Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 6th 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

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 


Wellbeing Enterpries Resources for VCFSE staff and Beneficiaries 

Wellbeing have supplies of soft toys for organisations supporting children and young people, or those who believe their beneficiary group would benefit. They also have ‘wellbeing packs’ for staff / volunteers and / or beneficiaries in the VCFSE sector. The WellJoy Pack has lots of wellbeing goodies and activities that people can undertake that incorporate evidence based wellbeing approaches .  Organisations can request batches of up to 15 of each (assortment of soft toys and / or welljoy packs).  Unfortunately they are unable to deliver so items will need to be collected from their office address: Bridgewater House. Old Coach Road, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1QT.  If anyone would like to order supplies please call 01928 589 799. Supplies are available on a first come first serve basis.


Power to Change’s Crisis Fund

Crisis funding is available to current & previous Power to Change grantees across England, including in LCR, and to community businesses which are members of Power to Change’s strategic partners – Co-operatives UK, Locality and the Plunkett Foundation. This was launched last Thursday, and further details are available here, including about the initial £7m fund: Again, you can keep track of Power to Change’s work on social media and via @peoplesbiz on Twitter. 


iCAN Warning: Suspicious email reporting service

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a suspicious email reporting service in partnership with the City of London Police. The service makes it easier than ever to flag suspicious emails – including those claiming to offer services related to coronavirus.  Members of the public can send their suspicious emails to and the NCSC’s automated programme will immediately test the validity of the site. Any sites found to be phishing scams will be removed immediately.  As well as taking down malicious sites, the service will support the police by providing live time analysis of reports and identifying new patterns in online offending - helping them stop even more offenders in their tracks.

iCAN Warning: Funeral Director Scam 

Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents aware of a scam which has been happening within other areas of the North West, but has not been reported to have happened in Halton. A person claiming to be from a Council’s Bereavement Service has called the family of someone who has recently deceased stating that their payment for the Funeral Director had been declined and that they would need to make another payment over the phone (using their debit/credit card). The caller claimed if the payment was not made they would cancel the funeral.  Sadly, scammers will do anything to get your money and this includes doing things that the rest of society consider morally appalling. 
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our 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.


Barclays' 100x100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme

Barclays is making 100 x £100k donations to UK charities who are helping low income families, those facing financial hardship, isolated elderly people and key workers. 

Deadline is 22 May 2020. Head to their website for more details.


Nationwide Community Grants online event
On 21 May (2:30pm), Nationwide Community Grant is hosting a webinar. Topics include their new application process, a previous grant beneficiary outlining what they did and a Q&A with their Grants team. 

To join, send them an email to outlining your interest and they'll send you everything you need. 


RASASC Aftercare Provision

All of the team are now home working and are offering telephone/online support to all of existing service users. All service users can contact their allocated worker in the normal way

For any new referrals please use the simple online referral form on the website or call on 0330 363 0063 Email

Website contact us page-

Professional referral-

Self referral-


Virtual question and Answer session with the Chief Constable 

Each week, PCC David Keane will hold a virtual Q&A session with Chief Constable Darren Martland on Tuesday’s.  The commissioner is asking local residents to email in questions they would like the chief constable to answer ahead of time.  The sessions will form part of the commissioner’s reassurance about policing and the pandemic in his role to ensure Cheshire Constabulary is delivering an effective service.  The commissioner’s team will ‘live’ tweet the questions and answers on the PCC’s Twitter account during the sessions and the key themes of the questions asked will be published on the commissioner’s website after each session.  PCC David Keane said: “As we face a time of great uncertainty, it’s more important than ever that members of our communities have the opportunity to ask key questions of their police service.  “The coronavirus pandemic presents great challenges, not just to policing but also to our everyday lives, and we need to reassure people that policing resources are being managed effectively and efficiently to keep us all safe during this period.”  Cheshire residents and businesses are invited to send their questions to with the subject title ‘Reassurance Q&A’ by midnight on Sunday to be answered the following week. Alternatively, questions can also be taken by phone during regular office hours by calling 01606 364000.


Critical PPE Supplies Available Now - Prices reduced by 20% at the Charities Buying Group

The Charities Buying Group provide a dedicated service operated for the benefit of ALL charities and not for profit organisations offering a wide range of buying agreements that are designed to reduce expenditure and, by reducing cost help these organisations make better use of their money for the benefit of the missions/objectives they were created for.

The CBG was formed in 2002 after reviewing how little support charities get in solving their purchasing issues, particularly small charities who do not have the buying power of larger organisations. By using the collective buying power of the CBG we can support all charities as we truly believe that by buying more efficiently more of their money can be used for the purpose it is intended, meeting their service objectives and more importantly helping those people who need the help most in terms of care and welfare. This is the true vision of the Charities Buying Group.  To find out more call 0800 195 3010 or visit their website


Mental Health Response Fund for VCS organisations 

To find out more click here


Doing What Matters in Times of Stress 

Thanks to Ann O'Brien from Pause Recover for sharing this link from the WHO.


COVID-19 guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations

Click here for Government information and advice for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak.


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


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.


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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.