Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 5th 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   

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 

 

Information from Companies House on Stay Safe at Work

The government, in consultation with industry, has produced guidance to help make sure workplaces are as safe as possible.  BEIS has also hosted webinars on working safely during coronavirus.  Read the guidance and listen to the webinar recordings to make sure that you're working safely. You can also watch safer workplace case studies to see how a range of workplace settings are returning to work safely. 

 

New webinars taking place in June on media and resilience from the Lloyds Foundation 

16 June 10:30am-12pm. Covid-19: Top tips for engaging with the media.

This session, delivered by Media Consultant and ex-BBC Journalist Philippa Budgen will give you the tools and confidence to engage with the media in a time of fast-moving news. Philippa will help you to understand how the pandemic is presenting media opportunities and how you can use your compelling stories to create change.

Registration page link - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/107821607330

23 June 10:30am-12pm. Covid-19: Building resilience whilst navigating change and loss

Covid-19 has led to huge change and loss, and with loss comes grief. As lockdown eases and we all look ahead being able to respond to this change, loss and grief with resiliency will be important. This session will be delivered by Elloa, from Bird. Elloa will discuss some tools and strategies you can use to build your resilience and support others to do the same.

Registration page - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/107687147156

 

iCAN Warning: Universal Credit scam

Several Halton residents have been caught out by a Universal Credit scam after receiving a letter stating they have made a new claim for Universal Credit when they haven’t. Consumers are facing difficulties finding out more about the claim when they contact Universal Credit due to the way scammers have used the information they have got hold of.  As a result, many consumers have had their Housing Benefit cancelled or suspended following the new scam Universal Credit claim.  Please be vigilant to this new and potentially growing scam. They urge you to monitor your housing benefit claim regularly to check if it has been suspended or cancelled.  If you think you have fallen victim to this scam, please contact Halton Borough Councils - Benefits Service on 0151 5117772.

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

 

£275,000 available to the Voluntary Sector working in Criminal Justice

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19.  Clinks is looking for organisations with an existing relationship with HMPPS who are delivering, or have a track record of delivering, services to support people in prison, through-the-gate and in the community in the context of Covid-19.  Clinks expects to provide grants of £3,000 - £5,000. No organisation will be granted more than £20,000.

Full details are here.

 

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.