you can stil join in to thank your volunteers

Join us in our Virtual Celebration of Volunteers Week to raise a glass and a virtual #cheersforvolunteers & quick quiz too.  Are you joining us? Online get together to celebrate Volunteers Week 2020.   This will be really informal with maybe a little quiz but we do have.... wait for it..... A LOCAL CELEBRITY COMEDIAN who will be drawing our raffle... yes a FREE RAFFLE for all volunteers who register.. so to get the link and your chance to get a ‘virtual’ raffle ticket for your chance to win one of 5 amazing prizes such as a Afternoon Tea for 2 at Home, Vouchers etc  Registration is necessary using the link below


Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more details


DWP update 29th May 2020

Click here for the latest update from DWP with information on 

  • NHS Test and Trace service
  • Tell Us Once service awareness
  • Guide for pension savers
  • Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live
  • Looking Out For Each Other campaign


Comic Relief are looking for BAME led partners to help distribute funds

Comic Relief say: "Recent research by Ubele Initiative has shown how years of reduced funding to organisations led by and serving BAME communities has further reduced the frontline support now available and means that many smaller organisations are now at greater risk of closure. This information and the call to action from #Charitysowhite has led us to review who our funding is currently reaching and how that reflects the needs of under-served and/or minoritized communities across the UK.  "We know we can’t do this alone so we’re seeking BAME led organisations to partner with to meet our aim of ensuring funding reaches underserved communities. We are looking for partners with the ability, expertise, networks and knowledge to distribute funding quickly to a diverse range of locally rooted BAME led and focused organisations across the UK.  We have ring fenced a budget of £650,000 for this opportunity."  The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 8 June 2020. More information here.


Bereavement Information and Support for St Helens residents during COVID19

Information from our colleagues at St Helens Council 

As the pandemic continues to develop and impact on all of our lives, we want to reassure you that our priority is to continue to provide the highest standards of service while protecting the health and wellbeing of the bereaved, our staff, your staff, you and the public at large.  Please read our information and support for St Helens residents who are experiencing bereavement or loss during the pandemic.

 And link to our website


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.