Mind St Helens - Newsletter and Update

As our community slowly regains some normality, the St.Helens Mind team is making plans for resuming their services. Thankfully, they were able to change their Befriending Service to telephone befriending at the very start of the pandemic and continued to welcome new  volunteers and referrals for people who were in need of regular one to one support.

However, since early 2020, they  were required to close the majority of their services, as they use public buildings for groups and activities and these were closed due to the pandemic.

This meant they no longer had our art group, social groups, choir, music group, reading for wellbeing, ladies craft group, and for a while, the allotment.

As restrictions in social isolating changed they  managed to open the allotment and secure some funding to run the Men’s Group. The ladies active group resumed their visits to their small garden in Victoria Park and met for walks and craft classes.

To help to start groups again they are applying for grants and also looking at alternatives to deliver support to the community. Their previous cost of venue hire reached almost £10,000.  In order to start delivery of any groups and activities they need to secure funding and begin to charge a small amount of ‘subs’ to help to cover costs.

Current Offer

As well as the befriending service, their allotment/garden is open on Mondays and Wednesdays for members and is also open on Thursdays for the wider community. Their Choir, Music Group and Haydock Social Group will be opening in this month. They are accepting referrals for befriending, the allotment, the Men's Group, Ladies Active Group and any other social groups and activities as they open up again. 

For more information about Mind St Helens Service, please see the attached newsletter below.

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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

Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk


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.