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Our colleagues from Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team have prepared some Funding Bulletins containing valuable information for voluntary organisations looking for grants to get projects off the ground.

The Monthly funding bulletins offering information on funding opportunities in the following areas:

Arts, Community & Voluntary, Environment & Heritage, European, Faith, Health, Schools, Sports and Youth.

To access the information, please click on the link below:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

Following regular meeting with DCMS, The Department of Health and Social Care have provided NCVO with clarity on advice for organisations wishing to apply to receive rapid lateral flow test kits (testing for those who have no covid symptoms) to undertake testing of their staff who cannot work from home.

Employers can register to order free coronavirus free rapid lateral flow tests for their employees and volunteers who cannot work from home if:

  • their business or organisation is registered in England
  • their business or organisation employs 50 people or more (includes volunteers)
  • their business or organisation’s employees cannot work from home

Please note, volunteers are included in the 50 or more employees headcount for organisations to be able to receive rapid lateral flow test kits (asymptomatic testing) - this means that an organisation with 50 or more volunteers who cannot work from home can sign up to receive the rapid lateral flow test kits as described below.

Any employer (including a charity or voluntary organisation) which has a Companies House registration number can register on GOV.UK to get the forms they need to order these tests for their employees.

Charities and voluntary organisations which do not hold a Companies House registration number will be unable to register online via GOV.UK to receive these tests as the system will only accept 8 digit business registration numbers. To sign up, these organisations need to provide the information below via email to p-and-psector@dhsc.gov.uk with the email subject “National Workplace Testing - Charity”, and a team at DHSC will complete the validation process:

  • Company name
  • Charity number
  • Number of employees
  • Industry / sector
  • Email contact

 

Following regular meeting with DCMS, The Department of Health and Social Care have provided NCVO with clarity on advice for organisations wishing to apply to receive rapid lateral flow test kits (testing for those who have no covid symptoms) to undertake testing of their staff who cannot work from home.

Employers can register to order free coronavirus free rapid lateral flow tests for their employees and volunteers who cannot work from home if:

  • their business or organisation is registered in England
  • their business or organisation employs 50 people or more (includes volunteers)
  • their business or organisation’s employees cannot work from home

Please note, volunteers are included in the 50 or more employees headcount for organisations to be able to receive rapid lateral flow test kits (asymptomatic testing) - this means that an organisation with 50 or more volunteers who cannot work from home can sign up to receive the rapid lateral flow test kits as described below.

Any employer (including a charity or voluntary organisation) which has a Companies House registration number can register on GOV.UK to get the forms they need to order these tests for their employees.

Charities and voluntary organisations which do not hold a Companies House registration number will be unable to register online via GOV.UK to receive these tests as the system will only accept 8 digit business registration numbers. To sign up, these organisations need to provide the information below via email to p-and-psector@dhsc.gov.uk with the email subject “National Workplace Testing - Charity”, and a team at DHSC will complete the validation process:

  • Company name
  • Charity number
  • Number of employees
  • Industry / sector
  • Email contact

 

Halton & St Helens VCA ONLINE Funders Fair Friday 5th March 9.30am to 2pm

You can now register for the Halton & St Helens VCA Funders Fair being held on Friday 5th March, this will be an online session using zoom. Funders will be joining us throughout the day to give a short presentation along with a short time to answer any questions you may have...

The event will give you an opportunity to find out what funding is available directly from the funder, each funder will be allocated a slot and you can join or leave the meeting dependent on the funder that you want to hear from or you can stay for all of the sessions. There will be a short break for lunch. 

You will be able to hear from funders such as PH Holt Foundation, WEA on their ESF grants programme and the National Lottery Community Fund and many more, programme attached.

Please click here to book a place and receive zoom details

 

The VS6 Partnership would like to invite you to the Liverpool City Region VCFSE Draft Manifesto 2021-2024 Consultation assemblies taking place on Monday 8th March and Monday 22nd March 2021.

The purpose of this event is to share with you the 2021 – 2024 VCFSE manifesto for the City Region and to gather your views and feedback on the manifesto in advance of the upcoming LCR Metro Mayoral elections in May. The manifesto has been developed following VS6’s sector engagement over the past few years, drawing out key areas and recommendations for action from publications developed following various events held with the sector to ensure that the manifesto is produced in collaboration with those it represents.

The VCFSE manifesto is split into three headline areas which focus on developing a healthy and sustainable VCFSE ecosystem, driving inclusive economy principles for the sector and championing our communities. The items within each section signify their ambitions for the sector and asks of the Combined Authority to work with them to help realise the aspirations for the city region.

At the VCFSE Manifesto Assembly events they will be asking for your input to further develop the manifesto to ensure that it reflects the kind of city region we want to see for our VCFSE organisations, beneficiaries, and communities.

There are two events, each dealing with a different section of the manifesto to ensure that there is enough time to go through each section in enough detail. Following this, they will formulate a final draft of the manifesto with a further chance to endorse and sign up to the final version before they ask the LCR Metro Mayor candidates to commit to its implementation at a Mayoral Hustings event later in April.

 

The draft 2021 – 2024 VCFSE manifesto will be published next week  – but in the meantime please register to book your place at the Assemblies at the links below:

·         Assembly 1 of 2 – 8th March -  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vs6-assembly-part-1-of-2-sector-consultation-on-draft-vcfse-manifesto-tickets-142894456165

·         Assembly 2 of 2 – 22nd March - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vs6-assembly-part-2-of-2-sector-consultation-on-draft-vcfse-manifesto-tickets-142895471201

 

 

The Work Coach holds a key role in the Department for Work and Pensions as you will be helping people and their families towards financial independence through work and enabling them to get the support they need as they move towards this ambition.

Work Coaches are customer focused, dedicated individuals with empathy and compassion and able to deliver an exceptional public service to people who need support.

You will use sound judgement to help people through some difficult, challenging times in their lives and your tailored coaching can make a huge difference to their ability to find, stay in and progress in a job. You will work collaboratively and proactively across a range of work areas in the Department, as well as in your local community to find support and plan positive next steps for a wide range of people, including some of society’s most vulnerable people.

As a Work Coach you will also receive a tailored learning and development programme to build your knowledge and skills.

If you’re looking for a career that makes a clear and positive difference to people’s lives, then being a Work Coach may be an ideal role for you! You can find out more here https://dwpjobs-workcoach-microsite.co.uk/

Job description

The Work Coach role is wide-ranging and diverse. You will be working with customers, employers and colleagues through a combination of digital, telephone and face to face contacts on a daily basis. Some of the main activities are set out below:

• Providing support to Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance & Income Support customers.
• Offering quality advice to customers about job search actions, supporting them to job search effectively in a largely digital world.
• Building positive relationships with customers that encourages, motivates and builds trust.
• Developing an in-depth knowledge of local employment opportunities, recognising the roles that our Partners and Employers have in helping our customers secure employment.
• Making timely decisions, based on customer needs, and referring them to appropriate help and support.
 

Responsibilities

To be successful you will need to demonstrate effective communication skills across a wide range of diverse customers, along with the ability to understand complex information and give explanations to the customer. You must be able to navigate a range of computer systems to action tasks as well as coach others to use digital work searching. You’ll also be required to handle telephony queries and have the ability to manage difficult situations. 

For more information and how to apply please see the link below 

https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi?SID=b3duZXJ0eXBlPWZhaXImY3NvdXJjZT1jc3FzZWFyY2gmdXNlcnNlYXJjaGNvbnRleHQ9MTIxMjk5NjU1JmpvYmxpc3Rfdmlld192YWM9MTcwODc5OCZvd25lcj01MDcwMDAwJnBhZ2VhY3Rpb249dmlld3ZhY2J5am9ibGlzdCZwYWdlY2xhc3M9Sm9icyZzZWFyY2hfc2xpY2VfY3VycmVudD0xJnJlcXNpZz0xNjE0MTU1NDE3LWFhOTc3N2E4YjNiMTQ4OWY5ZTdjMDcwYTdmY2I2M2U0MmE0OTlhNTQ=

 

Closing date is 11.55pm Wednesday 3rd March with start dates April-June 2021.

Online training developed by PHE is now available to all those who care for or work with children and young people aged up to 25. 

People that care for or work with children and young people that have been affected by COVID-19 (or other emergencies or individual crises) will be able to access a new online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on children, with many reporting that it has made them feel more stressed, lonely and worried.

The online course, developed by PHE, offers training on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by emergencies or crisis situations.  Children and young people can be very resilient, but crises such as COVID-19 can severely impact their mental health. Getting the right support early on can help prevent problems occurring or worsening. 

Those completing the training will be equipped to better identify those children that are in distress and provide support to help them feel safe, connected and able to take steps to help themselves during the pandemic or other crisis situations.

It is available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers. It is free, takes about three hours to complete (split into three sessions that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required.

On completion, participants will have an understanding of what Psychological First Aid is, be able to identify who would benefit from support and how best to give help across the different age groups and also for those who might need extra support because of different needs. 

 

Clare Perkins, Director of the Mental Health Programme at Public Health England said:

“The pandemic has caused significant disruption to all of our daily lives. Children are among the worse impacted being stuck at home and not able to have the essential social interaction with their friends. And many young people are anxious and worried about their future in these uncertain times. 

“Children and young people will react to the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. The Psychological First Aid training course will help professionals, volunteers, parents and carers better identify the signs of those who are struggling and give them timely effective support that is right for them – helping them feel safe and able to help themselves.”

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is a globally recognised training programme designed to support people during or in the aftermath of a serious event. PHE has adapted this training for those supporting children and young people with advice from a range of experts, including NHS England, the Department for Education and British Red Cross and is being made available online by social learning platform, Future Learn.

This new course follows the success of the PFA training for COVID-19 that PHE launched in June 2020 which to date has received over 100,000 sign ups from frontline workers and volunteers. The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team also launched last week an adaption of the PFA course for use in African countries affected by COVID-19

Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said:  

“This new training module is being introduced at an important time. I know how difficult the pandemic has been for children and young people across the country, and this additional support for those working with them every day – whether they are parents and carers, teachers, health and social care workers, or volunteers – is timely and necessary. 

“It builds on our commitment to supporting children and young people’s mental health now and over the long-term, and the expertise already available like our £8 million Wellbeing for Education Return programme. This includes a webinar for education staff that draws on and complements this Psychological First Aid e-learning. They will both be of enormous value to those who want to help and improve children and young people’s mental wellbeing, including teachers.”

Minster for mental health, Nadine Dorries, said: 

“Children and young people have been uniquely challenged by the events of the last year. I remain absolutely committed to supporting them through this pandemic and beyond, ensuring we equip them with the tools and support they need to stay mentally well.  

“This training will ensure those who work with children and young people – including parents and caregivers - can support their wellbeing by identifying signs of distress and helping them access the support they need.  

“We know while children can be very resilient, crises or emergencies can have a huge impact on their mental health and we must continue to ensure the can access the support they need.”

Claire Murdoch, NHS Mental Health Director, said:

“The pandemic has turned our lives upside down and hit children and young people particularly hard. Working with our partners, we have been doing everything possible to make sure that they are fully supported and this online training will be invaluable in helping people to understand how best to offer the right support at the right time. 

“It has been a tough year, but the NHS is here for children’s mental health, so anyone who is struggling should come forward for the help they need.” 

Dr Sarah Davidson, Head of Psychosocial and Mental Health, British Red Cross said: 

"This resource from Public Health England enables a thoughtful, developmentally appropriate response to children and young people who have experienced a crisis. Clear and including helpful links to other resources, it will help people to know how to be supportive whilst avoiding further harm."

 

Our colleagues at Wellbeing Enterprises have asked us to promote their upcoming Programme of Activities for April to June 2021.

They include; “Drumming for Fun”, “Food & Your Mood”, “Sing Your Heart Out” and much, much more.

To view the Programme in full, please click on the PDF below or visit https://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/whats-on/

Halton Adult Learning are offering a variety of employability courses to help support people back in to work.

• Onwards and Upwards – confidence building course
• Employability Workshops – enhance job application skills (flyer attached)
• Steps to Success – develop & refresh CV writing & interview skills
• Pathways to Work – sector specific employment courses (flyer attached)

 

All of the courses are FREE and designed to give you the skills and confidence needed for employment.

To find out more about the courses on offer they are holding an information session on Tuesday 23rd February at 9.30am via MS Teams. They also have a specific HEP Care Information session on the same day at 1.00pm (also via MS Teams).

They are also offering a range of free wellbeing, maths, English and IT courses, from beginners to advanced, starting next week.

To book a place for the Online Information Session, please contact 

The Adult Learning and Skills Team on:  0151 511 7788   or email: adult.learning@halton.gov.uk

Please share the details with your customers/clients and contact the Adult Learning Team to book a place for the Information Session or enrol on a course. Please ensure customers bring along their ID documents for evidence of right to work in the UK, address and benefits (if they are receipt of support).

 

LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSISTANT
HUYTON, MERSEYSIDE
FULL TIME (35 HOURS) - £18,727 P.A.

Knowsley Disability Concern are seeking a full time Assistant to join their small, busy Learning Disabilities team and contribute to the planning and provision of supportive, fun and stimulating programmes for adults with learning difficulties and/or autism.

KDC (Knowsley Disability Concern) is a well-established charity specialising in services that enable disabled people to have improved choice, control and independence. They are an accredited learning centre delivering programmes and other activities for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism in community settings across Knowsley and neighbouring districts. In response to COVID-19, flexible methods have been introduced including Zoom sessions and distance-learning packs, ensuring participants remain engaged. Projects include the Being Involved Group (BIG Group); New Horizons; Managing my Money and the Stories Reading Group. For more information visit KDC website.

THE ROLE
You will be responsible for providing day to day support for a variety of projects for adults with learning disabilities. Tasks will include:
• Assisting with enrolment processes, helping people identify their goals and aspirations, writing up individual learning plans and measuring and recording progress and achievements
• Preparing resources, setting up learning sessions and supporting individuals to engage, participate and learn in ‘classroom’ settings
• Promoting projects and programmes using a variety of methods to increase engagement and participation, including social media
• Helping organise and deliver social events and activities in the community, supporting people to join in and benefit from taking part

ABOUT YOU
You will have good organisation and administration skills and the ability to respond proactively and sensitively to clients’ needs. Experience of working with people with disabilities and/or additional learning needs is important.

This is a rewarding role and an exciting opportunity for someone with a ‘can-do’ attitude who enjoys applying their personal skills and experience to help develop and deliver new and innovative services that really make a difference.

INTERESTED?
Download the full application pack from their website at https://www.kdc.org.uk/learning-disabilities-assistant/(CV’s not accepted).

Or email recruitment@kdc.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 10 March 2021.

Interviews will be held week-commencing 22 March 2021.

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

About

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.