Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 8th January 2021

Due to lockdown we will be resuming the 'Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations' this will be on an ad hoc basis so that we can share any important information with the sector as necessary.  We will however continue to send the majority of news through our fortnightly ebulletin.

 

Halton and St Helens VCA how to contact us 

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 redirected and you will be able to contact us by using our usual numbers 01744 457100 / 01928 592405

We still have limited supplies of PPE available to members please contact Matthew Roberts (mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk) for Halton groups or Ann Marie Lawrenson (alawrenson@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk) for St Helens Groups.

 

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

 

Latest Government Guidance on National lockdown Stay at Home 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

 

Government extends Furlough to March and increases self-employed support

Workers across the United Kingdom will benefit from increased support with a five-month extension of the furlough scheme into Spring 2021, the Chancellor announced on the 5 November.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-furlough-to-march-and-increases-self-employed-support

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

 

Thanks to our colleagues from Halton Borough Council for sharing the following on COVID-19 related Business Support -  4th January 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant https://hbcnewsroom.co.uk/coronaadvice/#business

 

St Helens Borough Community Food Providers Alliance

Established in November 2020 the aim of the Alliance is to bring together representatives of local VCFSE, The Council and Health with a remit to influence and/or deliver initiatives that tackles hunger and food insecurity in St Helens through sharing knowledge and good practice, pooling of resources, forging links and identifying opportunities to develop provision to avoid duplication and target available resources to meet the needs of the communities they represent.

If your organisation would like to be part if this then please get in touch with Ann-Marie Lawrenson at: alawrenson@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

As part of this piece of work we have available some small grant funding to support under the Emergency Assistance Grants which aims to support organisations in meeting the needs of their identified vulnerable communities in accessing emergency food supplies and other essential costs all of which can be found in detail in the guidance. Please click here for an Application Form with the Guidance notes for more details.

 

iCAN Warning: Covid vaccination scam

Halton Trading Standards and Halton Clinical Commissioning Group is warning older residents to be alert, following reports that patients in their 90’s in Bolton have received phone calls to say they will be having their Covid vaccinations at home and that someone will be coming to their address on a certain time/date to do this. The patients have also been asked for payment to access the vaccination.

This is a scam – no one will be contacted to have their vaccine at home and you will never be asked for payment.  Your GP practice will contact you directly to make an appointment to have the vaccination.  The caller will identify themselves and say they are calling on behalf of your GP and they are getting in touch about booking an appointment for a Coronavirus vaccine.  The caller will then offer dates and times for you to attend clinic. They will also give the location of the site where you will receive it. This may not be your usual surgery.  If you are receiving the Pfizer vaccination, you will also be given the time, date and location for the second dose of the vaccination. It is vital, you return and keep your second appointment.

The caller booking vaccinations will not ask for any other personal details other than asking you to confirm your name.

Once you have received the vaccination you must not drive for 15 minutes afterwards. You will need to remain in clinic until that time has elapsed.

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

 

Merseyside Youth Association

The NHS Programme within Talent Match is running the first programme of the year via zoom, commencing Wednesday 13th January.   It ran throughout 2020  with some great success stories and proved popular with the participants on Talent Match.    They would like to extend this offer to anyone you may be working with who is interested in finding out more about NHS roles and taking part in an 8 week online programme 

Criteria: participants will need to be eligible for the Talent match programme as they will be registered on Talent Match and receive Mentor support.  

  • Show a commitment to attending all sessions of the programme as NHS Trust staff deliver some sessions
  • Be NEET 6 months or more
  • Age group: 16-29
  • Have access to a device that can run Zoom for online delivery

Please contact Chris Johnson (Christopher.johnson@elevate-ebp.co.uk  07471037408) about the details of the programme or (Ruth Price, ruthp@mya.org.uk or 07525324796)  if you have any questions regarding eligibility.  Click here to view the programe

 

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 

We are still waiting to hear about the updated Government guidance on how volunteering can be done safely in line with the national lockdown restrictions as soon as it is published we will keep you informed.

 

Service Status Updates From Our Member Organisations

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.  The link to Halton Organisations is here and the link to St Helens organisations is here.

If you'd like to sign up for your own copy of the Covid 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.